Ujanja Mobile Device Tracking: A Half-baked Solution

The East African Data Handlers Co. (EADH) recently unveiled two solution offerings – Ujanja Mobile and Ujanja Laptop – that enable a user to track the geographical location of one’s mobile phone and/or laptop in the event that it gets stolen. Not only is there no reference of the services on the company website as of this writing (update: site now appears to be live), but also I can’t help but think that these ideas were not that well though out.

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Google Mapmaker helps you get Directions

Shortly after the launch of Google Mapmaker, users were given the ability to edit maps by adding roads and other markers previously uncharted, to Google Maps. And now, thanks to the awesomeness of crowdsourcing, you can use this user-generated content to get directions too.

Using the mashup, I got really simple directions from *K-Street to Kenyatta Hospital in Nairobi (and no, I’m not suggesting anything here; correlation does not imply causation 🙂 )

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This feature is really great because not many cities outside of North America and most of Europe are that well mapped. In many African countries, directions are given mostly based on landmarks, like a nearby building. Those proclivities will always remain and do have their place so I think this feature will serve as a great supplement. What’s more, with a 3G-enabled mobile phone, driving around could get a lot easier!

Head over to Google Mapmaker and help map your city.

*In the interest of “teh balance”, Koinange Street is Nairobi’s Red-Light District.

Web Apps for Startups

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Are you starting a business or already have a small business in operation? Taking the headache out of routine administrative tasks definitely goes a long way in freeing up more of your time to concentrate on building a great product for your company. This is especially true if you’re running a small shop with limited staff.

So I came across this great resource for starter web apps for small businesses that I’ve found to be particularly useful and that I’m actually putting to use.

A few of the take-aways:

  • Managing your projects – Basecamp
  • Taking notes, capturing information – Evernote
  • Billing, invoicing, client account management – FreshBooks
  • Track employee status, clock-in and out times – InOutBoard
  • Resume management, hiring – The Resumator

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