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Safe browsing


Children are, because of easy access to the internet through home computers and smart phones, migrating to the internet much earlier.  It normally starts with innocent free online games, then they join some social networks, get their first internet iPod Touch with internet access and then they take possession of the family computer for homework and projects.  Before you know it, your kids have more social networks than us parents.  What’s even scarier is the fact that they probably know more about these social networks than us, but with less interest in preserving their privacy, which then opens serious security concerns for your kids and for the family.

It’s becoming more and more important that parents have the serious conversation with our kids about online security and best practices.  How many parents have even had this conversation with their kids and how many have helped their kids implementing safer policies on their Facebook account?

For some kids, taking a photo with their smart phone and posting on their Facebook page is fairly innocent.  But some of these photos should not be shared with the World and may actually cause harm to some individuals, especially if these images are circulated among groups making fun of people – hence the term cyber bullying.

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Filed under 2012, Microsoft, Mobility, Security, Social Media

Cherrywood Hunger Games


A few days ago, Cherrywood was host to the first of hopefully many charity events, where HiberniaEvros and Welocalize came face-to-face in a bake-off.

The aim – Raise much-needed funds for Focus Ireland.

The event was a huge success and HiberniaEvros increase their collection with over €500, etching closer to the overall target of €3,800.  We are getting there, but still some way to go.

Currently, we have raised 61.71% of our goal, but to meet the target we need your help.

The winners of the Cherrywood Hunger Games were:

1st Place – David Cody

2nd Place – Eileen Shinners

3rd Place – Caroline Godsil

This was just one part of the overall fundraising efforts of Louise, Sharon, Hugh, Eileen and David who are currently training to partake in the Four Peaks Challenge in June.  If you would like to help us in our efforts you can do so by following the link below.

https://www.focusireland.ie/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/contribute/pcp/info&id=151&Itemid=285

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Who’s at the helm now?


To be honest, I rarely get emotionally involved when celebrities pass away.  It’s sad to hear the news and I feel sorry for their families, but I do not get emotional.

Why would I?  I don’t know these individuals personally and I have only seen their performance on a stage or silver screen – which is probably not even their real personality.

But for some reason, when this message appeared on my iPhone, and shortly after on my iPad, it was like being told someone close to you had passed away.  I know it sounds very strange, given that Steve Jobs has never heard of me and I have never met him.

However, I admired Steve Jobs for what he accomplished within Apple and outside Apple.  You could probably say that he is my John Lennon.

When you then see the outpour of support and grief throughout the World, as the news circled the Globe, one can only begin to understand how many people he touched.  Wonderful pictures of people showing their sadness, almost brought tears to my eyes, all very personal and filled with sorrow.

Here’s a man who through his company developed so many amazing and utterly wonderful creations.  He changed the way we use music, the way we use phones, the way we can access information anywhere.  He introduced simple and yet powerful software and not to forget truly beautiful designs.

He did not only raise the bar for the technology – he was raising the game beyond the grasp of the competition.  The competitors could only copy what he created and rarely come close to what his products delivered.

He inspired young and old people around the World, by showing them that anything is possible if you dare to chase your dream.

Just imagine, a world without Toy Story?  Yes, Pixar was one of his ventures and NeXT paved the way for Mac OS as we know it today.  Even the first Mac introduced had the first pointing device, making sure users no longer had to rely on command line control.

The big question still lingering in my head is, how will Apple Corp progress without their talisman?

I’m certain Mr. Cook will be a great CEO, but does he have the same tenacious and involved approach as Steve Jobs.  I know Mr. Cook’s presentation of the iPhone 4s was a bit subdued, but now we know why.  As a close friend of Mr Jobs, he was probably aware of the state of his health, and it must have been difficult to launch something new, knowing that your friend was fighting a tough battle.

That said, will Apple continue to develop and release groundbreaking products / technologies, or will they just release updated versions of current products.  Only time will tell.

It is with sadness in my heart that I bid you farewell Steve.  I hope your family stays strong and understands that they have the support of millions around the Globe.

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Filed under 2011, Apple

Finally delivered


Late 2010, HiberniaEvros and Desarrollo 360 came together to support local community – abroad.   Their attention was focused on an NGO in Costa Rica called CEPIA.

CEPIA provide the local community, in particular single women who had been abandoned by their husbands, with support, allowing the women in the area to work independently.

In order to help CEPIA with administering the records and details of the local activities, and to stay in touch with the World using the web, HiberniaEvros and Desarollo 360 have shipped a 24″ iMac to Costa Rica.  Mac are known for efficient use of space and simple to use interface, and it only requires one power connection.

Several months later, the computer has finally been delivered and they are delighted with it.  They have absolutely no problem finding a good use for it, and it will come in handy when preparing letters, activities, events and research.

Furthermore, we hope that this act of random kindness will inspire other companies to support communities within or outside their areas.  It doesn’t cost much and every little donation helps.

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Do the right thing…


HiberniaEvros is always aiming to help the community and environment, and have been involved in numerous ‘green’ projects in recent years such as planting trees, implementing HP Blade technology and providing managed hosting services to reduce the carbon footprint for SME’s.

Mid 2010 Monica Medina, managing director of Desarollo 360, approached HiberniaEvros with the aim to discuss CSR (corporate social responsibilities).  For many organisations, CSR is only about saving the rain forest, reduce immersion or sign up to Greenpeace.  But, CSR is much more than that.

Desarollo 360 became involved with an NGO in Costa Rica called CEPIA, which seeks to promote culture, health, sports and education for children and teenagers from low-income families in the coastal communities of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Monica travelled to Costa Rica and saw first hand the support CEPIA provides for the local community, in particular single women who had been abandoned by their husbands, and they were now trying to make a living and provide for their kids.

Monica went on to write an extensive paper on how to empower women in Costa Rica.  Shortly after releasing the document, Monica was approached by the President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla Miranda, who was very interested in Monica’s work and the research she had completed.

Desarollo 360 has stayed in touch with CEPIA, to follow their progress.  As CEPIA is a non-profit organisation all their money comes from the Costa Rican government and other donations.

Between HiberniaEvros and Desarollo 360, it was agreed to support CEPIA, despite the economic climate in Ireland.  In order to help CEPIA with administering the records and details of the local activities, and to stay in touch with the World using the web, HiberniaEvros and Desarollo 360 have shipped a 24″ iMac to Costa Rica.  Mac are known for efficient use of space and simple to use interface, and it only requires one power connection.

We hope the CEPIA will find the unit useful and that it will help them in the work.

Furthermore, we hope that this act of random kindness will inspire other companies to support communities within or outside their areas.  It doesn’t cost much and every little donation helps.

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