Calamaris Traffic Analyser

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Just finished configuring the Calamaris bandwidth traffic analyzer.

Here it is: This link is now dead.

Check out the Calamaris homepage

Calamaris seems to be a great tool.



Traffic Analysis using MRTG

Monday, June 19, 2006

I have just finished configuring MRTG - the multirouter traffic grapher. It is running on Fedora Core 5 and it is producing very beautiful graphs on how our network(The Polytechnic campus) utilizes the 128/64 kbps download/upload bandwidth capacity. It is very clear that the 128 kbps download capacity is not enough. The realtime graphs can be accessed at this link:

This link is now dead. Check out the MRTG homepage at



The Short Poem ...

Monday, May 22, 2006

This is one of my pictures taken on some day of the month of May in the year of our Lord, 2006.

I will remember this day for this short poem somebody sent me:

Stars don't struggle to shine,
Neither do rivers struggle to flow,
The power of the Lord keeps them shining and flowing,
Keep your faith in the Lord,
He will keep you shining and flowing.


BBC World Documentary on FOSS

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The BBC is showing a two-part documentary on FOSS. Catch the programme on the following time schedules:

Episode One

Wednesday 10 May 19:30 GMT
Thursday 11 May 09:30 GMT
Friday 12 May 16:30 GMT
Monday 15 May 01:30 and 07:30 GMT

Episode Two

Wednesday 17 May 19:30 GMT
Thursday 18 May 09:30 GMT
Friday 19 May 16:30 GMT
Monday 22 May 01:30 and 07:30 GMT


Progress on Linux lessons!!!

Monday, April 10, 2006

The Linux intro lessons are progressing quite well. So far we have done the following lessons:

  • Introduction to Free/Open Source Software
  • Introduction to the Linux OS (History, General Features)
  • The command interface vs the X interface
  • The Linux Directory structure
  • Basic Linux/Unix Commands
  • Practicals using Knoppix (we use versions 3.3, 3.6, 3.7 and 3.9)


Overwhelming response on Linux classes

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I am completely overwhelmed by the number of students interested in learning Linux. So far about 50 students have approached me. I have decided to take an initial intake of 20 students. The others are going to be considered for other sessions. Some of the sudents are:

Augustine Choko
Priscilla Musa
Pacharo Kincaid Phiri
Basheer Chilungo
Luke Nkosi
Elija Kaira
Blessings Katchuka
Herbert Mzumeni
Victor Jana
Edmond Kachale


Free Linux Lessons in Malawi!!!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I have started offering free Linux lessons right here in Blantyre, Malawi. My main target is to introduce Linux and other open source software applications to Computing and IT students. This is because, this is the next generation of computing professionals and therefore they shall be able to know that there is an alternative OS when they are in their workplaces.

If you are in Blantyre, Malawi and you wish to be part of the learning crew, then just phone on 08878910 or simply email bkankuzi at poly dot ac dot mw Absolutely free, no strings attached.


IBM ThinkPad Laptop failing to boot

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

My friend Visopo Harawa brought me his IBM ThinkPad Laptop which was failing to boot. The power LED was indicating that power was coming to the system.

After trying this and that, I realised that the battery completely packed and it was breaking the circuit to power the system. I jumped with joy after the machine rebooted smoothly after removing the battery and retightened some screws on the motherboard. A laptop running without a backup battery?? Yes!! Half a loaf is better than none.


Software Router failing to route

Friday, February 17, 2006

Our Departmental Linux router was failing to route packets.

Fixed the problem by writing a script which enabled packet forwarding and masquerading.
Software routing is great especially on Linux!!!

Why not try Linux for yourself??


Ubuntu Breezy Badger CDs

Friday, February 10, 2006

Got free Ubuntu Breezy Badger CDs through a subscription via

Quickly upgraded my desktop at home to this version of Ubuntu from Hoary


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