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Danie van der Merwe
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My G+ Collections - Focussed News on Focussed Topics

Now that Google Collections have gone live, instead receiving a single stream of mixed news and information from my profile on G+, I am able to post to the specific Collections below. By following one or more of these Collections you will just receive focussed news and info on that Collection or topic in your stream. So for those interested in my Green Tech news that is all you will see from my posts, if you follow just that Collection. You can still follow my personal Profile where you will see the whole range of posts if you wish (one way to turn this down a bit is to put someone in one of your Circles, and then to change the "volume" setting for that Circle). I am also pushing all my public posts to Twitter, Tumblr and LinkedIn (and I do respond on those networks to comments posted there).

You can also see my short guide on how to follow Collections and cut down on unnecessary posts in your stream at https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanievanderMerwe/posts/StNA7v6kUB2.

A full list of my G+ Collections can be found at bit.ly/daniecollections

The specific topics that I am passionate about and have created Collections for are:

- Free and open source software (FOSS) at http://bit.ly/daniefoss
- Open data standards / Security / Rights / Privacy / Open Government at http://bit.ly/daniesecurity
- Technology & Gadgets in general at http://bit.ly/danietech
- Green Environment and related tech at http://bit.ly/daniegreen
- Traditional Wet Shaving at http://bit.ly/traditionalwetshaving
- Apple Mac OS X and iOS at http://bit.ly/danieapple
- Education related tech at http://bit.ly/danieedu
- Motorcycling rides and tours at http://bit.ly/daniebike
- Gaming tech news at http://bit.ly/daniegaming
- Cape Town specific news at http://bit.ly/daniectn
- South African specific tech and news at http://bit.ly/daniesa
- LCHF & Health related tech and news at http://bit.ly/daniehealth
- Traditional Wet Shaving http://bit.ly/traditionalwetshaving
- Android mobile phones and tablets at http://bit.ly/danieandroid
- Music at http://bit.ly/daniemusic

I encourage lots of active debate (for or against the points made) but keep it respectful, and back up any counterpoints with some reference or facts. I'm seeing lots of nonsensical comments (random characters) and often just "Hi" or "Good Morning". I'm sorry but I'm going to start deleting these as they clutter the thread up and are not contributing to focussed discussions. People that make statements intended to be inflammatory or controversial (without backing them up) will be regarded as trolls. These comment threads are not for people to promote their own businesses or to have personal discussions - I want the comments to stay on topic, and personal messages can rather be sent directly to other G+ users. I want these posts to be informative and easy for everyone to follow.

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Hi there I'm actively involved with programming the Pi 3 in python. Informed about you by my GF Kai in VIP condo Ban Amphur. Cheers Paul Clements paul.clements.31 on facebook paulclem1@aol.com

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Some rain is forecast for Cape Town this coming week!

This won't be enough to break our drought but it will hopefully make up some of the difference for our current overuse of water. Cape Town's biggest dam is situated near Villiersdorp, which has a forecast of 7mm rain for Tuesday 24th Jan and 41mm for Friday 27th Jan.

For Cape Town itself I see 1mm of rain for Tuesday and 34mm forecast for Friday. So those with buckets, canvas, cups, plastic bags, etc get them all out into the garden. It will at least alleviate water use for gardens for a few days after that.

You can keep an eye on this forecast at https://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:00000.19.68925.
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Wonderful!
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Safety Razor vs. Cartridge: Don’t Be a Slave to Marketing

One unfortunate myth that has been perpetrated by Gillette’s marketing machine is that the more blades a razor has the better shave it will provide. However, science has repeatedly shown that this is simply not true. In fact, the opposite is true, as the more blades a razor has, the more irritation you will experience as a result (and the more you will pay).

But there is much more at http://www.primandprep.com/safety-razor-vs-cartridge/
The debate of safety razor vs. cartridge razors has gone on long enough. Learn the real reasons why safety razors are superior and start shaving smarter.
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+Cyril France-Jackson yes I did try those out and posted my opinion at https://plus.google.com/+DanievanderMerwe/posts/jKxz1svQfS6. My conclusion was the blade were not very sharp, and the razor had too much bite (an aggressive shave). The latter is what can lead to cuts. The R22 vs a R500 razor did show up there.

