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Dgroup Weekly Roundup: 8th - 14th April, 2013 PDF Print E-mail

1. Taxes on Tablets. Initiated by Fred Baale

Are the any taxes on tablet computers?


Flowers

There should not be. The VAT code refers to Data Processing devices where tablets fall; they are not classified as mobile devices.

Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

Tablets attract 6% Withholding Tax.

2. Resetting MAC password. Initiated by Julius Mugyenyi

How can I reset the MAC password without an original CD?


Flowers

Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

Start the MAC in single user mode and use the password command.

3. Bitcoins Initiated by Joseph Sekandi

How does one join or make money out of it? Is it possible? What is the processing power and the security risk?  Any Ugandan or East African success stories?


Flowers

Bitcoin is virtual currency, started against the big banks, as a way to provide an alternative financial mechanism.

Bitcoins are traded on exchanges same way forex or commodities are traded

Frowns

It is mostly in use by criminals because the normal finance institutions shun them.

Conclusion/ Remarks

1 bitcoin unit ~ $US200

Yes it’s possible to make money, but you need a very powerful computer. Download the wallet and you are good to go. No processing power is required. If your Bitcoin wallet is stolen, you lose the money in it.

checkout

How Bitcoin Works - https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/How_bitcoin_works

4. IPv6 info Initiated by Eddie Sendi

Request for information on the subject.


Flowers

Uganda IPv6 Strategy is available.

Frowns

Conclusion/Remarks

None of the Telecoms in Uganda are using IPV6 yet, however this will soon change with the introduction of LTE.

Someone at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at  http://uixp.co.ug may be able to  help.

5.Stop knowledge barriers, advocate for open access Initiated by John Kibuuka

African students scour the web every day for scholarly articles, but find that they have to pay for that information.


Flowers

Academic publishers do regularly offer African universities reduced or free subscriptions to their journals., still the universities  are unable to maintain good collections across all subjects”.

Frowns

Even Harvard – by far the world’s richest university, with a $30 billion endowment – sounded the alarm bells last year about “an untenable situation” facing Harvard Library

Conclusions/ Remarks

The UK and the European Commission now force government-funded researchers to publish in open access journals, which are freely accessible to all or, to self-archive research in open access university repositories.

http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/en/issue-no-650/computing/breaking-down-the-ac/en

Also at: http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/knowledge-behind-barriers

6. MNT Line switched off and given away Initiated by David Hamya

Owner lives abroad, has had the line for over 10 years, had it registered when she came over, paid for a replacement SIM and was then told that the number is not available on the network.


Flowers

Frowns

It is possible that the number was deleted off the switching systems as part of house cleaning.

The SIM swap could have created a data mismatch between the customer care system and the switching systems.

Conclusions/ Remarks

Carry the original SIM and the new SIM to a service centre; ask the official to cross check at all the three platforms.

Before a swap is given, they ensure you have some kind of proof of ownership of the number.

7. Open CDMA Phone Initiated by Andrew

A CDMA phone that can be used on any network.


Flowers

MTN , UTL use CDMA  though both providers have their own terminals by design. Not sure if they are open for other networks.

I-Tel uses CDMA too.

Frowns

Conclusions/ Remarks

Smile communications.  might have that service.(though Simon believes that they use LTE)

DISCLAIMER

The views, opinions and assumptions expressed in this document are those of the dgroup members and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of I-Network.

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