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candleMay the men and women who left us find a place in heaven and rejoice forever.
They protected us they way they could. They fought the best. They did what they could. They served the country. They deserve a rest.
May this not be a sunset but a sunrise to eternal peace.
Rest in Piece Solders. #IStandWithKDF

I feel like crying...but ntachoma picha. I love these men and women in somalia. They keep us safe. My height said NO,...

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The IEBC offers temporary positions of Voter Registration Assistants (VRAs) to carry out the mass voter registration exercise from February-March, 2016. The exercise will take 30 days and will involve a total of 2,878 officials who will be based at the Ward level. The VRA’s will support the Constituency Registration Officers and Deputy Registration Officers to register new voters.


The requirements for the Voter Registration Assistants are as follows:
Be a Kenyan citizen of high integrity, and be non-partisan
Be holder of a minimum of Diploma qualifications in ICT or other IT related field.
Access to an android smart phone and basic operation of the same is an added advantage.
Should have effective communication skills and good report writing skills
Must be available for the entire period of voter registration
Age: 21years and above
Must be residents in the constituency and ward in which they apply for and must quote the same on the application letter and envelope
Duties of the Voter Registration Assistant

The Voter Registration Assistant expected to work within a particular ward and perform the following duties:
Publicize the registration activities and movement of the kit within the ward.
Opening and Closing the registration Centre at the designated time
Ensure security of the BVR kit Conduct voter registration
Report the Registration progress to the Registration Officer
The Voter Registration Assistant MUST meet the weekly registration targets.
Applicants who strictly meet the above requirements should fill the IEBC standard application form available at IEBC offices countrywide and on the Commission's website: Fully filled Application Forms should be sent to Regional Elections Coordinators (REC).


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As more and more businesses are moving their products and services online, eCommerce players are making every serious effort to respond to their customer needs and wants in the manner most effective. eCommerce business is dictating the trend and it shows no signs of being supplanted.

However, to create a successful online store, one must have a practical approach to the key skills and tools they need to kick start their online venture. In simple words, one needs to know which eCommerce platform is right for their business along with all the essentials that help them monetize their website.

There are a number of options out there when it comes to choosing a perfect eCommerce partner for your shop, both free and paid. The eCommerce solutions diversity is huge and users have a plethora of options to choose from. However, if you want something right out of the box then you have two choices – WooCommerce and OpenCart.

Both of these are leading eCommerce tools that make it easy to set up an online store, and have tons of options and possibilities for customization. Here’s a comparison of the relative popularity of the two platforms over time.

In this post, we will look at the key differences between both of the plugins to make it clear what they are, what are their features, what they offer and how and so on.

OpenCart – Background

Launched in 2008, OpenCart is a simple, open-source shopping cart system designed to manage the needs of any online store, irrespective of its size. It is free, feature-rich and comes packed with its own set of themes and extensions. It’s a complete eCommerce system which supports a server usually PHP5, MySQL5, and Apache. Although it can be hosted on any server of your choice till it meets the system requirements.

WooCommerce – Background

WooCommerce was launched in 2011 by WooThemes and is a plugin designed for WordPress websites. Using WooCommerce one can easily convert an existing WordPress site into a fully-functional eCommerce store. It’s a wildly successful plugin, partly due to the reliable company behind it, and the robust set of features it offers to ensure an engaging shopping experience to your visitors.

And now, to the comparison of the two platforms!

Ease of Installation

Installing OpenCart is pretty easy. There are two ways through which one can easily install it – one is manually, and the second is by using a single click script installer.

The first option is a bit of a complicated and tiring process, however, using this method you will have better options and facilities for customization. The second one (the single click script installer) is a nice option for those who want to set up their store in the fastest possible way. Softaculous and SimpleScripts are two installers used for OpenCart.

WooCommerce, as mentioned already, is a WordPress plugin, so a WordPress site is a prerequisite for installing WooCommerce. When the site is all set, the plugin can be downloaded and installed directly from the WP dashboard. You can also visit to download the plugin, and upload the necessary files.

The Bottom Line WooCommerce has an easier install process than OpenCart.

Extensions, Themes and Add-ons

OpenCart boasts an impressive front-end template by default, but as a user you have the freedom to choose your own template from over 2000 options. Themes can be both free and paid, ranging from $60-$70. There are also a great deal of add-ons available.

The integration for Google Analytics, Facebook, and Twitter is available by default, however for Amazon and eBay, and some other useful services you need to pay for some special extensions. There are also excellent shipping options, and SEO related add-ons.

WooCommerce, on the other hand, does not include some basic functionalities as compared to OpenCart, so you will have to pay for a good amount of extensions to meet your diverse needs. You’ll need to pay for different payment processors such as PayPal.

Also, WooCommerce provides limited support, and you have to pay additional fees to gain access to the forum.

As far as templates are concerned, WooCommerce comes with a handy collection of free and paid themes. The price of these themes can be between $39-$79, provided with Adobe Photoshop options.

The Bottom Line OpenCart comes with more out of the box, but both of these platforms feature a pretty wide selection of handy add-ons and plugins to get your store rolling.


