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I thought of quitting Code

Strange title don’t you think, well its true I did contemplate quitting my most revered calling ..coding. But before I tell you what happened let me first discuss why I got pissed. coding is an art and a science. Its writing lines after lines of code and producing something someone can use on a day to day basis. I remember one time my niece asked me what I do for a living and it was really hard explaining  to her what coding is all about, but the little darling already had a theory of what I do “Uncle si unaandikanga kwa blackboard ya white siku mzima” She calls both my physical white board and my IDEs Blackboard za white….then again she is just 4 years. Any who that’s me digressing…

Kenya is a country of hype, don’t believe me look at how Susan wa Tujuane became a house hold name,Look at Dida… Kenya is just one awesome country where trends are just over-hyped  Let me steer to my side. Code and In general the IT boom. I  have had people in the country and the few other African countries I have been blessed to go to call Kenya a great tech scene. The silicon sijui savanah au what ever they call it. I once had a Tanzanian friend tell me  how they believe Kenya is wired,things are run by computers. I looked at him and was amazed..Is this the same Kenya I know. But here is what really happens, ordinary Muggles will watch the 7pm or 9pm news.. They will see images of ICT in Kenya  some snapshot of guys in IHUB or Nailab, some local apps that claim to change the world will be show cased. Then Bitange Ndemo will talk about a new fiber landing on the coast..And bassss…you will feel all snuggly inside and lie, yes lie to your self that Kenya tume fika…But wait I have the true test of gauging the level of tume fika.

With the exception of MPESA what other Kenyan brewed tech product   do you use? Yes am talking to you my dear reader? You will wake up in the morning watch DSTV CNN muhimu, check your mail GMAIL muhimu, drive/jav to work chat up your pal/chic/clande/chippo on WhatsApp, WHATSAPP muhimu…get to work Microsoft ndo zako,boss akitoka/kazi ikireduce Youtube,Facebook,Twitter Muhimu..Skype Kiasi. Go for Lunch uko na mullah so you eating something fancy you check in on FourSquare and Instagram the food to a pal. Toka hapo back to works Uko sleepy kiasi so you chuk out your headphones and listen to music on your Galaxy something MXplayer or something like that. 5 ikifika hujui kama traffic ni mbaya WAZE ita help, tells you how the traffic is..On your way home you will be on some social Media/listening to music on a foreign made  app. And Morrow you will do it all again… Yet you will say that the Kneyan tech scene has matured and you think Zuckerberg should open an African HQ along Ngong RD as we wait for Konza ijengwe. Amen Bratha Amen.You know Not what you say

The sad truth is the only thing that has grown in Kenya as a resort of said tech boom is Safaricom’s data Revenues and Other ISPs in that matter. “Sasa Jaymo Unasema hii Yote ndo?”  Let me elaborate… I hate tech competitions… Ile roho safi Hackathons za kupeana prizes I never go…Sio Ku participate . Never!! Why? simple…You give a winner 1mill coz app yake ni briliant and It ends there. Safaricom AppSTAR the last event I can remember had winners…Name one product from said venture that is in use by ANY KENYAN CURRENTLY. I waited for them to release them to the market for me and other Kenyans to use but wapi?? Before that kulikuwa na AAC winners announced prizes announced but bilaz….inaishia hapo….all the while Kenyans will be shown this on media,ma picha za IHUB na Bitange ndemo…we will say tume fika…some kid will now apply to do computer Science to become Mnoma kama  Mr/MS/Miss so and so who won 10,000 USD. Epic fail

But wait all is not lost, Am not quitting code..My landlord still needs his rent on time. In spite of all this bullshit kuna a ray of hope….In the name of PivotEast…na sijalipwa ku blog hii so don’t say sijui nini. Pivot is the real deal, All the solutions they award turn out as products that people use. Pivot sio place ya kupeleka App yako ya ufala ndo upatiwe pesa ya kupeleka dame yako lunch place fancy.. Its the real thing, real Coders/Devs/Code Jammers/Hackers who develop things that can grow. The first thing msee atakuuliza is how  many clients do you have and whats your revenue model..sio how does it pass data au why did you use NGINX instead of Apache. In my opinion Pivot is what will drive the tech scene we all dream of sio hackathon sijui ya madame pekee, sijui ya UoN pekee kuandaika ma app za ku show map nikama Google Maps has been cancelled.

And this year Pivot has gone a step further:

  • Participating startups must be domiciled in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia or DR Congo
  • Entries to the competition will be considered to be startups as per the universal definition of a “startup”* or a startup company (*as done below)
  • Participating startups must indicate details of at least two members of their team in their application profile
  • Companies that reached final 25 lists of Pivot 25 in 2011 or Pivot East 2012 may not compete with products/services previously submitted for the competition, the judging panel will have discretion to disqualify entries in breach of this requirement.
  • Competitors selected to the final 25 list must have set up a legal entity (business name, limited company etc) for their business by 15th May 2013. Competitors with legal entities already set up will have an added advantage at all judging stages.

So atleast am not quitting code coz I still have a shot at making something that you as my reader may use in your day to day life. Haya nimemalizia hapo. Let me finish tweaking code ya PesaBox kiasi nimeskia kuna vile nafaa ka modification kiasi.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Humour, INTERNSHIP

 

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JKUAT graduation. A letter to the fresha Jaymo

So he is finally graduating ….yes Jaymo is finally getting that piece of paper that will persuade mum that all the money she spent on me was not wasted. So as I was thinking of going for my Gown at Juja  a pal of mine asked me what I would tell the younger version of me if I could teleport back to 2008. back to when I was a freshman at JKUAT. Well after much pondering I came up with a list of the things I would tell first year Jaymo.

