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5Oct/150

The last day of Infotech 2015

Posted by Ish

On Saturday afternoon Ajay confirmed me he’ll come for the OpenELEC demos at Infotech 2015 the next day. So, I hopped in to help too. Hmm, well, “help” might be a big word here. I was only around on Sunday with my laptop shooting random stuffs and chatting with a few people about Linux as an “everyday” alternative.

I had a nice chat with Riad from the National Computer Board. We also talked about some projects that are in loop where the Linux User Group of Mauritius would benefit from.

The day started shortly after 11h00 for me. Ajay had reached right at the moment when I entered the parking lot of Swami Vivekananda Int’l Convention Centre. The food court was half full as people were still coming in. However, it wasn’t that busy for a Sunday. I felt like previous editions had more people on the last day.

We got the gears ready and Ajay configured his media server to play some videos through the Raspberry Pi while Chris Gunnoo was as excited to demo his robots to the curious visitors.

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OpenELEC garnered visitors attention

Ajay told me that the day before, after I left, a visitor was particularly interested with the OpenELEC demo. The fellow works as a cook and he was so amazed by the cooking channels that Ajay showed him, he bought a pendrive and asked for a live image that he could use at home. Ajay was happy to provide him one :)

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Foodcourt refused to sell me Indian curry separately

Around 12h30 I went to have lunch. I bought sandwiches, french fries and a glass of “alouda”. Something interesting happened later in the evening though. I had left Infotech earlier then came back with my mom & auntie in the evening. Mom told me that I could find some vegetarian Indian curry if I’d like. I went there and decided to buy the “paneer curry” only. I asked the lady to sell only a portion of the curry in one of the plastic recipients but as she was going to do so a guy stopped her. I was curiously watching the scene and the guy who appeared to be like a “bossing around manager” tells her to tell me that they cannot sell the curry separately because they will be in short of plastic recipients for other customers. Huh! That was fun because the food-court was 3/4 empty at 18h50. Infotech was due to end at 19h00. The lady was feeling awkward to tell me the reason why she can’t sell one curry only but I had witnessed the scene. I smiled at her and said, “it’s okay” and I left.

Well, that was something I wanted to share in my blog post wondering if other people might have experienced similar situations at the Indian food section of the food-court.

Anyway, back to my story, we’re still around 12h30, I grab my sandwiches, french fries, alouda and reach for a table. All tables were occupied. I asked a gentleman if I could share his table, he politely said I could. I was eating and half-way lost in my thoughts when a guy approached and greeted me. Oh, he apologized for disturbing while I’m eating, that’s courtesy :) That was Suyash Sumaroo from Codevigor Ltd. He shared a stand with Ebène Accelerator fellows in the main hall where he showcased his online service document.mu. We talked about his application and had a quick chat about entrepreneurship and the struggle of start-ups in Mauritius.

When I came back to the LUGM stand I found a mini crowd peeking over the Raspberry Pi.

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Ajay handled like a maestro. I answered a couple of questions people asked about the RPi, its price, how it is programmed, does it come “naked” as in without a casing etc. Then some familiar faces popped in. They were folks from the University of Mauritius Computer Club.

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Later I met Sadhveer and I was glad to hear that her little sister is a Linux user too :)

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Infotech 2015 ended on a good note that the National Computer Board has some promising avenues for future collaboration with the Linux User Group of Mauritius.

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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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