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Don't Blink is a "Technology for Work and Play" column run by Simon Kaheru

THIS excitement we feel whenever a year is ending and another is starting is fuelled by talk of resolutions and promises of change - all of which sadly burns out within weeks, in most cases. But that quick burnout is getting harder and harder these days because of the way...
By Peter Rutaremwa According to recent research conducted by UK-based business-networking group-Approved Index, Uganda ranks first in the world for having the most entrepreneurs per capita. Perhaps surprising to many is that the US ranks much lower down the list for the number of entrepreneurs in the country, coming in at...
I SPENT most of yesterday evening thinking about my O'Level History lessons. About the chapters we learnt about various African kingdoms, and a question that was common in most examinations: the factors that lead to the growth of Kingdom A, Kingdom B, e.t.c  We used to joke about how any of such questions, regardless...
ONE of my favourite indigenous jokes from back when the internet was a bit new to Kampalans came from a friend who is now in charge of a big government parastatal. “Man,” somebody had said to him, “these days we no longer go to Mbarara to visit the cows. We...
DURING a radio interview with Radio France International today, the issue of ‘mud-slinging’ and disinformation in Uganda’s presidential elections came up, and the question put to me was amusingly timely for a number of reasons. From Saturday right till today I have been swatting away misguided questions regarding a WhatsApp...
We’ve talked about this before, and I actually circulated copies of a similar post to actual bar and restaurant owners, about free wi-fi in bars and restaurants. But now, please pay attention, all ye bar and restaurant owners: Memo: We STOPPED going to restaurants and bars just to eat and drink. All...
My mind falls back often these days to that scene in the Julia Roberts movie where a guy was chasing a chick and the chick was chasing another guy and then someone asked the first guy, “But who is chasing you…?" That scene, back then when the movie was newly...
AS an individual and in business, Internet Access has been essential for many years - so much so that at one point the cost of internet access made my domestic budget appear irrational. Luckily I have never had to choose directly between tomatoes and internet access, though I wish the...
WE’VE spent months now talking about Social Media and politics in Uganda, with much mirth, debate and - in some quarters - scepticism about the impact of one on the other. In Uganda today 'Social Media’ has become a Constituency of sorts, still one without direct voting rights to any...
A couple of months ago we saw headlines in Uganda that combined President Yoweri Museveni and WhatsApp. It appeared awkward at first and a few politicians quickly upgraded their mobile phones and downloaded WhatsApp on realising that perhaps Museveni could one day become a WhatsApp Admin with a Group like...