The Reader knows Best, Teacher

besides “a calculated use of violence, or the threat thereof against people or persons to attain certain goals” – something that most people living in South Africa are well familiar with.  In the dark years, living in South Africa one could expect and not be disappointed to find your education, transport, health and your general security being compromised. I’m trying to figure out something.  Have things changed that much?  Has South Africa really moved forwards? Cosatu [Congress of South African Trade Unions] is now blackmailing the government, the country, the people.  I’m all for fairness but things have become so backward internationally that one wonders where Maggie Thatcher is now that we need her. Let’s not look just at South Africa. Worldwide this has become a joke of substantial proportions. We all work with a lot of people from all races, nationalities, creed, colour and religions – whether it be in your own little empire, for a boss, corporate or otherwise and one thing sticks out like a sore thumb:  most people are getting tired of this.  To be more specific – the reality is that we have become so weak that we take the path of least resistance.

I’m going to discuss something which has worried me for some time. The a+b phenomena. In the last year I have interviewed a minimum of 30 people that have taken mathematics at school and they say that they loved the subject. I ask them “What is a+b then?”. To date not one, yes 0% have been able to give me the propler answer. Simply put, can I add an apple and a pear? Another question posed to people that took chemistry at school and found it to be their bestest, much likest subject: “What is NaCl?” Again a resounding zero to all contestants. These people are out there looking for jobs, want big money and they too, (yes they will) can strike when they feel that they are earning too little. Output zero. Skills zero. 

I find this odd.  What could be the problem. I’d like to that think a lot of the interviewees were just plain thicko but we are not taught to think this. Every now and again we have someone that is so sharp, so bright, so cunning, so clever that cannot believe our good fortune. But you know what – they are all just well read. Good parenting. Good teachers. My favourite person in South Africa is Barry Ronge.  Huh? Yes, here we have someone whom has a passion for the English language. Like I expect my French teacher to be. The question I ask myself is what has changed?  My science teacher had a passion for the sciences. My accountancy teacher told us not to trust science. It changes. Accountancy doesn’t. A debit remains a debit and a one remains a one. They were all correct.  It was a passion they had and the better they were at teaching their subject the more followers they had.  I love accountancy, maths, science etc, etc. I like learning. I try not to be conceitedKiss because I know my short-comingsEmbarassed, I was bad at English and worse still at my second language although both teachers were excellent. But I can hopefully understand what I read because …. I just read. If I don’t know I look it up. Like Barry. But I’m not as bright as Barry and never will be.  But I bet you he cannot change a spark-plug.

I’d really love all the teachers out there to start telling their kids to start reading. I also want all the teachers out there to start listening to what Mark Shuttleworth has to say and explore all avenues of science with their kids. To me Mark is possibly one of South Africa’s great mentors. Not just Madiba.
If teachers don’t get support, neither do the kids. “My Kingdom for a Horse.”

Guys, girls – in September 2009, as I write this article you need to start showing a damned sight more respect to your teacher, your class-mates and your studies. From what I have seen at an international level we are nurturing an empire of morons.  Have an interest, read a book and get off the ganja. If you want to go on the internet go to ‘How Stuff Works’. Go to ‘Popular Mechanics’, go to ‘Microsoft’, to Wiki, wherever – but start reading and start showing an interest.

Dealers and Distribution

Advertisers should be persons or companies wanting to advertise their professional services through the community builder, classifieds section, a forum for follow up and general discussion or dropping us a line to the sales department whom will be more than glad to arrange for your website or company to be advertised. More importantly, we have a very simplistic way for your company to advertise – through our services module (logged in users) or through this URL directly,  and through a very simple log in process become listed within the Parts-Ring network as a sales representative to a category/manufacturer as decided by yourself, as an authorised service agent or service provider. This information, including your company or personal details in turn becomes available to the public – they only need to look at a category, drill down to a location and find the company or service they require.  The public need not log in to use this service.

At this stage we will not charge for any services we provide as long as it is only text based.  Any advertising required which will use extensive graphics can be discussed with our sales department through email.

If you are a professional person wishing to use the Service Network please feel free to become a subscriber or let us know of your advertising needs through

Thank you for your support.
Parts-Ring Marketing

Tubes or Radio Valves

What makes a tube amplifier so expensive? The tube itself, the mains transformer? The output transformer?  Looking at the price now to build a 10W tube audio amplifer one could purchase nearly an entire entry level home theatre system.  25 years ago one could purchase one tube which could dissipate 1Kw for about 300U$ – in those days, that was. Tube amplifiers are still very much in demand in the music industry – especially for guitar amplifiers.

That been said I was very pleasantly surprised by an advertisment I came across through Google, a company by the name of Tube Depot or selling tubes at a very good price and in most cases they can supply a potential buyer with a matched pair. And you can get transformers at very reasonable prices as well.  Make a turn there and see what you think.


