Of random travels & thoughts…

It’s so dull being in one place. When you have no one to tell “excuse me…” or say “thank you…” or toddlers staring at you and you have to smile at them back and see them flinching. 😊

Bath Spa Railway Station

That’s me atimes. I just walked on the train station and decided to go to a destination unknown to me, just to experience some fresh air and see new people, architecture and city most visited spots.

Creativity 😍

Unknown to me is that everyone is just doing the same thing! The place i was to visit is fully booked! Nevertheless I had some fun!

Being away from your home country makes you vulnerable to many things. But on the other hand, it gives you a sense of self, you know what you like, what you dislike, as you are in a new environment where very few conform to your culture. You become open to learning and adapting to new culture and things. By the way, some doubt your abilities, more to that later!

As a young lad from Kenya, i moved to Europe with a quest to brighten up my future, so everyone else is. It has been a roller coaster, but no regrets at all. I appreciate the person I have become of recent.

A street performer…

Pals, as the world becomes smaller each day, you will realize there is no big difference between all of us, Black or White, Asian or African etc, the least you can do is to appreciate each other and uphold respect to each other. The pandemic has taught us a big lesson, we need each other to survive in this world. No man is an island!

My trip…

Back to my trip, am on a train, it’s getting dark, i may not have the view from my window. Let me do some quick refresh study to some IT stuff 😊

The African roaming in Europe. ✌🏾

Ndwaru Njoroge. 

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To install Java Development Kit in window 7 (JDK 7U40)

Hello geeks,here is a short post on how to install JDK7U40 in your Windows 7 machine.

Download the java software here (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html) bearing in mind the bits in your machine. ie is it 32 or 64 bits,

If you are having a 32 bit machine,

install  ‘jdk……86’ notation,if you are using 64 bits use the ‘jdk….x64’ notation.

After download,install -run the software in your machine.

When installed,Go to your windows directory (i presuppose you are using C:\ drive).Locate java and open the JDK folder,as  below;

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Copy the path.

Then go  to our computer system Environment settings;

environment

Create a variable JAVA_HOME and paste the path on the value field.

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Edit the System variables ‘path’,append this after placing a semi-colon(;)- “%JAVA_HOME%\bin”.

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Apply and save the settings.

To test go to cmd prompt type- ‘javac’

More of it ….just Google!

To install the Android Developer Tools (Windows 7)

[Dedicated to my friend,a CS Student at Kwara State University,Nigeria]

Oga,I presuppose that the folder that I copied to you has the following folders:

  • Eclipse
  • Ndk
  • Sdk
  • Sdk-Manager

v  Open the eclipse folder and run the eclipse setup normally.

v  If you are prompted to create a workspace, create a folder where you will store your projects in the drive of your machine.

v  Then when eclipse starts,you go to toolbar and navigate:Window->Prefferences->Android.

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v  There will be a text box where you paste the computer path on where your SDK is located.

v  Then click apply and then ok.

Creating an AVD (Android Virtual Device)

v  Click on the icon shown below.

sdk

v  A window pops up, give it the details as required, specify the android API you want.

v  Click ok to save the virtual device.

Creating a new project.

v  Click on file->New project->Android Development project.

v  There you go!…a geek can try it.

If there are any challenges, just let me know…Am always ON-THE-LINE.

What!!!! Cheers fellow GSA!

GSAs Gsummit2013-A Memoir #HappyDays

Egerton University GSAs
Egerton University GSAs

On Tuesday 2nd at around 12:10 pm i checked in at Southern Sun MayFair,Nairobi.Along the Westlands drive.In there I was warmly welcomed and taken to the reception. There I was given the room number 249 where I was to spend four days. Excitement filled the air, another attendant took  my bag and directed me to the room. The housekeeper was very courteous even in the way the engaged me.

GSA 2013-2014 Group
GSA 2013-2014 Group

All this was being done courtesy of Google Inc,they had organized a Google Students’ Ambassador training summit termed and hashtaged as #gsummit13.The summit was hosting more than 150 Google Student Ambassadors from different countries in Africa also from various universities. Egerton University was represented by my very own course mate Dickens Otieno and I.

My roommate was Lawal Mashal,an Oga from Nigeria.I was watching Afro-cinema live from my room …LOL.

