AS A LONG-TIME O2 customer, I was looking for indications that O2's demise would affect Ireland in a negative way. And with the closing of the Wayra incubator, I have my first negative indicator.
Wayra Logo scraped from web.
I saw the news on Wayra's Ireland's website a day after returning from a whirlwind visit to ground zero of Ireland's Open Coffee movement in Limerick. It was the same day I walked through Questum, a vacant incubator down the Ring Road in Clonmel where I work.
AN AUDIO THREAD attached to a #febooary conversation about smart use of apps has led into a deep dive about enhancing workflow through the selective use of smartphone routines. For me, this suggest we are approaching hyperlocalised task-oriented notifications.
Photo by @topgold evolving notes into audio clips.
I HAVE A RECURRING problem with the Microsoft Surface Pro 2--it loses its Marvell Avastar Wireless Composite Device nearly every time Windows 8.1 updates. I share some recovery techniques below the break.
I HAVE STARTED asking our 7yo questions arising from Febooary, the annual audio challenge.  I learn a lot through the feedback of other people who use my phone, especially from young Mia (below) who is well able to tap around and voice her thoughts.
The TLDR version is "ensure everything published by Toca Boca is on every handset in the home.
WE GIVE ACADEMIC credit to students who prove they can create engaging content for online audiences. To guide their efforts, a portion of our curriculum unpacks the principles of fluency, authority and novelty.
I point to traditional works such as The Boys of '67 (above) and the online writing of Dave Delaney and Dervala Hanley as examples of best practice in narrative. Andrew Weist is an approachable historian. Dave Delaney runs the vibrant New Business Network Radio. Dervala Hanley is an online diarist whose ghost work has elevated major brands.
THE EUROPEAN UNION did a big favour for consumers by imposing limitations on mobile phone roaming costs. I saw the generosity of that favourable treatment when traveling from Ireland to the States for my mother's last days.
I spent 21 days in the States. Because I talked to people in Ireland several times with updates to my mom's condition and funeral arrangements, I paid an average of 14 euro a day in roaming charges. I accept the pain of those charges along with the grief I felt when mom died.
I HAVE DISCOVERED how easy it is to make 30-second stories come to life instantly with Lumia Storyteller, an app running on our Windows Phones. I embedded our Tipperary Morning Commute below with notes after the break.
I have taught social media since 2006 when our Clonmel cohort represented 30 of the first 150 Irish on Twitter. Every semester I try to amp up our results and this year our focus should result in a playbook others might enjoy using.
I started the programme by reviewing dozens of eureka moments, beginner's mistakes and shortcuts shared by 45 strength and conditioning students who shared their observations on a co-authored slide deck. Another of their co-authored presentations appears below.