Monthly Archives: March 2016

Quick Update

Holiday week with Mia…

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  • Week of 21-27 March.
  • Monday, Afrikaans day with Mia, gym (powerplate, squats and stretches), swim, smoothies, chilled afternoon at home – super slow internets – had to do some debugging, a sunset G&T with Al and Hilah at La Vie, in bed early, 11h sleep.
  • It seems La Vie is about to change its name. Not sure I like it.
  • “Your download is in the mail.” — joking about our ridiculously slow internet at home.

  • Tuesday, gym, swim at Wembley Square, RoboArt – Kids Robotics Holiday Workshops at The Woodstock Exchange, a Kyoto style cold / slow brew coffee at Rosetta Roastery – amusing, it’s a bit like a tea version of coffee – if that makes sense, catch up with Max and Chris at RISE (Barclays / Techstars space) – interesting chat with Max about an explorers club for A-types, iOS and OSX upgrade day, fetched Mia and her robot art, we had a burger at Gibson’s, watched Allegiant (Divergent #3) at the Waterfront VIP cinemas – great seats – good story – nicely wraps up the plot from the first two movies, Mia liked it – so I’ll have to show her the previous two movies.
  • Battery life on this new Macbook is epic. A whole day out and about and I come back home with 60% battery.
  • Wednesday, climbed on our roof and tried to improve the alignment of our wireless dish, weekend packing, I cooked a ridiculously healthy lunch for Mia, part 2 of her EDRO robotics course, Las Marias flat white at Rosetta (mega hipster coffee), a chat with Max at RISE again, drove to Bettys Bay (while Mia watched the second Divergent movie), braai with Anton, Kloppies and Niel.
  • Very nice to take some time off, swim, move around more, spend time with Mia – good chats.
  • Random 80s song of the week: Heart and Soul, T’Pau
  • Thursday, rainy day in Bettys (see above), Kloppies and Niel drove home, a nice walk with Anton while Mia watched Divergent 2 again – I think she might have found a next Harry Potter-like phase, we watched The Abyss – epic movie (in preparation for a related sci-fi classic …since Mia asked me what my favourite movie is recently – and I figured the alpha-female characters are an interesting theme), sunset walk, we made a stew (it was not braai weather).
  • “Little geek is on the case.” — The Abyss

  • Mia seems to be getting into Scratch Jnr and some of the other coding related apps on her iPad, finally.
  • Friday, brunch with Anton, Cath, Mia and Piet, Mia and I drove to the Harrold Porter Gardens for a walk and some scones, drove back to Cape Town while Mia watched the 1st Divergent movie, we attempted to match Aliens – and made it about 1/2 way, a bit too scary for Mia – I remember watching it at her age and it was pretty scary, we watched a cold front cloud bank roll in over the ocean (see below), 11h sleep.
  • “Building better worlds.” — Weyland Corp.

  • Saturday, notes and photo processing, tinkered with some document writing, catch up chat with Dan, I dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, Trumpet Tree with Al and Margot – planning a boules day, house party at Adi’s.
  • Sunday, woke up in Stellenbosch, breakfast with Al at the De Zalze clubhouse – and a bloody mary, nap, a late lunch with Al, Henning and Margot, burgers and T10 with Paul and some Fleetwood Mac, time well spent.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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Filter on attachment name with Procmail

After a recent spike in emails with .zip and .doc attachments… a quick way to filter them with procmail:


# Drop mails with lame attachments
:0 B
* .*filename=.*\.(zip|rar|rtf|doc|docm|xls|com|hlp|vbs|wsf|eml|shs|exe|nws|chm|pif|vbe|hta|scr|reg|bat)\"?\;?$
1in/spam/

Stick this in your .procmailrc

Updated: 7 April 2016, I’ll keep adding to this as I find things to block.

