Tag: Mauritius

Seacom goes live, connects Mauritius?

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Inf

That’s the latest news on submarine cables that come near Africa.

I have read before that there was some buzz about the Seacom cable connecting Mauritius in 2009, and will offer even higher speed internet to our small island.

The BBC reports that the Seacom cable has gone live! What does this mean to Mauritius? Higher internet speed soon? Lower costs?

But first things first. Are we even connected to the cable? From the picture, it connects to the SAFE cable that connects to Mauritius. Does that mean we are connected? I haven’t heard any news about this. I’ve looked in the newspapers I have available, and haven’t found anything recently, unless I missed some small article somewhere.

The last I heard about Seacom cable was that it was having some troubles because of the pirates in the region. Nothing on Mauritius getting connected to it so far.

The most relevant article I found was from L’Express, dated 15 January 2009. It does mention that there are 5 submarine cables being laid in our region, and that we will “benefit” from those cables. There’s another article with nearly same content, again from L’Express, for those who want reading material.

For now, we’ll patiently wait for the next speed boost while keeping the price same.

What are your views on this matter? Do you think we’ll see any boost or benefit anytime soon?

Africa Submarine Cables

New ISP in Mauritius soon?

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Inf

Internet Speed

Or so L’Express Newspaper claims.

The offer seems interesting. They, yes “they” since the article doesn’t mention what ISP it will be, but I suspect it will be Outremer Telecom, since it’s already in Mauritius. There is no confirmation yet, so it’s just my supposition.

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The Mauritian Blog Brethren – The Story Behind?

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Guru

Did I spell wrong or is it everything is wrong? For a very long period of time, the SysOp and maintainers of thembb has not been active. Of all the day, today I decided to looks for some inspiration from fellow bloggers to write an article and boom. What did I saw?

  1. thembb.com
  2. thembb

  3. thembb.blogspot.com
  4. thembb

    This definitely make me hint at account takeover. Anyone else noticed this?

    I tried a whois on the domain name and got the nameservers:

    NS1.SEOBUMMER.COM

    NS2.SEOBUMMER.COM

    Must be a weak password or what?

    The lesson, don’t use weak password and  change your password frequently

Farcry 2 features a Mauritian Mercenary!

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Inf

Farcry 2 Mauritian Character\'s Bio

Picture courtesy of VideoGaming247

Farcry 2 has positioned itself as a very probable candidate for the “Game of the Year” with highly advanced AI and graphics. It was to be expected from the guys that made Crysis and the Cry Engine. If you have ever seen the screenshots of FC2, you know what I’m talking about. If not, then see this video as a teaser.

It’s already out, and you can go and buy/download your copy now itself. It appears to be a game that’s worth playing.

It has not yet reached me, and as soon as I finish it, you will have my review here on GS.

My friend just informed me of something really interesting. Farcry 2 is about you being a mercenary, and progressing through the game doing missions for various factions and everything.

The interesting thing? One of the playable characters is a Mauritian! Yes, you read it right. You can play as a Mauritian, called Quarbani Singh, coming from Port Louis! (Fictitious person I hope!). Apparently, he’s a retired SMF! Thumbs up for detail!

It’s amazing that some big developers like Ubisoft knows about our tiny Island, and even features a Mauritian character! Thank you Ubisoft! I guess it’s probably that one of the developers there visited Mauritius and wanted to let others know Mauritius is great, or something like that. Or there is a Mauritian developer there. Nevertheless, it’s much appreciated.

This will probably boost knowledge about Mauritius among the gaming community, which is not a bad thing. They will get to know how crappy our Internet speeds are, and gamers value speed! 😛

So, what do you think about it? Will Mauritius be better known?

Summer time in Mauritius: Pointless?

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Inf

At least this is my opinion. You may no agree with me, but after reading this article, maybe I’ll be able to convince you. First, let me tell you that I’m against this measure, even if I’m for the saving of energy and protection of the environment. But summer time? I’m totally rejecting that idea.

What’s the summer time concept basically? In Mauritius, we’ll be moving our clocks forward by one hour. That is, if it’s actually 6 a.m in the morning, our clocks will be showing 7 a.m. This means that people waking up at 6 a.m (without summer time) will wake up 1 hour earlier. You go to work 1 hour earlier, and return 1 hour earlier. This also means (in theory) that you will get to use daylight for 1 more hour per day instead of using electricity.

(DST will apply from 26th October to 29th March at midnight for both).

But according to me, it’s not that simple. Let’s see the case against, since the Government and others are already hammering us all with the case for.

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Student Union Elections 2008: My views

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Inf

Uncle Sam

Hello readers. If you are a student of the University of Mauritius, then you probably know that the Student Union elections are currently taking place. This year, there are a number of parties and individuals, as you’d expect. Each of them is offering us students some hope to improve the campus life. In this post, I’m analyzing the promises of parties, whom many people are considering to be the biggest ones (or at least the two who are advertising the most I guess). These two are: Students Welfare, Students Rights and Students Power. Why they all include “students”? Lol?

