Monday, August 27, 2007

Meeting - PloneGOV - 28 Aug 2007

Nicholas Bossut will be speaking about

Wananchi Online,
1st Floor Loita Hse

6pm, 28 Aug 2007

We will probably do dinner after for those wanting more discussions

from Ashok:

Hello All:

One of the main creators of PloneGOV project ( [1] is
visiting nairobi during this week, and is interested in meeting organizations, interested
parties, open source folks.... :

Moreover, I'm truly interested to explore opportunities for PloneGov
project. PloneGov could be a way for african municipalities to fight
the digital divide in saving money. Open source websites as City of
Seneffe website ( could be easily copy-paste and help
national administrations in charge of local governments to develop a
presence of public authorities on Internet. Different applications
are independant and interconnectable. In facts, we deployed tools
that aren't useful in Africa but municipalities can choose 'à la
carte' what they need.

Interested parties may drop me an email offline ....



[1] PloneGOV :
""55 European, African, North and South American Public organizations participate
in the PloneGov project. In doing so, they aim to gain independence from large
IT services providers by developing, essentially by themselves and in a
cooperative manner, applications and websites for their own use as well as for
their citizens'.

PloneGov is open and aims to reach more organizations. Initiated by small towns
in close collaboration with the Plone / Zope Communities, the project reaches now
cities, regions and 10 parliaments. This collaboration effort already spans over 3
continents and 15 countries.""

Friday, August 17, 2007

ODF and Office Open XML: More

There has been lots of heated debate (see archive) on the Skunkworks mailing list on the current ratification of EMCA's OOXML document format as an ISO standard. Kenya voted YES.
My opinion aside, here's a summary of sites providing more information on arguments both for and against the site. Please feel free to add any more links.

Emmanuel's Blog
The real politik of ODF standardisation
Brian Jones' Blog

Mark Shuttleworth's Blog (Really more of pro ODF)

Claims to be neutral about OOXML (Has additional links)

More info on Office Open XML
Office Open XML final draft

More info on ODF

More on ISO Standardization

Meeting on Tuesday 21st August

Wesley Kiriinya, of Gwimgrafx Studios Limited who are behind Kenya's first video game will be making a presentation on The Structure/Components Of Video Games And Their Interaction.

Venue remains Wananchi Online Training Room on 1st Floor Loita House from 6pm.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Asterisk for Nokia Contact Centers

Kiania is talking about how he met a requirement for Nokia where they wanted a local support line in kenya.

Nokia outsources their support calls to a malaysian company. So they needed to forward the calls from kenya to the centers there.

Got a 0900 number from IMS. Linked this to an asterisk box and uses iax instead of sip to dial malaysia for the support center thro IP.

Iax used for better NAT traversal. Speex is the codec used. Free codec which only consumes 8k. Very efficient on bw and efficiency.

Covering the actual setup of the asterisk box - real life demo of asterisk setup.

Billing records ported to a mysql db for mediation purposes.

According to kiania, safcom gets 2m calls a day and are only able to handle 20k of these. And most are handset related issues hence the requirement for such a service from nokia.
This system handles 60 concurrent sessions and they are looking to optimize the scale. That number of concurrent calls gives you about 100k calls per day.

Trying to get tkl to interconnect directly via ip now among other issues to scale up.

sent from my Wananchi Mobile

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Meeting Today - Nokia + Asterisk

Kiania is "launching" a contact center setup he's done for Nokia using Asterisk.

6pm, Wananchi Online Training Room - doesn't look like a training room anymore :)
Loita Hse, 1st Floor
7 aug 2007

"free wifi" :)