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Bored? Enter Vibescout
[Partner Content] 02 DEC 2016

With the weekend looming large, are you still scratching your head trying to come up with some ideas on what to do with your precious free time this coming Saturday and Sunday? Sure, Netflix or DSTV is always a fallback, but come on, Summer is here!

Which is exactly the point at which Vibescout saunters into the conversation!

Vibescout Cape Town Events

Vibescout is a cool local startup that brings to life the local events guide concept, packaging it in a clever, slick, mobile optimized website containing well… loads of categorized and geographically tagged events.

With a wide selection of events listed, the obvious cool trick is the ability to narrow down the list of events to either a specified place or your current surrounds – I mean, just check this perfect events list for my current location (with each event’s distance from me noted) when I ran a check from home!


The site is clear and well laid out, simple to use, well formatted and super pleasingly, not in an app form. (Seriously this is a plus – not everything needs to be a standalone app on your phone!)

As I mentioned, this is a completely homegrown South African project, meaning that there is plenty of friendly, local help if needed, all of which then basically means that you should definitely be checking out and adding Vibescout to your brower’s bookmarks as soon as possible! ;)


After all, what’s on in Cape Town? Well Vibescout should know…

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Windows 7: Manage Startup Programs Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 12 FEB 2014

The recommended way to manage which applications load on start in Windows 7 is of course to trawl through each application’s settings or options pages and control them from there. However, another more efficient way to do it (if you are a little computer literate) is to simply make use of the standard Windows System Configuration tool.

Launch the Microsoft utility by hitting the start button and entering ‘msconfig’ (without the quotes) into the search/run bar. Launch the msconfig.exe executable and navigate to the Startup tab.

There you’ll have a nice listing of all commands currently set to launch on start (registry entries basically), and can then manually trawl through the listing and deselect all the crapware and unnecessary loaders lurking there. (Make use of the Manufacturer and Command items to make sure you’re correctly identifying things before disabling them). Hit apply and then OK to prompt a machine restart.

(Of course, it is also worth your while to see what Services are running, because more often than not, unnecessary lurkers and loaders may very well be running a service to say for instance, ensure that the application command does in fact get launched. As suggested, the Services tab is managed exactly in the same way as the Startup tab, i.e. do exactly the same thing you just did to disable unwanted services!).


Little Vista Tip: Control Your Startup Applications CodeUnit 28 NOV 2009

Yes, there are a number of ways of controlling which applications get launched on Windows startup, ranging from editing the registry or deleting shortcuts from the windows startup folder, but in a nice stroke of genius, Microsoft allows you to quickly and efficiently control which startup applications get to run by adding a useful Startup tab to their System Configuration utility.

Simply type in “system configuration” into the Windows Start Menu search box and hit enter, allow the System Configuration utility to launch (if you have UAC enabled), and then browse to the Startup tab. Here you will see a unified list of all applications that either have a on Startup registry entry or wallow perhaps in the Startup folder itself, with a checkbox next to each application name indicating its current startup status.

So in order to speed up your machine, uncheck all those unnecessary resource hogs and click Apply – couldn’t be any simpler! :)


Note: This has been around since Windows XP by the way: Start -> Run: msconfig. Still nifty though.

CodeUnit.ZA Online Software & Sites 01 JUL 2008

I’ve mentioned Ryan’s and my little collaboration a little while back now already, and although no concrete work has of yet materialized for our little ‘business’, I am happy to announce that we have decided to go ahead and make our little project official anyway, and have as such have finally gone live with CodeUnit.ZA.

For now, CodeUnit.ZA offers the following services to its clients: (Should you see anything here that you would like us to help you and your business out with, please feel free to contact us for any further information or to just simply request a quote)

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Web Development: Any businessman will tell you that these days it is essential that you have a web presence for your company. And if you don’t have the skills or expertise to do it yourself, then this is exactly where CodeUnit.ZA fits in. We handle both complex scripted and plain vanilla HTML sites, tailor-made to order and at the most cost-effective prices that you will ever see.

Software Development: Do you need a quick and dirty, custom-made desktop application programmed for you? Do you simply need a code module or some database coding done? CodeUnit.ZA currently provides Windows .NET application programming as well as SQL programming for most major Database types as one of its services offered.

Mobile Platforms: Do you need to run a SMS-based competition or voting poll? Do you want to create one of those cellphone subscription portals that you see advertised on television? If the answer is ‘Yes’, then know that CodeUnit.ZA are more than capable of crafting your solution for you.

Web Design: Say you already have and existing website that desperately needs a facelift or simply need a new shell of a website to populate yourself, CodeUnit.ZA can be requested to redesign (or design from scratch) any piece of Internet property that you might require.

Graphic Design: For all those smaller projects for which you need pamphlets, brochures, web imagery or simply logos designed, CodeUnit.ZA offers a solid graphic design service that is sure to realise your vision just as you had intended it!

Copy Writing: So you have an idea for a nice product or you have a good shell of a website just waiting to be realised, but don’t quite know what to say? Then let CodeUnit.ZA come up with your text for you. From item descriptions to site content to even product reviews, CodeUnit.ZA can handle nearly all your content writing chores for you!

So there you have it. Our little business on the side is finally official and having our site up at http://www.codeunit.co.za sure makes looking for business a whole lot easier! For now we are simply going to be servicing client requests, but rest assured that we do have one or two bigger independent projects in the pipelines! :)

CodeUnit.ZA My Life 11 FEB 2008

Last week Ryan and I got worked up into a frenzy when we finally made a move to try something out that we have always joked around but never taken to seriously. One of the UCT research departments had found themselves in a serious pickle as they did not have the necessary competent staff to draw up an essential and urgently required research database frontend and as such, news of their dilemma quickly filtered through to me via the usual grapevine. Now I know that their problem stems back from a couple of months ago already, so to hear of it now means that they really are in deep trouble indeed, and it is all thanks to a couple of their staff members who lied on their CVs!

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Now Ryan and I have always joked about starting up a little software development house between the two of us seeing as we both have the necessary complementary skills ranging from desktop software development right through to complex web development. This would have been the perfect test for the two of us to see if we could in fact work together and we both quickly cottoned on to this idea. Hosting, business cards and logos were discussed and I hurriedly sent off a nice and professional meeting request to the research department in question.

Unfortunately, the reply we received back was less than pleasing as it quickly became apparent that they weren[ … ] Damn. The rest of this post appears to have been lost when I switched from Simple PHP Blog Framework over to WordPress. Sorry about that :(