Get a Free Uber Ride

Get a Free Uber Ride

Why drive to places when you can get driven to places by your own personal driver, like the classy bitch that you are? Surely you must be acquainted with Uber by now? No? Well, let me introduce you…

Uber enables you to hire your own private driver, kind of like a cab or a ride-sharing city car, so you can go places even when you don’t have access to your own vehicle. The really cool thing about it, is that you don’t need to carry cash. All you need is your smartphone to book your ride, track your driver, and pay for your ride by credit card, through the mobile app.

They have various ride options, from affordable rides, to luxury black sedans, and vans for group travel. Uber operates in most mayor cities world-wide, including Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, here in South Africa.

If you haven’t tried Uber yet, sign up now using invite code “uberdavidv” and get your first ride free (up to R150). This invite code is valid globally, so it doesn’t matter from where in the world you join — The currency-equivalent ride credit will be available to you from anywhere.

Go on, click here — get your own personal driver and a free ride, thanks to Uber and yours truly. You’re welcome.

No, YOU Are Crazy!

As you know, I literally live on the Internet, and my MacBook is basically my whole world. Spending a week without it was quite an adjustment, but I survived by working from my iPhone and keeping myself occupied through other means; such as recording really ridiculous, random voice clips during times of boredom and frustration due to not having my precious. I present to you, my new-found (and not-safe-for-work) hobby…

Please go ahead and like/love/fan and share the shit out of this, and follow me all over the Internets, because I’ll be posting more random voice clips for your listening pleasure. You’re welcome! xoxo

iPhone Productivity

iPhone Productivity

For the past week, I’ve been writing, developing and maintaining websites, and taking care of various design and business tasks using only an iPhone.

This happened as a result of my MacBook Pro being sent in to the Apple Tech Repair center in Johannesburg for diagnosis to see if it qualifies for the Repair Extension Program and if it even needs any repairs. I thought that this would be a great time to conduct a little experiment; to see if I can get all my work done using only an iPhone — and I must admit, thus far I am quite impressed by how much the iPhone is capable of…

I thought that it would be quite difficult to work on web code, design and edit basic graphics, or take care of other business tasks without a proper computer.  As it turns out, all my day-to-day tasks, including web development and graphic design can be done from my iPhone, thanks to iOS and the awesome apps that are available for it.

Using the following apps I am able to get most of my work done. Sure, it’s somewhat frustrating to do certain things on a small screen, but the point is, that all of this is possible using only an iPhone and mobile internet connection…

Web Development using Code Anywhere.

I had to update, edit, and maintain various client sites during the week. I needed something that would enable me to connect to my remote web server and edit HTML, CSS and PHP live on the remote server. After a quick App Store search I found Code Anywhere. It enabled me to get my web-development work done using only my iPhone.

Blogging and updating web content using WordPress for iOS.

This blog post, and many others for various clients, have been written and published through the WordPress iPhone app. Using the app, I am able to update and maintain content on all my WordPress-driven websites using only my iPhone.

Basic Graphic Design using PicsArt Photo Studio.

Basic creative work, graphics for social media, memes, and online advertisements can be created using only an iPhone. I am quite impressed with the capabilities of the PicsArt app. I definitely still prefer graphic design on a proper computer, using industry standard applications on a larger screen, but it’s great to know that in case of emergency, basic graphic design tasks can be done on an iPhone. PicsArt offers a variety of creative tools, and best of all… Layers. While not considered a “professional tool” It’s still possible to create stunning graphic art using the PicsArt app on an iPhone. However, if I was working on an iPad I’d be using Pixelmator, instead.

Customer Support and Consulting using Freshdesk.

I get a lot of emails and it’s often difficult to keep track of everything. I’ve been using Freshdesk as a support ticket and consulting system for a while and they have a really neat iPhone app for connecting and engaging with customers on the go. I can easily manage tickets and even take/make calls through the app. Thanks to apps like Freshdesk, it’s easy to provide professional, organized customer support and consulting services using only my iPhone.

General productivity and time management using Apple Apps.

I get a lot done on my iPhone using productivity apps like Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Pages, Numbers and Keynote — and thanks to having a Bonjour-compatible printer, I can easily print anything that needs to be printed straight from my iPhone over wifi. The Apple apps are a great productivity suite and makes working from anywhere using only an iPhone as convenient and productive as being in an office.

