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The Association of Linux Friends Limbe
The Association of Linux Friends Limbe, participated in the Cameroon National Youths Day Celebration. Linux Friends has been participating in the youth week activities since 2007. This year was special because it was the 50th anniversary. Linux friends took part in the competitions and had a prize in handball girls. The second prize of handball girls was handed by the Sub Divisional Officer of Limbe II to Linux Friends on the 11 of February 2016 after the match pass.
Members of Linux Friends matching during 11th February 2016
Matching with Monitors, Keyboards and Solar Panels
Prize handed over by the Sub Divisional Officer for Limbe II to Kah Rachel Ndom a trainer of the Association of Linux Friends.
During ceremonies like this, we used the opportunity to give more information to the public about Linux Friends Limbe.
Hace un mes, la policía de Veracruz desaparece a cinco estudiantes. Son "levantados" a plena luz del día, en la ciudad de Tierra Blanca.
En una fosa clandestina han sido localizados restos de los estudiantes desaparecidos. Ahí descubren los cuerpos incinerados y triturados de cientos de personas ejecutadas por sicarios y policías.
On Tuesday 09/02/2016 Trainers of the Association of Linux Friends received their monthly motivation with their contract form from the President of the Association Madam Pauli Chanceline. The President was very pleased that finally there is a positive Answer for all her hard work. The trainers on their part congratulated the President and their swiss friends for thinking of them and upgrade their standard of leaving some how. “We are very very happy for this motivation received today 09/02/2016 exclaimed one of the trainers” We say thanks to our Swiss Friends and wish them prosperity in what ever they do.
This is one of the Trainers receiving her motivation
Another trainer receiving hers
On Monday the trainees of the Association of Linux Friends practice the matching practice in the premises for the up coming Youths day celebration. Learning they say without playing makes jack a doll boy so getting the trainees involve in sporting, socio cultural activities and match pass is taking them a little bit for some fun and also participating in this activities exposes the association to the public.
Members practicing match pass
Trainees participating in coral singing
Also participated in quize
Un documental francés, Coca-Cola, la fórmula secreta, transmitido por la televisión de Bélgica hace tres años, molestó enormemente a esa compañía refresquera, la cual incluso se quejó ante el consejo deontológico de la prensa belga. El documental relata las peripecias de una reportera francesa para conocer la receta precisa del refresco. Y entre sus descubrimientos está que uno de los ingredientes principales… es agua. En grandes cantidades. Tres litros del líquido se necesitan para elaborar uno de la bebida azucarada. Y uno de los sitios donde la multinacional obtiene esa materia prima, casi gratis y a costa del desabasto de la población local, es Chiapas.
“Like Da Vinci I’m meditating
I will leave a mark even if I die tomorrow
Antidrugs – I don’t want beer-to-beer
I’m focused in need of peer-to-peer
We’re thinking outside the canvas.” – Slavey da Illest
Kibera Woods, an intercontinental collaboration between indie musician/composer Chris Cunningham (from American band Ravenna Woods) and two of Tunapanda’s apprentice-teachers from Kibera, Nairobi, bring us a new Tunapanda Institute song, aptly titled “Tunapanda.” Judaking and Slavey da Illest lay down verses, with music and hooks produced by Cunningham. The music combines elements of Kenyan hip hop, indie rock, acoustic finger style and electro to produce a refreshingly unique, cross-cultural sound.
Check out the song on SoundCloud below and read the lyrics underneath. The song is in English and Sheng, so you can click on any line for a translation.
“Lillian Masere has been in the institution for only two weeks now. She appreciates that the institution has helped her realize her dream. Her fighting spirit tells it all. “I learned about Tunapanda last year. I didn’t pass the first interview. I then visited the website and checked for the next application. The space has given me everything, including freedom, which you need as a computer technologist.” She also hopes to design clothes in future. James Murunga used to sell grocery near the centre and after making an inquiry, he enrolled and is now concentrating on web design.
When asked what disruptive design means in his context, Jay says “Helping people to gain skills and to earn income in an environment that upholds creativity and self-expression. It is also by giving people an exposure to learn different ways of teaching.”
The institution has retained a number of its graduates to teach and help their peers gain ground in whatever they are passionate about. Jackline Kimani is a beneficiary of the institute and now a teacher. She teaches web design and photography. “Apart from teachers knowing everything, you can exchange ideas. I am planning to extend the sort of learning in Tunapanda to other people.”
Jay confirms to us that the challenges however, has been the localization of the videos to suit the local context. When asked how they are coping with this, he says they are creating videos in-house and are training people to create more. “We have begun creating locally-relevant videos licensed under and open Creative Commons license, where other people will be able to modify them and translate them into several languages.” Another challenge has been finding suitable institutions where their graduates can work or intern. The institute has therefore taken it upon itself to network and connect their students within and abroad, like the Tennessee Institute of technology, Kibera school and teaching in Uganda.
