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Making it onto the red eye to Slaapstad

lastminute.comness I’ve earned an unfortunate nickname over time. Last Minute Louis. Totally undeserved, I might add. But I do tend to “sometimes” leave things a tad late. It’s not that I like to be late, I just perpetually think I’ve got more time than I actually have to do this, that and the next thing. [...]

By |2019-03-01T15:27:16+02:00March 1st, 2019|Posts|Comments Off on Making it onto the red eye to Slaapstad

Giving is caring

The feel-good of helping others Earlier this week we were privileged to attend the annual Atterbury Trust bursary student event. Held at Die Klubhuis, Atterbury’s impressive HQ, the get-together allows the many studying students and alumni, who all received study bursaries from the trust, to meet and mingle with each other, Atterbury staff and donors. [...]

By |2019-03-01T15:25:08+02:00March 1st, 2019|Posts|Comments Off on Giving is caring

Canned intelligence

Emailing robots By Louis Eksteen Over the holidays I brushed up on my ping pong skills with my godson. He had already downloaded an iOS game before we left, which we used in preparation. Real life is different though and where we played, the tables were outside, so wind was always a factor. You can [...]

By |2019-02-01T17:28:07+02:00February 1st, 2019|Posts|Comments Off on Canned intelligence

Agility is our game

Unexpectedness By Kim Browne Post the summer holidays, January brings realism, a slow start and an avalanche of social media memes lamenting the verisimilitude that comes packaged with a new year. A favourite cartoon that caught my eye is a Roz Chast classic from The New Yorker on how the annual calendar truly feels, which [...]

By |2019-02-01T17:07:17+02:00February 1st, 2019|Posts|Comments Off on Agility is our game

The internet’s influence grows unabated

The machines have won By Louis Eksteen In a kind of cosmic justice of sorts, long-established television is now starting to feel the internet winter. For years only traditional print media was hammered by the internet’s all encompassing advertising juggernaut. These days venerable old media can seemingly only be saved by billionaire philanthropists. Bezos bought The [...]

By |2019-02-01T16:36:04+02:00September 28th, 2018|Posts|Comments Off on The internet’s influence grows unabated

Who you gonna call?

We’re only as good as our partners By Kim Browne Over time we’ve realised we’re really only as good as our trusted supply partners. The people, companies, teams, organisations and others we work with to ensure we can deliver the goods for our own valued clients, are crucial to the continued success of our own [...]

By |2019-02-01T16:36:44+02:00September 28th, 2018|Posts|Comments Off on Who you gonna call?

May the voice be with you

Voice first, mobile second By Louis Eksteen I can’t stand Siri. Apple’s voice assistant is irritating beyond, because she always pops up out of nowhere when I’m actually trying to do something else. At Toast HQ we often hear someone shouting rude comments at Siri, such as “Shut up Siri!”. So at the moment I’m not [...]

By |2019-02-01T16:37:23+02:00July 6th, 2018|Posts|Comments Off on May the voice be with you

Warm hearts this winter

Charity begins at home By Kim Browne It's truly heartwarming to be able to support worthy charities. The two institutions we assist as The Toast are actually a bit like our own family. Atterbury Trust and Hearts of Hope are the two causes we are committed to for the long term. It just so happens [...]

By |2019-02-01T16:37:57+02:00July 6th, 2018|Posts|Comments Off on Warm hearts this winter

Business automation

Learning machine systems By Louis Eksteen As the world turns increasingly to a reliance on the automation of repetitive and/or complicated tasks, the role of business managers changes. Rote execution of mundane actions are better served by software. This is well-known and "IT", as it's incorrectly referred to by the C-suite, has already permeated most management [...]

By |2019-02-01T16:39:32+02:00March 9th, 2018|Posts|Comments Off on Business automation

Puppy haze

All in a life’s work By Kim Browne A client wished me happy New Year yesterday – in March! That’s got to be a first for me, but indicative of just how crazy 2018 has been. The passing of my father on 17 January after his protracted battle with throat cancer has derailed my world [...]

By |2019-02-01T16:38:50+02:00March 9th, 2018|Posts|Comments Off on Puppy haze