It’s quite amazing how much one can do using only an iPhone. After working on one for a week, I can honestly say that iPhones are highly underrated and that I don’t think any of us realize just how powerful and capable these devices really are. Sure, it’s much nicer to work on a larger screen using a physical keyboard, but that doesn’t change the fact that almost anything can be done on an iPhone. Working using only an iPhone also made me realize how awesome iOS really is and I’m actually considering getting an iPad (for the larger screen real estate) and switching to it as my main production and productivity device. But at the end of the day, even though the iPhone is a capable tool, I did miss my MacBook Pro and I’m glad to be working on it once again.

Have you ever attempted to do your work using only an iPhone (or an iPad)? What are your favorite apps? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments below…

One Hour of the Finest Deep House

TRACKLIST

  1. Gene Farris – Move Your Body
  2. Route 94 & Second City – Freak
  3. Karen Harding – Say Something (Zac Samuel Remix)
  4. Michael Calfan – Treasured Soul
  5. The Voyagers & Alpharock vs Calvin Harris – Crossover Summer (Akey Edit)
  6. Ash O’Connor – Rumble
  7. John Dahlback & Albin Myers feat. Olivera – Breaking Your Locks
  8. Cavior – Kickdown [UP & COMING TRACK OF THE MONTH]
  9. Thomas Gold feat. Kate Elsworth – Colourblind (Dave Silcox & Matt Nash Remix)
  10. Kaskade & deadmau5 – Move For Me [THROWBACK OF THE MONTH]

GUEST MIX: JOSH GOODWILL

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Rainy Coffitivity

Rainy Coffitivity

It’s been raining here all day and I fucking love rain! No really, I do! It reminds me of fun snuggle time with a sexy boy. It also provides the perfect background noise for ultimate relaxation and/or concentration.  When it’s raining, I can sleep or write a novel. The sound of rain is pure bliss.

I’m so obsessed with the sound of rain and other types of ambient noise that I even emulate them digitally through the use of some really awesome tools. Here are some of my favorites…

Rainy Mood — a website that emulates the sounds of rain and thunder. There’s also an iOS App available. “Rain makes everything better.

Coffitivity — a website that emulates coffee shop background noise. It “recreates the ambient sounds of a café to boost your creativity and help you work better.” Coffitivity is also available as an iOS App.

I frequently use both of these apps in unison, especially when working on new blog content in Desk — It’s like working in a coffee shop; rain pouring down outside and the background noise of conversations creating that perfect café work environment.

Activity vs. Productivity

Activity vs. Productivity

Today has been another one of those crazy days where I’ve been busy all day but felt like I didn’t really get anything done, at all. I know I’ve done plenty, otherwise I wouldn’t have been so damn busy. But this brought me back to the fact that being busy all the time doesn’t equal being productive all the time. There’s a huge difference between being busy and being productive.

I remember when I used to work at a printing company in Pretoria many years ago. My boss used to hate it when anyone in the office looked like they weren’t doing anything — even when there was absolutely nothing to do. We had to look busy, always. So, we mastered the art of doing random, unproductive crap and even made extra unnecessary work for ourselves, just so that we’d look busy, in hopes of not being yelled at, verbally abused, or pummeled by pens and staplers… No, I’m not kidding, she actually did all that. After a few weeks I couldn’t handle it anymore, so I told her off and I left the building. It felt good, really good, to call her a “fucking bitch, impossible to work with” to her face. But let me get back to the point…

Being busy and being productive are two different things. I was really busy today, but was I productive? Let’s see… I wrote a short business plan and submitted it for startup funding… That took me literally all morning. Then I popped out for lunch. After lunch I did some routine maintenance on my website, sent a web design proposal to a potential client and responded to some emails… That took me all afternoon… Now I’m sitting here, looking back over my day and thinking, “What the fuck did I actually do?” because I can’t see any results and my bank balance is exactly where it was at this time, yesterday. Something is definitely wrong here! Or maybe I’m just beating myself up… but I really don’t think that I am…

I’m working hard, but am I working smart? Based on my unchanged bank balance; the answer is no. It’s time to start working smart. It’s time to shift from doing mundane tasks to delegating those tasks and focussing on what’s really important now: Financial growth and business expansion. Sure, it’s not all about the money. I love what I do and I’ll keep doing it, regardless of my bank balance. But I need money to survive, expand my horizons and live my dream. Time to finish up the DV STORE development for public launch, then employ an assistant and a customer representative so that I can have the freedom to break past my current limitations and expand to new horizons.

