Using TelOne? Read this to learn how to save data and secure your network.

TelOne is Zimbabwe’s largest ADSL Internet Service Provider and their Internet packages are affordable and meet most people’s basic Internet needs. A complaint that I’ve come across many times on the TelOne facebook page and from talking to users of the TelOne packages is that the data bundles they offer seem to get used up before their expiry date.

There are a number of reasons for this, the first being that customers are usually ignorant of how much data their devices actually use even when they are not browsing.This can be a lot of data because computers, smartphones and tablets tend to automatically download and update their software in the background without your knowledge.

Secondly there have been glitches and security holes in the TelOne billing system in the past that either left some subscribers without any data bundles or for the lucky few, with unlimited Internet access. As far as I can tell, TelOne has patched these holes up and even improved their service offering.

Now it’s up to the home user to keep an eye on their usage and save money. In this post, I will show you how to use a service called OpenDNS to 1. give you a more stable Internet experience, 2.allow you to restrict access to some websites, protect your network and save on data.

OpenDNS is a company that provides DNS servers and content filters for small to large networks.
To use the OpenDNS service, you need to sign up for an OpenDNS account first and add your home network to your dashboard. This basically means telling OpenDNS what your IP address is.TelOne IP addresses are dynamic and always changing, so you need to download a piece of software provided by OpenDNS that will keep their servers updated with your current IP address. Doing this is necessary to enjoy the full benefits of using the system. Once you have created an account and installed the IP Updater software, you need to update the DNS settings in your router to use the OpenDNS servers which are and
Check the documentation that came with your router for instructions on how to do it for your home router.Updating the DNS settings will make all the devices in your network use OpenDNS servers as opposed to connecting to your service provider’s DNS.

A DNS server, put simply is a server whose core function is to locate the web addresses of the websites you visit. All Internet Service Providers(TelOne included) make you connect to their DNS servers by default. These servers are not always reliable as they may go down or be slow and this affects your Internet experience. OpenDNS have made a reputation out of offering a robust DNS service and best of all, it’s free for home users.

The immediate result of changing your DNS to that of OpenDNS is that you may find the lag on your connection dropping, meaning less time spent waiting for websites to load. Less time spent waiting for pages to load makes your connection appear to be faster. Fast is good.

Filtering Websites

To get the most out of this service, you need to setup a content filter. A content filter will allow you to choose what websites can be accessed within your network. Websites can be blocked individually by specifying the website address or by the website category. Blocking entire website categories is easy, say for instance you wanted to block pornography, adult-themed websites, social networks and general time wasters you could do so from the dashboard with only a few clicks.

Whenever a device in your network tries to access a blocked website, OpenDNS will not allow the connection and the website isn’t loaded.

Being able to filter which websites can be accessed in your network means you’re in a better position to limit access to websites that are either inappropriate or data-heavy(e.g Filesharing websites and social media sites like Youtube and Facebook). The great part about all this is that its free, simple and you only have to set it up once and forget about it.


How I became an entrepreneur.

For a very long time I was bothered by how business in my city don’t have an online presence except for a Facebook page and a directory listing. That was until I decided to do something about it, so last year in May I started a ZimClix, a business designed to provide consultation to small to medium sized companies to get them online. Having presence on the Internet is important because we live in a world where the majority of people are online in one way or the other for most of their waking hours. Small businesses need to take advantage of this to have a chance at success.

I do not have a business background and my web development skills could definitely be better, but I didn’t let that stop me from helping business owners who could benefit greatly from my skills. In May last year I decided to jump in and learn everything on the fly. The experience of running a business from my home office has taught me a lot about myself and I’ve been forced to learn valuable things that only experience can teach you. Starting out, I had to wear many hats in the company: director, developer, accounts manager,sales and customer support representative and the cook sometimes… all in one. I have experience working in Technical roles like administration and customer support so doing this comes easy for me. Sales, marketing and design..not so much, I keep learning and improving everyday.

One thing I get a lot of from developers especially, is that my prices are too high for what I offer. I’ll admit, I cannot compare to the bigger companies out there on price points, BUT I offer something that they don’t, that is personal, customer-centric support. My relationshop with clients doesn’t stop when they pay me or when the contract expires. I won’t do something unless I know the client will be happy at the end of the day. This work isn’t a chore because I love building web sites, helping people and most recently, working with businesses to increase their visibility and sales. Don’t just take my word for it, see what some of the people I’ve worked with have to say.

Recently, we managed to Integrate our billing system with a local payment gateway, so this means it’s now possible to order our products online and pay using Mastercard, Visa, EcoCash, TeleCash and ZimSwitch. This was done to make it as easy as possible for clients to pay for their invoices and also add funds to their accounts.

I’m excited about what the future holds for my business!

If you’re interested in having a website developed or need hosting, feel free to visit the website at or to get in touch with me directly.


Meeting with the NUST FSAs

A long overdue post.
Two weeks ago I was invited by Zibusiso to the National University of Science and Technology to talk to the Firefox Student Ambassadors club he has been working hard to get off the ground. As this was the club’s first meting, we discussed Mozilla’s goals for the year, our mission and a plan to pull off the Campus Campaign. Pictures below:



Effort is between you and you – Ray Lewis

This is a great video, I’m adding it here to motivate me when I need it.


Ray Lewis gave this speech to the Stanford basketball team before their NIT finals. Stanford went on to win that game as underdogs. When I get lost during the shuffle of everyday life I go back to this video. I’m posting it for myself so I can have it at arms reach. I hope this finds someone else and effects them as much it has effected me. I’ll always go back to that line… Effort is between you and you. I try and remind myself of this every morning. It’s about how well you do all the little things in life that make up a greatness. Thanks for the inspiration Ray Lewis.


