Summary of the week from 20.06.2016

True Iron Bloggers:

David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) :
Manfred Gosch (@1aolivenoel) :
Christine Graf (@christinegraf) :
Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) :
David M.Wampamba (@idesignwebs) :
Juergen Rinck (@irgendlink) :
Adedayo Adeniyi (@daydah) :

Cash register:

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Numbers in Colours

For some people, behind each number stands a colour, some connect feelings, music, text or even rooms with colours. This is called synesthesia and it means the mixing of sensations.
The colours are different for each person, but always the same per person.

During my further professional education as a transactional analyst, I’ve noticed that I often describe feelings in colours.
For Hagen each number has one colour, some numbers / colours he likes, some not. Some colours he can exactly describe, for others he has just a diffuse notion of a certain green or blue.

I asked him about the colours for 0-9 and checked his assignments at longer intervals: it was always the same. I got the idea to paint these numbers. So far so good.
It was not easy to create the exact colours he has in his mind.
I was trying for a fairly long time to mix his green, blue and red-blacks until the colours matched with his imaginations. Challenging was also that I produced the paint by myself, trying old techniques to produce paint. In this case I mixed pigments, water and eggs! Our egg consumption was enormous 🙂
Currently, I am still working on number 1, 3 and 5,
all pictures will be ready to the vernissage next Friday.

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Dann ein weiteres großes Thema diese Woche #BREXIT eigenartig wie sich Menschen von Stimmungen / Versprechungen leiten lassen. Wir werden nun sehen wie es weitergeht.

Meine Blogseite wird sich in den nächsten Tagen gestalterisch sicher noch verändern aber generell gilt „Anfangen, tun was machen“ der Feinschliff kommt noch.

Vorblicke #Flussnoten #ibcoco

Ab etwa achten Juli werden Frau SoSo und ich den Rhein ab Tomasee abwärts wandern. Vielleicht schaffen wir es bis zum Bodensee. Wir haben drei Wochen Zeit und schlendern um die zehn Kilometer pro Tag. Dazwischen bleibt viel Zeit zum Bloggen und Twittern. Auf dem brandneuen Blog http://flussnoten.de kann man der Reise live folgen. Eventuell … Vorblicke #Flussnoten #ibcoco weiterlesen

Hotel Alimara

We were all sitting on a round table, with our laptops open, Radek looked down on his screen, his fingers hung over the edge of his keyboard as if his wrists were broken. I couldn’t blame him, for days he had worked hard to make sure that the event JandBeyond was a success. His brilliance reflected this independence as he regularly found his way through challenges with grace matched by only a handful of engineers in the world. Radek is Polish, but his wife Sigrid, while having dinner narrated to me how they met. He was working for her, and they fell in love in the process……..and it was a good thing she says. They got married in Poland, but he, Radek had to wait three months to be able to travel to Germany and be with his wife, then, there was no European Union. They now live and work in Germany, and they keep bees.

 

We were five of us hard at work in the conference hall of the Hotel Alimara in Barcelona, Spain. Our team since I joined had been working well, and this was the first time we would be all of us in one room. We are called Joomla Event Team, one of many teams working with Joomla.org. This regular website where millions of websites are born and it’s among the most trafficked website on earth. Radek as now you know him is our team leader, but he is also a member of other teams including the Joomla Event Travel (JET) a program he pioneered and is now very proud of. His passion for Joomla is evident, every morning he would display his coffee on a table that in inhabited by everything Joomla, and the mug would be Joomla too. At least that’s how I came to know him.

 

We are all developers, Sigrid who works with her husband Radek in Germany, keeps us alive, she organizes our meetings and work schedules. Rowan, the lady with a big heart working from her London apartment with a great view of the London city-none like her in London, Carlos, the polite but strict Spanish guy who also loves running, through his company working on different successful project and then me, the guy who cycles daily in Nairobi Kenya doing design and enterprise consultancy. But all our work in Joomla was invisible, hidden inside the glowing screens of our laptops. What no one could possibly know is at the click of a button from any of our web browser, we would launch features that would instantly have an impact on millions of people around the world, yet to the person sitting near me, for all they care, I was playing solitaire. Rowan once told me-and I say this with a lot of love, that it took years for her mother to understand what it is she does, as far as she was concerned, her daughter stirred at a computer screen, like somebody who needs help.

