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Maximum Media recently ran a comprehensive survey of over 20,000 of their readers on Irish attitudes to love, life, work, home and politics. The results were launched alongside a new-look group site at http://www.maximummedia.ie/
Maximum Media surveyed over 20,000 Irish readers for their #ASliceOfIreland survey, with the results launched on to their brand new group website!
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Just pushed a small update to the Eamon Dunphy Soundboard android app, more as a crash course for myself in using Android Studio than anything else!

New in this version:
- added a new set of quotes
- the ability to set a quote as a ringtone or notification sound
- migrated from phonegap to native code, fixing ad freezing issues
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A couple of months back, there was a funny +CommitStrip comic doing the rounds, where a CTO tricked his team in to paying more attention to commit messages by styling them like click-bait headlines on a twitter timeline (http://bit.ly/1ybtYzd).

Fond as I am of taking funny ideas way too seriously, I put together GwitLog to bring this comic partially to life. It's a PHP composer package which takes a git commit log and attempts to format it like a social media timeline. It doesn't re-write the commit messages in a click-bait-y style - maybe in version 2!

It's fairly stand-alone, so can be deployed as part of a stand-alone script, or you can go nuts and integrate it as part of your CI tool to output updates in real-time for each build!

I put together http://www.gwitlog.com as a simple example of the package in action - give it a try with your git commit logs and let me know what you think!
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A couple of months back, there was a funny +CommitStrip comic doing the rounds, where a CTO tricked his team in to paying more attention to commit messages by styling them like click-bait headlines on a twitter timeline (http://bit.ly/1ybtYzd).

Fond as I am of taking funny ideas way too seriously, I put together GwitLog to bring this comic partially to life. It's a PHP composer package which takes a git commit log and attempts to format it like a social media timeline. It doesn't re-write the commit messages in a click-bait-y style - maybe in version 2!

It's fairly stand-alone, so can be deployed as part of a stand-alone script, or you can go nuts and integrate it as part of your CI tool to output updates in real-time for each build!

I put together http://www.gwitlog.com as a simple example of the package in action - give it a try with your git commit logs and let me know what you think!
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Important to stay on top of current events..
Cutting through all of the noise and bluster of the debate around the independence referendum to get a quick answer to the question, "Is Scotland still part of the UK?"
The Scottish referendum to leave the UK is on September 18th. Stay up to date with the vote results in as simple and as quick a way as possible!
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Most applications tend to involve sending email at some point, and testing of that in a local development environment can be a pain. Fortunately a tool called Mailcatcher exists to make this far easier than it would otherwise be.

I've put together a short post on the +Square1.io blog with a simple walkthrough of using Mailcatcher along with Vagrant and Laravel to test email sending locally when developing.
When doing any sort of non-trivial development, sooner or later you’ll likely end up having to send emails from your application. Email is a key part of many application for things like event...
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Looks like author photos aren't fully going from Google search results just yet - logged in users will still get them provided the author has been circled. Suspect this feature is living on borrowed time though.
 
Here's What Google Search Without Author Photos Looks Like

The rollout of the new Google search with author photos removed just hit me. There is a slight difference between logged out and personalized search.

Logged Out of Google
In non-personalized search, as predicted, only a byline shows. It appears right under the site URL and in line with the beginning of the meta description. 

I'm seeing a lot of bylines for certain queries, more than there were author photos in those queries earlier today. That is in line with what +John Mueller said in yesterday's Webmaster Central Hangout, that for now all one needs to get a byline is a correct Authorship connection on the page that Google can parse. No more differentiation of "better" authors as there was when you could have a photo or a byline.

Personalized Search
The big news for personalized (logged in to your Google account) search is that _author photos may still show for Google+ posts by people you have in your circles. See the example for +Joshua Berg below. Every other authorship result now looks just like those in the logged out search example.

This means another huge advantage for those who are active on Google+ and who have built a large following. You will stand out even more in relevant searches for people who are in your network, especially since there will be no other author photos crowding out yours!

#googleauthorship   #authorship   #googleauthorrank   #authorrank  
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Eircom's eFibre service is generally pretty good, with the exception of their DNS servers. These seem to fall over far more than the rest of the service.

