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Re: An Open Letter to Mr Maphanga, CIO of the IEC

Oh look, I got a reply to my e-mail:

Dear Raoul Snyman

The real problem is that this has turned into a campaign and not an honest concern about our difficulties, such that it is trivializing the problems we are having.

Do yourself a favour look beyond appearance, understand the problem and stop the pretence. Your 5 minutes solution is naïve to say the least.

An Open Letter to Mr Maphanga, CIO of the IEC

Dear Mr Maphanga,

Thank you for your reply to my earlier e-mail. I was a bit concerned, however, with your reply, because it showed me a lack of knowledge of the situation. I would like to offer some insight on how you could address the situation, both in the short term, and in the long term.

Digital Apartheid

As Tectonic has reported, the IEC's website locks out anyone not using Internet Explorer. E-mails to "webmaster@elections.org.za" disappear into thin air, and recently a human rights complaint has been lodged against the IEC.

Ichthux.com relaunched!

The ichthux.com site has been down for months due to the fact that the server it was hosted on crashed and died a horrible death. Every now and then we'd get folks in the #ichthux channel asking, "Is the project dead? Cause the web site seems to be..."

So I decided last week to do something about it, and I took over the running of the website. Fortunately, Raphaël had managed to retrieve the data from the DB, and I was able to stick it on my development server at home and build the site up again.

Vodacom are too busy experiencing problems to service my request

All too often recently I have surfed to either vodacom.co.za or vodacom4me.co.za and had one of the following two problems:

  • I can log in, but if I click on any of the links, I get the error message in the title of this post.
  • I get the mobile interface, the one I would get if I were surfing from my phone (only on vodacom4me.co.za).

Now the first one is ok, they're feeling a little overloaded, which can happen from time to time. However, it's becoming more and more frequent these days. And therefore more and more annoying.

Worse Than Failure: Only on Windows?

Many people know the site Worse Than Failure where you can find stories on really stupid developers and techies. Often it's a combination between laughing, and hitting oneself on the head because you're so overcome by the stupidity of the developer(s) in question.