So i was due for an upgrade and the MTN sales went on and on about the latest technology at my finger tips.
Up until then there was a very clear line in the sand between devices free and open and those closed and frustrating. Am ithe only one on the planet who has this primal feeling of digital freedom. Well i defintely wasthe onlyone in the cellphone shop. That was 2 weeks ago and this is now. The line has been blurred, i have registered another device which gives me freedom on demand.
Problem is that I have been WINDOWS free for the past 10 years and hve not looked back. For the cynics out there. There were mny moments where i would do anything for a PC that works.
Back to now, i am typing this entry on a samsung galaxy tablet running a version of Android. Honeycomb 3.0 and Iam soo loving it. Except for battery issues, here is my list of this that works out the box and my fav apps:
:-) Wireless and the switch between 3g and wirless is easy peasy and so ease:instaling apps from app store or google play,response from the touch screen. I was not convinced at first.
:-) a list of of my downloaded apps
:-)Beyondpod, an easy to use podcast client preset with BBC podcasts
:-)Tumblr and wordpress INSTALLLED
:-)social media:twitter and facebook INSTALLED
:-)Skype:not convinced,lets see
:-)ANGRY BIRDS?Shoud have topped the list
:-)eBooks is a firm fav with Helena
Here is my list for now.
ANDROID I AM LOVING IT
Some of you may have heard the interview on Cape Talk yesterday afternoon with Antonella. John Maytham mentioned an e-mail which triggered the interview and I thought it might be an idea to post what she wrote here on our page:
I have lived in Welcome Glen amongst the baboons for 16 years now, and am a great lover of animals and the baboons. I and have always supported the baboons’ right to live where they have always lived.
But the situation has become more than critical - IT HAS BECOME UNBEARABLE!!!!!! It is getting WORSE and WORSE. The baboons are fearless, and are becoming more clever every day at gaining access.
The monitors are COMPLETELY INEFFECTIVE through no fault of their own - it is simply that it is impossible for them to prevent the baboons getting into our properties and into our houses.
THE BABOONS MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE PENINSULA - it has become the only answer to the problem. We are fed up of living under siege in our own homes - every time one hears the troop, running in a panic around the house, making sure all the doors are closed (and locked - as they know how door handles work), and any windows with no burglar bars, or with gaps too large to prevent the young baboons coming in, are also closed. I am so frustrated and feel powerless and vulnerable in my own home, where one is supposed to feel safe and relaxed after a long, hard day or week at work in this very stressful world we live in.
I have done everything that we have been instructed to do to discourage the baboons coming into my property, but they still persist.
A few months ago the whole troop gained access to my house in what was the worst raid in 16 years of living amongst them, causing thousands of rands worth of damage - and no, that is not an exaggeration. If you are interested I can give you list of the extent of the damage that was done. The young ones, especially, are extremely destructive - unpacking cupboards and throwing things around; in my worst situation it happened to be my very expensive Elna sewing machine and my binoculars, amongst so many other things.
This morning they pulled and pulled on my locked french doors until the very large piece of glass on the upper side of the door smashed, whereby they gained access causing total chaos and more damage. I am at work, and my son phoned me to tell me what had happened. He was sick in bed and is now in the pouring rain (which is now also pouring into my house through the large hole on the western weather side, where the baboons broke the window, trying to secure the hole with scraps of wood and black plastic bags, until we can get the pane replaced.
They also pulled and pulled on another old, closed window until they ripped the frame apart, and my son reports that it looks are though the glass is about to drop out of the frame at the bottom. This too will now have to be bolted to the frame, until such time I can afford to buy a new one.
THIS HAS GOT TO BE RESOLVED VERY URGENTLY - not with discussions and forums, and reports that sit on someone’s desk for an indefinite period of time, but NOW, before something really terrible happens, as this is very real in the lives of those of us living with baboons EVERY DAY, not just on the days that we complain or try to phone someone, but EVERY DAY.
