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Kansanga, first Ugandan town to publish local content online? — July 3, 2017

Kansanga, first Ugandan town to publish local content online?

In 2016, I had an opportunity to attend several web and blogger meet-ups in Kampala, Uganda.

With hospitable people, Uganda has over 1000s of tourism businesses contributing millions of dollars to the economy of the country.

Tourism is enabled because of the nature of the country which is gifted with rivers, lakes, hills & mountains, very unique and miracle making hot-springs, wildlife and abundance of the biggest bird species on this planet!

However, every part of Uganda has something that the world doesn’t know about or will never know about unless it’s shared on internet where over 4 billions of people end up for information.

I live in Kansanga, a township which is only 6KM away from the city center of the capital city, along Ggabba Road.

Through this town Pope Francis passed from Munyonyo to go to Kololo and meet the youths congregation on in his visit.

Kansanga a home to 2 big international universities; Kampala International University and International East Africa University. A home of several Banks, fuel stations, and a lot of malls with restaurants, clubs for entertainment and gardens good for hosting special events.

Kampala International University
Kampala International University main branch in Kansanga

I believe that all of this information is worth uploading on the internet.

Thus I took the initiative to build the first website of this township, which will allow the locals and anyone to contribute anything about Kansanga for free of cost. Of course there will be a challenge to moderate and maintain the hosting of the website online.

I have a small business strategy in place for guidance.

I would encourage everyone to participate as well as the people living in other towns to copy the idea for their own towns.

Here is the link of kansanga.com clicking sign up, it will take you less than one minute to to get a free account and start your contributing.

Also find out more about Kansanga on wikipedia at the following link => https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansanga where our website is also referenced, putting us in a good position to develop this idea.

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Why haven’t you developed a single Mobile App yet? — April 2, 2017

Why haven’t you developed a single Mobile App yet?

Are you interested but have never gotten the courage to take the chance or have tried but upbeat by the long learning curve?

First of all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so you are not to blame. I personally love to create solutions for myself and the other people around me.

I utilize the skills I have to create the solutions. Take for example, by having a HTML, CSS and PHP skills, I’m able to run a web agency which also gives printing and graphics design services. At this agency, I work as the operations manager and leader of the digital department.

Due to business dynamics, there is need to learn a new skill to strengthen my personal portfolio as well as that of the company.

What comes to my mind is developing mobile apps which can solve real life problems. For this I will concentrate on developing Android apps not Windows and iOS, due to my target consumers. Since am not a fan of Java, I chose to go Hybrid way because at least I wouldn’t have to learn a lot, I will port my HTML, CSS, PHP and SQL knowledge to reach my target. Additionally, I would have a chance of compiling my mobile app code, for other platforms as well we grow without investing money for another developer yet the client’s budget is too low.

Recently I posted about setting up the Android Hybrid App development environment article, to let you know how practically it’s easy to get started.

Right now, am creating my own App, which will be used for personal finance book keeping, with features such as automatic notification  a few days towards loan date expiry, loan amortization and so much more as time may allow. I hope to an api and remote storage in the cloud, in future to be able to attract more people to use it.

I think by now, I would have completed developing the app but looking at available resources, couldn’t manage learning one.

Listen I have set 10 days, of researching and studying about JQM. In a few days, I have been able to develop the login and logout screens.

 

 

 

How to set up a Hybrid Mobile App development environment! — March 26, 2017

How to set up a Hybrid Mobile App development environment!

Have you ever wanted to develop mobile apps using web technologies i.e HTML, CSS and Javascript? In fact, you might have tried but failed along the way after failing to set up your computer for the task. It has happened to many others simply because coding and setting up developer environments are two different games which require different skills.

In this post I have listing what you require and briefly suggest what you have to do to have each tool installed on your Windows computer. Though guideline is eccentric to Windows Operating Systems, it’s transferable to Mac OS and Linux.

Let’s get started!

  • NODE.JS

Get Node.js

Install Node.js and add it to PATH environment variable ). Confirm installation by running $node –version at command line. I prefer using Windows shell instead of CMD. Because Windows shell executes some linux commands such as $ls.

  • GIT

Install Git with default settings.

