December 30, 2008

Two Years @ dotMobi

This New Year marks my second anniversary of being CTO at dotMobi.

I’m making a big deal of this because, as of Thursday, I won’t be CTO at dotMobi. My wife Jayne, has landed a marketing job at a vineyard near Mumbai in India, and both of us, together with our two young children, are emigrating to live there.
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February 20, 2008

What’s on a mobile CTO’s desktop?

Along the lines of ”how to [..] feed your CTO“, and “N things you didn’t know about blogger X“, I was staring at my cluttered desktop, wondering what it all means.



  • A variety of development tools (Eclipse, Visual Studio, MySQL, Wireshark, FTP, SCP, JMeter scripts, a JSON parser)
  • The Android SDK
  • Portions of a mobile web book I am writing
  • Slideware for various products  & projects
  • Domain analysis results
  • An Ubuntu ISO image and an Apache install
  • An OPML file of mobile blogs
  • My registration form for MWC
  • A JPG helpfully named “graph”
  • A bunch of browsers
  • The hiring plan for my team
  • MetaWeb Query Language documentation
  • Mobile Monday Dublin’s Peer Awards application forms
  • Two mysterious text files called “yes” and “no” (?!)
  • Some social network clients
  • Something to listen to
  • Armadillo Run
  • …and a folder named “temp” – where all this rubbish is shortly headed.

Yes, that pretty much sums up the last 3 months of my life. What’s on your desktop – and why?

February 1, 2008

A Mobile Democratic Dilemma in Dublin

Dear Mobile Blogosphere, your advice please.

I run Mobile Monday in Dublin. We put 4 local mobile startups up for vote for nomination to the MoMo Peer Awards in Barcelona. Final results were as follows:

Now obviously, there’s a fairly comprehensive win for Sentry Wireless. However, we also had about 120 new members to the group in the last 24 hours, and there’s a decent correlation with the voting.

On one hand I welcome new members! On the other hand, I’m not sure that this results accurately represents the balance of our traditional membership. Quite a few of the new subscriptions immediately unsubscribed.

I now feel a little like the UN trying to make sense of a country’s democracy after failed elections. Should I …

A) Leave the poll results as they stand

B) Void the results of anyone who joined after the poll was announced

C) Put the vote back out to the 9,000 members on

D) Make my own independent professional judgement based on the applications


January 29, 2008

Two things I have learnt about the Irish

1) They seem to love politics, and 2) throw great parties

TechLudd this week exhibited the best of the latter and the worst of the former.

Whether or not you think it’s fair to veto events that others are working hard to put on, far more impressive was the bar brawl that followed, weeks before the thing had even taken place.

And – in a brilliant piece of politik and self-promotion – the critics manage to take credit for the changes that were made to result in the resounding success.

So I am about to slag off next week’s MobileMonday. I think I can then take credit for it being a great event.

(Which is my way of saying “see you there”…)