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Saturday, April 14, 2012

BASIC PHOTO EDITING TIPS

Almost everyone takes lots of pictures and posts some of them online. With a little more planning of shots and editing, these pictures can be much better.
Here are a few things I've found helpful. First, think about what you're trying to show when you take pictures. Group shots usually don't have a lot of impact. Try taking more close up pictures of people doing things. Also, think about whether a picture tells a story of its own. If you're taking a picture of a child, try squatting down and taking it at their level. To learn more about photography, visit photo.net for lots of in-depth guides. I also like browsing flickr.com to see the interesting shots other people have taken.

Once you've taken a bunch of pictures, you'll want to crop them, remove red-eye, and adjust exposure. My favorite tool for these things is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. You can download a tryout version from adobe.com. The price for buying it has recently dropped alot, so if you couldn't afford it before, take another look. Adobe Phototoshop Elements is a less expensive choice that also works well. If you want something that is simple and free, I like Paint.net. It will let you adjust color balances, crop and resize things as well as many other things.  When you're done, remember that if you're posting online, you may want to resize the picture to help it display more quickly.

Finally remember to use "save as" or work on a duplicate file so you don't destroy the original picture.


Online resources for this week's Tech Corner: 
Learn more about photography at photo.net.
See photos other people find interesting at flickr.com
Get Adobe Photoshop Lightroom from adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html
Get Adobe Photoshop Elements from adobe.com/products/elements-family.html
Get Paint.net from getpaint.net


Source:Adventist New Network

KEEPING ONLINE INFORMATION SAFE

Some tips on keeping your online financial and personal information safe.
Almost every part of our financial life and big part of our personal life is now easy to access online. Hopefully all of it is protected by passwords. However, if we haven't been clever about how we use our passwords, somebody could get access to all of it.

A big part of the securing your stuff is choosing a good password. I like passwords that are long and have letters, numbers and punctuation. To make it easy to remember, try a phrase like "My2boysliketojump!" with a number in the middle and an exclamation point at the end. It's easy to remember, hard to attack. Don't just use your child's name or a phone number for your password.

Ideally you should choose a different password for every web site you use. One way to make this easier is to use software like keepass or 1password to store your password collection.

You should at least use a unique password for your e-mail account and each banking site and change it regularly. This is critical, because many web sites use your e-mail address as the login ID. If such a site is hacked and your password revealed, unless your e-mail password is different, the attacker can log into your e-mail. From there, he can figure out other sites you use, and reset the password to take them over.
One last tip, any web site you log into should use a secure connection so that your information cannot be intercepted while it travels between your computer and the site. Most browsers indicate a secure site with a "lock" icon. Learn what that lock icon looks like and don't log into sites without it.


 

Friday, April 13, 2012

TECHNOSUNDAY KUFANYIKA TENA JIJINI DAR ES SALAAM


You are cordially invited to TECHNOSUNDAY, a free outreach program aimed at equipping Tanzanians with often-neglected skills useful for efficient, effective and friendly utilization of various technologies such as computers, the internet and mobile devices.
Topic areas include basic computer hardware, software & user-friendly tips; MS Office; internet (browsing, email, social media); mobile devices and applications. The major topics this month of April will be Social Media & Mobile Applications presented by Gonzaga Rugambwa, Product Manager at Push Mobile who has a vast experience and interest in telecom and mobile applications.
·       Efficient use of social media for networking - friend lists, privacy settings, Google+.
·       Finding your dream job via social media & mobile – LinkedIn, BranchOut & SMS.
·       Lost you’re phone? Recover contacts via Google Sync.
·       Stuck in traffic? Let time fly by playing games while chatting on BBM, Android.
·       Find your love mate by chatting with BBM users near you – Badoo.
·       Want to get out of a boring conversation? Receive a fake call on Blackberry.
·       Call, SMS & Video for free – WhatsApp, Viber, Skype.
·       Plus much more ….

Event Details:
Date & Time: Sunday April 22nd -  11am – 1pm. Entrance: FREE!
Location: Commission for Science and Technology (Sayansi)
NB: Bring your laptop, modem and phone(s)
WELCOME ONE, WELCOME ALL.
TechnoSunday Project Leader
Gonzaga Rugambwa
0712070702

In cooperation with TANZICT (www.tanzict.or.tz) and MobileMonday Dar (www.mobilemonday.co.tz)

USIMAMIZI WA MIUNDOMBINU YA MAWASILIANO TANZANIA

anzania imejaaliwa kuwa na kampuni na taasisi kadhaa zinazohusika na mawasiliano na nyingi ni binafsi zinazojiendesha kwa faida kubwa kabisa haswa za mawasiliano ya simu na mitandao yaani internet .

Kampuni hizi na taasisi zote zinafuata miongozo kutoka tume ya mawasiliano Tanzania yaani TCRA ambayo ndio mdau mkuu wa mawasiliano nchini kwa kushirikiana na idara nyingine ndani ya serikali ,kimataifa kama umoja wa mataifa na taasisi nyingine za jumuiya ambazo Tanzania ni mwanachama .