After having spent three months coming to grips with PHP I finally went the whole hog and bought dbQwiksite which really takes the fun out of programming but oh, so much faster. Really recommend this package to anyone in the industry.  BTW -what is Alpha Five doing in this article? Well, it’s possibly one of the best desktop publishing applications out there. As far as web databases go, I have no doubt they have pioneered the way from 3GL to 4GL as possibly the best there is. Unfortunately using their proprietary aw5 extension was not my solution at this stage – but they still remain one of the best if not the best desktop database software engineering company this decade.  Alpha Five is based in Boston and yes, I will buy your new version at the end of the year againMoney mouth.

Not being a professional programmer has it’s boundaries – which is always around time. Thousands of thanks go out to the Joomla community – all the extensions I have used in this website were free. This would be the Community Builder project, great work team – Jevents, Thomas at AdsManager and a host of others.

And finally thanks to Hetzner, our hosting service. Extremely professional – possibly the best in South Africa (and maybe Germany). And I haven’t heard anything from them – not a peep. Maybe it’s because I pay them on time every monthSmile.

And finally to Jane whom has had to put up with quite a few days worth of frustration and the loss of our beautiful parrot ‘Greenie’ – the RingNeck.  Parts-Ring and Ring-Neck, ummmm – is this a bad omen or a good sign? We still have Urki, no reflection on the inhabitants of Urk (of the Greater Motherland of the Netherlands fame). Urki doesn’t speak but sure can make a noise. Entire vocabulary is ‘Urk’, ‘Urk’ Urk’.  And lots of screeching (and more screeching). The neighbours just love himCry. Oh yes, Urki is a conure. Really beautiful looking specimen.

I want this website to be a success – I want businesses to use us as their first line in a mature and ethical approach to advertising themselves albeit only of a textual nature. at this stage. (wait to see how the self-moderation goes first).  And lastly this website would not be possible for the millions of people out their that surf the web and drink Amstel Lager. For my first choice of nature’s best you guys should be getting some tips from the SAB Miller website.  Your website needs to be completed! :-)))))  [(the extra )))) is for a chronic medical condition called beer drinkers chin].

Parts-Ring is for users, members and subscribers – use it don’t abuse it. A lot of self moderation and a lot of community building.

Classified Advertisments

Parts-Ring provides online classified advertisments, forums, community board as well as a services listing aimed at service providers, agents and sales people.  By using any of these services in any way you are agreeing to comply with the websites Terms of Use. The classified advertisments terms of usage may change from time to time and users are urgend to revert to all the documentation relevant to this Parts-Ring.
Should you object to any term or condition covering the above mentioned documentation, the subsequent changes made or become dissatisfied with with the web site or advertisments posting section please feel free to discontinue as a member or subscriber to Parts-Ring.  Advertisments are self or community moderated and therefore users are requested to contact our public relations department through and lodge any complaints about individuals not complying to these rules. 

Advertising Content

Members and users must please note and understand that all advertisment postings under ‘Looking For’, ‘Sell’ or ‘Buy’ relevant to images, video, multimedia via any means, private messages through forum, community or email,  posted on, transmitted through , via word of mouth or through site links are the sole responsibility of the originator and Parts-Ring shall not be held liable by any means for the misuse of this website through these means.
Users are entirely responsible for their individual postings, electronic messaging, forum commnication or through the community builder network.

Users may be exposed to user posted advertisments where the content is objectionable, be it offensive, inaccurate, indecent and/or misleading and it is their right to report this but at the same time not hold the website or owners responsible for this content. Content can be modified and/or deleted at any time which is the right of the website administrators.

Links to third party websites

Parts-Ring shall not be liable in any way for misleading, authenticity and or misrepresentation of weblinks not affiliate to the Parts-Ring website – users link to these websites entirely at their own risk.   


All amounts shown in the classifieds section or about to be posted will be in United States Dollars (U$D) – please refer to the current exchange rate when posting a price.

The Parts-Ring Phenomena

Parts-Ring aims to make the search for providers of services in your area easier – just look up the service requirement type, country, region and town and get the company or person you are looking for. Parts-Ring is ideal for the business owner to advertise his expertise whether it be in electronics, electrical work or even watch repairs.  Likewise users can look up manufacturer, distributor and dealers in their area – subscribers are urged to post their business onto the ‘Services’ board.

Parts-Ring is oriented around technology, old and new and members or subscribers can either hook-up through the forum, community builder or ‘Services’.  Users are more than welcome to contact us through the info email address and let us know whether a service provider failed to live up to his/her promises or hopefully promote a business through their good service policies. Parts-Ring is not aimed at smearing the name of any business – but we do welcome good and ethical business practices.

