Saturday, 12 June 2010

I recommend these companies: products, services, deals, software

This is a living list of companies, services, software, and products that I use that I feel have given me gr8 service and value for money.
It will be updated regularly - what do you think of a blog page that does the opposite (ie: list services, and products that I have had bad service)?

Please add your recommendations in the comments below.
Web sites + services:
Tag the contents of your home for free: Tagga

Services in Cape Town:

Updated on 05Nov2011:
Pool renovation:
We got our pool re-marbelited (gunite) with Revelstone coping
I’m a very happy client, no unreasonable additional charges
Des Pollard: +2782 8964855  (doesn’t do fibreglass)

Painters:  4 Lads & A Lady Painters (<--click and they will call you back)
Great service, gr8 prices, gr8 trustworthy team, neat, they do what they say, interior and exterior,
+27 83 449 9900
+27 21 762 7536

Photographer: we've used Gavin Withers for weddings, Bar Mitzvah, general family shoots - very highly recommended.  Awesome prices, fast, no very fast delivery of wonderful photos!:

SABIA National Wedding Photographer of the year 2010

Cell:  0836580332

Bali (The House of Bamboo)
Gr8 service, gr8 prices, neat job, quick turn-around from order to delivery and installation.
Tel: +27 21 715 8552
Fax: +27 21 715 8554
22 Estmil Road, Diep River 7800

Total Commander: Windows Explorer, but 10,000x better!
Copernic Desktop search: the latest version of Copernic Desktop Search Home 3 has some very useful features disabled (until you pay for the pro version) – so, rather download and install an older version 2.3 from here: Copernic Desktop Search Home 2.3 build 18
Opera: Web browser with everything you need included
SnagIt: Screen capture utility
Quicken: Financial control at home and at your business
ClipMate: Clipboard extender
Windows Grep: Search for text in lots of files
DropBox: make sure you have all your important files from all PCs
TweetDeck: Great Twitter desktop client
VoipBuster: Cheap and high quality VOIP international calls (1st 120 days free for most major cities)
NimBuzz: Free Calls, Chat, Messaging and more on your mobile phone and desktop PC
CrashPlan: Free backup software, pay option for the cloud

Friday, 11 June 2010

World Cup Soccer 2010 in South Africa

No, this isn't going to be a long post... it's a start that will log my experiences as a South African in Cape Town....

Let's start with a blast on the Vuvuzela:
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Athlone Towers:   )_(   )_(
It took me a while to find that text logo of Table Mountain (Cape Town)...

Have U got Ur free #WC2010 Desktop app (also Linux and iPhone) to keep track of the points etc? With free web updates:

Cool Twitter art (awesome stuff from
91 characters - but I still can't get it to show in my Twitter?
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This text art doesn't quite fit into 140 chars (South Africa):

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 / ____|           | | | |         /\    / _|    (_)          
| (___   ___  _   _| |_| |__      /  \  | |_ _ __ _  ___ __ _ 
 \___ \ / _ \| | | | __| '_ \    / /\ \ |  _| '__| |/ __/ _` |
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|_____/ \___/ \__,_|\__|_| |_| /_/    \_\_| |_|  |_|\___\__,_|

Get notified when tickets become available on the ticketing web site:

Tip: RT @MarcForrest: Idea: if you are taking your kids to the soccer, write your cell number on their arm with permanent marker. If they get lost you can be called

Remember not to take flags on poles or sticks - they are not allowed into the stadiums :(

Free Nokia 6110 Navigator program from the Nokia Ovi store: 
Update on Sat 03 July: This app is not very good :(  It doesn't give the standings of the final rounds - not much use!  I have UNinstalled it :(  If you have any other free Symbian apps, then please add a comment to share with me.... thanks :) 
AP 2010 World Cup Coverage: with  live FIFA game data.  Follow your team throughout South Africa and enjoy a feature-rich multimedia experience with live game scores, schedules, standings, and more.  Additional features include star player profiles, photos and videos, venue information and interactive voting to pick your favorites. Available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.  Click here to go to the Nokia Ovi store and download the free app to your phone (excl. data costs on your phone):  AP 2010 World Cup Coverage

Final standings: Fifa 2010 tournament on Sun 11 July 2010 (thanks to

Yup, it's over... and what a host South Africa has been - we did it! We did it! We felt it! We enjoyed it! We represented the whole of Africa! We did it! We did it! We welcomed the world! We caught criminals  in the act - and some of those were not South Africans! - Some were soccer teams' entourages! We are proud! We are united! We are South Africans! We are proud!
And to celebrate, as heard on John Maytham's show this morning (4th July) on Cape Talk 567 and Radio702, let's all celebrate by "Keeping the flag alive" and "keep the flag waving", and "fly the South African flag" long after the World Cup is over.

Draftfcb South Africa has launched a National campaign to retain the energy and passion unleashed by the 2010 spectacular.  See here for more:

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