That evening after checking in we were welcomed for a candle light dinner at  Oasis Restaurant. Here the experience was so amazing. I met different Nationalities that had checked in earlier. Kenyan will ever be Kenyans anyway…their demeanor never changes …look at a conversation I heard between two Kenyans;

Gentleman:Hi,am Geff and it’s a pleasure meeting you here…(spoke with a British English accent..);

Lady:Hi too,am Fiona from *cccccc,a University in Kenya…

Gentleman:mmmmh…Kwenda huko…!wewe ni mkenya!…(Go away…you are a Kenyan..!)

This was really fun. I too introduced myself to several…then retired to bed for the night.

Day 1.

Early next morning we had to take breakfast at Oasis Restaurant, served as buffet, then leave to Visa Oshwal Center, where our training was based. All the GSAs were gleaming in red GSA T-shirts. This was cool,meeting the Googlers and other wonderful minds in the world. I took the same for my advantage and got cosy with several…

In the evening, dinner was set to be

At Steers...Village Market
At Steers…Village Market

served at Village Market. Some of these places I normally see them in the media being advertised. I really thank God for the favor of even going there. At Steers, you had to buy anything worth equal or less than a 1000 bob. Chicken and fries were my favorite…

Day2

Again as usual, breakfast was served at Oasis Restaurant. Then we got to the buses which ferried us again to Visa Oshwal Center.The day’s event were exciting, we had talks from different Googlers,at a time we had dances to stretch up and more shwag!! followed.

Suzi Abebe from Ethiopia #HAPPYDAYS
Suzi Abebe from Ethiopia #HAPPYDAYS

The dinner that evening was at Westgate Mall, along Westlands drive.The recipe was drooling…I ate to my full.The Googlers proved to me that, to win a man’s heart, is through the stomach! That night climaxed at the Theatre, The Westgate Movies, we were to watch ‘The Internship’-a Nooglers movie. This was too awesome .By the time it was midnight, I was just tired of the day’s events.

Day3

The day’s activities started off well, ostensibly everyone looked sad…this was because this

In the summit
In the summit

was the last day for the #HappyDays Summit .Off at Visa Oshwal guys looked busy exchanging twitter, Google+ an fb contacts, for they knew some were to catch a flight early the next day. I was not left out. That’s why I write this as a memoir. I took as many as I could. That very day we also  had our first win as the Kenyan GSA team. These all happened after being given a challenge, you solve it, then post it on Google+. The team with the highest number of +1 carried the day. Kenyans tenaciously worked over and definitely won $1000!!!.[Congratulations]

Well, the climax of the whole summit finally met us, Gala night. It was hosted at Panari

Chilling with The Ethiopian Ladies
Chilling with The Ethiopian Ladies

Hotel along Mombasa road.The rule of the game was to have any traditional attire…because am proud to be an African,I wore a Maasai shirt and I was good to go. Africans outfits were awesome, this was asserted by some South African GSAs who were whites.My roommate Lawal,the Nigerian,was in their Oga Igwe outfit…this was awesome. Not to forget, the ladies from Ethiopia, they looked cute … 🙂

First I got a seat next to a lady from Uganda.That was my first achievement 🙂 then got a free dinner party thrown courtesy of Google Inc.I won’t share with you our conversation which is much promising and futurist! …anyway Nyama choma (roasted meat) was the order of the night!…then for the lovers of dance-hall, came their time,a full blown party for them.

At Gala Night dinner
At Gala Night dinner

Nyama Choma[Roasted Meat] at Gala night
Nyama Choma[Roasted Meat] at Gala night
I can’t share with you everything here in writing, because the experience at #gsummit13 was much than this. It’s a memoir that can’t be scratched out in my mind. As I pen off, the most crucial lesson that I learnt and I would like to share is that, everyone can change his/her social milieu ,it only takes you being tenacious and making pragmatic decisions…one more thing,our God is ever Faithful,He made the whole summit successful.

Cheers!

#HAPPYDAYS #GSUMMIT13…….AM-ON-THE-LINE!

EUCOSSA two day Hackathon -a memoir

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Tweeps on Friday last week,the Computer Science  Student Association (EUCOSSA) held a Hackathon at the EUCOSSA Hub which went on the whole night till late Saturday even.Hackathon?Whats the hell is this?Ok.For dummies a hackathon -a name derived from two words,Hacker-i guess you know what is hacking or just Google,the latter is the best,then Marathon-a race… thus when rephrased by #nerds its then called hackathon.An event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development with an ultimate goal to bring solutions to some of the problems we face in life.-A nice introduction i guess.

