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I really hate slow machines. I hate being angry. I hate missing targets. Especially when there isn't much to aim at. Once upon a time my boss told us something about time. The was a shipping(not sure) company, or freight and dealt with cargo. From see to land and such stuff. Clearing and forwarding is freight-related...right? Guess that's it. Depending on how many containers were to be ofloaded, time was important. A little history before I finish...

At my employers place, there's something called KPIs. Once wrote an article about it here..you can search for it. Key Perfomance Indicators, in full. He gave narrated to us a story of how one staff handling the cargo from the ship to land was to reduce the handling time by 3 seconds. I mean 3 seconds. That was all. For any cargo, all cargo, reduce handling time by 3 seconds each time. Seems little right? Multiply that by the number of packages let down. Many. Made sense. Alot of it.

You may not value time but it always takes a toll on you. The second a machine hangs, the more you lose track of what you thought of by going ahead to start the freaking task manager that also hangs. This is where feelings get in. I hate that. I broke my monitor back in the day on a pentium R. Got bored of it. You click buttons and it's like your efforts are going nowhere!!

Let's put business aspect into the discussion.

How long are you supposed to take to do some simple task? How about image editing? Some programs must stay on like the whole day...chrome na tab zake kama kawa. Firefox is a no no on a windows one for me. It's bae in Linux though. Chrome and Chromium crash my Linux. So far I guess it's v8 engine. Back to timeline...it kills me to be slow. I'm supposed to be fast. My speed and machine's speed translate to faster success.

As a developer, never compromise. Pay good for good service.

 

 

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WEB DEVELOPER

Reports to: Technical Manager

Company: Greenbell Communications Limited

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Closing date:

Description:

The Web Developer performs all aspects of the development tasks, including front-end, back-end, and database

development and is to be responsible for production, modification and maintenance of websites and web application’s

user interfaces.

Duties and Responsibilities:

● Managing contract design and development resources to timely and successful deliveries.

● Working with clients and review panels to identify recommendations for the appropriate technical, business

and human factors solutions.

● Developing and maintaining web-enabled capabilities and custom applications.

● Advances our growing CMS practice. Turns design and user interface mockups into functional websites

powered by CMS.

● Ensures HTML/CSS is cross-browser and standards compliant and meets

Requirements:

● Must have deep expertise in various web and mobile web applications development using HTML, CSS,

JavaScript and Popular Javascript libraries, SQL, PHP and MySQL

● Excellent understanding of database modeling and information architecture, with web application integration,

excellent Software Development Lifecycle and Cross-browser/platform

● Experience working with, designing and developing Content Management Systems

● Graphic Design capabilities.

● Excellent problem solving abilities.

● Should be able to work under pressure with tight deadlines.

● SEO skills.

● Keep up to date with latest web technologies.

● Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

● Proficient in the maintenance and administration of CMS modules and sites and in HTML/CSS, and client-

side scripting libraries.

● Familiar with each layer in the LAMP/WAMP/MAMP stack from application architecture and system

infrastructure points of view; knowledgeable and experienced in PHP and MySQL programming.

● Experience developing and implementing open source software projects.

● Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities

● Creative, resourceful, and innovative with strong attention to detail

Education and Experience

● Degree/Diploma in IT related field and two years general experience with CSS3, HTML5 and Javascript

● Experience working in a front end development team coding HTML/CSS websites.

● Knowledge of using Adobe Creative Suite(Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver) and willing to improve

knowledge of CSS, HTML and other web languages.

● Knowledge of SEO tool and implementation.

 

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What is ecommerce? I like going to wikipedia to look up meanings of stuff but let me try something different today. 

