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Apollo bossu, Apollo 3000, Apollo 13, Apollo 5000

Apollo 3000
Apollo 13
Apollo 5000
Apollo bossu
Don’t conclude too fast. This is not about cars, computers, software or anything like that. This post is about the names that I have been called in the past few days.
Just because I have an eye infection, everybody* feels like the name they call me has to be a concatenation of Apollo and some random number or word.
I guess it’s just a social code-word to alert people to the fact that the person who is being called “Apollo 3000″ has a highly contagious infection. Everybody then appropriately stays a respectable distance away. From that point on they interact with me at their own risk. You can think of it as some social disclaimer, not unlike the fine-print of Facebook’s Terms of Service, basically saying “This guy can make your eyes red. You’ve been warned”. I think it’s a really brilliant convention. It warns the uninfected. Diffuses the atmosphere by making all parties(i.e. the infected and society) laugh, turning ostracism into a social experience. Enough for today.
My question for you to answer in the comments section is:
how come the Ghanaian word for the eye infection medically known as conjunctivitis is “Apollo”? Where did this word come from?

Can’t wait to hear your answers, theories and attempts to reconstruct Ghanaian history just so we can extract the etymology of a single word.

How I troubleshooted my Compass SASS rubygem installation…

How I troubleshooted my Compass SASS rubygem installation… Just to put things in perspective I’m running ubuntu linux maverick with ruby1.8. I created this post as a documentation that I can refer to in the future should I have my compass rubygem break on me again. A Google search doesn’t yield any sensible results and has only 1 post that attempts to address problems with compass sass installation problems. I hope other developer find this helpful. Friday evening I was trying to create a webapp prototype. Having fallen in love with Ruby a few months back. I decided to try her. After further research I chose to implement the web app by using: the Sinatra app framework Compass with the blueprint SASS framework for the styling HAML for the markups After installing the necessary rubygems, I created a compass project. After editing the necessary SASS files i realised that I could not compile it into CSS. I kept getting this error: NoMethodError on line 18 of /usr/lib/ruby/1.8/compass/sass_extensions/monkey_patches/stylesheet_updating.rb: undefined method `dependency_updated?’ for Sass::Plugin:Module This error is probably what brought you here. I spent at least 50 hours on Google, scrutinizing documentations all to no avail. Finally on the fifth day I stumbled upon a comment by one developer about how an upgrade of a file called “libcompass-ruby” had broken a the compass —watch and —compile. So been desperate, I quickly fired up the command line and launched the synaptic with “sudo synaptic”, put in my password and ran a search for “libcompass-ruby”. The search came up with two files: libcompass-ruby and libcompass-ruby1.8 These files were installed. I quickly right clicked and selected “Mark for Complete Removal” and removed them by clicking the “Apply” button. I returned to my project and tried running “compass —watch” and this time it worked. I hope it helps save some developer’s time. Please leave questions in the comments below. Feel free to give feedback on how I can improve future posts.

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
Dalai Lama XIV
ima look in da mirror if i need some help…

Here is what I did to get my Ubuntu Laptop tethering via my Motorola Cliq.

In ubuntu I did the following from the command line …

touch /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules
vi /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules

This is what I put in the above file all on one line

How do I use Expresso’s Cliq Modem in ubuntu?

This is the question I was asking a few days ago. Right before I bought one of Kasapa Expresso’s modems for myself. The answers I got from my colleagues was not too encouraging… The worst was: “U relax. Make you come see me afta u buy am, I go configa am giv u” so thats exactly what happened. After I bought my modem, I obediently sent it to my sage friend who did a lot of complex magic on my computer(that I’m not allowed to disclose on the net), and it worked. I wasn’t too satisfied with the fact that he had robbed me of the learning experience. So I set out to find out how to make the cliq modem’s software work on ubuntu.

This is what I found out: 

The expresso cliq ZTE USB modem comes with a 32-bit debian file 


which can be easily installed on 32-bit linux and not 64-bit. If you have a 32-bit version of linux you can basically google “how to install a debian file in ubuntu” and follow the instructions.

I have a 64-bit Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat and this is where the trick is. My 64-bit ubuntu will not let me install a 32-bit debian file. 

This is the workaround:

1. copy the debian file(CrossPlatformUI-V2.1.1-Kasapa-i386-ubuntu.deb) to the desktop.

2. Ctrl+Alt+T (open the bash)

3. cd ~/Desktop (change directory to the desktop)

4. chmod +x (grant the debian file executable permission)

5. sudo dpkg -i —force-architecture CrossPlatformUI-V2.1.1-Kasapa-i386-ubuntu.deb (force install it with administrator level permission)*

6. Now any time you insert the modem you can run it with Expresso’s own software from Menu—>Internet—>Expresso

Was this helpful to you? Let me hear from you in the comments.

*Expresso workers vehemently deny the existence of Kasapa but funny enough they still have Kasapa in the name of their software. The devil is in the details.


I have always wanted to post a review of Expresso’s EVDO modem, CliQ. I have gotten a lot of great messages from people I suggested it to and I keep suggesting it to anyone looking at getting a USB modem.

What is CliQ?

CliQ is the new the new mobile broadband service Ghana’s sole CDMA operator,…

Made a mil myself
And I’m still myself
Kanye West