#eucossathon event
#eucossathon event

The hackthon was dubbed “The Last Debug”,this was all in dedication to all the CS finalist in campus.The issues to be covered were based on the Egerton Campus Life .We grouped ourselves and each group chose a software to implement on such categories like:

  • A software to improve communication and interaction among the University Fraternity
  • A software to enhance entertainment within Egerton University

I got into a group of around 9 members,of whom some were  dummy programmers,just to be honest-i like the fact that they all stayed the whole night.Our group developed an online interaction system branded Egercity-Thanks to our lead programmer @BryanTirohp and all members  for each member’s contribution was worth while applauding.

We had 4 groups in total,where each group had about 6-9 members each.The apps created that two day hackathon were;

#geeks coding
#geeks coding

  • PartyHunt-Helps you to get informed of where you can check in for parties
  • Egercity-An interative system between the Lectures and students
  • NotBuk-An online Notice board
  • Findout-An online lost and found portal and interactive system.

Btw,this was all a competition where the best group was to walk away 4000/= plus a Eucossa T-shirt! The second best won 3000/= ,while the third group took home 2000/=.This was worthwhile coding for,easy cash…

Very group had the hope of winning the same,so  trending #eucossathon #eucossaFriday was left to the judges @moffatmn @dmabiria and @nellynyakan1 as  were put into task programming.However some #geeks were unable to put up,even after the cool music playing at the background,maybe it was all due to too much coffee + code #coffeeConnoisseur.

Too much coffee+code
Too much coffee+code

Dawn met us,and we paused for clean up,and to brush up our apps for presentation later on the day.I couldn’t believe how i managed all that for hours-power behind Caffeine.

During the apps presentation,the judging criteria was;

  • Functionality of our app
  • The graphical user interface-how appealing was the app.
  • Database tables relationships
  • etc

Pitching wasn’t an easy task,shaky at first then adopted the niche.The questions were an avoidable-all you needed was to work smart.After the presentation,the moment awaited came,the winners were announced as;

  1. Egercity-took the first place!
  2. Notbuk-ranked second best
  3. Findout -took the 3rd place.

The Group two guys conceded defeat instantly,i liked that.

A tweet just after Egercity won
A tweet just after Egercity won

Then there was a great talk from our guest Mr Agosta Liko,the CEO of PesaPal and Verviant. Key Success Drivers —> Big three #Education #Experience #Exposure.This was   awesome @AgostaL, thanks:-)

We faced wee challenges like a low turnout from the ladies and the finalists,few people knew programming and to some,it was there first time to spend a night staring at a bright screen-Programming.

Thus i recommend out there if you are in Egerton University and you are a techie,Join us,EUCOSSA-Innovation and Creativity.(@eucossa)

As i pen off,i wish to thank  our judges @moffatmn @dmabiria @nellynyakan1 and your guest judge @AgostaL,you judged farely. Also many thanks to all who came and participated on the same,you made the hackathon a success.Also not to forget the Chairman of the Computer Science department,Dr Gikaru for the support he has given EUCOSSA in promoting technology in Egerton University.

Kind regards.

Laban Ndwaru-The outgoing Eucossa Chairperson.

Android Tutorial 1-installing the ADT Bundle-Android

androidHello geeks. Hope you guys are enthusiastic. I am going to take you through a series of simplified tutorials to help you develop in android. Android is #open source, I won’t dwell on the theory part of the same. My tutorials are in reference to windows operating system. Ready?

 

Prerequisites

  • Eclipse (The IDE)
  • Android SDK
  • Android AVD
  • Android  ADT

Remember ,your machine has to be configured with java ie.Java JRE and JDK must be configured in your machine. Not having the same? Relax.Follow this tutorial to brush up!

IDE-integrated development unit. This helps in developing the apps.Gives you the recommended methods and helps you compile the code.

Android sdk- this package is ‘attached ’ to eclipse to help us run android code.That’s the least I can explain.

Android AVD-(Android Virtual Device) will allows us to test our Android apps on an emulator (or a virtual device) which comes in handy if we don’t have an actually android device to do our testing on

Android ADT-extends the capabilities of eclipse to enable you to quickly set up android projects.

ADT bundle software comes with all the above!

Get started…

To create a new project in Eclipse IDE,click on file>>new>>project>>android.

  • Give the project a name…
  • Set the build target-which platform you use ie (Android 2.3)
  • App name
  • Package name-let this be unique. ie.com.labanish.ndwaru
  • Create the activity-ie.startingPoint
  • Finish!

Watch out for the next tutorial as we establish a new project in android.

Regards.