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

I DON’T know about the rest of you but I have been around long enough to wonder what, exactly, people are still printing in 2015 and why. About twenty years ago when some of us had just started working in official places that had stuff like identity cards, reception desks...
LAST week I buttoned up my Chairman of the ICT Association of Uganda shirt and went before the Parliamentary Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development to tell them what I thought the ICT private sector thought about certain taxes. Joining the Business Process Outsourcing Secretary General Rogers Karebi and...
IN a way, some of us are working for the terrorists but we don’t realise it. Terror is generally defined as “extreme fear”; terrorism “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims”; and terrorists are “people who use terrorism in the pursuit of political aims”. We ordinary...
I experience deja vu quite often, as most others might, but conjure up explanations for it that I believe are logical. Last week I was hit heavily by a bout of the feeling as I walked past the Apple Store at the Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip. There...
YOU would think that for a country that has declared itself to be agricultural for the last hundred or so years, Uganda would put much, much more by weather forecasts and other tools for reading and ordering life by this most important of phenomena. You would be wrong. Not 100% wrong,...
LAST Thursday the United States Embassy in Kampala (not Uganda, for some reason that is not relevant right now) hosted a chat on ICT in Uganda and invited a number of Ugandan ICT people into the tent. I got in because of my work at SMS Media and my role at...
A COUPLE of weeks ago I engaged someone on Twitter following a hashtag whose popularity erupted beyond the necessary bounds, and at one point the person took exception to my stating that their objections were “a rant”. This is not the first time I have heard that complaint. On one of...
Marketing people talk casually about the USP most especially when they want to sink themselves into jargon that excludes you and I ordinary mortals from their professional conversation. USP, not the courier company,  but 'Unique Selling Point'; that one thing about you, your product or service, that makes you a...
THE thought has occurred to me before, but only in passing. The other night, though, when a heavy rain storm cut the power supply right off in the thick of the night, the thought stuck. Electricity going off meant a number of things were seriously compromised - my phone stopped charging...