Posts by Alistair Fairweather

An open letter to Patrick Craven and COSATU

An open letter to Patrick Craven and COSATU

Dear Mr Craven We are very different men, from very different generations, with very different views of the world. Nonetheless I respect both your opinion, and your contribution to the liberation struggle. But while I concede many of the points in...

Only 100 years before you earn your Facebook investment back (and why it’s still worth it)

Only 100 years before you earn your Facebook investment back (and why it’s still worth it)

So my thumbsuck earnings guesstimate on Facebook turned out to be bang on target. It did make around $500 million in 2010 according to documents released by those Wall Street sharks at Goldman Sachs. What I was completely wrong about was its net m...

Quantitative easing – what’s the big deal?

Quantitative easing – what’s the big deal?

Last week the US Federal Reserve, the world's most powerful and influential central bank, announced a second huge tranche of "quantitative easing" - now nicknamed "QE2". That in itself wasn't news, but the amount - $600 billion - has come as a big...

Social media for media brands (presentation)

Social media for media brands (presentation)

I presented this at SA leg of The Internet Show yesterday. Social media for media brands on Prezi


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Africa’s first on-demand mobile TV offering launches today

Africa’s first on-demand mobile TV offering launches today

If you'd told me a week ago that we'd have fully functional on-demand TV for mobile phones this year, I would have been highly skeptical. If you'd told me the service would require no downloads or apps, that it would work on 90% of 3G handsets and...


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A passage to India

A passage to India

When he said "Dining is and always was a great artistic opportunity" Frank Lloyd Wright was talking about more than just eating, he was talking about dining as a cultural experience. And while he couldn’t have had an Indian restaurant at the tip o...

A fond farewell

A fond farewell

I wrote my last column for News24 this week. After nearly two years of calling it my home I'm sad to be leaving. I've written around 70 columns in that time, which equates to around 35,000 words, or one (very discontinuous) novella on technology. ...

On the catwalk

On the catwalk

A few weeks ago the marvellous Marianna Boguslavsky of Breadline Africa asked me to be part of a "geek fashion show". After some hesitation around the spectre of me on a catwalk in a swimsuit, I agreed. It's quite flattering to be included amongst...

Speak out for our freedom! Join #SpeakZA today.

Speak out for our freedom! Join #SpeakZA today.

I'm posting this as a proud member of the #SpeakZA movement. If you're a blogger who cares about freedom of speech, join us today and speak out against the ANCYL's bully-boy tactics. The words below were written by Sipho Hlongwane. I salute his co...


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The saga of Cherry McSweetbottom – Vol 2

The saga of Cherry McSweetbottom – Vol 2

Last week I wrote about an appalling piece of sensationalist journalism by England's Daily "Hate" Mail. They claimed that they had created a fake profile of a 14-year-old girl and had been approached "within 90 seconds" by a middle aged man intent...