E-Learning Africa 2012 to happen in Benin

Tech Event of note on the continent: eLearning Africa is the continent’s largest gathering of high-level policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education,business and government. It is the key networking event for developing eLearning capacities in Africa. eLearning Africa 2012 will take place from 23rd to 25th May in Cotonou, Benin, which has aContinue reading “E-Learning Africa 2012 to happen in Benin”

Lessons in unsuccessful African startup creation

In a blog entry,  developer Pascal Ehitie Aito from Nigeria shares some insight in the best ways not to create a successful startup. It is funny and definitely makes sense. Highlights: When developing your startup idea, ask yourself, “is what I am creating a solution to a NEED or a WANT?”  According to the NigerianContinue reading “Lessons in unsuccessful African startup creation”

Code Hero: A video game gun that shoots Javascript?

This was cool enough for me to mention it, Primer Labs, a company that “makes games that teach and inspire to make all knowledge playable” has release their flagship product, Code Hero. In their words: Code Hero is a co-op first-person science shooter where you use the code gun to manipulate code. Your code gunContinue reading “Code Hero: A video game gun that shoots Javascript?”

African Tech Tidbits: Week of February 13th 2012

It’s the middle of the week, I’ve been busy with life and wanted to post a few articles but never got time, so  decided to start a new, hopefully weekly series of articles aggregating articles that I find interesting related to Africa and Tech. So for this week: Over at Forbes, a list of theContinue reading “African Tech Tidbits: Week of February 13th 2012”

Speed up your CakePHP application by using Memcached

In anticipation of heavier traffic and also just for performance reasons, I’ve started looking into ways of caching data for Nouchi.Mobi. Since this is a CakePHP application, I naturally looked into PHP cache based solutions and you’d be hard pressed not be recommended Memcached(Used by Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Flicker amongst others). Why would you wantContinue reading “Speed up your CakePHP application by using Memcached”

Rails console not starting up in Ubuntu 11.10

On trying to launch the Rails console from the command line by running the “rails console” command I got this error: /home/abou/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290@global/gems/bundler-1.0.22/lib/bundler/runtime.rb:136: warning: Insecure world writable dir /media/DATA/Development/www/cakephp/cake/console in PATH, mode 040777 /home/abou/.rvm/rubies/ruby-1.9.2-p290/lib/ruby/1.9.1/irb/completion.rb:9:in `require’: no such file to load — readline (LoadError) from /home/abou/.rvm/rubies/ruby-1.9.2-p290/lib/ruby/1.9.1/irb/completion.rb:9:in `’ from /home/abou/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290@rails3tutorial/gems/railties-3.0.11/lib/rails/commands/console.rb:3:in `require’ from /home/abou/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290@rails3tutorial/gems/railties-3.0.11/lib/rails/commands/console.rb:3:in `’ from /home/abou/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290@rails3tutorial/gems/railties-3.0.11/lib/rails/commands.rb:20:in `require’ fromContinue reading “Rails console not starting up in Ubuntu 11.10”

Installing MongoDB on Ubuntu 11.10

If you’re like me new to Ubuntu, you’d rather install your software through Aptitude instead of dealing with editing various config files and moving files and archives around, so needing to get up to speed on MongoDB, i looked for a quick way to get it set up and sure enough: http://www.stehem.net/2012/01/16/how-to-install-mongodb-on-ubuntu-11-10.html This link willContinue reading “Installing MongoDB on Ubuntu 11.10”

Heroku setup: “git push heroku master” permission denied ssh issue

I think i am not the only one that ran into this issue trying to set up your app into Heroku. I was trying to do so as part of following the Ruby On Rails tutorial and ran into this issue in which i sank a couple of hours. I am running on Ubuntu 11.10,Continue reading “Heroku setup: “git push heroku master” permission denied ssh issue”

Speak Chic: Luxurious pronunciation has no price!

I stumbled on this article from Twitter and after a chuckle, I had to post about it, both because it’s a great necessary idea, but with a great funny factor to me. Essentially after seeing foreign brand names getting their pronunciations slaughtered in countless reality shows, hip and pop songs and of course on YoutubeContinue reading “Speak Chic: Luxurious pronunciation has no price!”