Saturday, first day of travel
In case you ever get asked, it turns out that there is no limit on the number of laptops and tablets in your carry-on luggage (there may be a weight limit). At least that is what the FAA regulations state and there was no problem when leaving Iceland, except for the minor inconvenience of taking 20 tablets and a laptop out of the suitcase. In fact, for some reason it is OK for the tablets to stay in their boxes, just not in the suitcase.
Education-in-a-suitcase on its way to Kenya, at Schiphol airport.
Turns out that the weather in Amsterdam on this day does not favour travel. To top this off, the entire luggage handling system seems to have fallen apart. The official statement is that there is no guarantee that any luggage will make it to the correct destination today. Just as well that education-in-a-suitcase is actually in a carry-on suitcase :-)
Moving the suitcase inside Kenya was a bit more involved than out of Iceland since the airport staff had clearly not heard of people taking 20+ computers in hand luggage. Then again, neither had I. But there was no problem - the suitcase just had to go twice on the conveyor belt. For anyone following in these footsteps, just take all the boxes out of the suitcase and put them in a tray on the conveyor belt, don’t listen to staff suggestion that you may not need to. Note that I never had to remove the tablets from the boxes. The only problem seemed to be that the X-ray machine can’t see what is in the suitcase with all these tablets blocking the view.
So there were more problems than just the weather as a whole lot of luggage got lost underway, including mine. Of course that's not much of a problem since the tablets are transported in hand-luggage. It's much easier to buy some underwear than the contents of this particular suitcase!
Sunday, first day in Kenya
So this day is mainly to recover from a 24-hour trip, but a true nerd can not refrain from testing the system. So here goes: Open one of the local phone cards (which Chrisphine has already purchased), stick it into a phone, fill it up and put it into the laptop. Right-click, select phone company and default settings. Left-click and select mobile network. Guess what, it works!
Next, test everything: Take 3 tablets, connect each to the laptop’s WiFi and again it all works.
The picture below says it all. Here you have one tablet running the tutor-web software in a browser. This runs completely locally on the tablet, after the pages have been loaded, and that load only requires the connection to the laptop, not the simcard/Internet connection. The next tablet is running the SMLY wallet. This is a local app which uses a connection to the laptop to redeem coins and a connection to the outside world to transfer coins to other wallets. The third tablet simply has a browser open on a news page.
Of course unplugging the laptop has no effect and you don't really notice that the 3G Internet connection is really poor since the direct tablet-to-laptop WiFi is blindingly fast.