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OS X Yosemite Beta is Here

OS X Yosemite Beta is Here

It’s official, Mac OS X Yosemite Public Beta is here. Available to the first 1 Million consumers who have registered for the Apple Beta Program and who are brave enough and willing to try beta software. I happen to be one of the million (one in a million?). I’ve just upgraded my 15″ Retina MacBook Pro to OS X Yosemite Beta, and it’s awesome!

By law, I’m not allowed to actually share too much information about the operating system, other than what Apple has already publicly shared themselves. But, I can say this: I’ve always been an ambassador, believer, fan, follower and, dare I say “evangelist” for all things Apple. I’ve used Apple for all my technology requirements since 2004, and I’ve never looked back. Many who don’t appreciate the awesomeness of Apple refer to people like myself as “Apple fanboys who like useless, expensive, shiny toys.” But the truth is, there is good reason and logic behind our Apple obsession; it is because, year after year, product after product, software update after software update, Apple keeps innovating. Apple delivers quality hardware and software which “Just Works.”

Many people who have never owned or operated an Apple product before, simply do not understand the concept of how awesome it is to have technology that actually does what it’s supposed to, and also looks good doing it. It is safe to say that anyone who bashes Apple has absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Apple “fanboys” such as myself worship Apple because of innovation, quality, ease-of-use, compatibility, and because everything works, beautifully. Even Apple’s pre-release beta software is more feature rich and more stable than all other operating systems I’ve ever used.

With OS X Yosemite, Apple has once again set a very high standard. The beauty, simplicity, and rich features of this operating system makes me feel like I’ve suddenly jumped far into the future. All of the overhauled OS X Apps mentioned on the Apple website are the most intuitive applications I have ever used, especially the new Safari. Apple innovates by creating software which feels natural and intuitive instead of simply changing things for the sake of changing them, or adding new features for the sake of adding new features. I applaud the teams who worked tirelessly to bring these over-hauled applications to light. It’s amazing how these applications were awesome even before they changed, yet Apple always finds a way to improve things even further.

“Everything Apple” just keeps getting better and better, and I am proud to be labelled a fanboy, because I enjoy using intuitive software and quality hardware that does exactly what I need it to do, and does it beautifully.

My first impression of OS X Yosemite Beta is that of jaw-dropping awe, and I’m not exaggerating. OS X Yosemite is indeed the world’s most advanced operating system yet!

Motivational Monday : Setting Goals

Motivational Monday : Setting Goals

How would you feel if you had mastered and attained all your goals a year from now? How would you feel about yourself? How would you feel about your life? Answering these questions will help you develop compelling reasons to achieve your goals. Having a powerful enough why will provide you with the necessary how. Take this opportunity to brainstorm your top four one-year goals. Under each one, write a paragraph about why you are absolutely committed to achieving these goals within the year.” - Anthony Robbins

A Private Journal: Writing for Myself

A Private Journal: Writing for Myself

My Personal Blog has been pretty much dead lately. That’s because I’ve been doing daily private journal entries instead. I guess this means that my personal development endeavors are starting to yield some results. – Dignity restored? Maybe. Or perhaps, in reality, I’m just a more private person than I led myself to believe. I always pictured myself as a very public person, a self-proclaimed Public Figure, in fact, due to my excessive over-sharing of every single detail of my life on the premise that I love sharing my life with random strangers, just because “why not?” But now, the more I work through my personal issues, the more private I become. There is a lot going on in my life that I am not sharing with anyone at all, and for the most part, I don’t ever feel the need to share every detail here on my Personal Blog like I once used to.

Instead of over-sharing every detail of my life, I’ve been keeping a private daily journal. Not only has this restored a sense of dignity, but it also eliminated the stress and anxiety associated with turning my personal issues into general public knowledge. I am finally at a point where I’m only interested in posting articles related to experiences that are actually beneficial to others. For example, my travels to local tourist destinations or news related to my professional services. I don’t know why I waited this long to admit, even publicly, that it’s perfectly ok, and even better for my own sanity, to keep certain things private. I used to stress over it when I forgot to share something, and in the process I created a blog and video log that not only contained way too much information, but was also extremely boring and full of general day-to-day personal information that was neither interesting nor worth sharing. The end result of that was a lowered self-esteem, loss of dignity, and immense stress over strangers knowing too much information. It had to end, and it did. And since then, my blog has been dead. I went from over-sharing to no-sharing. Now, here I am, attempting to strike a balance and explaining it to all you lovely readers because, well, I’m not sure why, I just thought that it needed some explaining. Maybe there’s someone else out there going through a similar experience who can learn from this.

Lesson Learnt: Publicly over-sharing every detail of life is not only stressful, but also boring. People don’t care to read about when someone sleeps, eats, pees, walks the dog, , etc. Wait, who am I kidding, there are millions of people following reality TV shows of “celebrities” going about their daily routines. The difference here is that, 1) I’m not a celebrity, 2) Over-sharing every detail of my life won’t make me a celebrity unless I also share something extreme, like a sex-tape, or some other sort of scandal, and 3) I wasn’t over-sharing everything because I wanted to become famous. I’m not a wanna-be celebrity. So, why did I do it? I don’t know… Low self-esteem? A need to feel relevant? Seeking validation? I wasn’t going to find or fix any of those things by over-sharing my life. I had to stop, back down, and look within myself.

