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If its Thursday, it must be the end of the world day.

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So today starts with a phone call to the SARS eFiling Help line. It is because I found I could not pay SARS. When I went to the banking details page, I was asked all the usual questions. Account name, number etc. But then I got to a field that asked 'Group Number'. Group Number? Not name? [Beatles would have been my first choice.] 
I tried various numbers starting with one, only to have an alert box pop up and say; "Make sure you enter the correct group number." So that isn't going to work...
After phoning the helpful lady at the helpdesk, I was told that this only supplied by the banks. Why? And why isn't there a message on the page to say; "Get this from your bank." 
Having switched on the main PC, Adobe pops up to say that yet another patch/fix/update is needed for 'Flash'. This then brings up Firefox with the update page.
Whilst I am writing this, the Adobe downloader is struggling to get to 100%. It is at 29% now. Maybe it will finish late…

Phone tribulations solved by going back 7 years!

It's Monday and the cat has decided that the sun is not warm enough. So I have to type this with a lap full of fur. The sun is shining, the temperature has reached 17C in the study and I have things to do...
Someone has made an old extension to a juke box into a modern variety with a Raspberry Pi. Mine has played music for some time with remote control over ssh from the new tablet. I still have not had a 'real application' jump into my lap yet. So I have only saved the pin out and found suitable plug connectors and stashed them 'close by'.
When I got my ZX81 and returned to Johannesburg, it took a comment by another radio amateur, that "it could not do anything real". He also said I could not do RTTY with the ZX81. It only took two months to demonstrate it to the club decoding Baudot (5 bit code). I had time in those days. These days something always seems to get in the way...
Just watching all the excitement and projects for the Raspberry Pi, I see some…

If you were wondering why your PC is now slower than before...read on.

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I noticed yesterday at a client's workshop that the PC now had Mcafee Anti Virus installed. As I had already installed the Microsoft Anti-Virus [Security Essentials], I made a mental note to contact them later to remove it.
It is now called 'foistware' or 'cruft'. The software that you are landed with when you get a new PC or when you download the compulsory update for any ADOBE product. The probable reason for ADOBE adding an anti-virus product to the download, is the vast number of security holes in the ADOBE software products.
This did NOT go as planned... Because when I tried to give them my feedback...

The reason why you have to have the ADOBE product in South Africa, is because SARS [South African Revenue Service] uses it on their web site to fill in forms. It is called 'eFiling'. It works well and corrects you if you make a mistake. It also tells you can't do that! When you try and correct a mistake from year old returns.
Back to the client'…

Nope, the world did not end...recalculating!

So the world did not end. Microsoft might have been glad if it did! Windows 8 hasn't sold well. More Linux laptops than Windows ones. More Android phones than Windows ones. Shame about the nice tablet [fondleslab]...

Still it is a new year. Hope it goes well for all of us. It would seem that South Africa is still on holiday. As none of the new price lists have 'hit my desktop' this year.

Oh well at least its sunny and warm here. My daughters are suffering a cold and wet winter in the UK. Reports of flooding and very low temperatures are reaching here in SA with the outside temperature [now] of 25C plus at nine o'clock in the morning. Its almost unbearable...

The Rand to Pound exchange rate wobbles around R13.80. It was supposed to have improved after Mangaung. Wow! I even spelt that right! Must be getting used to the Africanisation.

But wait! There is more. My NEOTEL phone number is no longer working. It hasn't worked properly since October. When I sent an email t…