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GHfind Database Reaches 1000th Entry (Finally)

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This past week GHfind reached a milestone, as the 1000th business entity has been added to the database.  Yes, it took a lot longer to reach this point then I had idealized.  But the truth of the matter is that maintaining the database is very-painstaking work, which I don't always have as much time to dedicate to as I would like.  But still a milestone is a milestone and something to be celebrated.  And the fact that the site has been attracting an increasing number of visitors in recent months indicates that GHfind is in and of itself viable. A screenshot of the current GHfind Business Contact Information Submission page . For the most part, I have been doin g the data collection for compiling the database myself.  And at this rate, considering that there are innumerable businesses in Ghana, it may never be completed in my lifetime.  That is why I put a page up on the website whereas visitors can submit their own business-contact information.  Said page hasn't quite caught

Freeware Review: Free OGV Video Converter

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These days when most website designers feature videos on their sites, what they would do is first upload the clip onto YouTube and then embed it into their own webpage.  This is a cool option, but recently I decided to take a different route for a number of reasons.  For instance YouTube has the tendency to automatically play a really-short video twice (i.e. double its length by looping it), which I find really annoying.  So as an alternative, I wanted to try a technique which I haven't used in a long time - uploading a video onto my own web-hosting plan and then embedding it into a webpage using normal HTML code. When using the do-it-yourself method via HTML5, it is recommended that you upload three-different videos - i.e. the same clip but in three different formats.  Those formats would be MP4 , WEBM and OGV (aka OGG).  It's very easy to find a software/website to convert a video to MP4, though not so much WEBM.  Also finding an OGV converter can be challenging.  However

Vodafone - The Best Fraudulent Telecom in Ghana

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I have sort of a love/hate relationship with Vodafone .  On one hand they have the best internet receptivity and by far more-affordable browsing bundles compared to their main competitor, MTN .  But on the other hand they regularly steal the balance left on their SIMs.  This is something I became aware of awhile back and accordingly never try to leave any credit over 20p on my Vodafone chip, because if I do for any length of time one way or another it will start to disappear.  This happened to me yet again today, as I've so far lost 70p before turning the chip off altogether to avoid any further gypping.  Then when I turned it back on to complete this post, an additional 50p has mysteriously disappeared.  But I already know how Vodafone gets down, so this isn't surprising me.  Rather the reason I'm particularly cheesed this time around is because I feel I was tricked into putting a large sum of credit onto the SIM in the first place. You see today I topped up a whopping 14

Uncompleted Houses w/ Land for Sale @ Gbetsile (Greater Accra Region)

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Recently my lil homey Latif got the scoop on some uncompleted houses for sale in a part of Greater Accra known as Gbetsile.  Moreover the sales' package includes the land upon which the houses are situate.  In other words if you purchase the house then you get the piece of land underneath it also.  And there are three houses in total, located in a gated community.  Additionally each individual house, with its land, cost  GH¢65,000  - or $11,400 in American currency.   This is what we refer to as development real estate.  The fact that the foundation and other parts of the house are already built (as shown in the pics) saves the buyer the cost and hassle of having to do so on their own.  That is to say that they can just finish what the original builders have already started. Gbetsile is a part of the Greater Accra Region that some people may not have heard of.  I've never been there myself, but looking at it on Google Earth the most-general way to describe its location is as

GHfind Music, GHfind News Being Put on Indefinite Hiatus

About a month ago I launched a new division of GHfind called GHfind Music .  That decision was driven more by the desire to create a venue for underground Ghanaian artists to make dough rather than profiting myself.  However things have not gone as idealized, as viewership to GHfind Music has been sparse.  Moreover it requires a time and resource commitment which, as circumstances have evolved, I am not presently willing to dedicate.  So for the time being, I figure it would be best to put GHfind Music on hold.  Indeed these days there appears to be sites popping up everywhere featuring innumerable musicians and their songs.  But that being said I'll still try to find a way to promote the artist, Tempo Music , I had featured on GHfind Music though more through the main site, not a subdomain. And along those same lines I've also decided to dead GHfind News .  All things considered, GHfind News was my personal favorite aspect of GHfind, as working on it kept me abreast with hea