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  1. CathJ

    Disposing of ups batteries

    I'm going to be replacing the battery in my ups - it's run-time is down to 20 minutes, from over 2 hours - but I'm wondering what to do with the old battery? Do you get battery recycling places? I'm pretty sure it's not a good idea to just throw it in the bin for the garbage truck :)
  2. CathJ

    UPS switches off way before battery is empty

    I've noticed that my UPS seems to switch off exactly 2 hours after load shedding starts - and this has happened too often to be coincidence. And when I run UPS assistant as soon as power comes back on, it says the battery is 75% (or so) charged. Is there a default switch-off time setting that...
  3. CathJ

    Nedbank Club Account

    Does anyone have a Nedbank Club Account? I'd like to know more about it, but don't want to phone the bank. We currently use a postbank group account, but the only way to get money out of the account is to go to a post office with 2 signatories to get a cheque. And more than half the time...
  4. CathJ

    Vodacom: false upgrade promise?

    My VC contract expired end of Feb, so I was going to port my number to prepaid. However, when I phoned up, they offered me a deal of R125 airtime and 2Gb of data per month for R79. How could I say no? Of course, now it's the new month and there is no 2Gb of data. What number do I phone to...
  5. CathJ

    Medical help when living alone

    So over the weekend I was pretty ill, almost passed out at home, but luckily I managed to phone my mom and she came over and got me to hospital. But it got me thinking, since I live alone and don't have any close friends: If I had a medical emergency, and managed to call an ambulance but...
  6. CathJ

    Medication during load shedding

    So I have horribly expensive medications that have to be kept between 2 and 8 degrees. At the moment, load-shedding isn't frequent enough to cause problems - as long as I don't open the fridge, it stays cold enough. But I worry for the future... I considered getting a little desktop drinks...
  7. CathJ

    FLLA phones?

    So Telkom phoned me today to say that they're cancelling all copper lines in my area and replacing them with FLLA. I get the device free, but... what is this device? I can't find much on the net, and the only pic I did find looks like the phone isn't cordless. I really prefer a cordless...
  8. CathJ

    HTC One S display

    I finally got my HTC One S on Friday (yay!), and I must say it's an awesome phone. I know some people think that HTC Sense is a bit heavy, but I really like it. The display, though, that's another story. Compared to my HTC Desire Z, which is beautifully sharp, I get an oddly uncomfortable...
  9. CathJ

    Auto-RICAd?

    I got an SMS the other day, from Vodacom, saying that my sim card had been RICAd. The thing is, I didn't RICA it... Are they automatically RICA-ing sims ahead of the deadline? (But how? I'm on prepaid, so they don't have any of my details). Or did someone else RICA my number? (Again...
  10. CathJ

    Laptop choice

    Yes, another laptop question :) But it's not a wide open one, it's a choice between two with similar specs and pricing: The Lenovo G530; or the Acer Extensa 5645. I had wanted the Lenovo, now I'm tending towards the Acer; but whereas I read really good reviews of the Lenovo, I can't...
  11. CathJ

    Oracle Install - help!

    I'm stuck - I need the Oracle 10g Client installed on my machine (winXP), but I can't install it. Basically what happens is that javaw.exe throws an exception during the "copy files" phase of the install. I've googled, and I can't find a single other instance of this (except that some of the...
  12. CathJ

    Win7 & XP

    I was planning to get Win7 Pro so that I could run XP in virtual mode - but it turns out that the CPU in the laptop I'm planning to get doesn't suport hardware virtualisation. So here are my options - which do you think would be best, or possible? These are assuming I buy the laptop now...
  13. CathJ

    GConnect Timeouts & Large Downloads

    I've mentioned before that while GConnect's pricing is great, and I like the idea of using the same pool of money for 3G and adsl, the practicalities don't really work for me (I cannot easily use my adsl connection on my phone using my wireless router; Firefox updates don't work when firefox...
  14. CathJ

    Tax 2009 and Med Aid Deductions

    I must say I'm impressed with SARS - I eFiled on Friday, and received my assessment today :eek: But I'm confused because they didn't allow any of my "medical expenses not recovered from a medical aid", which was quite high this year. I read the rules, but now I'm more confused than before...
  15. CathJ

    Provident Funds and RAs

    No, I'm looking to find out which is best :) I have a private RA, but I've been contributing to my company's provident fund as well. Now I'm leaving the company, and I want to transfer my benefits from the provident fund to the RA. I'm sure I've done this once before, but Momentum (who runs...
  16. CathJ

    Soft Lenses

    So in preparation for Lasik, I switched from my RGP contact lenses to soft lenses on Saturday. So far it's been going amazingly well; it took a bit of time to adjust to putting them and taking them out, since you handle them a lot more than the hard lenses, but my vision's been much better with...
  17. CathJ

    Bank Fees for 2009

    A friend of mine has an EPlan account with Standard Bank, and just saw the new fees... it used to be R5.35 per withdrawal, as a flat fee. So he'd draw a couple of thousand at the beginning of the month, and pay R10.70 (since the atm limits you to R2000 per withdrawal). It's now changed to...
  18. CathJ

    Noisy laptop fan

    I have a Dell Latitude D510 - it's about 3.5 years old, but it's still working fine and I'm happy with it. The annoying thing is that the fan is getting very noisy. It's fine for a few minutes after first switching it on, then it starts rattling and making a noise as it spins. I know there...
  19. CathJ

    Firefox 3

    I've just installed FF3, and I need some help in turning features off! What is that terrible green bar attached to the left of the (location bar? the place where you type your urls :o) on some sites, and how do I get rid of it? How do I stop it from from trying to pre-load sites on my url...
  20. CathJ

    Soft Contact Lenses

    So I've been thinking about having LASIK, which means that I can't wear my contact lenses for about 2 months beforehand (because I wear RGP lenses). But I really hate wearing glasses, and I just can't see as well out of them, especially peripherally, and I'm not sure that I want to drive...
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