Northwest Connects 09 – Innovation Centre – Sligo IT

Northwest Connects on Saturday seemed to be a great success. I’m not saying that as one of the event organisers, or as a sponsor, or let it be said as one of those who actually made it in the end to a lot of the talks – just two and a half.

My positive summation is based on the people I talked through during the day and from some of the online comment and feedback. Attendees have been very generous with their praise.

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WordPress Plugin for local community websites – Proposal

We’re beginning to take a lot more overseas queries on our WordPress plugin development capability.

Perhaps not surprisingly, one of the first questions asked is whether we have provided any plugins back to the WordPress user community.

So while we have lots of examples of WordPress plugins developed for our customers that use WordPress – many prospective customers baulk because we don’t have plugins shared with the WordPress community. Read more

CruiseCamp on the Shannon

Just back from an enjoyable evening in Carrick on Shannon in Co. Leitrim. Along with over 60 other CruiseCampers – we sailed serenely along under a late evening sun on the  Moon River. Read more

Elections 2009 – Ballot Paper 101

While casting my vote this morning in the European and Local Elections in the Ireland North West Constituency, I was scratching my head at the candidate who decided it was NOT important enough to add his visage to the ballot paper. King – Non Party – Ballot paper FAIL. Read more

Electronic Voting Machines

So  Minister Gormley has finally pressed the shutdown button on the e-voting machines.

Since the day he took office – he knew that this day would eventually come. Given the current financial situation however, I think the announcement was actually the easy part.

The difficult part will be the job of the inter-departmental task force and their efforts to disengage from the storage contracts and offloading the machines themselves – while at the same time trying to “recoup as much as possible of their cost” – the last bit are not my words. Read more

The Internet in your sitting room?

It’s exciting to hear about the new Samsung LED TV and how internet services that we’ve become so familiar with – YouTube, Flickr & Yahoo! – will soon be much more accessible in the average sitting room.

Yes, the ways and means to do this is already out there; Apple TV, Mac Mini, the browser on Wii – but still requires that early adopter mentality which frankly is not of interest to most people.

For this particular early adopter – the path to these types of fool proof technologies has been a long one.

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