The Merkur 34C is a certainly a good razor to try as it is relatively mild in terms of aggressiveness. I can rush with it and rarely ever get a nick. Unlike the Edwin Jagger DE89 where I have to go a little more carefully and ensure I don't use too much pressure. A Merkur 34C and Feather blades (very sharp but an easy shave) are excellent to start with. I'm pretty sure I saw a Merkur 34C online in SA for sale.
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Wazimap - Detailed demographics and election results for everywhere in South Africa from Census data

Detailed demographics and election results for everywhere in South Africa, right down to the ward level. Age, income, household goods, employment, toilets, water and other service delivery details across the country from the 2011 Census.

Populations and financial figures are broken down by category: Elections, Demographics, Service Delivery, Economics and Education. Pre-computed statistics are presented alongside each data point, so you can see how each place fits into a larger context.

See https://wazimap.co.za/
Wazimap South Africa provides useful facts about places in South Africa. Compare places using tables and maps, download data, and embed charts on your site!
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Batteries for Tesla and other electric car makers are getting cheaper

Already 4x cheaper since 2010. It was bound to happen just due to the pure economics of increased demand and production. And it will continue dropping in cost.

See http://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-electric-car-vehicle-battery-cost-chart-2017-1#-/
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+Mark Shortman more and more power is being generated by renewables. Renault is proposing, just like Nissan has done, that cars are used to perform decentralised storage as well as generation when needed. Batteries are going to play a bigger part in our future than just running cars.
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Zoho Notebook Is a Card-Based Evernote-Alternative for Android, iPhone, and Mac

Once you've seen this app you realise quite quickly how functional and boring Google Keep has got. The folding, grouping and theming options with Zoho Notebook are a real breath of fresh air. I'd say this is well worth a try.

From the article: "You start by creating notebooks that resemble physical notebooks. Inside those notebooks are cards. Those cards can be lists, drawings, maps, images, audio, or web clippings. You can stack cards on top of each other to form groups or leave them as individual pages."

See http://lifehacker.com/zoho-notebook-is-a-card-based-evernote-alternative-for-1791387645
Android/iPhone/Mac: You have tons of options for notes apps, including heavyweights like Evernote and OneNote. Zoho Notebook takes the same catch-all approach as Evernote and OneNote, but has a few design ideas of its own.
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Is missing some important stuff that Google Keep has such as time and location reminders. I use reminders quite extensively with my notes so right now this is a bit of a show stopper for me. Otherwise its UI is very slick. Oh and also no desktop browser access - not sure why as they have a whole suite of products already in their browser based service.
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A history of the Amiga Computer - A MultiPart Series

When it first arrived, the Amiga was a dream machine... The Amiga computer was a dream given form: an inexpensive, fast, flexible multimedia computer that could do virtually anything. It handled graphics, sound, and video as easily as other computers of its time manipulated plain text. It was easily ten years ahead of its time. It was everything its designers imagined it could be, except for one crucial problem: the world was essentially unaware of its existence.

I bought two Commodore machines (a Commodore C64 and an Amiga 500) and loved both of them. They were so ahead of their time, especially the old IBM PC of the day. The story was both a fairy tale and a tragedy. And yes we all know who Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were, but who even headed up Commodore?

The Amiga was way way ahead of it's time not only in terms of colour and proper sound, but also a trick that no modern computer yet replicates: This allowed a trick that no other computer has ever reproduced: the ability to view multiple different screens, opened at different resolutions, at the same time. These "pull-down" screens would amaze anyone who saw them. Modern computers can open different screens at different resolutions (say, for example, to open a full-screen game at a lower resolution than the desktop is displaying, in order to play the game faster or at a higher frame rate) but they can only switch between these modes, not display multiple modes at once. The Amiga made the Apple Macintosh look like a kiddies toy. Multitasking too, for personal computers, was virtually unknown at the time.

Those in the know will remember the famous fatal error message "Guru Meditation Error." and in Part 2 you'll find out how it came about. Also in Part 2 you'll be introduced to lovely Agnes, Denise, and Paula...

Read the story starting at Part 1 at http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2007/07/a-history-of-the-amiga-part-1/. The index for all the parts is at http://arstechnica.com/series/history-of-the-amiga/.

