Names gone crazy

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Whatsapp, 8.ta, Yello, Ekse, awe,sho, Hello?

Interesting how people come up with names in the technology dominated world we live in today.Some of these words you ask yourself what on earth were they thinking or doing to come up with such words. Some of them are just brilliant while some of them no longer represent the company but have become words that describe certain actions and activities. Some are almost dead and buried so I can’t add them on MySpace. I am sure there are plenty of such words out there that you know of that I probably didn’t cover so please share them. Click on the highlighted word to find out more about its origin. Let’s have fun.

Sumtyms iThink IT ppl r js plain lzy 2 txt in ful. We ratha js ctrl C then Ctrl V or if its dat much info den Ctrl A, Ctrl C ,Alt Tab, Ctrl V usually duz da trik.  @ tymswi Ctrl  X n Ctrl V tho wi hv a habit of 4gttin 2 Ctrl S b4 wi Ctrl Alt F4. Lol, if u rily nid F1 2 rid dis den wi knw u r studying HR or medicine. Wi js hope u knw ur tablets frm Tablets

Speaking of tablets its interesting how Tablets are no longer representing medical prescriptions but computer devices. There are plenty of brands of Tablets but it seems everybody refers to them as iPads. We also have ThinkPadsPads Pads Pads!!! I bet Androids from another Galaxy will also want to dominate and be a Nexus.  HP and Playbook take Note

For those new to IT let me school you about the Cloud, aka Cloud Computing which is a new common word. And no I azure you, it doesn’t refer to sitting on the cloud and working from there and the chances of seeing any clouds when referring to Cloud computing are slim unless you actually look into the sky. Your information can be mobile, no need for USB’s, location is no longer an issue. So whether you are in Nairobi, Lesotho or the Amazon you can work and save you information without the need for extra hardware. Its like bing in your Office 365. There is iCloudSkyDriveGdrive and Dropbox 

We are having less educated people and more Smartphones.  What is this world coming to? The Rand still struggles while apps seem like the new economy

Apple and Blackberry no longer represent fruits but massive Technology brands; well at least one of them is massive while the other fruit is a major hit in South Africa. Did the late Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak love apples that much?The person who came up with the name Siri for the iPhone 4S surely doesn’t know Japanese (iBurst with laughter). Thanks to the OTHER fruit phone we have less “Please call Me’s” going around. My lecturer used to warm me about worms, Hackers, Trojans and about giving away my passwords. Now we giving away our PINS so we can chat. Black Berry Madness (BBM) has taken over!!! It’s the new South African revolution

Searching for information on the internet is no longer browsing but goggling. The word Google refers to a major player in the IT sector but more people use it as a doing word more than describing the company. Interesting to know that the name Google was actually a spelling mistake that was accidently registered as a company name. It was supposed to have been called Googol. True story. You can Bing it if you have doubts

I would really love to know how Microsoft came up with the word Bing…sounds like someone hit a bright idea then went Bing. And its seems the word Zune almost landed Microsoft in hot waters with certain fractions of the Jewish community. But thank you Microsoft for the Mango, I love it. Now I can do the Tango while I wait for Apollo(Windows Phone 8) to land. I’m sure it warm up things in Finland

Wikipediaportmanteau(fancy way of saying that we are going to take 2 words, mashed them together and pray a new concept will pop up that people will love). Let’s test it out: The sum of portmanteau of wiki and encyclopedia = Wikipedia. Now there you go kids, you can start doing your homework. If all fails just Google it. Information is free but give credit to the publishers

TWITTER, TWEET, TWIT, TWEEPS, TWEETING. Let me RETWEET that, I mean retype that. TWITTER, TWEET, TWIT, TWEEPS, TWEETING.  Nobody should ever say birds have never contributed to society. Here is a tip: You might just as well tag along, join my circle and follow me in my Hangout place on Facebook. I will follow back if I like .I’m sure we can get LinkedIn and do business privately or just BranchOut depending on what is on Your Mind that you are willing to share with the Public

Bluetooth!!! I just can’t imagine Blue teeth but it seems King Herald 1 of Denmark and parts of Norway had massive influence in the name.

Gijima? Is it really a Zulu name for girls? I always thought it meant run. Anyway Mr Robert Gumede I would love a share of your Business Connexions

Microsoft chose the lucky number 7 for their Windows 7 OS and codenamed it as Vienna, while Apple has an obsession with code naming most of their OS after big cats:

Cheetah- Mac OS x 10.0

Puma – Mac OS X 10.1

Jaguar- Mac OS X 10.2

Panther- Mac OS X 10.3

Tiger – Mac OS X 10.4

Leopard – Mac OS X 10.5

Snow Leopard – Mac OS X 10.6

Do I hear a Lion roaring somewhere out there? I’m sure cougar and Lynx are the next endangered big cats

Our friends from Google seem to have a love for pastries and desserts. Their Android code names suggest someone there has a sweet tooth.

Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, FroYo ,Gingerbread,Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich

Initially I thought the guys from Yahoo (Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle) were probably very excited when they came up with that name. Apparently it originates from the book Gulliver’s Travels and was coined by Jonathan Swift. It represented repulsive, filthy creatures that resembled humans. It seems Jerry Yang and David Filo saw themselves as yahoos

Skype? Its initial name was “Sky-Peer-to-Peer” then “Skyper”. I guess just like Puff Daddy, P.Diddy, Diddy, Puff or Puu they kept shedding their name. Well the names lose gained them 8.5 Billion dollars. Perfect Kodak moment

Another company which shed a name is Asus. It was taken from the winged horse of Greek mythology called PegASUS. The guys at Asus didn’t like wasting so they created another company called Pegatron to make use of the omitted words

I have also tried coming up with names. I started with INNOvatorz with 2 of my friends but was forced to change it to INNOvatorz.IT due to INNOvatorz being linked to a band in England. If you enjoy IT talk, debate, discussions or seek help with IT related issues then have a look at INNOvatorz.IT . Since its FREE Publicity for this group companies are welcome to hire, recruit or take the guys in there for Internships

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Lumia 800…The amazing everyday

Finally got my hands on the Nokia Lumia 800. I have been looking forward to playing with this phone for sometime and have been following it way before it got launched

Now I get to spend the next two days with it to play with it. I’m really hoping to find a lot of likes from it

So far I love how it feels in the hands and the pockets. Feels like I’m holding the N9 until its switched on

The Amazing everyday?……lets find out

I am an unemployed youth…IS THERE A FUTURE FOR ME?

One of the greatest challenges facing our beloved country is the rate of unemployement.Let’s face it,it’s not going to end anytime soon.There is a growing debate on whether the government is doing enough to create jobs for the youth and also for the general public.Another challenge that comes to mind,even though some see it as an excuse by big corporates,is that we are in an economic crisis and instead companies are letting people go than hiring them.

As a young South African I must admit that’s its a mission to get a job,even a simple internship and I have seen a lot of my friends get frustrated and close to giving up because there just seems to be no opportunities for them.Take a simple government internship post where they are looking for just 3 people yet over a thousand have applied.

It’s easy to sit and blame the government and the huge corporates.Okay maybe they can and should do just a little bit extra but question is what are you the individual doing to better your own life?

I’m a huge admirer of street vendors and those standing on the roads selling things in the blazing heat all day.Yes,maybe that’s not the route I would take but I like how they refuse to sit at home and do nothing with their lives while constantly complaining about what they lack.Instead they wake up and go hustle hard

Release your potential

“This is a time for bold measures. This is the country, and you are the generation.”
— Bono
Most of the guys doing IT in tertiary have amazing skills in developing systems,apps and almost anything that is required.Sometimes I wish I had the skills they have.Yet they sit at home and majority will never take the bold step and do something for themselves with their skills because they have a mentality that the only way to make money is to have a boss.What if no boss decides to hire you?

We lack Entrepreneurs

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation. ”
— Pearl S. Buck

I have taken lots of risk with the little money got my hands on and 6/10 times the risk paid of.I am not yet where I want to be but I believe I have a business mentality and I will keep digging my gold mine.I know the challenges that face one in starting something with financial backing being one of them but that alone shouldn’t stop you as long as you believe in your idea

A lot of countries out do us in a lot of areas but one that stands out is in the entrepreneur department. A lot of people,especially young guys are making a killing financially all over the world especially in America and it’s not that they have a strong financial muscle but because they are constantly looking for ideas,opportunities and are not afraid of taking the risk.

Lots of names spring to mind when I think of guys who made it from nothing to being filthy rich.One of my favourite local guys is Dj Sbu.Those who know Sbu will tell you he started from nothing but is now making it big as a musician,radio dj and has now ventured into the clothing industry all because he took a risk,believed in himself and worked his pants off

So to those still looking for jobs your time will come if you remain patient and have faith.Just don’t sit around doing nothing with your life and becoming a human tv guide while waiting for companies to call you or opportunities dropping from the sky. Go out there and volunteer,develop a new skill,polish your current skill,hustle hard,take a chance and create a need where there is a lack

“There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.” 
— Barbara Jordan

Nokia Lumia 900 revealed at CES

There have been rumours doing the rounds for a while about the latest offering from Nokia, the Lumia 900. Even details about the phone were leaked out. Well Nokia  CEO Stephen Elop broke the silence and revealed the Nokia Lumia 900 to the world at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Though not yet available The 900 will officially be the top range Nokia Windows phone after the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800

Here are the specs

Nokia Lumia 900

  • 4.3-inch AMOLED Clear Black display
  • 1.4GHz CPU
  • Primary camera is Carl Zeiss, 2.2/28
  • 1830mAh battery
  • It will come in black and cyan
  • Nokia Drive
  • it even has built in Facebook check
  • 4G LTE
  • 11.5mm thin, 160g,
  • running Mango Commercial Release 2 (Mango + LTE).

