Month: September 2014

Nairobi, you are still beautiful

I recall how unbusy Nairobi was while I was little. I’d leave school and visit my dad’s workplace for a game of Mario, which was pretty advanced back then, before he and I could finally hit the road for our small village town Kandisi. It was simply beautiful.

Over the years though, the capital city of Kenya has gone from a humble town that was easily accessible to a congested business hub where everyone from the street guy to the co has to use the small ration of oxygen wisely. But it is still beautiful, of course depending on how you look at it.

Yesterday I spent more than an hour waiting for  someone, and I used the time to observe the busyness. It was beautiful. Seeing managers, business people, and jobless people (the high unemployment rate is really a factor in the congestion of the city) run up and down, brushing each other’s shoulders literally was beautiful. I just wished my boss would transfer me from the suburb workstation and have me right by his wing, right at the heart of Nairobi.
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Ebola, One critical reason to raise sanitation standards in Africa

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Africa is all over the news world over for a negative cause, once again. Like previous times, people are dying, not of hunger or civil war, but because of Ebola. Other parts of the world are also at risk of Ebola, but the focus is not in those countries as much as it is in Africa. Why? Because sanitation levels are low, and this promotes the spread of Ebola. President Obama and Africa’s ministers in ministries in charge of water share this opinion.

Although no data connecting Ebola outbreaks and water crises exist, the current Ebola crisis should have illuminated how poor access to water and sanitation facilities can exacerbate the deadly viral disease. African governments ought to learn from this scourge and accelerate investments that will increase access to water and sanitation. The Ebola crisis might be the price Africa has to pay for its negligence on water and sanitation. It also plays as a blessing in disguise; while no one wanted the outbreak to occur, it is now forcing African stakeholders to take action to increase investment in water and sanitation.

Against this backdrop, it is clear that firms such as Tile and Carpet – manufacturer of Top Tank, Kentank, Roto Moulders, and many other companies that lay emphasis on water and sanitation products are key in ensuring that our sanitation levels are top notch. Importantly, though, everyone ought to be conscious of their access to water and sanitation, as the government’s capacity to increase water infrastructure may fall short of the country’s needs. As such, take time to visit Equity Bank, to find out how they can finance you for your water and sanitation needs through maji loan and jamii safi loan products. Don’t be prone to Ebola and other water and sanitation related diseases.

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Are Tablets and Smartphones Replacing Computers? Not Yet…

Am pretty sure the smartphone wave has hit almost every person old enough to own an electronic gadget. I smile when I see old people the likes of my second president and third holding smart gadgets and fumbling with them while trying to do one or two things with them. This simply implies that everyone who has always wanted to be connected to the internet and work smart on the go has been able to do that thanks to the competitive electronic market, especially when it comes to smartphones and PDAs. As such, many have abandoned their old PCs and diverted attention to the small and powerful smartphones that are available on almost every startup electronic shop. But is it proper to spend so much time on your tablet, smartphone, or PDA, and divert attention that was previously accorded to PCs?
Although smartphones and other similar devices are highly advanced and portable, we still need to stick to full-functional PCs to spur private and corporate productivity. Portable devices can do so many things, and appear to be alternatives to PCs. They are used to browse the Web, do emails, watch videos, record and track GPS coordinates, find locations, play complex and high resolution games, and of course, run a host of apps that are offered freely or on a price. In the same vein, smartphones seem to be better off to computers when it comes to automated functions that require mobility such as taking pictures, finding locations, and interacting on the internet while on the go. So substituting PCs with tablets and smartphones seems like a no-brainer. But it depends on what you use your computer for and if you care about real productivity, development, and other complex functions that only call for the processing speed and convenience of a workstation or PC.
Web browsing on a small gadget or tablet is a mixed bag. You cannot open heavy websites, complex sites, or highly interactive sites on a small gadget or a tab. They seem to be only fit for light browsing and users experience limitations when they need to open dozen sites at one go. Remember that most mobile devices can only open sites that are compatible with mobile browsers. Opera Mini, Dolphin, UC browser, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet explorer apps may be great when it comes to mobile browsing, but they are not suited for certain data amounts and web features. Email is another thing to put into thought. Let us say you are subscribed to certain Internet Service Providers or you have to access your work emails through special email arrangements. Smart devices aren’t smart in such instances, and it is hard to access such special email services on them. They are only great for accessing Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft’s Hotmail, and other similar emailing services that have special apps that can be installed on smartphones and tablets.
Smartphones and tablets are limited when it comes to real office work such as massive typing, editing, designing, and printing. It is hard to do all or some of these tasks on a small screen. In addition to that, smartphones and tabs grapple with conversion of soft copy documents to printed or hard copy material. Newest devices can do so over wireless networks and Bluetooth, but the hassle is still great, and many smartphone users do not even know how to go about that. Some gadgets will function with wireless keyboards, but the screen size still stands as a hurdle. Moreover, office work requires office suits that can do intense editing, which remains to be a challenge for smartphones and tablets.
Lastly, you might want to spend more time on your PC than on your smartphone if you are a serious developer or use software that require high processing power. Although mobile devices are currently being employed for development purposes using programming environments such as TouchDevelop, most development languages work best on fully-functional PCs and workstations. shutterstock_115365787