August 2007 Archives

Coffee and Cigarettes

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A classic clip featuring Tom Waits and Iggy Pop

Steam Engine
This monster of a machine is not going to be badly affected by peak oil. Peak coal would be a serious issue however. The belt in the picture was connected to a threshing machine.

For once it didn't rain and a large crowd gathered to view this and other exhibits at the Clonoulty Vintage Rally in Clonoulty Village, Tipperary.

I was lucky to be at the REM concert in the point Depot on Feb 27th 2005. I was so impressed with the gig I wrote a short article about it.

REM liked the gig so much they are using it as their first live DVD release the video footage was filmed by Blue Leach, the DVD goes on release on Oct 16th. REM seem to like Dublin as they have just finished 5 days of live rehearsing in the Olympia in Dublin.

Whiskey in the Jar gets the Paddy's Valley treatment

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I have decided that the song for Paddy's valley needs to be more upbeat with this in mind I gave Whiskey in the Jar the west coast treatment.

(With Apologies to Phil Lynott and all Irish Trad musicians)

As I was going over the San Diego mountains,
I met with VC Farrell and his money he was counting,
I first produced my demo then produced my ND waiver,
Said sign here and I’ll deliver, for I am a brilliant programmer.

musha ring dumma do damma da
whack for the daddy 'ol
whack for the daddy 'ol
there's money in the jar

I counted out his money, and it made a pretty penny.
I put it in my pocket and I took it home to my jenny.
She said and she swore, that she never would deceive me,
but the devil take the women, for they never can be easy

musha ring dumma do damma da
whack for the daddy 'ol
whack for the daddy 'ol
there's money in the jar

I went into my chamber, all for to write the beta
I dreamt of Ferraris and helicopters and sure you couldn’t beat that,
But Jenny took my stocks and upped the pre money valuation,
Then sent for that VC Farrell to renegotiate the agreement.

musha ring dumma do damma da
whack for the daddy 'ol
whack for the daddy 'ol
there's money in the jar

It was early in the morning, as I rose up for travel,
The lawyers were all around me and likewise VC Farrel.
I first produced my laptop, for she stole away my contracts,
But I couldn't find the documentation so my beta it was taken.

musha ring dumma do damma da
whack for the daddy 'ol
whack for the daddy 'ol
there's money in the jar

If anyone can aid me, it's my brother in the army,
If I can find his office down in Cork or in Killarney.
And if he'll come and save me, we'll go investing near Kilkenny,
And I swear he'll treat me better than me darling sporting Jenny

musha ring dumma do damma da
whack for the daddy 'ol
whack for the daddy 'ol
there's money in the jar

SandHill Road with apologies to Patrick Kavanagh

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Following a number of discussions with James Corbet regarding the pending Paddy's Valley trip to Silicon Valley and his requirement for an Irish song with VC overtures. I decided to write a song that was somewhat inspired by the Open Coffee in Limerick discussion regarding VCs and how they operate.

(To the air of Raglan road which is in fact the tune the Dawning of the Day)
(Imagine Luke Kelly with a banjo)

On SandHill road I saw the demo there and straight away I knew,
That this small app would save the world and make me millions too,
I saw the potential in a flash and wanted beta straight away,
All this happened at a coffee house at the dawning of the day.

On Cisco way in San Jose we skipped lightly hand in hand,
From a status review we could eschew that everything was in the can,
The system specs had yet to be checked but we thought everything was fine,
But the cardinal rule of design and review came to haunt us at a bad time.

We gave the programming team root access we gave them the secret signs,
That's known to the admins who have known true gods of Unix and gnome,
And C and Glint we did not stint, we let them have their own way,
With their own system calls and their own multi-threaded code like clouds over fields of May.

On a quiet street where former dot Coms meet I see them walking now,
Away from me so hurriedly my reasons must allow,
That I had wooed not as I should the best programmers of their day,
When smart guys come calling give them 10 million and stock options or you’ll lose them straight away.

