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Weekly Roundup 17th -23rd June 2013 PDF Print E-mail

1. What Next After SIM Card Registration?. Initiated by Edmonds Namasenda

A friend had been conned of cash using clearly displayed mobile numbers. How can UCC help apprehend the criminals.

Flower

When UCC was introducing CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) They mentioned a different sector to combat  this kind of crime.

Frowns

While it was given as one of the reasons, it is a general trend that people continue to be duped even after SIM card registration.

Conclusion/ Remarks

Is there a body to blacklist, track numbers involved in such crimes on a national scale?

2. MTN Internet dropping connection every 40 seconds Initiated By George Enyang

MTN data modem dropping connection every 40 seconds since Wednesday 12th.

Flowers

MTN clients with older modems are advised to download an update for free from their webpage.

http://www.mtn.co.ug/MTN-Internet/MTN-Mobile-Internet.aspx#anchor

Frowns

Orange lines for both data and voice seem to have a similar problem.

Quality of Service  from Telecoms in Uganda

On average, there is an issue regarding the QoS every week. Is it possible to get statistics? Are we expecting too much? What is the role of UCC in this matter?

Conclusion/ Remarks

Does the update work for older phones too?

3. Impact of MOOCs on education in the developing world. Initiated by Agnes Blick

Top name universities like Stanford, Harvard, MIT, are launching Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to hundreds of thousand students.

Flowers

MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and TAs. MOOCs are a recent development in distance education.

To join the discussion:  http://www.ictworks.org/2013/06/17/rsvp-now-to-debate-moocs-in-the-developing-world/

Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

Could this reduce the youth bulge that is overwhelming formal educational structures?

In Uganda this academic year, 40,000 students will miss public university. Private ones might be too expensive. Therefore this is a good move so long as formal creditation will be given at the end.

 


4. Warid Airtel Marriage Initiated By Caleb Rukundo

For some reason the people doing the IN integration are listening to our conversations

Flowers

Frowns

Its a different issue although, at any time, someone might be listening in on conversations.

Conclusion/ Remarks

That phenomenon is described as 'Crosstalk' and not necessarily 'eavesdropping'.

 

Cross-talk is more about configuration errors than eavesdropping. What are the competencies and experiences of the engineers?

5. Road_distance_Map_of_Uganda Innitiated by Fred Lali

We have real GIS based road distance maps. Not Straight lines but ground based!

Flowers

Mobile: +256 772 752 841 118

Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

6. Cellphone Locator App Initiated by Ivan Pinno

Trying to locate a friend using his  cellphone number

Find iPhone if its an iPhone and is synced to your device.

Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

There are some apps but operators generally don't let one do that because it exposes your friend to security or privacy risks

7. STARS IN GLOBAL HEALTH: ROUND 6Initiated by Esther Nakkazi

Flowers

This unique program enables innovators in developing countries, as well as in Canada, to develop their Bold Idea with Big Impact to improve global health conditions.

Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

Deadline: July 30, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

8. URA , the whole website does not have to be a custom built application. Initiated by Peter Wamanga

One cannot open links in other tabs, can’t download anything and yet  URA expects investors to be doing everything "electronically".

Flowers

Frowns

Trying to register for a TIN number on there  is just a disaster.

Conclusion/ Remarks

9. Billable Hours Wants To Make Managing A Legal Firm just A Click Away Initiated by David Okwii / Daniel Mwesigwa

This is a small Enterprise Resource Planning system that computerizes the entire workflow of a law firm

Flowers

Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

For more information about Billable Hours contact James Makumbi of Billable limited at  jmakumbi[at]hotmail[dot]com

10. In serious (& I mean SERIOUS) need of an iMac Initiated by Assad Mugenyi

iMac i5 or i7 27“ screen either used or new. Budget is $1600

Flowers

Frowns

Conclusion/ Remarks

A used one should be about Ushs2million.

For a new one in Uganda  ask for the official Elite price. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Find price in Nairobi at http://elitedigital.co.ke/apr/mac/imac.

From USA  go to www.usafrimall.com

The advantage of buying locally are the after-sales services.

11. Digital register of births and deaths Initiated by Margaret Sevume

The government has developed a digitalised system to register births and deaths in hospitals and local government offices.

Flowers

The system supports registrations through USSD (mobile phones) and the web portal.

Web Portal: www.mobilevrs.co.ug

Frowns

Some unscrupulous individuals might register fictitious births.

Conclusion/ Remarks

Is it possible for the registration to be done by anyone?

Can an application be developed to allow use of mobile phones?

 

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