23 Nov 2009

I won a Soccer World Cup 2010 Jersey!

1d655f1858f373918f32febe13d70a56 If you do not live in South Africa, you cannot imagine the excitement what next years soccer world cup is generating. In my view it will be one of the top defining moments for South Africa, up there with the ‘94 elections and '’95 Rugby World Cup. To that end I have been doing my little bit as a local to help out people with sharing knowledge on all things world cup at the Dizcus World Cup website.

If you know StackOverflow/ServerFault/SuperUser then this site follows the same design as them except focused on a non-computer topic. For the rest of you readers, it is just an easy to use website where people post questions and others answer. If you successfully answer a question or answer a question very well you get points.

So Mathew, the site owner, put up a challenge about a month ago where he said the top 5 people, based on points, would get a South African Soccer Jersey! Well I was in the top 5 (I think number 2) and so I got the email today saying I had won a jersey! Thanks Mathew for the jersey and the great website!

19 Aug 2009

What is a South African ID number made up of?

Update 11 August 2011: Want this as an app for your smartphone? Click here
Update 30 March 2012: Details of the racial identifier can be found at: http://www.sadev.co.za/content/south-african-id-numbers-racial-identifier-flag

Cecil Tshikedi asked a great question - what is actually in an ID number:

  • The first six numbers are the birth date of the person in YYMMDD format - so no surprise that my ID number starts 820716.
  • The next four are a gender, 5000 and above is male and below 5000 is female. So my ID number would have a number of 5000 or greater.
  • The next number is the country ID, 0 is South Africa and 1 is not. My ID number with have 0 here.
  • The second last number used to be a racial identifier but now means nothing.
  • The last number is a check bit. Which verifies the rest of the number.

So for my ID number it would look something like: 820716[5000-9999]0??

There you go, it’s that easy.

09 Apr 2009

Super hero's and villains - who are you?

Haven’t done one of these for ages so I thought it was time to find out what super hero and villain I would be.

Your results:
You are Spider-Man
Green Lantern
Iron Man
The Flash
Wonder Woman
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.
Click here to take the "Which Superhero am I?" quiz...
Your results:
You are Mr. Freeze
Mr. Freeze
Dr. Doom
The Joker
Green Goblin
Lex Luthor
Dark Phoenix
Poison Ivy
You are cold and you think everyone else should be also, literally.
Click here to take the Super Villain Personality Test
11 Feb 2009

Rein on ZA Tech Show

Rein got interviewed on ZA Tech Show last week and the podcast is up for those who want to listen to him talk about CocoaHeads: http://zatech.co.za/episode-48/

04 Feb 2009

He is back!

The  man who has more friends that are robot’s than are human (check the pics on his blog posts), kids who fly supersonic speeds (soon) and has never attempted a Rubik cube is back online with his blog! Yep, Willy-Peter Schaub is now blogging with Microsoft branding ;) Go follow him at http://blogs.msdn.com/willy-peter_schaub - His blog on dotnet.org.za will still be their but will focus on personal items.

09 Dec 2008

Yes we can!

I thought that stealing Obama’s now famous chant to highlight that nothing is impossible within the celebration of democracy would be appropriate for this post. Over a year ago I posted about a blog which I felt was written by the biggest loser in the world (See What A Loser). This idiot was churning out the kind of rhetoric that a small, vocal minority loves to in South Africa about how much they hate it and how bad it it. It’s a narrow one-sided very and those sort of people need to be shipped off to a place they feel is not bad and leave the rest of us, who believe in South Africa and want to make it great to do so. I followed it up with a call to report the blog (See Report the Idiot), and then I forgot about it.

Today someone commented on it and I went to look up what has happened in a year (quick Google search):

Let me say it once more, when it comes to removing idiots from the web the answer is definitely Yes We Can! Now about removing them from here, anyone got a boat to lend ;)

02 Aug 2008


Last week was a special week, as it was the last week I worked at The i5 Group, and it was the week I started at BB&D in the ATC group. I will definitely be going into more of what that means in the future but for now know it means I work with an AMAZING team in a non-client role :)
Before I finish, I will be at TechEd Africa next week and will likely not be posting until Thursday or Friday. If you are attending come and see my talk on WPF!!
27 Jun 2008

Speaking at Tech-Ed Africa

I can now officially let out one of my many secrets, which is I am speaking at Tech-Ed Africa this year! Oddly enough I am speaking about something I have never blogged about, WPF and building business applications with it. I will be co-speaking with a good friend Simon (from Blacklight) who is an amazing designer. It will be a very fun talk. For more details see the Tech-Ed Africa site at http://www.tech-ed.co.za