TODAY MARKED A milestone of sorts as 7yo Mia asked to use my Lumia 1520 to run alongside her cousin while recording her best circuit of the Huntington Castle's obstacle course. Next time, I hope Mia has a GoPro.
I am impressed at Mia's clever creativity and by the way she's able to sprint around with an over-sized smart phone without running out of breath or ideas. I told her the steps to use with Camtasia after she pulled the video clip off the phone with a USB cable.  I think it's time to upgrade our array of recording devices and also to train other young pre-teens at Busybees in Clonmel with the handheld technology. Expect to see more of Mia's road camera work on my blog during the clear summer days ahead. 
WE HAVE OLD television screens and PC monitors that would benefit from the Asus Chromebit.
The simple device turns any television with an HDMI slot into a low-end PC. The dongle is no larger than my highlighter pen and comes in three colours (not pink or purple). It uses Google's Chrome OS which means it comes with 2MB of RAM and 16 GB of SSD capability. 
The Chromebit dongle has a swiveling head, so it will have no problems plugging into awkward HDMI locations. Power comes from a relatively modest Rockchip processor. It has both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. And its USB 2.0 port means I could plug in a keyboard.
I HATE IT when I have to use technology that only works with specific things. It's like having a knife that can be used only to slice bread.
So I was so very happy to get a Cross pen (white because it's being hyped as an iPad pen) whose soft rubber top works as a stylus not only with the iPad but with my Microsoft Surface, iTouch, Lumia 1520 and iPhone 5C. This is a big win.
I started thinking about other things that are examples of universal technology, reached into my Bihn bag and found five items worth sharing.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK far to find start-ups that sputtered and died when their core business processes depended upon access to Twitter's firehose or APIs. All Twitter had to do is change how a business could access its API and a complementary business would fold. Twitter's example has been followed by a number of other businesses, including Audioboom.
In Audioboom's case, a decision to the company to introduce a log-in wall in front of anyone wanting to listen to a audio clip caused some upset. The Audioboom log-in wall meant many people could not simply click to hear recordings anymore. The log-in wall means you have to have a free account to listen to anything on the Audioboom system. Paul O'Mahony explains how that has affected his business. [MP3 File 5:38 stored in OneDrive]
Qik Livestream recorded 11 March 2010 on Nokia E90.
IT IS EASY to forget things that happen before their time and Qik's livestreaming service is one of them. We first started covering live events with Qik running on Symbian phones in 2009 and made the process part of the creative multimedia degree programme in Tipperary Institute.
AVIATION DISASTERS, like the recent unfortunate loss of Germanwings 4U9525, sadden me and cause me to rewind back through human factors I investigated while a Flight Safety Officer with the US Air Force. Today, I'm thinking a lot about the way the Airbus cockpit is protected from entry because locked cockpit doors might be cited as the single cause of failure in some aircraft disasters. 
During my career as an instructor pilot in the US Air Force, I walked through wreckage of fatal aircraft accidents while investigating their causes and I walked through reconstructed crash scenes during recurrency training as an accident investigator. My role in these investigations was to dig into the human factors behind aircraft accidents. That meant trying to burrow into the flight scenario and to see the incident from the perspective of the pilots behind the controls. I would look into the personal lives of aircrew members, including their financial transactions, home lives, crew rest, duty periods and medication. I was an instructor pilot in two different types of military aircraft during my time in uniform, including the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter. I've seen highly qualified pilots make critical errors while airborne. In fact, I would induce some of those errors during local training flights or in the flight simulator. It was part of my job.
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED in how to enhance your classroom skills as a teacher, you should head over to the registration page of the ICT in Education Conference  and join 100 others who will meet in LIT-Thurles  to "make, bake and take" away clever ideas. It's part of a long-running series of professional development talks and workshops held for the benefit of teachers everywhere.