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I once had a citizen organiser. I loved it. I opened it like a book to reveal the display on one side and a keypad on the other. Is that not the way today’s bendable smartphones with a hinge work these days?

The organiser had a calendar, a to-do list, a calculator and a basic word processor for notes input. It was great but could not make phone calls. When the smartphone arrived on the scene, it displaced the electronic organize because it had all and could make calls as well.

In 2003 or there abouts, some ‘live’ pornographic material leaked from some top executive’s laptop computer in Blantyre while undergoing some repairs at some computer service centre.

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It all started with one email from one computer technician to another. Within days, almost all computer technicians who had an email address were shared the infamous pictures.

Soon, the files became viral. Secretaries, lawyers, journalists and even doctors had a peep. All I am trying to say is that the pictures and videos were propagated using the email system. Email was very useful and powerful tool in those days. Is it so today? No.

We now have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, We chat and the other many social media apps.

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I am thankful that the nude picture-gate did not occur in this Facebook age; if it did, it would only have taken seconds for WhatsApp users to share the files. That would have shamed well-meaning computer professionals.

My opinion on this has always been that this was a great breach of computer repair ethics. In this profession, we pretend not to have seen some things on people’s hard disks.

While email is still a great tool in the corporate world, it has lost a lot of mileage to social media apps. Even corporations today have WhatsApp groups for easy sharing of information. Members of parliament have one; cabinet ministers have one. This makes email an defunct tool.

Websites were very popular a few years ago. A website was a must have for a company’s visibility. Web developers and internet service providers (ISPs) who hosted those websites were in some lucrative business. Not anymore. Most companies have moved to social media platforms. That is where the audience is.

Today’s websites act as hosts to social media apps like Facebook. Your website must be connected to social media to ensure that you have more visitors.

In ordinary language, social media is slowly overtaking website technology.

The technology landscape will continue to change and what is relevant today may not be so tomorrow. It helps to follow technology forecasts.

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