Quick Update

Dress up. Leave a false name. Be legendary…

Octotel Beach Rd
Octotel Beach Rd
  • Week of 14-20 March.
  • Monday, some press release writing, office, fibre team manager interview, lunch with Dan, fetched my new Macbook Pro 13 Retina from the Waterfront (Macbook number 4 since 2004), discovered Paul was still at the house, had a post weekend catch-up chat and more braai meat snacks – his car battery had died, migrated some stuff to the new laptop.
  • Press for the week: Octotel expands Cape Town fibre network, Octotel to expand Cape Town FTTH, Octotel expands R50m Cape fibre network.
  • The new laptop is cool. It’s about 30% faster than the old one – which is nice, but not Moore’s Law kinda nice – then again, the screen is awesome! Crazy how many little configs there are all over the place when you migrate to a new laptop. Took me two days. Homebrew is pretty cool.
  • After a recent braai, I realised I’m back to full card carrying member status of the League of Emotionally Unavailable Gentlemen.
  • Tuesday, office, two interviews, set-up work for the Octotel event, took a podcast walk along Beach Road in Sea Point (see above), Octotel Sea Point Community Fibre Information Evening at the Marais Road Shul (Little Tel Aviv central)… it went well – we had about 70 people there, had a Myog with Michael and a vodka tonic with Wouter – chats about social tiers and self control.
  • Wednesday, swim, podcast drive to the office, installed emacs, sunset promenade walk, Wouter cooked an epic steak and asparagus dinner while we chatted AfrikaBurn planning.
  • I switched from using jed to emacs. This is a big thing actually – I’ve been using jed for about 18 years. I’m about to switch from Aperture to Lightroom. Apple’s pro apps have really become very lame. I guess that’s what happens if you make 90% of your money from selling phones.
  • I should probably change my Facebook religion status from Jedi to Emacs now.
  • I discovered Prelude. Thanks Charl.
  • Thursday, TiTea, gym, swim, podcast drive to the office, more interviews, we connected the first Cool Ideas customers (new ISP on the Octotel network), some new business card design work, attended the launch of Spin Street House (soon to be an Octotel fibre customer) – now associated with Speedspace (of Seedstars World fame), Wouter and I wanted to go have a St. Patricks day Guinness at Twankey Bar, but they stopped selling Guinness on tap – must be something that happened after Aiden went back to Ireland, then we tried five other bars and ended up having a Guinness (out of a can?!) at The Butcher Block and Grill – with some tiramisu – chats about crazy ex’s that used to make good tiramisu.
  • Are you healthy? – maybe less than 5% of the population is.
  • Friday, podcast drive to the office, fetched Mia from school – start of the school holidays and a ten day holiday for me, a late brunch at Fred & Max, drove to Cape Town, we made some frozen banana and strawberry ice cream, Mia watched The Princess Bride – she loved it, a sunset promenade walk with Mia – we chatted about finding things you are passionate about, I figured out how to remap some Slack keys, some Reyneke organic Merlot with Wouter, Anton arrived (Mr Kobayashi), we chatted about his eco-tourism ideas, lots of red wine and cheese, stayed up way passed our bed times.
  • Turns out Brie is more creamy and Camembert has a stronger flavour. I’ve been meaning to read about that for ages.
  • “Dress up. Leave a false name. Be legendary.” — spotted on FB

  • Saturday, breakfast with Mia and Anton, Anton left for a wedding, Mia and I went to watch Kung Fu Panda 3 at the Waterfront – very cool movie, some aimless walking (flaneuring) around the Waterfront, ended up at Den Anker for an early supper – with pomme frittes, mayo and weiss beer, more aimless walking and chats – including some AfrikaBurn planning, ice cream, we listened to Eloctrolite on the way home – Mia asked me what my favourite song was and it was first to pop into my head, in bed early, 11h sleep.
  • “Shifu: If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than what you are.” — Kung Fu Panda 3

  • I decided it’s time I help Mia to learn Afrikaans a bit quicker after reading one more article about the benefits of bilingualism.
  • “Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.” — Billy Cox

  • Sunday, the first day of autumn, Afrikaans day with Mia, breakfast with Mia, Ernst, Lisa, Owen, Tim and Wendy at Caffe Neo – and a bloody Mary – nice to see Ernst – chats about how we are very good at rationalising emotional decisions – he was on his way to convincing me to go for scenic runs – until he mentioned his knee that’s busy disintegrating – also chats about Stellenbosch, tech businesses, Afrikaans and wine, a Constantia Wine Route adventure… wine tasting at Constantia Glen – bumped into Zia, wine tasting at Eagle’s Nest – good Merlot – had to get a few bottles, Beau Constantia (see below) – bumped into B and Nick, Hout Bay Market, Chapman’s Peak drive – stopped for some views of Hout Bay, I had The Red Herring pizza at The Red Herring in Noordhoek (good memories from 2004 days), a sunset promenade walk with Mia (see below), notes and photo processing with some Eagle’s Nest Merlot while Mia built a Scratch game, nice Sunday – time well spent.
  • Fish oil, asprin and magnesium. Probably all you really need to add to your diet.
  • Somebody should start selling braai broodjies at weekend markets.
  • Tune of the week: Eloctrolite, REM.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Beau Constantia
Beau Constantia
Queens Beach
Queens Beach

Make Slack behave like the Telegram Desktop app

This will help you remap some Slack keyboard commands so that Command + Enter sends a message and Enter creates a new line… for OSX.

