Mauritius Online Shopping Websites

I have noticed a few online shopping websites in the past years in Mauritius and I can say that I am quite impressed with the number of people who are setting up online shopping websites. I would encourage more companies to go for it since it is easier to browse and order online. I am going to list some of the websites I have been through so far.

 

1.MOODESIGN

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moodesign is more into interior deco and provides items such as; Furniture, Kitchen, Lighting, Bathroom, Appliances and Decoration.

 

2.IN THE MOOD

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inthemood is more versatile and I must admit that its quite trendy. It offers a range of products in various categories such as gifts, fashion, beauty&health, baby&kids, toys&leisure, home&garden and electronics&appliances.

 

3.PRICE GURU

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priceguru also offers a wide range of products such as mobile phones, electronics, domestic appliances, health&beauty, lifestyle&sports, baby,toys&kids, home&garden, office&furniture and financial services.

 

4.JE SHOPPE

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jeshoppe.mu is only about fashion accessories and clothes. It seems to be quite new because there are some empty sections but I am sure the owner is still working on it. The products are interesting πŸ™‚ Looking forward for Ishwon’s feedback. *yes, he is into shopping now.

 

5.BUY NOW

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buynow.mu is into electronics, gadgets, mobile phones and appliances.

 

6.WE SHARE

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weshare.mu is different from the websites I have mentioned above. Its more like a local ebay or to be more precise like the aster,vender,echanger ou rod travailΒ facebook page.

 

7. ETSY
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Adding Etsy to the list thanks to Evad.mu πŸ™‚

8.SHOP ONLINE

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Adding shoponline on the list thanks to Jochen. πŸ™‚

 

 

Well, that’s all for now. Feel free to comment and suggest me other online shopping website you find interesting so that I can add it to the list.

 

Cheers \M/

Have you exceeded your Mauritius Telecom Internet monthly package?

I had a slow Internet connection since the beginning of this month and my brother decided to call Mauritius Telecom to enquire about it. He was told that we have exceeded our monthly package and this is why we are experiencing such a slow and “bad” Internet connection. The tele-agent also said that maybe it was due to “too much” Skype calls and streaming whatsoever. It just did not make sense to me. Last time I checked how many Gigabytes I used out of my package, I did not even make it to half! And I had Skype meetings everyday!

So I said, hey! Maybe it would be great for people to know how to check their Internet consumption so far in case they end up with a slow connection and decide to go with it instead of tracking it down and insist that Mauritius Telecom fix that issue.

1. Speedtest or Fast.com

I usually run a speedtest or fast.com whenever I encounter slow internet connection. It’s some kind of proof I require in order to make sure the issue is not about the device I am using but with the Internet Service Provider.

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2. Access your router

You can access your router by typing http://192.168.100.1

You will require a username and a password to access your router. Kindly call Mauritius Telecom on 8902 and ask them for the information.

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3. Access your Internet account to track your Internet Data Usage

Go on https://internetaccount.orange.mu. The username and password required to access the account is a different one. You may find the username when you access your router but the password is masked. So…. you also have to call Orange on 8902 to ask for it.

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Once you access your Internet account, click on session report, select the period your want to track by entering the date/month/year and click on submit.

4. Convert

Now, all you need to do is to copy the Total Volume (Kb) and convert it into Gb.

E.g; I subscribed to the 10Mbps package which offers me 75Gb per month. I take my total volume and I convert it into Gb. If my Internet consumption exceeds the 75Gb, then Mauritius Telecom will automatically downgrade my Internet connection to 1 Mbps. So, make sure you track your Internet consumption πŸ™‚

Unfortunately, it seems that I have indeed exceeded my Internet Package and I must admit that I am quite surprised. I wonder if it is too much Netflix. Well, I guess I should probably download some kind of software that would notify me whenever I have exceeded the limit on my Mauritius Telecom Internet package.

Can anyone recommend me a software which would enable me to track my data usage?

Cheers \M/

 

 

 

Techpacker – Making fashion techpacks more user friendly

I kind of freak out when it’s time to do techpacks. I am more confident and happy when it comes to the designing process rather than measurements and size sets grading whatsoever. It’s not like I can’t do it but I had a huge break from patternmaking after I graduated so I need time to get back to it.

Back to Techpacker. Like I said earlier, I freak out when it’s techpack time and I tweeted about it. I was quite surprised to see that there was a company who decided to work on making techpackers’ life easier and more organized. So, I decided to give it a try.

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How it works:

It’s the usual process, sign in to access the website because it is online.

After signing in, you end up on your board (see below).

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Creating a board

If you are used to doing your own techpack at work, it’s going to be really easy. For those of you who are new to this you will see that there are a lot of information to be filled and that’s completely normal. A techpack consists of information sheets about the designer, the product’s CAD/sketch, the measurements, the materials, the colors, trims, hardware, grading, labels, tags, etc.Β  To summaries it all, it helps to make the communication process more efficient between the designer, the pattern maker, the merchandiser, the manufacturer and eventually to the client. To make it more simple –> The more precise the information are in the techpack, the less room there is for error.

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Quite organized I must say! πŸ™‚ You can click on your sketch and insert annotations. You can insert the fabric picture, its description and the billing information. You can save the techpack as private or public when you are done. You can also preview the techpack in PDF and send it by email.

