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

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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
DURING a radio interview with Radio France International today, the issue of ‘mud-slinging’ and disinformation in Uganda’s presidential elections came up, and the question put to me was amusingly timely for a number of reasons. From Saturday right till today I have been swatting away misguided questions regarding a WhatsApp...
YOU would think that for a country that has declared itself to be agricultural for the last hundred or so years, Uganda would put much, much more by weather forecasts and other tools for reading and ordering life by this most important of phenomena. You would be wrong. Not 100% wrong,...
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...