There’s Nothing Left to Say

Writing is not an easy task. There are too many thoughts in our mind, but only few of them can only be organized as ideas.

For most bloggers, it is common to trap by laziness and dryness in mind. There are times when we don’t feel like writing. There are also times when we don’t have anything to write about.

Writing is an action. It is not a saying.

Then, this idea came to my mind that I couldn’t write anymore because there is nothing left to do (keep in mind that writing is an action).

In the world where new things are introduced almost every minute of the day, it is impossible to imagine that there is nothing left to do.

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. – Elbert Hubbard

It is obvious. We, humans, never solve all our problems. Our eyes will never be bored of seeing new things either. This includes new problems.

But is there anything left to say?

I believe that what is to be said is already said. I believe that no matter how many things yet to come, humans already said it all. What is left is only a matter of information distribution. Do you agree?

QuickPress

WordPress has a feature called Quickpress in the dashboard. I have never used it. i never published a quick post. This is going to be the first one.

Usually, my blog is focused on issues which already exists. Quickpress is important for activities which is happening now.

If you are a blogger and want to press from an event (e.g posting from a stadium in the worldcup or pressing from Cairo’s Tahrir Square) , conference, exhibition, etc .. then quickpress is advisable to use.

There Must be a Bit of Democracy to Bring Real Democracy

The Tunisian man, Mohamed Bouazizi, is man of the century. He has changed the face of Middle East and North Africa in 21st century.

Egypt is on fire. A better change has come. Egypt is free at the end. The future is indeed unpredictable, nobody knows what will happen next, but change has come certainly and the wind of democracy is over the sky of Egypt.

In this media driven world, this kind of political movements are quite possible and the potential movements are yet to come. Except fully democrat countries, the leaders will be concerned for their own chair and they should.

Is revolution in the right time in Africa?

My answer is: Not yet.

I have two reasons for my answer

1. A bit of Democracy

Street protests and anti-government movements are not common in Africa. But in this case it is not even possible. Africans are used to guerilla fighters not street protesters.

To have a street protest and having anti-government demonstrations needs a bit of democracy. In a place where there is no democracy this kind of activities will be simply not possible. Middle East and North Africa has a better democracy – at least, not a false democracy like the one you would get in East Africa.

2. Internet infrastructure

The internet infrastructure isn’t fully developed. In Ethiopia case, there are only 360,000 people who has internet access. It is nothing compare to Egypt for instance which is 13,572,995.

These political movements which are going on recently highly depend on social media. People who have access to the internet don’t even properly use social media. A friend of mine and I made a little research on how many bloggers are in Ethiopia and we couldn’t count more than 16 but in Egypt there 160,000 bloggers.

I am sure most African leaders feel a bit shaken of what is happening in Middle East and North Africa. I expect major changes will happen and people oriented decisions will be made.

Yet, this kind of revolution in Africa is not happening now. Probably, not even for the next 10 years.

Ramy’s Silly Joke

I have been always wondering some jokes are too silly and rude, but it still makes us laugh.
Here is what I heard this weekend. Illustration is mine


I use English alphabet for Amharic words purposely. invisible? use Ctrl ++

Gtug-Addis First Meeting, a Chance to Meet Bright ICT Experts

I spent my Saturday afternoon finding myself filled with lots of techie knowledge, informed about google’s solution and entertained.

As part of ICE Ethiopia team, I was helping organizing gtug-addis event. I have known Fitsum Assalif quite for sometime. I am always wondering how he managed to get all these international certifications. I don’t think there is anyone who is certified with Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking in Ethiopia. He did. If you ever want to be a hacker and if you need somebody to talk to, Fitsum is the right person.

I wished I could work with Abinet Zelalem from long time. He is a manager of gtug-addis. He also moderating eAhead.net website. He is working at Apposite. From ecbp team, we were working closer with them in OLPC project. Apposite developed a very interesting tool called Melepo partner with eduvision. I wasn’t surprised when they won the bid to develop SMS and IVR projects for ECX. It is quite a pleasure to work with open minded people like Abinet.

There are people from Ethio Telecom, GIZ, etc.. All interesting, all keen to contribute something for the growing ICT industry in Ethiopia.

