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  • IT Web to pay bloggers for content

    Jovan Regaseck the founder of IT Web and a man who I very much admire and respect, is quoted by Tectonic as saying: "In a state of madness (perhaps), I decided that we needed a world first. Something never done before." It Web says it is going to pay bloggers a generous 10c per page impression for their articles, pictures or video clips for a new site they have launched called My Digital...

  • Moneyweb relaunch

    One of my favourite websites, Moneyweb, has relaunched, featuring a wide-format design. Their site used to be run by iafrica.com, who lost the contract to do it. I like the wide-format look and the generous use of whitespace... kind of like NY Times and Washingtonpost.com. It's the direction that most news sites are going. The indicators on the left look great and are really compact. The shaded blue menu bar that dominates...

  • Sunday Times revamps website

    Sunday Times has relaunch their site. The redesign looks great. Following the latest trend in creating wide-format sites, their website really hits the spot for me and raises the bar for local online publishers from a design point of view. The old site was in bad need of a redesign, but this makes it all worth it. I like the use of multimedia, the big square ads which I think are the...

  • Roll on broadband

    from my column in the media, called net savvy If a survey by search engine Google is to be believed, the British apparently now spend more time on the Internet than watching television. The report, carried by news agency AFP in March this year, showed that British Internet users spend an average of 164 minutes online daily -- the equivalent of 41 days a year -- compared to 148 minutes watching television. According to...

  • Internet useage in Africa: Top countries

    It's time to wake up, Telkom. Here are the top ranking internet countries in Africa by internet hosts. I got this from Arthur Goldstuck's comprehensive report, which you can get on his website. Shows that, as a continent, we have a lot to catch up still. Thankfully the consensus is that South Africa is now set for more expansion, although expensive telecoms are still holding us back. A new challenger to the fixed...

  • The great convergence sideshow

    It's always been cheap and easy to publish on the web. Big professional, online publishers share the same medium as small-time, personal homepages. Online publishers typically publish at a lower cost than newspapers or magazines, making it an affordable option for shoestring publishers and budding entrepreneurs. It's why they are in the web business in the first place. (more…)

  • Open source in SA

    Something pretty revolutionary is going down in a dusty patch of Limpopo province. It involves billionaire and Africa’s first Astronaut Mark Shuttleworth, a multi-national technology company and the government. Shuttleworth is so passionate about it, he says it could rocket South Africa into the future: “We are on the cusp of a new era. This is the future of IT.” (more…)

  • Cocking Up Convergence

    Let's start with the good news. We have a Convergence Bill. It has good intentions. It aims to promote the growth, diversity and the liberalisation of the communications industry. It aims to promote much-needed black empowerment in the sector. And it is generally an admirable attempt by government to ensure the laws of the country keep up with the supersonic pace of technological advancement. In a nutshell "convergence" is the techno buzzword that...