I WRITE STUFF ABOUT TECHNOLOGY

I’m the founder of PlainSpeak, a consultancy focusing on the intersection between media, technology and business.

Alistair Fairweather
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...

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...

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...

Social Media 101 for real estate agencies

Social Media 101 for real estate agencies

On Tuesday I spent a day workshopping with some fine folks from the property business. It was intended as an introduction to the whole social media sphere, with some mobile aspects thrown in. I chose to concentrate on Facebook and Twitter, as thos...

South African social media stats

South African social media stats

Yesterday, via the amazing electrical Twitter machine, Russell Martin asked for some stats on social media and internet usage in South Africa. This made me realise a few things. 1. I have a whole lot of (relatively reliable) stats on the local mar...

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