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Weekly Discussion Roundup 11th-17th August, 2014. PDF Print E-mail

1. A high school in the US is throwing away all its students laptops. Initiated by Margaret Sevume

A failed ICT for Education project.





“.....We had “half a dozen kids in a day, on a regular basis, bringing laptops for repair, going ‘my books fell on top of it, somebody sat on it, I dropped it’.... Screens cracked. Batteries died. Keys popped off. Viruses attacked...”

“And the final kicker: the whole town was jamming the high school’s wireless network. ‘A lot of people knew the username and password. So a lot of people were able to walk by the building and get wireless access. Over time one had thousands of people on the network. It bogged it down, made it unusable.’……”


Conclusion/ Remarks

“That was a wonderful article that should be a lesson for people who are promoting technology as the silver bullet to educational problems in Uganda.

But many people are not willing to read and learn and instead concentrate on improving teachers' welfare.

Many schools or institutions are still going to go through the same mistakes and problems leading to failure and wastage of precious resources.”


2. MTN to give customers a free call and 10MBs. Initiated by Godfrey Ssali

MTN celebrates 10million customers and so did Airtel


“In this mirage of subscriber numbers, one can only trust MTN's statistic. They are the only Telecom company that has dared her competition by publishing their financial performance reports for the last 3 years and counting. For me, that is empirical enough to back what they flaunt as growing subscriber numbers.”



“The total cannot be true, especially because more than half Uganda's population is children below the age of 15, they are mostly in primary school and in rural areas and they don't own mobile phones or at least most of them don't.”

Conclusion/ Remarks

“Airtel also announced and celebrated their achievement of the same number (10 million customers) and equally offered free calls, data and SMS.”

“Nearly everyone who has an MTN number also has a Warid/Airtel number, so they are celebrating the same people, not 10m+10m.”


3. Website hosting in Uganda with .ug domain name. Initiated by Esther Nakkazi

When your hosting contract expires.


“In my experience, a warning email is sent to the domain administrator 3 months prior to the expiry date… The best way to avoid this happening again is by having your "always-on" functioning email address added to system billing notifications on the hosting server”

“I suggest that if you do not want to be inconvenienced, you pay probably for 2years or 3yrs.”



“What are the charges for website hosting out there and why does the .ug domain have to be this expensive?

Why don't designers back up their clients’ data?

Why is it that no one warns you and they just pull down your website?”

Conclusion/ Remarks

“The .ug domain goes for $35.”

“Country specific domains like .ug, co.ke, .rw and others are usually highly priced compared to general top-level domains like .com, .net, and others.”

“All is not lost when the site is taken down. Reputable hosting providers will keep a copy of the website for say 2 weeks after the expiry date. During this period, you can still retrieve the website content and either reactivate the hosting or change providers.”

In case you have an IT department, the IT Manager of your company is responsible for Data backup.”




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