1.Campus will be over  before you know it,so have fun.I know it seems like all those Math lessons last forever but before you know it you will be doing your finals asking the crew when you will be having the last rave.You will have mad fun, you will get into trouble also…but the guys you call the crew will make campo rock the most. Marto,Pato,Ritchie,Mogaka,kush,mash and Brayo will have the weirdest plots.From kuchinja mbuzi 6.30 jioni just for the sake,to drinking Friday at 1pm till sato Morning(Photo finishing). You will get arrested by cops,take part in strikes,try and steal votes during JKUSO elections. Wake up to find Hookers in your room.Move into some of the best hostels in campo,get kicked out,become squatters do ratish and local brew kwa Pamela. The crew will be awesome. You and martin will get accusations of being drug dealers in school.That being said, don’t procrastinate in your studies (as hard as it is). Coz that will be your greatest vice. Skiving CATs and thinking to yourself ati utafanya make up next week is the largest lie that will mark your Academic life…You will make half of the math teachers hate you for this especially the Numerical Analysis CATs and Exam that you have never done to date.

2.Rave without guilt. I know you found yourself in a class full of math geeks who think the most fun thing to do is find the Integral of x in a 3D plane. Usijifause kwa hiyo crap. Enda frothy friday kama kawaa, nurse your hungie on Sato and back to class like in on Monday.Maths and comp class will have some of the smartest people you will ever find,some of the dumbest pia. Guys who will try and show they know better to win favor in the eyes of the Dawns,Guys who don’t know what unit they are in. Guys who will always  have time to teach you a thing or two in math (s/o to Kaunde I hear utakuwa lecturer soon..good work bro).Guys you will give your comp assigmnets/cats/exams to dub,Guys who will give you their math assigmnets/cats/exams to dub also. That’s Maths Comp  baabie… everyone will copy.

3.You will make 2 great friends in your class Marto and Stella. You will do  crazy stuff pamoja. you will get crazy marks in CATS (bot sides of the graph), you will get beef from people who don’t get the trinity. You will chew together in clubs,do the long mess lines kwa mess pigaing stories like crazy.Do pilau on Friday and ka Nyama weekend. Skive class to go swimming on a Wednesday .miss exam marks coz Stella forgot the email address (again) Diss all the exes you have/had,you will create something called the HAGUE..all the secrets you have about stuff will be held dear and you will promise to share kwa graduation square.( cant wait for that one.)

4.Weird Lectures. you will have those lecturers who will not like your guts, some will not understand how you can write code better than them (Felix the JAVA teacher) you will look at them debugging code and wonder WTF is difficult hapo. You will gradually shift away to your own zone. since Comp science will appear easy to you but people/lectures will think you are just a bragadosho kid. You will get a D in an exam because you answered all the questions right kwa Exam (fack you Data Structures Lec).Some will become close friends others will be people you run over with your Range Rover Vogue the day you buy one.They will teach advanced concepts in Comp science kwa  your  final year .a unit you will get an A despite never being seen in that class.Your final year project will be awesome. They will make several copies of it and put it kwa Lib ya campo…yes you will be immortalized.

5.You will make friends,you will make enemies also.The two exist together like ying and yang.But the worst thing will be when people you hold dear stub you in the back.Screw you in deals.That will hurt but you got to keep it real .I rest that on there.

6.Hug Mum more,she will always be the one to support you when everyone else will be giving you the eye.You will have your difficult times.She will find out that you drink but will not think much of it till you fack up stuff at around 2ND year.she will still pray for you and listen to you tell her about code. She will still insist that you get a hair cut coz she like you neat (its 2012 na bado alinikumbusha this morning), she will still insist you eat the first chapo she cooks,and pea you more nyama than your sisters.treasure that and be there for her during her hard times

7. Faii and Mercy your two lovely sisters will still treat you like a kid, take advantage of that (financially pia they will finance your pet projects). Don’t fight that, you will have crazy fun with them and  they will always have your back.You will end up at ihub coz of them…its a long story but they are the ones who will point you in that direction.

8.As you grow more to code people will use you.you will code stuff that you will think will land you that break you want.People will pay you little and lie to you that they will give you a bigger job next.Its  not to say you will not have your money moments.You will make mad paper and by 3rd year you will think dropping out of campo and starting Jamuhuri Tech is the smartest thing since you will have done your first 6 figure.But mum will sit you down and talk(I mean threaten you) into finishing campo.

9.You will meet a chic you will call kabinti after the song by Bamboo..she will have you smitten for most part of campo. You will write about  here>> . Don’t worry In your  final sem of campo things will take a rather unusual turn. You will meet a coder chic. She will tell you stuff about Picaso and van Gogh. She will look at you like the best coder in the world. She will read books about the Gulag, listen to Lupe Fiasco make you listen to Bob Marley for the first time in your life.You will understand alot with her and make her continue  blogging (she blogs here>>). All I can say,she will be the best thing in your life. So don’t fret fate will be good to you.

10. You will start a blog. this blog actually, to share what you think of life. to share your code stuff.People will read it. Some will not understand it, others will love it. You will write similar to Idd Salim and people will diss you for that (Salim himself will tell you that also). But Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and for that he will let it slide.You will meet great coders in Kenya, they will teach you alot you will also share alot with other coders. Some will steal your work, others will claim your work to be there’s. All this events will be immortalized  in this blog.This little blog of yours.

So in conclusion first year Jaymo… tomorrow I get my graduation gown, and call JKUAT my Alma-mater as of next week.You will do good things…actually great things..so I have confidence in you and that is all the older Jaymo has to say.

<peace/>

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in JKUAT, MEMORIES., music, twitter

 

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