 

The most amazing thing about our digital age is that the person next to you in a Starbucks might just be hacking into a Swiss bank or launching multiwarhead nuclear missiles continents away. Or maybe he’s just on Facebook. You can’t tell the difference unless you’re nosy enough to peek over his shoulder. Hidden behind our ordinary appearance were unusual facts. Although we were in the same team, our sitting together was a rare occurrence. Most of the time worked online. This meeting in Barcelona is the first we have all worked in the same room, but on a daily basis we are working in different countries and continents.

 

The very idea of working remotely seems strange to most people until they consider how much time at traditional workplace is spent working purely through computers. If 50 percent of your interaction with coworkers is online, perhaps through e-mail and web browsers, you’re not far from what Joomla.org does. The difference is that work at Joomla.org is done primarily, often entirely, online, and probably most important by a team of volunteers. Some people, most people, work together for months without even being on the same continent. Teams can organize to meet during world events, to recharge the intangibles that technology can’t capture, like sharing hii-fives with a bottle of beer. Which explains our trip in Barcelona.

 

Here is what you don’t expect to do on your first meeting, Budget and Budget cut, for the event team. Most people doubt that online meetings work, but they somehow overlook that most in-person meetings don’t work either. Being online does mean everyone might be distracted, but plenty of meeting today are filled with people with their laptops open, messaging each other about how bored they are.  My theory is if what is being discussed is important, people will pay attention and in our meeting, Budget seemed to be the only topic of discussion and after that, we talked about other things, other personal things.

 

Later that day we all took seats at the bar, enjoying the conversation and some drinks. Many people know my name, but its only today that they can put a face on the name. When we are working on Glip or on email, you don’t see people’s faces. During our meetings on Hangout, most people don’t show their faces too. It’s difficult to know how they have changed or what color of hat they are wearing. But this kind of meetings allow you to answer some of the most disturbing questions on how your team mates look.

 

When you tell your neighbor that you have a Job, then spent the rest of the day, week, months, or year indoors, it’s difficult for them to believe you. And that’s just how internet has changed the way we work. For the Joomla Event Team, office was Hotel Alimara, so was home. And when we are in our different continents, we still have our office open on Glip, our tasks remain the tickets we solve-a ticket is when somebody sends a request, like a problem. Our boardroom is Hangout and skype and we live and breathe GitHub. With the hundreds of volunteers involved in Joomla community, the designers, programmers, engineers, translators, the people who sit behind their computers and launch applications that impact millions of users in the world.

 

The biggest consumers of coffee, this for them is where their work is, their heart is and their commitment is. It’s important to say that for me, Joomla has been a home, a wonderful place to work, network, make friends, interact and create strong bond of friendship. And when I look at people in action, all under the leadership of Sarah Watz, the President of OSM the future has never been brighter.


Why get a credit card in Uganda?

Online(internet) wholesale and retail stores are increasing in the this third world country. With the launch of stores like Jumia.com, lamudi.com, ugunlocked.com, pesapal.com and etc… one would miss out on top quality affordable items if you didn’t have a credit card.

Take for example, on black Friday, Jumia featured a huge percentage discount on all their items bought via the online platform. Other days to watch out for are Christmas day, New years day and Easter season. In most cases wholesalers and retainers who sale traditionally have not adopted the discount culture, so many buyers would miss out. This is why I’m writing this article. I will give some reasons why everyone from Uganda needs a credit card and a guide of how to get one.

Access Money anywhere

The beauty about credit/debit cards is the convenience of access to your money anywhere in the world. Yes, everywhere where there is an Automated Teller Machine or Point of Sale. So if you want to withdrawal some cash go an ATM which has the labels of your card such labels can be American Express, Visa, Mastercard etc. If you want to purchase something in a store just swipe the card in the POS machine and you will be good to go. So whether it’s renewing insurance, paying for medicine, renewing utility back at home, you don’t need to travel back and forth. It’s just a card.

Setting up online presence.

Online presence is your address on the internet. Everyone in Uganda is steadily adapting to using a smart device, thanks to Facebook and WhatsApp. Many people being online everyday, means a big chance to put your business out there, it’s a sales opportunity. However to get a website, you must purchase a domain name and web hosting, the most convenient payment method for that is a credit card. Of course a friend who has maybe of help but that might add an extra cost, which you may want to avoid.

Purchase of goods and services

The generation we are now, you can buy a car, land, food and medicine; name it all just at a snap of a finger. Without moving out of your house or office and have your items delivered. Even if you can pay search services with Mobile Money solutions, for the costs of some products, the spending limit on Mobile Money services may hinder. But credit cards have a slightly higher spending limit.

