Sony Ericsson Greenheart


Sony Ericcson call it one of the greenheart range of mobile phones. I met with Russell Keating of Sony Ericsson to find out just why….

Ericsson’s call two of the range the cedar and the elm. Whilst Russell explained most in the audio above I personally liked the fact that it comes with no printed manual which in 1 million phones saves 350 tonnes of paper. That equals 13,000 trees and 7500 metres cubed of water. Their new packaging [versus standard] also saves 80% of the CO2 that would have been used. The greener phone charger comes with an un-plug reminder…. I like this.

I don’t have a greenheart phone so as to review the product to its fullest form, but from what I saw and from what I’m told, it is the greenest phone so far. Maybe their are others out there, maybe others will follow…? What do you think…?

Audioboo Deep Dive @ The Dot Conf

bernie, mark and myself

image courtesy brian greene

For those who don’t know what the dotconf was – this post on the dot conf may explain better.

But, it is not until after the hindsight has kicked in that one really realises just how and what audioboo has helped. This was kicked off by Bernie, via podcast of course.

I followed Bernie’s path with my thoughts on podcasting and in particular audioboo as my tool of choice.

So what can you take from this? A good start, from a gardeners perspective, can be made by taking a trip over to and after that it’s up to you whether you choose to add to the conversation or simply listen. Either or one cannot disagree that the listening to alone is giving radio, maybe of a different format, an entirely fresh and most welcome new lease of life.


Of course it would not have been possible without the people behind the scenes….

Personally, I like this little chat of a podcast that was recorded just after Bernie, Mark and myself had completed our deep dive audioboo sessions. On top of the National College of Ireland. 🙂

Still unsure… my numbers below, the coffee pot is on or you can send me an email or leave a comment below 😉

For me personally, I just find it amazing that an entire post is put together by seperate audio clips, taken over varying days that join together and make complete one blog post. Could I have done this one year ago ? Possibly….

Update: I really like Emilys take on the dot conf


Never heard of weedle before….. neither had I until yesterday. I went along to the launch and I have to say I was impressed.

!00% Irish run, developed, managed and owned…. all good so far…. and as of today employing 18 people and based in Blackrock Co. Dublin. That alone deserves a standing ovation….. 🙂

More than that Weedle is possibly the internet platform for the next generation. In short here’s how it likes to be described:

weedle enables a better way for you to connect with people who need your skills and to find the people whose skills you need

I’ll let Iain Mc Donald, CEO of Weedle, describes how it works…

My advice… go sign up. Use your personal name. Not your company name. Why? The searches work based on your skills…. as was explained last night. So if you are a gardener [for example] who likes to play guitar at the weekends…. you can be found and find others with those similar interest or skills.

It is new. It is being launched today. There maybe something you feel needs to be added or tweaked…. there is a suggestion/ feedback button on the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Use it…. the nice people in weedle will.

Check it out. You’ll find me under Peter Donegan btw.

Nominated For The Irish Blog Awards 2010

Last year this weblog was nominated for the irish blog awards 2009. And this year somebody nominated this green blog again 😉

As you are most likely well aware there is a long way to go and so I shall [appropriately] quote myself from last year once again…

That said – awards or not, it is because of *you* that I write and to be simply nominated is reason enough for me to smile

To quote The Awards Blog

please thank the sponsors for once again investing in the Blog Awards and making it happen. Why not link to them and thank? Please congratulate your felllow nominees and read some of the many new blogs that have come along this year and tell others of them.

And so I say, thank you to the IBA10 team of organisers judges and behind the scenes, all of the sponsors and in this case iQ Content. Also as Damien says and rightly so, to the so many amazing blogs in this list a virtual ‘pat on the back‘.

Take a leaf through…. there’s certainly a lot of amazing blogs and people in there. 🙂

Best Specialist Blog

– Sponsored by iQ Content


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get twitter updates from your houseplants… ?

If you are unsure of what Twitter is – click here

My friend Donna in Canada sent me this piece. It was in the Province Newspaper today [2nd February ’09] in Vancouver – Taken from Jill Rosen at the Baltimore Sun, and titled “Get Twitter Updates from your Houseplant”.



The technology that enables humans and houseplants to take their relationship to the next level comes from a company called Botanicalls, which sells $99 kits for just that purpose.

It’s not only a nifty gadget charming wonks and gardeners,. Botanicalls, some say, is indicative of the next wave in commerical technology, devices that allow us to interact not just with each other but with our homes, our pets , our possessions.

Botanicalls is the brainchild of three students in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications program, a two year graduate program in the school’s arts department.

The idea hatched when some of the students were sitting around in their New York office, wistfully missing nature. Someone mentioned getting some plants. Someone else pointed out that no one would remember to water them and they would die.

“Eventually we came to the idea of what if a plant could just make us a telephone call?” remembers Kate Hartman, one of the Botanicall’s three partners. “What if we could pick up the phone in the lounge and it’s the plant on the windowsill, calling to say it wants to be watered?”

The first generation of the Botanicalls technology used the telephone. The creators rigged a moisture sensor to stick in a  plant’s soil to sense how wet the dirt is and then pass that information ot a microchip. The chip, in turn, sent the information through the Internet to a phone. The phone would ring, a person would answer and “the plant”, in its own individal voice – complete with accents – would have a few words to say about its condition.

Because hardware for the phone system was so essxpensive, it wasn’t practical to sell. That’s where the Twitter version, released late last year, comes in.

“It’s simpler and easier to maintain,” Hartman explains,”With a phone, we needed a server and it was expensive to send calls. With Twitter, it’s free and the hardware connects right to Twitter!”

To find out more about botanicalls – click here

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