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April 2015 Archive (30 posts)

Things to See in South Africa: Tugela Falls | If you ever find yourself in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa and you have a thing for waterfalls, then it is definitely worth your while to make the hike up to see the magnificent Tugela Falls. The Tugela Falls is a complex of seasonal ... (Travel Attractions)
The Best Android Remote Control App for Kodi - Kore | I've mentioned that I've been running a XBMC (Kodi) media server at my house for quite some time now, and in fact, I just upgraded to the relatively recently renamed Kodi version of this venerable media server a couple of days ago. Now although a wireless ... (Software & Sites)
How to Upgrade from XBMCbuntu to KodiBuntu | I've been a fan of, and have been using XBMC (now known as Kodi) for a couple of years now, and if you aren't yet familiar with this great media server project, then here's the official blurb taken from their website: "Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Cheap Clothing - Just a Reminder that Sweatshops are still a Problem | I first encountered comedian John Oliver on Community (which I only picked up on criminally late). What I didn't know at the time was that very soon I would become an avid fan of his entry into the world of American late-night talk and news ... (General Nonsense)
Easter Egg Hunt (2015-04-05) | I don't think I ever got around to mentioning it here on these pages, but Easter Weekend 2015 was a pretty nice little break from work. Although we didn't go away for the long weekend (Chantelle was working on the Friday and Monday if I remember ... (Photo Gallery)
Play Time at Pollock Park (2015-04-22) | I have lived in Gordon's Bay for quite a few years now, and to date, I had still never visited Pollock Park, a little strip of interesting green literally a stone's throw away from Vergeet-My-Nie, Jessica's current play school. Well, I am happy to report that ... (Photo Gallery)
What If Superman in Man of Steel was actually Colourful? | I didn't really enjoy Zack Snyder's Man of Steel to be quite honest. In fact, I haven't really "loved" any of Snyder's movies, probably because of his insistence of visual style over, I don't know, acting/story/emotional depth. Harsh, and probably undeservedly so - after all, ... (Moving Pictures Notes)
Music: Papa Roach - Gravity (2015) | I've mentioned the fact that I rather enjoy Papa Roach's music more than once on this blog, and thus it can come as no big surprise that I'm highlighting the new music video that the band just dropped for a track off this year's new ... (Music)
The British Power Plug is actually a damn good Design | British presenter and tech personality Tom Scott dives a bit into just why the British plug is considered such a superior and safe design as opposed to some of the other power plugs around the world. (Pleasingly, some of those features mentioned are also found in ... (Science, Technology & Curiosity)
Military Aircraft: British de Havilland DH.115 Vampire | The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was a British jet fighter developed and manufactured by de Havilland. Having been developed during the Second World War to harness the newly developed jet engine, the Vampire entered service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1945. It was ... (Military Aircraft)
Things to See in United Arab Emirates: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque | Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates hosts the third largest mosque in the world - the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It is named after the late founder and first President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (who, by his ... (Travel Attractions)
Accelerometers: How Cell Phones Know Up from Down | Engineering professor Bill Hammack is a well known science and technology documentarian who has been the face of his project for quite a number of years now. In this video he explains how it is that a smartphone knows whether it is orientated in landscape ... (Science, Technology & Curiosity)
Android App: Know Your Load Shedding Status with GridWatch | If you live in South Africa then the reality is that load shedding is here to stay for quite a bit longer - particularly as the energy demand starts spiking when the really cold winter weather starts kicking in! So with Eskom unable to meet ... (Software & Sites)
Not Quite an Ode to the Bum: Milk Milk Lemonade... and the Fudge Machine | I'm not really familiar with comedian Amy Schumer, nor her seemingly popular Inside Amy Schumer sketch show that runs on Comedy Central, and just in case you aren't either, here's the show blurb grabbed straight off of the Comedy Central listing: "Straight from Amy Schumer's provocative ... (Music)
Waterfront Scratch Patch Easter Fun (2015-04-05) | Although we didn't go away for this Easter Weekend (plus, Chantelle worked on the two public holidays), the girls and I certainly did get up to a lot of fun activities, one of which was a family outing to the V&A Waterfront in order to ... (Photo Gallery)