With all the column inches, news minutes and megabytes of web space being dedicated to the Climate crisis and the models that help to demonstrate the crisis, it came as an eye opener to read that these models do not include biomass i.e. the clouds, the dust, the chemistry, and the biology of fields and farms and forests.

This is something that British-born physicist Freeman Dyson discusses in his book Many Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe. He also believes that a warm climate may not be a bad thing as it points back to a climate that existed 6000 years ago.

Edge: The Third Culture

The Register report on the fact that Fujitsu Siemens will no longer produce PDA/GPS units as they perceive that smartphones will deliver the same functionality. I don't agree with this assessment as it seems that the sales of PDA/GPS units are starting to mushroom in Ireland. The most popular unit in Tipperary Institute is the TomTom One followed by the Garmin Nuvi.

If you can produce an attractively priced unit with an intuitive interface such as the TomTom One then you are on to a market winner. What needs to happen next with these units is that their API's need to be opened up so that communities and interest groups can develop their own add ons and populate easily the back end mapping database.

Fujitsu Siemens to drop PDA, GPS gadgets

500 posts later...

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"Time flies when your having fun" so the saying goes. I think time also files when you are up to your neck in research and the associated pressures with research papers and a Phd Thesis. 3 years and 5 months later those pressures have eased somewhat in that the Phd is finally finished (Will graduate on the 31st of August) and the research papers are starting to become a more recognisable work flow.

I originally started this blog as a means to communicate and maintain my research interests, as well as some of my social interests. Similar to my genetic algorithms and local search methods it has evolved and will continue to evolve, mutate, and crossover in to something else.

I will continue to write about what interests me, but in some ways it seems that I am starting over again.

A Born again blogger maybe?

Some good news for a change on the SCO debacle regarding their claim that they own the Unix copyright and therefore parts of Linux.

A judge in the U.S. has found that Novell is the owner of the Unix and UnixWare copyrights. He also dismissed SCO's charges of slander and breach of contract. The judge also ruled that SCO owes Novell for SCO's licensing revenue from Sun and Microsoft.

Network World Article

Smalltalk the little language that could

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I first saw smalltalk in 1994 while working for Irish Permanent it was being used as part of their Os2 Warp platform. It was another 10 years before we met again in 2004. Since then it has formed a core part of my Phd research as POOSL uses it to describe its data constructs (using a freeware version of Cincom Visual Works). It came as a nice surprise to see that Patrick and John Collison are using it to build their auctomatic product.

I like smalltalk and its terse nature. The ability to exploit OO is naturally inherent. I don't know if I need a language for developing web apps but if I do I know where to look

Impressions of Open Coffee in Limerick

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I am just back from my first open coffee meeting and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was great to meet some of the bloggers in person. I had some interesting discussions with James Corbett from the merits of filing patents to GPS interactivity. Startups such as auctomatic and touristR where also present. Listening to these startup companies reminds me of mid 90's when my friends and I had ideas and the time and energy to bring them to fruition but the one thing we lacked was the get up and go / confidence. Ireland is slowly changing and forums such as open coffee will help to nurture this transformation.

Open Coffee Limerick August 9th

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I am looking forward to attending my first open coffee meeting in limerick this week. It will be a chance to put some faces to some blogs and meet the people in person.

Siliconrepublic reports on the alliance between Intel, Dell, HP, Microsoft and Vodafone as well as financial institution AIB to offer student affordable laptops for under 1000 euro and upto 1400 euro.

This offer will have to be more than a mere marketing gloss if students are to take up this offer, as students are one of the most savviest consumers out there when it comes to buying equipment. With offers in the past from suppliers such as PCworld selling laptops for 499 euros, you can be assured that students will weigh up all the angles (The ICT students in particular).

When the students return to the Thurles and Clonmel campus in Sept we will very quickly have a fair idea as to the popularity of this offer.

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