Improve financial management

Most issuers of credit cards have an online portal where you go to check your transaction history which means you can access your banks statements at anytime of convenience. Actually this is very important for reviewing and evaluation of your spending habits. Traditional you would have to spare a couple of minutes, if not hours to line-up in a queue in the banking hall and still pay for the bank statement. The question is do you want to continue losing time or save time while increasing income?

HOW TO GET A CREDIT CARD IN UGANDA?

A while ago, it costed much more than $200 to quality for a credit/debit card in Uganda, this made it hard for many to afford. Today it’s as low as UGX 15000/= in addition to no monthly bank charges.

So far I have personally used two banks so the choice between the two is yours because I may not give reasons today why you should choose this or that.

United Bank of Africa

First bank to introduce a fully functional internet enabled prepaid card was United Bank of Africa(UBA). They issue a visa card in Uganda shilling currency in just a couple of minutes. All you have to go with is a passport photo, a valid ID and UGX 20,000/= or UGX 30,000/=. Since the debit card is not attached to a saving/current account the introduction and recommendation letters may not be compulsory but to be on safe side, I encourage you to go with one written and endorsed by  your LC1 chairperson or teacher at school or employer or a person banking with UBA for at least 6 months. To know more click here

Equity bank Uganda

This bank has proven to have a slightly better online exchange rate compared to it’s competitors. Of late they also issue internet enabled visa cards, all you have to do is to apply for a savings account and apply for a visa card ATM. They will also issue it on the same day like UBA. They are need the same fees and documents as UBA to be in the position to give you this online prepaid card.

Other banks you can try.

Just in case you are not a fun of the above mentioned banks, try to Stanbic bank, Standard Chartered bank and Crane bank.

Good luck

 


Status Update & #wceu

Since a few weeks we are “finishing” these “little” house in 57, Rue du Pla, Fitou.

The last bit was the lower level. In former times, people lived there. There was a kitchen, a bathroom, a toilet and a spiral staircase to go up. The size of the room is 13 x 3 meter.

We removed everything, rebuild the toilet, built another staircase, and a wall as a separation of the long room. One part of the room will become the place with the washing machine and storage for wine and stuff. The other part will become a garage. We removed the entrance to widen the opening to get the car in. The opening is now 2.15 meter wide. Our Kangoo is 1.86 meter – wish us luck and stay tuned for the photo with the car in the garage :).

Old entrance

Vorderseite

New entrance

Garage

whole facade so far

Facade - Rue du Pla

Last week we did the ceiling in the upcoming garage.

Garage

and today I’ll start with the doors!

Tadaa – and now the best!

From Thursday to Sunday I’ll travel to Vienna to attend WordCamp Europe (#wceu)

Logo https://twitter.com/WCEurope
Logo https://twitter.com/WCEurope

 

Summary of the week from 13.06.2016

True Iron Bloggers:

Adedayo Adeniyi (@daydah) :
David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) :
Christine Graf (@christinegraf) :
Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) :
David M.Wampamba (@dwampamba) :
Juergen Rinck (@irgendlink) :

The lazy ones:

Cash register:

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Debts:

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ART Fabrik

I am trying all sorts of old painting techniques and experimenting with colors and materials, and of course I want to show the results of my work. This website, in association with social media activities are one way, but art needs to be seen and experienced live.
We have a nice, big, empty space that has served us until some time ago as an office. And we live in an area where many people spend their vacation. It’s nearly so obvious to open an art gallery.
Thus, we met with a few friends, who also create art, and the idea of the ART Fabrik was born. The gallery will present paintings, metalwork and jewelry.
Next week we begin with the re-arrangements, on July 01 is opening.
We are looking forward to many visitors, art lovers and curious people who just want to see what their neighbors do.

Rückblicke #Gibrantiago #ibcoco

Auf der 3600 km langen Radreise nach Gibraltar im vergangenen Frühling stoppte ich alle zehn Kilometer und fotografierte die Straße.  Die Bilderserie umfasst etwa 1200 Fotos, die nach einem komplizierten Verfahren mit verschiedenen Filtern aufgenommen wurden. Je drei Aufnahmen zeigen die Strecke in Richtung Ziel und eine Aufnahme ‚blickt‘ zurück. Die Rückblicke sind in der … Rückblicke #Gibrantiago #ibcoco weiterlesen