What did you do today? Are you working hard or are you working smart?

Building an Empire

Building an Empire

I have a dream. No, this is not a speech about human rights. I’m not Martin Luther King Jr, but I do have a dream — I dream of building an empire… I dream of having it all… I dream of seeing my [DV] brand logo on everything from websites, to clothing labels, to airplanes and yachts… I dream of being a global business mogul… I dream of helping others reach their dreams by kick-staring their ventures through services provided by my companies.

I also dream of being less of a potty-mouth so that the more conservative crowds will start taking me seriously, because I am fucking serious! (oops, I wrote fuck, oh well, fuck it…)

I dream of building an empire. I dream of “David Venter International” and It all starts with doing what I can, with what I have, where I am. It all starts with [DV] STUDIO and, coming soon, the [DV] STORE.

Truth be told; I’ve been slacking on working towards this dream, because of alternating moods. My mood always seems to get in the way of progress. I’m always waiting for motivation; to be in the best possible mood before I even consider taking action. But the time has come to stop waiting for the right mood and to take action regardless of my current emotional state in order to do what needs to be done to turn my dream into a reality!

Don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” ~ Pearl S. Buck

Shifting from being controlled by emotion, to bypassing moods in order to get things done is not an easy task. I’ve always been driven by emotion in everything that do and being a moody bitch has proven to be counterproductive in every aspect of life, especially in business. But how does one build an empire by being a potty-mouthed, emotionally driven moody bitch? I simply don’t see myself becoming successful in any way if I continue doing things in the same way that I have been for the past couple of years.

If I want to go where I haven’t been, I have to do things I’ve never done — starting by changing my productive action trigger. Instead of waiting to be triggered by a motivational mood in order to take action; I’m going to use my dream vision, mental force, focus and will-power to take action NOW and to do what needs to be done, regardless of the current mood that I am in. After all, the only way of reaching a place where I’ll be in a better, more productive mood; is by choosing to be in that mood now, and to do what needs to be done in that mood now. I am the master of my own mind and I have the power to choose to do what needs to be done; the power to choose to be in the right mood now, and to take action now!

I choose to do what needs to be done in order to start building my empire, regardless of any mood that I find myself in. I choose to use what I have, where I am, regardless of any negative mood brought on by my current location, situation, or the false perception of limited resources. I choose to get to work, accomplish my goals, and reach dream! I choose success! I am building my own empire NOW!

If you find yourself feeling unmotivated due to a negative mood brought on by a less-than-ideal situation; decide with me today, to bypass mood and get to work! Let’s build our dreams! Let’s build our empires! Let’s take action NOW! Happy Monday! xoxo

Cristiano Ronaldo for CR7 Underwear

Cristiano Ronaldo for CR7 Underwear

Cristiano Ronaldo invites you backstage for a behind the scenes look at his latest photoshoot for CR7 Underwear.

The new CR7 Underwear campaign launched [earlier this month] and features hero styles from the Spring/Summer collection showcased in a suite of stunning images shot by globally renowned fashion photographer Rankin as part of the Rankin x Ronaldo for CR7 Underwear series. The striking images feature Ronaldo honing his infamous physique in a gym inspired environment, whilst modelling key styles from the range.

The SS15 CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo underwear collection continues to represent Cristiano Ronaldo’s own love of bold colour and features bright new colourways for the Spring / Summer season. Ronaldo says, “I love bright colours and underwear is a great way to experiment with different looks. Vibrant colours are part of Portuguese culture and I like to make sure my collection stands out. The bright pink and red in the new collection and the use of bold patterns gives a distinctive look for Spring/Summer. I’m really proud of it.””

The CR7 Underwear collection launched globally on February 1st.

[ Source: JBS Underwear ]

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