29 Aug

New Shadowmatch Website

We are proud to announce the new global website for Shadowmatch (www.shadowmatch.com). The website does not only carry a fresh new look, but now, for the first time ever, users can request their free code directly from the site. Go have a look and get your free personalized Shadowmatch profile report today!

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OpenERP South African ID Validation

I’m building a new openERP module and needed to validate SA ID numbers. ID numbers have to be 13 Digits, but also have a number of other interesting checksums and info:

(from http://geekswithblogs.net/willemf/archive/2005/10/30/58561.aspx )

YYMMDD : Date of birth.
G  : Gender. 0-4 Female; 5-9 Male.
SSS  : Sequence No. for DOB/G combination.
C  : Citizenship. 0 SA; 1 Other.
A  : Usually 8, or 9 [can be other values]
Z  : Control digit calculated in the following section:

Formula to calculate the check digit for a 13 digit identity number:

  1. Add all the digits in the odd positions (excluding last digit).
    8 + 0 + 0 + 5 + 0 + 0 = 13 ……………….[1]
  2. Move the even positions into a field and multiply the number by 2.
    011098 x 2 = 22196
  3. Add the digits of the result in b).
    2 + 2 + 1 + 9 + 6 = 20…………………….[2]
  4. Add the answer in [2] to the answer in [1].
    13 + 20 = 33
  5. Subtract the second digit (i.e. 3) from 10.  The number must tally with the last number in the ID Number.

The code for openerp is:

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New Swordfish Website

The revamped website for Swordfish was launched today. More content will be added soon, so keep coming back.
Furthermore a mayor update of new features was deployed today to all Swordfish clients including:
– Smarter workflow due to enhanced account filtering options
– Greater flexibility in setting up user groups and permissions – caters for virtually any structure
– Intelligent workload distribution can now be done by using the load-balanced account assignment approach

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Interning at Spiraleye

For the past 4 weeks I have worked at Spiraleye as an intern.

As a second year multimedia student I enjoyed applying what I have learnt at university, on real life projects. It was also interesting to see how a real world multimedia company functions.

Although I believe that Spiraleye is no normal multimedia company: I doubt you’ll find a friendlier more laid-back (yet effective), experienced, supportive team than the team at Spiraleye. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Spiraleye Experience

It was during one of the Visual Design lectures given by Christian, that I heard of the internship program at Spiraleye Studios. As a first year Multimedia student I was excited about the opportunity to get involved with a real multimedia company and from the very first day I walked into Spiraleye, I couldn’t help but feel welcome among all the smiles and friendly faces. Read the rest of this entry »

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One day in the life of a software developer

Coding, coffee and cool company… These are some of the things that come to mind when I think of a typical day at SpiralEye. Not always in that order, depending on what the day might require, but always ever present somewhere. And of course, the most important “C” – cooking! An army marches on its stomach, they say, and every now and then I get to indulge my cooking habit to make sure this army is still marching strong. As such, I can do Read the rest of this entry »

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Life at the Studio

After victoriously defeating the traffic on the way to work, I finally manage to walk into the office. First things first: Lunch goes into the fridge and the power button on my workstation gets pressed. Ready for the day to finally start.

Being an employee of Spiraleye Studio’s means a bit more than just being a programmer/web developer/coffee maker. It’s a lifestyle. My workstation up and running, so I go ahead and fire up the De-facto browser of the office:
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