Now we wait to see the phones drop down in South Africa. This will be an interesting year for Microsoft and Nokia

The HOT seat

Information is all around us, we just need to find a way to access it and use it to our advantage. Sometimes you just need to ask around, especially people who are always working with the information you need. We had an opportunity to conduct interviews on Facebook, with recruiters and people who specialize in certain areas like mobile development,so that we could gain more knowledge and guidance from them. All this was done in an amazing group on Facebook called INNOvatorz.IT http://www.facebook.com/groups/innovatorz/

The interviews ranged from Job recruitment, role of a Business Analyst and also focused on a few guys who managed to develop apps for the Windows Phone mobile device. So what I will do is just have a quick recap on those interviews so that people can be able to have access to the discussions that took place. I will also put up some extracts from those interview. The feedback and response were amazing and has motivated us to have more of this kind of interviews in the future. We intend to make them a whole lot better, more interactive and will focus on a wider range of topics and issues. Conducting them on Facebook was just the beginning. In the long run we will use different platforms like video to conduct this interviews. We are still Brainstorming4Success….Watch this space

Interview with an IT Recruiter

“My short-term goal is to bluff my way through this job interview. My long-term goal is to invent a time machine so that I can come back and change everything I’ve said so far

We started of with two interviews with an IT Recruiter.They took place on the following days,
Friday, August 12, 2011 http://www.facebook.com/events/233651926679811/

and Friday, October 21, 2011 http://www.facebook.com/events/277464892285423/. It focused on members of INNOvatorz.IT asking a the recruiter questions about CV’s, the do’s and that don’t s of job hunting and many more job interview related questions. Below is an extraction from the Interview session that took place.

“We will first look at you results and when we are satisfied we will call you in for an Assessment and Interview. We do not require you to have much knowledge of testing but from your last project we expect you to have gained some knowledge. We will also look at how you present yourself during the interview. We want to see your passion shinning through when you talk or respond in an interview”

Interview with the BRILLIANT Dr Nkqubela Ruxwana on Business Informatics

This interview was mostly for those interested in  Business Analysis (BA), Business Intelligence, Enterprise Architecture,Project Management, Testing and IT management?

It was a very informative interview that helped us understand the role of a BA, the different areas that a BA can venture into and the challenges that a BA is faced with.

“It is also important to note that BA is not an easy job; though one can easily be hired as a BA strat from varsity; it needs some exp in other domains. I always pity those who think that jst after varsity they only wana b BA’s….I suggest u take any IT role that has people involvement, grow on it then move to BA. its always easier from development or testing to be a BA or PM. Do not rush as this is a very strong role u play n ur failures are easily visible to everyone!”  Dr N Ruxwana . The rest of the interview can be found here http://www.facebook.com/events/131429276967738/

Windows Phone App Interviews

The following interviews focused on two guys Monde Mbatha and Ernest James Loveland, both Microsoft Student Partners(MSP) who developed their own personal apps for the Windows Phone that can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Marketplace http://www.windowsphone.com/en-ZA/marketplace.

Monde developed an app “that shows you how to pronounce our national anthem word for word” while Ernest James Loveland created a game called Galactic Jump. Sadly I cant seem to be able to create proper links to the interviews but they took place on the following dates. 1 December 2011 for Monde and Ernest interview took place the following day.

“I have reached 400 downloads basically, and my Advert revenue is currently at a few US Cents a month, not a high turnover, but I will be happy to hit 500 downloads” Ernest James Loveland

Greater Things Await Us…

Been thinking about doing this for a while since I always have a lot to share and talk about.Then when I finally decided to start I choked. Questions came to mind about what I really want to talk about since I’m very passionate about a whole lot things ranging from IT, entrepreneurship, INNOvation, youth and challenges that we are faced with everyday

Oh well this is my little private space so I will just fuse them all together. My heartbeat will direct me.

I don’t plan on being formal, will just break it down the way I feel is best to deliver the message, my thoughts, my opinions.I dont see the need to go all intellectual and end up confusing myself. I like things simple but very effective.

So welcome to my space.I will really appreaciate your feedback, positive or negative.If it doesnt break me it builds me and at the end we all learn something.Growing a little is better than not growing at all

Greater Things Await Us…