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Monday 1 March 2010

Kiwix install at Kwena Malapo school Johannesberg

Kwena Computer lab Kiwix, an offline wikipedia selection, is installed at Kwena Malapo school.

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Friday 4 December 2009

Climate change and personal responsibility

kejserpingviner.jpg The Copenhagen Climate Change conference opens next week. It is the 15th major meeting since the start at the Earth Summit in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. Along the way we had the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and an attempt to extend the Kyoto Protocol at the Earth Summit in Montreal in 2005.

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Wednesday 25 November 2009

Offline copies of wikipedia

489px-Wikipedia-logo-en.png I have been involved for a number of years with Hilton Theunissen and the Shuttleworth Foundation and their efforts to bring computers to township schools. A part of that software suite was an offline copy of wikipedia.

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Thursday 25 June 2009

AIMS Graduation 2009

AIMS The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences held the graduation dinner for the class of 2009 at the Muizenberg Pavilion on June 25, 2009. Present were Vice-Chancellors from three of Cape Town's Universities, and the Kenyan Ambassador Tom Amolo.

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Sunday 7 December 2008

Zimbabwean Home Affairs, food security

Flag_of_Zimbabwe.jpg The Ministry of Home Affairs, Zimbabwe is position in the Zimbabwean government is currently subject to a tussle of control between Zanu-PF and MDC. However it is overshadowed by the Provincial administration in the communal areas, which largely controls food distribution.

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Monday 9 June 2008

OLPC and Intel Classmate PC in Nigeria

Sugar - Network view Today, I visited two schools in Abuja, Nigeria, both of which were pilot schools for the new low cost laptops targeted at schools in the third world. One Laptop per Child started in Galadima Junior school, in Abuja Model Village, and Intel launched 'One laptop per teacher and child' at Jabi Junior Secondary school, in Jabi district, Abuja.

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Sunday 11 May 2008

Launch of AIMS Research Centre, Muizenberg

Stephen Hawking On May 11, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences opened its Research Centre. Present were a host of dignitaries, led by Stephen Hawking, Michael Griffin, the current administrator of NASA, and Nobel prize-winners David Gross and George Smoot. A lineup indeed.

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Thursday 20 March 2008

Habeni Primary

Computer room Habeni Primary school is in Zululand, and has recently acquired a computer lab. Courtesy of Kelsey Wood and Wizzy Digital Courier, it also has Internet.

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Tuesday 23 October 2007

Wikipedia fund drive

Wikipedia has started its regular fund drive with a video from the founder, Jimmy Wales. He starts by expounding the knowledge-for-everyone mantra of wikipedia, and in particular promoting wikipedias in third world languages like Swahili.

Tuxlab screenshot Andy on Wikimedia video Shanaaz on Wikimedia video

The video finishes up with clips of people around the world talking about wikipedia, how it has benefited them, and how they contribute, including people typing articles in on cellphones ..

There is a clip of me, at Lavender Hill Secondary school (at a township close to Muizenberg more renowned for its gangs) talking about my placement of a complete copy of wikipedia down at schools that have no daytime internet access, and also the Lab administrator Shanaaz talking about her wish for more content on the Afrikaans wikipedia.

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Tuesday 9 October 2007

Schoolwan

As an update on the Wizzy project, a fair bit has been happening. Panel Antenna

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Tuesday 15 May 2007

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

I have been working at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences since December 2006. It is a pleasant work environment, the work I do has direct applicability to the work I do with Wizzy, and I get to listen to some really great lecturers from universities around the world. I have taken an interest in Cosmology and Quantum mechanics, a field that has changed so drastically in the last 10 years that I can happily forget most of what I knew before ..

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