What’s The Deal With Digital TV?

What’s The Deal With Digital TV?

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We all know that there are invisible, magical, ‘sciency’ signals being broadcasted through the air 24/7 that allow us to pick up things like television, radio and even cellphone calls… But what exactly are these signals and how do they work? What is all this talk about digital television and how will it affect our daily lives? I have attempted to answer all of these huge yet relevant questions and provide you with all the important information you should know as we join the international migration to digital TV.

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Fifa 16 Is Here! Another Step Forward For Gender Equality

Fifa 16 Is Here! Another Step Forward For Gender Equality

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I kid you not, as of this morning FIFA 16 is now available for download on the Origin website in three editions. Gamers and soccer enthusiasts everywhere rejoice! If you did not know yet (for example if you have been living under a rock… A bed-rock; because you’re primitive) FIFA is a sport simulation video game based on FIFA Soccer which is the world governing body of soccer. If you are reading this and thinking “oh, she means FIFA Football,” I apologise. I am South African and though we have adopted most of Britain’s English rules there are some things South Africans have decided we were better off without.

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Let There be Freeware: Best Blog Design Software

Let There be Freeware: Best Blog Design Software

It is ridiculous how much free image editing software is out there. I suspect that there are still some undiscovered gems and look forward to using them one day but after testing nine programs this week I can confidently say I found two major stand-outs. I tested iPiccy, Picmonkey, Pixlr, Clipping Magic, Canva ,Fotor, Serif Draw Plus Starter, Smooth Draw and Sumo Paint.

The criteria for choosing these programs was heavily based on their number of features, good user interfaces, easy use, professional finish and functionality. They have yet to disappoint me and have even driven me to abandon my ancient Microsoft Photodraw (literally from my childhood and therefore I know it like the back of my hand) which I actually paid money for. The following programs are intended for complimentary use (I usually keep them open in separate tabs when I am working on something) and I don’t find their features to overlap so I feel they make the perfect couple!

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The Gentlemen of the Deck

The Gentlemen of the Deck

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It was a Saturday night and my friend Mandisa and I were pulling out all the stops. She had already bought a bottle of wine and my outfit was set out on my bed. Living in a township, working in a retail store and never attending church meant I never wore high heels much. Still, when I saw this stunning pair in my store last month I knew I had to get them. I loved beautiful things, and this pair with the chunky heel and metal straps stole my heart entirely. Unfortunately, they cost almost eight hundred rand and it would have been insane for me to buy them even with my employee discount. I had bus fare, school tuition and my share of the electricity and groceries to pay for every month. My job in retail wasn’t the worst but it sure didn’t afford me many luxuries. Read more

Let There be Freeware: MindMaple

Let There be Freeware: MindMaple

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My love for freeware has led me to many places. I’ve been to the back-alleys of the internet, to where the juvenile garage-based programming companies advertise their freeware; to silicon valley’s finest and everywhere in between.  I was in mid-yawn when I came across MindMaple, a new company who shows promise of being the next big thing. They grabbed my attention right away with their well-designed website and powerful product.

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A Crash Course in South African History

A Crash Course in South African History

I have been watching a lot of videos on Crash Course World History and unfortunately their site has nothing on South Africa; a country with a history that was strongly influenced by trade and  was the first to implement a type of social engineering termed “Apartheid”. This system has been and still is a source of controversy in the South African society. It bred a plethora of social struggles amongst the different races and cultures and helped shape the country I am living in today. As I am a coloured person (mixed race), one can only understand the context of many of my non-fiction stories after understanding my country’s history and it’s impact on our lives. So here’s the just of it in about 10 minutes… Read more

The Silent Passenger

The Silent Passenger

It was in the passenger seat of my dad’s car, where I first thought of the analogy that could best describe how I had been living my life for the past three years. It was way too early on a Monday morning, still dark and damp from the previous night’s rain and I sat in silence while my heart raced with every questionable decision my dad made on the road. His car had been burgled a month ago and so the usual distraction of his car radio blaring classic eighties music wasn’t there any more to calm my neurosis. Read more