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All posts by Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings over seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat.
  • Bare-metal servers provisioned in one hour, 24/7 [Sponsored]

    Uptime is crucial. Most online businesses don't keep office hours, so when you need a dedicated server for that important project, you can't afford to wait for business hours. Hetzner understands this need and we now supply standard builds of our powerful range of Self-Managed servers within an hour of the order being placed, 24/7/365. Custom orders take slightly longer. Automated provisioning Our automated provisioning process enables us to offer the power and security of a bare-metal server, provisioned with high performance server specs and installed with the OS of your choice (including Windows Server) delivered in under 60 minutes. To achieve this,...

  • To go with Rain’s LTE-A or not: a few questions to ask yourself

    A general rule of thumb is that fixed-line internet connections are more reliable than wireless connectivity. But here in South Africa, fixed-line connections are anything but a certainty. ADSL from Telkom isn't a guarantee, owing to widespread copper theft. And even though Telkom and several other players are deploying fibre across the country, these are often restricted to wealthier suburbs. So we're glad to see LTE-A actually rolling out across the country, courtesy of wholesale provider Rain and Internet Solutions. As a result of the network, quite a few ISPs have hopped on the bandwagon and started offering near-identical LTE-A packages,...

  • Rain and LTE-A congestion: here’s what you can expect…

    Rain's LTE-A network has made headlines in the local tech space lately, as ISPs offer wireless data packages via the service (in conjunction with Internet Solutions). With prices ranging from R549 a month for 55GB to R1599 for 330GB, it doesn't seem like a bad deal at all if you lack ADSL or fibre in your area. However, the one major concern with wireless networks is congestion -- and it's not without precedent. When Cell C launched its HSPA+ network back in 2010, the first few months were speedy, followed by big speed and reliability issues owing to over-subscribed towers. Then there's Telkom Mobile, which also...

  • 8+ portable apps you should keep on your flash drive

    Portable apps are one of the coolest things ever, allowing you to run PC apps off your flash drive without having to install them on the host PC. There are loads of supported apps out there, so we chose a few that you should slap on your flash drive. Google Chrome Maybe you're using a friend or loved one's PC. Maybe you're at an internet cafe. Maybe you're travelling and using a hotel computer. Either way, why use Edge or Internet Explorer when Chrome will do better? The portable app means that you can use Google's browser on another machine, complete with your...

  • SA election simulator game: you ANC’n nothing yet

    We've seen quite a few politically orientated games come out over the years, such as Democracy and Realpolitiks, but what about a local take on the theme? A group of university students are indeed working on an SA election simulator of sorts, due for release next month. The web-based game (actually called ECivix Election Simulator) is part of a youth empowerment project to "enhance and develop civic engagement and constitutional literacy", says Daniel Eloff, one of the people behind the project. The idea was conceived by a group of law, actuarial and economics students at the University of Pretoria, according to...

  • 11 must-know tips and tricks for Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger has grown from a necessary evil to a semi-decent service in its own right, spanning messaging (obviously), chatbots and more. The app is one of the more popular mobile downloads around, but here are a few more ways you can get the most out of it. Disable those pesky chat heads We're starting off with a simple but effective tip for an annoying feature: those weird chat heads. The chat heads are essentially those chat bubbles that pop up when you receive a message, obscuring part of your screen and just being obnoxious. In any event, you'll want to visit your profile...

  • Telkom overhauls uncapped plans – free landline calls, mobile data included

    Telkom has announced a substantial overhaul of its uncapped internet packages, in the form of 'Unlimited Home Internet' deals. The plans see Telkom dramatically increasing their fair usage policy, depending on the package you take, while also delivering free Telkom to Telkom calls at any time. Additionally, the provider is throwing in between 1GB and 3GB of mobile data, depending on the package. Telkom group communications executive Gugulethu Maqetuka told Memeburn that the price for the plans also included ADSL and phone line rentals. The packages start at R599 a month for 4Mbps uncapped, including a fair usage policy of 360GBs. The...

  • SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy set for November, but will it even leave launchpad?

