Monday, April 23, 2007

CashFlow 101

I played CashFlow® 101 yesterday for the first time with friends.

I must say it is quite an entertaining game yet at the same time a learning experience. It took us a bit of time to get up and running as we all had to understand the rules of the game. Too bad we did not have too much time and some of us had to leave early.

However, I managed out of the rat race second. My next target is to see if I can get out within 30 minutes :). I am now looking to get my own game as this was borrowed, and at the same time get 202. The weekend beckons... :)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Learning: Ruby

Stephen Covey says that one's current knowledge has a half life of 2 years at most.

Dennis Waitley goes on and on about dedicating oneself to 'Life Long Learning'. It's always good to keep learning something so as to remain relevant in today's knowledge based economy.

I feel that I'll always dabbling in technology. So, I have decided that I'll start finding out what the buzz is about Ruby and web development. The author - Yukihiro Matsumoto, a.k.a. ``Matz'' - says that when he was developing Ruby, he wanted '.. a language more powerful than Perl, and more object-oriented than Python'. I'll decide what project i can work towards achieving sooner or later.

Some resources,
Any one in Kenya with experience with Ruby, please come give a talk @ skunkworks :)

Friday, April 13, 2007

Music Break

Now that it's Friday, I'm going to feature the latest addition to my music collection (Yes, I buy music).
I've listened to Joseph Hellon's Ekkaleo roughly 6 times. Love the jazz and african touch. I first listened to Hellon playing a sax in 1994 in high school and was really amazed. A really talented musician, I have heard him play 'Take Five' on a (you wouldn't believe it)
wandindi. Throw in Krucial Keys (Aaron Rimbui), Kanjii, JJ and the rest of the crew, and you have real quality production.
If you've been looking for positive, uplifting jazz from East Africa try out Ekkaleo . Visit Sternsmusic and SoundAfrica to listen to samples online.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Bloggers Code of Conduct ;)

Is it too late to bring civility to the Web?

The conversational free-for-all on the Internet known as the blogosphere can be a prickly and unpleasant place. Now, a few high-profile figures in high-tech are proposing a blogger code of conduct to clean up the quality of online discourse.


Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Kenya

These are some of the various initiatives/community efforts going on (that I know of)

Mailing list: oldest one I think? - recently launched Linux Professionals Association - just recently come across it.

I wonder how many people and organisations in Kenya actually use a Linux distribution for ordinary day to day tasks.

I use Ubuntu for my personal (and non day job :) ) stuff but unfortunately :( have to use Windows at work - policies). OpenOffice for Documents, AmaroK for Music, Firefox for the web, I'm about to start on GnuCASH for my personal finances, GAIM for Yahoo,MSN,gtalk, skype for linux(no video though). List is long.

There's lots of legal FOSS software alternatives available - have a look at this chart:

and this website:

I think for a developing country like ours, more and more people and organisations need to be exposed to FOSS alternatives which will go a long way in reducing the cost of software ownership (legally that is :) ), while, due to the very nature of FOSS, encouraging development of custom/homemade software solutions and services.

Friday, April 06, 2007

My Easter Meditation

My Easter Meditation:

Thank you for the cross, Lord
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace

Thank you for this love, Lord
Thank you for the nail pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know
Your forgiveness and embrace

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious

High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb


Guitar Tabs for the Song are here

AccessKenya IPO

80 Million Shares to be listed
32 Million Shares will be sold to the public (40%)
KES 10 per share

Applications for sale to be received on April 19

I still haven't come across the Financial Statements

Starehe Founders Day, Musical

The date for the 2007 Founders' Day celebration is tentatively set for July14th. Starehe Boys' Centre will this year hold its MUSICAL.

After many years of lull, Mr. Peter Ndungu has convinced the music department to work on an old tradition, held so dear by many old boys'. This year's Musical may also see the collaboration of Starehe Girls Centre. this guarantees that all voices will be at their best. The Musical's tentative date is July19th to 22nd. Old boys' are called upon to assist with Financial and material support to ensure the Musical's success. Material assistance may come in the form of Props, so check those wardrobes and remove your kids (ages 14 - 17) clothes and see what can be used.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

BarCamp 2007 Nairobi

I'm more or less recovered from the fatigue I felt after Saturday :)

I didn't know that running around for just an afternoon could be so tiring!

The first ever BarCamp in East Africa I guess went well!

Hopefully, we can learn from the experience of organising it. and build on the experience we had.

Details of the event here and here