I think this makes way more sense than using Command Enter to “create a new snippet”.

I use the Telegram Desktop app a lot – so accidentally creating snippets in Slack all the time was a bit painful.

You’ll need to install Karabiner and load the private.xml file below…

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<root>
    
    <appdef>
        <appname>SLACK</appname>
        <equal>com.tinyspeck.slackmacgap</equal>
    </appdef>
    
    <item>
        <name>Slack Customisation</name>
        <item>
            <name>Map Cmd+Enter to send, Enter to extra line</name>
            <identifier>remap.app_slack_cmd_enter</identifier>
            <only>SLACK</only>
            <autogen>
                __KeyToKey__
                KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::COMMAND_L,
                KeyCode::RETURN
            </autogen>
            <autogen>
                __KeyToKey__
                KeyCode::RETURN,
                KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::SHIFT_L
            </autogen>
        </item>
    </item>
    
</root>

and just for fun, OSX Messages app…

    <appdef>
        <appname>Messages</appname>
        <equal>com.apple.iChat</equal>
    </appdef>

    <item>
        <name>OSX Messages Customisation</name>
        <item>
            <name>Map Enter to extra line</name>
            <identifier>remap.app_messages_cmd_enter</identifier>
            <only>Messages</only>
            <autogen>
                __KeyToKey__
                KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::COMMAND_L,
                KeyCode::RETURN
            </autogen>
            <autogen>
                __KeyToKey__
                KeyCode::RETURN,
                KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::OPTION_L
            </autogen>
        </item>
    </item>

and Skype…

     <item>
        <name>Skype Customisation</name>
        <item>
            <name>Map Enter to extra line</name>
            <identifier>remap.app_skype_cmd_enter</identifier>
            <only>Skype</only>
            <autogen>
                __KeyToKey__
                KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::COMMAND_L,
                KeyCode::RETURN
            </autogen>
            <autogen>
                __KeyToKey__
                KeyCode::RETURN,
                KeyCode::RETURN, ModifierFlag::SHIFT_L
            </autogen>
        </item>
    </item>

Quick Update

The Last Braai of Summer…

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Braai Friends
  • Week of 7 to 13 March.
  • Monday, school run, gym, office, super boring Telkom community fibre event at the Sea Point High School with about 7 people, swim, some blogging.
  • Tuesday, office, ward councillor meeting with Michael in Wale street, catch up with Fred in Woodstock, worked at the Wembley gym, a beer with Dan at Paradiso.
  • Wednesday, swim, Mia went on her first two day school camp, office, added the finishing touches to our Octotel Home Fibre Guide print brochure, catch up lunch with Joseph at Ravish in Bree street – we chatted GPON devices, premium wifi and space suit design, catch up with Cor and Steven at 75 Harrington, a swim at the Wembley gym, ordered a MacBook Pro 13 with Retina display (256GB model), a burger with Jonathan at Hudsons on Kloof – good fun, chats about parenting apps and mental health apps.
  • Thursday, podcast drive to the office, sent some newsletters to get people to come to the Octotel Sea Point Community Information Evening, some serious braai shopping with Wouter, sushi at Harbour House in the Waterfront with Wouter.
  • Friday, office, mostly tried to get more people to attend the Octotel event next week – newsletters, FB event and ads, flyer drops and press release writing, some final braai prep – candles, fairy lights (see below), music, snack platters… The Last Braai of the Summer (see below).
  • Very cool braai, perfect wind-still evening, 35+ people, bucket loads of G&T, Wouter braaied enough meat for a small army, I remember playing some The Cure songs and The Groovenator, a few good laughs about Ryan Gosling movies, nice to see Al, Diabi, Daniel, Becky, Claus, Janey, Paul, Hilah, Bienne, Dan, Pieter etc. (see above). We might have to do a first braai of Autumn soon.
  • Our AfrikaBurn theme camp sound system has made it through its third party. Not bad for a cheap boom box system that went to the desert.
  • We finally have a recycling bin – we figured we needed an extra bin for the braai.
  • Saturday, Janey woke me up at 7:00ish, processed some photos, fell asleep watching Hackers (1995), braai meat for lunch, The Grand / Granger Bay with Dan, La Vie with Dan… good chats – I’m excited.
  • I’ve been living in ~Cape Town for 20 years now.
  • Stating the obvious, but not all craft beer is good beer.
  • “Enjoy your own company.”

  • Sunday, slept till 9:00ish, finished watching Hackers… Angelina Jolie as a geek is pretty hot, braai meat for lunch again, nap, some notes processing and blogging, read through about 30 saved (Pocket) articles from the last six weeks (only 70 to go), more braai meat, watched an episode of Rome.
  • “Hack the planet.”

