Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Barcamp Ho 2013 - Look Sharp - Register NOW!

First of all where I got "Look Sharp" from:

Barcamp Ho 13 is a FREE networking forum bringing people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue on Ho, Ghana and beyond. It will take place on October 26, 2013 at the SRC Auditorium of Ho Polytechnic. The theme for this year is "Transforming our Communities: New Attractions, New Culture, New Champions". This Barcamp hopes to assemble stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and partner to build together.

Follows 24 successful BarCamps in Ghana organized by the GhanaThink Foundation as part of its Barcamp Ghana project. It will be a showcase of how Ghana’s youth are taking charge of its development and how they can be spurred on to do more. Using new champions of development in the Volta Region, with a new culture of doing and creating change, the Barcamp would focus on new attractions to drive the Volta Region forward.

The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Volta Region and beyond. There will be a speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees. Various Ho leaders will be on a panel that will center on the theme.

Register/RSVP at the BarCamp Ho eventbrite website (barcampho13.eventbrite.com) or text "Barcamp Ho [name] [email address] to 1945 through any mobile network. You may also contact the BarCamp Ho team through the eventbrite page for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Ho 2013 is sponsored by GhanaThink Foundation, Google, Kiss Condoms, Nandimobile, etc. Our media partners are the Ghana News Agency.

Join us to move the Volta Region and Ghana forward.

Stay tuned via our social media.


Have questions about Barcamp Ho 2013? Contact GhanaThink

Let's meet and network come October 26, 2013 at the SRC Auditorium of Ho Polytechnic.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

I am a Google search geek, says the stats

Source Wikimedia Commons


It has been a long time posted something here. But am back to share with you once again.

Who doesn't know about Google? When someone knows about Yahoo, Facebook, that person certainly knows about Google OR I will say there is no one who uses the internet and doesn't know about Google. By the way if you don't know what Google is, here you are.

Am really a great fun of Google even though am not affiliated to it in any way. :)

Now back to why I wrote this post.

I use Google search everyday. Why? Want to know? Ok. I use it mostly for getting references for Wikipedia articles. Surprised? How and Why Wikipedia?
Just a take few minutes please, and read this article about Planning Wikimedia Ghana.

Welcome back if you read about Planning Wikimedia Ghana and I know you love it. Looking forward to seeing you become a Wikipedian now.

I use Google search for my personal research stuffs. Also I do that for friends or those who want me to, after they have tried to make Google vomit whatever they were looking for but can't. If you are that type who searches and Google gives you nonsense. No it's not nonsense that is what you requested,  keep an eye on this blog. I have a post about how to make Google vomit what you're looking for, even Google's intestines will come out. lol! (Trying to say Google search tips and tricks)

Is been a very long time I checked my Google search stats. This morning I was looking for something I searched yesterday in the night but can't find it in the browser's history. So I have to check my Google search history, which I know will surely rescue me.

I was really surprised when the stats page was telling me am a Google search geek. :).

Here are the stats:

Hourly search
Highest search recorded at 8 PM.

Daily search
Highest search recorded on Thursday.

Monthly searches
August is leading.

Searches in August, 2013

Do you want to keep track of your searches on Google? If YES, make sure you Sign in to Google before you search.

To see your stats, click here.

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 site:unixmen.com

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 -site:wikipedia.org

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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