Money Matters – Episode 6

Part 2 of the Currency Market, Dos and Donts, Bang Story for the Week; Trillion Dollar Company.

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SuperDads Xmas Special – ep 4 – Two Oceans Aquarium – Dad activities

This episode is the 2nd part of a 3 part series with the Cape Town Two Oceans Aquarium [ https://www.aquarium.co.za/ ] . Stay tuned because in episode we have a prize giveaway sponsored by the Two Oceans Aquarium. 

In the episode, we sit down with Msa. He has been with the Aquarium for years. He is currently the floor supervisor, and a new Dad himself to a one year old boy who loves the aquarium much like my kids. 

Msa tells us about the amazing use of complementary prams to help independant Dads out, plus a wrist-leash system. He also covers the amazing quick turn-around time of the staff in helping locate your child should them give you the slip.

There are also super puppet shows one-year-old, Msa disclaims that some children have a fear towards them to which the show is stopped. But in the event, there are amazing interactions with the sea life, along with the annual Scuba Santa sleepover where parents spend the night and Scuba Santa swims delivering presents to your children.

SuperDads – South African Judge orders Mast powered down on health reasons – Part 4 of 4

This is the final segment of our 4 part series. We wrap up into the practical steps and advise in approaching the court and what should be done if you are going to seek legal assistance or if you are going to go it alone. Also, why the legal strategy taken by Clive was so effective, how lady luck was on his side and what this means going forward. Remember, this case is still on going but we will be sure to have Clive on again as this story unfolds and publish the scores as we receive them.

Clive said “he will probably write a book about how to beat lawyers at their own game. And for people to go by themselves. Easy in the Magistrates court – but one has to know the little “unwritten” procedures.”

In terms of costs incurred Clive describes them as follows:

“Because I represented myself the costs were printing and sheriffs costs and travel. I did get a lawyer to be there just in case and I did see a good advocate. About 7 to 8 hours at about R1,800 per hour. They had 2 advocates and 5 attorneys there and it took an hour and a half to draft the order before I would agree to it. I reckon their legal bill to be about R150,000. We were there from 9 am to 12 pm.

If I had used lawyers it would have been about 60 hours at least. I put in nearly 3 months of legal and technical research and they just do not have the time to spend on one case. I can speed read as well. My legal directory has 1,500 files and my technical directory has 2,500 files. My general legal directory has 6,500 files. I also have a number of books and legal manuals I have purchased.

The first urgent application they awarded costs against me which I am appealing to the ConCourt. They gave me a bill for R27, 000 for one hour of their time in court, and a couple of hours preparation. I opposed and worked out it should be about R5,500. The court must decide, but I will appeal if it goes above about R7,000. If I had a lawyer they would have simply said I should pay the bill.

On Tuesday I insisted that the costs be reserved because I intend asking for costs on an advocates scale. Next week I file in ConCourt and SCA for self-represented litigants to get costs. I reckon I would get about R50,000 in costs.”

We also talk about some shielding solutions one can employ and how it is vital to use testing equipment during your installations. Thankfully EMFSA provides a good support and cost effective rental solution to such equipment.

This concludes the 4 parts interview series. The purpose of the segments is to have everything discussed straight from the Clive’s experience, along with his advice to legal professionals and the lay public. So stay tuned, subscribe on Facebook Niche Radio, Superdads or my site jameslech.co.za . To receive the futures episodes as this and other stories unfold make sure to subscribe. 

We would like to thank Clive for being our SuperDad guest and achieving this landmark court precedent. It took a lot of pain, endurance, time to achieve what he did. Very importantly, we need to also thank his supportive family in all this as Clive cannot take all the credit. He was able to achieve this, as discussed in part 1, only with his years of experiences, and support of his family and friends.

All contained within a zip file – Court papers filed, and court order 

NOTE: We are still awaiting the Court transcript. Once they are received we will publish them in a new post. Be sure to subscribe in order to receive them.

SuperDads – South African Judge orders Mast powered down on health reasons – Part 3 of 4

Continuing from part 2 in this 4 part segment, we discuss more into the mix of legal and health implications. How the two fit together, we discuss more again into the legal proceedings and how the Judge Cassiem came to his conclusion.

Clive referenced valuable website resources that his received his research from. They are:

During the interviews I forgot the names but two books I was referencing were 

Also in the series talked about Clive’s D-Ribose stores being depleted during exposure, this is why he experiences such strain. Once D-Ribose is depleted it takes 10-14 days for it to replenish. This is why it would take him so long to recover.

This interview has been divided into four (4) parts. Each segment having a different theme. The purpose of the segments is to have everything discussed straight from the Clive’s experience, along with his advice to legal professionals and the lay public. So stay tuned, subscribe on Facebook Niche Radio, Superdads or my site jameslech.co.za 

To receive the latest episodes as they are released. This episode covers Glive, his story and the onset of the legal process. 

