SNO launch a non-event for consumers

I just read that the Second Network Operator has finally launched and is called Neotel. Well I don’t really watch much news or read newspapers these days, preferring to get all my news online. And maybe I missed bigger announcements on TV or Radio. Well anyway you can read the blurb on the launch on ITWeb here. And I had a look at Neotel’s website and they have Google on their home page. I recall some research being quoted that adding Google Search to your website adds credibility. Do you think Neotel’s going to make a different for consumers in South Africa?


Ignorant Parents in South Africa blames MXIT for exposing Youth to Pornography

I was quoted in this article published on MoneyWeb, and posted this comment…

People who are accusing MXIT are likely not even using MXIT. I’ve interviewed Herman Heunis and I’ve also been using it for a few months now. Its a text based system for instant messaging or chatting in semi-real time. And whatever explicit messages are being sent are just words. And its not more or less damaging then what anyone can read in most FHM, Cosmo or late night on eTV! So parents must learn to deal with this new phenomenon by educating themselves and using this platform. How stupid can you be to blame the delivery medium for what is being sent. Lets blame the air we breath for the lame pick lines women experience every day or lets blame lazy parents. All parents should read this article: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust the Teenager” before blaming MXIT.


Internet and digital divide:Prospects and Challenges.

In 2005 civil Society groups in Africa continued their role on ICT as the World Summit on Information Society kicked off in Tunis, Tunisia. As digital Divide continue to cripple millions in the South many still believe that the Information Highway is coming to Africa. Challenges remains high ,so as possibilities growing with risks.

James Curren in his chapter Rethinking Media and Democracy in Media and Society argues that New Times calls for New Thinking.It is time to rethink the role of technology on the people in developing world. Globalisation has created opportunities and threats, you have seen more prospects and challenges, innovations and shorcomings. In Africa the past ten years have seen a growing inequalities of access to ICTs. Eventhough the UN Millenium Declaration Goal and article 19 of the UN Declaration for Human Rights both regard access to information as fundamental human right, many peaople in the developing world are still denied such a basic rights.Some reasons are that people are not taking a good adavantage of the potentials of the Web, while some reasons are rooted in history.In the next few weeks you will find interesting yet topical issues about digital divide, internet revolution and the prospects for Online Marketing.

The idea behind this is that, over the past years the Internet has revolutionarised the lives of millions of people across the world, this radical change have seen some came out lossers (information poor) and while some benefited from this digital revolution (information rich). This is the time to evaluate the impact of Internet and makes the good out of it and it is within the same token that i chose to focus my writing on these. These will feature current statistics about the digital divide in the developing world, role of the civil society, the evaluation of forums such as the Bill and Gates Microsoft Government leaders forum, role of governments in bridging digital divide through NEPAD, the World Summit on Information Society and others. The future is contested, we may predict and cannot tell the eaxct results, but the impact of ICT on the lives of millions in the next hundred years looks promising if something is done,right now.


Scientific Advertising by Claude C. Hopkins

Claude HopkinsScientific Advertising is one of the best books on advertising and marketing ever written and I found an audio version (plus PDF) available freely on the Internet…
Claude Hopkins was one of the greatest advertising pioneers who ever lived. He believed that “Advertising is salesmanship” and as such, it should be measurable and justify the results that it produced. Claude was a strong believer in “Reason why copy” and the principles that he discovered and documented are as true to day, as then. It does not matter what type of advertising medium you use, from print advertising to the Internet, the fundamental taught by Claude are universal and timeless. He believed, that a good product was often it’s own best salesperson and as such he was a great believer in sampling. To help trace his results he would often uses coupons. Coupons gave him the ability to not only measure results, but feedback on how to improve results. He could now test one headline against another, or one proposition against another. This one simple strategy may not sound like rocket science stuff, but when you consider that one headline has the potential to out-pull another headline by 5, 10 or perhaps 15 times, one quickly understands the huge effect that this could have on ones bottom line profit. Below for your enjoyment and benefit is the complete text of “Scientific Advertising” in both Real Audio and PDF format.


Less Men and more Women

This is a post the Ideagasms Forum

There are more girls being born compared to boys. Michael Moore refers to it as, “The End of Men” in his book “Stupid White Men“. According to Michael this is happening in the USA.

When Micheal was young (I’m guessing something like 40 years ago), the ratio was about 50-50. 50-50 meaning there were about the same amount of males and females. Then the ratio went 49-51, with males in the minority. Soon the ratio will be 48-52. The book was published in 2001-2002 so we might be at 48-52. I’m not sure if this is happening all over the world, or just in the states. I would bet that it’s not an isolated thing and is global. Michael thinks more women are being born because men are dangerous, destructive, crazy, etc (which is really just a deeply entrenched ego). He goes on to say that Mother Earth’s defense to the tendencies of man is to kill them off, so that the planet can survive.

