March 21, 2012 Leave a comment
More explanation later, but a useful place to keep Coder Dojo Related Resources
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People, Technology and the Business of Software
July 13, 2007 11 Comments
Think of Libraries as an early version of the internet, with books instead of pdf’s and web pages. You would think that as places of study , they would encourage student’s to use modern technology as part of revising for their Leaving Cert. Wrong.
Our local library in Drogheda has banned people from using laptops in the library. The excuse is that they can’t find a practical way of charging for the electricity they use. And don’t even think of asking for free wireless access. And all the student was asking for was a quick charge of his MacBook so he could do a final study session before his exam.
Forget about Web 2. If we don’t get the basics right we’re doomed.
The Drogheda Independent has just picked up on this story (almost word for word). More to follow.
O’Reilly Radar have a very interesting related story (If Libraries had shareholders) with detailed graphs showing how people are using libraries less and less for the books, and more and more for the internet
July 10, 2007 4 Comments
If you’re reading this , you’ve missed the Dublin Java Users Group (previously known as the Dublin Java Meetup). Jakub will have his blog of the event up soon, including his mad take over the world plans.
June 19, 2007 2 Comments
I’ve been tagged by Ken to carry on Gavin’s blogging for charity idea. I’ve twisted the idea a little as rather than repeat an ever expanding list, I’ll add two of my own and highlight two on Ken’s List:
To continue the flow , I tag the following people:
June 17, 2007 Leave a comment
Regular readers know that there are three parts to this site:
If you don’t know already, a wiki is an easy to update website that almost anybody can edit. The most famous is Wikipedia, we use the same software , Mediawiki, on our site. It’s good / free /open software, and if you’re able to setup a blog , you should be able to get this working with little of no problems.
Looking at the stats for the last 18 months , I’ve noticed the following:
All of which brings us back to why a wiki is even better than a blog for getting people to your site.
May 2, 2007 5 Comments
I’ve been lucky enough on my travels to work with many different people of many different nationalities. Coming back to Dublin, it’s been good learning from the best of other countries, instead of Irish people having to take their talents elsewhere.
That’s the good bit. Here’s the bad bit.
Mackozer (Ireland from a Polish Perspective) reminded me of something that I’d forgotten : until now, Ireland and the UK were the only EU -15 states to have no work permit restrictions for new talent. That ends today when the Netherlands opens up , with other countries (including Germany) will be ready and waiting to take the people that we’ve been having an easy time attracting / keeping over the last couple of years.
Bad enough not being able to find good people. Worse still is the vicious circle of people leaving the country , leading to lower rental demand for property, leading to lower demand for people , more leave the country (as listed in RTE’s future shock, property crash). Or am I being too melodramatic?
April 20, 2007 2 Comments
I’ve just picked up the Barcamp T-Shirts. They’re white , with the Barcamp Logo across the Chest. And they look pretty good.
If you want one, you better get yourself down to the Digital Exchange tomorrow.
Thanks to Ed Byrne of Hosting365 for the sponsorship.
March 22, 2007 3 Comments
In another major development, Gavin is open sourcing DotNetKicks. This means that if ever you wanted a Digg / Netscape like platform, Gavin will let you download it and use it on your site.