Fortunately swapping out the eircom DNS for the far more reliable Google ones is fairly straight forward, so I put together a simple step-by-step guide to making the change.
Eircom's eFibre product is their fastest home broadband offering, promising speeds of up to 100mb. The connection speeds are generally quite good, being capable of handling TV, Netflix and a handful of other connected devices all at once without any real issue on the speed. However the one black
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Last week I gave a talk at the Dublin leg of the Agile Tour about our experience moving to an agile workflow at Daft.ie from a waterfall approach.

When we were researching our transition, we found plenty of examples of companies for whom it went smoothly, but far fewer going in to detail on the inevitable problems encountered. So for my talk, I focused instead on the parts of the transition that went particularly badly for us, in the hope that it'll help some other teams heading down the same path avoid the same heartache!

I'd a few people asking me to put up the slides, but they aren't really designed to stand alone for anyone who hasn't seen the talk. So I took my notes from the day and expanded them a bit on my blog.
At the Dublin leg of the 2014 Agile Tour, I recently gave a talk based on my experience leading a team's agile transition from a classic waterfall approach. When preparing our move to agile, I found it fairly easy to find the success stories from other company's transitions. However, during our
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Thanks! After moving to Square1, retrospectives were the first thing to bring across, to try and get a sense of what was and wasn't working in the current setup. This gave us an idea of what areas we needed to improve in and where our pain points were. As I mentioned in the post, these were the key to highlighting a lot of our mis-steps in Daft, so were prioritised as a thing to bring across and so far appear to be doing the desired job.

In terms of the team and role setup, the big difference is going from one internal client to a number of external clients in projects running simultaneously. So while the overall development team is about the same size, typically a per-project team would be far smaller. The approach we're currently trying is to have a technical lead per project handling the scrum master role whilst also developing the product, with another dev working on the team with them (more if a larger project, but in some cases will drop to a solo run, flagrantly violating scrum guidelines on team size..). The product owner role is ultimately the end client, but in practice we'll have another member of the team acting in this role on the client's behalf. This person is the client's contact internally, and generally would not be doing any development on the project.

There can also be significant differences per client - some clients are very keen on the collaborative approach and make themselves very open to regular participation, testing etc and are almost a full part of the team in the end. Then other clients are happier to agree on what'll be delivered then leave it to us until testing & delivery phases. So depending on the combination of project type and client, the way we operate internally can vary a bit from project to project.

tl;dr: it depends!
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A couple of months back, there was a funny +CommitStrip comic doing the rounds, where a CTO tricked his team in to paying more attention to commit messages by styling them like click-bait headlines on a twitter timeline (http://bit.ly/1ybtYzd).

Fond as I am of taking funny ideas way too seriously, I put together GwitLog to bring this comic partially to life. It's a PHP composer package which takes a git commit log and attempts to format it like a social media timeline. It doesn't re-write the commit messages in a click-bait-y style - maybe in version 2!

It's fairly stand-alone, so can be deployed as part of a stand-alone script, or you can go nuts and integrate it as part of your CI tool to output updates in real-time for each build!

I put together http://www.gwitlog.com as a simple example of the package in action - give it a try with your git commit logs and let me know what you think!
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Google have rolled out an improved search box within the search results when searching for a specific domain.

By default this box will allow users to search within Google results for that domain, with auto-complete enabled. Where this gets more interesting is that if the right markup is enabled in the publisher's site, this box will make use of the site's own search facility.
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Android app indexing is now rolling out for links on +Daft.ie!

When searching for new properties on Google, any users with the Daft app already installed will be able to open the result directly in the app.
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Google have clearly recognised the unquestionable supremacy of Lucan by choosing it as one of the first searches to get this feature rolled out.
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CTO at Square1.io, with more than a passing interest in politics, gadgetry, geekery and terrible puns.
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  • Square1
    CTO, 2014 - present
  • Distilled Media
    Head of Development, 2011 - 2013
  • Daft.ie
    Development Manager, 2006 - 2011
  • UGC (formerly Cineworld)
    2000 - 2006
  • Eurocontrol
    2003 - 2003
  • Daft.ie
    Director of Product and Engineering, 2013 - 2014
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