3D printing is one of the areas of design that is core to the institution. An interesting design show-cased to us was a plastic hand that was created using their 3D printer. It is set to be a full functioning hand once it is put on someone who has lost their hand. If the wrist moves up the fingers open and when it moves down, the fingers close and one should be able to pick stuff with it. “Our idea is that if you create something out of a machine like this, then you can re-imagine the world in a way that you can disrupt, change and improve.”
As Tunapanda hopes to extend its approach to a broader base, Mick Larson sums it all. “It is great to see everyone with different passions find their dreams.””
Over the past few months, UP Magazine has had the opportunity to interview a series of leaders in different fields that all use a design-centric approach to providing solutions to issues that we experience in Nairobi today. These designers, like the Swiss more than half a century before them, are striving to create a vernacular language of design that will disrupt accepted norms and conventions and redefine the way we interact with each other in our day to day lives.”Read more about the awards.
Congratulations to Kenyan javelin thrower Julius Yego, who just rocked the world with his 92.72m throw in Beijing to become the first African winner of the World Championships!
Yego represents the future of learning skills as he developed his technique through YouTube videos. In 2013 he said, “Everythingchanges…maybe one day many people will be learning through videos.” We hope so.
This international victory further inspires us to keep spreading skills in technology, design, and business to low-bandwidth areas using videos and other next-generation interactive digital content. Maybe one day a video learner will collect a Nobel Prize?
Part of our Swag software involves mapping out paths for people to follow in acquiring various technology, design and business skills. So it was cool to look at this computer-generated map of how various technology skills connect to each other.
Everything is connected, after all – and though we may wish to become experts in one area we should also know how other areas connect.
As Leonardo da Vinci put it, “Every part is disposed to unite with the whole, that it may thereby escape from its own incompleteness.”
Lilian is currently a trainer at Tunapanda as part of our apprenticeship program. She graduated from the 3 month intensive ICT training program in May, 2015
Designing a mobile application has always been one of my fantasies. Apps provide technological solutions for real-life problems, which is probably why so many of us are constantly glued to our phones. I’ve often thought about different apps that I could create that would be able to solve even more problems that are relevant to my life, but I always assumed that I would need to be an expert computer programmer in order to design and create my own apps.
At Tunapanda this month, we’ve learned that this is not the case. Using basic programming principles that are taught throughout Tunapanda’s training program, we are in the process of creating our own Android applications and hope to have each team publish a working prototype before graduation later this month.
Trainees working on their final month projects
App-design is a new component of the trainees’ final project at Tunapanda. In the last month of the program, trainees work in teams to identify a technological solution to a problem that faces their community. They create a prototype of the solution, as well as functional business model that could work to launch their business in the real world. “The third month helps trainees learn new skills that help them discover new ways to solve problems in their communities with an aim of creating personal and communal wealth, ” states Allan, one of the business trainers.
Some the current projects are:
As the saying goes, “if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” The final project for Tunapanda trainees allows them to begin to tackle local and global problems and to start being part of the solution. App creation is a good way of doing this. “Apps are definitely the best way to provide solutions to people. I think they have more market penetration compared to other forms out there. ” said John Gitonga, a graduate trainee from the last class and now an apprentice at Tunapanda.
Former trainees who are now apprentices
In the previous class my fellow trainees and I also came up with business ideas, but rather than creating apps, we designed websites to help solve the problem. This time, we discovered MIT App Inventor 2, and since more and more people are gaining access to smartphones we thought it would be a great opportunity for the trainees (and us trainers!) to learn how to design and build our own apps.
Trainees coding using MIT’s App Inventor
It also turns out that you don’t have to have a Computer Science degree or years of coding experience to make a cool, functional mobile application. “I have had a little experience with apps before but it was a lot of coding so at some point I was put off by it,” Marvin, a trainee from Tunapanda reckons. “Using The MIT App Inventor has been incredible and I am not put off anymore. I am happy doing this,” he continues to say. This is clear evidence that the skills the trainees are acquiring in app design are impacting their lives positively and hence leading them to adopt using open-source materials to acquire knowledge.
“App Inventor is a great open source tool that helps people dream bigger and implement ideas in a way that eventually enables better code and real innovation. It encourages troubleshooting, creativity, and experimentation – all of which are really important skills in today’s world, whether you’re planning on becoming a professional in an established organization or going the entrepreneurial route” says Jay Larson, Co-Founder of Tunapanda Institute.
The importance of app design is just beginning to sink into the minds of our young trainees and we are more than motivated from the feedback we have gotten so far to keep making this opportunity available to them and future trainees.
Posted on October 10, 2015 by Jay Larson
The October 2015 Nairobi LUG (Linux User Group) meetup was hosted at Tunapanda’s training facility in Kibera. Our team had a great time connecting with members of the LUG, many of whom are natural teachers – setting a great example freely sharing knowledge and discussing ideas. Thanks to everyone who showed up, looking forward to more collaborations down the line!
