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Monthly Archives December 2019

The Election

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The election was just a year away. The government had done nothing in the previous four years, just like any other government out there, but they needed the votes. They needed to take care of the upcoming brand of woke politicians who were gaining popularity. It was time to act. The election was to be won by both hook and crook. More crook than hook.

The party had a strategy. It was the same old strategy that is used by parties since the birth of democracy. Manipulate the sheep. The voters were just but sheep who could be manipulated easily. The promising thing was unlike the early days of democracy, now there were ready weapons of mass manipulation.

The strategy was laid down.

The campaign machine was cranked up.

There was no mercy, no restrain, no boundaries, no sacred.

Strategy #1: Outrage

The people were already outraged by the actions and the inactions of the government. There was still a room for more outrage, and the party decided to act. The plan was to create more outrage until people were tired of outrage. It did not matter the source or the object of the outrage, as long as people were made very outraged.

The outrage initially drew people’s attention, but soon they got an outrage fatigue. They no longer got outraged by the things that mattered because their outrage had been depleted. This gave the government more room to steal and make outrageous decisions with no meaningful feedback from the citizens. The country had been immunized.

Strategy #2: Manipulation

This was an easy strategy, for digital disruption has brought forth many weapons of mass manipulation. All that they needed to do was to use them. They hired bloggers and propagandists who would work on specific topics each day to manipulate public opinion and influence news cycles.

They painted the opposition any color they wanted. They made it hard to believe anything because for every truth that was said, they had an alternative truth. Those who were gullible enough, the majority, believed. Those who did not believe got outraged, sending them to strategy #1.

They created fake news which was better than the true news. They had videos and audio recordings from deep fakes, making their opponents to be on the defensive side all the time.

Strategy #3: Controversy

What brings in more media coverage than controversy? And what makes people more popular than being controversial? With this in mind, the government’s foot soldiers went ahead to create controversy. There were controversies on everything. So much were the controversies that nobody got to know what the real issues were.

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Top .KE Domain Registrars

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.KE is the Kenyan brand online, and there are tens of both local and international companies that offer .KE domain registration services. You might have wondered who are the biggest domain registrars in Kenya in terms of domain volumes, especially when you need to be sure that the registrar will be in business for a long time. Here are the top 40 registrars and the number of .KE domains they have as of 30th November 2019.

Only registrars that publicly register domains and are licensed by KeNIC are listed.

Top 40 .ke Domain Registrars

REGISTRAR DOMAINS
1 Kenya Website Experts 14,629
2 Truehost Cloud 9,336
3 EAC directory 8,774
4 Sasahost Limited 8,419
5 Safaricom Limited 7,626
6 deepAfrica Co Ltd 5,868
7 Webhost Kenya Ltd 3,961
8 Afriregister Limited 1,475
9 Lexregistration 1,091
10 SawaSawa.com 971
11 Kenyaweb.com 790
12 Bitsimba 686
13 AccessKenya Group 655
14 HostPinnacle 541
15 ICT Authority 501
16 Oracom Web Solution 465
17 Peak and Dale 422
18 Gamma Solutions 410
19 Almond Comm 387
20 iWay Africa Kenya 350
21 Arise Online Ltd 305
22 Dotnet Africa Ltd 302
23 Movetech Solutions Ltd 274
24 Webcom Kenya Limited 270
25 Sky Webhost Africa 264
26 Etiqet Solutions 262
27 Crystal Technologies 245
28 Heartbit Computer Solutions 213
29 Legibra Holdings 212
30 Aplin 204
31 MTN Business 174
32 Telkom Kenya Limited 169
33 Ecobiz 161
34 Webkraft Kenya 153
35 Liquid Telecom 144
36 Africa Blue Webs 141
37 Blueprint Technologies 139
38 Intrepid Data Systems 136
39 Ignite Africa Limited 136
40 HOST MASTERS 134
41 Creative Y&R 134

Other Stats

  1. 92.98% of all the domains are .co.ke
  2. Total domains are 98,545
  3. A list of all registrars can be found HERE

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The Invention of Insurance

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Many moons ago, there never used to be health insurance. Not that people never fell sick; it’s just that they had other ways of dealing with health problems. They were never guaranteed of getting money for the medical bills, but they still lived happily then.

The System

The secret to their existence lay in a closely-knit society. When one fell sick, the community would come together and contribute money for the medical bill. Fundraising would be made and the bills would be paid by all means.

The more popular you were in the society, the more the people would show up with their pockets when you needed them. This approach forced everyone to be an active member of the community. Evil people lacked this social capital which they could exploit when in need. So did the thieves, witches, outcasts and all the people who were not in good books with their neighbours. Everybody strived to stick to the straight and narrow path because no one knew when disaster would strike.

In general, the society thrived fairly well. There were a few cases where the bills were too high, or the call came during a famine when people had very limited resources.  Those were some unfortunate moments, but they were just an exception, not the norm.

Cheese Moved

But then, things began to change. Urbanization quickly began to take root. People began to live in places where they did not know their neighbours. Social ties were broken and a new system that favoured individualism began to gain acceptance. The old system could not work.

Solution

That is when Mr Mwangi, elsewhere known as Mr Smith, began to analyse the challenges presented by the new development and came up with a solution. Instead of people coming together to contribute money when one person fell ill, he could collect a little amount of money from each person every month, then go ahead and pay any medical bill that showed up. Brilliant idea!

New Social Order

People loved this new approach. No longer would they need to pretend to be good to their neighbour. No longer would one need to attend useless social events to maintain good social credit. Most importantly, they would not have to fear the risk of falling sick during the dry season. That is how insurance was born. Most people of means were happy with the new system. The rest had no option but once the bigwigs jumped ship. The old system died.

Monetizing

But Mr Mwangi/Smith also needed to make money. He realized that he does not have to pay all the claims presented. He came up with terms and conditions to govern the health insurance industry.

Up to date, we are still trying to understand those terms and conditions.

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The Wireless Mouse

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Just a few years ago, owning a wireless mouse was the equivalent of using Twitter for iPhone. It was a must have – for those who could afford.

My friend was thrilled to have his first wireless mouse for his computer. A wireless mouse felt like the end of a prison sentence, where one can walk and work freely without restrictions. He could now mouse freely without feeling tethered to the laptop.

However, the cost of replacing the mouse batteries started to have an impact on his pocket. He turned to engineering for help.

After a careful study of the mouse, he discovered that the mouse which was powered by two AA size batteries could accept a power input of 3-6 Volts.

AA size battery

He devised a clever plot where he could get 5V power from one of the extra USB ports of his computer. Being an electronics guru, he did the wiring and soldiering and within a short time, his problem of always replacing batteries on his wireless mouse was solved. This is the product he ended up with.

He is planning to patent the invention

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