Category Archives: engineering

Space: the final, increasingly accessible, frontier..

I wrote this piece about the accessibility of satellite technology for the Irish Times,  on March 16th last.. In October later this year, we will celebrate sixty years of space technology. On 4th October 1957, the Soviet Union launched the … Continue reading

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Engineering appreciation

I wrote this piece because I feel that we are too often we taught narrow paths,  by teachers who themselves have a limited perspective.   There is beauty in most things,  if we can calm ourselves to look;   and there are parallels … Continue reading

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Technology Review of 2015

Asked to summarise the year by my editor,  I wrote this piece for the Irish Times for the 21st December: How significant a year has 2015 been for the computer industry?

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Innovation – what are the missing gaps in Ireland ?

This piece was written after I had chaired the recent Irish Times/InterTrade Ireland Innovation Awards.  It was published on March 2nd 2015. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”   This quote is often attributed to … Continue reading

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White knuckle aviation

This article was published by the Irish Times on 1st September last – 100 years after the first successful military aviation mission. “No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris…[because] no known motor can run at the requisite … 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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“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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