Friday, 28 November 2014

My Oupa se fotos

Ek het die volgende fotos ontdek in my oupa se papiere. Hulle is van die 1938 trek herdenking.

School days 1985

In this photo: Kevin Tiran, Mark Clur, Sean Ranger, Andre Hugo, Christoffel van Deventer, Giovanni Ziboni, Ian Patterson, Warren Michael Loader, Pierre Bezuidenhout, Godfrey Frayne, Kenny Williams, Laine Barnard, Daren Papenfus, Glen Fichard, Gerald Steyn, Murray Burbage?, Christian B Erasmus

Reginald Turvey: Artist

Read about Turvey here.

Bram Fischer's revolution at Grey

Preview Bram Fischer: Afrikaner revolutionary here.

I've never heard such a load of crap in all my life

Jean Baptist van Riet

Jopie Fourie se einde

Lees in die Afrikaanse Wikipedia oor Jopie Fourie se einde: "Met vaste stem begin Josef Gesang 20:8 sing: "Als wy de doodsvallei betreën, Laat ons elke aardse vriend alleen..." Aan die end van die tweede versreël klink die order - die skote val en kommandant Josef Fourie stort neer."

Fourie was op Grey, lees hier.

Sir George Grey: A historical biography

Read the book online here. All the other books about Sir George Grey are available here.

Journal of the Boer War

Commando has for many years been regarded as one of the best narratives of war and adventure in the English language. While still in his teens Deneys Reitz served in the Boer forces during the South African War and, after fighting to the bitter end, chose exile in Madagascar rather than life under the British flag. It was during those years of banishment that he set down, while it was still vivid in his memory, this record of battle and guerilla warfare. The word 'commando' has been made familiar to us, these last few years, by the exploits of those picked men who harried the enemy by many spectacular and desperate stratagems in the Second World War. It was originally, of course, the Boer word used for those mobile columns of fighting men which, despite their inferiority in numbers and supplies, held out and hit back so vigorously against the British in South Africa. This chronicle of forced marches, ambuscades, night attacks and narrow escapes shows why the Boer resistance took so long to crack. Reitz learned the craft of the guerilla under such masters as Botha, Delarey and Smuts, and from Smuts he learned, too, in due course the arts of peace, for it was Smuts who persuaded Reitz to return to South Africa and help in building the young Dominion. In that capacity Reitz showed the same qualities of wisdom, courage and leadership which he had developed as a fighting man, and he crowned a brilliant career of public service to the Union of South Africa by becoming its High Commissioner in London.

Read the book Commando online here. Preview the book on Google here.

Koshuis (Early eighties)

The silent assassin

Gert Coetzee writes in The Witness: "WHEN Grey College headmaster Johan Volsteedt took the scripture reading during the school assembly yesterday morning he referred to Ruben Kruger as a “man among men”."


Die oorspronklike Grey Bom 92-93

Beware the cult-like leader

The notorious scoundrel Engelbrecht was a Lutheran pastor at Lilienthal Church. The church is located close to Dalton, a little backwater in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands. My dad, you can read about him here, and his family were members of the church. Post war Engelbrecht left the Lutheran Synod, and together with another dubious character, in my dad's opinion, Erlo Stegen, created a sect that was based at Claridge. Ironically, they called it Bible House.

Read the article here on LinkedIn's Pulse.

How the Bartels' ended up in South Africa

My dad's family traces its South African roots to Christof Bartels, a missionary, who arrived aboard the ship Candaze in 1862 at Port Natal. The Candaze was named after the legendary Queen of Ethiopia and belonged to the Hermannsburg Mission Society. The Society was originally meant to convert the heathen Galla, (commonly known as the Oromo) of Ethiopia to Christianity. Instead the missionaries were declared persona non-grata in Ethiopia which was influenced by the Coptic Church. They searched for alternative converts, which happened to be the Zulu of Southern Africa. Thus the Candaze docked at Port Natal instead of Ethiopia.

Read the article here on LinkedIn's Pulse.

The evil minibar billing system

A few years ago, in the not too distant past (mid-1990s), I went on digital switch training that was certified by Bell Labs. A digital switch is an ISDN based switch that aggregates and distributes basic and primary rate telecommunication interfaces. It was the replacement for analogue and was in demand for video conferencing equipment. 

Read the article here on LinkedIn's Pulse.

Being a Network engineer can be a dangerous occupation

The building in Grayston was renovated and then also clad in marble. While the builders were cladding the building Wimpie Jansen van Rensburg and I installed switches and RAMs (Token-ring hub). While on one of the floors mounting a switch, I heard what I thought was the sound of water.

Read the article on LinkedIn's Pulse here.

