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So i manged to get my #instragram pics to automagically be set as my desktop backgrounds and this is how.

Its pretty simple and uses 3 web services (Instagram, IFTTT and Dropbox) that with their powers combined have The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership.

So, first you need an Instagram account of course, that's  a given.

Second, sign up for a Dropbox account and download the Dropbox application that allows you to have a virtual Dropbox folder on your local machine.

Once everything is all synced up and working with your Dropbox account you should see a Dropbox folder under your User profile folder or in your Favorites in your explored sidebar.

And yes, all my drives are named after pubs.

After you have your Dropbox sorted head on over to IFTTT. You will need to add Instagram and Dropbox as Channels but that's pretty easy to do so on to the next step.

Once you've authorized IFTTT to access your Instagram and Dropbox accounts go to this nice little recipe, recipe 25679, and activate. Recipe 25679 will automatically save any photos you take with Instagram to your a folder in your Dropbox (Dropbox/ifttt/instagram).

So that's the easy bit done. You can now access all your lovely instagrams from your desktop just like any other images folder on your desktop.

Now, for WIn7 to use this folder as a library for Desktop Background images is again pretty easy.

Right click on your desktop and go to Personalize. In there click on Desktop Background which should be down in the bottom left of the window. That should open up the Desktop Background window which allows you to select what folder to use for background images and how often you want the background updated etc.

Click on Browse and select the Dropbox folder (already available on your machine under User or Favorites). IFTTT will have added an IFTTT folder in your Dropbox root and in there will be the Instagram folder. Make sure and Select All for newly added images to get dropped in to rotation. I have Picture Position set to 'Fill' with the picture on shuffle and set  to change every day. Save changes and you're done...Insta-desktop-background!

Just try not right clicking on your desktop and selecting 'Next Desktop Background', over and over again, once you have this setup!

Some examples of my Insta-desktop-background's. Have a 2 screen setup hence the repeat and black bar on the right.

HD GoPro Side Mounting

Having a go at side mounting the HD GoPro Hero to my MTB helmet. Using the adhesive pads provided which will hopefully hold given the vibration and general battering its likely to get. To date have been using the head strap to mount to top of helmet but like the side mounted view. Anywhoo, hope to get up to 3Rock some evening this week to give it its first spin out.



The Bord Gáis EnergyBots are coming an internets near you!!

The World Park QR Campaign NYC

Hadn't seen this brilliant use of QR codes at various NYC park locations, creating a virtual and engaging experience allowing people to not only have fun but learn more about each location.

The Big Eye Track

We were down visiting the guys in the @NCIRL to check out their computer labs and to have a look at some of the interesting stuff they are doing around website usability and accessibility testing. I have to say we were really impressed with the setup there and for anyone looking at accessibility & usability vs. bells & whistles i would advise you give these guys a shout.

One of the tests they perform on sites is an eye tracking test; tracking where the users eye is focused on and where and how it moves around the page to interpret and read your content. The heat maps below show how The Big Switch site, as it was in 2009 and as it was (and still is) in 2010, fared and what drew the eye....interesting!




Found a cool little site where you can make your own tiltshift stills on the fly for free.

More here


Oh the memories…the frustration

Deaths. In old games.

QR or Not to QR

To QR or not to QR? Their use on packaging, sinage, ads and in physical locations etc is a no brainer as they augment the public's experience of your product, place or ad etc by giving them the opportunity of a deeper digital engagement which is clearly a good thing. But, having used QR codes in a recent campaign, with varying degrees of success, i'm still not sure if their application as a DR mechanism in any large scale advertising campaign (in Ireland at least) is anything but a box ticking exercise.

Having said that i've been tricking about with a few free make your own QR code services which people can use to create their own personal QR codes or business QR codes etc and the best of what ive foound are below.

Allows you to create a QR code using their inbuilt Social/Video, Personal, Forward or Custom templates. My personal one is below.

My personal QR Code gives you everything you get with with the option of pointing your QR code to a leaf displaying text, images, vids etc.

eoinos's qr code is the more basic of the tree and is more for one off codes but it does allow you to play around with the code colour and has nice options in terms of output formats.


Took a jaunt down to the xBox Kinect launch last night. Having seen some of the early demo versions the full launch version seems to have come on leaps and bounds. Should be interesting to see how and if some of the well established game franchises on xBox build future versions with Kinetics technology included. Not sure I'd like to play COD using Kinetics, id probably end up diving for cover behind the couch!

Pic taken with Hipstamatic App for iPhone. I <3 hipstamaticapp.

Behind the Scenes of audio and video content online

The IIA (Irish Internet Association) SMWG (Social Media Working Group) are running an event tomorrow week that had i not been a member of the SMWG i'd have definitaly been going to anyway. So be sure to check it out and attend if you can, some great speakers etc. The seminar is entitled “Audio Video Culture: Behind the Scenes of audio and video content online”.

The event is on Thursday, April 22nd, 1:30PM at the Clarion Hotel IFSC with fantastic speakers from: Rabo Direct, YouTube, RTE, Mayson & Hayes and Channelship.

You can book your tickets here  (use the promo code “SocialApril” to get a 20% off your ticket).

Fred from Channelship explains in a bit more detaul what the event is all about.

Taken from Channelship's video blog.

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