Yummy toffee banoffi!

Once you’ve made it once, you’ll never again need a recipe for banoffi – it’s a fantastically forgiving dish

Step one, somewhat unintuitively, is the middle – the toffee. This basically involves cooking a can of condensed milk until it turns into caramel My mum always used to make this on the stove, but [...]

Why I’m taking the Ada Lovelace challenge

Costigan Quist says he’s not taking the Ada Lovelace challenge. But I think he’s missed the point, and in my own rambling fashion, I’ll shortly explain why.

Before I do though, what is the challenge? Suw Charman-Anderson set up a pledge on PledgeBank, saying “I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a [...]

Make Poverty History

One of my Joost friends twittered the other day, with a message that I think bears repeating.

It doesn’t matter what happens to the banks, the economy, my job/house/savings. Every one of those things could disappear, and I’d still be better off than most of the world’s population.

With the Irish Budget announced yesterday, and the “economic [...]

A Great Irish Tradition

In ten days time, Stephen and I will be moving to Zurich, Switzerland. Don’t be too surprised if you never got the memo – life’s been rather busy, and I never really had time to send it

Some quick answers to the questions I keep getting asked:

I’ll be starting work as a Technical Writer [...]

Technology and Miracles

I’ve been enjoying twitter for a while now – but the ease with which it allows me to write down individual thoughts means that this blog has been rather neglected.

In the last few weeks though, I’ve been thinking more and more about the various bits of technology, none of them things that would have been [...]

Fast Food

Just had the most wonderfully tasty pasta dinner… I’m not usually a fan of creamy sauces – but this was da bomb! Cooking time, approx 10 mins – which means it beats the socks off phoning for pizza too

Serves 4

Chop up three small onions, fry lightly in a small saucepan for a minute or [...]

Joost Great!

Later on today, I’ll be going to Trinity to pick up the DEPFA prize. Until then, it’s a normal workday… It’s not quite normal though – although I graduated months ago, there’s a sense that getting the prize will truly be the final word in that chapter. And while working at a startup brings plenty [...]

Geek Girl Dinners

Having been invited to a couple of these in far-off lands (ok, maybe not that far…), I was delighted when an invite to an Irish Geek Girl Dinner landed in my inbox.

It’s definitely not invite-only, so if any of you ladies are interested in joining some self-identified Geek Girls for dinner on 27th February, head [...]

The iCal Files – ApacheCon US 2006 Schedule

The speaker notifications have gone out, the schedule is on the website, and registration is open. ApacheCon US 2006 is getting closer, and although I won’t be able to be there (it’s the very first week of college, and I’m hoping to be starting my final year… Aargh!), I’ve once again gone and turned out [...]

PHP/MySQL Best Practices

Laura Thomson came all the way from Australia to present the last talk I went to at ApacheCon – PHP/MySQL Best Practices – and for me at least, it was well worth her trouble. This was originally submitted as a tutorial, and was only converted to a talk at the last minute, so we were [...]