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Another enhancing experience

(This is a follow up article of : An enhancing experience)

The clock ticks 15:00.

I typed the last end-user test case for the very important chapter on Testing. Finally!

Finally, I was able to complete my dissertation which was to be submitted the next day, Saturday 31 July 2010.

I was relieved.

However, the battle was not over. There was another milestone to be achieved that night.

On Friday, 30 July 2010 was being held the Annual Event “The English Speaking Union, Annual Dinner” at Les Cannelles, Domaine Les Pailles.

I was in a dilemma: What to do?

Option A: Stay at home and Polish the final BCS Professional Project in IT and delegate the website launching to Garaz Developer

Option B: Attend the Annual Dinner with High dignitaries and Government Officials

Dip…Dip…Dip

I had to take a decision.

The decision had to be taken immediately, as the clock will keep on ticking, not wanting to stop for you to decide which march to follow. Luckily and Fortunately, the time spent at the University of Mauritius as a student equipped me for such situations. This is owing to the Management theories learnt in academic setting and the Time Management skilles applied when doing Freelance Web Development with clients.

15.30

Tick, tock, Tick tock…..

Let me take a bath..

where is my dark, formal suit???

shit, my shoes are not polished…….

16.00

almost got ready

However, wtf!

Slow Internet Connection in Mauritius!

Ok , this phenomenon is a plague. At that time, lots of curses to Orange ISP. To the extent that I event invented new curses. 😀

16.30

Still downloading the website on localhost……..

Got a phone call…

It was Garaz Developer “Hey dude, where are you?, you told me you will pick me up at 15.00”

Then I made him understand why we need the latest version of the website for launching and why he also should help me cursing Orange ISP.

17:00

Ok. Download a success.

Let’s move to Pailles. Had intended to go for a meeting in order to cross-check my BCS dissertation before final submission. but time constraint.

17:30

Arrived at the Indian Restaurant. Time to get ready.

Some bugs found on the localhost version of the website. Need to also do some adjustments with the LCD Projector.

Keep cool..Keep Cool..

18:00

saw the appearance of certain guests. Time to Socialise!

Was very impressed by certain personalities coming to meet me and give me a firm handshake “Congratulations for your work!”.

This boosted my self-confidence.

18:30

Cocktail and Snacks.

Socialisation process with the guests and eminent personalities.

19:00

Ok. I have to find a small place where I could concentrate for the launching. The Chief Guest, The President of the Republic was to arrive in a few minutes. I needed silence and inner calm to be able to THINK ON MY SPEECH for the website launching.

19:30

Start of the ceremony.

Speeches

20:00

Launching of the Website – http://www.esumauritius.org

20:15

Website Demo – Je passe a l’action.

I was very dynamic. Attempted to ‘break the ice’ and talk. and then I talked, talked and talked around 5 minutes. I was me and myself.. all the eyeballs were tacked on me and all the hearing attention given to me. It was a moment of Magic! These moments will be written on stone and reminds me of important milestone in my Freelance Web Development Career. I was very proud of being the initiator of ‘Garaz Developer’ and was so happy that the web 2.0 training which started in Nov. 2009, produced its very satisfactory results.

20:30

Time to eat – Hariyali Kebab and to Tweet

More Tweets:

  1. Caran d’Ache http://flic.kr/p/8obhhN Saturday, July 31, 2010 6:52:33 AM via Flickr
  2. Gift from ESU Mauritius http://flic.kr/p/8o84Yi Saturday, July 31, 2010 6:48:00 AM via Flickr

  3. just arrived at Pailles http://flic.kr/p/8ob6iY Saturday, July 31, 2010 6:32:58 AM via Flickr

  4. a few snapshots @esumauritius.org #english http://yfrog.com/f1nt1vj http://yfrog.com/3qykhj Saturday, July 31, 2010 6:09:23 AM via Twitter for iPhone

The event then continued with the Speech of the International Public Speaking Competition Finalist – Advik Ghoorah from College St. Esprit.

To conclude

It was very nice to obtain positive feedback on the event from well-wishers who watched the broadcast on the MBC TV, Journal Televise – Wednesday 18 August 2010:

http://mediaserver2.intnet.mu/mbc/august/wednesday_18_08_10.wmv

at the 14:16 minute of the movie or the YouTube Video:

So many thank-yous. A big one to Garaz Developer, to Anne-Marie from ESU and to the wise old man who give me this unique opportunity to accomplish this milestone at this age.


Dell Laptops April Promotion

Dell is amongst one of the most admired companies. Led by Michael Dell, the company is reputed for pioneering the ‘configure to order’ approach – delivering PCs directly to individual customers. In fact, Michael Dell, one of the richest persons in the world is also the youngest CEO (at the age of 27) to have his company listed in Fortune 500 list of companies. The list of Corporate market specific brands include: Dell Optiplex, Dell Vostro whilst the Home office / Consumer class product brands include: Dell Inspiron, XPS, Alienware etc…

The month of April-May announces with promotion on Dell Products. Seizing this opportunity, I would like to present another product on my freelance web development portfolio: www.kshreyatech.com

kshreyatech.com marks the Official Online presence of Kshreya Technologies Ltd, your one-stop shop for computer hardware/ services. The site is on the Magento E-Commerce platform, which is a CMS which I like very much. Despite it’s complexity and much time spent in proper configuration, I like the Web 2.0 look and feel in this platform. The website is still under implementation phase since not all of the feature of magento are being fully utilised (given the limited no. of training sessions to the client). Please have a look and do not hesitate to drop constructive comments on how to improve….

Other websites in this computer hardware category include:

Unfortunately we still feel being in the Web 1.0 era with static HTML pages like http://www.lci.mu/products.htm or incomplete websites like: http://www.infokeens.com/notebooks.php or on IIS http://koolshopping.com/

So folks, any interesting web 2.0 Online Store for a small and medium enterprise selling computer hardware/software ????


An enhancing experience

Firstly, I would like to thank those regular readers who take time to enjoy informative articles on my personal blog. It is encouraging to receive their offline comments at the University. It’s a nice pleasant surprise to discover class mates or friends who have a quick scan of the articles from time to time. And to them, I would encourage you dear folks, start Blogging on anything that passionates you! Me, am passionate about sharing the goodness of being a UoM student, Freelance Web Developer. So let’s begin:

Sharing the goodness of being a UoM Student:

I enjoy the new Elective module for the new academic year 20092/2010: Business Ethics & Corporate Governance, the class which was held yesterday. This is a class where you have to argue your thoughts and be in active mode. That is, I like the 2-way interaction between the Lecturer and Students. We have the opportunity to further develop our debating skills and improve critical thinking abilities.

As a student, you have to be able to think on your own. Voicing out your opinions and defending your arguments, this is what I like the most in this class. Despite yesterday I had to be at the official launching of a website (which I gonna share in the section below), I did my best to be present in the first part of the class.

Sharing the goodness of being a Freelance Developer:

The second part of the article concerns the accumulation of lots of web development hours recently. I honestly think that Freelancing helps me a lot , asides from earning a pocket money. As a business student, you get to ‘manage your own business’. The commercial experience acquired and the networking opportunities obtained is unique.

My last client’s project, I am proud to have been through an enhancing experience. The project is to have a website for a Society for the Promotion of Urdu which:

  • would permit the organisation to have an online presence
  • to inform about its latest publications in Urdu
  • to promote Mauritian Urdu Literature (poems, drama, poetry etc.) – as noted during the speech of the President of the organisation, a website is a medium where an author can publish even a small piece of literature. It is not necessary to have it published in a book or magazine given it’s small length: like only 1 ghazal.
  • to have a dynamic photo gallery depicting the various activities of the society
  • a guestbook to obtain visitor feedback
  • to have a complete Urdu version of the website where the language lovers throughout all the world can connect and enjoy Mauritian Urdu Literature

Personally, I had a personal satisfaction of working with a Web content development team which is very very serious and professional in their work. Sometimes I had a hard time with the content , since I cannot read Urdu. But overall, it was a nice Team Work and we were able to respect the deadlines. I think the key to the success of this project is: 1. L’amour pour ce qu’on fait (obviously am passionate about Web 2.0) 2. Discipline

Finally a description about the launching held yesterday. It was held at the Islamic Cultural Centre. Its the first time that I went there, Waow, an amazing huge white edifice.
ICC

Zahin graciously accepted to come fetch me at the University. At around 15:00, I was warmly welcomed by the Team of the society and immediately proceeded to the powerpoints prepared for the ceremony. I was impressed by the nice powerpoint presentation done by the Web Content developers. It hints to hard work done even on the eve of the launching. This effort is very encouraging for the proper arrangement of the launching. For obvious reasons, I download Mozilla Firefox on the machine for the launching. Then when the Chief Guest: Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius: Hon. Rashid Beebeejaun came after a few minutes of lateness (co-incidence with Yaum-un-Nabi), the Master of Ceremony welcomed the guests.

The latter was a bit stressed and hands shivering, as she sat next to me, I did my best to pass on some words which would help her gain self-confidence.

I was pretty impressed by Farouq Rujul’s Speech. He had no speech on paper prepared as such and all he was doing was: Speaking Fluently! Hat’s off

Me, despite feeling nervous since the morning, I kept concentrated on the powerpoints and on the order of the events before came the time of the launching. Then finally came the much awaiting moment: the speech by Bashir Nuckchady on the description of the website started.

As the developer, I was presented to the audience and had to manage to do an Aadaab. Felt blushed a bit with the round of applause and being very well presented as a young student at the University of Mauritius.

Then Hon. Beebeejaun was invited to launch the website.

At the same time, the cameraman, photographs all present to surround you, most probably to ‘shoot’ you. After clicking on the powerpoint the website screenshot appeared with bold letters: Congratulations! anjumanurdu.org is now launched! Then the Right. Hon. requested me to show him the website features. I then switched to the Firefox window to open the Live website and started with the description.

After breathing an air of satisfaction on the website developed, Hon. Beebeejaun and I had a small conversation. It was a revelatory one since he expected me to be of 27 years old. He commented:

B ou paret bien mature ou!!!!

Upon receiving firm handshake of congratulations from Hon Beebeejaun and Farouq Rujul, President of Society of Promotion of Urdu, the chief guests regained their seat on stage for the final item in the Agenda: Hon. Beebeejaun’s speech.

To conclude, many thanks to the organisation for believing in me for delivering a satisfactory product on time and within the decided budget. Here we are, another website in the Mauritian web sphere has seen the day!