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Category Archives: Teicneolaíocht (Technology)

Israel On The Road To Self-Destruction

It is somewhat dispiriting, for those on the progressive left, to watch Israel’s continued slide into sectarian and racial totalitarianism, a sad state of affairs reflected in the recent formation … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Eircode Controversy Or Screwing The Irish In That Other England

Eircode, the controversial, multi-million euro postal code system for Ireland, has been launched by Alex White, the coalition’s minister for communications, and as expected the service comes with a host of … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · 13 Comments

Microsoft’s Rudderless Ship Dumps More Crew

News that Microsoft is to shed nearly eight thousand staff from its global operations should come as a surprise to no one. Especially as its troubled phones’ division seems to … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Blog Awards Ireland 2015

I’ve received several messages from attentive readers in relation to the Blog Awards Ireland 2015, which are now open for nominations, asking whether An Sionnach Fionn will be participating in … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · 5 Comments

Irish Language Rights Are No Rights At All

Coincidental to the temporary silencing of a compliant Irish press by a billionaire businessman whose past dealings have become mired in controversy, the Irish Times reports on the Fine Gael-Labour coalition’s new rules … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 20 Comments

The Real and Fake Twitter Followers Of TheJournal.ie And George Hook

Back in March the social networking site Facebook insisted that I change my personal FB profile to a promotional Facebook Page on the spurious grounds that I was a product … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Fallen Of World War II

The “Fallen of World War II” is a data-driven feature examining the human cost of the Second World War, measuring the losses incurred to other wars in history, including some recent conflicts. There is much to be … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

Fathers And Mothers Matter, Respect And Understanding Not So Much

We are in the last week of the referendum campaign debating the addition of a new sub-section to Bunreacht na hÉireann defining marriage as a gender-neutral institution. In other words, … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Google Ngram Viewer, Irish Republican Army, Fenian, Fenians

Judging by the positive reactions it seems that many of you have enjoyed my occasional posts highlighting the earliest occurrences of the term “Irish Republican Army” in the vast repositories of digitised and increasingly digital publications known … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

2000 AD and Judge Dredd Quality Comics’ Collection

The problem with being a hopeless Teicógach (or Irish Geek) is the habit of collecting one’s interests – or obsessions – with a near fanatical devotion. So down through the years … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Paramilitary Wing Of The CIA And The Russian Cybermilitary

Here is an interesting peek at the increasing militarisation of the Central Intelligence Agency or CIA, the premier espionage service of the United States – the one you see in all the movies … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Hugogate Or The Hugo Awards, Sad Puppies And Rabid Puppies

When I was growing up in Ireland during the 1980s and ’90s possessing a passion for Science-Fiction almost inevitably led one to holding Left or Centre-left beliefs. Before I became interested in politics proper … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 8 Comments

Facebook Sucks Balls

A quick posting to apologise to all my friends on Facebook. Unfortunately the powers-that-be have forced me to switch from holding a personal profile on FB to using a Facebook Page. … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Translation Fail

Cautioning on the perils of machine translation, especially when expectations surpass achievable results, Michael Bauer on his Dear Developer blog posts a letter he has written to the Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser following the latter’s suggestion that Scottish (Scottish … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 10 Comments

Je Suis Gael

In 1981 the “reverend” Ian Paisley MP MEP, founder and chief of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, the Democratic Unionist Party and several quasi-terrorist groupings (notably the Ulster Resistance), … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 42 Comments

An Online Fenian Archive From ASF

  I’ve discussed my interest in utilising online resources for researching various historical topics a number of times on ASF, as can be seen in the two brief articles I wrote in 2011 and 2014 … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Improvised Weapons Of The New IRA Modernise Old Designs

  On the 16th of November 2014 an armoured jeep of the PSNI, the paramilitary police force in the British-administrated north-east of Ireland, was parked on a street in the Ardoyne district … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 21 Comments

Secrets Of The NSA And GCHQ War On Internet Security

Just before Christmas the German news and current affairs magazine Der Spiegel published a detailed article examining the covert campaign by the United States and its principle intelligence-gathering allies (Britain and to a … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Gaelic Union

A new website to strengthen ties between Gaelic-speaking communities in Ireland and Scotland, as well as encouraging cultural tourism by non-Gaels, has been launched in Inverness. From the Scotsman newspaper: … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · 60 Comments

Irish Language Positive And Negative

A couple of Irish-related tech stories, one good and one bad (or at least highly suspect). Firstly from the Irish Times: “Users of Google’s email client, Gmail, can now use the … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · 22 Comments

Ireland’s Secret Spy Courts

Following on from the revelations that Britain has spent decades monitoring as a matter of routine all telecommunications traffic in and out of Ireland, and with the commercial co-operation of … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 13 Comments

I Spy eSpies On The eShore

Over the last three years  I’ve touched upon Britain’s mass surveillance of Ireland’s electronic communications traffic, internal and external, a number of times. Since the late 1980s the British intelligence services have expanded from a programme of … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 32 Comments

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