  • CORDOVA

Installation

In Git Bash or Windows Shell execute the command below

$npm install -g cordava

Confirm installation by running

$cordova –version

  • JAVA

    • Install Java Development Kit (JDK). From Oracle’s website download the Java Standard Edition (Java SE). Add the JDK’s installation path to the PATH environment variables. Usually the location is c:\Program Files\Java\jdk version\bin. Create a JAVA_HOME if it doesn’t exist, setting it’s value to c:\Program Files\Java\jdk version To confirm if all is well run javac -version.
  • APACHE ANT

    • Install Apache ANT. (This is the build system for Java). I kept on failing until I discovered this was the missing piece in the puzzle. Search for it on google, download the zip file and unzip it whenever you want, noting the location. Proceed by adding the Apache ANT bin directory e.g c:\apache-ant\bin to the PATH environment variable and creating a ANT_HOME variable to which you assign the Apache ANT directory. e.g. c:\apache-ant. Now in Git Bash or command line tool of your choice run $ant -version
  • ANDROID

    • Download and Install Android SDK by downloading Android Studio. Before we could install the Android SDK alone but it seems impossible now a days, maybe you or I should do more research about this. Add the Android SDK tools and the Android Platform tools to the path variable. Usually these are located at the SDK installation directory\tools and SDK installation directory\platform-tools.
    • Launch the SDK manager by running the command $android use may use it for downloading additional sdk, platform tools etc.
  • TEST ENVIRONMENT

    •  In command line of your choice. Run $adb -version.

Navigate to a directory of your choice and issue the cordava app creation command. i.e $cordova create app_directory com.domain.app AppTitle

    • Add android platforms to your app. At command line change directory to app_directory by running.
      • $cd app_directory
      • $cordova platform add android
    • Connect your phone will developer options and usb debugging are turned on.
      • $cordova run android.
    • If phone does work for some reason you can try to install Universal Adb drivers or view your apps in the browser by running $cordova run browser.

Conclusion.

Knowing how to code is a good task, setting up the developer environment is another thing.

 

 

 

5 Units to educate 100,000 people in Uganda. — March 19, 2017

5 Units to educate 100,000 people in Uganda.

A while  ago I discovered my calling which is about educating or teaching others. Fulfilling my why is not a comfortable zone and I must discover how.

I already set my dream affirmation for what I think is a brilliant goal. First of all, it’s not the only goal I have in regards to improving technology skills and employment opportunities in Uganda. However by analyzing several ideas, I believe it’s the sustainable one than the others. My goal is to teach over 100,000 in Uganda, in 3 years about technology and fallback to monitor progress and impact.

The number looks big especially reflecting to my personal financial ability and the availability of resources.

Courageously, an organisation in Tanzania (http://poweringpotential.org) is using almost 90% of the technology we shall use for our Mobile Digital Hub.

What happens is that we shall use single board computers (Raspberry Pi), connected to a LED Monitor together with a USB Mouse and Keyboard. We shall install a favourable but light linux distro, open office, google chrome and firefox browsers and notepad++ open source software to cut costs. Additionally the project will run on green solar energy, and the trainers will be volunteers. We take this approach so that we can reach as many communities where people can not afford a computer as well as are not in position to pay study fees for computer lessons.

I kindly request for your advise/help in all ways to realize this dream and have people empowered.

Thank you

“Ugandan Graduates” are not employed because they don’t offer value to business! — March 12, 2017

“Ugandan Graduates” are not employed because they don’t offer value to business!

Many of them think the money spent in school and the bachelors/masters accolade is a guarantee to a job. What a lie?
 
Time, skill, market, labor & ideas are the value one has to offer to an employer or business partner in exchange for a job opportunity. How many Ugandan graduates posses the above?
 
If you don’t know the fact, most of the jobs created are by younger people or age mates who don’t have access to free first hand business information, mentor-ship and interest free business funds!
 
Yet once created, there is need to formalize, attracting hefty bills for Tax, Trading Licenses, Rent fees, Marketing fees etc… even before a business acquires the necessary tools and team for production.
 
Well, this works against a Ugandan graduate’s dream of wanting to drive like others do, wear expensive clothes, go to bars etc… which incites the habit of undermining jobs.
 
