Hoke’s Ramblings

PayPal finally in South Africa!

by Chris on Mar.26, 2010, under Pathetic jokes, Tech

At long last PayPal finally has a presence here in South Africa through the good folks at FNB. If you want to see how it works, you can try out the link below ;)

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New local scuba website – wetworks.co.za

by Chris on Feb.16, 2010, under Entertainment, Travel

Check out this new scuba website. It’s a bit sparse right now, but will soon feature loads of great content, including my howto for modding your SUV to carry scuba tanks safely as well as equipment and dive site reviews.


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Tap Dogs > Lord of the Dance

by Chris on Jun.12, 2009, under Entertainment

Just thought I’d share that…

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XBMC – a fantastic pice of free software

by Chris on May.29, 2009, under Entertainment, Tech

Quick post for a Friday/first half of 2009/whatever…

I really, really love this HTPC software. It’s just lacking the EPG and TV recording, otherwise it’s the bomb

Try it out, share the love, vote, and encourage them to integrate the tv stuff :)

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Websites that are too smart

by Chris on Nov.26, 2008, under Tech, Travel

I wrote a post ages ago saying how cool it was that websites could figure out where you are based on your IP address. The downside of this is that they sometimes mistakenly assume you speak Kazakh, just because you happen to be sitting in a hotel room in central Asia.
What ticks me off even more is that to try and find the English option, there’s nothing that actually says “English”. So not only do they assume you can speak the local lingo, you know what your own language is called in it. I had to resort to “Pirate” and then after that I could choose English in “Me Likes an’ Dislikes”.

EDIT: I subsquently found a “Google.com in English” link at the bottom of the pge, but the main point of my rant stands – language selections usually tend to be based on the langugage you’re stuck in at the moment, which sometimes makes it very hard to work your way out.

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WebMarshal Fail

by Chris on Nov.22, 2008, under Personal, Tech


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Picasa 3 finally gets Ken Burns effect

by Chris on Sep.29, 2008, under Tech

I’ve long been a fan of Google’s Picasa image editing/viewing software, but have found it lacking in one area; The slide shows were very static, and lacking the dynamic pizazz of iPhoto’s “Ken Burns” effect.

Well the beta release of Picasa 3 has included this much anticipated (to me at least) feature! It has the rather inane name of “Pan and Zoom”, but I guess it will avoid some lawsuits.

Another nifty addition (I don’t know if Picasa 2 had this though, I just discovered it by accident) – If you have dual monitors, and activate the Picasa screensaver, it will show separate images on each screen – now you can view your Lolcats in stereo!

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My Dogs Are Officially 59% Cute

by Chris on Jul.31, 2008, under Personal

Vote for Connor on PuppyWar!
Vote for Sheba on PuppyWar!
As of today, they’ve each won 59% of their PuppyWars. I’m so proud.

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by Chris on Jul.16, 2008, under Entertainment

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Where’s Chris?

by Chris on Jul.03, 2008, under Personal

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