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Another birding adventure. This time is bigger and better and takes place at night. My first jump into birding as an amateur came after a long conversation with Dr Andrew Jenkins. His wise words” Welcome to my world. Things have become pretty intense since that conversation. Since I spotted the JB and started monitoring them on a daily basis. This is hard work and requires a great deal of patience and technique , but has a huge pay-off. The one thing which I find really difficult to understand and work around: The natural processes which JB follow. Their hunting patterns and unexplained disappearance for long periods of time. And then of course: the location of the nest Its all guess work for me and I am a student in the university of life. Good thing I have access to the Phd types who offer a wealth of information and experience. My latest encounter with Dr Phoebe Barnard came during the lean times in my JB monitoring. They had disappeared from the Red Hill locations and I was expecting them bcack in the Navy picnic site: No luck. Nature had another lesson for me about pateince.
The Phd types come with a long list of credentails
Dr Phoebe Barnard has a keen interest in Sunbirds and Spotted Eagle Owls. She has a BSc Hons (Acadia, Canada), MSc (Witwatersrand), PhD (Uppsala, Sweden)
Birds & Environmental Change Partnership Programme, Climate Change and BioAdaptation Division, Kirstenbosch Research Centre South African National Biodiversity Institute.
Dr Andrew Jenkins (husband of Zelda Bate, a friend of Barbs) has a lot of experience with raptors at large ,but Peregrine more specifically. I spotted one of this a while ago while living in the Fish Hoek valley. Actually I don’t remember seeing it but its effects on the pigeons Widespread Panic!!
This happened gain for me some days ago in the morning. While I am in the garden I see a pigeon plucked out of the sky by a raptor which I assume to ne a Black Sparrow hawk. Its hunting technique absolutely breathtaking and the poor pigeon ( who is normally a strong flyer) was a sitting duck. It lives nearby and I a mission to find its nest and so far so good. It hunts early morning or late afternoon. Now I am getting ahead of myself. The road to the SEO is a strange one. One hot day I go for a morning run on my day off and find myself on Black Hill Expressway. Here I find some road-kill of interest. Its huge and speckled all over. I have no idea what it is and now way to carry it back home. The only thing to do is to get it out of the traffic and hide the corpse for later identification. I stick it in a spot of the road and come back in an hour: Its gone!!
Some time later I meet up my Phoebe at a GEESE meeting and she helps me ID the dead bird and also gives me an idea where they nest and how to spot them.
Its school holidays (well its come to an end for me now. Back to work tomorrow) and I have committed to do two activities with the kids:
Spotted Eagle Owl Spotting
a walk up to Peers Cave ( Gabriel as well)
Well a third actually: a walk up to Elsies PEAK. Will have to put this on another list.
Back to the SEO: Went down by myself on the first time and with Helena os the next one. We scored two out of two. First time I spotted it flying low for 5 secs. The second night was spectacular: We spend about 45min watching and waiting like disciples waiting on Jesus return.
We spend the next ½ hour listening to the hoot, hoot hoot hoot. Life is good.
That was Friday night, Tuesday morning 3rd April at 9:15 I am starting my morning run and spot a strange bird on the Navy site. Something I had not seen before sitting on the same spot where the JB normally perch. It takes me a good 5min to make sense of it all: The JB are back and in full colour! AND I get to see the pair of them.
Kids should be resting after a walk down to the Navy picnic area. Helena was kept home today as she seems to be coming down with something and slept until 9am this morning. She is back to her normal tricks today and Gabriel is in bed with her. He still needs that midday snooze. There was the threat of rain and cabin fever today so with the first sunshine we headed out. It makes complete sense to have my day off on a Tuesday and yesterday I spent much of the the day setting out the week. Forgot to transfer my Google Calender to the hard copy which sits in the office.
Kendra Bailey is Grade 1 at Bay Primary and lives up the road. Here dad, Gary and I have become friends and I hope to get them over for a meal at some point. They seem to play together for hours on end and have had a few sleep overs already. Helena and Gabriel have no shortage of playdates from kids in the community. Our evening walks with tiger normally gathers a crowd of kids as is always an adventure. I have been pondering the thought whether Youth Workers make the best parents , but will give this some more thought before I commit to a position.
The other night we had 5kids , 3 dogs and one miniature hamster in tow. Where the burnt out house used to be , a new house is being constructed and in the back garden is a Dream weavers Jungle. WOW what a find. We aim our trips after the builders have left and this detour never disappoints.
