Don't Blink

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

WHILE reading up on the recent sale of Uganda’s largest dairy processor to Kenya’s largest dairy processor which is part-owned by one of the world’s largest dairy processors, I had to do quite a lot of internet checking. I can identify both the Dairy Corporation and Brookside logos from right...
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...
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...
IF Facebook were your friend, you would have noticed that in recent months it has changed status from “It’s Complicated” to “In a serious relationship and quite engaged.” Over the years, Facebook has gone through the evolution you would expect of an American child. It kicked off as a platform...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...