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Déjà vu, all over again – the rise of the Chinese tech industry

A musing on my first real job,  and how China’s ambitions continue to rise.  I recall some people “dissing” on the early days of Huawei,  but now its a global leader.  I think we will soon see Chinese leadership in … Continue reading

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Skitster – the app that knows best!..

I put this piece together whilst musing about the 350th anniversary of the Irish satirist and writer Jonathan Swift,  whose birthday I share this month.   I wondered what he would have made of the corruption of society by fake news?…  … Continue reading

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Ten Years of the Irish Times Innovation Initiative

I put this piece together in response from a request from the Irish Times to reflect on innovation over the last ten years of the paper’s “Innovation Initiative” – and to make some predictions for the next ten.   I gave … Continue reading

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Tranquility – and faking it

If you know my personal history,  you’ll know that Scott McNealy was gracious enough to invest in IONA when we were still a young start-up.  I wrote this when reflecting on his kind and wise words to me and on … Continue reading

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High altitude wind turbines: a step above ground based turbines

I wrote this piece for the Irish Times for April 6th last.  I had been following Makani with interest for some time,  and thought it opportune to write about the opportunities for Ireland.  Then,  by complete co-incidence a week later, … Continue reading

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How “America First” is hurting Silicon Valley, how Silicon Valley is hurting “America First”, and how China has Silicon Valley in a necklock.

I wrote this for the Irish Times which duly published it on February 9th last.  The impact of Silicon Valley on blue collar jobs,  and of China on Silicon Valley,  has not been much discussed to my knowledge in the … Continue reading

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Ethos, Logos and Pathos

This was published in the Irish Times on the 19th January – a view on the progression of advertising. “At the tone, it’s 8PM, B-U-L-O-V-A Bulova Watch Time”. Thus in 1926, the world’s first radio advertisement grabbed attention. Bulova (now … Continue reading

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