“If tomorrow wasn’t promised – what would you give for today? Forget everything else.

Forget everything else. Forget that there was any sunlight left. What would you spend today…thinking about? Yourself? Or the man that’s beside you?…

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AfricaCom 2014

I had the opportunity to man the Mozilla Booth at Africacom 2014 with fellow Mozillian Oarabile Mudongo.

This was the largest Tech show I’d ever attended. Our job was to demo Firefox OS phones made by Alcatel and to get people excited before the launch. Africacom was hosted in the beautiful city of Cape Town in South Africa. There were more than 6000 attendees on each of the days.

The show was held over three days at the Cape Town International Convention Center.
Show video:

Pictures below








IRC Cloud: I love this client

For those of you who don’t already know, I am not a big fan of Corporate Culture and I have done my best to avoid working in a a strict shirt and tie corporate environment.

Currently I work as a contractor for a company in the US (, I work on providing clients with Customer and Tech support. I work with people from all over the world, Asia, US, Middle East etc Because of this, we have systems in place that make it easy for a globally distributed workforce to work together and collaborate on projects easily.

Our virtual ‘office’ is an IRC channel hosted on Mozilla’s IRC network. This is where we talk shop and joke around and sometimes share memes. Now my job requires that I use Virtual Machines, different browser and different Operating Systems. Switching back and forth between the different browsers and IRC client wasn’t fun for me, so I started using IRCCloud (

Why Do I like IRC Cloud?

1. IRC Cloud is a web based IRC client, which means that there’s no need to download the right version for each different platform I use.

2. IRCCloud keeps me online all the time. With IRCCloud, i’m always online, even when my computer is off. That way, I never miss a message.

3. It runs in the browser. Any modern browser can run IRCCloud and it supports web notifications, which means that if someone sends me a PM or mentions me in a comment, I’ll know, even if i’m viewing a different tab.

4. It works on mobile. There’s an app for the iOS and Android I think, so if you never miss a thing.

There you have it, IRCCloud is what I use and I encourage you to do the same.


How Ecocash Saved my life.

What feelings does the word ‘Ecocash’ invoke? Well for me its a feeling of utter merriment. I love Ecocash. I am in no way associated with Econet Wireless or Ecocash but I just want to share with everyone why and how I use the Ecocash service.

For those of you who don’t already know, Ecocash is a mobile money transfer solution available to Econet subscribers (I am a proud Econet user myself). The service not only allows subscribers to transfer money, but it offers services such as Loans, Utility Bill payments and virtual payments. I have been using Ecocash for about 3 years and I don’t regret signing up for the service.

How has Ecocash saved my life?


In 2012 I worked at ORAP and I worked out of town in Tsholotsho.I worked about 3km away from the Tsholotsho business center which meant that whenever I needed to buy stuff I had to walk.Ecocash, allowed me to walk in to just about any shop and load my Ecocash account and send money back home to my Mother without having to travel a 100km back home in Bulawayo everytime I got paid.

At the same time I could talk to my girlfriend for hours on the phone and not worry about running out of credit because I could always buy airtime using Ecocash.


In 2013 I was in College and if you’ve gone through Higher Education, you know how much you can spend on books, modules, assignment materials and the like. Ecocash came to the rescue many times whenever I was short on cash.


The most recent experience I had with Ecocash was when I used their Mastercard. If you don’t know what the Ecocash Mastercard is you can read more about it here: . When I was traveling to South Africa for the Tech4Africa Conference a few weeks ago there was a minor mishap, the Hotel had not arranged a shuttle to pick me up from the airport and I did not have any cash on hand to pay for a cab. Since I had funds in my ecocash account, I just used the Mastercard to withdraw money from a Nedbank ATM and I was able to get myself a cab from the airport to the hotel. The cab ride cost me an arm and a leg however.

So to sum it all up, I’d like to say that my experience with Ecocash has been very good. I have been able to borrow money, receive payments, buy stuff, pay bills and save using Ecocash. So if after reading this you’re still not using Ecocash, you need a punch in the stomach.

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Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Tech4Africa in Johannesburg,South Africa Tech4africa was meant to bring together people in tech to learn, meet new people and have lots of fun.
I manned the Mozilla booth, demoed FirefoxOS and answered as many questions as I could from the event attendees.

The event in general went very well except that I was tired most of the time because I had too much coffee which I learned, isn’t good for the body. I met lots of inspirational and talented people from diverse backgrounds. Most of the delegates were familiar with Firefox but not with FirefoxOS. Many web developers in the crowd had heard or read about FirefoxOS but had never really tried it out. Speaking to them helped clear up many misconceptions that they had about the Operating System. I noticed that many people who were somewhat familiar with FirefoxOS were not keen to developing for our platform because they didn’t want to learn a new software stack. By the time they were done talking to me, that had changed of course.

I had a google sheet that I used for interested contributors and others who needed more information about Mozilla. I’ve since emailed them(whew!). Swag was in abundance and I gave it away generously. I enjoyed being part of the tech4africa experience and I hope to go back again next year.

Pictures will always tell a better story than I can:


Training the facilitators

In preparation for Maker Party, I organised a training day for everyone who is going to be a facilitator. The training went well. Facilitators were introduced to persona,thimble popcorn and lightbeam tools.

Pictures below:

After this event I felt we were ready to host Maker Party in Bulawayo. I’ll write a follow up post about that.