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Android App: Know Your Load Shedding Status with GridWatch Software & Sites 18 APR 2015

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 our electricity demands and saddled with the responsibility of keeping the national grid up and running, we may as well get comfortable and start knowing our load shedding schedules and status.

In other words, a great time for the excellent GridWatch load shedding Android app from the development team over at News24 to makes its appearance!

news24 gridwatch load shedding eskom alert and schedule android app

This invaluable tool is a proper lifesaver when it comes to planning around and dealing with load shedding. Essentially it constantly updates itself with all the latest load shedding schedule databases from around the country, reacts in real time to sudden load shedding status changes, and pretty much lets you know whenever a break in your power supply is going to be happening.

By allowing you to save areas of interest like ‘Home’, ‘Work’ or say even ‘Gym’, you know exactly when and where you can expect power breaks to be, and with handy push notifications sent whenever necessary, you are pretty much guaranteed not to get a nasty surprise when the lights go out just as you pulled closed the office toilet door in anticipation for some much needed alone time.

It’s a clever, visually intuitive app that gives you all the information you need, and if you are a South African living in South Africa – well then you would be silly not to currently have it installed on your phone!

(I’ve had mine installed pretty much straight after it was released at the end of March! Haven’t looked back since…)

Related Link: GridWatch on Google Play Store

News24 Blog No More General Nonsense 02 MAR 2008

Yellow LEGO AvatarI ran a little experiment a little while ago that got terminated just the other day after about two weeks of running live. Currently I am quite fond on this little blog, treating it almost as my new hobby and I have become almost fanatical in keeping it updated on a daily basis. Of course this disadvantage of hosting it on a separate, private site is that it doesn’t form part of the growing SA blogging community and outside of links to the Amatomu and Afrigator aggregator sites, CodeUnit would pretty much be anonymous apart to a few friends (who I have discovered are as fanatical in reading it as I am in writing it) and passersby that land on it thanks to Google searches (funnily enough, my joke post entitled ‘Bigger Tits’ is constantly the post that scores the most search hits. Guess the Internet really is as perverted as they say).

So anyway, jealous of the various blogging communities out there, I took the plunge and created me a nice old News24 blog simply to test what kind of traffic I could generate as News24 blogs have the added bonus of being publicized on their parent site, namely News24.com. Of course, I failed to read the terms of use as always and happily went ahead creating half posts each day and then linking these incomplete posts to the main blog so that the News24 blog reader would then jump onto the main CodeUnit site to finish off the post and thereby drive my traffic up.

The results were phenomenal to say the least. Pretty soon I was basking in my highest readership numbers ever and I must admit that it felt gooood. It is kind of nice to know people were bothering to read my stuff.

But of course, this kind of free traffic couldn’t last for long and pretty soon I found myself logging in to find my News24 account removed. Already knowing the reason, I emailed their support staff anyway, acting all innocent and the like, to find out what was going wrong. And I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the prompt, efficient and very friendly support that I got from their technical staff.

Wow, very impressive indeed. So well my News24 blog didn’t last particularly long, the experiment did show me a number of things: 1) Being part of a blogging community is fun and highly rewarding on a personal level; 2) A visibly supported blogging community via some or other popular portal will in fact be more than enough to drive up traffic stats significantly above the normal level (I currently average around 140-150 hits per week day); and 3) News24 are actually pretty efficient and it seems as if they really are committed to their new Web 2.0, user-driven web strategy.

I wonder if they’re looking to hire?

News24’s Craft Your Column Competition Submission – Part II My Life 28 APR 2007

news24_logo3Thanks Iradney for the comment regarding the posting! Yup, rushed to check it out myself, and my rushed little missive has indeed been posted on the News24 site. Much happiness and rejoicing :)

http://www.news24.com/News24/Your_say/Y … 98,00.html

Now I wonder if I should put some effort in and come up with a masterpiece to challenge for 1st place?

Nah, seems like a little too much work for a long weekend.

News24’s Craft Your Column Competition Submission My Life 25 APR 2007

news24_logo3The competition currently running on News24 caught my eye this morning so I quickly typed up a rather admittedly rambling bit of prose as an entry. Not too shabby for no thinking done about it, fabricating a topic and five minutes of work. And it falls 14 words under the 500 word limit. So here’s the first and final draft (I couldn’t be bothered to actually try and make a decent entry)

I must STRESS that this is utter rubbish.

Life in the fast lane. It would appear that this dirty phrase is now applying to almost everyone fortunate to be alive in our time. Why is it that with all todays technological advances, process reforms and higher levels of education and therefore thinking, is almost everyone you ever meet stressed out of their minds?

90% of the time the root of the stress lies at work, these poor unfortunate souls who cannot switch into casual mode after the end of day bell chime and who instead take their work home with them, ready to invade whatever little personal time they actually have left. It would seem that the increased unemployment fears as the workforce steadily increases combined with the streamlining of work processes through technology is actually causing heavier workloads. More work, same time.

Then of course there is the stress brought about finances. People who don’t have enough or arent secured for the future spend fretful days, worrying and stressing over every little penny. (Of course they generally overlook their poor investment, spending and plain life choices of course).

The stress of relationships, marriages, partners lie in wait as well, ready to sink their claws into ones mind at a moments notice. Societal stresses are ever present, people striving to reach the higher level of societys norms and expectations, stressing over every little absurd detail of pose and presence.

Life is getting faster and faster, time is flying by and we just seem to be going with the flow. Its no wonder that psychiatrists are springing up from every corner and from under every carpet. And don’t even get me started on meds – how many people do you know that arent actively taking some form of medicine or supplement.

So would I be correct is theorising that stress is a result of a person trying to achieve their perfection (well at least, that what passes for perfection in their own mind)? Stress is rooted in me wanting to be the perfect person I know I can be. I want to be successful in my work, I want more than a comfortable living and retirement plan. I want a successful marriage with a kid and a dog and maybe a kitten thrown in for fun. I want respect and want to be revered by my friends and my peers. I want to be super athletic and adored by all members of the opposite sex. In short I want everything. Its no longer about surviving anymore – its about having more than what Ill ever actually need.

The question is of course: why is it then that no one ever seems to reach this goal? Could it be impossible after all? Could we be our own worse enemies?

I let you mull over this while I overtake this slow guy in front of me. Welcome to the fast lane.