Tag: mauritius

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

Hackathon Mauritius 2016

Hackers Mauritius is the first Linux and Open source Developers team in Mauritius. A hackathon with the theme – SAD “Search and Destroy” will be organized for 2 consecutive days. Members of Hackers Mauritius will have to fixed up the maximum possible bugs on several opensource software including OpenSUSE and other linux distributions.

It takes place on Thurday 28th and Friday 29th of April 2016 hosted by ISVTEC at its own office.

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Operation SAD
  • What is operation S.A.D?

Operation S.A.D nick named, search and destroy, is the first Linux hackathon we will be holding in Mauritius to massively fix some security issues in some Opensource software right now, we’ll be dealing with some crypto code which many enterprise, users and embedded appliances are relying upon daily.

  • What is a hackathon?

“In June of 1999, OpenBSD held the first hackathon. In the months leading up to this, either Theo or Niels Provos had coined this new word “hackathon”. “Here also we wish to adhere to that same idea of a hackathon.

  • Is everybody invited in a Hackathon?

Quoting from the ones who coined the word hackathon:“Hackathons attendees come by invitation only. Some new people in the community who show promise are sometimes invited to see if they have what it takes. However, hackathons are not developer training events.”

In 3 days we have to focus in fixing the maximum bugs that we can. Remember this is hopefully going to make some burst of patches from our small island, which is kinda cool 🙂

Next time somebody says that we didn’t invite the whole world to participate in the hackathon, you can reference to this. Ever wondered how many lines of code you can write if you need to focus on getting others up to speed? If you are a developer and reading this, you will know, this is not about your technical knowledge, but mostly about the entire procedures to get code from nothing up to production. There will be the time for the walk throughs also, but that will be for another project.

  • Why an event when no one is invited to participate?

Not at all, on the 30th of April, we shall have a presentation openned to the public, to talk a bit about what we did during the hackathon, how opensource software development contribution works in general AND forget not, the new changes that have been submitted upstream. We will bring this in a form that Mauritian tech people can understand it.

  • Prizes?

Yes, despite there are rumors by some people who do not quite understand how a hackathon works, we are actually offering some prizes to 3 people who can actually solve a set of challenge we are making. The top 3 highschool students who manages to do them based on our criteria set, will get a small walk-through with us first, and will get each a seat for the hackathon. We are targeting youngsters here, but the learning process, that skillset or instinct needed to make someone a hacker needs to be built with passion and the perfect age is when one is young enough.

  • Who is invited on the 30th?

Members of the IT community in Mauritius or elsewhere is invited to join in on Saturday the 30th of April. We shall update you with the correct information as we go along.

  • More information will be posted
  • Sponsors

All of our thanks goes to ISVTEC who is going to host our hackathon. We can truly recommend ISVTEC for all your managed services needs (please visit their website for details about the long list of services provided). Many thanks to silent sponsors of hackers.mu also who wishes to remain silent

Adventuring with Pro photomakers of Charles Telfair Institute

“The word ‘photo’ is derived from the greek word ‘photos’. Adventuring in the world of photons is simply amazing” – Yush of EYELIGHT Studios (main wedding photographer}, student of CTI and BCS, the chartered institute for IT . The photography world is so vast and profound that i could not prevent myself to blog about it. I was introduced to the different concepts in the world of photography by some students of Charles Telfair Institute. EYELIGHT studios, is now emerging in the world of photography after the hard work of these guys from CTI who are evangelizing their talent and skills as  ‘photopreneurs’

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Though as an amateur, i used to shoot pictures with my little Samsung phablet and various point and shoots, the guys of EYELIGHT Studios demonstrated to me there fascinating tools of photography today at Merville beach hotel. I used to see professional pictures but this time i was on the backstage with them. “Mastering the techniques and bringing new concepts forward is a must to excel in this world and we are working to show the world our competence and effectiveness” – Yas of EYELIGHT studios as main studio photographer. “The managerial tasks, advertisements and bookeeping tasks is carried by me and i assured the good running of all projects” – Akshay of EYELIGHT studios also student member of the British Computer Society and CTI

Their most used equipements to render their task easy are Nikons cameras D7200 D7100 D5300 and D5200. A phantom 4 drone is also available for events, hotel’s marketing aerial shots. Flash photos are performed using speed lights and triggers. combined with soft-boxes and reflectors.

They have accomplished several tasks using the Adobe Photoshop, lightroom, After Effects, Premier, Portrait professional and several softwares.

Actions of the Pro Photo makers on the Backstage

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Here is an idea of the final picture after the shoot without further post-processing.

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You can also contact them for photography and videography events and services. Check them out through their Facebook page.