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How to Unblock Restrictions of the Great #Firewall in #China

Posted on: Wed, 2017-04-26 - 21:54 By: danie

From the article: "The problem for users in China is finding a VPN that works in China, and then identifying which of those they can get is best. To help you with your choice, I have conducted an extensive review of all the main VPNs to see which offer the best service for people in China. To do this, I have spent time living in China and road-tested dozens of VPNs while I was there."

See http://www.addictivetips.com/vpn/best-vpn-china/
Best VPNs for China in 2017 [Tested and Reviewed]

Our research has identified the best VPNs for China that will allow you to bypass the Great Firewall in 2017 and stay anonymous

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Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-20 - 13:04 By: danie

CocoaFair - Chocolate factory at Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town Short video clip of chocolate being made. This is one of a few chocolate manufacturers in Cape Town, but this one does have its manufacturing still in full view of the public. http://bit.ly/2opVAUf

California Moves to Turn Freeway Traffic Into Electricity

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-20 - 12:04 By: danie

California Moves to Turn Freeway Traffic Into Electricity California legislators are looking to put the state’s notorious car traffic to good use. State officials recently approved a plan to generate electricity from vibrations produced by cars driving down freeways, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The California Energy Commission recently voted to put $2.3 million into two piezoelectricity projects, which convert pressure into power. One pilot will test a 200-foot-long piece of asphalt on UC-Merced’s campus, while the other experiment will be built by the San Jose green technology company Pyro-E. The company's technology is expected to generate enough power to supply 5000 homes using less than a half-mile of piezoelectric highway. See http://ift.tt/2o1UBgF

Joburg buses get trackers

Posted on: Thu, 2016-10-13 - 06:36 By: danie

Joburg buses will soon inform commuters when the next bus will arrive

Trackers have been installed in all Rea Vaya and Metrobus vehicles as part of the second phase of the City of Joburg's plan to improve public transport through an app, called VayaMoja.

This forms part of the app's second phase roll-out. VayaMoja was launched in July and currently gives users access to information on all Rea Vaya and Metrobus routes, bus frequencies and stops, as well as fare information.

"Currently, users can see bus routes and stops, but they don't have a sense for when the next bus is coming. Once this phase of the project is live, users will be able to make better decisions when navigating the complex Johannesburg transport system, as they'll be able to track bus movements and get timing estimates directly on the app," Heckrath explains.

Heckrath says the team hopes to reach full functionality of the app for all users by the beginning of next year.

See http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=156648

Johannesburg's VayaMoja bus route app will soon show exactly when the next bus is expected to arrive, based on a tracker fitted to the vehicle. Track..

Place Names in the Cederberg Mountains in South AfricaWe're heading out to the Cederberg in about ...

Posted on: Wed, 2016-09-28 - 08:32 By: danie

Place Names in the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa

We're heading out to the Cederberg in about two weeks to do a hike to Disa Pool (weather permitting) and in doing some research on the route, I found this interesting blog listing all sorts of interesting place names in the Cederberg, right down to interesting rocks, paintings, ruins, and even a mummified corpse.

Below is a photo of the pool we will be hopefully reaching.... it is about a 16km round trip but at least fairly flat.

See the blog at http://cederbergnames.blogspot.com/


disa pool.jpg

Renault Zoe Continues To Crush Competition In France

Posted on: Sat, 2016-08-20 - 03:38 By: danie

Renault Zoe Continues To Crush Electric Vehicle Competition In France

There were around 1,800 electric car (including SUV & van) registrations in France during the month of July 2016, according to the most recent estimates from the EV Sales blog. That represents a roughly 12% year-on-year decrease from July 2015.

Despite the apparent slowdown during July 2016, year-to-date totals in France are actually up from 2015 by a substantial margin (around 43%).

Interestingly, all-electrics (EVs) captured an 82% share of the total plug-in market, a substantial majority — with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models not even managing to make it into the top 5 rankings for the month.

The share of the overall French automotive market held by plug-in vehicles for 2016 now sits at around 1.66%. The 2015 plug-in electric vehicle share was 1.41%.

See http://cleantechnica.com/2016/08/20/renault-zoe-continues-crush-competition-france/

Originally published on EV Obsession.

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Tiny Solar Device Rapidly Disinfects Water With Nanoflakes & “Eager Electrons”

Posted on: Thu, 2016-08-18 - 09:18 By: danie

Tiny Solar Device Rapidly Disinfects Water With Nanoflakes & “Eager Electrons”

A tiny device, half the size of a postage stamp, which can rapidly disinfect water with solar energy, has been developed by researchers at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. While the nanostructured device has only been tested with small amounts of water, and on three strains of bacteria, the little gadget shows promise in the quest for affordable and effective low-power water purification solutions.

This gadget, because it’s small and made from a “cheap and easy to make” material, molybdenum disulfide, could eventually be a viable solution for point-of-use water disinfection, either in the developing world or for emergency situations.

See http://cleantechnica.com/2016/08/17/tiny-solar-device-rapidly-disinfects-water-nanoflakes-eager-electrons/

A tiny device, half the size of a postage stamp, which can rapidly disinfect water with solar energy, has been developed by researchers at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. While the nanostructured device has only been tested with small amounts of water, and on three strains of bacteria, the little gadget shows

Cape Town to Pretoria with Rovos Rail | South Africa

Posted on: Sat, 2016-07-02 - 07:41 By: danie

Cape Town to Pretoria with Rovos Rail... Pure Retro Luxury

Travelling on Rovos Rail means you’ll enjoy fine foods and wines and sleep in compartments fit for royalty. The sleeping compartments are reminiscent of some of the finer southern Africa hotels, such as the Cape Grace and Mount Nelson.

Rovos Rail offers several routes, including the 28-day Cape Town to Cairo option and the six-day Cape Town to Victoria Falls route, which goes via Pretoria. However, the most popular route is the three-day, two-night Cape Town to Pretoria (or vice versa) route. This journey takes roughly 28 hours and stretches over 1,500km’s of South Africa’s beautiful terrain.

The best spot on the train is on the last coach, the Observation Car, which has an outside area. This is a relaxing environment where you can sit and watch the awesome terrain pass you by. Then there is the not-to-be-missed treat, High Tea, served at around 16:00 in the Observation Car or Midway Lounge Car.

Dinner is a grand jacket and tie affair and since Rovos Rail is a proudly South African institution, you’ll be served the best local cuisine, which includes venison and only the finest South African wines.

I can only think that the prices must be quoted in US$? More info also on their trains at their website at https://www.rovos.com/trains/on-board.

See http://showme.co.za/lifestyle/cape-town-to-pretoria-with-rovos-rail/

Travelling on the Rovos Rail means you'll enjoy fine foods and wines, not to mention sleeping compartments fit for royalty...

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