Writing a private journal is probably one of the most liberating and therapeutic things that I do. It has started playing a mayor role in my life and my daily routine. I’d rate it just as vital as frequent meditation, if not more. Through reading quality self-help materials and writing a private daily journal I have managed to work through many issues that would have not been addressed had I continued to over-share every personal detail of my life to the general public. In fact, if I didn’t switch my focus from public over-sharing to writing a private journal; many of the issues which I have now resolved would’ve probably been amplified. I’m really glad that I’ve made the switch and I absolutely LOVE keeping a private journal.

Here is a little piece of advice to anyone out there who might be feeling depressed, lonely, or have low self-esteem: Over-sharing your life on the internet, seeking validation and trying to make yourself feel important is not going to make you any less depressed or lonely, and getting attention through over-shared content is not going to raise your self-esteem. The only way to get through those issues and to raise your self-esteem is to start focussing on how you really feel on the inside, recording your findings privately and then working on yourself, your thoughts, and your feelings to improve how you feel about yourself. Learn to love yourself. The more you learn to love yourself, the less you’ll feel a need to over-share every detail of your life. The more you learn to love yourself, the less depressed and lonely you will feel. The more you learn to love yourself, the less you will seek validation from others. I am finally starting to love myself, and it feels great. If you find yourself living the way I did, and over-sharing details the way I have a couple of months (and years) ago, do take my advice; step back, look within, and join me on a journey of personal development. Start a private journal instead of blasting strangers with too much information. Write your own story for yourself, follow your own story and learn to love your own story, learn to love yourself!

So, is this the end of my Personal Blog? No! Far from it. I’ll still be blogging some of my travel experiences, happy moments worth sharing, and thoughts on personal development, entrepreneurship, entertainment, and, well, pretty much anything that I find interesting and worth sharing. You just won’t be reading about any negative personal issues, mundane routines, or every single detail of my personal life anymore. You’re welcome.

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Is This The Most Haunted Place In South Africa?

Is This The Most Haunted Place In South Africa?

Since 1880, Victoria Hotel in Pretoria has catered to many tourists seeking warm luxurious comfort. It was said to be the best hotel in all of South Africa in the late 1880′s. Many guests loved the hotel and services so much, it became their permanent living place. When I say “permanent” I mean; they ended up dying there.

In the mid 1950′s, guests began to notice odd things happening around the hotel at night. The most seen hotel ghost is “The Lady In Grey” (Annie Margaret). Appropriately named, this lady in grey is said to swoop by guests walking around the hotel past 10:00pm. She mostly likes to hang out around the hotel centerpiece, the “magnificent staircase”. The staircase is what took her life in 1946, when she fell down it, breaking her neck. So, now it seems she is in an endless loop, and some guests have been a part of it. Other unnamed ghosts have been seen blowing candles and making noise in the kitchen late at night, or when no one is there.

I am not sure if I believe in ghosts, but some said-to-be real ghost videos have been pretty convincing to me. Overall, I think these are made-up stories that play with a person’s imagination. They can easily be conceived as real. I am becoming more open to paranormal phenomenons now though and plan to visit a few creepy places in the near future, maybe :D.

[ Article written by Sarah Kennings on behalf of Real Ghost Videos ]

Pride

Pride

On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world — from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong — to celebrate Apple’s unwavering commitment to equality and diversity. Because we believe that inclusion inspires innovation.

Another reason why I love Apple so much! Thank you Tim, and Apple, for supporting the LGBT rights movement!

Kaapschehoop • A Magical Place

Kaapschehoop • A Magical Place

The more I travel around in Mpumalanga, the more I fall in love with South Africa. I’ve been living in South Africa my whole life; I was born here, but I’ve always been cooped up in dirty cities, far away from any natural beauty. I moved to Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga, last year. Since moving here, I’ve taken a few trips to explore the beautiful areas surrounding my new home location. One such trip lead me to Kaapschehoop, a dreamy and almost fairytale-like little town set out between large natural clearings in the rock fields near the top of the South African Highveld escarpment, overlooking the lush De Kaap Valley.

I’ve been told that many people have holiday homes there, where they go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. I’ve only visited Kaapshehoop for a couple of hours, and even that felt like a short holiday. All the homes in Kaapschehoop have very unique designs, and there are wild horses roaming the streets. Entering the town  felt as if I was entering a fairy-tale dream state. Here’s but one of the many unique homes in Kaapschehoop…

 

Kaapschehoop Home DAVIDVENTERNET Kaapschehoop • A Magical Place

 

There is a public hiking trail that take you out of the town, into the rock fields and right up to the edge of the cliffs over-looking the valley below. At a normal pace, it takes about two hours to complete the trail. I saw some people taking their dogs on the hiking trail with them, and I felt bad for leaving my dog at home. I’ll definitely take him with me next time I go up there. Here are some pictures from the hiking trail…

 

I really enjoyed the hike! The lookout is the perfect meditation spot. I could sit there all day, contemplating my thoughts, reciting positive affirmations, and visualize sending and receiving positive energy to and from the universe. Being up there feels like I am on top of the world, and I’m looking forward to going back there again.

Next time I visit Kaapschehoop I’ll take more pictures of the town and the wild horses roaming the streets.

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