Google Duo is available in South Africa

Google Duo is available in South AfricaUp until today, Google Duo was not available in South Africa from the Google Play store. The only way to install it was to side load the APK which you had to download from somewhere.  What you could do was to pre-register on the Google Play store to be informed when it will be available for installation.  This morning (19 August 2016) I woke up with a notification that Google Duo is available in South Africa and can be installed.

Head over to the Google Play store and install now.

For those that do not know what Google Duo is, it is a Video calling app that is basically the same as Apple Facetime on the iPhone except that Google Duo is cross platform so you can chat with your buddies that have both Android and iPhones.

So let me know in the comments below what you think about it.

Receive and Manage International payments with Payoneer

International payments with PayoneerYou are a freelancer or a business that needs to receive payments from anywhere in the world no matter where you are.  As business is more global than ever, clients and partners can be based anywhere. This creates numerous challenges dealing with transactions abroad. Whether you’re a freelance web designer, web developer, blogger, or making big bucks in e-commerce, you need a better way to send and receive funds. You also need to be able to easily transfer that payments to your own bank account in your local country and your local currency. Look no further than Payoneer to receive and manage international payments.

Need a better payment solution?

Do you have reservations about paying people abroad? Of course you do—unless you’re OK with it.  And if you are, please hurry up and wire $10,000 to my Payoneer bank account (yes you will receive your own bank account) because I been trying to track you down so you can claim your $10,000,000 inheritance. Thanks!

When it comes to freelancing on the web, you really need to consider serious matters like compliance with local laws, taxation, payment verification, and security of your account. And that’s just for a single payment. Complex stuff if you need to do each step one at a time.

Not only that, but certain companies often charge high fees to transfer funds and take a cut from exchanging currency. Then, these companies can make you wait and wait to confirm you’ve paid the recipient or got paid yourself. With Payoneer you can easily receive and manage international payments.

Web professionals deserve better.

How do I start to receive and manage international payments?

This  tip is a payment solution geared towards freelancing professionals called Payoneer. Millions of freelancers are using this to manage payments easier than ever before. There’s no need to worry about high fees, missing payments, or long delays. Payments can be sent to recipients, who can have the money loaded into their local bank account, debit card, or e-wallet. You can also get paid this way too. Simple and easy enough. It’s used in over 200 countries, and provides easy currency transactions. And the best part: receiving or sending payments to another Payoneer user is free! The nice folks at Payoneer have provided a special signup for $25 in free credit for my readers.

When you have signed up the also apply for you free Payoneer issued Mastercard Debit card which you can use at any establishment around the world that accepts Mastercard Debit cards and even draw cash from most ATM’s.

I love helping you grow your online dreams and are happy to support you with tools for a flexible and profitable online business.

receive and manage international payments

 

How-to: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS minidlna fixes after upgrade from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS minidlna
This is how I solved the problem with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS minidlna after upgrading from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

MiniDLNA is a lightweight DLNA/UPnP media server. The MiniDNLA daemon serves media files (music, pictures, and video) to clients on a network.

My setup before the upgrade was as follows:

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Media files on both the first disk but also spread across various other disks.

The main issue I had was that although the config file at /etc/minidlna.conf was read, it did not process the media files that was on disk other than the first disk. By default the daemon run under the USER minidlna and for some reason this user did not have permission to read the media files on the other disks. I changed the USER variable in the .conf file but it did not take either, not sure why.

How to fix

So I diged a bit deeper and found that the USER is also specified in the /etc/init.d/minidlna executable file. So all I did was changed the USER and GROUP variable to root in the /etc/init.d/minidlna file as indicated below.
CONFIGFILE=/etc/minidlna.conf
LOGFILE=/var/log/minidlna.log
USER=root
GROUP=root
DAEMON_OPTS=""

I restarted the daemon by executing sudo /etc/init.d/minidlna force-reload and voila everything was fine and all my media files available to watch from any device on my network.

Hope this is helpful.

