Hacking on the Eudyptula Challenge

Last weekend a few of us met up at a coffee shop in Nairobi to hack on the Eudyptula Challenge. From their website, the Eudyptula Challenge is: … a series of programming exercises for the Linux kernel, that start from a very basic “Hello world” kernel module, moving on up in complexity to getting patches […]

Genome assembly likes RAM!

This is what it looks like when you do a genome assembly and run out of memory… The machine in question actually has 384GB of RAM (not much, as far as machines which do genome assembly go!). Assembling a genome is like doing a massive puzzle; you need to have all the “pieces” in contiguous […]

Proposal: Project Mjanja

I recently posted a project proposal on the Nairobi GNU/Linux Users Group mailing list. The idea is that I’d like to promote understanding of embedded Linux/Android devices, collaborative development processes/tools, and hacker culture in young Kenyan developers. It’s called Project Mjanja (“hustler” in Swahili). To paraphrase my post on the mailing list, the gist of […]

Fun with optics and microscopy

Marc Dusseiller from Hackteria.org was in Nairobi for a conference on point-of-care diagnostics, demonstrating some of his cool low-tech biohacking devices. I spent some time with him after the conference, showing him around Nairobi, as well as taking him over to the iHub to see if we could meet up with any other hackers/makers. He […]

Nairobi Linux Users Group report for June, 2012

Today was the second meeting of the Nairobi Linux Users Group[1]. As has become the tradition, we met at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Kimathi Street in downtown Nairobi. Yours truly loves Linux more than any of the other members, so he showed up early (hah!); the others trickled in later according to their own […]