Disclaimer: the show has a compilation of technical scientific and legal wording, but there are layman summary explanations as well. 

All contained within a zip file – Court papers filed, and court order 

NOTE: We are still awaiting the Court transcript. Once they are received we will publish them in a new post. Be sure to subscribe in order to receive them.

Jon on Tech – How to modernize your organisation

 

There is no question that companies need to transform their technology stacks, both to improve their competitiveness and to remain relevant in the market. Studies confirm that digitally transformed companies are able to bring new products to market 44 times faster and run business-critical applications 3 times faster.

But getting there is not a simple task. Many great organisations have become stuck between realisation and execution. It’s not that they lack the will to make changes, but that these are very daunting and major shifts to adapt to.

Hosting a discussion show on the sidelines of the recent Dell EMC Forum held in Sandton, Johannesburg, renowned speaker and presenter Michael Jackson spoke to Brad Pulford, Director of Infrastructure Solutions at Dell EMC, about this impasse. Pulford noted that many organisations wrestle with digital transformation for elementary reasons:

“One of the things you need to do, when you are defining any customer’s outcome, is having an endpoint. This is one of the most difficult things for customers out there: they see a lot of stuff going on, a lot of the things we’re talking about. But how do you adopt those things and make them relevant for your organisation? It starts with actually understanding what journey you want to embrace today.”

It’s key to bring the right foundations into play, putting platforms in place that can show the effect of new technology and business concepts. Once these basic blocks are available, a company can begin to understand their environment. This makes it possible to start defining the way forward.

For example, what elements are present or missing in a company’s data centre environment? Would it help to consider a hyper-converged infrastructure approach or to adopt all-flash arrays? What would the impact be on the organisation and its ambitions?

As soon as you put some of those tangible ideas on the table, customers become familiar with what is required to inspire change among their people and processes:

“What we’re seeing at the moment is one of the key disruptors is taking your people on that journey, ensuring they are enabled and empowered, and au fait with what is going around the key tenets of what’s creating this revolution and change in the industry.”

Dell EMC’s family of companies are specifically geared towards bringing those possibilities to life. From redefining existing data centres to connecting users on cutting-edge devices to next-generation application development using platforms such as Pivotal, the very essence of the Dell EMC experience is to help its customers define the transformation journey.

If an organisation is treading digital water, it will soon start to sink. This is a frightening prospect for many. But it doesn’t need to be – and once an organisation knows where it is and where it needs to be, things become a lot clearer.

“It’s about having a starting point and a destination in mind,” said Pulford. “If you understand the elements of IT transformation and you understand what digital can do for your organisation, there’s no doubt you’ll embrace what is required to make a success of that journey.”

My Reply to Eusebius’ “Feeling At Home”

By Jon Gericke

It’s time for me to start sharing some opinions.

This morning, 16 March 2018, 702 presenter, writer, author, and man who uses big words, Eusebius McKaiser started his open line as he does just after the news at 9 am. I missed the very beginning of the show and as probably tuned in from around 9:15 am and Eusebius was on a little monologue about certain people not “feeling at home”. This feeling, according to the presenter, was the uncomfortable feeling “certain individuals” get when they are not comfortable at work, at a pub or at any public space. He spoke about how those individuals are experiencing something new as they have always been able to mix with their own kind, be comfortable when they were on public transport or at work.  Eusebius then became very serious and reminded these people that that was what other people have experienced all their life – cut to an advert break.

Now note that at no point did the presenter refer to race, sex or religion in his monologue but he did mention that he was a black man and he is often heard saying that he is a gay man.

It has to be inferred that he is referring to white people who are no longer comfortable at work, at the pub or other public space because now there are people of other races in that space. Eusebius’ assertion that people must accept “not feeling at home” was what started to gnaw at my mind.

It’s a common argument that is used:
Because I had it bad, you need to have it bad too.
Because I was spanked as a kid, I need to spank my kids too.
Because I am a vegetarian, you need to give up meat too.

This argument is a poor one, at best.

Eusebius then later in his show, started discussing how, as a black man, he can be a liberal. How can a liberal be happy or demand that a certain group of people, in 2018, must feel like they have no home because that was the way it was almost a quarter of a century ago?

To me, a liberal, and anyone with a sense of decency.  should realise that someone is uncomfortable and bring them into the fold, int the family, int the home, so to speak.

Using Eusebius logic, should men make women not feel at home in the workplace? No, as men, we need to make women feel at home at the office, somewhere safe, with no harassment.
Using Eusebius’ logic, is it okay to make a gay man feel unwelcome? No, because it has nothing to do with you if he is gay or not and it would simply be wrong, as a human being,  to do so.

