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The problem with LinkedIn

I used to admire LinkedIn. It served a purpose, had a solid business model and meant recruiters could easily find me and contact me. LinkedIn had the amazing advantage of doing three things that could seemed contradictory at first glance but worked in its unique ecosystem:
Provide me with a convenient place to host my resumeAllow me to contact recruiters and peersDo so without being an addictive platform like Facebook or Twitter (my personal opinion)
Basically, the sweet thing about LinkedIn is that you could just create your profile and only log in when absolutely necessary such as when you changed jobs or earned a new qualification. LinkedIn had a definite purpose and everybody was using it the way it was meant to be utilized: as a platform to connect recruiters and prospective candidates and to allow professionals to grow their networks and showcase their skills.

Then, things changed. People started using LinkedIn as a way to get in touch with key executives to sell their products o…

Why you should become a member of the Alliance Française library

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I couldn't find a better resolution logo.
The Alliance Française library, like its name implies, deals exclusively with French books. This article will however still be in English entirely because I'm crazy.

It's no secret that reading is dying in Mauritius. Facebook, movies, videos games, television in general and Facebook (Twitter gets no love here) have literally ripped reading to shreds, and librarians and book stores have often pointed out that the business of selling and even renting books has steadily declined over the recent years.

I'm not sure how many paid libraries are still operating in Mauritius but I know for a fact that several libraries I used to take books from several years back have closed down. I'm mainly a reader of English novels and my quest to find a good library where I could borrow books from was an epic failure. I could not find one and eventually gave up.

I however one day read an article in a newspaper which was about the renovation and…

Online moderation by the newspapers of Mauritius

The newspapers of Mauritius have often complained that they are not treated as they should and that sometimes their voice cannot be heard due to governmental interference.
Maybe they should rethink their comment moderation strategies on their website first as my comments are rarely posted on their websites. And my comments are perfectly innocent: no swear words, no insults, no trolling and no spamming. Yet, it's a miracle if one of my comments is posted on a newspaper website ,whether it be L'Express or Le Défi (which I'm not even going to bother visiting again because the layout is so bad).
Or it could also be that they don't bother moderating comments that are posted several days after the articles have been published.
...I need to rethink my comment posting strategy.

How to sign up for fiber optics in Mauritius

Rejoice at Orange's decision for finally seeing the importance of having fiber optics in Mauritius, the "cyber island" of AfricaPlan your downloads list but be aware that piracy is still illegalPhone Orange to know when your area with be coveredWait forever Alternatively, you could just phone them every two weeks to be told that your area has been included in the North when you actually live in the centre of Mauritius. I do it when I'm bored and I need a good laugh.

Football betting in Mauritius

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Mauritius has been branded a "nation zougadere", and football betting is now a big thing in the island. Some people bet every week, some every day after hours of research because football apparently is a fine art whose outcomes can be determined by thoroughly analysing past fixtures and results. Because, you know, the better team is always supposed to beat the crap team with a budget that's lower than the star striker from "the favourite".

"Biting Yes-No" is now a betting option whenever Luis Suarez plays
For example, I was recently on the bus and two guys were talking about football behind me. They were not just talking about the Premier League (still the preferred league in Mauritius in spite of the fact that the damn thing's wrapped up already) but were instead bragging about how they knew so much about smaller leagues such as those in Argentina, Belgium, Luxembourg and Romania through betting.

Breaking news guys:

knowing "so much about foot…

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - an unbiased review

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He isn't actually amazing in this movie
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man which involves Peter Parker getting spider-like powers and clinging on to the fact that "With great power comes great responsibility." Well, except for the fact that Peter actually has several powers, so it should be "With great powers come great responsibilities".

I was a big fan of Spider-Man growing up and enjoyed the first Spider-Man trilogy which I reckon was among the first good comic book superhero movies. The plots were solid (except for the third movie where the only good thing was the presence of Venom although it was played by an idiot). For reasons known only to movie executives and because movie reboots are now an integral part of box office success, a new trilogy was created after the failure of the third movie to gross more than 20 billion dollars.

I won't go into the first The Amazing Spider-Man as I don't remember anything about it. …

Google Plus is about to kick the bucket

Google's so-called competitor to Facebook, Google Plus, is about to kick the bucket as it never really picked up and has not become a wasteland for geeks and spammers. Google should just have released a statement saying "It's complicated". Facebook would surely have appreciated the irony.