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Using Techpacker is quite simple and they made it user friendly. That’s a plus point πŸ™‚ However, it would be really awesome if we could create our own template or have some templates instead of a standard one. Each company normally has its own techpack template so… that could be something they might consider for the next Techpacker version. In general, it’s an interesting concept to do techpacks and I love it when things are organized but I am quite uncomfortable when it comes to uploading my work online. I would prefer if it was a software I could download and share with my colleagues. Again, Techpacker is still in BETA so I guess they are still working on it by taking users’ feedback into consideration.

I must admit that I have just explore the basics to see how it works before filling in all the information. I find the measurements section quite interesting and I shall edit and update this blog post as soon as I try it.

Thank you Techpacker team! πŸ™‚ and looking forward to use the new Techpacker version in the upcoming months.

Cheers \M/

 

Image Resizer Tool for Windows

I always like to upload High definition pictures and illustrations. I was quite annoyed with my sys admin when I wrote my last blog post because I had to upload quite a few pictures and the file size was limited to only 2MB. Some days ago, I even had to send emails at work and some of them got queued because my vectors were still in high definition. I eventually had to find a way to resize the pictures and tried a few options. If you have Photoshop in your mind please swipe it because I consider it as a lot of effort and it’s expensive. So, I decided to asked for help on Facebook and got interesting suggestions regarding image resizing; Pixlr , GIMP , XnView and even Microsoft Paint.

I downloaded about five image resizing software and the last one worked πŸ™‚ There is an image resizer for Windows and it works fine. All I have to do is right click on the picture, enter the pixel I want it to be and save. It’s real quick and it works fine so I love it.

So…that’s it! I hope you like it too πŸ™‚

Cheers \M/

IMAGINE CUP PAN ARAB SEMI FINALS+ MSP SUMMIT 2015

It will almost be a year since I have been to the Imagine Cup Pan Arab Semi Finals and MEA MSP Summit. The second MSP Heroes batch has been selected two weeks ago and I realized that I have never really wrote about it. The only time I shared my experience was for the MSP Evolve after I got back to Mauritius. I think it would be great for students to know about the opportunities that some companies are bringing forward to our country. It’s a great deal especially when you are passionate about something and you get to join a group of people who are as motivated.

Imagine Cup

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is one of the competitions which gives students and tech enthusiasts the opportunity to promote innovative and fun projects that’s going to help society or just make it better. What’s interesting to note is that this competition is a global program and all you need to focus on is your project. If it is selected then Microsoft is going to ‘sponsor’ your team to fly to the competition venue to showcase that idea bearing in mind that there are other procedures in between. It’s not just about building something extraordinary and hoping to travel but there are a series of steps to earn that travel ticket.

Speaking of Microsoft, yes, there is a Microsoft office in Mauritius and there is also the Microsoft Student Partners program.

If you want to know what the Microsoft Student Partner is all about in general then I would suggest this link but if you want to know about the MSP program in Mauritius then feel free to contact me or the other MSPs to ask as much question as you want.

My journey to Bahrain

It all started when Arnaud Meslier (IOI MSP Manager) sent my CV to the MSP panel/board members. I was the People and Project Management MSP Lead back then. Rest assure, you don’t have to be a lead to have such opportunities, you are rewarded based on your motivation and achievements. So, I got a phone call from one of the organizing member in May who congratulated me following by an official email sent to all MEA (Middle East Asia) MSP Heroes.

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I am going to avoid a lot of writing and inspire you with pictures instead πŸ˜€ The pictures I uploaded are from Amr and Pivendren ^^

A quick tour of the Imagine Cup Pan Arab 2015

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That was the Imagine Cup and MSP Summit venue ^^

WP_20150531_11_30_57_Pro__highres (Custom)Like I said earlier that was the Imagine Cup Pan Arab and each country had their own team to showcase their amazing app. Algeria had three teams ^^

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View from the room.

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And this is how I fell in love with bean bags πŸ˜€

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The Xbox corner ^^

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This is the showcase area. There is a ‘booth’/corner for every team to showcase their app and project. There were 36 students teams who got selected. Each team would demonstrate their app/project on Day 1. There was the judges orientation on Day 2 where the judges would go from booth to booth to test and understand the app/project. Then soon after, there was the presentation judging where each team was divided according to their app/project categories. There were three categories; Games , Innovation and World Citizenship.

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Then, we all went to have some fun πŸ˜€ My favorite was laser tag.

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There was the last showcase setup on the third day and interviews from media folks followed by an award ceremony. Here is the award ceremony video.

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Amr, Moalla and Bakir were the only MSPs who understood Arabic so the other MSPs eventually turned to them for translation. We didn’t realize we were disturbing the other attendees till we each got translation devices πŸ˜€

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MSP MEA Heroes 2015 πŸ™‚ (Ibukun is missing in the picture though)

MSP Summit

Quick notes of what we did and talked about during the MSP summit. Each MSP worked on some slides to present the MSP structure in their respective country and how it worked out so far. It was really interesting to see how the MSP program evolved in each country and how we could help each other overcome problems such as lack of participation and to motivate MSP to perform.

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That’s it! Please feel free to ping me if you have any question πŸ™‚

Cheers \M/