The Commodore 64 is making a comeback. Almost thirty years since its original inception, one of the trailblazers of home computing is back. At first glance, it appears exactly the same as the original, playing on fashionable retro look. Underneath, however, is a state of the art sophisticated machine for the modern computer user.
BECAUSE OF THE PROGRESS of the participants in the #egfdell course that Tipperary Institute is running in Limerick, I'm giving the group guest blog privileges on my blog. That will mean the voice may change on InsideView but the perspective should stay pretty close to the one I've maintained since 2003 on my Typepad blog. If you're a regular reader, I'd encourage you to leave behind a comment for one of the guest posts that you see. Those little comments help confirm that people are still reading blogs during our era of microblogging. We talked about blogging, podcasting and YouTube with Peter Donegan, the man in the light blue shirt shown in the photo accompanying this blog post. Peter, an award-winning Irish blogger, shared some insider tips about getting situated in the space.
PEN & PIXEL 2011 launched on 14 April 2011 and after 140 people walked the halls of Tipperary Institute, I shared a sense of relief that the third year creative multimedia students could look back on a well-received group show. This year, a group of 10 students agreed to rebrand the show. They found PenAndPixel.ie in the dropped list of Irish web domains and executed a vision from a website to paper products through foam cut-outs to a gigantic triptych--all with the same design aesthetic of Sean O'Grady's main website design. This was no easy task. The site, the hallways and the promotional materials all told about the creative expression of students in the Honors Degree programme at the college. The creativity exploded on walls with giant A0-sized prints, through A4 photography and in immersive spaces with sound, video, lightboxes, multimedia characters on screen, digital video in the main lecture theatre and the smell of eastern spices. This was a bigger presentation than ever mounted before in the college and it set down a marker for students to follow.
I WOULDN'T MIND waking up to the sound of a fire alarm. So I'm looking at the Lifetone HL as an option. It uses patented monitoring technology to actively listen for the sound of my smoke alarm and ignore all other sounds at the same 3100 Hz frequency. When it hears my smoke alarm it immediately initiates three different signals to wake me up. It has a special 520 Hz square-wave alarm sound, the one proven in controlled scientific testing as the most effective at waking people up in a fire emergency. The Lifetone HL pumps out the alarm signal at 90 dBA. That's louder than my lawnmower starting up next to my head. I also flashes a back-lit display flashes with the unambiguous word FIRE. And then it also shakes my bed. Really! A small clam shell-like device about the size of the palm of your hand plugs in to the back of the unit. When the alarm is triggered, the bed shaker, usually placed between the top mattress and mattress pad, vibrates strongly. (You don't have to use the bed shaker.)
AS THE 2011 Spring semester comes to a close, I want to mention three pieces of my personal technology collection that I share the most. The first is my Mifi dongle, seen snuggling next to my coffee cup. Either its open wifi service is shared on campus or the dongle itself goes walking to support assignments. This hard usage never costs me more than €20 a month. The second piece of shareable technology is a 2GB memory USB card. It is as small as my toenail. It could fit under a tongue. It's small and versatile enough to support the transfer of unfinished video segments between students' laptops. There's a tie for third place when considering things in my bag that I share most. It's between the contents of my mic bag (Beyerdynamic mic, XLR-to-3.5mm cable or Sony ICD MX-20)and my portable terabyte drive. Both get shared to creative desktops several times a week. Based on my usage of these components, I plan to introduce each of them in short "Tech Tips" segments on all of the modules I teach to first year creative multimedia students in Tipperary Institute.
Sent mail2blog using O2 Typepad serivce from my Nokia E7 phone while driving through Poulamucka, County Tipperary, Ireland.
PEN&PIXEL will be the last multimedia exhibition held in Tipperary Institute. After September, both the Clonmel and Thurles campuses become part of Limerick Institute of Technology. Significantly, the third year students who are running the Pen&Pixel exhibition have gone large. So we have large logos on the outside of the main campus building, several prize-winning photos on display are printed larger than ever before, a triptych hanging more than four meters from the ground hangs in the main hallway and several A3-sized items take over notice boards in the corridor before the photography displays. This is the first year since Tipperary Institute opened that students could clearly interrupt the space. The exhibition opens at 6:30PM on Thursday, April 14, 2011. The main elements will hang through the Junction Festival when hundreds of visitors can explore several dimensions of multimedia creativity as displayed by third year students in the college.
I AM ENJOYING rumbling waves outside the Garryvoe Hotel and have decided to leave all Sunday newspapers on the newsagents' shelves today. I am facing into a welcome morning breeze, knowing I could crash hard in a project this week so I am using thoughts absorbed by the Cork BIC Entrepreneur Experience to decide how best to proceed. Readers who cheeck my blog know I've returned to a style where I write an idea on my Nokia keyboard then I return a few hours later with an image, an audio clip or a video segment to complete the blog post. I think that's what will happen on Inside View today as well.
I STARTED THE WEEKEND looking east at the sunrise. Two floors above in the Garryvoe Hotel, people at The Entrepreneur Experience 2011 were thinking,"We need to go west. Buy a ticket." From breakfast through fast-paced networking sessions, entrepreneurs who are members of the Cork BIC were talking about reality. In today's wold, there aren't as many million dollar deals as before. But there are plenty of $20,000 deals to close. The realists in the audience know the well can run dry while waiting for the big cheques and they were quick to share ways of building client lists, using business networks and getting through to decision-makers who will pay for that ticket to fly over from Ireland and close the deal. That's the real entrepreneurial experience and it's part of the vibe of #CorkBIC in Garryvoe today.
Image and words sent mail2blog from my Nokia E7 using O2 3G service along Ballycotton Bay, County Cork, Ireland.