Gabriel does 2 days at playschool near Sun Valley Primary. He is the biggest and oldest of the group and had no problem settling in. H is now very proud and so are we of his counting skills: I think he gets up to 8 AND he absolutely loves school. I am glad that we have waited and that a small playgroup found us. We should increase his attendance by another day by next month. I am hoping that this next phase in his development would mean :
Good bye to the Dummy/Bite-ty as he calls it.
He starts migrating back to his own bed.
Bandwidth and Tech stuff
Currently I am still a happy Ubuntu user. It has been about a year since I installed Lucid Lynx and besides the button dilemma which as solved itself. The OS runs smoothly. My favourite/ frequently used programs :
Firefox 5.0 without too many adds (Those which recommend: Wisestamp. Shareaholic and Tile Slideshow. Then of course the download helper is a must!
Music and Video: VLC and movie player.
Podcast Client: Gpodder. Have had to sync my fav podcast by uploading OPL files. The gpodder website is the best ever. I stay in-touch with the latest of my podcast from any pc/laptop.
In the absence of the ipod I have been using the BB as a media player and this is not ideal as the battery is permanently drained. Bought a little shox media player from a Paki and it works well.
Been teaching myself Gimp
and it hard work but will pay off. I down load a stack of tutorials from SHOWMEDO.NET and also have downloaded the PDF cookbook. Now need to find the time to do this. Tonight is ideal.
Wordpress Vs Tumblr/ The later is really easy and showy, but not ideal for content. I have this plan of overhauling the WP blog and have uploaded tons of pics. Need to get the splash page sorted and write more content. AND hopefully get more readers. Tumblr is great for easy pics and reblogging, But thats it.
Everything I know I have learnt from blogs and podcasts.
Other OS must haves: Abiword, Cairo Dock, and Compiz (on an atom possessor use Simple Compiz Setings)
The PC which was running Linux mint will soon be running Fedora 14. I have the OS torrented and will use UNetbootin to make a bootable memory stick. I hope to have this done by the end of the week.I have done this with Ubuntu and Mint and it
Line speed at home is still painfully slow bittorrenting pushed 45kbps( .45mbps) at the top end. Sharing my torrenting secrets with the likes of Michael has not been a good idea as the bandwidth has practically disappeared.
My top 5 podcasts:
Linux Outlaws . These guys are in the 228‘th show. They have changed me into a OS evangelist.
BBC Global News and Africa News: A daily must listen. News on demand instead of waiting for news at the top of the hour with SAFM. The RSS feed makes it that much easier with new episodes delivered to your browser without interfering with surfing/work.
NPR: Fresh air has brought my to must have TV series and music: Because of Terry Gross I now know about Justified and Fringe as well as Bob Iver and Ron Lomax.
NPR Tiny desk concerts: A must for idling the time away.
Pray as you Go: a Jesuit podcast which brings a daily devotion following RCL. when i AM TOO BUSY TO READ THE BIBLE.
On the Coffee Front
I have brought my favourite coffee in Fish Hoek. This should be the headline in the local paper. Usually I have to drive all the way into town , find parking in Loop street to get my fix from Anthony’s Golden Cup. He mixes a blend of Columbian and Continental and it is the best. I usually get a 1kg bag of beans for the month. But now its got easier. I have put Stan from the Daily Grind in Fish Hoek, Main Rd in touch with Anthony. And everyone is happy. I now have Anthony at home and on the road. Lifes Great.
Besides the usual plunger which is the first coffee.
My latest coffee upgrade is a Cafe Palermo
-1.25L filter coffee | 240ml espresso capacity -Separate filter coffee and espresso sections -Removable permanent filter -12 cup filter coffee and 4 cup espresso -Brew strength control -Cappuccino steam nozzle -3-in-1 Espresso, Cappuccino and Filter Coffee I am now able to pull shots and have managed a rosette or two. Takes a while to get going and more time to clean up afterwards. Really impressive quality in the cup.
Its 30days until my next brew : 21L of Stout
What I remember from my last Coopers brewing experience was that it started on Easter MONDAY AND ended about 30 days later on Human rights . Everyone included myself was surprised and impressed by the taste of the beer. An experiment gone right. One important lesson is to start the next batch after bottling the first batch. Which means that if all goes well you will never go without beer .