Snow Lion (Taken with Instagram at Merrion Square Park)

Snow Lion (Taken with Instagram at Merrion Square Park)

After many attempts, I’ve finally made my return to official “continuous education”. The main issue I’ve had with this has been the “official” term. I do an extraordinary amount of personal development/learning and really try to gain as much as possible from new technologies when possible. The issue with “official” is it generally means money and a more structure time allowance.
This is why the Scrum master Certification worked perfectly for me. I’ve be researching Scrum for about two years and have implemented certain areas in work as a result. So the certification was just a matter of doing the course and taking the exam. While the course was extremely useful and highly recommended, thankfully due to the personal work I had done, the effort was a reduced. Still even though i had done my home work, I was surprised the miss-conceptions I still had in relation to some areas. This is where the course and in particular the practical side of the course was extremely helpful. 

so in short Hooray!!! I’m a Scrum Master!!

After many attempts, I’ve finally made my return to official “continuous education”. The main issue I’ve had with this has been the “official” term. I do an extraordinary amount of personal development/learning and really try to gain as much as possible from new technologies when possible. The issue with “official” is it generally means money and a more structure time allowance.

This is why the Scrum master Certification worked perfectly for me. I’ve be researching Scrum for about two years and have implemented certain areas in work as a result. So the certification was just a matter of doing the course and taking the exam. While the course was extremely useful and highly recommended, thankfully due to the personal work I had done, the effort was a reduced. Still even though i had done my home work, I was surprised the miss-conceptions I still had in relation to some areas. This is where the course and in particular the practical side of the course was extremely helpful. 

so in short Hooray!!! I’m a Scrum Master!!

I find this diagram fascinating!!! This is the usage of Objective C in the professional industry and public interest (Google, Yahoo, You Tube, etc.. searches.). What I find so interesting is the effect one singular devise had on the uptake and interest in an otherwise dormant language. The device, iPhone. The Language, Objective C. The difference 3.75% increase in interest. 

REF TIOBE Software

I find this diagram fascinating!!! This is the usage of Objective C in the professional industry and public interest (Google, Yahoo, You Tube, etc.. searches.). What I find so interesting is the effect one singular devise had on the uptake and interest in an otherwise dormant language. The device, iPhone. The Language, Objective C. The difference 3.75% increase in interest. 

REF TIOBE Software

Twitter and Travel Chaos

For the last two years the Irish transport system has grounded to a halt due to adverse weather conditions, i.e. Snow.

Last year I arrived at my normal station about an hour early only to find that the train was not running. There were no travel alerts on the Irish Rail website and workers in the station had no idea when the service would resume. Deciding not to trust them I walked to the main station in Dublin to see the situation there and while it was manic with throngs of people all queueing for trains that were running late along with normal bus commuters trying to figure out where and what to do my train eventually did leave. 3 hours late and from the wrong track.

This year we are currently enjoying a cold snap which does the above, buses stop running, motorways turn to parking lots on ice and my beloved train system goes a little crazy. The only major difference is I have twitter this year. Before leaving work I checked to see if there were any alerts, there was, someone informed me that my train again was not going from my normal station, so I went to the main station. While queueing I checked twitter again and found that the train was packed with little or no room left and that it was also a smaller train, so I’d need to adjust my position if I’m to have any hope of making it. I didn’t make it. So I checked twitter again, next train going in 5 min from a very strange track. So I bullied my way across the station, got on the train, got a seat and am currently unwinding while making the unknown length of a journey home.

The difference twitter made today was unreal, it was a real time community based travel alert/travel info broadcast.

Thanks Twitter

Snowy Dublin (Taken with instagram at National Gallery of Ireland)

Snowy Dublin (Taken with instagram at National Gallery of Ireland)

Our Wedding Date!! (Taken with instagram at Maynooth)

Our Wedding Date!! (Taken with instagram at Maynooth)

First snow of winter 2010 (Taken with instagram at Maynooth)

First snow of winter 2010 (Taken with instagram at Maynooth)

My greatest achievement is that I’ve stayed alive in the music industry for this long – or maybe it’s just staying alive, period.

Well, I may have been a little disappointed with the Apple announcement today, but it would seem a lot of people aren’t. The Beatles are killing it in iTunes!!

Well, I may have been a little disappointed with the Apple announcement today, but it would seem a lot of people aren’t. The Beatles are killing it in iTunes!!

Has Apple jumped the shark?

Firstly, I genuinely love using apple products and think their ability to combine style, UX and functionality is unparalleled to anything else. BUT if I was to take my gut instincit over their last year I would say the following:

  1. iPad, amazing but slightly rushed out and blatantly obvious that it’s release had such obvious lack of features that they money from early adopters were clouding their vision. 
  2. Ping. Shit.
  3. Apple TV. This is still their hobby, but it’s kinda like my hobby of playing the ukulele, I’m grand at but I would never charge people to hear me play, unlike apple. 
  4. 15 November 2010. The announcement of the pending announcement. Apple have the world in their grasp and by just announcing and announcement starts people on a quest to discover and ultimately purchase/subscribe to, well what ever it is they are selling. (me included btw).

Don’t get me wrong, like I started this post. I do enjoy using apple products, not because of the persona of using them, but because they are just good. But I do fear that they will just jump the shark or even worse become the real Skynet or iNet for marketing purposes. 

Great News For Dublin Bikes

Great News for Dublin Bikes. There are plans for upcoming years to increase the amount of bikes from 450 to 5000. Also new stations covering a wider span of the city. Dublin has had the fastest uptake and the highest usage of city commuter bikes of anywhere in the world and this is only set to continue with this great news.