Personally, I don’t know any of the ladies and gentlemen in those parties, except one guy in Student Welfare. So you can say I’m not biased towards anybody in these elections. Another issue about me: I generally don’t like politics and politicians. Too many lies. Too many false promises.

For the analysis of main points, I’m confining myself only to the Faculty of Engineering and general student areas. Other faculties are out of my league since I don’t know much about how they work, or the needs of the students in those. At the end, you get some ideas from me, which I think is important.

Let’s start. Student Welfare first, shall we?

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Geeks and Manga: Scope vs Me

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Inf

Long time since I’m writing something new. Seriously, Uni is eating my time faster than piranhas can eat my Maths teacher! Anyways, I wanted to comment on an article that Week-End Scope (WES) Magazine published in the 10-16 September issue, on page 98-99.

The article was titled “Quand la technologie et les mangas rendent geek”. Translation “When technology and mangas make you a geek”.

Nice, catchy title I should say. It talked about two of my top favorite interests. However, what I didn’t like was the interviewees. Quoting a paragraph, “En effet, dès le départ, les geeks ont été considérés comme ‘ringards’, ‘insociables’ et ’boutonneux'”. Quite derogatory I should say.

Then, there is the interview of a person named Soura, who apparently doesn’t know what it means to be geek, when he says “Ces personnes sont trop moches. Ils n’ont aucun but et ne se diversifient pas. Bref, moi je vis ma vie à fond tandis que les geeks sont scotchés à leurs machines et s’endorment même devant”.

Seriously? These people have been watching too many Steeve Urkel episodes, and have seriously mixed up the definitions of “geek” and “nerd”. What’s with the bad image geeks seem to have in Mauritius?

Steve Urkel

Quoting some definitions off Wikipedia for “Geek“:

  • A derogatory reference to a person obsessed with intellectual pursuits for their own sake, who is also deficient in most other human attributes so as to impair the person’s operation within society.
  • A person who is interested in technology, especially computing and new media. Geeks are adept with computers, and use the term hacker in a positive way, though not all are hackers themselves.
  • A person who relates academic subjects to the real world outside of academic studies; for example, using multivariate calculus to determine how they should correctly optimize the dimensions of a pan to bake a cake.
  • A person who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who passionately pursues skill (especially technical skill) and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance.
  • A person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subject of their interest. This definition is very broad but because many of these interests have mainstream endorsement and acceptance, the inclusion of some genres as “geeky” is heavily debated. Persons have been labeled as or chosen to identify as physics geeks, mathematics geeks, engineering geeks, sci-fi geeks, computer geeks, various science geeks, movie and film geeks (cinephile), comic book geeks, theatre geeks, history geeks, music geeks, art geeks, philosophy geeks, literature geeks, historical reenactment geeks and roleplay geeks.

and for “Nerd“:

  • Nerd is a term often bearing a derogatory connotation or stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests that are age inappropriate rather than engaging in more social or popular activities. Therefore, a nerd is often excluded from physical activity and considered a loner by peers, or will tend to associate with like-minded people.
  • […] The stereotypical nerd is intelligent but socially and physically awkward. In film and television depictions, nerds are disproportionately white males with glasses, braces, acne and pants highly lifted up.

For me, a geek is somebody who is highly interested in something, and tends to pursue his or her interests, not some kind of freak that nobody wants to associate with! They just tend to do what they like, more than everybody else. We all have a geek in ourselves, unless you have no passion at all!

I know that, because I’m a geek too. My passions being computers, technology, gaming and manga.

A geek will not stand out in a crowd. They are just normal people, who look like normal people. Ok, they might have a kind of weird jargon sometimes (using ‘lol’ in real-life?), and crack jokes that most people will surely not understand (unless the other person is a geek too, or shares the same passion). But that doesn’t mean that they are anti-social. Do you think the guy below looks abnormal? No? (YES! THE GLASSES!) He’s a famous geek though! He’s cool and richer than Midas. Now, at least! 😀

Bill Gates

(OMG! Steve Urkel glasses! And what’s with that serious expression? Scary… :s)

So please, stop thinking that geeks are people with a serious looks problem and lone wolves that stick in their dark corners, peering out at you behind big round glasses behind a high pile of books!

Side-note: The people interviewed seem to have got the definition of “manga” wrong! Manga are books you read, while Anime (short for Animation) are the movies or episodes that you watch. One of the interviewees says “… c’est grâce a l’émission… […] … Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Nicki [sic] Larson ou encore Cats Eyes”. These are all ANIMES (although manga versions exist)!

Go get your definitions straight, journalists and interviewees! The purpose of this post? Because I think that some of the people who got interviewed offended geeks like, and I was being vengeful. There, I said it!

Got comments? You know what to do! 😀