OSCON -- If you are prone to roll your own weblog, manage the back end of your dynamic website, or deliver value for money with internet projects, you should look at the tutorials that have attracted the most participation during the Open Source Conference. These are the top 10:
GOOGLE -- My Google Friends e-zine arrived with tips about using Google's video search tool. One of the first examples suggested video-googling for "shaq" so I misspelled the suggestion in search of "shag" since the American-centric video collection might choose to correct my spelling instead of offering me shagging videos. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Google has 82 shagging videos.
KILKENNY -- There's no need to come to Kilkenny for the Cat's Laugh Festival if you're skint. Help is at hand. Click some Quicklinks below and enjoy some laughs in the comfort of the glow of your own screen.
BAYOSPHERE -- While I was roaming around the west coast I passed abeam Dan Gillmor who now blogs in the Bayosphere: http://bayosphere.com/blog/dangillmor so if you're like me, revise your newsfeeds. Here's hoping that Baysphere can control the leeches who attach themselves to much of Gillmor's writing.
KILKENNY -- As expected, Google Maps do not align with the Irish Grid so that means anything geoblogged from a proper GPS receiver will fall around 10 minutes off in both the latitude and longitude when plotted on Google Maps. I'm playing around with a few images, trying to calculate a delta for GPS images so I can apply that number to geotagged images used in Irishblogs.
TIPPINST -- This week our Skunkworks team is looking at ways to digitally record audio streams from a computer. I have a noisy laptop that I want to use to create podcasts from Skype phone calls. In order to remove the annoying hiss and fan noise of the laptop, I have embedded a microphone inside an over-the-head earphone contraption but I wonder if there's a more elegant solution. So we're looking at all sorts of patch cables and hope to find a solution that's plug-and-record.