RTE Innovation Show Podcast

I had a nice conversation with Aidan McCullen for his RTE Radio 1 Extra Innovation Show in early August. Available on the RTE site HERE, or listen to it now, below!

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Mike Flanagan Galloping Gael Tapes June 1976

This is the taped log of Mike Flanagan’s (Dad’s) unfinished June 1976 Trans-Atlantic Solo attempt. Forty years ago this month.

It is 45 minutes long, and unless you knew him or are interested in what it must be like to sail off alone into the North Atlantic, this is probably not for you.

Recorded between the 5th June 1976 (start of the OSTAR race) and some time before 22 June (when Galloping Gael was found without her skipper). Sound quality is not the best, due to it being 1976 and having been recorded during howling gales.

Last words on the tape:

“Looking at the progress it is difficult to imagine that I’ll be back in two and a half weeks, but is is still possible”

Mike Flanagan aboard Galloping Gael

Mike Flanagan aboard Galloping Gael

No. It wasn’t.

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The 90’s seem so long ago….

Two publications were launched this week covering the birth of the internet in Ireland. Seems like it was somebody else, but apparently I played a small part. Good story anyway 🙂

IOL Entry from Niall Murphy’s (The Forrest Gump of Geeks) personal Internet history:
http://www.internethistory.ie/articles/Ireland-Online

The IOL Entry for John Sterne’s Irish Tech Archives:
http://techarchives.irish/how-the-internet-came-to-ireland-1987-97/barry-flanagan/

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If you have more than one computer on your…

If you have more than one computer on your desk – say your notebook and a desktop – you owe it to yourself to grab a copy of Synergy – Use a single mouse and keyboard for all the computers on your desk.

I have been relying on this for years and could not rate it more highly. One of the little known gems of the software world!

Works with Linux, Windows and Mac and is extremely simple to set up. 

If you find yourself using it, donate to the devs so they can keep making it even better!

Synergy

Share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk.

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Open Communications – When Google was…

Open Communications – When Google was Good | Barry Flanagan

This was a great time for open communications on the Internet. It marked the beginning of interoperable, standards-based protocols for chat, voice and presence. The possibility of an end to the many isolated islands of Instant Messaging by embracing true open standards.

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Open Communications – When Google was Good

Came across the following article today. It was written in 2005:

Open Communications
Google’s mission is to make the world’s information universally accessible and useful. Google Talk, which enables users to instantly communicate with friends, family, and colleagues via voice calls and instant messaging, reflects our belief that communications should be accessible and useful as well.
Open Communications – Google Talk for Developers — Google Developers.

This was a great time for open communications on the Internet. It marked the beginning of interoperable, standards-based protocols for chat, voice and presence. The possibility of an end to the many isolated islands of Instant Messaging by embracing true open standards. All it would take was patience and courage.

A previous event of the same impact happened in the early 90’s when SMTP was accepted as the standard protocol for email, finally allowing users of disparate systems to actually send an email to one another regardless of their provider. It made email universal, and the Internet useful, and much of its success today stems from this event.

Google adopting and promoting XMPP as its messaging protocol meant that we had a true champion of open standards. One who was not afraid of interoperability and choice. It opened up a world of possibilities to push communications to the next level.

Closed Communications
Unfortunately, here we are in 2013 and Google has chosen to turn its back on it roots, as well as its motto, and has abused the trust it has been given by its many users.

Google has performed a classic bait-and-switch, abandoning XMPP, and turning its once open Talk platform into a walled garden, proprietary Getto Hangout.

We appear to be entering a Dark Age with regard to the Internet as a Communication medium. We seem to be returning to a world of self-contained islands where you may only communicate with other inhabitants of that island. This is bad for everybody.

I have no doubt that open standards will eventually win out – as it did with email – but this single act by Google has probably done more harm to the true Internet than any other.

Shame.

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Unfazed By Bitcoin’s Wild Swings And Mysterious Origins, Silicon Valley VCs Place Their Bets | TechCrunch

Worth a read.

Bitcoin’s record highs and the ensuring surge in hacking attempts and thefts may be grabbing headlines. However, beneath the chaos, Silicon Valley’s best-known venture firms are finally starting to make real bets around the crypto-currency.

Unfazed By Bitcoin’s Wild Swings And Mysterious Origins, Silicon Valley VCs Place Their Bets | TechCrunch.

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Google’s New Inactive Account Manager Gives You Control Over Your Digital Afterlife | TechCrunch

Great idea Google. Thanks! I don’t intend to need it anytime soon but will definitely set it up. http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/11/googles-afterlife/

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What Bitcoin Is Teaching Us | Laissez-Faire Bookstore

Another interesting article. Could of course be totally wrong, and our current system is really acting in our best interests (yeah, right) but an interesting angle.

What Bitcoin Is Teaching Us | Laissez-Faire Bookstore.

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Bitcoin Really Is an Existential Threat to the Modern Liberal State – Bloomberg

This article is a good laugh.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-05/bitcoin-really-is-an-existential-threat-to-the-modern-liberal-state.html

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