The Ugandan government has a great role to play as well. It should saws in it’s citizens than milking them. They’re many times when professional graduates have turned to informal business due to lack of job opportunities but they’re energy, plans and passion has been destroyed by exclusive leadership and decision making.
Take for example sanctioning hawkers off Kampala streets, it’s a great move because it’s a way of supporting the businessman in a shop but the timing was totally wrong. You don’t take such a move without first informing the public  and the alternative solution you’re offering.

Photo by chimp reports
 
It’s now – the encouraging lesson! — March 5, 2017

It’s now – the encouraging lesson!

Hey! Hope you are doing well.

Today I want to share my thoughts about the idea of now. I’m writing  about this because many people in the world are suffering from regrets.

A story

I’m an iron blogger (ibcoco.net). Here everyone of us writes once in a week without limitation of the type of content. You owe 5 euros or a good deed in the community, for every week missed. I currently owe 30 euros for missing 6 times and I don’t want to increase. That would be a bad idea, isn’t it? As of now I would have to be suspended, if I don’t write. To get back in, I would have to settle my debt!

At this point, I want you to pause and ask yourself, what if the world worked this way?

Life is a free gift to all living things, thus it’s worth all the happiness and joy!

How many times how we given it to ourselves or someone else? As I was dozing, dozing on the bed, I wrote to iron blogger facebook group chat, that I won’t be able to write. As a family, everyone was sympathetic because they knew I would be suspended for laziness though for the past week I have been sick!

Suffering from stomach ulcers, is creepy. It reminds you the days you didn’t eat well or starved  or skipped visiting a doctor whenever symptoms showed themselves!

I’m lucky am feeling better, after a week of medication, following doctors orders.

This blog wouldn’t come if my team mates didn’t react to my message immediately. They showed compassion and I was encouraged.

This article is a dedication to you my readers and my iron blogger teammates! I appreciate the encouragement you give me and I encourage you to:-

Eat well now!

Work on your dreams now!

Visit a doctor now!

To avoid the punishment of laziness.

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

This cable is all I need to start — February 19, 2017

This cable is all I need to start

A few months ago, I decided that I should use the raspberry PI before proceeding with the Mobile Digital Hub which I think will be ready by 4th July 2017. The objective is to increase technology literacy and accessible among the rural and suburban citizens.

So I had to acquire a raspberry PI 3. Through http://www.supaprice.co.ug I was fortunate enough to receive one from London, U.K to Kampala, Uganda, East Africa in just 9 days including weekends. This was really  what I wanted.

However, I still need an HDMI to VGA adapter to be able to experiment with this cute little baby computer. I can’t wait.Some of the experiments I want to try first are playing a game on it. Kindly suggest me one since I have not played games in a while.

I also want to install an ftp client for downloading back ups from our online cPanel server once in a day.

Fingers crossed as I may get the cable tomorrow courtesy of Solomon King the founder of Fundibots.org

 

How to earn from a blog? — February 11, 2017

How to earn from a blog?

Many people from different walks of life ask me this about making an income from blogs or websites. As if everyone is looking at alternative ways of making money. Is it because of the world’s economic recession or the improved level of awareness in the third world countries like Uganda? Before sharing what I know about making money from blogging, I want to say am proud of people like Mark Zuckerberg, Adam D’Angel and many visionaries who implemented social platforms such as facebook.comquora.com, google.com etc…

Let’s get to it.

How can I earn from a blog or blogging?

First of all what is a blog? What is blogging?

Quoting from Wikipedia, a blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”). Click here to find out more.

Assuming we understand the definition above, blogging is the process of writing content and publishing on the blog.

Is it about text only? Text alone is not enough anymore. Therefore blogging is about podcasts and Vlogs where podcast is audio whereas Vlog is video.

Let’s briefly talk about the income bit.

Advertising

If you write informative content which people like, you will most probably attract thousands if not millions of readers(traffic). This is a great opportunity for you because many business people want to be seen. Simply create a space where adverts can be displayed and set up your pricing packages.

Reviewing

Some companies are willing to pay great reviewers to write about their products and publish on their blogs.

Affiliate marketing

Online stores like Amazon.com and advertising agencies such as google have affiliate marketing opportunities for bloggers. The good thing they can give you products links related to your content. These links are to be integrated in your blog articles so that people can click them as they read. If they like the product and buy it, you earn commission.

Tutoring

If you know something write about it and let others learn from you. Eventually this can turn into some of training from which you can earn from.

