Foreign Currency

Published: 3rd June 2014
For those of you who follow my blog, you'll recall my post on opening an International bank account and that I've been playing around with the idea around foreign investment. A quick reminder, I wanted to diversify my portfolio so I moved a sum of money over to the UK and am looking at the various options for investing over there. I'm not sure if it's going to be through an Investec vehicle, a FTSE100 tracker or in property, but what I can see right now is that the Rand isn't doing too well and by simply moving the money over I'm already starting to make more than I would should I have invested the money locally. Let's take a peak at the Rand against the Pound and the Dollar....

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James Anderson

Published: 27th May 2014
You all know I'm a serious sucker for people who are amazing at singing and dancing. This evening I came across a teenager called James Anderson who is an absolutely incredible singer. He's been around for a while, but this is the first time I've really trolled his YouTube channel. Have a listen to some of these covers he's done, artists like Lorde, Usher and Adele. You can listen to more of his covers on his ...

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Roger Federer playing tennis with Google Glass

Published: 24th May 2014
For those of you who know me well, you'll know that I started playing tennis again. After playing tennis throughout school on quite a high level, I decided that I would like to give it a go again. I've hired a coach and every Wednesday I'm out there getting punished, but I'm loving it! Since starting lessons again I've spent time watching one of my favourite players, Roger Federer. There are thousands of awesome YouTube videos of him playing, but today I came across something even better - Him playing using Google Glass, so you can actually see what he sees when he plays! The video isn't amazing, you can only expect so much from a camera on a person's head, but it's a really good start at seeing the potential of Google Glass, which is still in early development in my opinion - sky's ...

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Twitter introduces Mute feature

Published: 12th May 2014
I think it's quite clear that social networks are becoming incredibly busy places that require effort to cut through the noise and find useful information. It's for this reason that circles and lists were created, but Twitter wants to take this a step further by offering a mute feature. "Muting a user on Twitter means their Tweets and Retweets will no longer be visible in your home timeline, and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user. The muted user will still be able to fave, reply to, and ret...

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Excellent collaboration tool – Sqwiggle

Published: 5th May 2014
Our world is becoming smaller and smaller through the use of technology. Companies are being formed around the world by members who live across the world from each other. This is making the requirement for remote collaborative work more important and sought after than ever. There are plenty of collaborative tools on the Internet, but a new application called Sqwiggle adds a bit of a change to the mix. In a nutshell, Sqwiggle keeps you passively connected to your team by updating a still image of each team member several times a minute so you can see their face and know they're available. In other words, every 20 seconds or so, the software takes a photograph of you and publishes it to your team mates...

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2 Social Media browser extensions you can’t live without!

Published: 3rd May 2014
Browser extensions that assist with time and productivity are always at the top of my list. There are two new extensions that I've been using in conjunction with my social media efforts: Instagram for Chrome and Riffle. Instagram for Chrome If you've ever tried to manage more than one account on Instagram you'll know that it's a complete nightmare - signing in and out of accounts is a time waster, especially when you're operating off your mobile device. That being said, the web version of Instagram isn't all that great either. That's where the Instagram ...

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App Review: Droplr

Published: 2nd May 2014
Over the months I've come across some interesting applications, some of which I've reviewed: FireChat (I'm not sure this one is going to take off), Hemingway App (still very useful) and 8Tracks (I use this one daily). Today I'm talking about an application which isn't new but has recently been updated with some fantastic new features and it's an application I use on a daily basis: Droplr. Droplr defines itself as the easiest way to share files, but that's not really the way I see it. Dropbox for me is the ultimate fil...

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Twitter = Facebook = MySpace

Published: 28th April 2014
I was updating my social network profiles the other afternoon using multiple screens to ensure that my profiles all look similar in terms of branding. Whilst doing this I noticed that Twitter and Facebook have started to look awfully similar. I was then very interested to see that a friend of mine, Ross, had also noticed this and shared a similar image to the one below. ...

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Beginner bonsai course

Published: 26th April 2014
Bishopsford Bonsai Nursery hold various courses through out the year. These courses cover all sorts of topics and are available to beginners, intermediate and advanced folk. I've attended an advanced course before on creating forests, but today I booked myself for a beginner course to go back to basics and refresh the memory on how to prune, plant, shape, etc. your trees. I met up with some mates at Bishopsford bright and early this morning, armed with a big coffee and some crucial tools. This was the first time I'd been to a beginner course and I've got to tell you, it was such a blast! The groups are always kept small and intimate so you get plenty of one-on-one time with a professional which really helps you sharpen...

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Ways to control your debt. Reason 5 is awesome!

Published: 22nd April 2014
I read an article total on the Times Live website where the head of financial wellness at Momentum, Estelle Scholtz-Mare, said that South Africans are spending 76% of their income on debt. The article is fueled from the point of view that because of the debt people aren't saving. What's worse is that it's reported that 24% of the loans were in arrears of 30 days or more and 16% of the borrowers had missed repayments for 90 days or more. If you know anything about compound interest you'll know just had life destroying the accrued debt would be! The article doesn't go on to say whether "debt" includes mortgage repayments so I'm going to assume that it does. Of course, owning a property isn't savings as the article is assessing, but it certainly is a far cry better than the debt purely ...

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