Full steam ahead over winter for Donegal Railway Heritage group

first_imgThe Donegal Railway Heritage group is now open on Saturdays (10am-4pm) for the winter and well worth a visit.The group is located in Donegal Town and run by County Donegal Railway Restoration CLG and commemorates the operations of the County Donegal Railway which operated two narrow-gauge railway systems in County Donegal from 1863 until 1959.The County Donegal Railway was the largest narrow-gauge railway system in the British Isles, although it began its existence in the form of the Irish 5’3” broad gauge. The first line to open was the Finn Valley Railway from Strabane to Stranorlar in September 1863 and extended in to Donegal Town in 1889.The next twenty years saw the peak of construction of the narrow-gauge lines, from Donegal Town to Killybegs in 1893, and from Stranorlar to Glenties in 1895.The Donegal Railway Heritage Centre opened in 1995 and is housed in the original Old Station House in Donegal Town, which was restored by the then County Donegal Railway Restoration Society.Today, it operates as a visitor attraction comprising a museum, information centre and shop. On display are rolling stock, unique historical artefacts and an audio-visual presentation on the railways’ history. In addition, the organisation also organises charity events and the Centre’s facilities are available for hire and use by the many community groups within the local and wider catchment area.The mission of the organisation is “to develop and promote a robust and dynamic all-weather visitor attraction – which will be of interest across a wide section of society.”“We are a dedicated group of people committed to saving, restoring, developing, celebrating and developing a first-class visitor attraction which played a pivotal part in the history of the County and this island.“We also play our part in creating meaningful and sustainable employment and in the economic regeneration of this part of Donegal. We would encourage you to help us reach this vision,” said a spokesperson.For more information, or to make a donation please contact [email protected] or Tel: 074 972 2655 or check us out on Facebook or at www.donegalrailway.com Full steam ahead over winter for Donegal Railway Heritage group was last modified: October 6th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Railway Heritage GroupDonegal TownOPENwinterlast_img read more

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 14

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Harrismith, Free State province: Balloons in a restaurant. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageTOURISM AND LEISURE 14:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library?Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Open Source: What’s it Worth to You?

first_imgThe scales have tipped. Open Source has gone from geeky to mainstream. In a survey of security managers, 53 percent said that given two software products with equivalent functionality, that they would choose Open Source over proprietary.80 percent of those questioned said the main reason to consider Open Source was price. But the Open Source route doesn’t always mean free. And in fact many companies are learning how to effectively combine Open Source as part of an otherwise commercial for-fee strategy.2007 has seen success by a number of Open Source vendors. Red Hat’s revenues are up 26 percent this year. SourceForge is up 35 percent. Novell’s Suse is valued at $210 million. And many more companies are scrambling to see how they too can adopt and reshape Open Source for their purposes, like Microsoft, Adobe, AutoDesk, 3Com, Intel and others.A blog on ZDNet proposes that Open Source should move beyond free and to one where people can pay for perceived value. The idea is a little like PriceLine‘s name your own price. When you download the software you would have an opportunity to contribute an amount equal to the value that Open Source software provides you. You decide how little or how much you’d like to pay.While the idea is interesting, it isn’t really new. There are already many sites that solicit contributions, typically via a PayPal link. Paying for “what it’s worth” though is probably not going to be sufficient to grow a sizable company founded on Open Source. A ‘blend’ approach, like that taken by Red Hat, Alfresco and others, makes more sense — a little bit of service revenue, a little bit from training and consulting, and a little bit from maintenance. If part of the blend includes contributions, that certainly won’t hurt, but revenue diversity is needed to derive a more predictable source of revenue and for companies to be able to survive long term.last_img read more

6 Online Legal Services Reviewed by NextAdvisor.com

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#start You probably know about LegalZoom.com, largely through lots of word of mouth and TV advertising, but did you know about several other online legal services? Luckily, the folks at NextAdvisor.com have done some of the heavy lifting. Whether you’re starting a business or simply registering a trademark, they have determined which provider is the best alternative to a physical lawyer. The best providers make it easy to file paperwork and identify which government agencies you’ll need to file with. We last wrote about NextAdvisor in December and their independent reviews of several business credit cards. For legal services, both LegalZoom and RocketLawyer both warranted five stars. The former is best for beginners but more expensive, the latter has a subscription-based pricing scheme of $10 a month, which is better for those that need ongoing services. “Expensive” is all relative: A basic S-corp filing, for example, will cost $200 or less with these services, which is still much less than what most of the in-person lawyers I have used over the years charged to start the paperwork on my companies. Here is what they had to say about one service: “Rocket Lawyer is like having your own personal legal team to help you out with all your legal troubles. They feature a vast range of legal options to choose from and offer outstanding customer service to their members. If you are looking for a one-time legal fix, you might find it harder to utilize Rocket Lawyer’s services.” I like the NextAdvisor reviews: They are very in-depth and talk to user interface issues, the level of support in various media, and specifics on the types of services that are offered. Besides the two sites already mentioned, they also reviewed CorpNet, USLegal, MyCorporation and LawDepot. If your startup needs legal services, check out the reviews and see if one of these six online outfits will fit your particular needs. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… david strom Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Fond Stories Over Coffee: The Passing of a Friend

