sábado, 11 de octubre de 2014

Central America is discovering BeagleBoard!

The title is clear enough! I was on the VI Encuentro Centroamericano of Software Libre and gave a presentation about what is Beagleboard.org and showing some small demos of the BeagleBone Black.

Important refereces about Central America and Open Hardware/Single Board Computers & Microcontrollers

All of this data is according to what people said on Panama.
  • Arduino it's used in 6 countries of Central America as part of their computer science studies or electrical engineer
  • Raspberry Pi is also use on the 7 countries of Central America
  • Just 2 countries of Central America have listen about the BeagleBone Black. (Costa Rica & Honduras)
  • Just 1 country of Central America has work with a BeagleBone Black. (Honduras)

What was my talk about?

Basically my talk was about, what is the Beagleboard.org community and the Beaglebone Black.

  • I did a presentation on HTML explaining the BeagleBoard.org history and goals. Check the presentation here
  • I show some slides of Jason  Kridner presentation.
  •  Run a small demo on how to build a traffic light with leds, showing how to use the bonescript library. Here
What did people said?
They love it!

  • I will said it again, people love it!
  • They were surprise about the bonescript library,
  • That's basically one of the major problems of other platforms. How to involved Web with Hardware platform.
  • The University of Costa Rica will buy BeagleBone Blacks for next years. (They have listen about the project and were interested on it, but didn't knew about all the capacities it had)
  • Some professors of Panama universities were quite happy to see that they could use this tool on their courses, this is thanks to the bonescript library, it is now easy to request project involving web applications and hardware combined thanks to the BeagleBone Black.

Some images of the event :











viernes, 10 de octubre de 2014

In the Encuentro Centroamericano de Software Libre!

Currently I'm on the city of Chitre in Panama for the VI Encuentro Centroamericano de Software Libre.

This has been an excelent experience. I met several friends and community members I meet on the Primer Encuentro Centroamericano in the city of Esteli Nicaragua and of course new persons from central america.

Something new the ECSL has, is the presence of several recognize people of the open source community. We had the presence of Ramon Ramon, a famous blogger in the latin america. Guillermo Movia Community Manager for Latin America for Mozilla and other people of the Open Source Community in Central America.

I'm going to write in future post about my presentation of the BeagleBoard.org and other talks I have with the Mozilla people. By the way I got the opportunity to know Jorge Aguilar founder of the Mozilla Community of Honduras.

Some images.
If you want to read this presentation in spanish click here.






En el Encuentro Centroamericano de Software Libre

Actualmente me encuentro en la ciudad de Chitre en Panamá en el VI Encuentro Centroamericano de Software Libre.

Por los momentos ha sido una excelente experiencia. Me vuelto a encontrar a varias personas que conocí en el Primer Encuentro Centroamericano y nuevas personas de varios países de centroamerica.

Algo nuevo que a tenido este ECSL es la presencia de varias personas reconocidas en la comunidad del Software Libre. Entre ellos, esta Ramon Ramon, famoso bloguero de software libre.  Guillermo Movia Community Manager de America Latina para Mozilla y otras grandes personas de la comunidad de Software Libre en Centroamerica.

Mas adelante voy a escribir sobre la charla que di sobre BeagleBoard.org, y otras platicas con las personas de Mozilla, que por cierto conoci a Jorge Aguilar miembro fundador de la Comunidad Mozilla Honduras.

Algunas Imágenes.
Si deseas leer este articulo en ingles, click aqui.






viernes, 26 de septiembre de 2014

My experience of the Google Summer of Code


I know the program ended, almost a month ago. But I haven't had the opportunity of sharing my thoughts of the GSOC 2014. This summer, I coded for the BeagleBoard.org organization. It was a great experience. It was my third time trying to be part of the GSOC, and finally I was accepted.

The main idea of the project is a platform for viewing and creating tutorials. You can see it here. Right now I'm working on migrating this to Jekyll. This is the next step the BeagleBoard community is taking.

After the program finish I convinced Jason Kridner cofounder of the BeagleBoard.org to give a small hangout about what's BeagleBoard.org, talk about the Beagle Bone Black and his view of the organizations.

Why I decide to talk with Jason, so he can give a talk? Well for motivating more Honduran students to involve on the open source moment. I was the first Honduran Student, that was part of the Google Summer of Code.

Hope this motivates more Honduran student.

sábado, 9 de agosto de 2014

How I miss you Synaptic!

Several years  have passed since we saw the Synaptic included in Ubuntu. You can found reasons here .
So in a clear english the reason was to have a better add/remove program for users. A friendly application. The explanation sounds good, I didn't complain about that, until right now. Ubuntu has change a lot, it's really a friendly user OS.

I have use CLI when necessary, but today I couldn't believe it.
I'm a Google Chrome user, I know you will tell me it's not open source or I should use Chromium or FF. But no. I'm a user of Google Chrome, and many people also prefer Chrome over Chromium, so why it should be quite complex remove it? If Ubuntu wants to be more friendly user why you should use the terminal for removing one of the most popular web browsers? I could understand if is a browser few people use, a good reason. But not a popular browser, Chrome is one of the most popular browsers on the world!

A screen shot of the Ubuntu Software Center, trying to remove Google Chrome.
No results, not even a message telling no results found. This is not a friendly user application!



So, I decided to check Synaptic to see if it was possible to remove Google Chrome yes it's so simple.












So please tell me, I'm wrong or I'm right. What's your opinion?



miércoles, 28 de mayo de 2014

Bone101 Status Week 2

What has been done
Issues
  • I got some personal problems this week that pass. They have been resolved.
  • The login page hasn't been added to the github rep, still having some issues, want to have it 100% so the community can test it.
2 Week Work
  • Finish the login page
  • Have the first demo presentation for creating the cards
  • Confirm with mentors if we're going to use Flickr API for uploading image
  • Beging to write in google docs one tutorial at least, This way David can check it and use it as a real tutorial for testing the app

martes, 20 de mayo de 2014

Bone101 Status 1 Week

Hi Community
Last week I got some issues and couldn't present you a status of Bone101.

I updated the template and had almost done the final design. You can check it here: http://diegotc.github.io/bone101/Support/GSOC/template.html
The option for the View All, is the one that is giving me some problems. I'm not quite sure if the way that is right now is the proper way of showing it.

Personal Observations
  • Planning to change the blue color(http://diegotc.github.io/bone101/Support/GSOC/BLINKINGTUTORIALS/Blink.html), for some orange or some BeagleBoard color. Need to confirm this with Jason.
To do for this week

  • I just began to work with the Github API. Need to create a login page for writing tutorials.
  • Need to play around with the Flickr API. Need to confirm with Jason if we're going to use the flickr system for hosting images.
  • Have the option of forking the project. I have to test this.

These are my goals for this week.