Are You Important enough to be called VIP?

It is too sad that in the world, we even have VIP people. Once position and achievement should be treated as a result of fellow brothers and sisters instead of making a group people labeled as important.

In this social media driven world, the importance of using the word/concept VIP should be taken out from the world. So here I vote, the world should stop using the word VIP.

Simple Changes ETHIO Telecom Should Consider – Part I

There are many simple but important things ETC cannot see. Recently, ETC got a new management with a new name. I believe that they made the right move to change ETC’s name which is full of bad reputation. Though I seriously doubt what the France telecom will bring forth. I started to give up after seeing their half year performance.

In this article, I want to address few changes what Ethio Telecom needs to consider.

Mobile Top up

Topping up is not an easy task. Dialing 904 and you need to listen to the operator to talk. Press 1 for top up. This can be tedious. Listening to the operator and top up from scratch card. As many mobile phones support ‘pause’ function, it is at least possible to dial 904p1p [charge number].

Possible solution: Configuring the sever to accept top ups simply by typing 904#1#[charge number]. A better alternative could be, instead of having one service number for both topping up and other services (e.g check the balance), they can use 904 for top up (i.e 904# [charge number]). They can assign other number for checking the balance. In this case, you can only call the number and don’t need to listen to the operator. Either the charge is successful or not can be displayed in the screen or SMS-ed.

3G Top up

Topping up the CDMA or EVDO is even worse than mobile top up. Dialing 903 and the operator asked for language option (1 for Amharic and 2 for English). After that the top up procedure continues. Dial 903 – 1 – 1 # – [service number] # – [charge number] # 1. To check the balance: Dial 903 – 1 – 2 # [service number] # – [Pin Number].

Possible solution: sending sms to a dedicated number (can also be 903) contains [service number]# [ charge number]. To check the balance, the pin number is always #000000. They can simply take this out. Alternative solution can be, #905#[service number]. Then, the balance can simply be displayed in the screen.

Scratch Card Design

People make mistakes when they typed the charging number while listening to the operator. The scratch card’s design is so bad that I don’t remember the time I could manage to charge my mobile in the first try.

Imagine, in the third try, your mobile number will be locked and you have to go to ETC’s office to unlock it. No, you have to go to ETC’s regional office where you got your mobile number to unlock it. This simple design can overcome this problem.

This one is even better

There are many rooms of improvement from Ethio telecom side. I will come back with other simple solutions which will make Ethio Telecom a better service provider. The best one is still to privatize it!

Babies for Rent

It was a cloudy day.

A day after Timket celebration. Addis seemed more calmed than the usual. We were driving around Urael and encountered a young woman who was begging for money in the traffic lights. She carried a baby that doesn’t even start to walk. We stopped by the traffic light and didn’t want to give too much attention to her. The government had passed a new law about begging in the main street. Drivers or passengers, who give money while stopped up in the traffic light, will be punished surpassing the traffic regulation. I didn’t dare to give money to her. I usually don’t give money for kids or young beggars in the street – Not even before the law was effective. I personally don’t believe that this solves the problem of these people in need. On contrary it is going to make it worse. That’s why the number of street kids quite increased in the last few years. People tend to give money to kids in the street and the kids stopped looking for other options.

But what took our whole attention is that the woman didn’t seem related to the baby at all. It was clear enough to see that the baby is not hers. This is the moment I heard the shocking news from a friend. There are indeed babies rented in Addis. It is possible to rent a baby to use it for begging. I was wondering. How much are you willing to borrow your baby? Five birr in an hour? Do they also “produce” lots of babies to increase their income? What will be the future of the babies? Will some of them talk one day that their life began being rented?

Before answering one of these questions, I reached my destination.

Oh, one more question. Does the rent include breastfeeding?

Who is the owner of your idea?

Scott Berkun stated that every idea comes from another idea.

[use] the following simple definition: an idea is a combination of other ideas. Say it five times out loud. Say it to your cat. Yell it out you car window at strangers waiting for the bus. Every amazing creative thing you’ve ever seen, or idea you’ve ever heard can be broken down into smaller ideas that existed before. An automobile? An engine + wheels. A telephone? Electricity and sound. Reese’s peanut butter cups? Peanut butter and chocolate. All great creative ideas, inventions, and theories are comprised of other ideas. Why should you care? Here’s why: if you want to be a creator instead of a mere consumer you must see ideas currently in the world as fuel for your mind. You must stop seeing them as objects or functional things: they are combinations of ingredients waiting for reuse. Reference

And Michael Crichton believed that you can’t write anything from the scratch.

Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.

But not only have these individuals believed like this, King Solomon in the bible also mentioned the same thing

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us. Reference

If anything new is not really happening, but all new methods and actions based on old ideas, then, there is no a thing like own idea. This leads us into an interesting concept of prediction. If we don’t own our own ideas, we hardly know where it comes from and where it is going. We don’t know what kind of ideas will come based on our ideas.

Michael Crichton once again said,

Let’s think back to people in 1900 in, say, New York. If they worried about people in 2000, what would they worry about? Probably: Where would people get enough horses? And what would they do about all the horse manure? Horse pollution was bad in 1900; think how much worse it would be a century later, with so many more people riding horses?

But of course, within a few years, nobody rode horses except for sport. And in 2000, France was getting 80% its power from an energy source that was unknown in 1900. Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Japan were getting more than 30% from this source, unknown in 1900. Remember, people in 1900 didn’t know what an atom was. They didn’t know its structure. They also didn’t know what a radio was, or an airport, or a movie, or a television, or a computer, or a cell phone, or a jet, an antibiotic, a rocket, a satellite, an MRI, ICU, IUD, IBM, IRA, ERA, EEG, EPA, IRS, DOD, PCP, HTML, the Internet, interferon….

Now. You tell me you can predict the world of 2100. Tell me it’s even worth thinking about. Our models just carry the present into the future. They’re bound to be wrong. Everybody who gives a moment’s thought knows it. Reference

And Scott said,

None of our theories about the world are entirely true and this is good. If we had perfect answers for things progress would be impossible, as to believe in the idea of progress requires belief in the many ignorances of the present. Look back in time 100, 50, or even 5 years, and consider how misguided the wisest, smartest people of those days were compared with what you know now

So what we need to know is to see around, and think what is really going on in our minds. These all ideas which are coming to us already were an idea. As long as we have pretty good ideas, we shouldn’t afraid to make it real. Sooner or later, based on our ideas, other ideas will be created. After all, these ideas are not owned by us.

Talk About It

I wrote the last paragraph of the following article and I posted it.

For the people in the society who are very tight to their culture of keeping things for themselves, talking about sexual experience is something untouchable. One of the reasons people don’t talk about their personal sexual experience (can even be good experience) is that they don’t get a place where to share it with others. It is norm to talk what happened in the last night.

How many of us define sexual boundaries? How many of us keep silent having sexual discomfort?

In the mean time, sexual feelings and activities are very basic that every adult person experiences it every time. Our life is highly attached to it.

This article was for our new blog talkaboutit Ethiopia. In the last few weeks I was setting up a new blog together with Joern, karolina, Biruh and Blen. I will come soon later with the details.

Another interesting person I met yesterday was Sara Suker. She is very talented girl and knows how to use the right words. Apart from her Notes on facebook, she started the new blog, which I already subscribe to follow it.

I just wrote the last paragraph of this article!

2010 in Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s :).

In 2010, there were 25 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 36 posts. There were 11 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 15mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 10th with 44 views. The most popular post that day was BarCamp Topics.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, barcamp.org, elearningethiopia.ning.com,endalk.wordpress.com, and en.search.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for eweket, barcamp ethiopia, eweket blogs, eweket word press, and ethiojops.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

BarCamp Topics September 2010
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2

It’s Me! September 2009
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3

BarCamp Ethiopia Flyer August 2010

4

My Geekye Spirit July 2010