Call home … on what?

I have a Nokia 6600 which I use quite a lot.  It is normally the first thing I pick up in the morning and last thing that I put down at night.  My phone is my communication hub so it is always with me.  I think I have left it at home half a dozen times in the many years I have had a mobile phone.  I have also always had a Nokia phone.  My first one was a Nokia 2110i.  Then I got myself a Nokia 5110, followed by a Nokia 6110.  From there I graduated to a Nokia 6210 and, most recently, the most excellent Nokia 6310i.  Of the bunch, the 6310i is probably the best and most stable.  Sure it lacks a colour screen, a camera, mobile web browser (which I really don’t use all that often anyway) and MMS capability (not to mention a host of software apps found on my 6600) but that phone was reliable, had a great battery life and did what it was supposed to do.

While my 6600 has been closer to what I have been looking for, it is very slow and has a tendency to drop calls and crash.  Given that I am due for a phone upgrade (in return for a two year renewal of my contract), I have been looking around for a replacement smartphone (specifically a smartphone because I want to be able to run the combination of a PDA and a phone).  The only problem is that there really isn’t anything worthwhile out there!  I took a fancy to the Sony Ericsson phones and the recent P910i in particular.  I saw a guy with a P900 on a flight home once and I was really impressed.  Infosync World is one of the sites I consult for reviews on any new mobile gadget and their review of the P910i was less than amazing.  I thought I’d also take a look at Engadget’s review and they weren’t too impressed either.  They did basically refer to the Infosync World review though.

Our networks are going 3G soon (well, Vodacom already has) so I am only going to go for a 3G phone.  Otherwise, what’s the point?  One contender is the Nokia 6630 which reaches our stores in the next month or so.  I hope Nokia will have sorted out the lag on the phone and the really crappy desktop software with this release though.


Da Vinci Code casting news

If you have not yet ready the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, I really suggest you do.  If ever there was a page turner, this is it!  This book is the first of his books I read and I was captivated by it.  His writing keeps you turning those pages to see what happens next.  I think it has to do with keeping his chapters short and never giving you you the satisfaction of knowing how that bit ends before you hit the end of the chapter.

Anyway, the book is being turned into a movie starring Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon and IMDB has reported that Audrey Tautou will play the role of Sophie Neveu:

Tautou To Play ‘Da Vinci’ Role?


          French film star Audrey Tautou is thrilled she’s won the lead role in the upcoming film adaptation of US author Dan Brown‘s best-selling thriller The Da Vinci Code. The popular Amelie star, who is currently on screens in A Very Long Engagement, will play Sophie Neveu – the young French cryptologist assisting Professor Robert Langdon – played by Tom Hanks – in his investigation. The Professional actor Jean Reno
will also star, playing detective Bezu Fache. Filming is due to start
later this year – with a predicted cinema release of May 2006.



Isn’t it unfortunate how you can be excited and energetic and one glance from your boss or not-so-friendly coworker and all that energy just bleeds right out of you.  I know the scenario and how it all works and how to fix it.  The problem is that I am just so tired now, a mere 2 and a half hours after the Look.  That one look and it all comes flooding back; the exhaustion, lethargy, feelings of low self-esteem and the fear of impending doom because of one man’s disapproval.

These are the things that keep us small, stuck.  They are the experiences we have because we have become so dependent on someone else’s approval that even when we begin to see how that relationship is over and it is time to move forward into a space that supports us and encourages us to grow in directions we never though existed, we stay where we are, stuck.  In times like this I am reminded of the Robin Williams movie "What Dreams May Come" and the discussion about what happens to people who commit suicide.  If I remember correctly, people who commit suicide find themselves in a very gothic, self-absorbed hell where they struggle with their choices including their choice to end their lives.  They become so absorbed in their own misery that they can’t see beyond it.

In a way it is a bit like that for me.  I find myself becoming so absorbed into my unhappy job and the choices I made which contributed to my circumstances that it is a struggle to lift myself out of that funk and grasp the opportunities that have been presented to me.  Bit like emotional quicksand.