It is quite tricky to carry out customizations to the theme you use in OpenCart. The template structure is not easy to access, and its pieces of code are stored in the database instead of HTML, thus making it difficult for a webmaster to get the job done.

When talking about WooCommerce, the plugin is blessed with an amazing customization abilities. The plugin offers all the necessary administrative tools to revamp the overall quality and functioning of your website. Also, there is a greater degree of control when it comes to making modifications to the design.

The Bottom Line WooCommerce has simpler and better customization features that OpenCart.

Multiple Stores

OpenCart is an independent eCommerce solution so it’s quite easy to set up multiple eCommerce sites using a single installation.

This feature is something which isn’t available in WooCommerce. It cannot be used on websites other than WordPress and you need multiple installations to create multiple shopping carts. However, for OpenCart it is not required for you to use multiple installations and sell your products.

The Bottom Line OpenCart is a better platform for managing multiple stores. It is also more flexible in that it works on any website, rather than only WordPress.


Both of the plugins have their own set of pros and cons, so it ultimately boils down to your own individual needs. If you are tech-savvy, want an independent online channel, and do not need too much customization then go for OpenCart. But, if you want to extend the functionality of your website in the simplest way then you should go for WooCommerce.

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There are a few common reasons why Gmail users may have trouble sending mail with Gmail's IMAP or POP feature. If you can't send mail, here's a troubleshooting checklist:
Are you able to log in to the Gmail web interface?
Visit to log in to Gmail. If you see a CAPTCHA (a security image with distorted letters), you'll need to log in before you can enable IMAP access. If you're locked out of Gmail, please wait one hour and log in to Gmail again.

Have you enabled POP or IMAP in Gmail?
Sign in to the Gmail web interface.Open the 'Forwarding and POP/IMAP' tab on your 'Settings' page, and configure IMAP or POP. After enabling this in Gmail, make sure you click 'Save Changes' so Gmail can communicate with your mail client.

Did you enable SSL for the SMTP server?
Make sure SSL is active for SMTP in your mail client. For more information, please review the configuration instructions for your specific client.

Did you set 'allow authentication' for the SMTP server?
Check that 'allow authentication' is active for the SMTP server in your mail client.

Did you enter the correct username and password?
Verify that your username is spelled correctly, and that you've entered '' Google Apps customers should enter their entire email address including the domain name. Also, you should re-enter your password just to be sure it's correct.

Are you trying to send attachments?
As a security measure to prevent potential viruses, Gmail does not allow you to send or receive executable files that could contain damaging executable code. Also note that with Gmail, you can send and receive messages up to 25 megabytes (MB) in size.

Still can't send mail?
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Apple Mail users: At times, Mail may misinterpret your SMTP server settings. If you currently have ''; in the 'Outgoing Mail Server:' field of your settings, please try changing the field to '' and saving your settings.

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Can you connect to the SMTP server?
To better diagnose the problem, you'll need to run a telnet test, which will check that your computer can contact our SMTP servers.

If you're running Windows Vista, you'll first need to enable the Telnet feature:

Click the Start button, then Control Panel, and Programs.
Click Turn Windows Features On or Off.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
In the Windows Features box, check the box labeled Telnet Client, and click OK. (It may take a few minutes for the installation to complete.)
To run the telnet test on a Windows computer:

Open the Start menu, and select Run.
Enter command in the Open: field, and click OK.
Enter 'telnet 465,' and hit Enter, or if you're using Outlook 2007, enter 'telnet 587' instead. (Does the information in the prompt window clear? If not, please note the message that appears.)
Close the prompt window.
To run the Telnet test on a Mac:

Click the Macintosh Hard Drive icon, and open the Applications folder.
Open Utilities, and select Terminal.
Depending on what port you're using to send, type 'telnet 25' or 'telnet 587' in the prompt window and press Enter.
If you receive an error message after performing step 3, your network administrator or security software has blocked access to our servers. We recommend contacting your local network administrator or Internet Service Provider (ISP) for more information.

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The article appearing in the Standard Newspaper dated Tuesday 29th December titled ‘New Law tightens noose on Online hackers‘ starts as follows

You will now need your national identity card, birth certificate or passport before using the internet, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has said.

You wonder whether this is sensational journalism trying to rope you in to read another of their articles. Then it gets worse, really, here is what one paragraph reads

In addition, CA wants service providers to retain data that will allow them to trace and identify the source of communication, the type of gadget used (phone, tablet or computer), the destination, the date, time and duration of the communication and even the geographical location of the sender and recipient of the message.

That’s right in the ball park of the Orwellian world in the book 1984.


Before we even begin, how does CA even plan on getting the “geographical location of the recipient of the message”. also, birth certificates?

Where do I even start?

Let me start with the impracticability of implementing and enforcing these regulations.

How will CA monitor and ensure every establishment sticks to the rules? Full time CA officers stationed at their premises? Periodic review of all the logs and CCTV footage by an army of CA analysts stationed in a windowless room surrounded by banks of monitors?

