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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
SOME time in the last couple of weeks, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, I was making my way from one convention hall to another when I heard loud sirens going off nearby. The sound wasn’t very strange, for a major North American city, but was so close that 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...
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...
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...