    The Falcon Heavy is SpaceX's next big rocket, but it's been a long time coming. It was set to be launched late last year, but a Falcon 9 launchpad explosion resulted in several delays and pushbacks across SpaceX's missions. Now, company founder Elon Musk has confirmed a new date for the heavyweight launch. "Falcon Heavy maiden launch this November," Musk simply wrote on Instagram. It's one of the most ambitious space endeavours yet, as the new rocket is expected to carry a bigger payload to orbit than the now-retired Space Shuttle. And the ambition isn't lost on Musk. The Falcon Heavy has received a...

  • Dunkirk movie review: made of the Reich stuff

    The early months of World War Two were known as the phoney war for good reason, as Germany took Poland without Warsaw's allies (Britain and France) committing much in the way of troops on the ground. But the invasion of France in May 1940 finally drew the major allies into the war, as Britain committed her troops to the French. It was an ill-fated move that saw the Allies driven into a small strip of coastline at Dunkirk, France, awaiting evacuation under heavy German bombardment. It's against this backdrop that Christopher Nolan's eponymous take on the evacuation takes place -- and...

  • Unsure about fibre coverage in South Africa? This map will help

    Fibre-based service provider Otel is busy laying out its own infrastructure, but it also sells data packages on other open-access fibre networks. There are quite a few of these networks though, so the service provider has created a network-agnostic coverage map for end-users. The map, available at fibre2thehome.co.za, allows you to simply browse a map or search for your area to quickly find out whether your area has fibre coverage in general. There doesn't appear to be any differentiation between fibre networks though. Otel told Memeburn that this was an intentional approach as other coverage maps "confuse clients by giving 12 different...

  • Snopes: the web’s top debunking service needs your help

    Snopes has long been an institution on the internet, being used by many a web surfer to debunk phony chain emails and other hoaxes. More recently, it's become a way to debunk the scores of fake news stories that circulate on social media. In fact, here at Memeburn, we've recommended that you bookmark Snopes in order to fight fake news, along with several other tools and services. Now, the website, established in 1994, has announced that it needs financial help, owing to a dispute over advertising. "Snopes.com, which began as a small one-person effort in 1994 and has since become one of the...

  • LinkedIn Lite joins the lite app bandwagon

    We've seen quite a few "Lite" versions of popular social networking apps in recent years, now it's time for LinkedIn to jump on the bandwagon with LinkedIn Lite. Yep, the professional network has released LinkedIn Lite for Android in India, TechCrunch reports. So what's actually "lite" about it? The publication says that the new app is 1MB in size, making it ideal for low-end smartphones that have a tiny amount of storage. It's also claimed that the app is optimised for slower connections, with pages loading in under five seconds, "even on a 2G network". That doesn't mean that you've got significantly...

  • Western Cape Free WiFi: can we expect more data, better caps?

    The Western Cape Free WiFi Project is arguably less impressive than the Tshwane Free WiFi Project from a bandwidth perspective, but it's still a pretty solid achievement in terms of coverage. Starting with 50 hotspots across the province, the access points have steadily spread out since the launch in March 2016, now hitting the 178 mark, the provincial government told Memeburn. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. Could we expect the rolling over of unused data, for starters? "Currently, because of the active nature of our users, there is not currently a demand for rolling over unused data purchased...

  • Amazon, WhatsApp score poorly in EFF’s annual privacy report

    When you sign up for the world's biggest services/apps, you're giving loads of information to these firms. But who can be trusted with your data? The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released its annual "Who Has Your Back" report to answer this very question. The report grades some of the biggest companies in five categories, namely whether they follow best practices, tell users about government data requests, have a pro-user public policy, stand up to gag orders and promise not to sell out users. The worst offenders? US networks AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile and Verizon all scored one star out of five -- a...

  • #DataMustFall: ISPA refutes claim it will lead to higher costs for some

    The #DataMustFall campaign has been one of the biggest SA stories in the past 12 months, as social media users call on mobile networks and service providers to reduce the cost to connect in the country. Although it's been embraced by most, the non-profit Free Market Foundation has (predictably) spoken out against the movement in recent months. The organisation has issued numerous press releases, claiming that the #DataMustFall campaign was cherry-picking information, for starters. The organisation also said that connectivity provided by a company was "not a basic human right" and that reduced pricing would lead to more expensive data costs for...