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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. CathJ

    Christmas Charities

    I'm a bit hesitant about starting a topic like this, so let's lay down the rules first: 1) No suggestions about the community fund 2) No trying to get everyone else to donate 3) No fights over whether children or pets are more deserving 4) Respect the right of everyone to support (or not...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. CathJ

    Maid Service

    Does anyone know of a good domestic cleaning service in the southern suburbs of Cape Town? I don't want an agency that will find me a maid; I want a maid service that will manage the whole thing all the way through. So if I have any complaints, I deal with them and not the maid; I pay them...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. CathJ

    Dishwashers

    (no "that's women are for" jokes, please) I'm thinking of getting a dishwasher. I don't need a 12 place setting one, but you don't seem to get anything smaller... I've never even used one before, so I don't really know what I'm looking for. Are they all pretty much standard, or are there...
  16. CathJ

    Anyone bought from...

    ... a website called "The Daisy Chain"? They seem to have excellent prices on jewellery, and I'm worried that it's too good :) I've mailed them and I'll see if they come back to me (always a bad sign if they don't!), but thought I'd check here first and see if anyone's dealt with them in...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. CathJ

    Telescopes

    I know there's a big astronomy following here, so I have a question for you guys :) I want to be able to see the planets. I want to look at the moon as well, but mostly I want to be able to see saturn as a little colourful ball with rings around it. What is the cheapest setup I can get...
  20. 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...
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