Occasional personal writings about tech and communication from Lars A. Gundersen, aka @zamgeek

  • How to get customers (exponentially): it’s the why of it!How to get customers (exponentially): it's the why of it!
    Zambia is a country full of budding entrepreneurs. And many of them have good product ideas. Ideas about the next big innovation. The tie-togheter-everything service. The secret ingredient that will elevate their product above the rest.  But there’s a disconnect, which I have seen first hand many times: The talent and ...
  • The hunt for the oldest Mac in Zambia [updated]The hunt for the oldest Mac in Zambia [updated]
    Original article published November 2019: Here’s a thought that’s been in the back of my head occasionally in my work at Stoneman Consultancy: What is the actual history of Apple products in Zambia? I have only lived here since 2013. By then iPhones and Macs were definitely in common usage. The ...
  • The 2019 Stoneman year in review – Mixing up the iPhonesThe 2019 Stoneman year in review - Mixing up the iPhones
    As we did last year, it’s time to take a look back on the year that has been and reflect on what it brought. Specifically what it brought us here at Stoneman Consultancy in terms of iPhone service jobs, and what we can say about the state of iPhone usage ...
  • How to stop worrying and learn to love loadsheddingHow to stop worrying and learn to love loadshedding
    With the load shedding hitting Zambia hard and the threat of tariff increase on the horizon, it makes sense to look for alternative means of keeping the lights on at home.  I see questions like “how much can an inverter that can run my home electricity cost and who can ...
  • The year in Apple – looking at 2019 through the 2018 lensThe year in Apple - looking at 2019 through the 2018 lens
    Based on what Apple did in 2018, I think we will see one totally disruptive event in 2019 within the Apple ecosystem, bringing the iOS/iPhone world closer to the Mac. Join me as I put on my future-speculating glasses, using clues gathered from 2018 to boldly proclaim what Apple crop ...
  • The Stoneman 2018 in review – iPhone 6 still rules Zambia!The Stoneman 2018 in review - iPhone 6 still rules Zambia!
    As 2018 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to reflect on what has been. Not really in a nostalgic way, but with some facts and data. Specifically, we thought it would be interesting to see what kind of Zambian iPhone usage stats and trends we could ...
  • The new MacBook Air – Apple’s MacBook killerThe new MacBook Air - Apple's MacBook killer
    It has been said about Apple that they are very sure about what they are doing and that they are right – up until the moment they change their mind. We might just have witnessed such a moment, or at least the result of such a change of mind . The ...
  • Building an online webapp business… what could possibly go wrong?Building an online webapp business... what could possibly go wrong?
    Heard about Beetrieve? Of course you haven’t. Too bad, because I spent years of hard work building it to take on SurveyMonkey and PollDaddy. Heard of them then? Yeah, I thought so. There are a lot of advice write-ups floating around on how to start your business. What to do, how to ...
  • Why you should think twice before joining an MLMWhy you should think twice before joining an MLM
    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could work hard for two or three years and then sit back, relax, and see your bank account filling up with a steady stream of Kwacha? Of course it would. It’s what you secretly dream about as an entrepreneur isn’t it? And that is the ...

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