All in One Domain name registration and WordPress hosting.

all in one domain nameNeed a new all in one domain name, well I am your man. Now you might ask why you should use me for you domain requirements. I know that you can do it yourself or get some other company to do it for you but they will make you jump through some hoops and have some automated process doing it for you.  With me everything is manually done by me, I will do the following for you:

  • Register your domain name on one of my Name Servers, no need for you to go find one. You just pick a domain name and on of the extensions from the list below.
  • I will setup your hosting on one of my servers with a major hosting provider.  You have unlimited bandwidth available for your website.
  • I will install basic WordPress site for you and supply you with the login details so you can manage you own WordPress site.
  • I will setup as many email addresses as you want as part of the setup. These can either be POP3/IMAP email addresses or email addresses that autoforwards to any email address you want.
  • As and when you need more email addresses or delete existing ones, I will do that for you during the course of the year at no additional cost.
  • I will ensure that your domain name and hosting is renewed in time every year.  You just pay the renewal fees as listed below. I will invoice you with the required amount to pay well in advance.

So what do I need to do to get you all in one domain name:

  • You need to tell me the all in one domain name you want.  You can send me your requested domain name by competing this contact form.
  • I will check whether the domain name is available.  If so then I will issue you with an invoice of the required amount to pay for the first year of registration.  Payment can be made by any of the following:
    • Electronic Funds Transfer into my bank account, banking details will be on the invoice.
    • VISA or Mastercard Credit card payment via Payoneer, instruction will be on the invoice.
    • Payment via Snapscan in South Africa, QR code will be on the invoice.
  • When payment has been received and confirmed then I will setup WordPress hosting and any email addresses you might need within 24 hours.

Domain list and costs:

TLD First Year (ZAR) First Year (USD) Second Year Onwards (ZAR) Second Year Onwards (USD)
co.za R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
xyz R289,00 $21,00 R239,00 $17,40
joburg R350,00 $25,40 R300,00 $21,80
durban R350,00 $25,40 R300,00 $21,80
capetown R350,00 $25,40 R300,00 $21,80
com R277,00 $20,10 R227,00 $16,50
net R277,00 $20,10 R227,00 $16,50
org R277,00 $20,10 R227,00 $16,50
org.za R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
net.za R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
web.za R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
co R590,00 $42,80 R540,00 $39,20
co.uk R409,00 $29,70 R359,00 $26,10
tv R1 009,00 $73,20 R959,00 $69,50
de R229,00 $16,60 R179,00 $13,00
eu R385,00 $27,90 R335,00 $24,30
me R649,00 $47,10 R599,00 $43,50
us R229,00 $16,60 R179,00 $13,00
asia R710,00 $51,50 R660,00 $47,90
mobi R289,00 $21,00 R239,00 $17,40
xxx R2 149,00 $155,80 R2 099,00 $152,20
travel R2 564,00 $185,80 R2 514,00 $182,20
info R241,00 $17,50 R191,00 $13,90
in R433,00 $31,40 R383,00 $27,80
biz R289,00 $21,00 R239,00 $17,40
co.nz R1 069,00 $77,50 R1 019,00 $73,90
za.com R950,00 $68,90 R900,00 $65,30
name R277,00 $20,10 R227,00 $16,50
pw R241,00 $17,50 R191,00 $13,90
bar R1 430,00 $103,70 R1 380,00 $100,00
mu R2 150,00 $155,80 R2 100,00 $152,20
bz R650,00 $47,20 R600,00 $43,50
cash R529,00 $38,40 R479,00 $34,80
africa.com R470,00 $34,10 R420,00 $30,50
de.com R470,00 $34,10 R420,00 $30,50
eu.com R470,00 $34,10 R420,00 $30,50
gb.com R830,00 $60,20 R780,00 $56,60
ink R650,00 $47,20 R600,00 $43,50
rest R830,00 $60,20 R780,00 $56,60
uk.com R830,00 $60,20 R780,00 $56,60
uk.net R830,00 $60,20 R780,00 $56,60
us.com R590,00 $42,80 R540,00 $39,20
wiki R590,00 $42,80 R540,00 $39,20
host R1 670,00 $121,10 R1 620,00 $117,40
website R554,00 $40,20 R504,00 $36,60
site R674,00 $48,90 R624,00 $45,30
party R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
design R950,00 $68,90 R900,00 $65,30
fans R1 310,00 $95,00 R1 260,00 $91,40
feedback R590,00 $42,80 R540,00 $39,20
love R590,00 $42,80 R540,00 $39,20
rent R1 310,00 $95,00 R1 260,00 $91,40
space R289,00 $21,00 R239,00 $17,40
tech R950,00 $68,90 R900,00 $65,30
bid R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
trade R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
webcam R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
cricket R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
science R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
review R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
faith R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
accountant R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70
loan R155,00 $11,30 R105,00 $7,70

