Sent mail2blog using free wifi while Foursquaring in the Cashel Palace Hotel.
WE ARE STILL OVERSATURATED with rainwater in South Tipperary, but that didn't stop me from thumbing through three Irish broadsheets while thinking out loud (13-minute Qik clip). Lead stories reveal voter anger over the impending Irish national budget , upset over the combinted cost of payments to former national politicians exceeding EUR 12m last year , and how families will be asked to survive with EUR 300m cut from child benefits.  The photo attached to the MP3 (at left) is from a Sunday Times appeal  for Iraqi children who need a helping hand. More than 8,000 children have been burnt and disfigured in the conflict in Iraq. They need life-changing treatment in hospitals but there's no money to fund their operations. I think I'll cut back some of my wishlist  and shovel a fistful of euro towards burn victims. If you want to hear more of my round through the Sunday newspapers in Ireland, click the button below or subscribe to Inside View via iTunes.
Further Research Required
-- Sinead O'Sullivan of QTELmedia.com deserves a listen.
-- Doubletwist strips iTunes' DRM as does Soundforge 10.
-- Further to Social Objects: http://tinyurl/5dslhe
-- Sit in the Vibe Bar, off Brick Lane, to discuss the future.
-- We need more heroes.
-- Twitter is much less muscular than a true microblog because you cannot thread.
-- Caravans are fun venues when they're on top of hotels.
-- One million 3G iPhones were sold in three days.
-- In 2008, the shiny people at social networking events were quick to slag off video as a conversation tool.
-- "Everybody and his brother is doing a mobile app nowadays."
TWO YEARS AGO, when prominent Irish bloggers were spending an increasing amount of time flopping around inside Twitter and Jaiku, I overheard a conversation at Barcamp Cork about the rising number of channels that were competing for people's attention. I remember that chat because the consensus seemed to be that people spent most of their time in 15 sites. Even though some of those barcampers professed to open more than 70 tabs at a time on Firefox, their online worlds were no more expansive than 15 sites. Since that time, I think our online environment has atrophied even further, mainly because things like tight email windows on iPhones and 140 character limitations on Twitter have spotlighted the finite nature of human attention. My blogging has slipped. The number of Irish blogs hovers around 4,000 with no real change during the past year. Five years ago, I'd punch out five posts a day without realising it. Now I'm lucky to get one post up every day. And when I produce more than a single post, it's normally because I've sent something up to the cloud from my mobile phone. In Google Reader, the number of fresh posts from Irish bloggers is dropping off the chart. And I also thik there's a declining interest in RSS as well, perhaps pounded into submission by the iPhone's lack of RSS support.
A FEW WEEKS AGO, college students in Tipperary Institute placed chairs and desks around common areas with descriptions of college societies. At the time, I thought passersby might have also enjoyed learning about the vibrant online societies that occupy students' time. While at my desk (video at right), I've seen several online networks that attract a lot of interest from our third level students. You can find more accurate information about student profiles--especially on Facebook--than by looking at profile information kept by the academic services unit in my college. Facebook's Tipperary Institute group is a virtual hive of activity with students showcasing scratch work as it evolves. Some of the artistic endeavours percolate over to Deviant Art and Flickr where a whole new circle of followers hibernates. Then there's the unofficial campus radio station, found by listening to playlists on Last.fm and Blip.fm. I'm a fan of several playlist collections that a dozen different students have cobbled together. All these online networks involve meaningful contact outside classroom hours and in my mind, they deserve recognition as parts of extracurricular college life.
I'm topgold on Foursquare. I'm the guy adding a lot of the sunny southeast to the Foursquare "Dublin" city guide, because I can.
Drew Benvie -- "Permission to Market to You Right Here Right Now" on his blog, 16 Nov 09.
FACED WITH AN IMPOSING backlog of unread items, I steamed through two Sunday broadsheets and made a 7-minute Qik clip of content that caught my eye in the Sunday Times and Sunday Business Post (SBP). The screenshot at left comes from Agenda Magazine's coverage inside the SBP, showing the best blog-to-book in the Irish market. I labeled several stories from the Sunday papers with hashtags that explain the content below the break. I've discovered I can make more sense of my information overload by hashtagging things that drop onto my mobile phone (the "first screen" where I aggregate my life). Hashtagging helps me think in terms of genres and helps me read faster. Thankfully, themes like "innovation" and "sustainability" are recurring themes in the papers, giving some hope that Ireland will pull out of its unfortunate property-fueled recession. Less than three weeks remain before nearly every member of Irish society will feel the pain of an austere government budget. Some of today's topics reflect this new austerity.
DESSSID, AN IPHONE app that allows easy access to a large swath of Eircom wifi nodes in my housing estate, is currently the top-selling application in the Irish version of iTunes. It sells for EUR 1.59 and effectively exploits a flaw in the hardware supplied by Eircom. The flaw first appeared in my Nokia newsfeeds from Boards.ie more than a year ago. Unless Eircom customers have changed their out-of-the-box set-up, dessid can generate a password from the network using the unique eight-digit-name that it broadcasts. This app goes a long way towards facilitating free wifi access across the Republic of Ireland, an essential ingredient of digital access to information. Sent mail2blog using Nokia E90 O2-Ireland Typepad access while foursquaring at Starbucks in Dublin. x_ref125mw #technology