first_imgOn Friday, November 2nd, 2007, our friend and colleague, Rob Carpenter, passed away suddenly. He was an incredible man, father and friend. His work with pre-testing and validation of new technologies for the Intel data centers will continue to live on. In fact, he had just filmed a follow-up video blog on the Wednesday before his passing. With the permission of his family, we have posted the video He was passionate about his work and sharing his knowledge with others.It may be out of the ordinary for one to find eulogies in a community sharing IT best practices, but Rob was and is a part of our community….the fabric of who we are. In honor and memory of Rob, I am republishing, with permission, some stories from his son Justin. Rob didn’t want a formal memorial service, instead he requested that he be remembered with “fond stories over coffee with friends.” Grab a cup of coffee…….”My earliest clear memories of him are from the early days of his private law practice, and his postdoctorate work in applied mathematics on the side, in his early thirties. He was just as amazing then, brilliant, twenty years ahead of his market (already thinking about standardization of computer networks and how one scheduled protocols in a protocol-heterogeneous environment where “pipe is pipe and traffic is traffic,” before many families even had microcomputers), His excitement and sincere enthusiasm was infectious, his integrity was already the stuff of legend, and he was never content to rest his mind.Even at the time of his death, he was working on numerous projects with Intel, and at the same time, teaching a course at Berkeley’s College of Divinity School of the Pacific in Benedictine contemplative meditation, serving as a volunteer subject matter expert in HAM and emergency radio technology, applying to be an oblate (layman participant in a Christian monastary, often part-time on weekends), avidly pursuing semi-professional photography as a hobby and passion, beginning to pen a second book unifying Christianity and Buddhism meditative traditions, and regularly conversing with me about my in-progress graduate work in the epistemology of mathematics. He never needed to read the texts I read; he simply asked for a two-sentence summary of their arguments, and could immediately form better arguments than the authors themselves.When I was four years old, I asked him what he was teaching in the evenings to take him away from Mom and I during cartoon time in the evenings, and he explained that it was applied math for physics. I blinked, and said with a mumble that I didn’t think I could do anything that hard, and he looked very surprised, sat me down at the dining room table, and proceeded to teach me algebra, basic trigonometry and the principles of calculus in two amazing hours. We started doing lessons instead of after-dinner TV, and by the end of the semester, he gave me one of the tests (no doubt simplified a bit) from his class. I passed it (with I believe an 89), and he said to me very seriously, “Justin, NEVER say that you can’t do something that seems hard. You can do just about anything if you really try. I want you to promise me that you’re not going to avoid doing things that look hard at first.” I promised him that I wouldn’t, and I find myself repeating that promise often, as the many grim realities of the current situation set in.His courage was amazing. During early 1995, our family was under a standing death threat from two different crime syndicates due to my father’s diligence as district attorney in prosecuting the people responsible for drug trafficking to New York through a Palenville airstrip. He never showed stress, never changed his routine beyond asking for a police escort at times. He’d sit calmly, albeit away from windows, with his ubiquitous glass of caffeine-free Diet Coke, and conversed with us from a room away. The conversations were like any other evening, just a little louder.I learned yesterday, after speaking to some of his friends in law enforcement in New York, that the situation was much more serious than I ever realized, and that he had a strong reason to believe that his life was very much in danger that evening. As we sat and nibbled dinner in two rooms, our house was under armed guard. My mother and I never knew. You could never judge the severity of a problem by my father’s composure, as it never faltered.It has been difficult to explain to people why there is no memorial service or funeral planned. My father held a memorial service for my mother, but asked that he simply be cremated and scattered without ceremony. When I asked him about the needs of the living to gather and remember, he suggested that those who wished to remember him, as best I can remember the quote, “go out for coffee, or pie, or breakfast, and come together as the living in a moment of life.” He explained that he did not want people in mourning clothes, with their eyes held low, listening to somber songs in a rented space — that the way to remember life was by imitating life, not by entering the atmosphere and mood of death.And so, there will not be one memorial service for my father, but many. There are moments of silence in Mt. Tremper where he attended the monastery, and a dinner in New York this weekend to toast, quote, “the finest district attorney the state has ever seen.” There will be tears shared among his many friends at several Intel sites, and fond stories of him at the next Sierra Foothills ARC brunch. In Tampa, there has been a memorial every time I’ve opened my mouth to speak in the last five days.There could be no one memorial large enough to encompass even most of the lives he touched, nor could even his closest fifty friends attend one, no matter where it was held. I considered holding one despite his wishes — I am certain he would have understood the need of the living to mourn — but I realized that his life was too big to bring into a room, or even a small concert hall. He had close, dear, personal friends in several countries and nearly every state, and every one of them was touched by his presence and would feel the need to be there. Robert Edmund Carpenter, the man so loved that his memorial service required an event space the size of the internet.There will be many memorials, you see. Every time you and others sit and remember him to one another, tell stories about his life, be they funny or amazing, every time you remember something he told you, or share him as an example to others, you are celebrating his life. Every time there is pain, or better yet, a happy anecdote to share, we can come together and share it — and you will hear, first- or second-hand, the anecdotes of others passed on for sharing.This is, I think, why he wanted it this way. No one is left out, no one is “unable to make it,” no one is forgotten, and the memorial takes as long as it needs to, for every story to be told, for everyone to be a part of it. When I think about it this way, I think he really had the right idea, and though I cannot imagine being even a pale shadow of the man he was, when I pass, I hope to be remembered the same way, through fond stories over coffee when I’m remembered now and then”last_img read more