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Alistair Fairweather
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Most of my pension money is managed by Allan Gray. That’s a conscious choice, not something I inherited from a particular employer. And when I get one one of the quarterly email newsletters from the folks at Allan Gray even if I only glance at it, I feel…
Most of my pension money is managed by Allan Gray. That's a conscious choice, not something I inherited from a particular employer. And when I get one one of the quarterly email newsletters from th...
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What can you buy for R110 these days? Lunch for two, a cheap T-shirt? How about a fully functional computer?
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Lenovo just flushed a couple of decades of brand equity down the toilet. Ouch.
Lenovo did not set out to compromise its customers security. But its behaviour makes it a greedy accomplice, writes Alistair Fairweather.
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So it’s the 9th of the month and already my bank account looks like it’s actually the 24th (i.e. the day before payday). I thought I was good with money! Actually, I’m being a bit dramatic. I am good with money – good with the big stuff at least. I’m good…
So it's the 9th of the month and already my bank account looks like it's actually the 24th (i.e. the day before payday). I thought I was good with money! Actually, I'm being a bit dramatic. I am go...
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Attention Capetonian geeks: If you’re a .NET wizard with deep experience in WebAPI and you want to make some serious after-hours / freelance cash before Xmas, ping me.
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There are few things that arouse emotion as much as money does. What in theory should be logical and abstract – a means of exchange, a unit of accounting – is actually fraught with greed, elation, fear, hope, envy and a dozen other intense feelings. These…
There are few things that arouse emotion as much as money does. What in theory should be logical and abstract - a means of exchange, a unit of accounting - is actually fraught with greed, elation, ...
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Modern music listeners no longer care about owning songs, they want their library on the go and on demand.
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Google refuses between 58% and 70% of all requests to remove embarrassing items from its index. Whether that's a good or a bad thing depends on your perspective.
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Earlier in Jan I committed to keeping a diary of my spending. I did it, but the results are not particularly pretty. Here are the metrics I used: Planning (i.e. I planned and expected to spend this money) Mindfulness (i.e. I didn’t just spend without…
Earlier in Jan I committed to keeping a diary of my spending. I did it, but the results are not particularly pretty. Here are the metrics I used: Planning (i.e. I planned and expected to spend this...
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UnoTelly is how I watch Netflix in South Africa. It's awesome. And now you can win stuff with it too! http://t.co/Q9AwMVqlWX via @UnoTelly
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Over six years ago we introduced the Google Earth API, enabling developers to build rich 3D mapping applications in the browser, using JavaScript. And over the years, developers have built quite a number of fascinating applic...
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If there was ever a world cup of euphemisms “premium mobile services” would be right up there in the semis. You know the kind of crap I mean – “your daily horoscope, only R5 per week”. Our mobile networks claim that it’s hard to be subscribed to these…
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Chief Technology Officer @ Publicis Machine
Employment
  • Publicis Machine
    CTO, 2014 - present
  • The Mail & Guardian
    Chief Technology Officer, 2013 - 2014
  • 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 greyhound of capital with a love for cats, cinema and the absurd.
Introduction
I have worked in technology since 2001. Starting out as a web designer, I worked for tech start-ups in Johannesburg and London.
 
In 2002 I joined media giant Naspers where I cut my teeth building and managing web applications for two of South Africa’s biggest portals: News24.com and mweb.com.
 
In 2009 I joined Media24 Magazines as their Social Media Manager, with a portfolio of top brands like Huisgenoot, YOU, Fairlady, Men's Health and Sarie.
 
In 2010 I joined the Mail & Guardian in a role that evolved into Chief Technology Officer. While there I launched the first Kindle edition of any newspaper in Africa as well as the iPad and Android editions of the paper. I also drove the of re-launch of mg.co.za, which has since grown its readership by over 100% and passed 1.5 million monthly users for the first time in its history.

In 2014 I left publishing to join Publicis Machine, an integrated advertising agency based in Cape Town, as their Chief Technology Officer.  I now realise that advertising is a lot harder than it looks.

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  • Rhodes University
  • Greenside High
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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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