In my previous post I described my hardware choices when building my new Home Server, something that I am handling as a weekend project. For the purposes of this article I am using a HP Proliant Microserver – a great compact little server with ample expandibility for home use. As a start I am using the built in 250GB Seagate drive as the boot drive, and then three Western Digital AV Green Power 2 Terabyte drives. You can choose whatever size drives you want, but look at things like power usage and reliability. This is a server after all.
There is a number of operating systems to choose from for home storage. We need an OS that is stable, has the ability to backup PC’s on your network, and also has drive redundancy to keep your data safe in case of drive failure (and yes, drives do fail). After looking at all the options, Windows Home Server version 1 is still your best bet. It is rock solid, and has a great community of add on developers. You can find it at most specialist computer shops for around $99.
Local entrepreneur, Joe Botha’s TrustFabric has received an investment from World of Avatar. WOA recently made headlines with their acquisition of MXit, and this seems to be one of their last investments for a while.
TrustFabric, which was founded in 2010, will integrate closely with WOA companies, including MXit to provide anti spam measures and child protection services. The child protection service, which is a new addition to TrustFabric, lets parents associate a date of birth with the mobile phone number and email address of their child. This helps protect children from inappropriate content such as adult SMS services, alcohol marketing, tobacco, gambling etc. brands and with MXit in mind, it can prevent adults interacting with minors for the wrong reasons.
MXit’s active South African user base enables TrustFarbic to profile a big portion of internet users in South Africa and then eventually provide that data to third parties via an API. These third parties can then check if they are allowed to send marketing content to specific numbers.
We reached out to Joe Botha for comment and he had the following to say:
TrustFabric is based in Stellenbosch from today. We’re happy to be a part of
the World of Avatar group and it made sense to be close to all the
action in the next few months.
We’re going to be integrating our TrustFabric Connect service and Child
Protect service with MXit, and we have a nice roadmap of related services.
The deal made a lot of sense for us: big user numbers in MXit, solid people
to work with and for me personally – an opportunity to move back to
Stellenbosch and get on a mountain bike more often.
TrustFabric is Joe’s 8th startup. He’s been a co-founder of Frogfoot Networks, Amobia Communications and South Africa’s first vendor neutral data centre provider: Teraco Data Environments.
With MXit’s past with inapproriate content being sent to underage individuals, TrustFabric is a great idea to prevent this in future. Another smart move by World of Avatar and Alan Knott Craig – look out for our video interview with Alan later in the week.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Steve Jobs’s career was the creation of NeXT Inc. and the sequential pivoting of the company from hardware to software to acquisition. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the least documented. Many people may have hoped that his biography by Walter Isaacson entitled ”Steve Jobs” would have illuminated this period that defined a lot of the skills and practices that made Apple a success. However, it didn’t adequately deliver in that department.
This video is from a series called Entrepreneurs, that documents the creation of NeXT and may provide more information about this period in his life. The footage provides insight into the way in which Jobs interacts with staff, conducts a brainstorming session with specific goals and seeks out solutions and, of course his genuine passion and enthusiasm for his projects.
The opening line of the video says it all: “Steven Jobs figures heroically in the history of American entrepreneurship.”
View the video from Entrepreneurs below:
I have always been a great fan of Network Attached Storage in the home. With consumer’s ever increasing storage needs and the switchover to laptops, the need for a centralised storage area on your home network is becoming more relevant than ever. Sure, we can shift some of that storage to the cloud, but SA’s tragic state of broadband has made this more difficult than it should be.
Certain media just works better when stored locally. In the US you might have a great little AppleTV device that just streams you a HD movie quickly and easily, in SA we have to make do with other methods to get our media kicks on. If you store it locally, you also have a lot more freedom on what device you want to access your media from. Want to watch a movie that is stored on your home server on your iPad? Not a problem. But you first need the right hardware.
Luckily it is cheaper and easier than ever to build centralized storage on your home network. Sure, you can go buy dedicated NAS devices if you do not want the hassle of building something. And you can just connect a big external harddrive, but that loses most of the functionality of having a network attached device. There are some of us who like the thrill of DIY. And when it comes to WHS, your own efforts will in most cases lead to better results.
What hardware to get: (more…)
Co-founders Synergize, University of Cape Technology & ROI Media are proud to present the very first SEO gathering in Cape Town. This will be the launch of South Africa’s first gathering of SEO like minded people, digital agencies and businesses.
Space is limited so book your seat now. There is no cost for the opening event.
View the details of the event below:
When: 30th November 2011
Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Think Tank, Metropolitan, 2 Oceans Aquarium
Visit the White Hatters website here.
Fuelled by growing interest in tech, innovation and startups in Africa from all over the world, and an increasing realisation of major opportunities online, Africans are establishing new ground in the online, mobile and digital fields.
Here are two new web startups recently launched from South Africa.
Guzzle’s aim is to connect the online and offline worlds by searching for special deals found in newspapers and retail catalogues and posting them online, giving them exposure and allowing people to find them more easily online. Guzzle also provides specials based on location so users can find those nearest to them. The site also provides customisable email alerts to monitor specific products over time and specials available from different suppliers. Guzzle is a free service for both prospective customers and retailers.
Virtusa is a social news and aggregation website where users based in South Africa can can share and discover popular stories on the web covering a range of topics such as celebrity, business, sports and political news. Users can submit interesting news pieces, articles and stories as well as vote for, and rate other submissions. Virtusa also gives users the opportunity to to connect with other like-minded people, create and join groups of interest, and make new friends.
The ad showcases some of the new features offered by the first smartphone to use Android 4.0 including face recognition, panoramic photo shooting abilities and near-field communication that lets devices in close proximity communicate. Other impressive features include: a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a super AMOLED 720p screen, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of shooting 1080p video as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and front and rear speakers.
View the advertisement entitled ‘Calling All’ below:
Google recently announced that its new version of Google Analytics will be rolling out to all users. Where previously users could swap between the old and new layout, the new layout has now been turned on full time and activated in all user accounts. In addition to a redesigned interface that makes it even easier for users to explore data, there are a number of significant new features. Over the next few weeks, as Google makes Google Analytics v5 the default for all users, the search engine will also be rolling out the report email scheduler and PDF export.
Some of the new features include: