Friday, December 25, 2009

Goodbye 2009



To be honest, I am a little frustrated that I had more posts on this blog in 2008 than I did in 2009. I am going to blame the transition from New York back to Tanzania and then to the UK for this.

In any case, it's been a long year, and it's about to come to a close. What's been going on with projects, and what is in store for 2010?

On the web design front, I was finally able to establish a clean portfolio and page for Ndogoworks. It is something basic that I can now work with in its own space and time, as opposed to being intermingled with other projects. Priority for Ndogoworks in 2010 will be to get my own domain and potentially register it as a business based out of Dar.

Music will potentially dominate 2010 for me. I have not given much thought to the Solarvibe Sound homepage, it still remains the same from last year with a few updated mixes and gigs. I've only had one gig in London so far (boo!), but I need to look harder in 2010, and raise the bar with marketting a little. I'm thinking about teaming up with a few other DJ friends to see if we can get some collective radio shows going and potentially host them on a stream, or even start a stream... suggestions?

And Vijana FM - ah - I have been very lucky indeed. Roonie, Neechi and Taha have agreed to come on board to help author content! Check out the new Vijana FM look (thanks to Neechi's logo magic). The blog will continue to be updated by us, and I am working on finding away to produce more audio and visual content. Authors and editors always welcome!

As for the Shack518 homepage, I need to do some serious work on it. I prefer not to keep the same design from one year to the next, so this will probably be my project for early 2010. In short, it is going to move from being a homepage to my projects (which this blog serves in better ways), to being a hosting space on the back-end (which it already is serving as for Vijana FM and USS Dar).

There's some other stuff going on like the Streetword RSS Project and potentially a city-transit calculator, but those have been put on hold for now.

Oh and I started FunnyIsWhatFunnyDoes two weeks ago because I was procrastinating on school papers. That will be a fun one to keep updated :)

That's that for now. I'm off to New York tomorrow. If you're reading this, merry christmas and a happy new year to you!

PS: Above wallpaper is from Interfacelift.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Web hosting in Tanzania



My buddy Taha, who is also writing about tech on Vijana FM (more about Vfm in later posts) found out about TovutiYangu, a web host based out of Tanzania! Very neat news for us Tanzanians to see a simple, efficient web host that accepts payments through a mobile operator!

Check out Vijana FM, or Taha's blog.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Web trends



iA (information architecture) produces a cool Web Trend Map, which is a cool way to look at how major websites interact.

Given this map, where do future opportunities for social development online lie, if at all?

Click on this to check out the whole 2009 map, the image is just a portion of it!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Another winter coming



This winter marks exactly 25% of my life having been lived in the Northern Hemisphere. Who would've thought?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Small change



The world map in small change. FAAP Campaign - Change the World 2007 @ Lafayette College.