One long telephone call overseas – a short story, not 100% fiction

I stared briefly at the call duration, 59:28. Reached for my ear instinctively. Slowly massaging it. Dissipating the heat from having held the mobile phone against it for so long. Funny, I didn’t even feel the phone heating up and warming up my ear. But I did feel the discomfort, or so I thought. Next […]

African Round Table Discussion on CiviCRM

Update: Webinar was successful. You can view my slides below and join the conversation on Kabissa’s website. You can also download the recording here (47Mb and 1 hour long). CiviCRM is currently the only CRM tool built from grounds up to meet the needs of civil society organisations. It is free. Open source. Web based. And […]

Yes, we do magic…

But not (a lot of) mind reading. First we need to understand the requirements. Yes, you need to tell us what is on your mind. Then we need to verify the underlying business case. Not always our business, but (a) it is a value added service to make all our lives easier, yours mostly and […]

IT, a business partner and nothing else

If your aim for the C-Suite is mainly to prove that geeks can become executives too, then you may be in for the short-haul and smarter techheads may be ousting you soon or you may just dissolve into oblivion and irrelevance. No enterprise need code spitting, network analysing, system designing, techies. But, a service oriented, process […]

CIO Files

Having spent the better part of the last few months (mentally) as a CIO – not quite officially designated, but have been so indeed, thought and assigned and wrestled responsibilities – and with sights firmly set to contribute to employer’s (and eventually own business’) bottom-line by taking strategic advantage of IT/IS, I elected to start this string of blog […]

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)’s new tablet dream and the question of relevance today

The OLPC initiative a valid proposition: provide ultra low-cost (and low maintenance) laptops for children (in impoverished countries). At a time, when microcomputers were quite expensive and cost upwards of $500 (for an entry-level device) and this high cost of ownership were seen as a major contributor to the digital divide. But things have since […]

Book publishing: Gets easier for the indie publisher

In truth indies have existed for a while long time. I know quite a few, across industries. Myself a self published author, I know going indie isn’t always the plan at the outset and isn’t always as easy as deciding to go indie. In my case, in 2004/5 when the first draft of my book was completed, […]

They are here! Wearable computers [updated]

Ok, so I missed the grand entry of wearable computers*. The entourage possibly slipped by whilst I caught a quick shuteye. But they are here and if you, like me a few moments before electing to write this post, was waiting for a/the grand launch of wearable computer devices, well you missed it and may have […]

Some of the things that will kill your project (and your reputation along the way)

Boil the Ocean

Read this exciting follow-up article by Tech Republic’s Justin James titled: More classic software development mistakes and thought to share the same below. Whilst Justin’s title and essay might have focused on software development, the listed pitfalls are applicable in almost all project environments – just take out the specific mentions of software and software jargon’s and […]

WordPress networked blog: Locating blog IDs

*For some reason, you need to find the Blog ID of a specific blog in your ‘WordPress Network’ and for whatever reason, you like me want a quick, do the following: Log in to your Database (yes, you must have access to the hosting account or to your database server) Look for the table with: […]