Category Archives: Technology

Updated Podcast Recommendations

Pod­casts are so awe­some. I love dis­cov­er­ing new top­ics and con­ver­sa­tions, and find them great to listen to both at work and at home. Since I listen to a lot of pod­casts & adjust my listen­ing fre­quently, I usu­ally have new things to recom­mend. If you’re look­ing for some­thing new to listen to, check out […]

Just in time for Last-Minute Gift Givers: Subscriptions to Idea!

Since Idea went live almost two weeks ago, the biggest com­plaint we heard was, “Why can’t I give you money?” We’ve gone back and forth on what’s the right thing to do for the com­munity and how best to make sure what we’re doing is reas­on­ably priced but sus­tain­able too.     So today we’re answering […]

A New Idea

For a place with such an amaz­ing tech com­munity of developers, design­ers, star­tups, entre­pren­eurs and just plain “do-ers”, it’s shock­ingly hard to know what’s going on all the time with the Irish tech­no­logy scene. The most effect­ive way to find out about inter­est­ing star­tups, new tech­no­lo­gies, cool design stu­dios, great places to work, upcom­ing events, […]

Visualizing Áras Election, Part Two

I received some good feed­back on addi­tional things people thought might be inter­est­ing to look invest­ig­ate regard­ing next week’s elec­tion. So today I’ve done two things: 1) Taken a brief look at media out­let per­cep­tion of can­did­ates based on pub­lished art­icles and 2) Re-examined the Irish twit­ter stream with a new sen­ti­ment engine to see […]

Visualizing Áras Election

The Irish pres­id­en­tial elec­tion is just about a week away. As a non-citizen res­id­ent of Ire­land, I can’t vote in this elec­tion (only local elec­tions). But I still find it inter­est­ing so I took a look at some social media data on the topic to make some visu­al­iz­a­tions. These are not meant to be predictions, […]

An Introduction to Treesaver

In my Con­tent Strategy Forum work­shop, we cre­ated a short, online magazine called The CS Forum Times.  The magazine used Treesaver to quickly lay­out the art­icles and images and make them work well on a vari­ety of browsers and devices.  This is an over­view of how we built The CS Forum Times and how you […]

Free eBooks, Audiobooks and More, Courtesy of Your Local Library

I’ve explained how to do this to so many people that I thought it was worth writ­ing a blog post about it. For sev­eral months, I’ve been enjoy­ing down­load­ing free audio and eBooks from the Dun Laog­haire lib­rary web­site.  A friend of mine told me about this in the US earlier this year, and I […]

Fun With Data & Goal-Setting

I’m work­ing on a small pro­ject which involves per­sonal data track­ing, so I’ve been doing a bit of user research on people who set goals and track their pro­gress towards them. 43Things is a pop­u­lar and easy-to-use site for set­ting goals and record­ing your pro­gress, and I’ve enjoyed using it in the past myself.  I […]

AUGH, My Eyes! My Eyes!

Hav­ing recently read both Des Traynor’s art­icle on magazine versus print advert­ising and Andy Rutledge’s art­icle on digital news being broken, I have a new prob­lem.  I notice I’m sud­denly much more con­scious of advert­ise­ments on web­sites and applic­a­tions I use. This is a prob­lem because I used to be so good at tun­ing out the […]

Getting Out of the Bubble

When you live and breathe one industry for most of your pro­fes­sional life, what hap­pens? Usu­ally you end up liv­ing in a bit of a bubble.  That bubble is rein­forced when your friends, peers and col­leagues are in the same industry.  This is dan­ger­ous because it changes your per­cep­tion of real­ity. I recently moved from […]