Read the LUG’s blog post here.
¿Quién ignora a estas alturas que son examinados y filtrados los mensajes electrónicos, las consultas en la #red, los intercambios en las redes sociales?
Más sofisticadas que las porras y las mangueras de las fuerzas del orden, las nuevas armas de #vigilancia permiten identificar mejor a los líderes y ponerlos anticipadamente fuera de juego.
El navegador #Google Chrome, megachivato, envía directamente a Alphabet (empresa matriz de Google) todo lo que hace el usuario en materia de navegación
via -> Google sabe todo de tí, Ignacio Ramonet en periódico mexicano La Jornada
The Malware Museum is a collection of malware programs, usually viruses, that were distributed in the 1980s and 1990s on home computers. Once they infected a system, they would sometimes show animation or messages that you had been infected. Through the use of emulations, and additionally removing any destructive routines within the viruses, this collection allows you to experience virus infection of decades ago with safety.
Peter Schneider is in the Association of Linux Friends. He has brought us a new system with a server and clients who Netboot on the server. He has installed a server on the 04/01/2016 with 2 clients. So far now we have two working places and the same system has been installed in kumba and awine and ich bin kluckish
Preparation for the installation to start
This is the server already mounted
Still preparing place for the clients
On Wednesday the 03/02/2016, The Association of Linux Friends took part in the FINASCO GAMES, for the up coming Youths Day Celebration. They participated in the handball girls and football boys. For the handball the Association compete with the Government high school Batoke Girls and the boys compete with the Government High School Batoke boys. It was very interesting since the The Association took the Second position in Handball Girls
This is the Linux Handball Team before the match
This is a team of 7 who actually played
The team doing light practice before the match
The two team inside the field playing
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Mass #surveillance is big business now, competitive with Big Oil http://fossbytes.com/facebook-becomes-4th-valuable-company-world-beats-exxon/ nasty company http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Facebook
Your Smartphone Can Be Hacked Due To A Backdoor In Your Processor http://fossbytes.com/your-smartphone-can-be-hacked-due-to-a-backdoor-in-your-processor/ yes, phones inherently insecure (outside main OS)
L'articolo Antologia Cyberpunk by Shake http://ift.tt/1Q4bIAH sembra essere il primo su Museo dell'Informatica Funzionante.
When tech giants such as Google and Uber hide their wealth from taxation, they make it harder for us to use technology to improve services
To understand why we see so few genuine alternatives to US technology giants, it’s instructive to compare the fate of a company like Uber – valued at more than $62.5bn (£44bn) – and that of Kutsuplus, an innovative Finnish startup forced to shut down late last year.
Kutsuplus’s aspiration was to be the Uber of public transport: it operated a network of minibuses that would pick up and drop passengers anywhere in Helsinki, with smartphones, algorithms and the cloud deployed to maximise efficiency, cut costs and provide a slick public service. Being a spinoff of a local university that operated on a shoestring budget, Kutsuplus did not have rich venture capitalists behind it. This, perhaps, is what contributed to its demise: the local transport authority found it too expensive, despite impressive year-on-year growth of 60%.Continue reading...
Today the 26/01/2016 the Association of Linux Friends is invited to witness the Opening Ceremony of the Limbe Omisport Stadium it is a real privilege to witness the First Match played between the Victoria United and the Best Star Fc. This Stadium is the first international stadium build in the South West Region, Limbe in Particular.
Entrance into the Limbe Omisport Stadium
The Association of Linux Friends took their sits ready to watch the match
Full view of the Limbe Omisport Stadium
Rehearsal for the match to begin
Singing of the National Athem by the C.B.C students
The match played between Victoria United and Best Star FC
View of the match and spectators
Marathon ran round the field
On the 18 of January 2016 the Association of Linux Friend Mokindi received Mr. Peter Schneider, Mm Eva and Mrs Veronica from Switzerland which was followed with an introduction of trainers to the guest. on the 19 of January 2016 the guest who visited SEMME arrive at the school campus after which they had a meeting with the trainers and trainees of the association of Linux,this meeting which started exactly at 12:20pm was followed by a welcome song by the trainees to the guest after which madam Rachel gave a brief introduction about the school and later on the guest asked some questions which were answered by one of the trainers, after the responds to the question, the guest also sang a short sweet swiss song, which was followed by a series of photo shots that marked the end of the meeting.
The arrival of the visitors Monday 2:00pm
On Tuesday the 19th of January,the swiss friends were introduced to the trainees and trainers of the Association of Linux Friends.There was a welcome song from the students followed by a song from the swiss friends to the association after which room was given for questions to both the trainees and the swiss friends.Later snapshots were taken with the association and the swiss friends to mark the events of this great day.
Tuesday picture with the trainers and trainees and the Swiss visitors