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

There should be a rule about WhatsApp media items from parties and events being shared in WhatsApp Groups. Many rules, actually. For instance, if you receive more than five photographs from any wedding before the reception has gotten to the point where the cake is cut then that should constitute...
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...
WHILE reading up on the recent sale of Uganda’s largest dairy processor to Kenya’s largest dairy processor which is part-owned by one of the world’s largest dairy processors, I had to do quite a lot of internet checking. I can identify both the Dairy Corporation and Brookside logos from right...
I AM enraged right now, and I believe I will be so for quite a while. My thoughts on phone calls are well on the record and available here, and I am so clear about this that I have a series of ‘Reject Call’ SMS templates that generally read, “Sorry…please...
FIRST of all, let's agree that WhatsApp is a social media platform and that it is just as influential as Twitter and Facebook. They have different demographics and other statistics, but are playing in the same league - especially in Uganda. For instance, in general, they all have vast numbers...
BEING on Twitter is easy, but being relevant while there is extremely difficult. That's certainly not a ground-breaking observation, but it is worth going into, especially if you're on any social media platform and wondering why you don't enjoy as many interactions as the people you most admire. The one...
UGANDA’S week began with our 2015 Social Media Awards ‘Most Influential Personality’, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, who we must call @AmamaMbabazi releasing his long-anticipated declaration that he would be pursuing the highest office in the land in stages starting with the NRM Political Party endorsement. That was unquestionably hot news...
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...
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...
MY HERO of the day is Dr. Yusuf Nsubuga, Director of Basic and Secondary Education a the Ministry of Education in Uganda, for displaying sense and sensibility over the debate of accepting digital gadgets into Ugandan schools. When the pronouncement was made last year banning mobile phones in schools, it...