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Charlie and the (fully-automated) Chocolate Factory

As any rational 20-something-year-old woman does when dealing with a romantic crisis, a recent breakup led to a wine- and takeaway-filled movie night with my girlfriends. After vetoing all typical boy-meets-girl movies, we opted for a classic: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – the Tim Burton version, of course, because who doesn’t love Jonny Depp? […]

SANSA app calculates best HF communication channel

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA), based in Hermanus, has developed  a new application (app) that will assist users of the high frequency spectrum (3 – 30 MHz) to plan the frequencies that will provide the best and most reliable communication channel at any given time of the day or night between any two […]

SA internet turns 28 today!

As of today (12 November 2019) it is 28 years ago that Mike Lawrie led the Rhodes University team that established the very first South African internet networking system. While SA’s first internet protocol (IP) address was established in 1988, it was on 12 November 1991 that the first local IP connection was made. “Mike […]

Blockchain, still hype, needs more time to mature

In a new book “The real business of Blockchain”, the authors allude to Blockchain as one of the most revolutionary technologies today which has the potential to unlock existing value and to create new value. However, they warn that in its current state Blockchain, from an enterprise perspective, is still young and evolving and far […]

In conversation with Dr Thulani Dlamini: Putting the “i” in “CSIR”

Earlier this year, the CSIR announced a programme to put a greater focus on industry and industrial development. For my last “In conversation with” that I am authoring as features editor, I decided to meet with the CEO of the CSIR, Dr Thulani Dlamini and have a conversation about bolding the I in CSIR. “While […]

Nedbank / EE seminar: ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA for utilities of the future

Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on: ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA for utilities of the future This is the 5th in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers DATE: Tuesday 26 November 2019 TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below) VENUE: […]

Radio amateurs need a mindset shift

Since its inception, amateur radio has moved with technological developments and often led some of it, for example the application of low orbit satellites. Low earth orbits were once considered of no practical use, yet today they are in great demand for GPS satellites and the internet constellation announced by Elon Musk of SpaceX. In […]