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

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...
IF there is one drawback to the festive season, and the celebrations in general, it is the existence of WhatsApp as it operates today; not as a platform of social interaction, but as a tool of over-occupying time that could be put to much better use, and as a...
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...
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...
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...
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...
SELECT ALL. MOVE TO NEW FOLDER. That was my cheat move on January 1, 2017 after I failed to implement my regular annual actions within my email boxes. See, unlike most people I know I have spent a number of years channeling the bulk of my work to my email...
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...
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...