An extra bonus, after reading the story, is to watch a video at https://vimeo.com/92583299 that shows the launch of the first Amiga 1000 and see how a team of computer scientists, archivists, artists, and curators teamed up to unearth Andy Warhol’s lost digital works (relates to Part 4 of the story).
When it first arrived, the Amiga was a dream machine...
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Some thoughts on switching from Ubuntu to Antergos for Linux gaming

Interesting perspective in this article. I've not had the problems mentioned with Ubuntu (on my Linux Mint distro) but what is interesting is the claim that Antergos is a "tamer version of Arch since it has a live-media option and you can pick what desktop you want from the installer". So it has all the rolling release stuff and the same package manager.

From Antergos' website it says regarding the installation: "1 Easy to Use GUI Installer, 6 Desktops To Choose From". Now this does look interesting because, sorry to say, the normal Arch installation is just not newbie friendly.

I'm going to try this out in a VM (because it is easy to do so) and I see there is also a live ISO you can run to test it out. Maybe it makes me fall in love with Arch too.

See https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/some-thoughts-on-switching-from-ubuntu-to-antergos-for-linux-gaming.8942
I did it, I jumped ship from Ubuntu to Antergos and I honestly can’t see myself going back. Here’s some thoughts on that.
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Arch is nice and all but good luck in dependency hell if you try installing a game manually from GOG or elsewhere and it isn't in the AUR. Steam solved this ages ago. I'm not crossing my fingers for a Linux version of GOG Galaxy.
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Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 12 - Powerful Video Editing and Color Correcting Software

Wish you had access to the high end editing and color correction software used on beloved Hollywood blockbusters like “Skyfall”? Wish no more: DaVinci Resolve 12 offers high-end editing and color correction at the unbelievable starting price of free.

Wouldn’t it be great to have access to the same blockbuster software that was used on films such as “Skyfall,” “World War Z,” “Avatar,” “Prometheus” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past”? If you aren’t already using DaVinci Resolve 12, then this review is a must read. Not only is this Hollywood’s go to program of choice for color correction, but it’s also free (not open source though).

Free for Windows and Mac OS.

See the review at https://www.videomaker.com/article/r01/18231-blackmagic-design-davinci-resolve-12-review
Wish you had access to the high end editing and color correction software used on beloved Hollywood blockbusters like “Skyfall”? Wish no more: DaVinci Resolve 12 offers high-end editing and color correction at the unbelievable starting price of free.
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I remember doing early raytracing with POV-RAY many moons ago. On the 80286 and 80386 machines we had, I'd have to kick off the render to run overnight for a single frame...and I used to write the POV code by hand, until the Moray modeling package came out, much shortening the process by generating POV-RAY code with a graphical interface.
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How to Install Koreader on Kindle and read ePub format books

As we all know, Kindle only supports Amazon's own eBook format, such as azw3, mobi, etc, but a lot of ebooks are epub format, and it is always a bad experience to read PDF on Kindle. Fortunately, there is a perfect tool to solve these two issues, that is KOReader.

KOReader will dual boot so you can still use your original Kindle reader too. It installs on Kindle, Kobo eReader, PocketBook, Ubuntu Touch and Android devices.

Supported document formats: PDF, DJVU, CBZ, FB2, TXT, HTML, RTF, CHM, MOBI, EPUB. You can transfer highlights and notes to Evernote Cloud, where Kindle only sends to its own service.

See http://www.epubor.com/how-to-install-and-use-koreader-on-kindle.html
Koreader is an open source application, it can help you read ePub, DjVu and CBZ on Kindle. With the bulit in K2pdfopt, you can also reflow PDF pages on Kindle.
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+Derek Hohls unfortunately Kindle seems very reluctant to support ePub. This is certainly a workaround. Kobo does nicely with all open formats (my own one had no backlight though) and sometimes they surprise me with having older books I could not find on Amazon.
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Ford begins testing Transit Plug-in Hybrids in London ahead of 2019 production

From the article: "Ford has begun testing of its new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid with Transport for London, working with the UK city’s local transit authority to pilot 20 of the new vehicles in use during a 12-month trial with select London businesses for commercial use. The pilot of the vehicles, which feature a pure electric range of around 31 miles according to European agency measurement standards, is designed to pave the way for broad production and sales in Europe beginning in 2019."