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Braai lights (pic by Luke)
Braai lights (pic by Luke)
Braai
Braai Views

Quick Update

Dog with a blog…

G&T
G&T sans HDR.
  • Week of 29 February to 6 March.
  • Monday, watched Drive… good movie choice from Paul’s Ryan Gosling film collection – epic soundtrack, fetched Mia and watched her Zonal Gala at De Hoop – last major gala of the season – she swam in five races and won a medal in the 25m freestyle race, a celebratory pizza supper at Giuseppe’s, dropped Mia off at her gran’s house (her mom was moving house), sunset drive back to Cape Town, catch up chat with Wouter, watched some Fleetwood Mac videos.
  • I sometimes wonder how, last year, I was starting this new business, dating somebody, and doing a lot of AfrikaBurn planning and design work – with the same social calendar.
  • “It’s not the destination, it’s the glory of the ride.” — Spotted in Paul’s house.

  • Octotel connected its first few GPON customers this week.
  • “75% of success is straying calm.”

  • Tuesday, office, wayleave related meeting at the roads department, our home internet was down for a while so Wouter and I had a burger at Gibsons and watched Deadpool at the Waterfront… the movie had its moments, but not totally my vibe.
  • If you had to put a billboard up somewhere, what would it say? – Tim Ferriss show question. My answer: Enjoy life.
  • Wednesday, podcast walk to the office, the day was a bit of a blur, had a G&T with Wouter, processed the photos from two swimming galas and a wine festival.
  • Thursday, podcast walk to the office, some last minute fibre duct delivery logistics, randomly bumped into Paul in Sea Point and had lunch with him, Myog – never gets old, was kinda planning to go to First Thursdays – but took a nap at home, processed a batch of (about 80) notes and did some blogging – good nerd time.
  • I think I need to start buying wine more regularly – in bulk.
  • Tune of the week: Juice Newton – Angel Of The Morning, good scene from Deadpool.
  • Friday, podcast drive to the office, catch up chat and a protein shake with Mark at the place next to Jason Bakery, lunch at Scheckter’s Raw Gourmet – pretty staff – portions could be bigger, fetched Mia from school, pizza and mocktails at La Vie with Mia, Pieter and Xavier.
  • Mia tells me there is a Disney show called: Dog with a Blog.
  • Saturday, Mia and I drove to deep-Plumbstead for a cryotherapy “sauna” at -150degC – managed to stay in for 3 minutes (see below), it was fun – I’ve had more intense spear fishing cold experiences, but it makes you feel alive, we hit the Nike factory shop – found some new gym bags, Hout Bay market with Mia, Fred, Dan, Duncan, Katie, Pieter and Marcus – nice vibe, car phone chats on the way home, some serious braai shopping, a nap at home, sunset G&Ts with extra lime (see above) and a braai at home with Wouter, Pieter and Mia – Wouter braaied a filet steak to perfection with his usual digital temperature probes, sago pudding, put Mia in bed and showed her the Coldplay Paradise video shot in Cape Town, Trude and Berry joined us for a glass of wine, some minimalist Berlin electro music, and a chat about LD50.
  • Good fun to watch: Kaspar in Paradiso
  • “Dance like no one’s watching. Encrypt like everyone is.” — from a tshirt

  • Sunday, brunch at Bootleggers Bantry Bay with Mia and Wouter – we watched a few Argus cyclists speed by, Mia and I watched Zootropolis (Zootopia) at the Waterfront – very cool, maybe the best animated movie since How To Train Your Dragon, some camping gear shopping for Mia’s school camp – fleece jacket and shoes, burger at Mondiall – still the most tasty burger in Cape Town.
  • Anybody else strip the tracking info off links before sharing them?
  • I’m starting to fear my Pocket list again. Major backlog.
  • I seem to average about 40 phone notes per week. Which explains the delayed blog posts.
  • I made it all the way to July 2015 with the Tim Ferriss show. Catching up.
  • 7 weeks to AfrikaBurn.
  • See you at the braai on Friday. The last braai of summer.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Cryo-sauna
Cryo-sauna

