December 20, 2014

Washington DC In December

The White House is the most famous house in the US. You can get pretty close to it from this side

For the past couple of years I’ve made a point of taking a few days off in November or December. It’s an odd time of the year, but it works well for me. This year I’m in Washington DC and while it’s pretty cold out there, it’s not freezing, so I can move around quite […]

December 8, 2014

Roman Remains In Plovdiv Bulgaria


I was in Bulgaria for an event over the last few days. As usual the event was held in Sofia, but this time round our host organised a day trip to the city of Plovdiv. The city is built on the remains of its past, which includes both a relatively well preserved Roman theatre and […]

December 3, 2014

Copyright Cluelessness At Its Worst

seo company rip off others content and won't recognise it's a copyright issue

While I can appreciate that understanding the subtleties of intellectual property law is challenging, getting the basics right isn’t that hard. If I produce “work” it is mine. I hold the copyright to it unless I publish it under some form of license that allows sharing – that could be a CC license or a […]

November 30, 2014

Halfords’ Marketing Is A Tad Clueless


Spotted earlier today outside the Halfords in Carlow: Dear Halfords, While I’m sure your pricing is competitive, Carlow is a town in Ireland. Ireland is not part of the UK and hasn’t been for quite some time. On a more serious note. If you’re doing business internationally you need to be aware of cultural and […]

November 27, 2014

Best Wifi Printer?

I work from home from some of the time and have had a basic “home office” setup for years. When I used to use Windows and / or Linux I was able to print to the laser printer I had. Unfortunately it’s a rather old model which isn’t supported by any recent version of OSX […]

November 22, 2014

Belgian Beef Stew

Belgian beef stew

When I’m on the road I like to try the local cuisine. This week I was in Brussels, so on the way back I grabbed lunch at one of the restaurants before security in Brussels Airport. Belle & Belge has a nice selection of Belgian food and had proper tables and chairs etc., which were […]

October 6, 2014

Enjoying Mexican Cuisine

Huevos rancheros

I’m lucky enough to travel quite a bit for work and this week I’m in Mexico City. Since I knew that the jetlag would “destroy” me and render me completely useless, I flew out a couple of days early. So I’ve spent the weekend here in Mexico City seeing some of the sights, wandering the […]

September 26, 2014

Why I’m Glad We’re Not Venture Backed


Every few days the tech media gets all excited about some new startup. People clamour to get access to the new product, service or platform. Thousands of articles are written hailing it as the new “solution” for a “problem”. In many cases the solution is for a problem most of us didn’t even know we […]

September 14, 2014

Istanbul Colours and Flavours

2014-09-06 17.34.47

I spent a week in Istanbul, though I only really got to explore the city for two days. The city is fascinating. It’s also incredibly big, so unless you’re prepared to walk a lot you won’t get to see that much! I spent the Saturday and Sunday I was there exploring some of the sights […]

September 6, 2014

Respect The Cultural Rules


I’m currently spending a couple of days wandering around Istanbul. It’s a fascinating city where Islam and Christianity co-exist. But you have to respect Islamic rules when you want to visit their historic religious sites: Related Posts:Istanbul Colours and FlavoursIan Fleming + Orient Express