the Irish for rights

Hello, world

I have been blogging since about the end of last September – first in a very private offline way just to get the hang of it; then online but behind a firewall, just to get the hang of the wordpress platform. I had always intended that the draft posts composed in these trials would be available as an archive when the blog went fully live. But I reckoned without the great god of blogging, who sent two scourges upon me. The combined result is that I’ve lost about 25% of the draft or shadow posts; and whilst I have reconstructed some of them, I’ve decided to bit the bullet and just simply go live now without any further backfilling.

The world has lost my thoughts on: various aspects of funding and policy in the Irish university sector; conferences I attended in the last few months on privacy, defamation and broadcasting; some cases on freedom of expression, privacy, restitution and copyright; and some random musings about life, the universe and everything. I’m sure the world will survive. But since these are themes which interest me, I’m sure that I will return to these issues in the future, so the world will get my ideas on them whether it wants them or not. So, as of now, the offline drafting is over; the firewall is down; the passwords are gone. Ready or not, here I come.

Hello, world!

Hello world, image of compiler code, originally from cs.siue.edu

10 Responses to “Hello, world”

  1. Tom Raftery says:

    Hey Eoin, delighted you have started blogging publicly – I’m going to subscribe to the blog and comment when I think I have something worthwhile to add (prob won’t be very often!!!).

    Thanks for the link.


  2. Simon Fodden says:

    Welcome, Eoin. This looks like it’ll be an interesting read.

  3. […] hence the subtitle to his blog and the title of this post). Note the traditional welcome here. He has been shadow-blogging for a bit and has built up quite some archives already (covering […]

  4. Daithí says:

    Welcome to the blog O’Sphere, blogger O’Dell.

  5. […] Don’t you just love that everything we learn related computers is about “Hello World.” Photo Credit: Eoin […]

  6. […] and sometime radio pundit on all things legal, Eoin O’Dell has taken the wrappings off his blog […]

  7. Mikael Rieck says:

    I think it is so much fun to go back to the very first post of well established blogs and see where they came from. Some high profile blogs will actually have the default “hello world” post still in there and I honest thought that you did as well. :)

    Thank you for the effort you have put into your blog and for the information shared.


  8. “Hi Eoin, I liked the way you wrote your blog post. I blog also but I have been busy these past few days so I never had the time to make a good blog post. It’s good to know that you are interested on social issues and I believe that if we blog about these
    and we make people aware of these issues, we can make a change.”

  9. Steve Tikas says:

    Welcome to the world of blogging it is a lot of fun. I’m not sure what caused the loss of data but you might want to think about backing your stuff up either off-site at a place like Carbonite or at minimum backup your important files to a CD, DVD, or unattached hard drive to prevent this problem in the future.

  10. […] Don’t you just love that everything we learn related computers is about “Hello World.” Photo Credit: Eoin […]

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Me in a hatHi there! Thanks for dropping by. I'm Eoin O'Dell, and this is my blog: Cearta.ie - the Irish for rights.

"Cearta" really is the Irish word for rights, so the title provides a good sense of the scope of this blog.

In general, I write here about private law, free speech, and cyber law; and, in particular, I write about Irish law and education policy.

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I had built a blogroll here on my Google Reader RSS subscriptions. Google Reader produced a line of html for each RSS subscription category, each of which I pasted here. So I had a list of my subscriptions as my blogroll, organised by category, which updated whenever I edited Google Reader. Easy peasy. However, with the sad and unnecessary demise of that product, so also went this blogroll. Please take a moment to mourn Google Reader. If there's an RSS reader which provides a line of html for the list of subscriptions, or for each RSS subscription category as Google Reader did, I'd happily use that. So, as I've already begged, I'd love a recommendation, if you have one.

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