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Alistair Fairweather
Works at The Mail & Guardian
Attended Rhodes University
Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa
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The jury is still out, but it's not as crazy as I first thought.
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I’ve tried to steer clear of the Bullard-Solomons slugfest but Jeremy Gordin’s smug, masturbatory “article” on Politicsweb has pushed me over the edge. I’m not going to link to it – you can google it if you really want … Continue reading →
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I'm perpetually amazed that nobody seems to realize that everything that exists, was done by people. There isn't some mystical fourth-dimensional alien controlling force that drives society in one direction or another - it's just people. People made this world, and if they wanted to, they could change it.
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hacking via the ad network is not a simple thing to detect as Ads rotate often and code is executed...hectic that you got hit, but also credit that you found it !
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Roll up, roll up and have your private areas delicately probed by my fumbling (electronic) fingers!
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OK done... could be interesting.
 I promise I won't attack back ;-)
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Niche South African eCommerce players are popping up everywhere - tell me which ones I forgot
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Link love is always welcome :-) Thanks so much, appreciate your unexpected lovely comments!
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What's scary is that I only scratched the surface here. Some of these gangs are much more sophisticated than top AV companies.
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Santa's reindeer are looking a little different from 2015 onwards
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Get your slingshots ready 
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Chief Technology Officer @ The Mail & Guardian
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  • The Mail & Guardian
    Chief Technology Officer, 2013 - present
  • The Mail & Guardian
    GM: Digital Operations, 2012 - 2013
  • The Mail & Guardian Online
    Digital Platforms Manager, 2010 - 2012
  • Media24 magazines
    Social media & editorial manager, 2009 - 2010
  • MWEB
    Product manager, 2003 - 2006
  • Timeoutdoors
    Web designers, 2001 - 2001
  • 24.com
    Product manager, 2006 - 2009
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa - London - Edinburgh - Grahamstown - Reading - Johannesburg
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A newly-minted CTO with a love for cats, cinema and the absurd.
Introduction

I've been working in online publishing since 2001. Starting out as a web designer, I worked for tech start-ups in both Johannesburg and England.

Returning to South Africa in 2002 I joined MWEB’s portal team, which later formed the core of 24.com. While there I cut my teeth building and managing web and social media applications for two of South Africa’s biggest sites: News24.com and mweb.com.

In 2009 I joined Media24 Magazines as their Social Media Manager, with a portfolio including brands like Huisgenoot, YOU, Fairlady, Go!, Men's Health and Sarie.

In July 2010 I became Digital Platforms Manager for the Mail & Guardian Online. Over the next two years I helped launch the M&G iPhone app (the first paid news app in the local market), the first Kindle edition in Africa and the first paid iPad edition of a weekly newspaper in the country.

In May 2012 I was promoted to General Manager of Digital Operations at the M&G, overseeing all of the company’s digital and IT concerns. During the next year I drove the of re-launch mg.co.za, our news portal, which has since grown its readership by over 80% and passed 1 million users for the first time in its history.

In July 2013 I was promoted again to Chief Technology Officer for the Mail & Guardian. This news has yet to sink in completely, so bear with me.

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  • Rhodes University
  • Greenside High
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We believe that style starts with a decision. To be aware, to be conscious, to go through life with purpose, to have a vision. To accept the

We were so uncomfortable & disappointed we left after just 1 night of our 3 night stay. We're on a 3 month trip of the States & this is the first time we've ever had to do this. At $300 per night we were hoping for a cozy haven, but our room was nothing like advertised: shabby & makeshift with a stained carpet & a bathroom the size of a closet. Everything in the room was threadbare & cut rate, from the curtains (& shower curtain) that fell down all the time to the bed linen that was cheap & tatty. Our cupboard was being used for linen storage. The bed has a low bookcase shoved behind it instead of a proper headboard. Two of the windows were broken, including the only one in the tiny bathroom. It was like staying with an aged relative, in their spare room. The owner was rude & dismissive when we emailed her about the problems. Not only didn't she apologise - she attacked & insulted us. A few direct quotes from her email: "You wanted to "flee" your room. Your lives were in danger? Monsters under the bed? " "The carpet is 2 years old and while we attempt to keep up with stains they do happen over time. The carpet was shampooed just before your arrival but some stains simply won't come out. We do not provide new carpeting for each new guest." "I spent countless hours creating that room and all the rest of our home. I have a Masters degree in art and have taught interior design. And you think the room is makeshift and cheap!" Not once does she apologise. Clearly we, the guests, are to blame here. If you do decide to stay here, beware of giving them your credit card. They randomly charged over $200 to our card & then refused to admit they had done so. 6 weeks later, after I had been forced to report the extra charge as fraud to have it reversed, the owner contacted us to admit the "error". Fishy.
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