e-com·merce
ˈēˌkämərs/
noun
noun: ecommerce
  1. commercial transactions conducted electronically on the Internet.
Now, Putting Kenya, Unemployment, Developers and money in the conversation is important. In Kenya, ecommerce alone is a rising culture. This is where developers come in. If you are a developer and jobless, this is an end to all that. A simple way of ending unemployment is via ecommerce. It's an ultimate razor. I spoke a developer about he got a job and what he did to get a job and how he survived before then. Unfortunately for him, he didn't have all the necessary knowledge at the time regarding ecommerce and online marketing. He used to fix machines and develop systems for clients got as referrals. Hard but worked. Provided more than USD 2 (200/-) per day on average. Just enough to make a simple life. 
That was in upcountry. The guy came to the city. City life is diferent. You have to stand out [if at all you can stand]. That amount can't help out past lunch and breakfast, in good amounts. We are not in the habit of skipping meals here. We are looking towards healthy lifestyles. An Ecommerce sollution came in handy. Selling stuff online, delivering, getting money...all that makes up the big word, ecommerce. Before you do all that, you need a domain. I mean a site after all. If you have to sell anything online, customers have to see it too. Online Marketing kicks in. 
This guy, together with another lady[friend in the city] came up with an idea. An idea to change their world. Making a site, a simple cms solution, even though both of them happened to be developers, that would be their shop. They set it up as a sub-domain and then uploaded products to their site. Set up payment options and everything relevent. 
The products were to be delivered to the customers' doorstep. This was unthinkable. Two youngstars. Big dreams. Let's make Mullah. Traffic was low at first. Nothing much was done on the site, so, bounce rate was high too. Online snobs. 
This would later change. Enquiry after enquiry. Click after click, untill the general public started liking it. General online public is a genuine community. Unforgiving at times, not forgetting, some of the people online are jobless and unemployed too. If you have to sell stuff online, target even the ones not fdoing so well financially. The products on the ecommerce site in discussion were clothes. Hence it's name, Tux Fashions. Cheap clothes are liked. mtush as it's usually referred to, but now online. It's convincing. Good shirts at about 500 is good. Google adsense integrated helped make more money too. 
This was an ultimate solution to ending the whole job-hunting cycle. You just happen to employ yourself online and have thee time to do some other entertaining and beneficial stuff as you look for a job[if you so wish] in a company of your dreams or just for fun and satisfaction. 
Always remeber, you have talents and capabilities. You are not containable. Employment is not the best place place on earth. Focus on employing people and you'll be a better person than the one you saw in the mirror. 
 
 
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I've read lotsa stories about cancer and now it's more than heartbreaking. Apart from it being a sad experience, death is worse. People are leaving us. Large numbers. I tried to read several materials out there and there are a variety of cancer types and causes. My concern was not all that, but the causes. I narrowed down to Kenya, Counties, to my county Meru. To my constituency. 

In Kenyatta National hospital, an article read in part "..15% of cancer patients are from Meru.." this is damn alarming. I tried to ask why we have such a large number but may I can't say this is the cause, but it might be. 

During grain storage, it gets aflatoxin if not left to dry properly. This might be the cause. 

“People used to die of cancer thinking they had been bewitched. The cancer is due to food people eat and exposure to chemicals,” Dr Muraah, who was accompanied by Health chief officer James Gitonga, said.

He was speaking some times back in MTRH. This is bad. We have to watch what we eat, chemical composition. Bad storage, bad food. 

“Farmers who rely on irrigation usually rush to harvest their crops when the rains start and due to high moisture content, the cereals develop aflatoxin. Even if the grains with aflatoxin are given to livestock and you consume meat from that animal, you stand a risk of being infected,” Dr Muraah said.

These cases are raising questions. Look at the number Meru Hospice handled, what it is handling currently and where we are heading. The number keeps increasing.

“Meru Hospice is recording the highest number of cancer cases every month compared to others in Kenya. We serve the Mt Kenya East and upper Eastern regions but most of the cases referred to us are from Meru County,” Ms Muceee said.

“We have served over 3,000 patients since 2003 and the number has been rising. We are currently serving 428 patients,” she added.

more: 

http://countiesnews.com/2015/05/29/15-of-cancer-cases-at-kenyatta-hospital-are-from-meru-munya 

http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Alarm-over-increased-cancer-cases-in-Meru/-/1056/2633374/-/o6qchm/-/index.html

http://www.nation.co.ke/counties/meru/Meru-Cancer-Patients-Health-Executive/-/1183302/2763120/-/lojl9z/-/index.html

 

 

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When it comes to success, it’s easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust. But new research from Stanford University will change your mind (and your attitude).

