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

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...