wifiinacanThe entire mobile economy is based on a tenuous assumption—that we’ll be able to access the mobile web, whenever and wherever we want it, at ever-increasing speeds. The reality is not so rosy: We’ve already seen mobile carriers like AT&T and Verizon stop offering their unlimited data plans—and the struggle for bandwidth is going to be even more grueling as the number of tablets and smartphones continues to explode.

Limited access is more than just an annoyance, it’s a mortal threat to innovation. By 2020, wireless technology is expected to have a global impact of $4.5 trillion. But growth depends on our ability to scale up. We need access that matches the number of devices demanding it.

Readily available Wi-Fi could help fix that problem. Internet and phone companies are already starting to deploy small cells—essentially tiny mobile phone towers that serve Wi-Fi along with 4G—in densely populated areas. But those companies have little incentive to build out the massive infrastructure required to connect the rest of the world.

One company has come up with a uniquely audacious solution—a Wi-Fi antenna in a spray can. Chamtech Enterprises has developed a liquid filled with millions of nano-capacitors, which when sprayed on a surface can receive radio signals better than a standard metal rod. With a router, Chamtech’s antennas can communicate with a fiber network, receive signals from targeted satellites, and set up a daisy chain with nearby nodes, potentially creating a mesh network of low-cost, broadband Wi-Fi hot spots. Because the antennas can be painted onto any surface, there would be none of the NIMBY-ism that greets every new cell phone tower. If that’s not fantastic enough, try this: No more cursing AT&T.

Give Linux Mint a try because it’s an exceptional alternative to Ubuntu or any distro you might consider your favorite desktop Linux environment.


The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.

Started in 2006, Linux Mint is now the 4th most widely used home operating system behind Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS and Canonical’s Ubuntu.

Some of the reasons for the success of Linux Mint are:

  • It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.

  • It’s both free of cost and open source.

  • It’s community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.

  • Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers.

  • It’s safe and reliable. Thanks to a conservative approach to software updates, a unique Update Manager and the robustness of its Linux architecture, Linux Mint requires very little maintenance (no regressions, no antivirus, no anti-spyware…etc).

Vodacom have been having it, but maybe its enough. This is daylight robbery if you compare prices, not just to overseas prices but prices of data, voice, roaming, itemised billing etc.

For those that can’t find the actual profits in the article because they’re not stated, they made an operating profit of R13.7bn (improved by 21.9%), from R11.2bn previously. That’s billions of profit, just in case you’ve never felt that you’re being ripped off     Sauce

Um we are currently in recession, small businesses and large business’s are closing doors, and Vodacom is making a huge profit. Now one would think Vodacon is providing a fantastic service, dynamic service or something that is magical with profits that size. If you look at our consumer reporting website, you would be amazed that 90% of reports by consumers are totally unhappy with service.

vodacom customer response

Customer Service

“After taking a long hard look at how we can improve the customer experience, knowing that this is the key to continued success, we realised that we needed a fresh approach to strategy setting and an unencumbered organisation to deliver it. The change from blue to red is just an outward indicator of all the internal changes underway which will deliver real benefits to customers across the areas of network, customer experience and value,” concluded Uys. Sauce

Have a look at what other bloggers are saying about vodacom. Still waiting on a response for over 1 month to respond and investigate dropped calls, undelivered sms’s. I have sent 4 references numbers from other vodacom users, with phone model details, GPS co-ordinates. No one in this multi-billion rand business has the professionalism to get back to this request, sneaky feeling they dont have a clue how to support it. I wish something would be done, they are truly hampering our economy through their rip-off rates, bad service. One positive thing is the millions they pump back into advertising.

At 10.44am on 12 November 1991, the first packet of data was sent from Grahamstown across the Atlantic to a house in Oregan, USA. We all know this simple transaction that we all use on a daily basis as the Internet. Grahamstown has just celebrated the 20th anniversary of this event, hosting an evening with the players involved. Grahamstown is still a buzzing centre of technology, with a large varsity population studying towards careers in technology, wireless service providers providing last mile service to farmers and dynamic Internet Service providers providing  access and hosting services around South Africa to our Internet community.

The first email sent by Mike Lawrie:
“Well, the line keeps going up and down, and the ‘telcos’ have not completed testing yet. But for the record, it was the first ping from North America to [sub-Saharan] Africa.” Sauce

One not so positive note is that one of South Africa’s peering points, called GINX, was shut down last month. Although not headline news, it kind of gives us a story about lack of communication and sharing of data amongst service providers. Although Ginx was only setup as a model INX by Rhodes University, it was more of a pain to maintain. IT could have provided a legitimate service amongst the local providers that used the service and also paved a way for providers sharing and peering bandwidth, perhaps reducing costs to internet users.

Following prodigious efforts by the SANReN project Team, the SANReN Backbone extensions project has reached Rhodes University. On 9 October 2012, engineers from Rhodes and TENET commissioned the new connection.

What does the Internet look like in picture?

This project was created to make a visual representation of a space that is very much one-dimensional, a metaphysical universe. The data represented and collected here serves a multitude of purposes: Modeling the Internet, analyzing wasted IP space, IP space distribution, detecting the result of natural disasters, weather, war, and esthetics/art. This project is free and represents a lot of donated time, please enjoy.

More information:
Stats of domains regsitered in South Africa


Internet Stats 2012 South Africa

15 years of great service to the Internet community of South Africa. Imaginet have just launched their 10000 GB giveaway starting from today. They are also knocking the socks off pricing in South Africa with our expensive internet rates, this is most welcome. Rated as one of the best quality service providers in South Africa, its worth giving browsing and registering for your 1GB, try it out for free and never look back.
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10,000 Gigabytes of FREE ADSL! No catch. No obligation. Get FREE ADSL @ Imaginet now! 
Imaginet is celebrating our 15th year of providing awesome Internet to South Africa. We had so much fun giving away iPads, smartphones and other goodies that we decided to keep the celebration going.

Pass out the party hats! Now we’re giving away… 10,000 Gigabytes of FREE Unshaped ADSL!

At Imaginet, we like to keep everyone happy, even the government, so terms and conditions apply, but have no fear, we won’t let them spoil the party. In a nutshell, the giveaway is limited to one per South African household and all we need from you is your basic information, a valid email address and your contact details. Simple as that!
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Vodacon’s coverage map has been slightly adjusted recently. 3G ( broadband ) now covers more than 10% of the farm. With slopes, trees and structures this is not a reality. But the good news is that it is somewhere. So now to tap tap into this amazingly fast and affordable service is possible. I can agree that my speeds are getting better, according to . I am still scoring a D on a national level for internet access. Up to 2.66Mb per second, yayaya. I salvaged 3 satellite dishes from someones garden recently and after some research believe with a little elbow grease it can be used to boost the 3G signal straight to my closet base station. I am hoping this will all work. I have used as the best reference and will use their instructions.

This is how I feel about internet in Bathurst. 


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