Chrome can now ‘talk’ to Firefox

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Google chrome can now” talk” to Firefox. This is now possible for the reason that we now have the WebRTC technology that allows your browser to access your computers microphone and camera. WebRTC is an open-source project supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera. The API and underlying protocols are being developed jointly at the W3C and IETF.
This technology brings clear crispy voice, sharp high-definition video and low-delay communication to the browser. The common objective of this technology is to help developers offer affluent, secure communications, integrated straight into their web apps.
To try out this you will need the Chrome 25 beta or the Firefox Nightly. Additionally, in Firefox, you’ll need to go to about:config and set the media.peerconnection.enabled pref to “true”. Then head over to the WebRTC demo site and start calling.

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My Wikimedia Universe/.

For the time I have been contributing to Wikipedia, I would say most of the time has been spent learning how stuff works and I can say that it is only now that I can make very meaning full contributions. By no means am I implying that the simple typo corrections or Wikignome work is useless, every contribution is definitely important and very welcome. I have been thinking of how long the time ticks away for folks to learn without compromising any fundamentals like the copyvio laws and other aspects of Wikipedia contributions.

Africa‘s coverage is minimal or quite low because of lack of awareness of Wikimedia in this part of the world. And the ones aware of it are lost on where to start or how to proceed. To increase coverage from this part of the world we need contributors who cannot just edit an article but those that can do much more advanced stuff like create templates, nav boxes, category trees, advice on Coypvios, answer OTRS queues, offer support in Wikiprojects and so on. I would propose this project be undertaken under the English Wikipedia since it is well mature with all the structures in shape. After users get to know the mechanisms and structures there, then they can move on to other Wikipedia languages that serve African languages.

I once had the privilege to give a talk to librarians and professors in Tanzania in 2011. At first I thought 2 hours was a lot to give the talk, it later spilled on to have Wikipedia sessions for the whole day and the participants were still begging for more in the evening. The talk involved hands on sessions with practicals and it was quite an enjoyable experience for me and the attendees. I was later sent the report of the whole workshop and the Wikipedia day was voted the best of the sessions. ‘..From then I discovered that it is possible to summarize work done on 4 million articles in just a day:-)..’ I have a copy of the report from the organizers and I cannot upload it to commons since am not certain of its license 😦

Wikipedia in itself does not work alone but it depends on other projects like Wikimedia commons, meta wiki and the other Wikimedia projects.

There is a lot to learn in this ‘Wikimedia universe’. I have tried to break down most of the stuff into the packages as below;

  • All Wikimedia projects with an incline on the most important/popular/most used
  • Editing — GOCE, Wikification, Wikignomes, Wikimark-up
  • Programming — JS scripts, mediawiki extensions, CSS, Bots
  • Internet based tools — IRCs, Mailing lists (Public and Private lists), QR Pedia,
  • Law — Copyrights, Creatice commons, BLP policies
  • Librarians — Categorization and other info organization methods
  • Translations — The multilingual Wikimedia projects are, the closer we get to “..Sum of all human knowledge in a language at least everyone can understand..”
  • Media — Commons, WLM, Wikipedia Takes Cities
  • AGF — The cornerstone of Wikimedia
  • The chapters — WCA, Governance
  • Wikipedia tools – STiki, Wikipedia Cleaner, Huggle, AWB, Igloo to mention but just a few
  • The Wikipedia interface
  • Wikipedia structures – Wikiprojects, Templates, Essays,

I believe approaching Wikipedia in this manner  will bring more contributors on board and make the existing from this part of the world more productive.

My opinion anyway.

Meet the bots!

The sum to all human knowledge is still 110 million articles short to be anywhere close to completion. It is a work in progress with 100K contributors who make >5 edits per month which is a good number of contributors though not enough-especially from the so called global south. These computer robots are used to run some automated tasks on articles to avoid redundaMeet the bots!nt work on Wikipedia. As much as they make work easier, their judgement is nowhere close to that of the humans’. There are about 1600 bots which do quite a lot of work because some have more than 4 million edits on Wikipedia which is a nice job.

There is this other bunch of bots that I have been encountering everytime I create a new article. They have been nominating my articles for deletion! While citing various reasons that to me seem silly and unfounded- be it ‘Notability’, ‘sounds like an advertisement’, ‘doesn’t meet the GNG‘ and so many more. Some mis informedly post on my talk page advising me as if I just created my account, I should visit the start page for newbies. I have more than 2000 edits in all Wikimedia projects and it is because am strong hearted to the extent that I have been taking kahawa tungu (bitter coffee) with the bots for 11 months or so. If it sounds like an advertisement, then there is the COE team who can do the necessary to ensure the language is encyclopedic and I will learn from it.

Most newbies have cited these deletions as the major reason of quiting or retiring from editing the English Wikipedia. Mostly, when you start to write about a Kenyan/African story it is not notable – on the contrary – I have been working on the backlog category of articles lacking description on the template person data and from what I see some articles are on Wikipedia for all the wrong reasons according to me.But thinking on giving it a second thought, that person could be notable in Mexico as a country or whenever he hails from.  While articles about the Nyayo House, Bring Zack Back Home and the List of places Moi opened are not notable.

It costs me a fortune in this part of the world to be connected on the Internet and people here do not have the willingness to invest their money doing free non-paid work. They prefer to tweet or facebook because no one will never delete the noise or party pictures they  post there.

Or can we have a en.wikipedia.org.ke! where we write about our country?

Danger of being Facebook friends with your boss.

So you are feeling important that your big boss has finally approved your friend request on facebook.
While you can play the conservative participant, where you remain cautious on what debates to indulge in and what rants you post,what if your friends carelessly post comments about the safaricom safari sevens you attended with them the other day,when you had asked permission to Seek treatment for a “splitting stomach ache”
Let the boss interact with his equals.it just gives too many loopholes for conflicts.
If you are already in the same network with your boss, too bad. You may just have to limit your participation in conversations.

Your boss might be keenly be following and sometimes posting you a comment to urge you in your ignorance . Back in his/her mind, the image of you not being someone who can be taken seriously will be very much alive.

If you make a stupid comment,it could be interpreted as a general representation of your character,even in the workplace.
If the comments do have hidden meanings,or contain humorous connotations, then anything you say will be taken as unrealiable,thus labelling you as unreliable.