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2009 – Year of the Pretender | The web specialist

Everyone these days is a web specialist, SEO fundi, PPC authorised individual and Blog advisor. And so was I.  Having taken the reign from David who was handling www.silverapple.co.za I took over his clients and continued to do web development work, SEO and PPC campaign management.  Website development is slightly harder than people expect.  Visually, […]

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2009 – Year of the Pretender | The office admin

Late last year I entered Penguin Tutoring in the SAP Go-for-Growth competition.  We were finalists, and qualified to receive a 90% subsidy on a year’s consultancy and best business practice methodology training, to position the company for optimal growth.  This, together with seeing the potential upside the company could reach, made me take on a […]

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2009 – The Year of the Pretender | The Salesman

The year started out with sleepless nights. Not due to worry, but rather, excessive heat.  Having moved back to Johannesburg after 7 strong years in Pretoria, I took residence in what used to be the garage at my parents’ house.  Bloody hot. Mosquitoes. Hadedas from 4am. This frustration was tempered with the value of returning […]

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“Teaching Betty” to say hello when you are in South Africa

Welcome to South Africa – if you’re coming over to South Africa for the FIFA World Cup 2010, or even just for a holiday, why not say hi with some South African flavour.  In my last week at AIDC in Rosslyn, Rachel and Justin were so kind as to give us a quick 1-2 on […]

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My fetish for symmetry and rounding

Was warming my cheese and tomato on toast with chilli today and the “5” didn’t work on the microwave. So I couldn’t warm my food for the usual 25 seconds. 20 and it wont melt it, 30 and the cheese drains through the bread. This is a perfect little balance I have going here. Then […]

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South Africa does not have a skills shortage – It doesnt know how to manage those skills!

Having spent the year working on and in my and Dave’s startups, Penguin Tutoring, Silver Apple and Webmarketing – and now leaving them to take on a brilliant position in SA’s leading Bank, I have a few insights to share with fellow South African startups. We hear that there is a shortage of skills in […]

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Thoughts on Joost

Think Joost, and think back over those memorable rugby moments that come to mind.  A number of Rugby World Cups. 2nd most capped rugby player in SA. Try saving tackles on Jona Lomu. Playing alongside fellow greats – Andre Joubert, Francois Pienaar, Mark Andrews, Chester Williams. Skipping first lectures at Tuks to watch the Blue […]

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What is your meaning of winning?

I have just finished reading “Games Foxes Play” which breaks business down into being seen as a game. First it defines the “Rules of the game” and then spends the rest of the book looking at “Playing the game”. It is written by two South African authors, and I was most impressed with it. Based […]

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How to password protect your entire WordPress Blog

I have installed a WordPress blog to use as an administrator support system – being such a fan of the platform, and being able to serve multiple users different information about their problems.  However, it was a big challenge trying to find out how to go about password protecting your entire blog, so that only […]

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How to make compost – nice and easy!

Its really easy to put your organic waste to good use. My girlfriend and her sister spend a little bit of time on the weekend cultivating a lovely veggie patch, which is all organic, and grown in nutrient rich soil made from worm castings. I am so very impressed with the disposal of their waste, […]

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