Software

Installing Ushahidi on a Wamp Server

A repeat of some notes I left on the Ushahidi wikisite, just in case they’re useful to anyone who wants to play with Ushahidi on an Windows machine offline. Yes, yes, I know, it’s Windows, it’s WAMP, it’s difficult… but I want to run an Ushahidi instance offline, on the Windows machine that I take everywhere with me. And that Windows machine is a 64-bit Windows 7 machine which just adds that little bit more complexity to the process. Here’s what I know so far. The process: Install a WAMP server on your PC. For my 64-bit machine, I have the 64-bit php5.3 version from http://www.wampserver.com/en/. Because I’m using the 64-bit version, I also have to install Visual C++ libraries, e.g. “Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package (x64)” from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13523 Fix the Curl problem. This is a 64-bit issue: the Curl files that were included in WAMP don’t work…

This blog is being reconstructed…

A small late-night misunderstanding (thinking that backing up the database for a wordpress site would make it easy to reinstate elsewhere) has left me reconstructing this blogsite post-by-post.  Which is not the best way to review where I’ve been over the past 6 years, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Common recurring themes include the importance of treating people as people, not numbers; a combination of data and human reasoning as essential to decisions (yes, but it sadly still needs to be said) and the importance of technology innovation to development. I’ve made a deal with myself: one new post for every two reconstructed ones.  This could take a while…