Co-Founder Chinedu Azodoh, MAX talks about: the origins of MAX as a Nigerian start-up; how the founders assumptions changed through piloting the business; going to Techstars in 2015; closing its funding round; adding personal motorbike rides; growing the business; and expanding to other countries.
How to create great things together #TheCollaboratorGuide #InnerVoice #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
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33. Take notes.
18. Take risks.
27. Take action, even in small measures.
30. Go for a walk
I think I’ll go for a walk.
| Hank Willis Thomas, In a Nonviolent Movement, Unmerited Suffering Is Redemptive
"I don't have much, but I have more than you do..."
The second episode of my podcast is out today, and it's the result of perhaps fifty blog posts I wrote but didn't post, because the topic is too important and it's too nuanced for something as short as a blog post.
Status roles are at the core of who we are. They change how we spend our time, our money and most of all, our imaginations.
We define ourselves in relative terms, not absolute ones. More stuff, more power, less this or less that. Who's up and who's down?
It's about the Godfather and professional wrestling, about business cards and politics. It's about Baxter and Truman. And it's about how fiction works, and real life as well.
Everywhere we turn, we see status roles on display. Some people are moving on up, while others are moving down. This creates tension, drama and the need for resolution.
Here's a page with all the ways to listen and subscribe for free.
Ask a question and see the show notes about this episode on our show page.
Are You a Bad Parent If You Rely On Parenting Tech? | Raya Ramsey Rockwood
New moms and dads are worried that high-tech gadgets are coming between them and their newborns—if not as obtrusively as the virtual reality goggles in this speculative scenario.
I thought it was a new AR app.
First Impressions of a Ghanaian Entrepreneur in the ‘Silicon Valley of Hardware’
I am Desmond Koney, a mechanical engineer, a maker, and an entrepreneur from Ghana. I believe the transformation of Africa is a responsibility bestowed upon the present generation of African youth. Open source innovation and rapid prototyping of ideas are crucial for makers like me to create this change and build a better life for our nations. However, some missing ingredients, specifically mass production and manufacturing, sink our ideas and efforts to be catalysts of this transformation...[more]
That's the headline in the paper.
Of course, there's no such thing as a lucky lottery store. And rational, long-term citizens never buy lottery tickets, because it's a lousy bet.
But the idea of the lucky store is precisely what someone is paying for when they buy the ticket. That this time, just maybe, luck will turn out the way it's supposed to. That a hunch or a scratch or a slight change in habit will pay off. That's what people are buying, not the net present value of a series of transactions.
They're buying the thrill of possible luck.
The U.S. African Development Foundation and All On invites proposals for innovative off-grid solutions to “power up” underserved areas of Nigeria. Applicants should be developing, scaling up or extending energy technologies to off-grid areas of Nigeria. In order to apply, applicants should submit the below application template, as well as the required attachments, to OffGridChallengeNigeria@usadf.gov by March 1, 2018. For details on eligibility and application instructions, please refer to the Request for Proposals document below.
The biggest challenge faced by consumer facing companies looking at the African Consumer Market is the age old positioning of the “middle class” as the ideal target audience. This middle class is segmented by the same attributes as the original middle classes who formed the consumer markets of the developed world...[more]
We are back from our inaugural Strobist X-Pedition, which was held last month in Havana, Cuba. The attendees are readjusting to life back on the grid, and busy editing photos and trading stories via email.
Havana X-Pedition, January 2018
Photo by Jeremy Langsky
Our week in Havana was filled with photography, new friends, eye-opening experiences and perhaps even a spot of Cuban rum. Now that we are back, I wanted to send a quick note out to Strobist's readership both to show off some of the student work and give you a heads-up about plans for next year's X-Peditions.
Photo by Martin Stephens
Photo by Michael Grigoriev
Photo by Bob Plotkin
If you would like to learn more about our planned X-Peditions for next year, you can read all about them here. We are planning to return to Havana in the winter and then we're off to Hanoi in the fall. (I am headed to the latter on a shooting/scouting trip in three weeks.)
The info page linked just above is also where to sign up to ensure you'll get advance notice about next year's trips. As with 2018's Havana X-Pedition, these will certainly sell out. There are only 12 slots available for each of the two trips. And because of the advance interest sign-up sheet, they may not be publicly announced.
I hope to see you next year, someplace really interesting.
Despite warnings by regulators and legislators, Nigerians have continued to invest in crypto currency, trading up to N1.38 billion across 13 local crypto-currency exchanges in the country. However, analysts have urged government to embark on smart regulatory tactic in controlling the surge in the trend...[more]
New versions of WordPress are released about three times a year, and WordPress itself supports PHP versions all the way back to 5.2.4.
What does this mean for you as a plugin developer?
Honestly, many plugin developers spend too much time supporting old versions of WordPress and really old versions of PHP.
It doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t need to support every version of WordPress, and you don’t have to support every version of PHP. Feel free to do this for seemingly selfish reasons. Supporting old versions is hard. You have to “unlearn” new WordPress and PHP features and use their older equivalents, or even have code branches that do version/feature checks. It increases your development and testing time. It increases your support burden.
Economics might force your hand here… a bit. You can’t very well, even in 2018, require that everyone be running PHP 7.1 and the latest version of WordPress. But consider the following:
97% of WordPress installs are running PHP 5.3 or higher. This gives you namespaces, late static binding, closures, Nowdoc, __DIR__, and more.
88% of WordPress installs are running PHP 5.4 or higher. This gives you short array syntax, traits, function-array dereferencing, guaranteed <?= echo syntax availability, $this access in closures, and more.
You get even more things with PHP 5.5 and 5.6 (64% of installs are running 5.6 or higher), but a lot of the syntactic goodness came in 5.3 and 5.4, with very few people running versions less thatn 5.4. So stop typing array(), stop writing named function handlers for simple array_map() uses, and start using namespaces to organize and simplify your code.
Okay, so… how?
I recommend that your main plugin file just be a simple bootstrapper, where you define your autoloader, do a few checks, and then call a method that initializes your plugin code. I also recommend that this main plugin file be PHP 5.2 compatible. This should be easy to do (just be careful not to use __DIR__).
In this file, you should check the minimum PHP and WordPress versions that you are going to support. And if the minimums are not reached, have the plugin:
- Not initialize (you don’t want syntax errors).
- Display an admin notice saying which minimum version was not met.
- Deactivate itself (optional).
Do not die() or wp_die(). That’s “rude”, and a bad user experience. Your goal here is for them to update WordPress or ask their host to move them off an ancient version of PHP, so be kind.
Here is what I use:
Reach out on Twitter and let me know what methods you use to manage PHP and WordPress versions in your plugin!
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The Science of the Unknowable: Stafford Beer’s Cybernetic Informatics - Andrew Pickering.
Complex systems: systems that can never be dominated by knowledge, and instead we have to learn how to cope with them. | Andrew Pickering
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