Two friends of mine recently purchased iPads - Vernon asked me, as a computer fundi, to help him out on the installation. I always think it is useful to document first-time experiences - one adapts and forgets so easily.
Thursday 22 December 2011
By Andy on Thursday 22 December 2011, 23:03 - Computers
Monday 6 September 2010
By Andy on Monday 6 September 2010, 20:18 - Computers
I have recently been contracting at the Centre for High Performance Computing. This is just an update on how to map the particular problem I have onto the computing cluster.
Monday 26 July 2010
By Andy on Monday 26 July 2010, 16:49 - Computers
Friday 5 March 2010
By Andy on Friday 5 March 2010, 09:19 - Politics
I was invited to participate in BBC World Service 'Africa have your say' call-in programme to discuss Zuma's request to Gordon Brown that sanctions be lifted. I was given 30 seconds very near the end of the programme, and I handled it poorly. This post is to make up for it :)
Monday 1 March 2010
By Andy on Monday 1 March 2010, 12:47 - Computers
Kiwix, an offline wikipedia selection, is installed at Kwena Malapo school.
Wednesday 3 February 2010
By Andy on Wednesday 3 February 2010, 17:00 - Politics
Wednesday 25 November 2009
By Andy on Wednesday 25 November 2009, 09:23 - Computers
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.
Monday 23 November 2009
By Andy on Monday 23 November 2009, 14:57
Living in South Africa, this is a much-overused term, derogatory, harking back to the Apartheid era. In my opinion, it indicates a strange paucity of the English language in a very necessary area.
Sunday 1 November 2009
By Andy on Sunday 1 November 2009, 13:46
Thursday 25 June 2009
By Andy on Thursday 25 June 2009, 17:31
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.
Tuesday 16 December 2008
By Andy on Tuesday 16 December 2008, 13:03
The African National Congress has led South Africa since 1994 - the start of majority rule. Disaffection with Jacob Zuma's recall of Thabo Mbeki has set an unwanted ball in motion - a potential split of the party before the next election.
Thursday 19 June 2008
By Andy on Thursday 19 June 2008, 17:30
At the end of May in South Africa, a lot of violence erupted, apparently targeted against other black africans by fellow black South Africans. Meeting other Nigerians, almost all of them, given a little time, bring up the subject. I found myself having to apologise for the violence, and make some explanation of it.
Monday 14 April 2008
By Andy on Monday 14 April 2008, 17:27
Since the election itself, we have watched, in slow motion, the frantic backpedalling of ZanuPF to steal the elections after the fact.
Thursday 20 March 2008
By Andy on Thursday 20 March 2008, 16:09
Friday 7 March 2008
By Andy on Friday 7 March 2008, 13:18
In 1999 I visited Khekhekhe with Graham, to negotiate a price for National Geographic to do a piece on him. I wrote up that encounter at the time. Khekhekhe held a ceremony on the 23rd of Feb every year - which he called the First Fruits ceremony. It seemed really to be a time for the old Mthethwa Sangomas to get together, Khekhekhe to show his prowess with snakes, and some beasts to die for the table.
Monday 24 December 2007
By Andy on Monday 24 December 2007, 10:29
Thursday 29 November 2007
By Andy on Thursday 29 November 2007, 09:12
Wednesday 14 November 2007
By Andy on Wednesday 14 November 2007, 19:32
The next president of South Africa will be chosen this December at the December ANC conference in Limpopo. This is a tiny subset of the electorate that make this important decision.
Tuesday 23 October 2007
By Andy on Tuesday 23 October 2007, 14:44
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.
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.
Tuesday 9 October 2007
By Andy on Tuesday 9 October 2007, 16:42
As an update on the Wizzy project, a fair bit has been happening.
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