Showing posts with label ICT. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ICT. Show all posts

Saturday, 9 November 2013

I've Installed Crunchbang (#!) 11 "Waldorf" Linux too

Crunchbang a light weight debian based Linux distro. I love the boot time, is very quick. I installed Crunchbang 11 recently along side Ubuntu 13.10.
Desktop

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Finally Moved to "Saucy" Ubuntu 13.10

Few days ago Canonical released Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander" and everyone was busily downloading, upgrading and installing. 

I have also finally moved to Ubuntu 13.10 and I love it.

Checkout my desktop ;-)

 
As a Wikipedian am very happy about the new features of the dash. And what did I do first, searched for Azonto from the dash next was Waakye. Here :


If you want to use Ubuntu too, I can help you out.

Enjoy ;-)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

APNs For Ghana Telcos

Hi!

I always receive calls and text messages from friends about APNs of Ghana Telcos to setup internet connectivity on their devices. (especially Android)

You might also be looking for one of them. The table below contains the various APNs.

NETWORKAPN
TIGOweb.tigo.com.gh
VODAFONEbrowse
AIRTELwap
MTNwap
GLOinternet
Enjoy :-)

Monday, 29 July 2013

I was at IT Workshop @ AITI-KACE - Startup Mobile Apps Development


On Thursday July 18, 2013, I was at a Free IT Workshop for tertiary students at AITI-KACE on Startup Mobile Apps Development (with some introduction to visualization )

I will like to share some of the things I have learned with you here. Here is a simple summary about the workshop.

There was a lot of innovative ideas from people present which they wanted to transform into Apps.

It all started with Introduction to Windows Phone, iOS  and Android apps development (part by Thomas Kofi Annan)

An Android app was developed live during the workshop by Michael which is capable of purchasing airtime from all Mobile Telecommunications operators in Ghana (MTN, GLO, Tigo, Vodafone, Airtel and Expresso) by the help of an API developed by Erni.

Here are some tweet updates:











It was really a great day of learning and networking with some new folks. Looking forward to improving the skills I have acquired at this workshop.


Friday, 24 May 2013

My Quest For Linux (Ubuntu)

Some few weeks ago my interest and love for Linux have increased so much. I made all attempts to get a copy from anyone who uses the same thing here in my community but none of the people I asked have heard of it before. 
But I really want to make that "BIG" switch for now.
Source: guru99.com

So I decided to research about one the Linux distro (Ubuntu) where I came across a lot of useful infos.
I even saw that Ubuntu CD's were once distributed ( Then I remembered I've seen one of the distributed CD's some years back with someone) . 

I found out that to get Ubuntu is either I download it OR buy the DVD 
(NB: The operating system is not for sale, it's free, you are only paying for the DVD and shipment not the software). Downloading it here will be quite something for me now.

I quickly came across a message in a forum which was posted some years back. So I decided to contact one of its members. Which he responded to.

I also posted my message in one of LinkedIn's Linux users group. This message attracted a lot of comments.
I even received private messages from people willing to send me the DVD's and others for free. Which have been sent and are yet to reach me.

I started reading and practicing some commands and other things about Linux online until I received the first DVD sent by John from USA recently. 


My Day 1 Experience with Linux (Ubuntu) coming soon now here

Checkout my Desktop

Monday, 25 March 2013

#BlogCamp13....Experience



#BlogCamp13 took place at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in ICT The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence on 23rd March, 2013 from 9am to 6pm. This was my first time of attending BlogCamp since it started in 2012. #BlogCamp13 was organised by BloggingGhana under the theme “Content is King” 

The Journey


Since I stay at Aflao in the Volta Region I woke up as early as 3 am on 23rd March, 2013 so that I can be able to reach Accra as early as possible. I went out and at exactly 3:35 I got into a vehicle. God willing I arrived at Accra few minutes to 7 am.  
Since I've never been to Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in ICT The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence  before, I alighted at 37 and walked to station and took a trotro bus after telling the driver I was going to Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in ICT The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence he concluded immediately that its located somewhere at Teshie or something like that. So I joined the bus happily thinking I will be the first to arrive there. Not knowing I was going to a wrong destination. After getting out of the trotro bus I walked straight towards the entrance hoping am going to see a sign of #BlogCamp13. On reaching the entrance I asked the security personnel whether something of that kind (Blog Camp) was taking place here.After setting my eyes on this inscriptions on the wall " Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)"   I concluded to myself. I then asked the security to give me the right direction. He also told me where I was going is located close to the new old parliament house. On reaching the old parliament house which is currently used as the office of CHRAJ Ghana. I entered and asked of where I was going, the men I met were also telling me to go to where I was previously, on hearing "Kofi Annan". May be that was the only place most people knew to be called by the name of the former UN Secretary General. Am I getting lost? I asked myself. I quickly called a friend I met on twitter whom I've never seen before @Vilejah. He also gave me a direction which I was not satisfied with. But thanks to him. Well, I called another friend Eldad Nutakor ,who then gave me the right direction. Finally I've arrived at #BlogCamp very early late I thought myself. All the same the program have not started yet. Immediately I went and registered, took the program line-up, went for my tag and bought a #BlogCamp13 T-Shirt.

