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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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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
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LITTLE 2YO DYLAN (pictured with his Spiderman) is not a fan of live accordion music. I 've snapped him in the live venue as evidence of the traumatic moment he endured in Kenmare. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Inside View
I THINK ALL objects should have a visual identity strong enough to tell their stories to an interested public. Krug's mobile app provides that functionality--but I'd prefer to be able to find the stories by merely scanning a product label through my Lumia's software. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Inside View
IN A FACEBOOK-CENTRIC world, it's easy to forget the importance of privacy. If you expect a level of privacy, you need to take an active role with your electronic gear. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Inside View
Good point. I saw inexpensive O2 Mifi service advertised all year on college campuses. And I know several students living within a 10 mile radius of my home Mifi setup. I'm sorry to lose the easy high speed internet access after nearly three years of superb service.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2014 on Disappointed with 2G @O2irl Mifi at Inside View
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FOR MORE THAN three years in County Tipperary, I used an O2 Hotshot to enjoy solid 3G service. But since early May, my service consistently downshifts to 2G after 10 minutes of use. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Inside View
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THE EXPECTED MELTDOWN in the Irish Labour Party vote happened this weekend as Local Election 2014 tallies produced a strong showing by independents and a surprising resurgence by Fianna Fail. There's a six minute video clip below the fold with more details. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Inside View
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WE HAVE A mobile test centre set up in the back seat of our car where we inflict stress on mobile phones greater than that experienced in blending experiments. Today we figured out a way to flatten a Lumia extended power grip. The yellow case around the test handset in the photo has on-board power that can extend the Lumia 1020's life by 20 hours. But when a 6yo plays a game that incorporates a physics engine followed by 30 minutes of zooming around the world with Here Maps, all power-saving considerations go out the window. When 6yo Mia returned the Lumia 1020 to me, she mentioned how it was "getting hot". The handset's warm housing did not cool down for 30 minutes. When I powered up the 1020 a few hours later, I saw it had less than 40% power. And the phone's snap-on power was down to one bar (out of four bars when fully charged). I don't intend to deep-discharge the Lumia 1020's battery during normal use but I'm sure our mobile field tester will have similar testing episodes during the months ahead. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Inside View
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I SPEND SOME sunny afternoons cleaning up a mess buried under the ground where we live. This week the cleanup involves a space we reclaimed a few years ago. So during a half hour of digging, I unearthed a bin bag of domestic waste and a thick polyethylene liner that was probably wrapping a pallet of building materials. Neither of these items had dissolved since the time they were tamped underground in 2005. Our entire housing estate is littered with this kind of refuse. I wish there was a statute that prohibited the use of building sites as common dumps. [Photo by @topgold with Lumia 1520.] Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Inside View