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

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...
THE thought has occurred to me before, but only in passing. The other night, though, when a heavy rain storm cut the power supply right off in the thick of the night, the thought stuck. Electricity going off meant a number of things were seriously compromised - my phone stopped charging...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...