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Happy New Year 2018 from TheTunnelix

My dear friends, readers and fellow bloggers, I would like to seize this opportunity as this is my last blog for the year 2017 to wish you and your family a Happy New Year 2018. There were lots of events in the month of November – December 2017. For today, I’m having a drink with family and friends. Oh yeah, Tomorrow, will be a super party 🙂

Those who missed hackers.mu events recently, in the month of November was about the Infotech 2017 where hackers.mu was present on our special stand busy evangelising OpenSource products. Our accomplishments were also displayed. Logan, from the hackers.mu team also made an amazing speech at the video conference room.

The hackers.mu team also had an end of year get together and lunch in a restaurant at Rose-Hill.

I’m happy to be able to complete my VMware Certified Administrator and VMware Certified Administrator Professional exams. I’m looking forward for more certifications next year. This year has marked the history of Mauritius where lot’s of Open Source contributions were carried out from Mauritians, mainly by hackers.mu. Right now, we have several stuffs in our pipeline. Surprise soon 🙂


A trip to a Wind Farm at Plaine Des Roches

This Sunday the 16th of April, I came across an interesting location in the North-East at Plaine Des Roches, Mauritius where electricity is produced through Wind Farms. The company is Quadran which has invested in this environmental friendly interesting project. Quadran is the global actor in renewable energy encompassing hydroelectricity, solar energy, wind energy and biogas. It has 130 collaborators from 13 agencies and subsidiaries in France metropolitan and Outre-mer including Reunion Island.Quadran. 

The electricity is produced by means of kinetic energy from the wind. The wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft connected to a generator which makes electricity. At some moment, when there is not enough wind, a fuel-powered engine will use switch on automatically for some seconds to run the turbine after which, the wind will take over to turn the blades.

I believe that Mauritius which is looking forward for a more eco-friendly island should invest more in these type of project. This project which involves 11 wind turbines with a power production of 9, 35 MW will satisfy the energy consumption of approximately 10,150 people.

However, side effects of wind turbines are not false. According to some source, there are also reports of negative effects on radio and television reception in wind farm communities. Potential solutions include predictive interference modeling as a component of site selection. A 2007 report by the U.S. National Research Council noted that noise produced by wind turbines is generally not a major concern for humans beyond a half-mile or so. Low-frequency vibration and its effects on humans are not well understood and sensitivity to such vibration resulting from wind-turbine noise is highly variable among humans. – www.nap.edu


Speech contest at Aurora Toastmasters Club – Mauritius

An internal speech contest was carried out on the 19th of March 2017 at Aurora Toastmasters Club at Shangrila Restaurant, Garden Village, Curepipe. Despite being a beginner in Public Speaking, i decided to participate in the speech contest and was assigned a mentor who helped me throughout the preparation of my speech. It was indeed an amazing experience to be among good speakers in the club. 

At the Toastmasters Internal Speech Contest, I should admit that I was nervous and not really prepared. My voice tonality needs improvement. This was due to lack of practice and skills. With time and practice, I strongly believe that joining the club will help serve my purpose. Moreover, I have been able to convey my message and completed my CC2 through my speech with titled “Brain Magic or Brain deception”. Where the heck I got this title? Well, i used to read books on Brain Deception and Neuroscience since years. One of the famous scientist, Stephen Hawkins inspired me a lot. I’m happy to be able to complete my CC2 (Competent Communicator 2) . There are four aims for this speech:

  • Use an outline which aids understanding.
  • Transition smoothly from one point to the next.
  • Craft an effective speech opening.
  • Craft an effective speech conclusion.

Some days back, I updated my Facebook Timeline picture  with a banner of the Toastmasters International. I keep on having so many questions about it. “What the heck is a Toastmaster club ?” or “What do you do there ?”  Let me tell you something.. Do you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace. Aurora Toastmasters Club is affiliated with, and shares the vision and mission of Toastmasters International. It is the most affordable Toastmasters Club in Mauritius. The club hold meetings on alternate Sundays, 9.15 a.m., at Shangrila Restaurant, Garden Village, Curepipe, located in the center of the island.

Photo Credits: Toastmasters.org
Photo Credits: Toastmasters.org

Improving communication and leadership skills demand really lots of effort. I strongly believe that these skills will help me in my career and public speaking in the future. Whether you are an IT guy, a lawyer or someone curious about public speaking, then you have your place in a Toastmaster club. “They don’t need a lawyer, they need a Toastmaster” – Edward Benett Williams


Track the Cyclonic weather with WindyTY

Wherever you are in the world you can easily track the cyclonic or any bad weather showing ahead. As we know that Mauritius is already been influenced by the cyclone Fantala, here is a little tool from which you can track the temperature, wind or even high waves in the world.

Screenshot from 2016-04-15 19-46-49

The image is being broadcasted by windyty.com after the latest updates from the satellite. There is also an Android app which you can download at the Google Play store. Some interesting features are the fixed map rendering and search query issues. You can also add a location to keep in touch with the weather of your area. More interesting is the weather forecast for weeks which is really helpful. 

Cool isn’t it? 🙂

 


Kepler Spacecraft on Emergency Mode

On Thursday, April 7, mission operations engineers discovered that the Kepler spacecraft was in Emergency Mode (EM). EM is the lowest operational mode and is fuel intensive. Recovering from EM is the team’s priority at this time. One of the disoveries made by the Kepler team is the WTF star.

There are probably millions of exoplanets. If you want to adventure around, you can use stellarium to track them. What is an exoplanet ? An exoplanet or extrasolar planet is a planet that orbits a star other than the Sun. Over 2000 exoplanets have been discovered since 1988 (more specifically, 2107 planets in 1349 planetary systems, including 511 multiple planetary systems, have been confirmed, as of 2 April 2016).

Here is an idea how it looks like from my Stellarium. Do u see that big white patch from my Stellarium? These information which are mapped onto the stellarium is sent by the Kepler space craft.

looking for exoplanets
looking for exoplanets

This is where exactly the Kepler planets are located. To be able to view exoplanets, you will need to activate it on the “Configuration Menu” then scroll to the “exoplanets” section and click on “load by default”. Here is an idea how it looks like when i zoom into it.

Inside the exoplanets
Inside the exoplanets

Here is a useful link to compare from the latest exoplanet discoveries from that of Earth and Jupiter. Nasa uses the kepler space craft which is fitted with a telescope that made those observations and send the information to earth. The spacecraft is nearly 75 million miles from Earth, making the communication slow. Even at the speed of light, it takes 13 minutes for a signal to travel to the spacecraft and back.

Sadly, the latest information about the Kepler spacecraft is that the last regular contact with the spacecraft was on April. 4. We now have to wait for next health status of the kepler space craft.