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Bernie Goldbach
Cashel, Ireland
"I find, check and share information."
Interests: I enjoy running long distance when I'm fit and reading history more than watching television.
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I WILL REMEMBER the summer of 2014 as the time when I cleared out seven carloads of stuff from our garage and reclaimed the space. The possible utility of the space emerged during the summer. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Inside View
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I LIVE WHERE my over the air (OTA) broadband normally sucks--even though public maps suggest otherwise. My problem looms as a national landmark less than 900m away and the landmark blocks a 3G antenna array no more than one mile from my home. I live in the shadow of the Rock of Cashel, a national monument that stands between me and Gleeson's Pub where O2 has its 3G masts. We get a spectacular view of the Rock and with that formidable structure comes the realization that electronic signals do not burrow through thick rock. Most of the speed tests I have performed in my home show an erosion of 3G speed in our home through the years. So when the day starts with the kinds of speed in the accompanying screen shot, I feel blessed. But I also wonder why I cannot achieve the same results every time I turn on my O2 Hotshot in our Cashel home. [Screenshot of Hotshot speed using O2 broadband in a 400 square meter space west of the Rock of Cashel.] Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inside View
I READ FOODIE BLOGS and trust TripAdvisor when thinking about where to stay or eat. I've just added Il Giardino in Cap-Ferret (France) to my blacklist. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inside View
SHORTLY BEFORE CHRISTMAS, one year after we moved into our new home, I read Dervala Hanley's take on depression. Yesterday, shortly after hearing about Robin Williams passing away, I saw Dervala's post reappear on my newsfeeds and share it below. “O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap May who ne’er hung there.” —Gerald Manley Hopkins Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Inside View
ROBIN WILLIAMS powered me through some of my darkest days and that makes his passing an even deeper loss. As Harvey Fierstein says, depression just wants to get you alone in a room so it can kill you. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Inside View
AS A LONG-TIME blogger, I've felt time pressures that often prevent me from writing long form items on my personal blog. But I record audio logs much more frequently and have discovered several interesting voices in the Audioboo community worth following. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Inside View
I'M WATCHING THE SUMMER slip away without any sort of hiking experience. So I'm living with the dream of bagging a few peaks as well as returning to England for memorable experiences. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Inside View
I HAVE SPENT hours thumbing through several history books this summer, rewinding my personal life into the annals of American military flying. Part of my own military logbooks intersects the familiar C-47 troop carriers. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Inside View
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OUR OVER THE AIR mobile broadband speeds at home simply cannot penetrate the granite of the Rock of Cashel and use a 3G mast a few miles inside the town. Consequently, we are left fighting for service on a 3G mast standing six miles away and that mast appears to be stretched by subscribers using O2 and Tesco Mobile. I snapped a shot of 3G in Drogheda when we visited for my niece's birthday. Speeds there have always been three to six times faster than what I get in Cashel. I am sharing a Speedtest from my current handset. We need to get O2-Ireland running faster than my Hauwei Mifi allows and I think it means getting a USB data modem. When I run my O2 Hotshot in USB mode, it negotiates a faster stream. I hope the USB modem gives me the same result. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Inside View
SINCE MY EARLIEST memories, I have listened to stories of cows. Recently, those stories come from Phil @daylightgambler Sorrell who never hesitates to identify a menacing bovine. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Inside View
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EUROPEAN SUMMERS BRING the rumble and whoosh of airshows to every place I've lived except southwest Germany. And with those spectacular events come a flow of images I enjoy on the home screen of my Lumia phone. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Inside View
PINBOARD TURNED FIVE and I'm glad to read maciej has stayed focus with a perspective that should ensure the service remains a part of the internet. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Inside View
A SET OF SONY stereo headphones fell off the shelf of my local Tesco and into my shopping basket. So I paid EUR 22 for the MDR-ZX300 the same week that friends told me they got the neodymium magnet cans for $20. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Inside View
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OUR HOUSE TESTER (6yo Mia) discovered games from Toca Boca in the Windows Phone Store. She knows the Store password is a hex sequence she needs to know so she downloaded and installed two essential apps that I discovered through an automated email from Microsoft Billing. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Inside View
This excellent idea encouraged me to accelerate my personal Github projects. Thanks!
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I AM TAKING cues from several successful creative multimedia students and starting to simply draw patterns that represent concepts. The image accompanying this blog post is a simple oval with arrows and it represents a core creative process. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Inside View
I'M THINKING ABOUT Using Github Repositories in the academic year ahead. And I wonder if the process has some #icollab potential by connecting educators in four other countries. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Inside View
I enjoy dashboard infoporn and the simple displays availed by Mailchimp work for me and other senile lecturers.
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THE CURRENT IRISH SUMMER is shaping up to be one filled with suntans in the departures area of Dublin Airport. It feels historic enough to record as a blog post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Inside View
I SPENT A WEEKEND without Windows Phone 8.1 and realized that the Lumia 1020 in the photo needs three software functions to bring it up to my Lumia 1520. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Inside View
THE DUBLIN ELEARNING Summer School is in full swing, asking "What impact is digital culture having on higher education?" Along with Eugene O'Loughlin in an #ELSS14 session, I will explore methods of measuring active engagement among learners in early 21st century third level classrooms. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Inside View
WHILE WATCHING YOUNG PEOPLE tap their way around online content, I often flash back to the way internet plumbing works. Behind many clever apps sits standards-compliant infrastructure that provides the plumbing for content, sophisticated algorithms and notifications. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Inside View
I VISITED MY OneNote collection on my laptop while learning a technique Marjolein Hoekstra shared about blogging from OneNote. I'm convinced I can accomplish this clever publishing if I had a Surface. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Inside View
I SAW MARJOLEIN HOEKSTRA blogging from OneNote so I tried doing the same thing directly from my Lumia 1520 handset. It didn't work. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Inside View
EACH FATHERING DAY (that's Father's Day for Americans), I think of the next potential father in our family line. That could be Dylan (seated next to his mom in the photo). Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Inside View