Tony Kenny

Tony Kenny speaking at the 2006 it@cork National Technology & Business Conference. He’s the IT manager at Beaumont Hospital. His experiences with introducing Open Source software such as Linux and Star Office into the hospital make for a very interesting talk.

Jacques-Etienne Grandjean

Jacques-Etienne Grandjean speaking at the 2006 it@cork National Technology & Business Conference.

Tom Raftery blogged about his talk and while he’s right that no search competitors of Microsoft were mentioned, he did say that search isn’t very sticky. I’m sure he’s hoping that people will abandon Google and jump on board MS Live.

Eddie Hobbs, Conor Kenny and Hugh MacLeod

Eddie Hobbs

Eddie Hobbs

Conor Kenny, Kennys.ie

Hugh MacLeod

Eddie Hobbs, Conor Kenny and Hugh MacLeod speaking at the 2006 it@cork National Technology & Business Conference.

Tom Raftery covers Eddie Hobbs’ talk on property, energy and investment.

Yellow Boxes

Yellow boxes on the junction of Bridge Street and Patrick’s Bridge in Cork. It’s illegal to enter a yellow box if you can’t exit as has happened with a few cars here.

This image was entered in the Patterns Around Us competition along with my Autumn Leaf but this was my favourite one because of the strong colours and unusual contrasting effect.

How I did this: take an ordinary photo and clean it up, fixing levels and all the usual things. Duplicate layer, then play around with the top layer and the curves tool, creating a curve with two waves. You’ll see unusual rainbow hues and the colours will be distorted in other ways too. Now, change the mode of the layer. Each mode will make the image look different, but I settled on “Grain Merge” for the final effect here.

PS. the Blogger’s Dinner last night was most excellent. Luigi’s staff did an outstanding job at creating a tasty meal!