Everything comes to an end

Back in Ruaraka, we went straight to the computer room so as not to lose any time with the installation. We found that Michael had done a good job of removing all the bugs from the software. Mike and Werner were able to install the software as well as the backup partition within record time. Everything got done by evening […]

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This really got our goat…

Birgit, Mike and Werner were originally going to spend 3 days at Rift Valley. However, as the installation of the client computers in Ruaraka wasn’t done yet, they made a decision at short notice to stay a day less than planned. The missionary sisters in Chesongoch and Endo were a little sad, but then priorities are priorities, especially given that […]

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A (w)hole lot of waiting

We wanted to have everything installed and done with by Tuesday evening. However, it turns out the computers, or rather the motherboards, aren’t identical, which means Michael still has to tinker with the installation. We hope the problem will be solved by the time he leaves. We decided NOT to lay the both network electric cables underneath the tables, so […]

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Everything turned black…

The last couple of days were full of work… LOTS of work. First, we moved all the old desktop PCs aside and replaced them with the new, smaller machines. But as we were doing so, it turned out that the old English power strips had stopped working, due to all the German plugs having been forced into the sockets in […]

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Here goes, again

As we‘ve mentioned previously, quite a few of the “long-serving” computers in Ruaraka need to be replaced to assure that IT teaching at St. Scholastica Catholic School may continue. Michael Schmelzer and Werner Buchholz had made a great job of prepping the exchange. The new server hard drive was all ready, and Michael had obtained a further 36 drives for […]

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Getting ready for our 2020 Kenya trip

Following our stay in Kenya in January 2019, Michael Schmelzer got to thinking about how we could get rid of all the failure-prone hardware in the IT classroom. So he put together a small client computer and showed it to everyone at one of our meetings. Sure, there were a few concerns, such as the client being too small or […]

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The team’s stay is slowly approaching its end. While Birgit mainly took care of the kindergarten and the library (unfortunately many books are old and worn-out), Werner and Michael did the last installations. The biggest problem in the convent is still the Internet connection. Downloading the software update of only 485 MB for Sister Lucy´s laptop took five hours with […]

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Yet they do work

Since we are going to Chesongoch on Tuesday, we first concentrated on making the notebooks and two barebone desk computers work. Whereas the notebooks went smoothly with Ubuntu 18.04 (with a little “forcepae” as mentioned before) there was a problem with the ACER monitors which, controlled by the barebones, showed an unreadable image on the screens. We were already exchanging […]

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