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Gadgets that run on body heat

September 06, 2007


All you warm bodied people may have an advantage with this new innovation. You may soon be able to power your personal devices like mobile phones, iPods, digital cameras and other devices using just your own body heat. Whats best is you dont need to be riding a bike with a dynamo or walking on the treadmill!

The new circuits utilize the principle of thermoelectric generators (TEG) made from semiconductor elements. According to the scientists, from Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits the TEGs extract electrical energy simply from the temperature difference between a hot and a cold environment. Normally, a difference of several tens of degrees would be required in order to generate enough power, but the difference between the body’s surface temperature and that of its environment is only a few degrees. To boost the energy, they combined a number of components that store up the energy until there’s enough to operate the electronic device.

The photo shows a wireless transmitter being powered by the heat given off by a person’s hand via a thermoelectric generator with the output being displayed on the screen.


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All new ADSL customers will need to purchase their modem now, even when doing a self install. Telkom previously ran a special, that gave a free modem to all clients who made use of the self install option, regardless of which ISP they purchased their bandwidth from. The special ran from Febuary 2007 till the 31st August this year.

The ADSL self install option allows you to get your ADSL line setup quicker & faster than before because a Telkom engineer doesnt have to come to your premises. The self install option is still available and I would still recommend it in order to fasttrack your ADSL line installation, however you will need to purchase a modem.

Speak to an RSAWeb consultant to get advice on ADSL modems and how to aquire one with your RSAWEB ADSL service.


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Google MyMaps

September 03, 2007


Google has now made it even easier to embed maps into your website. If you have a coding background and have played with Google Maps intergation via the API, you will know thats its pretty easy to do, and in a day or two you can have a customizable app build, but the average blogger on the web has’nt got the time or the inclination to get that technical. Most bloggers have posted code from Youtube into their blog, so Google jumped on that fact and built Mymaps. Mymaps is an extra tab on the already well known Google Maps page, allowing you to plot markers and even add HTML text into descriptions. The “link to this page” facility has been upgraded to include the iframe text for easy blog insertion. Here is a simple map to the RSAWEB Cape Town office.


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Rugby World Cup Calendar

September 03, 2007


The Rugby World Cup is almost upon us, and there have been many calendars released in the newspapers detailing when each game is going to be played. Well now you can bypass all the paper, save the environment and import an online one instead. If you are using a Mac, or use Zimbra, you can import an iCal calendar and never miss a game. Zimbra also does all of the time zone changes, so your South African calendar remains up to date.

Click here for the zimbra import, or if you are still stuck with Outlook, you can download it in Outlook format.


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Simpsonize me

September 03, 2007


Have you ever wondered how you would look if drawn by Matt Groening, and appeared in The Simpsons movie. Well now you can find out. A new website Simpsonizes you by looking at an uploaded photo and matching it to a Simpson character. What do you think of my character, I call him Robart. Here he is walking to the Springfield kwik-Mart. Enjoy the website…


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Telkom’s R2.4bn proposed purchase of BCX was denied by the Competition Tribunal because it was a clear business tatic to prevent deregulation and stifle competition.

Business Connexion shareholders accepted the offer readily, but there was a staff exodus as technicians baled out, fearing they would became part of a parastatal notorious for stifling technology innovation. Both the ISPA (Internet Service Providers Association) and multiple ISP’s challenged the bid.

The tribunal said convergence of voice and data services depended on networking technologies dominated by market leaders. The takeover would have removed an effective competitor as Business Connexion was “poised to become a formidable competitor to Telkom” in managed network services. The deal would have let Telkom gain a much larger market share and had a detrimental effect on competition by making it harder for rivals to grow and possibly push smaller rivals out of business.

The tribunal ruled that Telkom would just be taking BCX out of the market to compete against telkom for converged data and voip services.


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Hot on the heals of the Tokai base station news, Belville South now has iBurst coverage. If you live in the Access City/Shirley Valley area, you can now wake up to fast wireless internet access. Check out the map below, or go to the iBurst website. Meyerhof, Labiance and Glenhaven all have good coverage. iBurst has been expanding its coverage and now has 22 base stations in Cape Town.

 


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A new base station has been erected in Tokai giving customers additional coverage and covering previously poorly covered areas. This new base station will also take some of the load of the Plumstead base station.

Suburbs that will get more coverage are: Westlake, Steenberg, Kirstenhof, Retreat, Coniston Park, Lakeside, Muizenberg, Pelican Park, Tokai and Marina da Gama.

 


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iBurst covers Sun City

August 13, 2007


Traditionally known as a paradise of leisure and relaxation, Sun City is increasingly popular as a business destination because of the many facilities conducive to business that it offers. Wireless broadband provider iBurst has  aamotorinsurance  added to Sun City’s business attractions with the switching on of a base station providing subscribers with speeds many times faster than dial-up.

So if you traveling to Sun City dont forget to pack your iBurst modem and enjoy the benefits of wireless internet from the comfort of your room, or even the pool.

This reminded me of one of the great benefits of iBurst, you can have 2 modems online while only paying one subscription fee. Many small business owners are now using iBurst to connect their office and purchasing a second modem to use while traveling, Paul Smiths UK   or at home.


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