How to Set an Hourly Cron in Ubuntu Server | Just a quick reminder to myself as to how to set an hourly cron on an Ubuntu Server instance using the standard Crontab mechanism (use crontab -e to edit your crontab). Now "* */1 * * *" (similar to how you would do one for ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
The Race to Mondeor (or... Damn It, I was Wrong!) | There's been an argument brewing here in the Country Mews Lotter Stronghold for a while now - is it faster to get onto the N2 proper by going right into Dennhof, onto Sir Lowry's road and then on to the N2, or is it quickest ... (My Life)
Selecting Your Own Contact Lenses | As per the norm, I had stretched my last six month contact lenses supply well past its intended duration - in fact, records pointed out that I had last been to the optometrist in something like 18 months or so! So of course, when my ... (My Life)
Jack Slack's Ringcraft: The Art Of The Fighting Stance | Don’t be fooled: Mixed martial arts is a world of rebels, moralists, spiritualists, historians, eccentrics, and nerds - men and women dedicated to mastering the fine art of fighting. Fightland is VICE's take on this ever-evolving culture—exploring the international influences that make up the world ... (Martial Arts)
The Ingenious Design of the Aluminium Beverage Can | Engineering professor Bill Hammack is a well known science and technology documentarian who has been the face of his project for quite a number of years now. This time around he takes us through the engineering choices underlying the design of the worldwide icon ... (Science, Technology & Curiosity)
Jessica and her new Bicycle | A couple of weeks ago Chantelle and I surprised Jessica by taking her to Game and letting her choose a new bicycle. She had outgrown her first bicycle and to be honest, being a second hand buy, it was a bit tired by now - in fact, one of ... (Jessica)
How to Change the Remote Desktop Port in Windows Server 2008 R2 | As convenient as staying with default ports for services on your server is, the sad truth is that thanks to attackers this is probably not such a good idea. In order to change the listening port for Remote Desktop connections on your Windows Server 2008 R2 instance, ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
A Chrome Extension that makes New Tabs Pretty | Google Chrome has kind of wormed itself into being my de facto web browser, and as such I spend a lot of time with it. In other words, I see that blank, expressionless white new tab screen a lot. A hell of a lot. Which is ... (Software & Sites)
Check if Google Considers Your Website to be Mobile-Friendly with this Tool | Google has made it pretty clear that soon (April 21st, 2015 to be exact) they are going to be ranking sites a little differently when searching from mobile devices, in essence ranking mobile-friendly sites higher than non-mobile formatted sites in the returned search results. Now if ... (Software & Sites)
Stellenbosch FASHKOSH 2015 Airshow takes off Next Weekend! | If you don't have plans for Saturday 11 April 2015 and happen to be milling around the Stellenbosch area, then you might be keen to know that the FASHKOSH 2015 Stellenbosch SA Airshow is on the go that day, kicking off at 08:00 in the ... (Event News)
How to Lose Weight if you are Obese? | "How to Lose Weight if you are Obese?" - or rather, "Hey, this seems to be working well for me!". In my late teens and early twenties I was slim, fit, and had energy for days. However, at around 25 my disposable income had increased significantly ... (My Life)
Cheerleaders in Rugby? Seems a bit Unfair and Unnecessary? | Recently I was at Newlands to catch a live DHL Stormers game, and as always the rugby action on show was fantastic. Yes, my home team lost against a superior New Zealand foe on the day, but the rugby was played hard and made for ... (Sport & Health)
At Last, Sir Terry, We Must Walk Together | I read ferociously as a child, going through whatever my local library could throw at me at incredible pace. As a teenager I continued to read, though not quite at the same pace, and by my twenties this frequency had dropped even further. In my ... (Book Notes)
Libra - A Great Weight Tracking Android App | Part of my current weight loss drive is to track my weight on a daily basis. Thus, I needed a lightweight mobile application that would facilitate this process - which is exactly where Daniel Cachapa's excellent Libra - Weight Manager comes in. Simple, lightweight and extremely easy to ... (Software & Sites)
Video Piracy made easy: Popcorn Time | It's weird how almost socially acceptable pirating video content has become. It is wrong of course, everyone seems to know that, but for some or other reason, just about everyone that does pirate can come up with some sort of reasoning that it's a justifiable ... (Software & Sites)
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