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In August 2022, Computer CrossTalk will turn 19 years. That is a very long time of computer evangelism.

Looking back, how has the journey been?

First things first; this is the love of my life. I enjoyed every bit of it and would do it all over again. I am aware though that writing the column has made me enemies who are ready to disfigure my dental formulae at the slightest provocation.

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One such is a distinguished son of the soil. Five years ago, he posted on the internet a pretty nasty narrative about the column. He has maintained the content for all these years. My only sin was quoting the Freedom to the Net2016 report in one of my articles.

What is wrong with that? The Internet Service Provider (ISP) believed that online media were not factual enough on Malawi. Not my problem, or is it? Don’t shoot the messenger, brother.

And there are times when technology scented big prayers driven into anger because of a small issues. Those were times where I had felt that, perhaps, I had overstayed my welcome.

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There have been good times and many of those. These are times when I got complemented so profusely that I wonder who they were talking about.

Computer CrossTalk, like a software, is work in progress. I should have said wine; it gets better with age. Thank you Times Group for providing this continuous assessment university, where I can hone my skills for mahara.

In these Times corridors, I brushed shoulders with the very best; the late Jika Nkolokosa, late Limbani Moya, Dr. Ken Lipenga, Isaac Masingati, Brian Ligomeka, George Kasakula, Wezzi Kasambara, Bill Gates Kumwembe, Sharon Chirwa, Elvis Howahowa and Yakho Seunda.

We ask; for how many more years will The Daily Times host Computer Cross Talk? I cannot say with certainty; suffice to say as long as there is enough gel in my pen.

Computer CrossTalk column is not cheap to do. It is resource hungry. What may look like a simple unboxing scenario of Samsung Galaxy S21 or iPhone 13 requires a lot; the gadget, YouTube videos, reviews by others in the profession and much more.

There is a need for industrial collaboration to ensure that the column is able to maintain quality readability and structure. Thankfully, there are organisations that understand this. Thank you National Bank of Malawi, Telecom Networks Malawi, Globe Computers, FDH Bank and many others.

Others are just hard to work with; they want this column to be an extension of their advertising propaganda. Computer CrossTalk is not and will never be that; I am sorry. It’s the conscience of the consumer. That was straight from my heart to you—with no moderation.

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