Ask A Techie 20 Questions - David Charles - IT Student

I came across a link to David Charles from Marcus' Startup Weekend blog post. David was part of the winning team that wants to make it easy for you to donate money from your mobile (Mobile Donate). Something that I think is much needed in Trinidad. I contacted him and he kindly agreed to take part in #20Questions.

How would you define a techie?

Someone that enjoys learning new technologies even in their free time

What made you fall in love with tech?

Limitless learning and never bored.

Describe your Startup Weekend experience


Do you check your SPAM folder or not?

Check and delete

Who is your favorite tech YouTuber?

Haven't found a specific one

Describe the state of ICT in Trinidad and Tobago


Tell us anything about yourself

Fast learner. Love Computer Science. Favorite languages are python, c++, java script and php. Still improving my skill set.

Most prized gadget you own?


Describe the state of ICT in Trinidad and Tobago

Answered already

List 5 characteristics of a good website

Responsive, optimized for search engine, fast, can be navigated easily, no pop ups, and looks sexy overall.

Name a tech company you would like to work for


What do you think about a Blackberry phone running Android?

Won't be so surprised

Team work or individual work?

Individual with clear objectives. But can work with teams with each man responsible for their own parts but collaboration would still be welcomed.

How many times can you subtract 5 from 25?

5 [but the ans is once ... can only subtract 5 from 25 once]

5 things you would put in a care package for a new IT employee?

Rules, welcome card, company cell phone, note book and pens.

Your thoughts on Windows 10


What dress code is best suited for tech jobs?

Shirt and soft pants but I always have my jacket, because of AC.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?

Sleep, read about new languages and comp sci stuff, also look at TED videos, look at physics stuff, watch movies, eat.

What newly announced tech interests you?

Video : ClojureScript + React.js

What question would you ask the next techie?

Do you have the resolve to change the world?

Press Release : Outage of Flow Broadband Services on Sunday 14th June 2015

Flow wishes to advise that on Sunday 14th June 2015, broadband services were disrupted from approximately 5:30 to 10:30 pm in Trinidad, Barbados and Jamaica.

The disruption in service occurred during a maintenance procedure which was being conducted by one of our international Internet Service Providers which lost connectivity with their respective ISPs accordingly. Due to the size of our customer base across the Caribbean they were unable to restore our network on their alternative links with their ISPs.

While most internet services were impacted, locally cached services such as Google, certain YouTube content and Cricinfo for example, as well as services delivered using local peering remained unaffected.

We take this opportunity to apologise to our customers and advise that we will work with our Internet access providers to ensure that they provision sufficient alternative capacity to their providers to support our growth, and review their maintenance procedures and operations to ensure there is not a recurrence.

Customers who are still having issues are advised to call 223-FLOW (3569)

Apple World Wide Developer Conference Keynote 2015

I tweeted through the Apple event today under the hashtag #WWDC15. Saving my tweets here for the benefit of blog readers.

  • Music plays in the background while some persons walk to their seats
  • Ladies and gentlemen, our presentation will begin shortly
  • Apple with the funny intro
  • Attendees are from 70 countries and 80% are first time attendees
  • Native apps and new watchOS
  • Shade thrown ... Mac OS adoption rate compared to Windows
  • New name for OS 10 is "EL Capitan"
  • Pinned sites is nice ... wait only now realise Chrome has that #Safari
  • Side by side windows from Windows
  • Developer beta of El Capitan available from today
  • Agreed. Android needs improve adoption rate #Shade
  • Who's spying on who? Now on Tap very similar to Proactive Assistant
  • Hey Trinidad banks, what's you take on Apple Pay and the likes?
  • Car Play will support wireless connecting to your device
  • Open source and cross platform future for Swift
  • The app store has passed 100 billion app downloads
  • Mind straying now. Started to play my music over the keynote
  • Can't go wrong with music. Universal language and all that
  • I am going to introduce you to Apple Music

My Experience with the Samsung Level Link Wireless Adapter

Samsung was kind enough to send me a Level Link Wireless Adapter for review and personal use. Essentially what the level link does is add bluetooth/wireless connectivity to a device that does not have it. It can be set to send or receive audio.

In my situation I was thinking about sending audio from my older LCD TV. If I had a wireless bluetooth capable headphones like the Samsung Level On Wireless I would be good to go. I thought about using my laptop as an intermediary, only to find out that my laptop does not have bluetooth.

One way that I can use the adapter is as a bluetooth headset for the S4. The Link has a microphone for making phone calls. It comes with wired earbuds that sound fantastic. Of course you could use your favorite headphones with it.

Items in the box include : the adapter, earbuds, 3.5mm audio cable, micro USB charging cable, replacement earbud tips and instruction manual. The adapter is small and compact and has play, pause, rewind, fast forward and volume controls. There is a clip for appending to your clothes. The packaging specifies that it uses the CSR aptX low latency codec. This means that your audio and video will remain in sync. The website specifies up to six hours talk time. It also supports up to two headsets. It's Samsung so the build and feel is premium and made to last.

In summary, the Samsung Level Link is a nice option in situations where you need to create a wireless audio link between a bluetooth capable device and one that is not.