Quick Update

Little Lebowski Urban Achievers and warm milk…

The Table at De Meye
The Table at De Meye
  • Week of 22-28 February.
  • Yeah, this post is a bit late.
  • Fasting week – ate nothing from Sunday to Thursday night. Started the week at 86.5kg, ended the week at 83kg. Georg’s recent visit kinda delayed my fasting plans. It was actually pretty easy fasting this week. It gets easier.
  • I think I want to try one month in ketosis soon. Green veg, butter, coconut oil, mct, nuts, eggs… astronaut food.
  • Monday, school run, gym, The Kitchen, office, the SSD I ordered arrived, tinkered with CartoDB, the first few orders came in on my new Octotel line ordering system, left the office at 19:00ish, AfrikaBurn planning meeting at home with Wouter and Stephen, figured out I did not have the right size Torx screwdriver to install the SSD, meh.
  • Work has been pretty busy over the last three weeks.
  • Tuesday, TiTea, gym, found a Trox6 screwdriver, installed my SSD – painless process – yeah, I know I should have done it months ago – anyway, still working out how to convince work to give me a new Macbook Pro, left the office after dark, started reading Zero to One – great book.
  • OSX has native Trim support now.
  • The SSD is great. It can stay. Battery time pretty much doubled.
  • This is the best thing ever: if you hate telemarketers, you’ll love this robot designed to waste their time.
  • Wednesday, office, catch up with the Supernice guys, swim, haircut at Yogi’s, office, tinkered with a Raspberry Pi – tried to get the Kano at Mia’s school to work again, but it’s not happy. I see a Raspberry Pi 3 in my future.
  • Thursday, gym, swim, office, fetched snail mail, Spin street trenching project route walk, 2050 visit, Wembley gym, watched Mia’s mixed relay gala at Somerset College – she did well in the backstroke race, took Mia for an early supper and helped her with some homework, dropped Mia off, Stellenbosch Digital Developer meetup at Launchlab in Stellenbosch, catch up chat with Eugene,
    going away G&Ts at La Vie with Georg… and some pizza – could not resist (end of the fast)- great pizza.
  • Listen to the Chris Sacca episode. Very good. Find interesting, ambitious people. Founders who know it’s inevitable that they will succeed.
  • “I admit it, you are better than I am.
    Then why are you smiling?
    Because I know something you don’t know.
    And what is that?
    I… am not left-handed.” — The Princess Bride, great scene.

  • Friday, early breakfast with Fred at Bootleggers – we chatted about Zero to One and Bucky, office, manicure, document signing party, wine tasting at De Meye and a stroll around the farm, a superb (late) lunch at The Table (see above) and then went on this Friday adventure that made my life seem like even more of a Douglas Coupland novel, walked past Brampton Wine Bar, bumped into Henk at Trumpet Tree – and later Al and Henning, Balboa, Mystic (see below), Al’s house – the full Stellenbosch experience – nice to spend time with the locals – funny how things change by staying the same.
  • Find joy in everything that happens. Amor fati (love fate).
  • “Although it doesn’t matter, you and me got plenty of time.” — Fleetwood Mac

  • Tune of the week: Fleetwood Mac – Hold Me
  • “Due to the band members’ strained relationships at the time, the video shoot in the Mojave Desert was “a fucking nightmare” according to producer Simon Fields. “[They] were, um, not easy to work with” agrees Steve Barron, who directed the clip. “It was so hot, and we weren’t getting along” recalls Stevie Nicks. Lindsey Buckingham was still not over their breakup six years earlier, nor her subsequent affair with Mick Fleetwood. Further, she elaborates, the rest of the band was angry with Fleetwood because he had then begun an affair with Nicks’ best friend, who left her husband as a result, causing serious issues for Nicks.” — about the Hold Me music video … yeah, I know. And I figured I had problems.

  • Saturday, woke up in Stellenbosch, drove home, Constantia Fresh with Paul and Zia (see below) – always good fun – I took the 85mm and I think we managed to capture the spirit of the event (and Paul posing with about 20 hot girls), drinks at Michael’s house with Ashley and Olivia, Nick’s house with Charlie and Paul.
  • Sunday, woke up in Cape Town, Little Lebowski Urban Achievers adventure day: Masqued Ball in Kogelbay with Paul, J5, Charita, etc. – let’s just say we took some strain getting going after the wine festival, nice weather for a beach party – memories of listening to Pearl Jam looking out over the beach after the party ended, Trumpet Tree with Al, Henk, Paul and a big group of Stellenbosch locals, Balboa with Melissa, Renee and Lia – went home and listened to a Chris De Burgh album – well, not really – but something equally lame – we ended up with two girls (who just wanted to be held) who fell asleep on Paul’s couch while we had some Paul Cluver Chardonnay and listened to a Nick Cave album (great album though).
  • “No, I’m done – I just want some warm milk and biscuits.” — Paul in Balboa, after which the barman actually brought him some warm milk.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Mystic
Mystic
Fresh
Fresh