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IETF 101 Hackathon by the Hackers.mu team

We believe in rough consensus and running code” – Just have a look at the IETF website, this is the motto that you would come across. This is why the IETF hackathons are so special during the year and hackers.mu team is proud to be the first team in Mauritius who does not only participate in such type of event but also lead the TLS working group. The IETF 101 hackathon was yet another challenge for the hackers.mu team. But, once you are in, the fun begins. Compared to the IETF 100 hackathon, hackers.mu team made an improvement in terms of lines of codes and focused on more projects. We participated remotely in projects such as TLS 1.3, DNS, and HTTP 451. A wiki was also created during that event.

Photo credits: IETF.org
Photo credits: IETF.org

We used Jabber to communicate for the IETF 101 hackathon. Other media such as Facebook was found out to be interesting. I should admit that on Friday and Saturday I went to sleep at 02.00 AM with just the testing part completed. At 23:00 hrs, Logan was asking everyone to go to sleep as we needed more energy on the next day. Selven was also working hard remotely to bring all members on track. What is more relieving is the team spirit where everyone was helping each other during that hackathon.

Photo Credits: Codarren.com
Photo Credits: Codarren.com

One of the interesting issues noticed is about TLS malformed traffic and such thing was able to be detected using Wireshark. Once the patches were ready and the testing part was working fine, we made a debrief at Flying Dodo beer brewing company at Bagatelle Mall and was ready submit patches to their respective projects. I was assigned the “Stunnel” project and a library in “Eclipse Paho”.

Debriefing at Flying Dodo accompanied with beer and some fries
Debriefing at Flying Dodo accompanied with beer and some fries

After the debriefing, Logan was getting ready for his remote presentation at the IETF. We all went through the slides that logan created and went back home happily to see the presentation live on YouTube.

Special thanks goes to the IETF Organising team for having us as Technology Champions! Nick Sullivan head of cryptography expert at CloudFlare, Charkes Eckel, Barry Leiba, Meetecho team, Cisco for sponsoring the event and the all members of the hackers.mu team which made this hackathon a success in the world history of Mauritius.

Other’s are also talking about the IETF 101 hackathon ?

“I had initially started a bit slow, as I was working on other projects in parallel. Everyone was already deeply immersed in their projects, we could see PRs and code merges flying right from the first day.”Codarren Velvindron

“It seems that I am not the only one who feels that this hackathon was really addictive. we were hooked the moment we started working out on our tasks.”Pirabarlen Cheenaramen

Developers working with OpenSSL can finally start to work with TLS 1.3, thanks to the alpha version of OpenSSL 1.1.1 that landed yesterday.” – TheRegister

I think that you guys have more better weather and more fun that we did”Charles Eckel

The DNS madness: 185 RFCs totaling 2781 pages. Hello DNS security flaws ” – Loganaden Velvindron

hackers.mu pioneering the internet! We made it to IETF 101 hackathon with our team members getting featured in front of thousands, followed by a round of applause by IETF members in London. Congratulations guys, we did it again!”Yasir Auleear 

IETF Hackathons encourage developers to collaborate and develop utilities, ideas, sample code and solutions that show practical implementations of IETF standards. The IETF Hackathon in London on 17-18 March is poised to be the largest ever.” – IETF

 In case you are asking yourself, “who are the hackers.mu ?” You can consider is as “a group of developers from Mauritius who loves to code and are passionate about information security.” More information at https://www.hackers.mu


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? 🙂