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?

November 10, 2007

Russian dance music

There seems to have been a revolution in Russian music over the last 12 months. House and deep house in particular – genres that have traditionally been strong in the UK, Germany and Holland.

Does it seem odd to think of Russians as composers of dance music? Not particularly… Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Prokofiev anyone?

Also composers of world-class dance music :-) … and interestingly too, composers from a period following one dominated by Germanic influence.