Where will all the competent network administrators come from? Most of the ones around are ill-equipped to manage basic security requirements of a WiFi network. Trust me, breaking into most WiFi networks is embarrassingly trivial.

How do these establishments keep track of every client and internet activity that happens over their network, when they arrived and left, the devices they had, and who is who on the CCTV footage? Some form of Artificial Intelligence solution CA will provide? The logistics of this are a nightmare and the hardware expensive. Most corporate networks struggle with this exact scenario and they have teams of highly skilled personnel on their payroll.

Is there a data security standard that the establishments will have to comply with? What with them holding extremely sensitive data, our full names, ID numbers, browsing habits and so on. I read that they should hold system logs for a period not less than one year. Even forgetting the logistics , that scares the hell out of me. Your neighbourhood cyber or coffee place doesn’t exactly inspire confidence where information security is concerned. Come to think of it, the only logical explanation would be that this is a nefarious plot by CA to scare us off public internet access. That’s if we suspend all belief and decide to credit them with a level of aptitude betraying authors of such ill-thought out legislation.

I could go on and on, on the impracticability of implementing these regulations but I think you get the drift.

Let’s humour them a bit and assume that these regulations are practically implemented and enforced.

As a normal internet user, I visit a restaurant with free WiFi and present my National ID and let them inspect all the WiFi enabled devices I am carrying. The CCTV camera overhead zooms in to record my entry into the premises (we are assuming this will be correlated with my details and WiFi activity). A trained network administrator provides me with a username and password that I’ll use to login in to their WiFi network. Everything is going on smoothly as warranted by CA. I then order coffee and decide to check my mail. I’ve heard that I should use a (Virtual Private Network) VPN when using public WiFi to protect myself, so I connect to one. I then proceed to use the internet at my leisure.

That’s what a normal security conscious public internet user would do. With that single act of using a VPN, all that other foreplay of tracking me goes to naught. It will be as if I never browsed the internet from their network. Good luck to the network administrator and the army of CA suits even finding out what website I visited.

Let’s shake up things a bit. Let’s see how the person that CA is supposedly targeting would act, you are an up-to-no- good hacker. These are all scenarios that beat the system.

Just do everything by the book and then use a VPN or some anonymous browser or software like TOR. Easy!


Mess with the registration process. You know those guards that require you to register before entering a building? I can assure you a lot of people leave fake details, maybe a fake second name and ID number. A hacker worth his salt would find a way to leave fake details with the resident coffee place registrar of public internet users.


Go through the process until the hacker is allowed into the network. After that, the hacker gets into their system and does as he/she wishes. Next could be, alter CCTV footage and network logs, hijack another client’s credentials, or even exempt themselves from the monitoring solution in place. The possibilities are endless. We are talking of a hacker who knows their business, aren’t we?


Go to a building, hijack the internet connection of a client in a neighbouring restaurant and now even the CCTV factor becomes moot. WiFi by design isn’t limited by walls, so they don’t have to be there physically.

The point is, these regulations will not deter a hacker, quite to the contrary, what it’s bound to do is to make them that bit more careful and harder to track.

The legal issues that will surround these regulations are likely to be crippling. From people’s right to privacy and protection of their data to establishments challenging the implementation. That’s a whole unopened Pandora’s box waiting to be happen.

It is quite honestly sad that several people in charge of providing direction in an esteemed institution such as the CA sat down, came up with this, presented it to the Director General and patted themselves on the back for a job well done.

It is sad that they either missed how illogical it all was or were deluded enough to believe that this was a legitimate solution.

It is sad that the average person out there could look at the regulations and immediately poke holes that challenge their core fabric.

Anyway, let’s assume that the people who came up with these regulations actually had a clue as to how to tackle the challenge of online hacking. Here’s some five ways they would go about it.

1. Enforce regulation requiring any network/system that handles public data to meet minimum security baselines. This would involve having the right people, security controls, awareness and periodic security assessments. This alone would keep out a majority of the hackers out there looking for easy targets.

2. Build a workforce of skilled information security personnel. A lot of capacity is needed in both government and private organisations in terms of skilled manpower. CA could lay the groundwork by introduction of relevant courses and guide the creation of syllabus and content with assistance from industry experts.

3. Educate the public and promote security awareness of the population at large.

4. Push for the implementation of the National Cyber Security Masterplan. This was meant to comprehensively address cyber security in the country in a wholesome approach but it gathers dust somewhere unimplemented.

5. Equip the Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) with the necessary resources and build up the team to a high level of competence.

To sum it all up, hackers will attack from anywhere, from some remote Eastern Europe country, from their home, from a coffee place, and that is one area CA cannot control. They however can limit the attack surface. Make it hard for your network/system from being breached and your run of the mill hacker will move on to the next network, or in this case country.

An analogy for this is a bucket leaking water from multiple holes on each side with a multitude of crooks illegally collecting the water all around. Instead of fixing the holes, CA is trying to chase away one crook at a time, and it isn’t even doing it right

My advice to CA is to fix the holes and maybe then, we can start talking about taking the fight right to the hackers’ doorsteps. Leading us into a dystopian society is the wrong way to go about it.


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