“Let’s QWERTY” Revolution

10 years ago, you had to be a business person or a well to do (financially speaking) guy to own a phone with a QWERTY keypad (Ahem! Blackberry). That big desktop/laptop keyboard was shrunk into a single mobile phone to make it easy to type email messages. Of course if one owned a QWERTY phone they were top of the game.

2003 BB Model
A 2003 BB Model. Image Source: GSMArena.com

But today, I’ve observed that in my home country, Kenya, many people own QWERTY phones all thanks to affordable good quality phones sold by Nokia and Samsung. QWERTY phones no longer recognize a particular social/economical class status. Now everybody has the freedom of typing with ease unlike the normal small mobile keypad that has been around for many years. My point is that mobile phones are evolving in becoming more user friendly and you don’t need a smartphone with a QWERTY feature. Mobile phones such as the Nokia X2-01, C3, Asha 201 and Samsung Ch@t 527 are feature phones with internet connectivity features. Yet again this maybe  a  tranisition towards affordable smart phones as the world becomes more connected. People are hungry for information and they need to communicate through cheaper means such as the internet.

Nokia X2-01 is a popular QWERTY phone in Nairobi. Image Source: GSMArena.com

With time, smart phones will dominate the mobile user market (urban context) but of course both basic and feature phones will still be around because they will be well suited for rural dwellers. So, do you own an affordable QWERTY feature phone? Is it better that the normal basic/feature phone?

May 25, 2012

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Udacity: Online University

With the advent of the internet, the information highway is becoming bigger and access to educational material is becoming easy. Just recently I had signed up for free online classes on Computer Science. Though not the whole subject, some important modules are being provided e.g. how to build a search engine from scratch without prior knowledge of programming.

 

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These free classes are found at Udacity.com, an online computer science university where  modules offered range from search engine construction to car robotics. The classes are lead by two super qualified professors from Stanford university. One of the is a member of the Google top team.

I’m personally undertaking the search engine class and at least I’m beginning to understand how the Google search works for example. In this class the Python programming language is used as teaching platform to execute the algorithms. But the tough part is learning how those algorithms work (e.g. String manipulation) and putting them into action especially through the exercises after each topic. The exercises are quite challenging but worth it because they sharpen your thinking in creating logic models that run programs.

If you’re a budding programmer/geek 🙂 do feel free to sign up for the classes since more topics are to be released in the course of 2012.

March 14, 2012

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Setting Up Your Email with Microsoft Outlook 2007

Have you ever wanted to set up your email in your Outlook or mail client on your own without having to call the IT guy at 9pm or midnight? Well, here is an easy tutorial that will make the whole process easy and improve relations between you and the IT guy (Hint: no more fights). But before we get there, what is an email client? According to Wikipedia:

An email client, email reader, or more formally mail user agent (MUA), is a computer program used to manage a user’s email. The term can refer to any system capable of Continue reading Setting Up Your Email with Microsoft Outlook 2007

December 13, 2010

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