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My OER Journey, 11 Years & Counting

Posted on August 2nd, 2013 · Posted in FHSST, Personal, South Africa

Today marks 11 years, to the day, since we started the hair-brained scheme to collaboratively author, openly-licensed textbooks for South Africa under the banner of the Free High School Science Texts. This ultimately led to Siyavula Education‘s existence with a lot of help from the Shuttleworth Foundation and PSG Financial..
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The DSTV Bouquets I Want

Posted on May 5th, 2010 · Posted in Personal

Why do our pay TV providers provide so little real choice in their bouquets of channels. I'd like to see them take advantage of the fact that its all digital and that they could easily offer customers real options and I'm sure still make profit! Here is my suggestion for how they should structure the bouquets to be more dynamic and accommodating.

Branding This Blog

Posted on November 10th, 2009 · Posted in Personal

I'm running a personal cartoon competition on 99Designs.

Sam wants to be a rock star :-/

Posted on October 21st, 2009 · Posted in Personal

There are hints that Sam might not want to be programmer or a rugby player, but he may still change his mind.

Reflections on crowdsourcing the OpenPress logo

Posted on October 14th, 2009 · Posted in Personal

The experience of crowdsourcing the logo on 99Designs was interesting, fun and ultimately quite exhausting. For the record, we are happy with the logo that we have and, as we're moving forward with the project, are finally starting to show it to people.

Sam comes home

Posted on October 11th, 2009 · Posted in Personal

Sam came home today.

Samuel Newlyn Blyth Horner

Posted on October 7th, 2009 · Posted in Personal

Some photos of Sam for everyone to see, detailed commentary to follow: Album of his progress in the Neonatal unit, hopefully he’ll be home soon.

Rwanda – Africa’s high-tech hub

Posted on July 25th, 2009 · Posted in Personal

Despite always being a proud South African, I'll be forever jealous that SA has spent years suppressing our telecoms industry and hasn't adopted a comprehensive broadband strategy like Rwanda. The silver lining is that at least we'll have a shining example in a year or two of what is actually possible. Lets just hope Rwanda manage to pull it off.

Crowdsourcing the OpenPress Logo

Posted on June 14th, 2009 · Posted in Personal

I am now a complete convert to crowdsourcing. Given my experiences with the Siyavula logo and web-design processes I think that a site like 99 Designs, that has a critical mass of designers, really provides a light-weight, cost-effective and rapid solution for most of my design needs. I will launch a contest, in the near future, to start improving the look of this site I just need to bolster the content so the purpose and scope are clearer :)

Web-design project

Posted on May 31st, 2009 · Posted in Personal

Good web-design is going to be key to the success or failure of some of my upcoming projects and so spending some time immersing myself in trying to apply some of the ideas to my own site allows me to kill two birds with one stone, build my own theme and really engage with some web-design principles so that they sink in.