The awesomeness of Tomorrowland – there aren’t enough adjectives in the English language to describe it. Tomorrowland 2013 is just a couple days away and we’ll be there in spirit, live-streaming it on Youtube, whilst 80 000 party-goers dance their faces off to a line-up of DJ’s that’ll drop a deaf man’s jaw to the floor.
Love these drawings by Scott Mitchellof some celebs. Too much of talent.
Update: Scott’s got some pieces for sale on Society6 go buy your Scott Mitchell artwork from them., who are coincidentally doing their free-shipping thing again, so
So my iPhone 4 is about 3 weeks old now. I’ve tried 2 different types of cases and I thought I’d share my opinions on the 2 differing types of iPhone 4 Cases as this feedback would’ve been helpful to me when I first got my iPhone.
The first one I got was on recommendation from @melattree and @mikesharman.
Capdase Soft Jacket 2 Expose
The one I got was black/clear so basically the edge was black and the back was clear. In terms of value for money, this was a great buy. I got it from Incredible Connection for about R150 and included in the package was the actual cover, a screen protector, an actual belt-mountable neoprene pouch and a stand (shown above).
What I liked about it
It felt the like the iPhone is solidly protected from just about anything. The entire phone was wrapped in the case and where the case stopped, the screen protector took over.
What I didn’t like about it
2 of the things that make the iPhone 4 extra sexy are its thinness and the aluminum strip running around the edge. The Capdase renders both of those features null and void. Whilst it gives super protection, it makes the iPhone feel very thick and bulky. And the aluminum strip is entirely covered by the case so that sucked a little.
Another thing that erked me was this: The case kinda bulged where the volume buttons are – almost like the case didn’t align correctly with the volume buttons. What this meant is that the edge of the case met with the edge of the screen protector (instead of overlapping it) and it kept lifting the screen protector and within a few days this area was a mess of dust & fluff caught underneath that lifted edge. Sucked…
Enter the contender:
Cygnett Slim Case
There’s a few different versions of this case. The one shown above is the “Frost” black version. (Note the slight opaqueness). But you can also get it in a range of colors (red, blue clear etc) and also in a solid black silicon version. You can get these cases from Macnificent.co.za
What I liked about it
It’s very slim, but it doesn’t feel like your iPhone is exposed. It’s not shown in the picture above so I took my own picture (right) – the case wraps the edges, but falls away at the top & bottom. This is awesome for me because it shows off the sexy aluminum bit, but still gives good protection to the iPhone. There’s cutouts for the volume buttons so there’s no messy bulging there. In the package was the case, a screen protector, an applicator and a little soft cloth to wipe your iPhone 4 with.
So far, there’s nothing I don’t like about this case. It’s super slim, it feels great and it doesn’t hide the things that make the iPhone 4 awesome. The opaque frosted version is also great if, like me, you have a decal for the back of your iPhone.
If you’re prone to dropping your iPhone 4, then I’d suggest you go with something more rugged like the Capdase unit. But if you’re an office worker / super careful with your phone, then the Cygnett is win.
Props go out to Macnificent’s service. When you order with them, you get an SMS with updates on your order – Order received, Payment received, Goods ready to ship, Goods shipped – and their after sales service is awesome. They accidentally sent me the silicon black case instead of the frosted opaque case and they’re doing a great job of resolving the issue for me. Get your Apple goods from Macnificent.co.za
Alfa Romeo have always made sexy cars and their new concept car dubbed the “4C” is definitely no exception. I mean just look at it:
I don’t know if its the lighting or what, but that silky/satin finish on the paint job is amazing.
In terms of power, the Alfa Romeo 4C has a 1.8l engine, producing 147kw (197 bhp) which will get you to 100km/hr in under 5 seconds: not as fast as the likes of the Dodge Charger SRT8, but heck, when the package is this pretty, who cares. It also features Alfa’s new “TCT” or twin dry clutch tranmission system. No idea what that means, but I’m sure it’s awesome.
It’s set to be released in 2012, so start saving.
465 Horsepower, 6.5-liter V-8 Dodge Charger SRT8. This is a whole lot of car.
Awesome.. Dunno how I missed this one. I remember trying Google Voice a while back and it said it wasn’t active in SA yet. I took a chance and tried this AM again and presto! Called a local land line without issue.
In terms of costs, Google charges $0.05 per minute to a landline. That works out to R0.36 -> local or national.. doesn’t really make a difference so long as its a landline. Telkom charges R0.65 minimum charge per minute. That means by using Google Voice you’re not only saving yourself R0.29 per minute you’re on the phone, you’re also able screw Telkom a little bit. It’s a win win! :)
Here’s more details on the costs:
All prices in ZAR.
How to use Google Voice
Login to your Gmail and Google Chat too. You’ll need a Google Chat account so signup for one if you aren’t already. Then you’ll see the “Call Phone” link. Once you click that, it’ll open up a calling dialog as shown above. You’ll most likely be prompted to download the voice chat plugin required to use the service. Once you’ve done that, restart your browser and call away.
This makes me happy. Telkom deserves to have to fight for our business. They’ve had the monopoly for too long and I love that I have a cheaper alternative now. Have you used Google Voice? Work nicely for you too?
UPDATE: It appears Google might be doing a ‘phased rollout’ because some have reported they don’t yet see the “Call Phone” option. So keep an eye out for when it’s active on your account.
This is pure awesome. Campaign Monitor are hiring and to showcase themselves and their company they put together this beautiful 1 pager website with a hot parallax effect. Lesson 1 on how to attract quality staff.
The parallax-y effect is a little jarring in Firefox (works best in Chrome), but that’s really nitpicking. It’s a great idea and a gorgeous design. Kudos.
@arminvanbuuren announced a few weeks ago that Episode 500 of A State of Trance would be a global party happening on 5 different continents. I immediately got excited because he’s been to South Africa before, and out of 8 continents, we had a pretty good chance of being one of them.
Well in Episode 467 of A State of Trance, the announcement was made.
Ladies and gentleman, Johannesburg, South Africa will be hosting the first of 5 parties for the global, live broadcast of A State of Trance 500.
Most of the DJ’s have already been booked, no doubt, but it can’t hurt to add your votes here.
The other venues will be:
- March 19th 2011 – Johannesburg, South Africa
- March 2011 – Miami, USA
- April 2011 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
- April 2011 – Den Bosch, Netherlands
- April 2011 – Sydney, Australia
I can barely contain my excitement. More details on the party will be added here as they are released.