Go ahead, what do you have to loose, contact me and get your new all in one domain name and hosting today.

Ever wondered what Elon Musk is reading at the moment

In an interview by Tom Randall from Bloomberg, Elon Musk was asked what he was reading at the moment and as can be expected from Elon it was something out of the ordinary,

It is a book called Twelve Against the Gods by William Bolitho which was first published in 1929.

Twelve Against the Gods: The Story of Adventure is an obscure, out-of-print treatise by William Bolitho, published in 1929. Bolitho, a South African journalist and friend of Ernest Hemingway, wrote about 12 famous “adventurers”—from Alexander the Great to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson—who fought against the conventions of their times, for better or for worse.

The book is currently out-of-print and out of stock but you can ask Amazon to email you when stock is available, just click the box
.

If you interested in reading more about the man himself, then head over and get his autobiography.

Kickstarter products on Amazon

Ever wanted to shop on Amazon for all the amazing products that gets crowd funded by Kickstarter.  Your wait is over so head over to Amazon and join the community and buy your desired product.

Elon Musk Autobiography review – the man behind Tesla and SpaceX

As an South African, I follow what Elon Musk is up to and I have just read the Autobiography of Elon Musk that was written by Ashlee Vance and I can highly recommend the book to anybody, whether you a South African, whether you in business or just the ordinary man on the street.  Link below to buy the book on Amazon.

See what The New York Times has to say:

Ashlee Vance, in his new biography of the celebrity industrialist Elon Musk, delivers a similar notion of the deflating American soul. An early Facebook engineer tells Mr. Vance, “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads.” The author quotes the venture capitalist Peter Thiel: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.”

If Silicon Valley was holding out for a hero after Steve Jobs’s death, a disrupter in chief, it has found a brawny one in Mr. Musk. This South African-born entrepreneur, inventor and engineer is the animating force behind companies (Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity) that have made startling advances in non-indoor-cat arenas: electric cars, space exploration and solar energy. He is all of 43.

Mr. Musk is about as close as we have, circa 2015, to early industrial titans like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. Along with his swagger, he totes surprise, style and wit.

Read the rest of the review here.

Excerpt from the inside cover of the book:

There are few industrialists in history who could match Elon Musk’s relentless drive and ingenious vision. A modern alloy of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs, Musk is the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity, each of which has sent shock waves throughout American business and industry. More than any other executive today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as a science fiction fantasy.

In this lively, investigative account, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance offers an unprecedented look into the remarkable life and times of Silicon Valley’s most audacious businessman. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family, and his friends, the book traces his journey from his difficult upbringing in South Africa to his ascent to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent more than fifty hours in conversation with Musk and inter- viewed close to three hundred people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk’s world-changing companies and to paint a portrait of a complex man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation–all while making plenty of enemies along the way.

In 1992, Elon Musk arrived in the United States as a ferociously driven immigrant bent on realizing his wildest dreams. Since then, Musk’s roller-coaster life has brought him grave disappointments alongside massive successes. After being forced out of PayPal, fending off a life-threatening case of malaria, and dealing with the death of his infant son, Musk abandoned Silicon Valley for Los Angeles. He spent the next few years baffling his friends by blowing his entire fortune on rocket ships and electric cars. Cut to 2012, however, and Musk had mounted one of the greatest resurrections in business history: Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity had enjoyed unparalleled success, and Musk’s net worth soared to more than $5 billion.

At a time when many American companies are more interested in chasing easy money than in taking bold risks on radical new technology, Musk stands out as the only businessman with enough dynamism and vision to tackle–and even revolutionize–three industries at once. Vance makes the case that Musk’s success heralds a return to the original ambition and invention that made America an economic and intellectual powerhouse. Elon Musk is a brilliant, penetrating examination of what Musk’s career means for a technology industry undergoing dramatic change and offers a taste of what could be an incredible century ahead.

 

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future


New York Times Bestseller – Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Audible and Amazon

In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley’s most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur’s journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk’s world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way.
        Vance uses Musk’s story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk–one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history–is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.

New From: $13.75 USD In Stock

How To – type accented caracters on MacOS/OSX ie é in Pokémon

Ever wondered how to type accented characters, that characters with something on top on a MacOS or OSX system.  Solution is very easy.

When typing just hold the character down and a little pop-up menu will appear from where you can select the required character you want. See example for “a”:

osx_tipyn_alternate_characters

So for Pokémon, hold down the “e” and then either click on the second character in the list or just press 2 and voila, you have “é”.

To read more in-depth about it … see Apple Support site

 

 

Crossover @ Work – the good (Part 1)

As mentioned in a previous post, I embarked on a road to apply for one of the roles that Crossover @ Work advertised all over the web on sites like Linkedin and Stack Overflow.

I have done some research and reading on Quora and Glassdoor and the majority of the questions and comments was very negative.  Some from Quora:

From these you will see that it is mostly negative so I thought I have nothing to lose since I happened to be unemployed at the moment.

The position I applied for was for a Program Manager for a company called Ignite – http://www.ignitetech.com/. I applied for this via the Crossover site on 25 May 2016.  On the same day I received the following response:

Thank you for applying for the Program Manager – Ignite position. We look forward to helping you connect to your next Tour of Duty.
As mentioned previously, the companies we represent receive thousands of applicants for every available position. Simply relying on your resume is probably not a winning formula. So to help you differentiate from the crowd and to really help us determine who is the best-of-the-best, we designed a series of ‘real-life’ assessments specifically related to this role. This will help you rise to the top and become 1 of 5 – instead of 1 of 1000.
The custom assessments, however, are very challenging and require commitment on your side to really show us your skills. If you are not willing to put in the time to complete the assessments – no problem – we understand and will end your journey here. But if you are willing to differentiate yourself to see if you are the top 1% of talent globally – we’re excited to have you continue forward.
Here are the next steps in the process:
  • We conduct a Written Evaluation where you will receive scenario questions related to this position. These questions were specifically designed by the hiring manager to evaluate how you would handle scenarios you’ll likely encounter in the job. Answer these questions to the best of your capabilities to demonstrate to the hiring manager your expertise. We will send you a separate email when we are ready for you to begin your Written Evaluation.
  • After reading your responses and reviewing your work experience, the hiring manager will select a few candidates to interview. You will be contacted by a Crossover Account Manager to coordinate the interview.
  • Upon successfully passing the Written Evaluation, work experience and interview(s) – you will then be contacted by a Crossover Recruiter and be offered the position.
Best of luck and we look forward to learning more about you.

I received the link for the written evaluation on the same day, 25 May 2016. At this point I was faily impressed with their quick response.

To be continued …

Comments and/or questions are more than welcome.

Crossover @ Work – the good and the bad

I have embarked on applying for a position as a Crossover @ Work contractor for a Program Manager position for a United States based company.  Over the next couple of posts I will give an honest view of the process and how it is going.

I have read and seen some very negative views about the process and rather than just take everything at face value, I have decided to experience it first hand and document my views here.

Feel free to leave your views and comments below.