August 5, 2015

A Very Practical Marketing Gizmo


When I first started attending conferences I used to pickup a lot of marketing “tat” from the various vendors exhibiting. Over time you realise that you really don’t need to have most of this junk in your life. I really don’t need 20 backpacks, 15 water bottles, 500 pens or 100 notebooks. So these days […]

July 21, 2015

Eircode vs UK Postcodes


Eircode has launched as Ireland’s official postcode system.. A LOT has been written about the issues with how it’s been rolled out, including some rather “impressive” faux pas like sending Eircodes to dead people .. However one of the things that I was curious about was the lookup system. The Eircode website offers a lookup […]

July 6, 2015

Registering Premium .Irish Domains Is Now Easy


With the launch of new TLDs a lot of the domain registries introduced quite complex pricing models. You had a “standard’ registration fee, but you also had a lot of different ways of handling “premium” domain names. Unfortunately getting those “weird” prices to “play nice” with our billing system was far from easy, as the […]

July 4, 2015

The Upside To Living In A Small Town


I’ve lived in Carlow for the past 12 years.┬áPrior to moving to Carlow I was living for about 3 years in Milan. Milan is a big city. Carlow is a small town. The contrasts between the two are huge. While I sometimes regret moving to a small provincial Irish town, it’s not without its upside. […]

June 30, 2015

The .Irish Domain Is Now Available


Last Thursday afternoon, while the ICANN meeting was wrapping up in Buenos Aires, a historic moment was reached. At 5pm Irish time the .irish top level domain entered “general availability”. In simpler words – from that moment onwards anyone, anywhere can now register a .irish domain name. This is cool. It’s something that I’ve been […]

June 14, 2015

Counting Down To .Irish Launch


In a few days time the .irish top level domain name will be available to the public. From June 25th they’ll be open for registration on a “first come, first served” basis, though you can currently pre-order during landrush. It’s going to be interesting to see who registers one and how they end up using […]

June 12, 2015

Omniplex Carlow Official Opening


I don’t often get invited to official openings and launch events. So getting invited to the opening of the new cinema in Carlow was nice. Combine that with the screening of Jurassic World and it was impossible to pass it up. So last night a few of us headed over to the Omniplex in Carlow, […]

June 8, 2015

Maybe It’s Time To “Cull” My T-Shirts


I wear t-shirts most of the time. I sometimes wear shirts, but I’m generally more comfortable in t-shirts. So over the years I’ve amassed quite a large number of geeky, funny, weird t-shirts, as well as a reasonable number of t-shirts from specific events. While some of the t-shirts are fun / cool. Others are […]

June 8, 2015

Food Porn Withdrawal?


I travel a lot and when I travel I tend to post photos of the food I eat.┬áSo while some people might get annoyed by their social streams filling up with photos of my various gastronomic adventures, some of them miss them when I’m not on the road: I usually post to my Instagram account […]

June 8, 2015

The Downside to Having an Italian First Name


My first name seems to cause confusion for a lot of English speakers due to how it is written. I won’t even get started on how it’s pronounced! So I get a LOT of emails and letters that start like this: I’m a guy. Seriously. That’s why I sign my emails: Mr Michele Neylon Maybe […]