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3Oct/150

My second day at Infotech 2015

Posted by Ish

I’m not very much in shape to type at the moment but I need to say it, finally, I did spend some nice time at Infotech 2015 :)

While the event has reached its third day, I am actually on my second. I reached Swami Vivekananda Int’l Convention Centre (SVICC) along with Shelly around noon and we went to the LUGM stand.

We met Logan and Christian who were on with their robots display. I noticed there were more people than yesterday. I brought my laptop & a monitor which I set up and was ready for some geek chat about Linux if inquisitive people would show up.

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However, robots stole the show. Almost everyone who reached out for the LUGM stand were curiously looking at the Arduino robots. Logan would then engage in the explanations and tell them about the Linux User Group of Mauritius (LUGM).

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I would shoot the LUGM website on the monitor from time to time; I would check my Facebook & Twitter accounts “publicly” :) Many looked at the monitor curiously, then I would switch to a console window and show a train passing by the screen. Aww!

When shooting random elements on the screen was not fun enough, Shelly and I took more pictures and kept tweeting.

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Nayar came shortly afterwards and all three of us went in the main hall for some more fun and did a little bit of shopping. Little bit? Yeah :)

In the afternoon, Ajay arrived with his Raspberry Pi running Kodi. I had brought a 32 inches TV for the display. Oops, I didn’t take any picture of Ajay :-/ I should tomorrow. Will be there to help Ajay with his RPi/Kodi demo.

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2Oct/150

LUGM at Infotech 2015

Posted by Ish

I had a brief visit to Infotech 2015 today. An important task was to deliver Logan the banner of the Linux User Group of Mauritius (LUGM). He’s been demo’ing some cool Arduino based robots since yesterday along with Christian Gunnoo. When I reached the Swami Vivekananda Int’l Convention Centre today, I first looked out for the LUGM fellows. I saw Mike & Jessica were there having a chat with the geeks. Cool, I jumped in the convo, greeted everyone and gave Logan the banner.

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Next to LUGM, there were fellows from the Middlesex University. They also had some cool Arduino projects to display.

On a sad note, the table arrangements got both LUGM and Middlesex University in a blind spot. They were on the same row as the National Computer Board outside the main hall. Nevertheless, I should commend the good work achieved by Logan & Christian to interact with young fellows who made it till there.

Next, I headed inside the main hall. I was looking for the stand of Amazon Web Services (AWS) but before that I got to meet Louis from ICT.io. I had a chat with him and another fellow I happened to meet there. In fact, they showed me where the AWS stand was and I hopped there.

I met Chris Perkins from AWS and we talked quite lengthily about the various cloud services. My main mission was to meet some technical guys and we could have a geek chat about how we’re building up the infrastructure for the next lexpress.mu. Yes! If that comes as a surprise, I now work for LSL Digital :)

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Chris happens to be a Manager within AWS Cloud Support and we had a very interesting chat about operations, sysadmin skill set and all. Chris and his colleagues are in Mauritius to recruit for AWS South Africa. If you’re interested to put your genius in action and be part of the AWS family, you still got two days; put your laptop in the backpack and go meet Chris at Infotech 2015.

I then met Dinesh, an ex-colleague from Linkbynet :) We had a chat about the fun days when I was a Unix System Administrator at Linkbynet. We talked about the shortage of sysadmins and the gap that needs to be filled.

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I left around 13h30 and headed back to LSL Digital. I should be there, at Infotech 2015, tomorrow along with other LUGM members talking about Linux. Meet us at the LUGM stand :)

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