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

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