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Seamus K - Irish tech industry expat living in Sweden.

Month: May 2016

Austrian hiking – in my defence, I was a foreigner

In the run up to the Austrian presidential election the Economist ran an article on the country. Despite living there for about 4 years, much of it was news to me (Austrians really don’t mix with foreigners).

This quote did send a shiver down my spine:

“Under Austria’s Proporz system, jobs, housing and business licences were doled out on the basis of party membership. Laws are written by party-affiliated labour or business groups and handed to parliament to rubber-stamp. Even now two motoring associations and two mountain-trekking clubs exist, to ensure that Austrians need never dally with another political tribe when their cars break down or when on an Alpine stroll.”

Dear God, in the time I was there, I could have unwittingly been a member of the Fianna Fail Hiking Club!

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My extremes

I have put up a permanent page to track the extremes of location and conditions I have experienced across the world. Feel free to compare with yours!

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Blogging for the man – sneaking one in

About once a month I post a blog post for work*. This week I had one posted on cloud business models. You can read the post if you want. It has been moderately successful, gaining views and conversions.

churchillPersonally I am chuffed though that I managed to get them to include a photo of Churchill as part of the post. Who would have thought we could get a perspective from the man in Cloud Computing?

I’ll have to see what I can manage for the next one. I do take requests as well. Stick something in the comments if you have an idea.

* The demands of writing for work are part of the reason why I can be erratic posting here.

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