Anyway, I’ll get to the point of this post, this is only a theory. Maybe Mother Nature, God, or some other Divine Force is doing something different than weeding out males. If you think about Hermetic Circles for a second, the ones that Ideagasms is about, you will notice that there is 1 male living with multiple females. can you see where I’m going with this now? The ratio in Hermetic Circles is that females are easily the majority. Maybe this Divine Force has another grand plan for males. Good news is that we don’t need to wait. Eckhart Tolle in his book “The New Earth,” tells us how flowers were once an isolated phenomenon. Then one day after a critical threshold was reached, flowers were everywhere. Stephane also told us the story of the monkeys on two islands. Teach the first island how to do something, go to the second island, and they are already doing the task you taught the monkeys on the first island because the critical threshold was reached.

I don’t mind being one of the monkeys on the first island right now. Ok maybe I’m not on the first island yet, however Stephane is, and possibly others who inhabit this forum. So if you are ready, God Speed on your path. I will work vigorously to get on the first island. Personally I know that I need more experience with one women before I live with two or even three women. I know this will be made easier with my Chakra meds in one hand, Squirt DVD in the other and the GTP coming soon. I’ll be ready in no time.

So don’t wait for evolution to take place. It could take 500 years or more. Act now and join “Squirt Master” Stepahane and others on the first island now, it’s probably lonely for them. Actually with all those girls I’m sure their content.


Why Men Have Better Friends

Friendship between Women:

A woman didn’t come home one night. The next day she told her husband that she had slept over at a friend’s house. The man called his wife’s 10 best friends. None of them knew about it.

Friendship between Men:

A man didn’t come home one night. The next day he told his wife that he had slept over at a friend’s house. The woman called her husband’s 10 best friends. Eight of them confirmed that he had slept over, and two claimed that he was still there!


Mel Gibson Breaks Hollywood's 10 Commandments

Mel Gibson has always been an iconic actor ever since he emerged from Australia’s deserts with the Mad Max trilogy of movies. He became a bonafide action star with the Lethal Weapon series and Braveheart.

I’m a big movie fan and always keep track of how movies are created, marketed and how they perform. With the craze that was the Passion of the Christ in 2004 there was a brilliant piece written on the approach that Mel Gibson took called, Mel Gibson Breaks Hollywood’s 10 Commandments.

And today I came across another brilliant example of how the movie industry is leveraging, sometimes by accident, the power of the Internet and word-of-mouth: Why Will ‘Snakes on a Plane’ Be a Hit? It’s the Internet, Stupid.


Finally the Telecoms Action Group launches

I’m reposting this message from the Tectonic, open source, newsletter and website. I’ve always believed the way to get a response is to model our campaign on the Treatment Action Campaign, the well known AIDS lobby group.Richard Frank got people talking this week with his proposal to launch an advert campaign to demand better and cheaper telecommunications options in South Africa. The call quickly got picked up by readers and other media and we spent the rest of the week flooded by emails from people pledging support. So we set up a mailing list to keep everyone informed as the campaign develops.

We also set up a page on Tectonic for the “Telecoms Action Group” campaign(what we’re calling it for now). On this page we will keep readers up to date with new links and updates as the project evolves. And if you have ideas on how to make this campaign more effective then join the first forum.


The best 25 Austin Powers Pickup Lines

1. I wish you were a door so I could slam you all day.

2. Nice legs…what time do they open?

3. Do you work for UPS? I thought I saw you checking out my package.

4. You’ve got 206 bones in your body, want one more?

5. Can I buy you a drink or do you just want the money?

6. I’m a bird watcher and I’m looking for a Big Breasted Bed Thrasher. Have you seen one?

7. Wanna play army? I’ll lay down and you can blow the hell outta me.

8. I wish you were a Pony Carousel outside Walmart, so I could ride you All day long for a quarter.

9. Oh, I’m sorry, I thought that was a Braille nametag.

10. Is that a ladder in your stockings or the stairway to heaven?

11. You might not be the best looking girl here, but beauty is only a light switch away.

12. You must be the limp doctor because I’ve got a stiffy.

13. If it’s true that we are what we eat, then I could be you by morning.

14. (Look down at your crotch) Well, it’s not just going to suck itself.

15. You. Me. Whipped cream. Handcuffs. Any questions?

16. Screw me if I’m wrong, but is your name Helga Titsbottom?

17. Those clothes would look great in a crumpled heap on my floor.

18. My name is (name)…remember that, you’ll be screaming it later.

19. Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?

20. Hi, I’m Mr. Right. Someone said you were looking for me.

21. Wanna come over for some pizza and sex? No? Why? Don’t you like pizza?

22. Do you sleep on your stomach? Can I???

23. Do you wash your pants in Windex? Because I can see myself in them.

24. I lost my puppy. Can you help me find him? I think he went into this cheap motel room.

25. (Lick finger and wipe on her shirt) Let’s get you out of these wet clothes.


MySpace, YouTube tops Time's 50 Coolest Websites

Time magazine has released its annual list of 50 Coolest websites here. I have started using both MySpace and YouTube frequently. And you can checkout my MySpace profile here. And have connected with 71 friends so far. Some of them are very well known South Africans like Danny K and ex-girlfriend Lee-Ann Liebenberg. The possibilities of embracing social networking website is endless and the sharing goes beyond mere photos, to music and video clips, little cute things that spice up your profile and more. It does seems like the Website users have become very savy in finding new ways to connect and share with people. And they are opening up their personal lives so anyone can take a peak inside to a degree never before experienced in history.