Computer News - In Brief

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- The Durban Institution of Technology (DIT) Translate-a-thon kicked off on Saturday, with the second annual mass event to translate up to 30,000 computer software words into Zulu. Forty people, including lecturers, students and the South African Translation Institution, committed to the development of indigenous languages in the English dominated field of IT, volunteered their time to take part. The Translator-a-thon is part of www.translate.org.za, a South African non-governmental software translation project that has translated computer software packages into a number of South African languages, including Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, Tswana, Pedi and Venda.

- Guinean Compaq and Dell dealer ABM is selling between 3-400 machines a month, mainly to banks, mine operators, insurance and petroleum companies. The average cost of a machine is about USD1000. However machines not supplied via dealerships (coming mainly from Dubai) cost only USD700. The biggest obstacle to higher sales? The high import duties and a VAT rate of 18% on machines.