I STARTED USING Gravity around a year ago. Back then, it had a limited but useful set of features for Twitter and it kept me abreast my Twitter conversations without bogging down my overstressed laptop. Things have evolved in that year's time and now Gravity has become a fully integrated social networking client with additional support for Foursquare, Google Reader and Facebook. I can use it one-handed while hanging on street corners. I can let it auto-update while perching my phone in my car's instrument cluster and it shows interesting things like dynamically-refreshing Twitter search results. In my experience, Gravity lets me tag in and out of Facebook faster than with any other client. This sweet little program cost me 10 euro so I bought two of them and run them on different Nokia phones.
FRONT PAGE HEADLINES, strong editorial opinion, and respected opinion polls all suggest a headless government runs Ireland at the moment. In fact, many Irish citizens believe several current government ministers failed to heed warning signs and blundered Ireland into a deep recession. But it's worse than that--the tactics considered by the current government aren't working and in the minds of more than two-thirds of the population, the government's plodding strategies needs to be put to a public vote now. All the elements of a meltdown now exist in the halls of the Irish government. If I was a betting man, I'd check with Deputy John McGuinness on the timing of the next general election. He has more say in the matter than the fragile leadership at the top.
One Year Ago -- "Sunday Qik News from NYC" March 29, 2009.
I SUSPECT A half dozen avid users of Foursqaure in Dublin are clever drive-by check-in artists. That's because they often check in while "off the grid" several times an hour. Then they emerge from silent running with more than 200 points for an hour of drive-by Foursquaring. It's just a game but because it's relatively easy to spoof movements, I'm left wondering how many "tips" or special offers are vacuous as well. Not so with Google Latitude. As the screenshot from my phone shows, you can see your friends on Latitude and even get turn-by-turn navigation to where they're positioned. More than any other application onmy creaking Nokia E90, Latitude finds things faster, marks things across its system and onto Ovi maps, and lets me tweet through short status updates. But it sure ain't a swish app store item so many of my friends have never used it.
I USED 15 MINUTES to explain how creative multimedia students in Tipperary Institute have developed short video clips to embellish hyperlocal content as rich media pinpoints. There's a screencast at Blip.tv where my Camtasia presentation sits as a testimony to a short text I received during a session at Limerick OpenCoffee folding into a third level assessment. The presentation supported the launch of Inventorium and the end results should benefit tourism in Ireland.
I thought I wouldn't ever let her watch television on her own but she's able to turn on the main TV set, select a DVD, insert it, and push the play button. If it doesn't appeal, she can eject the platter and start again. The only way I can stop her using the set is by pulling the plug. She can switch on the mains power selector by experimenting with the outlets.
IIA Events -- "Behind the scenes of audio and video content online" is a seminar from 1130-1700 on 22 Apr 10 in the IFSC Clarion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland.