Showing posts from January, 2016

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…

Outstanding sports journalism in Le Défi Plus

I recently wrote about Le Défi's poor journalism and how they should take the time to check their facts before publishing articles. For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, you can read the article here.

I am pleased to report that the sports team at what is supposedly "the most read newspaper in Mauritius" has no time to check their facts when reporting on upcoming matches. The quote below is an excerpt from the Liverpool vs West Ham FA Cup match coverage on page 73 of Le Défi Plus which came out on 30 January 2016 (i.e. yesterday). For those who do not buy the newspaper, this is essentially the first sports page and it is typically used to cover the most important match of the week-end in the UK.

Here is what this article states about West Ham's line-up:

En défense, Carl Jenkinson manquera à l'appel et pourrait être remplacé par le jeune Sam Byram [...]
For this who do not understand English, this short text essentially means that Carl Jenkinson wi…

Le Defi - crunching numbers the wrong way

Every end of year, Le Defi usually publishes an article to proclaim that it's the most visited only newspaper in Mauritius. 2015 was no exception. According to the article posted on their website on 29 December 2015, they remain the most read news website in Mauritius. This article was also posted in their print edition and I was planning to blog about this since then. Unfortunately, a combination of the festive season, booze and laziness meant I never got around to it.

L'Express however had a short article on their website in response to these claims and it's hilarious. I have taken that as a sign that I should get around to publishing my opinion on the matter before it gets way too old to warrant attention.

The Alexa way

My main gripe about Le Défi's assessment is that they are using Alexa as a benchmark. The article title itself clearly states that Le Défi ranks first according to Alexa rankings. There's however a main problem with Alexa rankings and this is sta…

Would you work for free?

Most of us would balk at the idea of working for free. We value our time, we value our skills and the mere idea of working for free would annoy us and even make us as angry as Santa's little ferrets. As a matter of fact, even when we are getting paid for our work, we will often consider that it's not enough and that we should be getting more.

Yet consider this.

A lot of Mauritians are proud non-paid employees on Facebook. Not just Facebook, but I'll focus mainly on Facebook since it is by far the biggest social network in Mauritius.

Every time you post something on Facebook, you are casually working for them.

Every time you write a status, you contribute to increasing its net worth.

Every time you post a picture of your latest outing on Facebook, their investors strike big and you get absolutely nothing extrinsic in return. Although Facebook has mastered the art of intrinsic rewards , these are not enough to warrant all the time you may be spending to announce to the world…

Need fiber optics in Mauritius? Here's how to get an appointment with Orange

In mid-December, I wrote about how difficult it was to get Orange to upgrade my Internet package to fibre optics. You can read the post here.

I was thankfully able to get things sorted out and my Internet's been upgrade as shown below. I have the ADSL 75GB data package which comes with in-built wifi. The speed is pretty sweet but I haven't done much downloading.

For those who are still struggling to get an appointment, here's how to proceed:
1) Go to an Orange shop. It's the only way that works. Don't bother using the online form on the Orange website. Apparently, it's useless.
2) Bring your ID with you and, if the telephone line is not under your name, you also need to bring a letter signed by the landline owner.
3) Get in the queue.
3) Fill in the service request form.
4) Wait until someone from the Orange technical team contacts you.

Once someone contacts you, they will ask you whether you want them to come in the morning or afternoon. Unfortunately, it see…