Sierra Leone helicopter crash kills 21

More tragic news from West Africa: Sierra Leone helicopter crash kills 21 One of the the helicopters used in the service from the Lungi airport in Freetown, Sierra Leone – the main link between the airport and downtown – has crashed on landing, killing 21 people. Togo’s sports minister and 20 other people were killedContinue reading “Sierra Leone helicopter crash kills 21”

Ghanaian Information Minister: Ghana has a pivotal role in FOSS

Over at the Free Software and Open Source for Africa website, they’ve put up the opening remarks by Ghanaian Communications Minister Mike Ocquaye kicking off last week’s MediaFOSS event. The speech had me cheering, and it’s comments like this that give me great hope for the future of Free Software in Africa: “The seeds ofContinue reading “Ghanaian Information Minister: Ghana has a pivotal role in FOSS”

Campcaster installed in Freetown

The days in Freetown were hectic, filled with lots of work combined with lots of waiting in traffic to get from one side of town to the other. Traffic was pretty bad, with a strangely functional form of chaos governing things. In the traffic, people selling random stuff – tube socks, flashlights, bathroom fixtures, andContinue reading “Campcaster installed in Freetown”

The muscles from Brussels – not!

I’m headed to Brussels tomorrow to take part in the Euro Foo Camp event, which should be a blast. It’s my first time at such an event, so I really don’t know what to expect, but am ready for almost anything. I understand that at one of these Foo Camp events in California they tookContinue reading “The muscles from Brussels – not!”

A pen-and-paper post from the airport in Freetown

I got back into Dakar late last night, safe and sound, after waiting around the airport in Freetown because my plane was delayed for nearly 7 hours. I thought I would miss my connecting flight in Banjul, Gambia, but as it turns out, happily, there was an error in the computer system, and my flightContinue reading “A pen-and-paper post from the airport in Freetown”