10 September: Celebrate Our Beautiful Country Thousands of new visitors experienced South Africa during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ and went home with memories to last a lifetime. We impressed the world with our ability to unite for a common cause and create a legacy for our country and children. We now know what we can do when we stand together, so let’s do it again this Friday – by making sure our country stays beautiful for generations to come. Help a matric student with their homework.Collect old textbooks and give them to a library or school.Advise a student on post-matric career choices.Help a student to realise how important education is.Support your Class of 2010 – posterClass of 2010 Pledge – poster 3 September: Do Things Differently The 2010 Fifa World Cup™ marked a massive change in the way we see ourselves and the way the world sees us. This Friday, Fly the Flag for our ability to see things differently, to see challenges where others see obstacles, and no matter what, to make a plan. Do something differently, and acknowledge how each of us made the world see our country in a new light. Visit www.forgood.co.za for how to go about volunteering in your community.Find a young person in your community that you can mentor.Find out how you can work with your local SAPS to make your surroundings safer.Organise a visit to an old age home or hospice.Create your own volunteer project.Volunteer for an existing project.Do Good Week – poster Host a recycling day. Ask everyone to bring in paper, glass, plastic and tins to be recycled and given a new lease on life.Plant a tree at home, at school, at your office or in a community space.Host a clean-up day around the office, your school or community.Celebrate Our Beautiful Country – poster Instead of sending an e-mail, pick up the phone.Call an old friend.Celebrate those who have made a difference in your community, and join them. Put a suggestion box up where people can share their ideas on how to do things differently.Do Things Differently – poster Have a braai to celebrate your heritage – see Braai4Heritage.Wear clothes reflecting your culture.Spend time with someone else from a different culture and learn about their customs.Heritage Day – poster 25 August 2010 Each Friday for the next five weeks, South Africans have been called on to celebrate the things that combine to make them unique – each Friday offering a new theme, and new set of practical things that anyone can do to help build a united, prosperous country. Check out the programme. Put your soul into it!SA Legacy campaign explained27 August: Support your Class of 2010 During the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, South Africans united in support of their team and their country, in the process learning a valuable lesson – that together we can do anything we put our souls into. This Friday, pledge that same support to your Class of 2010 – by doing so, you can give them all the motivation and inspiration they need to succeed, not only in their final examinations, but also in life. Source: Brand South Africa 24 September 2010: Celebrate your Heritage We made the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ the most successful ever. We hosted the world and we celebrated our nation. If we were asked how we achieved what we did, the answer would be easy – because we are South Africans. This Friday, Fly the Flag for your South African Heritage and celebrate our diversity as our source of strength and resilience. We are the soul of South Africa. 17 September: Do Good Week When we stand as one, we can do anything. We can build stadiums. We can host the most successful Fifa World Cup™. So what if we all came together to do something good for each other? This Friday, Fly the Flag by volunteering some of your time and resources to South Africans who need it.
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According to a new Forrester survey, almost 80% of Internet users in the US and Canada would not pay for access to newspaper and magazine websites. Those users who would consider paying for content are mostly interested in subscriptions. Only a very small number of consumers is interested in making micropayments (3%). The study also asked which distribution channel consumers would prefer if their favorite print publications ceased to exist. 37% preferred the web, 14% mobile phones and 11% would prefer to read the content on their laptops or netbooks. 10% would prefer PDFs delivered by email and 3% would read the content on their e-readers. 44% of all respondents said that they wouldn’t be interested in getting their print content through any of these delivery mechanisms. Tags:#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Who Is Willing to Pay?Forrester’s Sarah Rotman Epps took a closer look at the demographic profile of those users who said that they would be willing to pay. Gender and marital status had no influence on a consumer’s willingness to pay. Those who are willing to pay for magazine content are slightly younger that those who won’t (43 years vs. 47). For newspaper content, however, there was no difference. Income, too, only makes a small difference. Those with a higher income are slightly more likely to pay for newspaper content than for magazines.The report concludes that there is no consensus among consumers about how they want content delivered to them. The fact that 10% still prefer PDFs clearly shows that we are still in a transitional period. What is clear, though, is that consumers aren’t very willing to pay for content online. According to Forrester, publishers have two options: continue to offer a free, ad-supported product or offer consumers “a choice of multichannel subscriptions, single-channel subscriptions, and micropayments for premium product access.” As Rotman Epps also notes, there is a third solution: have a third party subsidize the cost of the content. This could be a device manufacturer who wants to offer exclusive content, for example. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois A Slightly More Optimistic ViewAccording to a report in the New York Times, about 48% of all Internet users in the US said that they would pay to read news online. This study by the Boston Consulting Group also looked at online news in general and found that a larger number of users was willing to pay. On average, though, these users were only willing to pay about $3. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Amazon#cloud computing#Cloud Providers#data protection#Netflix mike pav Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Guest author Mike Pav is engineering vice president of Spanning Cloud Apps, a provider of data protection solutions for the cloud.When Amazon Web Services crashed on Christmas Eve (which brought down Netflix among other high-profile sites), Amazon offered this explanation: its elastic load balancers failed. Load balancers, as the name implies, distribute the network’s workload. Among their most important functions is protecting the system’s components from becoming overburdened and shutting down. After Amazon’s outage, the Web became a virtual fount of suggestions for avoiding more such glitches. Some said Amazon’s cloud customers should write their own load balancers. Others said service providers like Netflix should deploy multiple data centers as insurance against another PaaS failure.(See also: Why Netflix’s Christmas Eve Crash Was Its Own Fault)Failure Is An OptionA month later, it seems clear to me: Cloud outages, while rare, will continue to be a fact of life.Here’s why: Perfection is simply too expensive. To achieve uptime of more than 99.99% requires an investment of money, machine and human resources that – given the rarity of failures – just isn’t worth it. The extra cost inevitably would be passed along to customers, all but negating the cloud’s cost advantage. Instead, customers should expect PaaS providers to provide them with a well-reasoned plan for handling any disruptions.PaaS providers should be the first to know when an outage has occurred:They should be able to estimate when service will be restored.They should know and be willing to report who was impacted, and whether data was irrevocably lost.After an outage has been reported and until service is restored, PaaS providers should supply customers with regular status updates.Once service has been restored, they should offer a detailed post-mortem as well as a plan for avoiding future interruptions.Here’s where it gets tricky: PaaS providers are understandably reluctant to offer gory details for fear that they will lose current or prospective customers. If the PaaS company in question is publicly traded, those fears will be compounded by the worry that its stock price will tumble.The real reason to sign onto a PaaS has nothing to do with whether it claims to offer 100% uptime. You choose a PaaS provider because it offers scalability and elasticity, and the same efficiency and user experience regardless of the level of system usage. Applications can be built and delivered on a PaaS an order of magnitude faster when compared with non-cloud-based systems.Using a PaaS not only reduces a customer’s total cost of ownership – they operate on a pay-per-use model – it allows them to delegate tedious and time-consuming IT chores like system monitoring and maintenance. With that stuff out of the way, PaaS customers can focus their resources on truly adding value for their constituencies.Even after the well-publicized outages, the reason so many high-profile companies – including Netflix – still use Amazon as their PaaS provider is because it does a great job of providing ready-to-use features. AWS isn’t 100% reliable, but it can be used with very little up-front investment and scaled as needed. And that is an enormous improvement over the Information technology systems of the past.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…