I code & I hack & I invent – This is my portfolio

One_George's_Quay_corner_viewMy love affair with web began in December 1994 in a structural engineering design office in Baggot Street Dublin 2 where I was proficient in CAD and AutoLisp and detailing the steel and concrete of some of Dublin’s famous buildings.

From HTML 1.0 to CSS3 & HTML5 I’ve been constantly involved in web tech and content. In 1995 I brought some of the first Irish sites to the internet, one such site is 20 years online this August.

apache_software_foundation_logo_3074From early on I glued the web with Perl and PHP and stored data in MySQL and have been faithful to opensource from Apache to Linux to Android.

When I say love affair above – I really mean love affair, not just a job – never a 9 to 5 unless you mean 9pm to 5am which I have done all too often, I code improvements to the web and love it and get paid as I do it, win win.

iia-logo160-copy3In 1997 I got asked to be the systems administrator & webmaster for the new Irish Internet Association a post I held for 10 years. Their first server was a Sun Sparc 10 🙂 my Unix journey had begun.

btIn 1998 I joined a small 40 person company in the basement of IFSC House, it was Baltimore Technologies and the next 2 years and 9 months would be a roller-coaster you would always want to get on.

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Exiting Baltimore I joined some friends who had set up their own web design company. doopdesign became basecamp for the next 13 years of code / design and hosting.

upbeat_logo_07 (1)In 2013 I moved from clients and code to content with a move to a 270 year old Hospital in Dublin 8. St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services is where my business card (if I had one) would say Digital Media Officer. This is where I try to keep away from code but sometimes I just can’t stop myself and I also get to make great radio content with the multi city pop radio station Upbeat On Air.

Fax_modem_antigoThe web has changed again and again over the past 20 years, from 14.4Kbps dial up modems to 200Mbps optic fibre always on broadband. TV over the web has happened but not in the way we might have expected back in 1994. Power has moved from server to client. Servers have moved from dedicated hardware to virtualised cloud based clusters. Content is still king and social media networks have come, dominated and appear to less efficient than they were in their own hay days.

The future is always going to be bright. When you live by Moore’s law and track the curve of singularity how can it not be? Expect global ground breaking change as technology built yesterday, today will build the technology of tomorrow. Hold on tight to the status bar on the web roller-coaster.

Projects:

In 2011-2012 I coded an asset tag item retrieval system now called Repatriate IT which is in closed BETA mode.

In 2012 I devised a School Bullying Reporting System (Tuairsc) which I coded to proof of concept stage. In 2013 the ISPCC took the project off my hands and launched the Stand Up Reporting Tool.

In 1995 I helped put the first Irish music album online in its entirety. This was in the era before MP3. Working with the Kilkenny band Engine Alley we encoded the CD to Progressive Networks new Real Media format and shared the album online. This was so rare an occurrence in the music industry worldwide that it was reported on in Billboard Music Magazine. The CD encoded online was also made available on PCs on sale in Harry Moore Stores, Christmas 1995. Nowadays entire albums uploaded on YouTube are a trivial event.

taking an axe to the National Theatre

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dark days for abbey theatre

Does this Govt. support the national theatre? While the Abbey gets cuts in funding from the Arts Council 25 jobs are to be axed if the director of the theatre gets his way. And what does the minister for the arts have to say? all spin spin spin.

Martin Cullen TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism says, “I welcome this exciting announcement today from the Abbey Theatre. I am delighted that the National Theatre productions of the calibre of ‘Terminus’ and ‘Ages of the Moon’ will now be seen by audiences in more venues both in Ireland and internationally, – building Ireland’s international cultural profile in the cities of Melbourne and New York during its 2009/2010 season. Touring productions of the highest quality also brings enormous cultural tourism benefits. Additionally, these tours will provide opportunities for Irish actors, writers, directors and crew to raise their international profile and gain major performing opportunities in key cultural markets. I wish the Abbey Theatre every success with its tour of these two shows which I am sure will continue to build on the high international reputation of the Abbey, our National Theatre.”

I do not read that the Abbey is to scale back its productions, so if the 25 axed workers are not the skilled staff to work on future planned Abbey productions where are the skills to come from? the answer is most likely via outsourcing as the arts race to the bottom.

Cullen “these tours will provide opportunities for Irish actors, writers, directors and crew to raise their international profile” so they can put them on their  CVs? Watching this developing story closely.

Céad míle fáilte to Bulgarian and Romanian citizens [Rpt]

[first posted here 22/April 2007] Dublin People Group website has been polling for seven months on the question

Should Bulgarian and Romanian citizens be allowed work in Ireland when their countries join the EU

Over 2300 web respondents are voting 3:1 yes

full details here
Our Government don’t think the same! there are extra restrictions in place for visitors from these countries.

Bulgarians and Romanians will be required to have a valid work permit to take up employment within Ireland, and will continue to be subject to a labor market needs test.

Fascinating article by Colin Murphy in Le Monde Diplomatique titled “If you ever go across the sea to Ireland

the tale of Polish construction workers in Ireland. the boss is quoted as saying

“There’s payslips here if they want them,� he said. “If they were being paid as badly as that, why didn’t they leave?�

Very Obscene

Now Brian Goggin earned almost €4m last year
last June 23rd 2006 I wrote.

Aertel p132 reports….
BOI CHIEF EXECUTIVE WAS PAID E2.5M

The chief executive of Bank of Ireland, Brian Goggin received a total remuneration (pay plus bonus and pension) of in excess of E2.5m for the financial year 2005/2006.

This is a 31% increase on the E1.9m he received the previous year.

In addition to his basic salary of E1m, Mr Goggin received a E900,000 bonus and a E380,000 payment under a separate incentive programme.

He also received a pension payment worth E168,000 into his defined benefit scheme.

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why have sinn fein dropped all /any calls to nationalise the banks… ?

Obscenity has several connotations. Obscenity and its parent adjective obscene take their derivation from the Greek terms ob skene, which literally means “offstage�. This is because violent acts in Greek theatre were committed off stage. It then descends into the Latin word obscenus, meaning “foul, repulsive, detestable�, (possibly derived from ob caenum), literally “from filth�. …
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obscene

Céad míle fáilte to Bulgarian and Romanian citizens

Dublin People Group website has been polling for seven months on the question

Should Bulgarian and Romanian citizens be allowed work in Ireland when their countries join the EU

Over 2300 web respondents are voting 3:1 yes

full details here
Our Government don’t think the same! there are extra restrictions in place for visitors from these countries.

Bulgarians and Romanians will be required to have a valid work permit to take up employment within Ireland, and will continue to be subject to a labor market needs test.

Fascinating article by Colin Murphy in Le Monde Diplomatique titled “If you ever go across the sea to Ireland

the tale of Polish construction workers in Ireland. the boss is quoted as saying

“There’s payslips here if they want them,� he said. “If they were being paid as badly as that, why didn’t they leave?�

falling like domino’s

€5 per hour at domino pizza [rte video deeplink]

from the socialist party cllr. that blew the GAMA scandal; Mick Murphy has again uncovered a massive underpayment scandal in Irish life.

Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery. Domino’s is listed on the NYSE under the symbol “DPZ.” Through its primarily franchised system, Domino’s operates a network of 8,238 franchised and Company-owned stores in the United States and more than 50 countries. The Domino’s Pizza® brand, named a Megabrand by Advertising Age magazine, had global retail sales of nearly $5.0 billion in 2005, comprised of $3.3 billion domestically and $1.7 billion internationally.

[march 06] Recently two economists said that “increased volatility of employment may be necessaryâ€? – in other words prepare to be laid-off, possibly hired somewhere else but then laid-off again, possibly in quick succession. They went on to say this “is undoubtedly costly for those individuals who lose their jobsâ€?. Is this the future for people in this day and age – casual jobs?

Increasingly the choice that capitalism is giving workers will be: either work for poverty wages or don’t work at all. The trade unions should fight re-locations and closures. These companies made billions off the backs of the workers and it is not acceptable having robbed people of that wealth, that they are allowed rob them of a decent future. [source www.socialistparty.net]

I need a bigger house

o to own a house that needs a stairs like this. from Art Francais

these guys are blogging out of Drumshanbo, Co.Leitrim where they have bypassed a website and gone direct for rss blog cms fuzzyness that makes one wonder why have a website at all. disclosure: doop.ie had a hand in the design & blog training. Art Francais are part of leitrim county enterprise board’s Innovate programme.

agitate educate organise

in 1999 i bought a personal organiser (palm Vx) from the Indigo Shop (i got it for ÂŁ60 less than the high street with free delivery & leather wallet)

On telling my good friend denise cox [denisecox.net] that I had obtained a personal organiser, she asked me.

d_c. “does it work?”
bhg. “of course it works; its new!”
d_c. “no i mean does it work, are you more organised?”

the penny drops. nice one denise. i am the most disorganised person I know(i also write long paragraphs like this one). so why do i achieve so much. disorganised chaos. In 2006 a few things helped me continue my disorganised life. WebCal became standard in doop, I began to exclusively telework and I sampled collaborative document sharing via google docs. I get my news fix by RSS, I cut down my podcast subscriptions to the bear essentials, and I have almost cut out all TV except for motorised satellite feed searching, podcasts replaced my radio listening in 2005, and I don’t do gaming (never have). But all this help gives me more chances to say “yes” to people, when I should say “no”, also teleworking needs its discipline… but I will take a bit of indiscipline versus commuting.. I have worked out I am saving 20 days on zero commute, (24hr days or 60+ business days saved) thats TWELVE weeks a year for a 2 hour commuter. Attending meetings that are not via VOIP like real F2F meetings that aren’t sales, well to me that’s not commuting, its a travel expense… so if workers are in control of their business and can telework, then there is a 16% plus time bonus available.

So if I can realize the new time expansion what will I spend it on? “agitate educate organise” or more like organise, educate, agitate. to be continued.