Lightning strikes building in Bloemfontein, South Africa

An injured tourist’s letter to South Africa

Earlier in November, the NSRI was called out to a remote part of the Drupkelders hiking trail near Rheenendal in the Knysna Forest to assist injured Dutch tourist Dennis van Duivenbode. Two weeks later, he wrote to the NSRI. His letter reveals something about South Africa that you’ll want to hear.

Read about it here, it is an amazing story.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

#107 peaches (Presidents of the United States of America)

Peaches come from a can,
They were put there by a man
In a factory downtown
If I had my little way,
I'd eat peaches every day
Sun-soakin' bulges in the shade

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Learning from great leaders, Amundsen

It is often mentioned that to be a great leader you need to study great leaders and emulate the best of their qualities. One of my greatest heroes is Roald Amundsen, the first human to reach the South Pole and the North Pole.

Read the full article on LinkedIn's Pulse here.

Mastelek (the man who was my dad)

He was known by the Zulus as Mastelek which means strong one. The name was probably given to him as he had a short fuse, which I also inherited. I recall him working on a tractor one day when I was still a young boy. He was struggling to remove a bolt. He eventually resorted to using a 10 pound hammer. What then happened is that he hit his thumb, which then split open. I laughed, received a backhand from dad and ended up with my backside on the floor. Lesson: Never laugh when Dad does something stupid!

Read more about Mastelek in this article here on LinkedIn's Pulse.

#106 Heart Of Glass (Blondie)

Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out had a heart of glass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find
Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind

#105 Angel Of The Morning (Juice Newton)

There'll be no strings to bind your hands
Not if my love can't bind your heart
There's no need to take a stand
For it was I who chose to start
I see no need to take me home
I'm old enough to face the dawn

Flowchart for men

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

#104 Up where we belong (Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes)

Who knows what tomorrow brings
In a world, few hearts survive
All I know, is the way I feel
When it's real, I keep my pray alive

#103 Hallelujah (Rufus Wainwright)

Maybe I have been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

#102 Circle of Life (The Lion King)

From the day we arrive on the planet And blinking, step into the sun
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

The elevator pitch for Cloudflare

Us in 90 Seconds from CloudFlare on Vimeo.

Is work worth your soul?

When I was sixteen I lay on a Rugby field in Bloemfontein and experienced the worst pain ever in my life. I was involved in a rugby injury at Grey College in which my leg was shattered into pieces over a rugby ball. Broken in 27 pieces, the doctor later told me. A loose scrum had collapsed on me. Initially I tried to stand, only to see my leg at a right angle. I lay on the field in pain, clawing out tufts of grass with my fingers. They started bleeding. The coach came over to look and then phoned for an ambulance. My leg was in spasms. A kind hearted teacher, who we called Os, came over to enquire about how I felt. I said that I felt fokkin’ seer. I was taken to Universitas Hospital by ambulance and administered morphine. My medical expenses were paid for by the newly established Chris Burger fund.

Read the article, Is work worth your soul? on LinkedIn's Pulse.

Dominick Cafarelli of Gigamon on TMCNet

Big Switch Networks Big Cloud Fabric Setup and Management Demonstration

Monday, 24 November 2014

Networking the Cloud and Data Centre (Arista)

Digital attack map powered by Arbor Networks and Google

Noction (Interesting product to enhance transits)

Overview of the Noction product
Configuring Internet Exchange Points

Sunday, 23 November 2014

#101 Dreams (The Cranberries)

Oh, my life is changing everyday,
In every possible way.
And oh, my dreams, it's never quite as it seems,
Never quite as it seems.

#100 I Should Be So Lucky (Kylie Minogue)

In my imagination
There is no complication
I dream about you all the time
In my mind a celebration
The sweetest of sensation
Thinking you could be mine

#99 My Boomerang Won't Come Back (Charlie Drake)

I've waved the thing all over the place,
Practised till I was black in the face,
I'm a big disgrace to the Aborigine race,
My boomerang won't come back. 

#98 Fields Of Athenry (The Dubliners)

By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young girl calling
Micheal they are taking you away
For you stole Trevelyn's corn
So the young might see the morn.
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay.

Low lie the Fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young man calling
Nothing matters Mary when you're free,
Against the Famine and the Crown
I rebelled they ran me down
Now you must raise our child with dignity.

Low lie the Fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

By a lonely harbor wall
She watched the last star falling
As that prison ship sailed out against the sky
Sure she'll wait and hope and pray
For her love in Botany Bay
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

Low lie the Fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

#97 The Imperial March (Star Wars)

#96 Riders on the storm (The Doors)

Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan
Riders on the storm

#95 Chant of Metta (Imee Ooi)

#94 Spirits of the forest (James Horner)

#93 My heart will go on (Céline Dion)

Every night in my dreams
I see you, I feel you,
That is how I know you go on
Far across the distance
And spaces between us
You have come to show you go on

#92 Apollo 13 theme (James Horner)