30 May 2011
Usually this wouldn't be something to blog about since most people at some stage of life have kids.
In my friend's case, however, her experience is something altogether unique and altogether heartbreaking.
Near the beginning of her pregnancy she and her husband learned that their child would be born with a severe heart defect that would mean he wouldn't survive. They were faced with the agonising choice of whether or not to accept the medical prognosis and keep the pregnancy or to terminate.
There are going to be people that argue for both options and in every case there will be a moral justification for it. Having been through a similar circumstance and having faced the same decisions to make I can appreciate how difficult it is to even have to be considering those options you previously thought were never going to be options. I know our personal experience doesn't equate to their nightmare but I believe we can still empathise.
29 May 2011
There's a new meal at Nando's for R24 - strips, rice, and veg. This is comparable to my favourite meal, strips & rice, and at R24 as opposed to R39 (for the latter) it's a great deal.
Kat & I share this and a large wedges and a KFC coleslaw for a total of R24 + R20 + R10 = R27pp. A great, wholesome meal (especially compared to other takeouts) for under R30 each ... And it tastes great!
With a Discovery Vitality Card you also get up to 20% back in rebates so it's a fantastic deal!
27 May 2011
* by such I mean videos like a slowed down version (why make it 5 times longer?) and sped up version, which together have added on another TWO MILLION hits on their own. I can't completely fathom this!
I have to confess that I actually rather enjoy the original song; well, it gets under your skin at any rate :)
Enjoy the weekend guys!
("yesterday is today if you go back one day")
24 May 2011
* To find out a PIN type mypin in a message box on the BlackBerry handset and the autocorrect will pop up with the PIN of the phone.
(I'm interested to see if I can find a way to feed in parameters to this solution to have automated scripts ...)
It sometimes pays to look back on life and see how far we've come (or how far we've strayed). I present to you my Golden Oldies of the Advertising Era!
|I don't know if this is a (c) violation but am presuming it's not :)|
If you want to grab it, go over to Green Man Gaming, sign in or register, and claim the game using the promo code listed below.
20 May 2011
Interestingly, when I removed the old battery I noticed it was slightly swollen in the centre which I had always thought was normal, but it actually turns out this is the sign of an overcharged battery. Although most of the sites I've referred to say it's not dangerous, they all agree it can't be fixed.
A simple rule of thumb (pardon the pun) is if you can spin your battery on a flat surface and it spins for quite a while, it's got a bit of a swell which means damaged cells. If you spin the battery for about half a rotation before the friction slows it down then the battery is pretty much flat (physically, not chemically) and that's fine.
So if you're having white screen problems on your BB similar to mine, try checking out your battery.
Go on, give it a spin!
GCalToolkit comes packaged in a few options including a free six month trial download for Windows, a Full subscription-based license (one or two years), and a limited online tool. For my own needs I found the online tool was good enough and did what I needed and in fact this is the major selling point for me: specifically, the online tool can be used on Mac, Linux, Windows, etc. Of course the offline versions offer a few more functions than the online tool.
The website for GCalToolkit lists the features as follows:
- Remove any number of duplicate events in minutes
- Clean up failed Syncs/Imports with ease
- Delete events between specified dates
- Delete events by the date they were created in Google Calendar
- Delete events based on text/dates filters
- Undo any Changes you make (windows software only)
- Search/Replace text in the Title, Summary, Location fields (win only)
- Save/Continue an editing session (please see "Google Quota" below)
- Need GCalToolkit to do something else? Let me know.
- FREE TRIAL - Online Tool max 500 events / Windows software max 6 months
- In a rush? Don't trust yourself to get it right? For $99, I DO IT ALL FOR YOU!
19 May 2011
[ UPDATE 2011-12-05: have added in steps for OS6 ]
(If you're looking for the BBM Groups fix, go here)
Sometimes things can go wrong when you're sync'ing your BlackBerry calendar with your GOOGLE account and when things do go wrong, it can be really messy and especially difficult to fix.
Let's presume you're having one of the following problems:
- Multiple entries in your GOOGLE / BlackBerry CALENDAR
- Synchronising not working properly
- Need to reinstall calendars
- Migrated accounts
- Have a pesky DEFAULT calendar you want to remove
GOOGLE has offered a wonderful feature to do this without you having to do much!
Presuming you're signed into your Google Account, just go to https://www.google.com/calendar/exporticalzip and the ensuing ZIP file will have all of your calendars saved as separate ICS files! Nothing could be easier!
Note this will only give you access to calendars to which you have permission to make changes and manage sharing. It will not export calendars in your Other Calendars.
Thanks to this page for the hint :)
18 May 2011
17 May 2011
Take my BlackBerry for example: my mail server died about a week ago and was just brought up again on a new DNS and at the very same time migrated over to a GOOGLE APPS server, so my mail server is now sparkling new and shiny (and oh so nice).
16 May 2011
I also confess that I hardly even blink at the thought that if these technologies may just be having even a slight influence on my physiology, the impact they have on smaller critters must be proportionately higher. I don't really know and I often don't really care, but it appears to be true by the content of this article...
Will this put a slow-down on technology growth? Will it influence the world to rethink the way it does things? Will it make people consider dumping their second cellphone? Will it make a difference at all?
While I'm so busy trying to make a decision about what handset to get on my upgrade, I wondered if my choice would be influenced by this news - would I choose a less "deadly" phone for the honeybee's sake? Would anyone else? When it comes to the question of nature (and by inference through the pyramid of life, human survival), would anyone have the courage to skip on the latest tech in favour of a honeybee? Sadly, I fear the answer to this question is an emphatic 'no'...
13 May 2011
Follow this link to find out the skinny on what's what.
Basically you just need to sign up to Wicount and you qualify - the coupon you receive is valid until 15 November 2011 so even if you have no inclination of going to Musgrave just to grab the slice, I suggest you do it anyway because the worst that could happen is you don't redeem the voucher. The best is that you are in the area and are in dire need of a slice of pizza, in which case you pop in with your coupon code on your phone, blurt it out, and go home filled with pizza goodness. Of course, somewhere in between those extremes are possibilities like you can't leave Gauteng (or London, for that matter) but you can still register for a free slice and then email me the code and I'll promise to do my best to redeem it to feed some needy and hungry street children, etc.
I really think if you aren't going to take advantage of this for yourself, you should at least consider taking advantage of it for those that really need a meal (and in this case a treat!).
If I weren't such an honest guy I'd even suggest creating a whole bunch of "fake email" accounts to really extort Scooters Musgrave out of their livelihood, but I'm not that kind of dishonest guy and I think Scooters should be rewarded for their cut-throat marketing, and not ruined because of it.
The low down of the special is after this bar...