So why is okay, Eusebius,  if a new group of people do not feel at home?

This is petty revenge and is certainly not a liberal thing to do.

Now I know, if you bother to reply, will use lovely big words to justify your argument, you have a much bigger vocabulary than I do, but it’s not the words that irritated me, it was the thought that you were happy that there are people who are uncomfortable going to work. You might well argue that the point of your argument was to develop a debate, if that was all, then well done. You have me debating.

Jon on Tech – Realize Your Digital Future

Technology innovation is advancing at an exponential rate, powering a new era of digital transformation. Yet most IT leaders say their transformation initiatives are still emerging or evolving.

Dell EMC Forum 2018 is a chance to accelerate your transformation, with direct access to the latest technologies, mindsets and delivery methods driving business success.

Across a day of interactive knowledge sharing, discussions and demos, you’ll hear the latest on:

  • Digital transformation:
    Drive new business outcomes with agile software, IoT and analytics.
  • IT transformation:
    Explore the latest platforms, converged systems and cloud technologies.
  • Workforce transformation:
    Empower people with technology that aligns with the way they work.
  • Security transformation:
    Discover new ways to tackle the constantly evolving threat landscape.

Don’t miss this chance to connect with your peers, Dell Technologies leaders and the new Dell EMC community in a unique environment built for knowledge sharing and collective problem-solving.

Accelerate your transformation by registering for Dell EMC Forum 2018 today.

 

Jon on Tech – Dell Pushes the Boundaries

 

At the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Dell is unveiling a suite of elegant new products and software to address the myriad ways people play and work. In addition to revealing some of the world’s most beautiful devices, Dell will highlight incredible hidden innovations within these products designed to improve performance, functionality and the overall user experience.

“At Dell, innovation never sleeps. We’re passionate about creating technology that expands the boundaries of what’s possible,” explains Sam Burd, president, Client Solutions Group, Dell. “With Dell, the incredible product design you see on the outside makes for gorgeous machines, but one of our most striking advantages comes from the innovation within. Beauty and brawn lurk beneath those beautiful exteriors, revolutionizing and redefining personal computing, and giving people experiences they want – and some they’ve never dreamed possible.”

Feats of engineering—XPS 13 and XPS 15 2-in-1

Dell’s XPS portfolio has won more product awards than any other brand in the company’s history. The latest XPS 13 is improved in every conceivable way and was just named a CES 2018 Innovation Award honoree. Along with its next-generation InfinityEdge 4K Ultra HD display, the XPS 13 adds a dazzling Rose Gold with Alpine White woven glass fiber interior as an option to traditional silver and black, with narrower borders and up to 80% more thermal headroom. Inside its thinner, lighter design, the Dell Power Manager delivers power just when you need it, while GORE Thermal Insulation, the same silica aerogels used in the Mars Rover to diffuse and dissipate heat, introduces an innovative material into the thermal design to keep the system cool while it works hard.

Addressing a gap in the marketplace for thinner, lighter and more powerful mobile devices that both hobbyists and professional creators demand, Dell unveils the first XPS 15 2-in-1, the world’s most powerful 15-inch 2-in-1, a feat of engineering that embodies innovation on every level. Balancing high performance with a sleek design, the smallest and thinnest 15.6-inch 2-in-1 available delivers the CPU and graphics horsepower to run content creation apps, process huge files and play AAA games while featuring touch, pen, an innovative maglev keyboard and the screen real estate that creators crave. New 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processor combining a high-performance Intel CPU and discrete Radeon™ RX Vega M graphics in a single package, help make the new XPS 15 2-in-1 possible. The XPS 15 2-in-1 also offers an eye-catching next-generation InfinityEdge 4K Ultra HD display with vivid colour and cinematic immersion in an impossibly slim 16mm form. Expert craftsmanship, premium materials and finishes including machined aluminium, carbon fibre and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 make this a functional, futuristic design.

Dell PC and smartphone integration with Dell Mobile Connect Software

 
People don’t just have a mouse and keyboard in their hands when using a computer, they now also have a smartphone. To increase convenience and productivity, Dell is the first PC maker to introduce a software solution that enables complete wireless integration between Dell PCs and smartphones (iOS and Android). Pre-installed on all new Dell consumer PCs, Dell Mobile Connect empowers users to make calls, send texts, get notifications and even fully mirror their phones to interact with all their favourite mobile apps.

Immersive experiences with Dell Cinema

Now more than ever, people watch movies and TV shows on their PCs with the expectation of a full cinematic experience, including studio sound and visual quality, as creators intend. That experience is now available on XPS and select Inspiron PCs through Dell Cinema, an immersive audio and visual experience.

