Category: Technology/Internet

  • The Conundrum

    The conundrum is:  Should CapeInfo be putting customers/readers and what’s easiest for them first; or should advertisers come first — and what’s easiest for them?  We’d appreciate your thoughts and comments. Because so few hospitality businesses have a marketing background, there’s often the belief that marketing is telling the customer what you want them to […]

  • Why Google doesn’t have to worry about competition from Bing

    While Microsoft’s Bing search engine might get 10/10 for responsiveness, they don’t inspire confidence in their competence as a search engine. Over the past year, CapeInfo has queried problems twice.  Both times we received prompt and courteous replies, but both indicated that all is not well at Bing. The most recent query related to a…

  • This IS worth getting excited about!

    If Neil Armstrong’s “One step for man, one giant leap for mankind” defined exploration — and the US’ role in the world — in the 20th century, the Square Kilometre Array Telescope (SKA) will provide the platform for exploration in the 21st century. If the space programme contributed to the USA’s technological leadership, imagine what…

  • “The sole remaining superpower is public opinion”

    Events over the past few months keep reminding me of what Simon Anholt said during his interview with CapeInfo last September: “The sole remaining superpower is public opinion.” An email just received from avaaz.org emphasizes the point: Dear friends, Avaaz is on fire. The pace of our activity, our growth, and our victories is intense!…

  • Watch THAT space!

    At 4.13 yesterday afternoon, the Internet Service Providers Association advised CapeInfo that our complaint regarding offensive statements on the site, whalecottage.com, had been forwarded to Whale Cottage’s service provider for action. The first step in the take down process usually takes 24 to 48 hours, but it was handled by the ISPA in about two…

  • The bane of Cape Town’s hospitality industry

    “I’m such a nasty person,” she said with glee.  One can laugh it off but in Chris von Ulmenstein’s case, it’s become a fact.  And she went on to say how she waits for knocks on the door bearing lawsuits. But her latest action shows that she is in fact, in her own small way,…

  • The New CapeInfo

    We appreciate feedback on CapeInfo’s new platform so please click on the comments link above to let us have yours. Do note that content is still being transferred from the old platform and is growing hour-by-hour. For the best browsing experience, CapeInfo recommends Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/ ) or Google Chrome (http://www.google.com/chrome).  Whatever you use, we recommend…

  • Responsible Democracy at work… online

    CapeInfo’s upgrade hasn’t been an overnight transformation and it has taken an enormous amount of thought and work.  As it came to the end of the long slog, there was a story in the media about Durban city council spending R6.5 million on a 2010 website for that city.  The mind boggles – what sort…

  • End of the WhaleTales blog on CapeInfo

    We were very sad to stop publishing the WhaleTales blog.  It was an agonising decision and considered very carefuly. We have been very harshly criticised both for publishing the blog and for withdrawing it.  We need to state our side. We believe Chris von Ulmenstein’s blog has a place and provides a compendium of useful…