Dion's random ramblings

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Blogging by candle light - where first world and third world colide

It's just past 9pm on a Thursday evening, and here in our little suburb in Pretoria the power is out for the third time this week!

I honestly don't know what to say or think anymore... What makes it quite a challenge for us is that we have a baby who needs to have bottles steralised, and water boiled. I guess this what it feels like to live in a rural area, and I suppose that this is how the majority of people in the world have to survive...

Except of course for one thing! I am BLOGGING by candle light!

I have a Nokia E90 smart phone (truly one of the best phone's I've ever had. It has GPS (for when the High Occupancy Lane on the N1 slows traffic between Pretoria and Johannesburg to a pace that takes 3 hours to do 40 kms, at least I can search for an alternative route! It has a camera, a great keyboard, 3G HSDPA connectivity, a superb web browser and office suite... It even syncs with my Mac's calendar via bluetooth (oh, and it has wifi). In fact, I think it can even make phone calls and send text messages!! ha ha!

So, it is great to have first world technology in the third world - thanks MTN! No thanks to ESKOM though...

Now if only my phone could boil a kettle...


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