  • CinemaColor: powered by Windows HD Color, decodes and displays high dynamic range (HDR) streamed content with enhanced detail, more vivid hues, sharper brightness and a wider colour gamut; Netflix in HDR also is supported on Dell Cinema PCs
  • CinemaSound: a Dell exclusive audio innovation powered by Waves MaxxAudio Pro that delivers clearer highs, enhanced bass and higher volume for a true cinematic audio experience
  • CinemaStream: powered by Killer and SmartByte, a software-based solution co-developed by Dell and Rivet Networks that optimizes online streaming and interactive video resulting in less buffering, more bandwidth and better resolution

Dell debuts new Alienware Software Command Center and eSports Training Centers


Redesigning its software from the ground up, Dell debuts the new Alienware Command Center that merges system settings, content and other functions into a simple and elegant interface. Alienware Command Center helps a novice to experienced gamers optimize and tune PCs and peripherals to their unique gaming needs. Now a gamer can access her or his game library from all sources on a PC, easily create custom profiles for each game and squeeze out more performance with power management and overclocking tools.

Concurrently hitting the market is AlienFX 2.0, the second generation of Alienware’s proprietary in-game lighting system that works across Alienware PCs, mice and keyboards. The Alienware Command Center provides even more customization of individual keys and key groups with more than 16.8 million colours in each lighting zone.

Dell and Alienware have long invested in the eSports industry: supporting the first Championship Gaming Series in 2007; working with Team Liquid, Team Dignitas and ELEAGUE; and most recently working with Tobii to infuse eye-tracking technologies into eSports tournaments revolutionizing the spectator experience. Alienware currently is the hardware of choice for Team Liquid, who have selected Alienware peripherals (mice, keyboards, monitors) for use in training and competitions. Today, Dell is announcing the launch of the new Alienware eSports Training Facility for Team Liquid setting a new standard for a dedicated eSports training centre. The new 8,000 square foot facility in Los Angeles will serve as Team Liquid headquarters, supporting multiple competitive teams with an in-office chef, sports psychologists, nutritionists, dedicated coach and analyst and training spaces– with everything powered by the newest and most powerful Dell and Alienware technology. Athletes will be training for high stakes competition while design teams, video crews and coaching staff make use of monitors, touchscreen displays and more to break down the action and create content for fans.

Dell makes VR a reality

Alienware is collaborating with NVIDIA and Oculus to create a new category of competitive virtual reality (VR) eSports that combines physical and mental competitive gaming and brings it to the masses. During the last two months, more than 200 participants across 14 different cities competed on Alienware systems to get the fastest time on Survios’ latest VR game, “Sprint Vector.” 

Dell also is announcing a new VR-ready Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop starting at just $799 to reduce the entry cost of VR. Engineered for PC gamers, the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop features 8th Gen Intel Core processors with up to six cores and graphics, solid-state drive options for faster boot-up times and intelligent thermal design for longer gaming sessions.

Adding to the ease of one-stop shopping, Dell is the first PC provider to sell the consumer version of HTC Vive VR headsets. In addition to offering the HTC Vive Business Edition, Dell is also confirming a deal with Meta to offer its immersive augmented reality (AR) headset. This move will satisfy those developing new solutions with latest VR and AR technologies. Check out the blog for more information.

New monitors and a significant performance uplift for Dell’s Latitude portfolio

Dell continues to lead the industry in displays with the addition of the world’s brightest ultrathin monitors in their class: the Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor (S2719DM) and Dell 24 Ultrathin Monitor (S2419HM). Pictures come to life in luminous, vivid colour and both monitors support HDR-content playback for a CinemaColor experience, producing beautiful colour depth, clarity and contrast in a virtually borderless InfinityEdge display for strikingly realistic images. With a sleek profile at only 5.5mm at its thinnest, both monitors deliver peak brightness of 600 nits.

Designed for the mobile workforce, Dell’s Latitude portfolio of secure and manageable commercial notebooks and 2-in-1s has been fully refreshed with the latest 15W dual-core and quad-core 8th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ 15W processors delivering significant performance improvement. Productivity benchmark tests show dramatic performance uplift over products based on the previous generation processors. The additional cores and threads make a noticeable difference on company networks when IT is running encryption, malware scans and other background apps to secure and connect employees. The Latitude product line also has been updated with several exciting new hidden innovations. For example, the Latitude 7490 notebook features an exclusive active steering antenna that delivers better WiFi range, speed and connection reliability, and a new Full HD super low power display that reduces power consumption by up to 50%, resulting in several hours of additional battery life. Check out this blog for more details on these innovations and the exciting new lineup of Latitude business solutions.

To maximize productivity for on-the-go professionals and media enthusiasts, Dell is introducing the world’s most compact Thunderbolt™ 3 storage device and one of the fastest portable drives available, the Dell Portable Thunderbolt SSD 1000 (1TB) and SSD 500 (500GB).