In the Conference Room

 

 

All started well in the conference room with a welcome address from Kajsa Hallberg Adu. Some other things about how Blogging Ghana started. It was good when three free Wi-fi connections were available which everyone was using but my laptop was finding it very difficult to connect to neither of them. So I have decided to use the rest of data I purchased from Vodafone with my USB modem. There was a presentation on Social Media and the law by Nana Yaw Asiedu . Also Ghana's first Internet Freedom Fellow 2013 Mac-JordaN gave a presentation on how things went  on in Geneva.
#233moments was also introduced by Edward Tagoe . Meaning tweets should be sent out by everyone present with the hash tag #233moments at 2:33 pm simply meaning Ghana (+233) moments.
We also witnessed behind the scenes of the Ghana Decides project which covered Ghana's 2012 Elections via Social Media.

Lunch

As I've learnt from my Senior High School friends "Chodda be man" meaning food is man. It was time for launch when we had a tasty meal with some fruit juice.

Break-Out Sessions

There were break-out sessions on:
  1. Blogging and Social Media 101
  2. Tips and Tricks for bloggers
  3. Social Media for Organisations
I joined the Blogging and Social Media 101 session which was headed by Nana Yaw Sarpong and a Nigerian whose name I've forgotten about in the conference room. This session introduced newbies and people with a little blogging experience to what a blog actually meanand how get the best out of it . A lot was learnt from this session.

Still in the conference room another session began that was Photography headed by Nana Kofi Acquah. This session really opened my mind to what photography is. Photography should really be fun as Nana Kofi Acquah said. 

Back to the Conference room


All break-out sessions were over and everyone have moved back to the conference room for the final part of the day. Something interesting happened here. It came to point that we were all asked to type and tweet some words that will be projected. The conditions for this competition was the first three people  to correctly tweet the sentence will qualify for the final to win a brand new BlackBerry Curve mobile phone from TigoGhana. Come and see fingers at work. The first three people to correctly tweet this were Frank Bruce, Roxanne L. Scott and myself (Enock Seth Nyamador). I was very hot when the final sentence to tweet was projected, in fact I was running out of data so I was praying hard that I tweet this before it gets finished. At the end of every competition there is only one champion and that should have been Roxanne L. Scott but she made a typo mistake, that was "@tigoGhna" instead of "@TigoGhana" so the brand new BlackBerry Curve went to Frank Bruce.

There was a poem from Nana Asaase which I really enjoyed. I will be glad to listen it once more as I write now.
There was also an art and rhyming from "Sony" involving the Ghanaian song "ABC for love, 123 for the story......" and a guy. The guy drawing drew a man and woman upside down. Everyone got to know what he was drawing when the drawing board was turned the other way round.

Social Media Awards

Here comes the time most people were waiting for, the social media wards.
The US Embassador to Ghana gave remarks about the event and also made know to everyone the winner of the Best Blog Award at the end of his remark. Here are the various winners:

Best Blog adventuresfrom
Best Business & Commerce Blog estockanalysisblog
Best Original Content poetrysoundbites
Best Technology Blog techy-africa
Best Photo Blog africaphotographer
Best Creative, Literary Short Stories, Poetry Blog ganyobinaa
Best Showbiz and Entertainment Blog ameyawdebrah
Best Citizen Journalism Blog circumspecte
Best Lifestyle Blog ganyobinaa
Best Organizational Blog accradotalttours
Personality with Best Social Media Presence
Mutombo Percy the Poet @MutomboDaPoet
Best Activist Blog adventuresfrom
Organisation with Best Social Media Presence Vodafone Ghana
Honorary Award for Exemplary Social Media Activism Ghana Decides Project


Sponsors

#BlogCamp13 was sponsored by @TigoGhanaNandimobile, Intel, Samsung, Africa.com, Born Again, Voltic, Joy FM, Citi FM, The BE BOLD show, Ghanyobi.com, dust, TV Africa, US Embassy Ghana, Hatua Solutions and Nii Odzenma.

