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I have also acquired the BokRugby.com and AllOutRugby.com domain names. We still can’t decide which of these are better, but sofar we’re sticking with BokRugby.com.

Again that man Brenden Nel and I have teamed up to produce a quality rugby news site. Most of it will be from a SA perspective, but there will also be loads of news from all over the world. We’re using WordPress for this one. Thanks to Boerseun for showing me (unintentionally through his blog) how good WordPress is. If you do have any rugby writing credentials, let me know if you want to contribute. The idea is to get the rugby community involved. You can leave posts without logging in either, but your first post will be moderated. This is just to stop spammers.

Roll-outs on this site will also be done in the Web 2.0 style, so you’ll know they’re there when you see them.

So if you are a rugby supporter from anywhere, check out BokRugby.com.

BlueBulls.NET

Blue Bulls LogoI recently acquired the BlueBulls.NET domain name.

Brenden Nel, from the Pretoria News, and I have teamed up to produce a quality rugby news site for Bulls fans. Currently the site is in the Blogger format, but we’ll be switching to WordPress soon. If you do have any rugby writing credentials or other Bull affilations, let me know if you want to contribute. The idea is to get the Bulls community involved. You can leave posts without logging in either.

Roll-outs on this site will also be done in the Web 2.0 style, so you’ll know they’re there when you see them.

So if you are a Bulls fan, check out BlueBulls.NET.

Clapham Common Fireworks

Clapham Common FireworksWe went to see the annual fireworks at Clapham Common on Friday. I wanted to experiment with night time photography as I’d not really had any success with this before.

I did learn a lot and I’m looking forward to the next oppurtunity, but I do think I managed to take some nice ones.

View more Clapham Common Fireworks.

Anger towards Sony gains momentum

I first heard about this on the excellent Security Now! podcast and it really pissed me off!

Sony – yes that previously reputable company – has taken a positive step to alter your operating system without you being aware of this! No this is not some alarmist statement thrown out there to get ratings. This story has been covered all over the world by people like the Washington Post, The Inquirer and PCPro as well.

The slight-of-hand happens when you run Sony CDs with digital rights management (DRM) software on your PC. There is a EULA that pops-up asking you if it is OK to add some software to your machine, but who reads those anyway. Plus apparently the EULA says that you can uninstall the software, which you cannot.

This already is very dodgy, but much worse is to come! This software hack then goes on to hide ALL (not just Sony) files starting with $SYS$. This is a superb opportunity for a hacker to rename his files appropriately and nothing, including Anti-Virus software, will be able to find the offending files.

Luckily the industry has caught on to this very dodgy approach by Sony in a big way and a right stink is being kicked up. Some people, including the podcast mentioned above, are calling for a boycott on all Sony products.

I will adhere to this call to arms as I cannot accept what Sony is doing. Even if you do buy Sony CDs, make sure you don’t accept any EULAs that pop up when you play them (on a PC).

The Heunis Family

I don’t know nearly enough about the Heunisses so I’m thinking of putting together a Heunis database. I figure that Heunis.NET will be a good place to host this as well.

All I know of the Heunis family tree from my sisters (Katinka Ladewig and Abbie Heunis) and I (Attie Heunis) up is: Rulan Heunis (my father), Attie Heunis (my grandfather) and I think Jan Heunis (my great-grandfather). That really (and shockingly) is about as much as I know.

Heunis isn’t such a well known name in South-Africa, but I think most of us are based in the Southern-Cape. As far as I know the first two South African Heunisses were two brothers that arrived from Holland and settled in the Southern Cape. The one was a builder and the other one worked in the forest.

I know my dad’s cousin, Hannes Potgieter, from Alexandria researched his family quite extensively. His mother was a Chrissie Heunis so we do feature quite prominently in his research. This sounds like a good place to start.

Review: The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks

I’ve recently finished The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It carries some of the themes from His Dark Materials (some of the best books you’re likely to read) and The Matrix (the good one). If you enjoyed either of these, you’re likely to enjoy The Traveller.

Almost more interesting than the book is the author. John Twelve Hawks (his name, really) claims he “lives off the grid”. If you’ve read the book you’ll know excactly what that means, but I guess you can figure it out as well. If it is true I have to grant him some serious Kudos!

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