How to access Spotify in South Africa

There are a lot of music streaming websites around, but none (in my opinion) can compete with Spotify. Their track library, streaming service, social integration, playlist sharing is head and shoulders above other services. You already know that though, you just want to know how you can access Spotify from South Africa (or any other non-supported country). This is my simple guide to doing just that without using a proxy. Continue reading “How to access Spotify in South Africa”

Looking at Internet Radio Social Statistics

Shaun Dewberry has dropped a bomb on the online radio industry with a “report” on the internet radio streaming listenership figures. The report makes a lot of arguments, most of which are centered around technical information / infrastructure which I have no clue about. However he does mention the lack of social media followings for the online radio stations such as 2OV FM and Ballz Radio. This got me thinking; is he right? Continue reading “Looking at Internet Radio Social Statistics”

South African Digital Media toolkit

digital benchmarks south africa tool

You have no doubt noticed the lack of South African digital research available online. Most Google searches turn up poorly written articles, unreliable sources, outdated data, global statistics or formal research that you have to pay a fortune for (such as World Wide Worx or TNS). However, the guys at Google have created a really awesome suite of digital tools and research that is freely available. Continue reading “South African Digital Media toolkit”

How should bloggers charge advertisers?

So I read a great post by @CapeTown_Girl today about bloggers not getting paid by brands to write posts and it got me thinking about the constant battle between bloggers and advertisers in terms of value and budgets. Seeing as I qualify as both a digital advertiser and a blogger I wanted to add my two cents… Continue reading “How should bloggers charge advertisers?”

How to stream mkv and avi files to Apple TV

Want to know how to stream mkv and avi files to your Apple TV without converting or Jailbreaking anything? Apple TV’s are great little devices; however one of the main problems that people have is that in true Apple style it is directly linked to iTunes. In other words your video files have to be mp4 files loaded into iTunes in order to stream to your Apple TV, meaning you would probably need to convert your entire movie/series collection. Previously the only way to avoid this and stream mkv or avi files direct to your Apple TV involves jailbreaking it and installing XBMC or similar. Continue reading “How to stream mkv and avi files to Apple TV”

The Awesome Card

the awesome card

I often find myself needed to defend a lot of my tech/gadget purchases. I don’t mean defending the reason why you opted for the 16 Gb 3G version over the 32 Gb WiFi version with your mates. I mean debating with your better half about the need for the gadget at all. The problem in these debates is that I often have no real argument, no concrete theory or explicit reason why I need the New iPad when I have a perfectly functioning older iPad. Why I may want an LED TV when my current LCD is working just fine. Continue reading “The Awesome Card”

I am addicted to wordpress themes

Yes you read that correctly, wordpress themes. I like to think of myself as someone who doesn’t get addicted easily. I have never been a smoker, don’t drink heavily/regularly and have yet to have any sort of gambling problem. So does that mean that I have one of those non-addictive personalities you hear about from pseudo shrinks and know-it-alls? Nope, I don’t think so. One of the hidden evils behind addiction is denial. No-one ever realises that they are addicted, but can’t help themselves when it comes to their drug of choice. Continue reading “I am addicted to wordpress themes”