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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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Today, if you live in the Langeberg Ridge  aamotorinsurance area in Cape Town, you can now get iBurst Wireless Broadband. This new base station extends the coverage of Cape Town’s northern suburbs and adds to the coverage in Kraaifontain.

Walmer in Port Elizabeth also gets a boost toda Paul Smith Outlet , with extended coverage. Check out the coverage maps below.


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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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Netblocks explained

August 08, 2007

Today we had a client query how many IP Address’s they had allocated to their Colocation cabinet. We explained that they had a /29 allocation, with 8 IP Addresses. The confusion came in when we told them only 5 were usable. For an explanation on how IPv4 Subnetting works, and how IP Address space is allocated check out this useful table explaining IPV4 Networks.

So why only 5 usable addresses on a /29 allocation when 8 are available?

This is because 1 is used for Broadcast, 1 used for Network and another is used as your Gateway IP address.

Below is an explanation of a Class C allocation, showing “Number of Hosts” as the theoretical number of usable IP addresses, however you always need to minus 1 for your Gateway IP address on our network.

Class C
Network Bits Subnet Mask Number of Subnets Number of Hosts
/24 0 254
/25 2 (0) 126
/26 4 (2) 62
/27 8 (6) 30
/28 16 (14) 14
/29 32 (30) 6
/30 64 (62) 2

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Over the last few months we have been beta testing our new SuperDSL service. The new ADSL offering uses the Saix backbone and allows RSAWEB clients to easily setup more cost effective ADSL accounts. Our existing ADSL products are now called PremiumDSL and will continue as before.

We have also completed a brand new  aamotorinsurance  interface upgrade in MYRSAWEB for SuperDSL that boasts the following:

  1. Better bandwidth graphs
  2. Notification options
  3. Top up bandwidth
  4. Port locking

The new interface has been enabled on all SuperDSL packages and will be rolled out to PremiumDSL later this month.

You can now order all SuperDSL and PremiumDSL packages  Paul Smiths Sale from within MYRSAWEB.

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