So these are not pure electric, but they will run a full 31 miles (about 50km) on a charge, before starting to use petrol.

See https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/20/ford-begins-testing-transit-plug-in-hybrids-in-london-ahead-of-2019-production/
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Oh ok
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A Toaster Just for Bacon Will Make Every Meal So Much Better

Great for those on a LCHF diet!

The vertical heating element has enough capacity for six slices of bacon, and a pair of doors seal the heat, grease, and goodness inside. A dial on the side also lets you adjust cooking times, while a tray at the bottom collects grease drippings so they’re easy to dispose of, or use for other purposes.

See http://gizmodo.com/a-toaster-just-for-bacon-will-make-every-meal-so-much-b-1791420285
If you find your kitchen counters cluttered with food-specific gadgets and appliances, you finally have a good reason to get rid of them all. The culinary innovators at Nostalgia Electrics have created the only thing you’ll ever need: The Bacon Express, a toaster that cooks delicious slices of pork instead of bread.
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+Tommy Morris my cardiologist would agree 
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Passionate about Technology and a Gadget fanatic! 

See my website at http://gadgeteer.co.za I also have intense interest in the following topics, some of which have dedicated Google Collections on G+ (no need to follow all my posts and you can just subscribe to follow one or more Collection's posts from me at the links below):
- Social media networks and collaboration
- Free and open source software (FOSS) at http://bit.ly/daniefoss
- Open data standards / Security / Rights / Open Government at http://bit.ly/daniesecurity
- Technology & Gadgets in general at http://bit.ly/danietech
- Green environment and related tech at http://bit.ly/daniegreen
- Apple Mac OS X and iOS at http://bit.ly/danieapple
- Education related tech at http://bit.ly/danieedu
- Steam locomotives
- Motorcycling (BMW R1200GS) at http://bit.ly/daniebike
- Cape Town & Pinelands Garden City news at http://bit.ly/daniectn
- Second Life virtual world & Gaming tech at http://bit.ly/daniegaming
- South African tech and news at http://bit.ly/daniesa
- LCHF & Health relates tech and news at http://bit.ly/daniehealth
- Traditional Wet Shaving http://bit.ly/traditionalwetshaving
- GPS and Geocaching
- Kindle readers
- Photography (Sony A100 DSLR)
- Android mobile phones and tablets at http://bit.ly/danieandroid

More on my gadgets at http://gadgeteer.co.za/gadgets. I have been (and still do) through a succession of gadgets from Sinclair ZX81 computers, Commodore Amiga, IBM XT, PalmPilot,  Compaq iPaq, Psion, etc and phones from old flip open Motorolas with brick size batteries, through the various Nokia Communicators, iPhone and now Android. Other odds and ends include ebook readers, wireless electricity monitors, a Chumby, various GPSs, etc.

I have been through a succession of operating systems from various flavours of DOS (yes there were others apart from MS DOS), AmigaDOS, NIBLE, OS/2 Warp, Windows 95-Vista, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint and have programmed in Quick Basic, Pascal, C++, Clarion, Clipper and not sure what else....  More at http://gadgeteer.co.za/gadgets/computerdevicesihaveownedovertheyears on the computers I have owned over the years...

I encourage lots of active debate (for or against the points made) but keep it respectful, and back up any counterpoints with some reference or facts. I'm seeing lots of nonsensical comments (random characters) and often just "Hi" or "Good Morning". I'm sorry but I'm going to start deleting these as they clutter the thread up and are not contributing to focussed discussions. People that make statements intended to be inflammatory or controversial (without backing them up) will be regarded as trolls. These comment threads are not for people to promote their own businesses or to have personal discussions - I want the comments to stay on topic, and personal messages can rather be sent directly to other G+ users. I want these posts to be informative and easy for everyone to follow.
Education
  • SACS
  • UNISA
    BComm (Informatics), 2005
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Key Account Manager
Employment
  • SITA SOC Ltd
    Quality Assurance and Senior Account Manager, 1999 - present
  • SA Police Services
    VIP Unit and Quality Assurance Manager, 1985 - 1999
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa