Friday, 6 September 2013

10 Must Know Google Search Tips

Every second, minute, hour, day month and year. We are on the quest for information everywhere, be it on the internet or in that beautiful and comfortable library in your school or community.

It feels boring when you can't reach out to what you were actually looking for. It all depends on your search approach.

Searching for something on Google without giving it (Google) the right assignment is like you are looking for the full history of the Second World War in a Primary Three 3 English reader.

I use Google everyday as you do too. My Google search stats says I search like a geek. This will continue make me love Google more.

Almost everyone uses Google the same way I do. But not all of us know the best ways to get quality results using Google search. Here are some tips involved in searching Google like a geek :)

1. Calculations: Google has an embed scientific calculator which can be used to perform a lot of operations.When using the internet you don't need to get a physical calculator to get your calculations done. To access this calculator. Just input a mathematical statement into the search box.
Example: 24/5, Cos(15), sqrt(16), etc

2. Definitions: To get the definition of a word. Just type define followed by the word.
Example: define internet

3. Time: To know the current time in any country or city around the globe. Simply type  time: name of country or city.
Example: time Ghana

4. Specific phrase or sentence: To search for a specific phrase or sentence, it goes by double quoting the "Phrase or Sentence" This then gives you results of pages with this keyword.
Example: "Wikimedia Ghana"

5. Searching a specific website: Search your favorite websites better and faster using Google search with this syntax. keyword site:url
Example: ubuntu

6. Exclude specific keywords: To exclude something from search, use the minus (-) operator. The example below searches for all Africa countries excluding only Ghana. You can minus more keywords.
Example: Africa countries -Ghana

7. Search file types: If you are looking for a specific file type, say a PDF file about photography, simply use the syntax: keyword file extension. 
Example: photography pdf

8. Similar searches: Adding tilde (~) before a keyword gives you similar results. Meaning all search results either have the keyword in their url or body.
Example: ~water

9. Exclude specific sites: Google can avoid indexing certain sites if you don't want it to. To excludes a specific site use the exclude symbol ( minus or hyphen (-) ) before site. That is keyword -site:url. The example searches for Ghana but excludes results from Wikipedia.
Example: Ghana

10. Unit conversion: Make simple unit conversions using the word convert and units.
Example: convert 1 km to m
Now, I know you are going to make the best out of your Google searches.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Python African Tour (PAT) Ghana 2013 at iSpace

Python African Tour (PAT) Ghana was a very interesting and mind-opening three days FREE event all about introduction to Python and Django. PAT Ghana 2013 took place at iSpace Foundation, from 22nd - 24th August, 2013.

I am glad I made it to PAT Ghana 2013 all the way from Aflao, in the Volta Region of Ghana. Reaching iSpace was like Wow!

Day 1 - We were introduced to the basics of Python. Building quadratic equation solvers running in the terminal (command line) and others  by Edward Pie (@hackstopie)

Day 2 - More on Python by Kweku Danso.

Day 3 - Introduction to the Django Web Framework by Kweku Danso.


There were other Python enthusiasts around, Emmanuel Okeyere (Chief), Gameli Adzaho, Courage Mabrey, Nehemiah Attigah, Fifi Baidoo and others.

Group image after final day of PAT Ghana 2013. Source: iSpace Foundation
It was a great event, meeting both new and old folks. Thanks to Felix and Elorm I was able to know some attractive places in Osu, it was great. Not forgetting Samuel, Nana Kwame, Nathan @ iSpace, oh and the list continues.

Here is a post about PAT Ghana by iSpace Foundation Making Love To Python at iSpace

If you were at PAT Ghana 2013, kindly give feedback to the organizers, for better events in the future by filling the feedback form here

If you are interested in Python stay connected to Python Ghana via these social media sites for latest updates.
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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.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Co founder of Planning Wikimedia Ghana on The Be Bold Show

Co founder of Planning Wikimedia Ghana Sandister was on The Be Bold Show to talk about Wikipedia.

Planning Wikimedia Ghana (PWMGH) is the team working towards the establishment of a local Ghanaian Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, whose mission is to promote the use, editing and creation of Wikimedia Foundation's free online wiki projects in Ghana.

You can read more about PWMGH and how get involved here.

Watch Co founder on The Be Bold Show in the video below

Also follow Planning Wikimedia Ghana on the following social networks for any information and upcoming events:

Thanks for watching and reading. View original article on Planning Wikimedia Ghana's blog.