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Amazon Kindle

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I have been playing with the Amazon Kindle 3 (6″) – WiFi version and I am very impressed. I managed to read 5 chapters of a book in one sitting without any distractions. This could mean less time on my iPad.
For a focused, no-nonsense, reading experience where content that matters hits your grey matter in the most effective way, go with Kindle.


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March 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

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Upgrading to new MobileMe

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Apple recently upgraded their MobileMe services. When I logged in to it prompted me to upgrade. I accepted and about 10 minutes later I was upgraded.

Afterwards my iCal was confused and “lost” all it’s calendars. It took me a while of playing around with the settings iCal and MobileMe, but I found a recipe which worked for me.

1. Make sure there are no accounts configured in iCal. See iCal->Preferences->Accounts.
2. Go to your MobileMe settings and reset your syncing by logging out and re-registering your computer.
3. Enable syncing on MobileMe. Wait for the process to complete.
4. Go to iCal->Preferences->Accounts and add your MobileMe account.
5. After a few seconds, your calendars will appear in iCal and will be synced after a few minutes

Good luck!

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March 16, 2011 at 7:35 am

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Cell C Data Bundle packages

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I have previously blogged about the Cell C Data SIM on a Novatel MiFi. I also tested the Cell C Data SIM on a Huawei K3520 (the white one I received with my original Vodacom 3G contract). The Cell C Data SIM works just fine on the older Huawei modem as well.

Go here for a list of compatible modems.

If you already have a compatible modem, then you just need to decide between R999 for 2GB / month for a year or R1999 for 5GB / month for a year.

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March 14, 2011 at 7:13 am

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Get a US iTunes account

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For those of you who would rather have a US iTunes account, you can follow these instructions at Marc Forrest’s post.

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March 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm

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iOS 4.3 Personal Hotspot on Vodacom 3G

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My iPhone 4 has been updated to iOS 4.3. I was looking forward to this update for a while since I wanted a MiFi Hotspot without carrying around my MiFi device.
So far it works really well. This post is published via my iPad, connected wirelessly to my iPhone 4.
This saves me from taking out another data contract for the iPad for the odd occasion when I need access outside WiFi range.
This makes an iPhone 4 and WiFi-only iPad a nice combination.

Below is a screenshot of the iOS Personal Hotspot option.

iOS 4.3 Personal Hotspot on Vodacom SA

Written by Rudi Engelbrecht

March 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

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I installed InstaPaper last night. Browsed a few websites and marked them for reading on InstaPaper. From there I read the articles and discovered that I could mark other articles / links for later reading.
This fits my workflow perfectly!
And on the iPad the reader feels as smooth as the Kindle App. And it allows me to read offline. Also has a dark screen mode for night time reading.
I am absolutely hooked!
Bye bye Safari, long wait times to load pages, popups, ads etc.
Hello productivity!

Location:Nanyuki Rd,Sandton,South Africa

Written by Rudi Engelbrecht

March 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm

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Cell C Data Bundles on a Novatel Wireless MiFi 2352

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I have purchased one of the Cell C Data packages and so far it has been going great.

My Novatel MiFi 2352 supports UMTS 900 which means it has access to HSUPA speeds.

Initial tests around Sandton, Midrand and Centurion achieved download speeds in excess of 4 Mbps (around 5.5 Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 Mbps (or more) with an average ping of 125 ms.

I am very impressed – let’s hope the throughput stays that way for the whole 12 months 😉

Written by Rudi Engelbrecht

March 8, 2011 at 3:20 am