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  • Ceol FM – Internet Radio station for Irish Traditional and Folk Music

    I have been busy lately working on a new project that I’m finding very interesting.  It’s called Ceol FM.  It’s an Internet radio station like no other.  It’s aim is to provide the highest quality Irish Traditional and Folk Music using the medium of Internet radio to listeners anywhere in the world at any time of the day or night.

    What also sets this apart from any other service that might be similar is the growing choice of streams.  Listen to back to back Traditional Irish and Folk Music in a randem order or choose to focus on a specific mood or category.  For example, the first two new streams allow you to play Energetic or soothing music.  More streams will be made available very shortly.

    Ceol.FM was recently featured in the Drogheda Leader on the 5th of April 2017.  The article is provided below.  Please visit Ceol.FM and make it one of your regular sources of high quality Irish Traditional and Folk Music.


     

    When Darragh Ó Héiligh decided to fuse his passion for traditional Irish music and technology to set up Ceol.FM – an Internet radio station featuring a diverse range of traditional styles and streaming them across the world, little did he know it would become so popular so quickly.

     

    The thirty-four-year-old father of two is a highly-accomplished musician in his own right playing the Uilleann pipes and has travelled the world with his skill.  He spoke to the Drogheda leader about the decision to set up the new radio site.

     

    “It all started when I posted to my Facebook page asking if people would be interested in a new Internet radio site featuring solely traditional music and at the end of the day a hundred-people responded positively and by that weekend four hundred people had replied.”

     

    “I work as a senior system administrator in Dublin City University and I have a passion for technology and music so I decided to create the radio site and start streaming music.  There has been a great response to it, for example on St. Patrick’s Day there was three hundred and fifty unique listeners on the site from places like England, America and Holland!” Darragh explained.

     

    While the site provides a non-stop music stream free of charge and without any interruptions, Darragh has bigger plans

     

    “The site streams music at a higher rate than other radio sites so the sound quality is much better and I want to continue this. I am going to create more playlists to put up on the site so people can choose what type of traditional music they want to listen to. I am adding to it all of the time.”

     

    “The good thing about Ceol.Fm is that when people visit the site they can go directly to the music stream and choose to listen to this rather than an interview that they might not want to hear – you can’t do this on regular streams,” he explained.

     

    Creating the site was the easy part as Darragh explained while now it is a case of expanding on what the site has to offer and he is hoping to hear from people who may want to help or contribute to it.

     

    “I do this out of my passion for traditional Irish music and I am taken aback at how many people have already visited and tuned in. I’m not looking for profit and it costs €150 per month to host the site so if people want to contribute that would be great. I would also welcome anyone who had an interest in broadcasting to get in touch with me,” he added.

     

    To find out more go to www.ceol.fm.

     


     

    A screen shot of the article follows:

    A picture of the article taken from the Drogheda Leader.


  • A possible new note taking application

    OneNote, FlashNote, Sticky Notes, Outlook notes and Ever Note are great applications However, if you have privacy concerns and or you are Blind and depend on assistive technologies, these applications probably don’t give you the usability, security and mobility that you need.

    If you are interested in this application, please Email me. If I don’t get enough interest, I won’t write it.

    A note taker should do the following:
    • Open really quickly and allow you to take a note right away.
    • Save automatically.
    • Securely and reliably upload to the cloud.
    • Allow you to retain ownership of your notes.
    • Give you a way of downloading your notes so that if you ever want to move to something new, you have a way of bringing your notes with you.

    The note taking application that I propose to create will provide the following features:
    • Encryption of all notes before they are uploaded by the client. Each note client will use a custom cert along with a custom password so that your notes can only be decrypted by you.
    • Hash tags. Tag your notes with keywords so that you can find notes that have words in common. For example, if you are referencing an upcoming holiday and you want to refer to your flights. Use the #Flights2016 tag so you can quickly jump to all mentions of that tag.
    • Notes will be in a tree structure. Create sub notes to group notes relating to a particular topic.
    • Search for any word contained in all notes.
    • Quickly create a note based on the current date and time.
    • Quickly minimise to the system tray.
    • Open links by pressing enter on the link or by clicking it.
    • Autocomplete using IntelliSense for hash tags.
    • Share a note by Email.
    • Download all notes as CSV.
    • For the next version: Create reminders based on a note.

    The cost of this application will be €15
    The initial version will work on Windows but I’d like to look at a cross platform client eventually.