Basically that’s what I could rushy write about but it’s a diverse topic. My advice to you is to research more and start a blog.

 

 

 

 

 

What a way to spend first Sunday of February 2017? — February 5, 2017

What a way to spend first Sunday of February 2017?

Usually I’m with a laptop trying to do something. I’m either designing a website using WordPress or I’m learning something online or I’m sharing something on social media.

5th February was exceptional. As I spared sometime for me then attended the Unseen me Exhibition and the short film premier of Irreversible.

Before heading to both events I have to add a few hours of coding to some website which is for a actors/actress talent management company, which will be launching anytime towards the end of this coming week. For long I have not been motivated to work on this website but today, I picked the inspiration from a film paper design.

Had my lunch then took off with a boda-boda local name for public motorcycles to Oasis Mall Kampala where the Unseen Me exhibition took place. It was overwhelming the paintings, handmade crafts exhibited as well the hospitality organizers.

After a few hours, proceeded on a short distant walk to Uganda National Cultural Center (National Theatre) to watch a local movie premiere. Very interesting was meeting a few friends and workmates there. But the unforgettable are the new friends, who knew me on facebook but we ended up meeting here in real life. We had a chat with them and some representatives of a certain companies who sponsors of the movie premier. When we entered in the theatre we almost missed the seats due a big number that turned up.

All short films including Irreversible were entertaining, educating and promising of the Ugandan film industry.

Photos to follow.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

Why entrepreneurship is not freedom? — January 29, 2017

Why entrepreneurship is not freedom?

Building myself as an entrepreneur I juggled between freelance and employment. During the time until mid 2015 the market pulled me into and I virtually identified myself as an Information Technology expert than what I truly desired to be since 2003.

You see I wanted to code and develop solutions which could help me especially. I never owned a PlayStation yet kids next door did, my playing time was boring most of the time. Such incited the desire to be creative. Later spent every penny in the internet cafes for years to learn this thing called software development.

All the way, developed desire to make money, so I instead of going at it through coding looked for the simplest way possible. I went into troubleshooting computers and setting up internet cafes. As this brought in some money, it positioned me more into the I.T arena than giving than coding. Much as had lots of ideas flowing in my blood, couldn’t find the courage to start or pick up where I left off.

When you want to be something, it’s good to discover the way you want to do it and fall that. If you don’t you are most likely to do it just like anyone else. Will this bring you happiness?

As for me solving problems through coding will be my first method, even if I run away it will always haunt me.

If anyone wants freedom or is pursuing happiness my recommendation is to try and spare sometime to discover yourself. Try so much to become as much self aware as possible so that if anyone has to tell you something they know or are observing about you, you don’t feel offended and surprised. Because you entirely know where it begins and ends.

For many coders, there is pain on start and during debugging phase but that pain has never compared to the happiness that comes at launch of our system.

If you’ve never gone through any self-awareness program, start now. Don’t let fears and thoughts like discovering the opposite that you want something or you who someone else than you’ve known. The magic here is that you will know yourself more than anyone knows you and you can now continue on your journey taking the right direction. I got a chance to attend Unleash dreams in 2016 co-found by David Reeve. One of the sessions Christine taught us about the life ecosystem, it’s my center of reflection since then.

How to remove Woocommerce sidebar from front-page using hooks — January 18, 2017

How to remove Woocommerce sidebar from front-page using hooks

Woocommerce is one of the most popular plugins for WordPress because it’s used by anyone wants to setup online shop without the need writing a single line of code.

Themes are one of the notable features that come with Woocommerce out of box. It comes with a default theme as well as you can download many out from WordPress.org theme repository and many theme stores online. In fact most of those themes on the WordPress repository and theme stores are fully compatible with WordPress.

Therefore this post is targeting people with custom themes made by themselves or got from somewhere but haven’t come with Woocommerce support.

Let’s start right away!

Go to Appearance -> Edit after logging in to the WordPress Dashboard where Woocommerce is installed.

Look for the functions.php file. For experienced WordPress coders you can create your own site specific plugin. This is where you can add custom code.

Let’s remove a Woocommerce sidebar action.

Use the code below in your themes functions.php or site specific plugin.

<?php

remove_action( ‘woocommerce_sidebar’, ‘woocommerce_get_sidebar’, 10 );

Save and reload the front-end of your shop page.

As simple as that.