So here I am, after around 30 hours from usual Internet Activity, back online (Article written originally on the 9th of January 2015) ; but from a quite different place. I am on board an Emirates A-380 flight bound for Mauritius from Dubai (EK 701) and I am enjoying and testing the complimentary WiFi service provided on board. This article will be a little walk-through of the service, a quick test and some comments. The whole of this article was written using that service except for minor changes noted when I touched ground and after a good post-tiresome-delayed-flight. – and if my battery does not drain out after usage at the Airport. The tests and screenshots were conducted and taken on the flight itself. I resumed the tests on my return trip.
Emirates, an airline with the UAE as its home, has been serving Mauritius with its A-380’s since October 2014  and is now offering two flights daily to Dubai . Being among the leaders in aviation, Emirates decided to offer free Wi-Fi connectivity on board its flight with the collaboration of Switz’s based OnAir.
Annoncement by Emirates on its homepage
Well let’s connect from 30,000 miles above sea level
Linux !! It’s on the mouth of most IT guys these days – or for long we can say. Some know about them and use them, some only know about them and some simply just ignore its existence. Linux Version 3.18 has been recently released and on the occasion, I decided to have a little chat with somebody close or deep into Linux; Logan – An Official Linux Kernel developer with whom I conducted an interview recently and also talked about some IPv6 issues for my home country, Mauritius. Following is a little of what we talked. Feel free to add your own views and thoughts (even beliefs 😛 ) in the comments.
Recently on Social Media and tech-oriented mailing-lists, there has been lots of debate following a statement on the National TV by the Minister of ICT in Mauritius, Mr Tassaragen Chelumbrum Pillay, in which he said that the IPv4 addresses are exhausting and thus we need to move to IPv6. Well, for non-technical people out there, this can sound a little alien-language. The purpose of this article is to try to explain in simplest terms, the IP addressing system, IPv4, IPv6, how to transition effectively from IPv4 to IPv6 and consumer concerns about same. For the writing of this article, I asked my friend, Logan to help me. Why Logan? Well, Logan has Operational Experience in IPv6 with his employer, AFRINIC deploying IPv6 networks in Africa, plus Logan is currently in deep IPv6 research and has even brought forward some security fixes for a few platforms. He is willing to help the Government of Mauritius with his knowledge and expertise. “I would like to help my country, Mauritius, to do the jump to IPv6 in a cost-effective, highly secure, reliable way while conforming to international standards of the IETF…” – to quote some of Logan’s words.
Open Source systems and the community running behind these have always been something interesting to dive in. As part of paving my path in those communities, I decided to have a word with one of the Open Source Developers in my Home Country namely Loganden Velvindron, Logan; a friend of mine – even if we met in person only once during a workshop on the MariaDB Database Management System. Views expressed in this ‘mini-interview’ represent the views of Logan only. Other mini-interviews similar to this one will follow.
Well well; Good morning everyone. Live from ‘Le Bed’. Am writing this article since sleep is late for its rendez-vous today. Well, Ish Sookun posted on his blog some hours ago about a link to an online game themed with a political message from a specific party running up for the 2014 General Elections in Mauritius. Yes, you heard it right, An Online Game.
As it can be noticed since the very start of the rise in political events and scoops this year – alliances, parliament on holidays and all – Mauritius has seen a rise in the use of Social Media, the Internet and Tech 2.0 as never before. Web TVs with live broadcast and professional video-edits is The tool of the moment with Radio Stations having their own Web TVs; a semi-private-tv-station culture using Youtube mainly as platform to stream, spread and share their media, the dive in Online Radio for a Newspaper Group, the extensive use of the Facebook platform, and now the newcomer to the list; That Online Game.