Author Archives: chrisjhorn

Kevin Melia: a great mentor

I wrote this following the sad passing of Kevin in June.   It was published by the Irish Times on 5th July.

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“Bloom”, and high technology meets gardening

Bloom in the Phoenix Park has become a regular part of Dublin’s annual calendar.  With 30 show gardens,  numerous trade stalls and exhibits,  and many food stands,  it takes at least a day to see everything.   A modest gardener … Continue reading

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‘Heartbleed’ post-mortem

I wrote this article on what happened leading up to the ‘Heartbleed’ bug,  and the consequences,  for the Irish Times for May 12th last. Just before midnight on New Years Eve 2011, one of four software developers at OpenSSL Software … Continue reading

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Irish Times & InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2014

I chaired the final judging panel for these national awards again this year.  Here’s what I wrote about them for the Irish Times for April 7th last..

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“Hands-free” smart phones – and cars also

I wrote this piece for the 10th March edition of the Irish Times.   My editor,  Michael McAleer, is both innovation and motoring editor,  and had just returned from the Geneva Motor Show,  which got me thinking :-) Smart phone apps abound … Continue reading

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Perception at Microsoft

Published by the Irish Times on February 17th last,  I wrote this piece musing on what Satya Nadella may be strategising about now he is in his new role… One of the first observations made by Microsoft’s new 46 year … Continue reading

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New Zealand and Ireland – innovation economies

This little piece went in the Irish Times on Monday 27th January last. I had just been over to Hamilton, New Zealand for my elder son’s wedding (which was just fantastic!). In reading the newspapers over breakfast in the hotel … Continue reading

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Smiley’s People, and the future of the internet

This article,  in the light of the NSA revelations by Edward Snowden,  appeared in the Irish Times on 18th December 2013. The news this week that the US intelligence agencies and the UK’s Government Communications HQ (GCHQ) have being stalking … Continue reading

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The Twitter IPO, bubble fears, and global economic fragility

This article appeared in the Irish Times on November 18th 2013. The European Central Bank has just cut interest rates to a record low, of just 0.25%. Interest rates are similarly depressed, and for some time, in the United States. … Continue reading

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A “Bricks and Mortar” Government

I wrote this piece as a commentary on the Irish Government’s 2014 budget,   announced on 15th October last.  My piece appeared in the Irish Times today. Roll-over relief for capital gains tax for entrepreneurs was announced in the Budget. … Continue reading

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