Gtug-Addis meeting continues first Saturday of every month. ICE Ethiopia is a perfect place to host such events. I will write a blog post about ICE Ethiopia project soon. Until that, if you are a developer, network administrator or a hacker, don’t miss out the next gtug-addis meeting at ICE Ethiopia. You will be surprised how much you can gain just in half_a_day event.

The King’s Music

Today is Bob Marley‘s Birthday.

He is the only person whose song’s named song of the millennium by BBC – One Love! Bob introduced a new kind of genre to the world that he became very famous of it. But I am not writing about reggae here. But his very close relationship with Ethiopia, his Holy land and later what the Rastafarian called it is Zion.

While celebrating his 66th birthday. You might ask one question. If you could ask Bob Marley where he would have been living at the age of 66, he would have definitely speak out a single word – Ethiopia. His relationship to Ethiopia beyond the love of the land, but part of his religion movement. And Haile Selassie I was not just a king of an Old African nation, but rather a “God” of Rastafarian whom they call him Jah.

Number of Rastafarians are increasing in Ethiopia. Part of the reason could be if there are a group of people who firmly believe in this religion (movement), there is something cool about it. And Part of the reason people who love the music reggae and the life style of the Rastafarians becoming Rastas. It is a physical expression also. it is not too hard to identify a rasta person. Look at to the hair. I haven’t got a proper answer so far if you can be a Rastafarian without being a Rasta. I noticed that people who are balds tend to make their beard dreaded.

Another reason why Rasterfians are increasing in number in the country is following the movement of Marcus Garvey motivating black people to go to their promiseland – Ethiopia. This movement attracted considerable number of people to Shashemene, where they established Rastafarian society.

Rastas in Ethiopia considered as very open minded people by most foreigners. Many of the Rastas I know are in relationship with foreigners- both women and men. This trend also followed by tourist guides, they find being a rasta is very useful for their marketing. If you are a tourist guide in Ethiopia, you have to be a Rasta. It seems a bit sarcastic, but it is in the reality.

For most European girls (who are in Ethiopia), it is like a fashion to go out with Rastas. I am not a physiologist or relationship expert. But from what I observed, there is an interesting link.

Bob Marley once said,

I don’t have prejudice against meself. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don’t dip on nobody’s side. Me don’t dip on the black man’s side nor the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.

Though, It’s never been about Black and white. From my perspective, it is about Green, Yellow and Red!

Reggae translates the King’s music! If you ever listen to one of his songs, listen part of it. May be, just a term out of it – One Love! – white, black, green, yellow, red!

Importance of Linux Professionals in Developing Countries

LPI (Linux Professional institute) offers certifications on Linux distributions mainly on Fedora and Debian packages. One of the main targets of the institution is to certify Linux professional and to make them competent in computing industry. InWent together with FOSSFA prepared LPI certification training in Strathmore University, Nairobi last year on November with very experienced Linux trainers from the Jumping beans (South African based Linux Solution Company). This training is continuing in South Africa and Tanzania in the near future. The idea is clear – making enough Linux professional in Africa as much as possible

So far there are only limited numbers of Certified Linux professionals in Africa. For instance, in Ethiopia there are only 15 LPI certified Linux administrators and  in Kenya 9. there are about 700 LPI certified individuals in Africa.

This is one big opportunity for people who are in the Linux industry. Though, the biggest challenge of Linux professionals mainly comes from the private companies. Most private companies don’t show interest to use open source solutions and tend to use pirated software instead. The companies do not like the idea of a product which is distributed free of charge. Linux is free but not cheap. In Ethiopian private sector cases, the idea of selling Linux solution as free and open source creates quite the opposite results. Companies do not entirely get the philosophy behind Linux.

One of on.e’s strategies on providing Linux solution to the companies is without mentioning the word free. To make Linux work, we use the word freedom instead of free to the companies. This creates huge impact on our open source solutions marketing strategies. This is a good lesson for Linux professionals. As many open source solutions remain open and free all the time, the services definitely comes with a reasonable cost.

In the mean time, companies should understand that Linux based solutions are the market leading solutions. Linux is secure, highly customizable, and suitable from small to huge enterprises. There are thousands of solutions for almost in any discipline in the market. What makes Linux special is that it is highly supported by the community and its core philosophies focused on community help and involvement. As this community constantly grows (thanks to Social media), both the Linux professionals and companies will be benefited in large

It is time to shift to Linux. It is extremely cost effective and scalable. Companies should take the advance of its freedom!