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Sunday Service: Blackberry, Tech for teaching and film making on a budget

After a short hiatus, we’re back with our weekly round-up of the best writing about tech from around the web. And it’s nothing to with the fact we’re rained in up here in Joburg, oh no. If you share our fate, however, and need a bit of reading matter for a soggy Sunday, here’s our five picks of the last few weeks.

  • This piece over at the Guardian is possibly the definitive look at what went right for Blackberry when it ruled the world, and just how hard it’s going to be for the company to come back. It’s bleak reading, but pretty close to the bone. Hint – Blackberry’s success was because of mobile voice, not data.
  • Been following the Delphi/Office in South African schools saga? Us too, even if we haven’t written much since we broke the story. Jon over at ITWeb has put together an excellent op-ed looking at all the mistakes the Department of Basic Education has made, and why the policy document seems curiously worded in parts. Great title too – Explain Yourself Educators.
  • Speaking of teaching, Joshua Davis at Wired looks at some cutting edge techniques for using the internet in underfunded schools in impoverished areas. There’s some similar stuff going in South Africa, too, which we’ll be covering soon.
  • This is from a couple of weeks ago, but Bryan Bishop’s feature on The Verge about a film maker who cut a 15 minute CGI short on an HP laptop is an inspiration to us all. You don’t need big budgets to make great films, see?
  • Twitter is going public, and someone’s about to get very rich. Find out who and why in this excellent history of the company over at Business Insider.

And you bonus this week – Music You (Possibly) Won’t Hear Anyplace Else. Lee Hartsfield has spent the last eight years quietly uploading his amazing collection of rare and out of print records – and some comic books – to a rarely visited corner of the internet. It’s a veritable goldmine of specialist knowledge, unusual sounds and delivered a quirky sense of humour too. Lee – the internet was made for people like you.

Until next week…

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