Happy New Year

A new semester and a new academic year. New challenges, new opportunities, new possibilities. Dreams, wishes and thoughts which were once dormant emerge from the spring, as the newness is embraced. The worries come fleeting by. Fears of the unknown are intertwined with the strength of the knowing but that propels us to turn up.…

The Transatlantic Cable – An Irish Perspective

(A paper submitted to the 2001 IEEE Conference on the History of Telecommunications,¬†Student paper winner for Europe and Asia.) Changes in the telecommunications industry over the past decades have been significant. The last 20 years has seen a dramatic growth in the dependence of industry and commerce on telecommunications and wireless technologies. Nonetheless the laying…

Unfamiliar or improbable?

“There is a tendency in our planning to confuse the unfamiliar with the improbable”¬†– Thomas Schelling, Harvard economist, in reference to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour Although the above quote is not at all in reference to education or technology – it nonetheless is related and important. There will inevitably be a wall in…