Toby Shapshak
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/ 11 December 2006

A new-look Office suite

If you’re looking for that feature in Microsoft Word or Excel and you can’t remember where you originally found it, you’re not alone. About 80% of feature requests from users already exist in Office, says Cyril Belikoff, information worker business group manager for Microsoft South Africa.

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/ 2 November 2006

Join the YouTube generation

It’s an old tune that has been playing in South Africa for years — unless we get viable and cheap broadband the country will be left behind. The digital divide may separate those with a computer or internet access from those without but the broadband divide carves what few million internet users South Africa has from the rest of the online world.

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/ 2 November 2006

Make your own podcast

Three times a week, Brian Ibbott sits in his converted basement in his Denver house and plays his favourite cover songs. He explains their origins, reveals little-known musical trivia and indulges in the light banter of a polished radio host. Then he quietly posts these half-hour radio shows online and 40 000 listeners download them and listen either on their computers or iPods.

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/ 9 June 2006

In search of a good tighthead

Jake White will tell you the best thing about the team he has picked for the first Test against Scotland this weekend is that they share 525 caps among them. Ad, while Os du Randt is back with John Smit to anchor the loosehead, the same confidence cannot be felt about Eddie Andrews on the tighthead.

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/ 2 June 2006

Nothing super about SA rugby

It might be a surprise that Jean de Villiers will captain the Springboks in a non-Test match this weekend, but not that South African rugby is still trying to drag itself out of the gutter. Last week, two of the biggest problems bit the dust: the president and his love child, the ill-conceived, over-hyped, over-funded and under-performing Southern Spears.

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/ 6 February 2006

Pocket dialling Adam

When Jeff Bezos launched his e-commerce website, he chose the name Amazon because it would appear at the top of the predominantly alphabetically listed website indexes. That has made Amazon the force it is. The A principle has had another interesting side effect in our age of runaway telecommunications: the pocket dialler.

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/ 7 November 2005

Chinese IT giant goes global

Lenovo, the world’s third-largest and Asia”s largest computer-maker, signalled its intention recently to compete globally with top companies Dell and Hewlett-Packard, after turning around in six months the loss-making personal computer unit it bought from computing behemoth IBM.