Three things come to mind when writing this article (1) lack of local support (Cape Town) for used motorcycle parts (2) electronics which is to be such a great hobby, seems to be taking a back seat to ‘instant fixes’, ‘module-changing’ and lack of companies promoting electronics as a hobby to school-goers.  Thirdly, in our so-called time of recession, surely we should be advertising our secondary skills. Indeed, most employees working for a boss only utilise their secondary skills – their primary skills should be used to network and make money. Strange that so many people that have become jobless over the years have managed to bounce back and generate an income through these skills. People that suddenly realise they have hidden talents and besides enjoy doing what they do best, generate an income, equal to or even in most cases more than what they earned before. 

Please promote yourself under the services section. Be legitimate and do not advertise skills that you do not have – make Parts-Ring work for you.

Subscription Service

Parts-Ring also provides a service which allows a subscriber to look for service agents or providers in their area. I note specifically in Cape Town, where we are based, using the the Yellow-Pages often leads to companies only offering a cell number which is never answered. We would prefer our users to add all their contact details – this will come to light when a person wants to contact them and finds the company has no street address.  There has to be some sort of refernce, not just a cell phone. Avoid companies providing a service which have no physical address.

If you would like to be a subscriber please ensure that you are familiar with our site policies.

Please go to the registered user menu item – Services.

Parts-Ring Services

To view please go to the services menu once you are logged in. Site navigation is fairly simple – please refer back to the ‘Gobal Group‘ menu – ‘Parts-Ring’ page to close otherwise you can close the browser window directly. At this stage we found that the Ring-Subscriber service runs fairly quickly and we have done away with RPX login, popups or anything of annoyance value.  It may be pertinent to note that a service provider in this case is not your ISP but a person whom is qualified to provide any service. Parts-Ring is in fact more dedicated to technology – but we have no issues with subscribers looking to buy or sell any product as long as the correct category is used. This applies to a service you may  provide as well.

Buying ,Selling, Looking for Parts

The parts-ring database is entirely self moderated (at this time). Select manufacturers do have access to delete profiles of service agents, providers and sellers (especially within the channel) whom they feel are unfit to be trading as a registered subscriber – this through ethical or illegal means.

Users of this web-site must register as a community member to have full control over parts they wish to buy or sell either locally or internationally. Parts-Ring users are urged to post queries or suggestions on the forum or use the Classifieds section which is for members only. This will require you to register as a dedicated Parts-Ring Subscriber onto the database. Subscribers can post links to their web-site(s), register as dealers, manufacturers and/or distributors as well as post advertisements/advertorials which can be seen by all members of the community. It is advised that subscribers be registered companies and do not advertise in a private capacity – the community board is used for this purpose. Note that Service Providers, Agents and sellers have their contact details made public. The main intention here is to allow general users to select specific vendors in either their location or internationally whom qualify to supply the product of their choice.

The parts-ring subscription service is dedicated to the following categories:

Electronic Engineering – electronics in general / low current
Electrical Engineering – electrical contractors, design engineers etc / high current
Mechanical Engineering
Refrigeration Engeering
Automotive Engineering
Marine Engineering
Schematics (only legal transcriptions may be posted – see our parts-ring code of conduct).

Categories will be added as the need arises – this can be done through a subscriber whom need to expand the selection process for entering data.  Subscribers have noted and agreed to the documentation relevant to  [Privacy, Classifieds, Contact Pages and the Forum].  

Manufacturers are urged to become moderators through a signup – apply to the webmaster at Parts-Ring.

Community Board

Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead them being banned. 
Members are asked to not act as “back seat moderators”. If members note an issue which contravenes something in these or site rules they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a member of a Moderator Team.

Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to the user being banned.

Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or asking for information on warez, crackz, etc. or re-printing material without permission will be banned.

Members should respect the bandwidth of other users and sites. The use of inline ([IMG][/IMG]) image tags pointing to data stored on third party systems for which the user has not received permission to link to will be removed.
Members should post in a way which is consistent with “normal writing”. That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. Users consistently abusing this will be banned.

Members should use an appropriate, descriptive subject when posting a new topic. Members are welcome to use the test forum for general “test purposes”. These may include checking signatures, testing a link or image, etc. (subject to previous points on decency, warez, etc.). #

Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. This includes offering hosting services (charged and free), installation services, solicitation etc. Recruiting members for your own projects (moderators, designers, professional MOD work, etc.) is not permitted and is also considered spam. Users posting spam will be banned.

The moderating, support and other teams reserve the right to edit, remove or put on moderation queue any post at any time. Please note that currently any very first post is automatically placed in the moderation queue and will be approved/disapproved according to the present Rules. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to Moderators and not users.

The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to users being banned (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging.

You may not link to warez, porn, racist or other similar hate sites.