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The four wise men of Irish Tech

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Over the past year and even longer there’s been four people who have devoted a lot of time helping out others in the growing Irish technology scene. They’ve given their precious time without charge to encourage and help as much as they can and it has resulted in a greater body of shared knowledge when it comes to business and tech.

Those four people are Pat Phelan, Joe Drumgoole, Keith Bohanna and Conor O’Neill. At Barcamps, Open Coffees, on blogs and on the oldskool phone they’re regularly dispensing advice and helping people make connections. I’m not sure how much people appreciate these guys but this is my little thank you card on the web for them as this year comes to a close. The Irish startup scene would be a lot poorer without these guys giving their time. Thanks Pat, Joe, Keith and Conor. Maybe we should give thanks back by talking up their work or do what they do and help out others when we can. These guys are heroes.

abacus and words of wisdom
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Get some festive music into thine ears

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Head over to Indiecater and get some great Christmas inspired music from some great musical talent. Two tracks I really really liked from that compilation are: Track 12 – Nonstop Everything -There Is No Santa, Little Boy and track 15 Loxsly – Santa Got The Spins. 17 tracks for a recession busting €6.50. You can listen to them before you buy too.

Then via You Ain’t listen to Sufjan Stevens’ latest Christmas album called “Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage, Volume VIII.”

(Pic taking outside Apple Store in Regent Street)

Fluffy Links – Monday December 22nd 2008

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Great new Irish foodie site. Cheap good food in Ireland.

Well done Keith and dbTwang on their Angel Round.

Last chance to win that $1500 phone.

Cork Tweetup tonight.

Kittens or danger?

Rollerblading dwarves, how to lifehack Getty Images.

Keith is super, thanks for asking.

Via Steve Quinlan, so this school is more like a cult?

Marketing to the Youff. Hmmm. Not sure is this sinister or not.

I’m Courier. Not to happy with that.

The Yahoo! Query Language.

George and Mrs Bush wish everyone a WTF Christmas:

Via Fabulist Angus and Julia Stone – Just a Boy

Made in Hollywood website relaunches, got photos?

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Made in Hollywood, the people behind the Web Awards props recently relaunched their website and it’s very impressive. They also have a blog but have a look at the props they’ve made for other events. Nice. Fran Hollywood from Made in Hollywood is looking for some good pics from the Web Awards of the Ws that he made. If you have any then email them on to him and he might use them in the gallery on his site.

Made in Hollywood giant choc bar

1 minute survey on mobile usage

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Dave Kelly has a survey out about mobile phone usage. Just a few short questions are asked. Why not help him out with the survey and fill it out?

Glastonbury Tor
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A party political spamcast on behalf of McAWilliams

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Internet, the man behind the video intros for the Blog and Web Awards is currently battling it out on Twitter to become king of the Twitter world or some title like that and he needs your vote to be the winner. Can you help him? Pretend he’s a poor starving child that’s blind, has to walk 15 miles a day to get water (why the fuck don’t they move?) and needs a goat for Christmas.

All you have to do is be on twitter and send out the following message:

@shortyawards I nominate @mcawilliams for a Shorty Award in #personal because…

Do it for democracy, do it for freedom, do it cos he has my family kidnapped until I write this post.

100 pies for voting!
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Win a $1500 Nokia phone

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Via Pat Phelan once again. Leave a comment and consider donating a small amount of cash for the chosen charity.

Ones we watched in 2008

Friday, December 19th, 2008

So how did the Ones I suggested we watch do in 2008? Not bad at all.

Robin Blandford.
Himself and David are now building and running Decisions for Heroes. Trailblaizers!

Fergus Burns
Another trailblazer. Nooked getting bigger and better every month.

The Paddy’s Valley 20

Patrick Collison, John Collison and all at Auctomatic
Sold! Massive attention. Late Late with the Plank. Household names and names uttered by Mammies when scolding their kids for not being proactive enough.

Richard Hearne
Still the S.E.O. God in Ireland even if he didn’t enter the Geansai Gorm competition! He went through 2008 at breakneck speed, let’s hope he slows a bit in 2009!

Conor O’Neill
Well Argolon and LouderVoice have been doing immensely well and once again Conor has been giving so much to the Web 2.0 community in Ireland with his constant help and sharing. Let’s hope he’s appreciate for that.

Alexia Golez
Well she moved to a new domain and battled O2 towards the end of the year over the iPhone. Mizz Golez is on the brink of a hostile takeover of the Fluffy Links with her Red Links. I think think Alexia would be of immense benefit if she can be convinced to leave the good ship Redmond.

Martha Rotter
Loved and respected by people in the Irish tech scene for her tough job envagelising Microsoft. Still the shining star she was last year.

Marcus Mac Innes
Well is doing rather wll thanks very much and there’s been impressive work with some rather large brands this year establishing as the place to be when it comes to photos in Ireland. Also won a few awards to boot!

Pat Phelan
The hardest working man in Irish technology? Net Visionary for 2008 (which I wasn’t very surprised about)

Cian O’Flaherty
Helped organise the EU bloggers conference in Dublin this year and working like a trojan for a certain current affairs show.

Paul Fabretti
In the UK Paul is establishing himself as a much respected social media ninja dispuptive maven coach. Go Paul!

Paul Walsh
Wubud. The Digital Mission and so much more. I think that shows how well Paul has done.

Fluffy Links – Friday December 19th 2008

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Me and Libertas go head to head. Ganley is only jealous of my hair. Mullettastic.

Niamh is working for herself now too. Welcome to the free world!

Another cool prize from Pat Phelan. LCD Screen this time. Leave a comment and you’re in the draw.

The blogger dinner in Cork rocked. Well done Joe. Well done Dell for sponsoring a laptop too. And PuddleDucks for sponsoring some gear. The Dublin Blogger dinner rocked too and the saintly, godly and goodly Niall busted his things that shouldn’t bust by cooking for everyone. Someone got fun badges too.

Nialler’s 50 best tunes of 2008.

Michele has another rant about the IEDR and ComReg. Complete lack of transparency with this lot.

Via Michele too is a post from Hugh Durkin showing how when he wasn’t super-positive about ScreenClick, they removed him from their affiliate scheme.

Oh and eircom have a new broadband website. Very slick and quite useful.

Via Bernie. Got a new spare MacBook for Seán?

Sepultura (without Max) – Bullet the Blue Sky (U2 Cover)

The blog is the battery in your pleasure toy

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Nice quote taken from this here blog post. Head over to Nick’s new gaff and read and comment on his posts about adland from an Irish perspective. And another fine quote which will surely get him lots of Google hits for all the wrong reasons:

Bloglessness equals a dildo without batteries. You’ll get fucked in the long run, but it’ll be a lot more hard work and always, always the certain knowledge that really? you did it to yourself