Psychologist Carol Dweck has spent her entire career studying attitude and performance, and her latest study shows that your attitude is a better predictor of your success than your IQ.

Dweck found that people’s core attitudes fall into one of two categories: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.

With a fixed mindset, you believe you are who you are and you cannot change. This creates problems when you’re challenged because anything that appears to be more than you can handle is bound to make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed.

People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. They outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when they have a lower IQ, because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new.

Common sense would suggest that having ability, like being smart, inspires confidence. It does, but only while the going is easy. The deciding factor in life is how you handle setbacks and challenges. People with a growth mindset welcome setbacks with open arms.

According to Dweck, success in life is all about how you deal with failure. She describes the approach to failure of people with the growth mindset this way,

“Failure is information—we label it failure, but it’s more like, ‘This didn’t work, and I’m a problem solver, so I’ll try something else.’”

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Regardless of which side of the chart you fall on, you can make changes and develop a growth mindset. What follows are some strategies that will fine-tune your mindset and help you make certain it’s as growth oriented as possible.

Don’t stay helpless. We all hit moments when we feel helpless. The test is how we react to that feeling. We can either learn from it and move forward or let it drag us down. There are countless successful people who would have never made it if they had succumbed to feelings of helplessness: Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas,” Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a TV anchor in Baltimore for being “too emotionally invested in her stories,” Henry Ford had two failed car companies prior to succeeding with Ford, and Steven Spielberg was rejected by USC’s Cinematic Arts School multiple times. Imagine what would have happened if any of these people had a fixed mindset. They would have succumbed to the rejection and given up hope. People with a growth mindset don’t feel helpless because they know that in order to be successful, you need to be willing to fail hard and then bounce right back.

Be passionate. Empowered people pursue their passions relentlessly. There’s always going to be someone who’s more naturally talented than you are, but what you lack in talent, you can make up for in passion. Empowered people’s passion is what drives their unrelenting pursuit of excellence. Warren Buffet recommends finding your truest passions using, what he calls, the 5/25 technique: Write down the 25 things that you care about the most. Then, cross out the bottom 20. The remaining 5 are your true passions. Everything else is merely a distraction.

Take action. It’s not that people with a growth mindset are able to overcome their fears because they are braver than the rest of us; it’s just that they know fear and anxiety are paralyzing emotions and that the best way to overcome this paralysis is to take action. People with a growth mindset are empowered, and empowered people know that there’s no such thing as a truly perfect moment to move forward. So why wait for one? Taking action turns all your worry and concern about failure into positive, focused energy.

Then go the extra mile (or two). Empowered people give it their all, even on their worst days. They’re always pushing themselves to go the extra mile. One of Bruce Lee’s pupils ran three miles every day with him. One day, they were about to hit the three-mile mark when Bruce said, “Let’s do two more.” His pupil was tired and said, “I’ll die if I run two more.” Bruce’s response? “Then do it.” His pupil became so angry that he finished the full five miles. Exhausted and furious, he confronted Bruce about his comment, and Bruce explained it this way: “Quit and you might as well be dead. If you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there; you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”

If you aren’t getting a little bit better each day, then you’re most likely getting a little worse—and what kind of life is that?

Expect results. People with a growth mindset know that they’re going to fail from time to time, but they never let that keep them from expecting results. Expecting results keeps you motivated and feeds the cycle of empowerment. After all, if you don’t think you’re going to succeed, then why bother?

Be flexible. Everyone encounters unanticipated adversity. People with an empowered, growth-oriented mindset embrace adversity as a means for improvement, as opposed to something that holds them back. When an unexpected situation challenges an empowered person, they flex until they get results.

Don’t complain when things don’t go your way. Complaining is an obvious sign of a fixed mindset. A growth mindset looks for opportunity in everything, so there’s no room for complaints.

Bringing It All Together

By keeping track of how you respond to the little things, you can work every day to keep yourself on the right side of the chart above.

Do you have a growth mindset? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

 

 

source:http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2016/01/19/why-attitude-is-more-important-than-iq/?utm_campaign=Forbes&utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_channel=Leadership&linkId=20497385#402109f72f57422650062f57

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