Kwa kipindi cha miaka kadhaa iliyopita mpaka sasa kumekuwa na migogoro ya hapa na pale inayohusisha TCRA , kampuni za mawasiliano haswa Simu na Internet ,Watumiaji wa Huduma hizi na Taasisi nyingine haswa zinazohusiana na Afya , Mazingira na Miundombinu .

Migogoro yenyewe ni kama Ifuatavyo .
1 – Mfumo wa Kodi wa huduma za mawasiliano haswa simu na Internet ( mara kadhaa imepigwa kelele kwamba na wadau ) kwamba kampuni hizi zinakwepa baadhi ya kodi au kulipa pungufu huku serikali haina taarifa za kutosha kuhusu uendeshaji wa kampuni hizi .

2 – Umiliki wa Minara ya Mawasiliano umekuwa tatizo sugu ,kwa mfano kampuni za simu huwa zinalipa wenye kiwanja au nyumba hela Fulani kwa ajili ya kuweka mnara sehemu hiyo , mnara ambao unahudumia maelfu huku wilaya , mtaa au mkoa haufaidiki vya kutosha na uwekezaji huo .

Kwa siku za karibuni zimetokea kampuni kama ETON towers zinazonunua minara na kutaka kuimiliki , hilo hata hapa Tanzania limeanza kufanyika na haijulikani Serikali inahisa kiasi gani kwenye Kampuni hizi na ulinzi na usalama wa mawasiliano yetu ukoje .

Kuna sehemu unaweza kukuta minara zaidi ya 4 ya kampuni 4 tofauti yote imegharibu fedha nyingi , hapo uharibifu wa mazingira unatokea ,afya za majirani zinakuwa mashakani  wanaoathirika ni watanzania wenzetu .

3 – Kampuni za Simu Kuuza Hisa
Kumekuwa na malalamiko toka kwa watanzania kuhusu kuwa sehemu ya umiliki wa kampuni hizi kwa kununua hisa kama ilivyofanya safaricom nchini Kenya kwa kuuza hisa zake kwa wananchi wa nchi hiyo , jambo hili limekuwa likipigwa dana dana na kuonekana kama vile haiwezekani na watu kutoa sababu kadhaa kwa mfano kampuni zaweza kushusha gharama za mawasiliano na mengine yanayohusiana na hayo .

La msingi ni kujua kwamba kampuni za mawasiliano ya simu kwa sasa zinafanya biashara mbalimbali sio upigaji wa simu tu , kuna huduma za internet kutumia simu za mikono au vifaa vinavyochomekwa kwenye kompyuta , wanatoa huduma za kuhifadhi na kutuma fedha ( kama mpesa , ezypesa na Tigo pesa ) kwanini wananchi wasiwe sehemu ya umiliki wa huduma nyingine zinazotolewa na kampuni hizi ? Tafakari .

4 – Sheria za Mawasiliano
Hapa nchini tuna sheria moja ya mawasiliano ya Elekroniki na posta  kwa jina la EPOCA , sheria hii haijatazama masuala ya fedha , taarifa binafsi za watu , na huduma nyingine zinazotolewa na kampuni za mawasiliano haswa zinazohusu mitandao ya kijamii na barua pepe .
Ni vizuri sheria hii iangaliwe upya ili iendane na wakati wa sasa na ujao kulingana na ushindani wa kibiashara ulipo na kuangalia maslahi ya watumiaji wa vyombo vya mawasiliano .

Kama nchi imeshindwa kuunda sheria zake za mawasiliano bora kutumia zile za jumuiya mbalimbali kama za umoja wa ulaya , jumuiya ya madola .

Kuna kesi nyingi zinazoendelea za uhalifu wa kimtandao ambazo zinahitaji uwepo wa sheria kali na miongozo kwa ajili ya uendeshaji wake na hukumu .

Mwisho .
Kwa kuandika haya napenda kuomba wadau mbalimbali haswa wabunge kuandaa hoja binafsi ya kuhakikisha masuala haya yanajadilika na wananchi waweze kuwa sehemu ya umiliki wa kampuni hizi na wawe na sauti juu ya uendeshaji wa kampuni hizi kupitia hisa zao na vyombo vingine vilivyopo kisheria .

Pia kuundwe chombo kingine binafsi kinachoweza kusimamia njia za mawasiliano na miundombinu yake , pale kampuni inapotaka kuweka mnara sehemu au kuweka miundombinu Fulani basi kampuni hii ndio ihusike na ilipwe na ndio iwe msimamizi wa sekta hii muhimu inayozidi kukuwa kila siku .

Kwa kufanya hivyo tutatengeneza ajira nyingi , kuipunguzia mzingo TCRA , miuondombinu itaweza kulindwa kwa uhakika na hata kuweza kushugulikia baadhi ya vitu kwa haraka zaidi .
Tuunde chombo huru .
Na:Yona Maro