What Am Working On Now

Write a program to solve a classic ancient Chinese puzzle: We count 35 heads and 94 legs among the chickens and rabbits in a farm. How many rabbits and how many chickens do we have?

Hint: Use for loop to iterate all possible solutions.

3rd September Shack Meeting

Today’s Shack meeting was well attended. We had 4 members present including our Chairman, Mr Ted Alleyne. Other members present were Mr. Joseph Ngungu and Mr. Kagotho. We arrived to find that somebody had stolen the water meter and left the water flooding the entire place. I plugged the pipe with a stick and I hope it holds till its repaired. Also the guy who lives behind the shack has made the hole in the fence bigger since thats his passage, we took down his makeshift dwelling because he had littered the place with plastic bottles. [Read More]

Growing Plants With Artificial Light Experiment

Introduction The intensity of light radiating from a point source that reaches a surface is inversely proportional to the square of the surface’s distance from the source - Inverse square law. This simply means that if an object is twice as far away it receives only a quarter of the light. This is the basis of this experiment. For a long time we have relied on the sun as the source of food, but with recent scientific studies, man has stared to grow plants indoors with the help of artificial light from bulbs. [Read More]


Introduction Youtube-dl is a command-line program to download videos from Youtube and a few more sites. It requires the Python interpreter (2.6, 2.7, or 3.2+), and it is not platform specific. youtube-dl should work in your Unix box, in Windows or in Mac OS X. It is released to the public domain, which means you can modify it, redistribute it or use it however you like. Installation To install it right away for all UNIX users (Linux, OS X, etc. [Read More]

2nd July Shack Meeting Passed Novice Exam

Gate and Shack Security The fence for the shack has a big hole which unknown persons keep breaking into the shack. There is along process for this to be repaired. These people have now started ‘dwelling’ behind the building. We found a large stock of bottles behind the shack building. They have also broken the water pipe. Running Costs The site has proved too expensive to maintain and we are thinking of changing location. [Read More]

Connect To Eduroam On Archlinux

Eduroam is a worldwide internet service for research that is used in universities globally. Eduroam uses a secure protocol when connecting to the users. Windows and other OSs have different configurations. On Archlinux start by running the following commands. Note: The following steps are for Connman (A Daemon for managing internet connections within embedded devices running the Linux operating system. Comes with a command-line client, plus Enlightenment, ncurses, GTK and Dmenu clients are available). [Read More]

The I Love Candy Pacman Mod

Pacman is the official package manager for Archlinux. Sometimes its boring watching the Hashes which are used to show progress when Pacman is downloading/working. This kind of user interface has a new mod that shows a capital C eating small things during the progress. Modify the Pacman config file using your favorite editor. sudo nano /etc/pacman.conf Go down to Misc Options and add the word ILoveCandy to the end of the list. [Read More]

Preparing For Novice Exam - How To Contact The ISS

Today’s Shack meeting went well and was well attended. The hole on the fence is even bigger.The station is overgrown with grass due to the heavy rains that have been pounding Nairobi lately. As usual Ted kicked off the meeting and went through the meeting. At some point we were discussing how one can call the ISS (International Space Station). I later did some research and this is what I have learn’t. [Read More]

9th April Shack Meeting - I am a Registered Member

Today was my first time to attend a shack meeting and generally it was very informative. The meeting was at the 5Z4RS Station Beacon in Woodley Estate,Nairobi. This location is referred to as the Shack. On my way I was wondering who and what type of people I would find. The meeting was scheduled to start at 10.00AM. On arrival I found Mr.Ted Alleyne together with another gentle man doing some preparations. [Read More]

Armature Radio In Kenya

Introduction Armature Radio (Ham Radio) is a hobby for enthusiasts which is a non commercial radio station with 4 receivers, amplifier and additional equipment for communication with other operators on a specific frequency. In Kenya ham radio is organized by Radio Society of Kenya located in Nairobi where they have a headquarters. Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the “Amateur Bands. [Read More]

Hiking At Ngong Hills With Ruaraka Baptist Church Teens

Located SW of Nairobi is Kenya’s largest Wind Farm, Ngong Hills. The word “Ngong”as I was told by the locals is an Anglicization of a Maasai phrase “enkong’u emuny” meaning rhinoceros spring, and this name derives from a spring located near Ngong Town. Overlooking the Great Rift Valey on the Western Slopes, the Nong Hills rise to 2,460 meters above sea level.During the years of British colonial rule, the area around the Ngong Hills was a major settler farming region, and many traditional colonial houses are still seen in the area. [Read More]