Author Archives: David

About David

I am an environmental writer, journalist and speaker living in Cape Town, South Africa.

How to use as little cellular data as possible when tethering to your cellphone

Quick summary: Install the Opera browser and the TripMode applet. In Opera, enable ad-blocking and data compression, and disable images. Note: I am a Mac user, but both Opera and TripMode are also available for Windows. As someone who spends … Continue reading

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Misleading claims from 1 Life

I recently received an SMS ad from the South African life insurance company 1 Life, offering, “Get R10m of life cover from as little as R120 a month WITHOUT medical exam.” But after applying for this cover, I was offered … Continue reading

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Being cheated by Afrihost ISP

My partner is a customer of the South African internet service provider Afrihost. When she signed up with them several months back, she opted for a 4 mbps line. Recently, she expressed frustration that their line speeds are so slow. … Continue reading

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Resolving problems with Airport Express (first generation)

I have a first generation Airport Express which has been unreliable for years, frequently dropping connections or failing to play despite being connected (green light on) to the network. I recently purchased a new ADSL-wifi router (D-Link 2740U) in the … Continue reading

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WD passport drive not visible or mounting

If you’re having problems with a WD Passport external hard drive for Mac failing to mount, or not being recognised or not being visible in Finder, it may be that you’re simply using too long a USB cable. The drive … Continue reading

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Airport Express not connecting to wifi network

I have an old 2004 Airport Express (802.11g I assume, not that the bastards ever label them clearly). I’ve been using it happily for remote sound for years, and was even happier when Apple finally made it possible for Airplay … Continue reading

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Buddhism and economics

A person of wisdom is not one who practices Buddhism apart from worldly affairs but, rather, one who thoroughly understands the principles by which the world is governed. – ‘The Kalpa of Decrease’, Writings of Nichiren Daishonin 1, p. 1121. Summary … Continue reading

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