Firefox downloads exceed 20 000 000!

Wow!  There have been over 20 000 000 (yes, 20 million) downloads of Mozilla’s Firefox browser since version 1.0 was released on 9 November 2004.  That works out to roughly 187 000 downloads a day!  Very impressive stuff.  Here is the post from the sfx site (cross posted from Asa’s primary blog):

In seventy six days, more than sixty three thousand of you have joined the effort to deliver Firefox 1.0 to more than twenty million thankful users!

You all are simply amazing!!

You’ve engaged your friends and family, your co-workers,

colleagues, and fellow students in a novel and exciting effort to take

back the Web. You’ve helped twenty million people to get beyond the

daily chaos of adware, spyware, and constant virus infections. You’ve

created the first and the largest open source marketing effort in

history. And you all are educating the world that they do have a choice

and that they can take control of their Internet experience.

You all have demonstrated that open source community can be

powerful, committed, and capable of accomplishing once-unimaginable


Today, we celebrate twenty million Firefox 1.0 downloads. But

more than that, we celebrate the community that you all have built and

we celebrate each and every one you!

–Asa, on behalf of the sfx team


Women screwed by South African businesses

IOL has reported on a growing incidence of women finding themselves unemployed on their return from maternity leave.  Not only is this morally objectionable, it is illegal.  Here is the article:

Working moms get a raw deal

By Nalisha Kalideen

South African companies are increasingly forcing women out of
their jobs when they return from maternity leave, and many are refusing
to hire pregnant women.

Labour experts have told The Star that most women who feel the pinch of
"nature’s burden" are those in middle or senior management positions.

Martina*, a mother-of-two, recently returned to work after four months’
maternity leave, only to find her position was no longer available. A
male colleague, who was meant to stand in for her, had been hired
permanently as a bookkeeping financial manager.

"They said my salary was (very high) for the only position available in
the accounting department and that I would now work elsewhere," Martina


Jinky Art photoblog

I linked off Michele’s blog to this amazing photoblog called Jinky Art.  It is very simple and focusses on photos of children and simple objects.  Definitely worth taking a look at this one.  It has made its way into my daily list of blogs to visit!  Here is a picture that really appeals to me:


Access denied … or simply unavailable

This weekend was a bit frustrating from a blogging perspective mainly because I couldn’t get into TypePad at all to post stuff.  I could reach the main page and other blogs hosted on TypePad but when it came to actually logging in, no dice!  So if you popped in looking for updates this weekend, my humble apologies!


Wildchild – being a lesbian!

My friend, Wildchild, is a lesbian living in the Western Cape province.  Anyway, I visited her blog to see what has been happening in her life and found this post about being a lesbian.  This is something I know very little about and I suspect half of that is rooted in male fantasies about girl on girl sex and very little truth.

This makes for very interesting reading for boys and girls alike:

I thought after reading the blog by "fishy tales" I would dispense some real live lesbian knowledge to him and and all.
he is right we do have a bad rap, we do have the raw end of the deal
and its not because we dont "PUT OURSELVES OUT THERE" as he put it but
because we "ARE OUT THERE!"

In terms of gay men – although most
of my friends are gay men – alot of gay men cant stand lesbians, the
older gay men dont even like women and the younger queens think that
they are more women than us sista’s (of course some of them are :/ )

am more afraid of telling a straight woman that I would like to get to
know on a personal non-sexual level, that I am gay. They seem to think
that you want to jump straight into bed (excuse the pun) with them or
you will take them into a dark corner and seduce them and have images
of even rape.

that a women flirts very subtly, there are those that dont and those
that dont respect that you are straight think that they can change your
mind by giving you some wine BUT in GENERAL most of us are harmless,
shy and really JUST WANT TO BE FRIENDS!
if a gay woman flirts with a straight woman she should consider it a compliment in the highest form. We are fussier than men!
women look at other things such as eyes, smile, face, intelligence etc
we dont just look at your boobs and decide to hit on you! In fact if I
personally hit on a straight woman SHE WOULDNT EVEN KNOW IT!