Here and There

Obiang wins again!
Not really much of a surprise there, but apparently Equatorial Guinea’s Teodor Obiang Nguema wants to do better than the 97% “win” he had in the last election. His perfectionism is a bit out of control. Those who don’t suffer from attempting to do better are the BBC as they had their correspondent in Ghana chiming in about this election in Equatorial Guinea. Not only are these in two different countries in two different regions of Africa, but I’m curious if Caspar Leighton even speaks Spanish or just assumed that they speak English in Guinea after phoning in commentary he probably gleaned from Wikipedia.
Windows 7 – 10 African Languages
Rebecca talks about Microsoft’s plans to have their latest operating system available in multiple local African languages. Pretty cool overall, but we’ll have to pass judgment in awhile on this as it’s not slated to happen until the year after next.
Programming Language Popularity
Jon breaks down what seem to be the most popular programming languages in Africa, according to some Google Insights stats. Thankfully he qualifies at the very beginning that these are just a starting place and not absolutely definitive. Good to state as Google stats for Africa are sketchy at best. It’s really hard to tell who all those queries are and things could be skewed a great degree one way or another given that a lot of IPs for African users show up as somewhere in Europe due to where the VSAT connections touch down to terra firma.

2 Replies to “Here and There”

  1. Windows in African languages is a good new although I think open source software is the future. Maybe one day we will have the choice, when buying a pc between more than one operating system.

  2. Despite the disadvantage it being heavily reliant on the Cloud, the new Google OS is really going to be something to watch, especially they open things up with it. I have no idea how it will take to language but Google a) understands the importance of language a great deal and b) wants very much to be part of business in Africa. For Microsoft, it constantly feels like an afterthought. Probably because it is…

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