 

Enock and Eldad
Eldad(right) and Enock(myself)

 

#BlogCamp13 was a great experience I had. Especially meeting new people that I only know on twitter and others. 
If you missed #BlogCamp13 just wait for #BlogCamp14.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Junior Camp Ketasco


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Junior Camp Ketasco which was organized by the Keta Senior High Technical School, (Ketasco) SRC in collaboration with Ghana Think Foundation, took place on Wednesday 30th January, 2013 at the assembly ground of  Keta Senior High Technical School, (Ketasco) in Keta, Volta Region .
The Theme for Junior Camp Ketasco was " Living Tomorrow's Career Today.". During the event students dressed up in attires of their various future careers. The interesting part was when I saw most of the girls dressed up as engineers with their helmet neatly placed on their heads and putting on Wellington boots.

Jennifer(left) and her friends

Eyram and Mary
This was the first kind of Junior Camp (BarCamp) to be organized in a Senior High School since BarCamp started in Ghana in 2008. 
As it used to be for all BarCamps, Junior Camp Ketasco commenced with a speech from the guest speaker Mrs. Eunice Ogbugo C.E.O of Eugo Terrano.
She talked about how she made it to the top. And advised students on how to eliminate the fear for certain subjects. She said as a Science student during her Senior Secondary school days, she used to have problems with certain subjects especially Elective Mathematics, Physics and Biology. She also talked about the need to choose the right program to offer in the university, by saying, no one should force students to pursue courses which is not of their interest.
Even though she had some problems with Mathematics and Physics in her early Secondary School days she was able to make it to Civil Engineering, even when the mother was wondering if she can. But through self-determination she was able to make it.


Speed mentoring and Breakout sessions.

Due to the large number of the students Speed Mentoring was merged into Breakout Sessions where the mentors took a number of students at ago. There were breakout sessions for Fashion, Game and Software Development, Public speaking, Entrepreneurship and others. Some of the mentors present at Junior camp Ketasco were Eyram Tawia of Leti Games, Ato Ulzen Appiah, Nehemiah Attigah, Mr. Joel Degue, Yayra Tay, Donald Wards, Makafui Nyamadi CEO of GCOM Pre-University College, and others.
I was with Eyram Tawia of Leti Games in the Ketasco Computer laboratory for the breakout session on Game and Software Development. Due to large number of students who were willing to join this session, we divided the students in to two groups. Eyram told the students about how started his career. He was born and bred on KNUST, campus as young boy. His determination then was to design super heroes. Long ago before one of his brothers introduced him to how to program. Students also asked interesting questions while they were given the various tips involved in getting started. Eyram introduced students to a word which they must always add to their queries when using search engines especially Google for informations as beginners. That's “Dummies”.
 

Launch.

It was some few minutes past 12 noon, when we had jollof rice for launch. Well not bad.

Breakout Sessions Resume.

After launch, the breakout sessions resumed. But for this time it was solely meant for questions and answers. Some of the previous sessions were merged to form a session due to things they had in common.
For this time I joined Gameli Adjaho for the session on Digital Literacy once again in the computer laboratory.
Gameli answered series of questions from the students and introduced them to websites such as Khanacademy, and some Google search tips: E.g. how compute simple mathematics using Google, this then led to  the display of the embedded calculator that Google has. This is simply done by typing a mathematical expression into Google's search box. E.g. 5+6, he also introduced students to a powerful search engine known as Wolframalpha which I have never heard of. He continued by encouraging students to be abreast with digital literacy.

Closing.


Cross-section of mentors and volunteers at JuniorCamp Ketasco
The second breakout (Q&A) sessions were over and everyone was once gathered at the assembly ground. Students were given the opportunity to share what they have learnt in their various breakout sessions with their friends who joined other sessions as well. All that they shared were very interesting. What I learnt from those who went to the Fashion Breakout session was, make ups are not for students (girls).  I also learnt that actors do apply make ups when the need arises. This makes them look  some how better on stage.
As BarCamps normally end with patriotic songs. Junior Camp Ketasco ended with the School's Anthem (Once to everyman and Nation), God Bless Our Homeland Ghana, and Miadenyigba lonlonla.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

BarCamp Accra 2012 (More Than Expected)

I guess most of you might be thinking of the “Bar” well if you are baffled by the word check out this interesting post by Nutakor Eldad about BarCampHo on skouleye.


Bar Camp is actually a free networking program for the youth organized by the Ghana Think Foundation.

Who is a BarCamper?
BarCamper is simply someone who goes for BarCamps. Contribute and get the best out of the BarCamps and makes it a success.

What Happens at BarCamps?
As a normal routine for BarCamps, there is always a talk from someone(mentor), followed by Speed Mentoring and Breakout sessions.

BarCamp Accra 2012.
BarCamp Accra 2012 took place on Saturday the 22nd day of December, 2012 at the Methodist University College (MDUG), Accra, from 8:00AM to 4:00PM.
The theme for Bar Camp Accra 2012 was “Removing fear of failure as a start of success”
BarCamp Accra 2012 commenced with a talk from Mrs. Ellen M. Hagan Chief Executive of L’AINE SERVICES LIMITED, a leading HR(Human Resource)  Company in Ghana. She also Champions the publishing of the HR Focus Magazine, the first and only Human Resource magazine in Ghana. She has also written two books:  “SOFT SKILLS: What Gives One Jobseeker an Edge over Another” and “ALL ABOUT JOB INTERVIEWS"
HR FOCUS Magazine Cover

Speed Mentoring
As it used to be for all BarCamps organized by The Ghana Think Foundation, Speed Mentoring is the time that most BarCampers I guess can’t wait for. This is the time you have to interact with some mentors of your interest face-a-face. Chat, ask questions and get the right approach to them.
For Bar Camp Accra 2012 some of the mentors present were  Eyra Tawia of Leti Games (IT), Mac-Jordan (Social Media), Ayoko Korsah (Robotics), Farida (Software Engineering), Fred (Fashion), Rodney Quarcoo (Photography)  and others.

I had the chance to talk to three of these mentors; Mac-Jordan, Eyram Tawia and Farida Bedwei.

Eldad with mentor Eyram Tawia during speed mentoring

Success Sessions
Since the theme of Bar Camp Accra 2012 was “Removing the of failure as a start of success”
We had different groups with people who have been able to make it even though they encountered failures on their quest for success. They shared their success stories with us. I was in the Success session for IT which was led Mr. Herman Chinnery-Hesse, Co-founded the SOFTtribe limited, one of the leading software houses in Ghana and West Africa.
We discussed almost everything about the various major programming languages such as C++(C Plus Plus), C#(C Sharp), Python, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Pearl, and the rest I can’t mention.
We also learned about the relationships that must exist between the Boss and the Workers not only in the IT sector. In fact in his case everyone must know some business even if you are a medical officer, software engineer or whatever.
He also added that since we are Human beings we must network(interact) with others, be honest and above all have the "I can do it" attitude. Our Ghanaian culture doesn’t encourage networking especially in terms of the ladies.
In fact we learned a lot from him and he also learned from us since BarCamp is not always learning from others  but vice versa as well.
And one thing that Mr. Herman Chinnery-Hesse  said and I rated it to five stars is “You can influence the Judge in the law court but you can't bribe the Compiler

IT Success session with Mr. Herman of SOFTtribe

Break Out Sessions
After the success sessions we had another Session known as the Break out Session.We had more than five breakout sessions. I was able to join three.But one took most of my time that is the Break out session on Putting Ghanaian and African contents online through wikimedia organized by Planning Wikimedia Ghana. This Break out session educated us on how to put Ghanaian articles about our culture and others for worldwide consumption and to make research easy for others. We were briefed by Sandister Tei and Co.
So when you contribute to Wikimedia then you become a ‘Wikimedian’. Some members of this breakout session were Royal Senam AseyeKobe Subramaniam, Dieu-DonnĂ© Gamel , Felix Nartey  and others.


Various Breakout Sessions
Chop Time No Friend
You know that the master guy of the human digestive system is food. So for lunch everyone had a nice “Wakyee” from “Auntie Munie” which arrived very early using the back door. And I enjoyed it.
BarCamp Accra 2012 ended with two patriotic songs one sang in more than five languages they were “God Bless Our Home Land Ghana” “Yen Ara asa se ni” “Miadenyigba lonlonla” led  by @gamelmag @Enock4seth @Abocco the rest I can’t tell now and “Arise Ghana Youth for Your  Country”.

Enock and Gameli. Singing Miadenyigba lonlonla
Finally I will to encourage you to be on your guards for the next BarCamp in town don’t miss it.