visualizing munchies and me junking out

i love flowers .. all shapes, all sizes, all colors … above all(most) scents. sometimes it is the only thing i grow … in my shamba. coming to  thinking about it, i think i choose a science pathway because of flowers, but that is a story for another day. i remembered this when i saw the flowers i had picked from my office garden in the background of this picture below from last week. it must have been a very ordinary day in paradise and was  likely on a roll lost in the moments of the fresh spring scents and […]


i had multiple milestones yesterday. some enormous ones lost me in the future. in the numbness of the present, all i could think about was teachers that taught and helped me learn. i think i was escaping reality, redirecting my mind from the fact that i received a shipment full of v2 boards sitting on my desk and it meant the dream part is over aa with kernel and software loaded running

visualizing myself freezing

the last two weeks of the year normally sets the trends for my next year. my new year generally starts just before xmas which means my focus is renewed and runs deep during the holidaze. this results in numerous all nighters and traditionally i have always designed something new and picked up a new technical skill during this heightened moments. this time around i seem to be picking up on influxdb for timed series analysis and more kernel internals. i was messing around with our new v2 controllers and influxdb at the office when i could not take it anymore. […]

The Benefit of an Internship

Kijani Grows is an aquaponics company so one may expect to learn aquaponics farming through an internship with them. However, though the success of the farms is the ultimate goal of the work, you will actually learn or draw upon a breadth of knowledge that goes far beyond farming. A lot must be done to have functioning gardens that collect and report data through their sensors. The microcomputers are made and programmed to run the sensors, the sensors are soldered to gain the proper connections to the computers, the programs are made to run the pumps and lights, and the […]

smart controller evolution … v2 coming soon

we ran into production related challenges and had to reconsider numerous scenarios. we pivoted some and our new v2 smart controllers boards are just about ready. v2 comes with inbuilt linux microcomputer controlling an atmega2560 microcontroller, 20+ digital sensors, 10 analogue, 3 uarts, i2c, 12 relay controls, wifi, eth, mini sd-card, usb(video, audio, cellular), watchdogs, arduino compatible, etc.

Heartbleed openssl bug … v1.3 smart controller patch

Our smart controllers were running a version of openssl that was affected by the heartbleed bug consider ‘the biggest security vulnerability of all time’ as an attacker can remotely connect and steal encryption keys or data from processes in memory. Our production and development servers were not affected as they run older versions of openssl. However the earlier v1.1 and new v1.3 smart controllers were running a vulnerable version of openssl. It should generally not be an issue as the controllers are probably behind a firewall. To see if your controller was affect, connect to your device using ssh as […]

diy aquaponics class review – by jason axt

Jason Axt from Sweet Water Foundation took my DIY class the other day … this was his feedback. In my defense – I had 2 nine year old’s in  my classroom as I  did  among others Kamal Hyder the author of ‘ ‘embedded system design using the rabbit 3000 microprocessor’  - tough range to keep engaged. —— Aquaponics Class Kijani Grows: Eric Maundu American Steel Studios 3.8.2014 10am – 4pm   Review: The class itself started with an overview of how the natural ecosystem deals with the water cycle and touched briefly on the nitrogen and carbon cycle without real […]

aquaponics and squares

The year is in full swing and we are back on the guns2garden project with the kids. New kids around this time as all former students are no longer in the school because: some families relocated to other safer neighborhoods, others had to change schools to makeup for lost credits, some just disappeared, pregnancies, I even lost one kid to prison. Castlemont High School in East Oakland is where we run the g2g project. I think  the url’s below can speak for themselves. (Youth Uprising shares a common fence with Castlemong High School and funds the kids […]

diy classes with kijani grows

it is a very humbling experience when anyone comes to me wanting to learn see, i was the naughtiest kid in many blocks, often i got punished for not being like others and sometimes others got punished for being like me.  still, what they called naughtiness i  consider being creative. for instance, the number of times i got a physical whooping for running tests on how different windows sound different when subjected to different projectiles was say healthy.  we were disruptive even then. so,  it really is very  humbling to have students come to our space. the other fun part […]