Author Archives: davidsprott

About davidsprott

Artist, writer, veteran IT professional

A Walk on the Wild Side

Last week Marie and I travelled out of county for the first time since 2019! Yes, travel restrictions are lifting and we booked an AirBNB in Birr, Co. Offaly. You might well ask why Offaly? Surely that’s pretty boring compared … Continue reading

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The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind

Without any legal enforcement measures the hugely influential agriculture lobby will cause the Irish Climate Change efforts to fail. Continue reading

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May The Circle Remain Unbroken

May is usually the start of summer with rising temperatures and softer rain. Here in Ireland, and across Northern Europe this month of May has been terrible weather. There has been a lot of rain much of it incredibly intense. … Continue reading

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Cyber-Attackers Focus on Organizations That Have Failed to Invest in Modern Security Systems. Is this YOU?

So the HSE is widely known as a lagger in its use of IT. This is a huge red flag waving for all cyber attackers to see. This morning’s news was clearly inevitable. Continue reading

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Cyber Attack – The No 1 Emerging Threat?

What’s happening is that the entire world is critically dependent upon computer systems. This creates a compelling opportunity for any number of bad actors who have various motivations including making money, destabilizing nation states, economies or organizations. Continue reading

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National Concert Hall Crashes and Byrnes

Thursday 29th April 2021 10:19 NCH: NCH SPRING SUMMER VARIATIONS: CELINE BYRNEHi David , just a reminder that you’ll get access to the stream at least 30 minutes before the event starts – both on your ticket in-app and via … Continue reading

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The True Story of How the UK Post Office became a Failed Organization.

A modern fable. In 1999 the UK Post Office introduced a new computer system named Horizon into its network of post offices throughout the UK. The system managed the important tasks of transactions, accounting and stocktaking. Soon after it was … Continue reading

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Out of Africa – Malawi

Disclosure: I love Africa and have a long history of involvement there. I first travelled to South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya on business as early as 1979, lived in Johannesburg for five years in the 1980s and continued to travel occasionally for business and family purposes until a few years ago. So I watch African matters with interest, and am not at all surprised that Africa continues to lag the rest of the world in all matters, particularly Covid19. Continue reading

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Let the Majority Speak!

It’s not just in Ireland that minorities seem to hold sway. It happens worldwide in democracies. Today it’s evident that this policy is the new normal everywhere. It applies increasingly to Covid19 but equally climate change where it’s also a major challenge because there are many lobbyists that continue to peddle climate nonsense as unchallengeable fact. Continue reading

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UCC Climate Conference 2021

I virtually attended most of the UCC climate conference yesterday. It’s was a useful experience, not really because of the content which was highly variable, rather because it allowed me to think about where we are at. Here are my … Continue reading

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