Author Archives: Karl Monaghan



The first ever recorded computer bug

We released a new version of the Broadsheet app last week with iPhone 6/6+ support and a lovely Today widget and for most people it’s been working fine.


A small number of users are experiencing a crash when trying to view any post. Sorry. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to replicate the crash on any of my test devices so it’s proving to be a very frustrating bug hunt.

So I need your help.

If you’re one of these users and you’d like to give us a hand I would ask you to sign up to our Beta. Once you’ve signed up to TestFlight, register your iPhone with them and I’ll then be able to send you a test version of the app to make sure the bug is well and truly squished.

Beta Sign Up

ComicJam48 LogoAnd a bit of jam.

Kevin Yourell writes:

I’m putting together / running an event for comic book creators in a few weeks called ComicJam48 Dublin.

The goal is to establish an great event that can be replicated by other organisers in other communities around the world. Similar to the movement that has been growing in the tech community over the last 4 years.

The idea for ComicJam48 came, like a lot of great ideas, out of a conversation over a few pints. We though it would be cool if there was a weekend event where people who love creating comics can get together in a really great location, Generator Hostel in Smithfield on the 6th & 7th of September, where we will feed and water attendees to keep them at their creative best, plus there will be limited edition T-shirts and a printed copy of the Anthology of all the projects created at the event for each attendee. All this from €35 (Early-Bird) per person.

We are hoping for a good mix of experience and inexperience at this event. While we’re planning on having mentors on the day to offer advice and make sure everything runs smoothly, the real goal of this event is collaboration and for people to teach and learn from each other, to share ideas and ask questions.

Dublin ComicJam48 2014

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Released yesterday, ShipAntics – The Legend of the Kiki Beast is the latest puzzle game from Dublin based StoryToys.

They describe it as

ShipAntics stars a madcap crew of seafaring adventurers: Captain Fred, the warm-hearted skipper of the Barnacle, Amanda his precocious, wild and wide-eyed daughter, and Otto, a cheeky young tall-tale touting Octopus. Your orders are to help Amanda and Otto as they venture into the wild blue yonder, solving mysteries and puzzles with Fred and the rest of the crew of the Barnacle.

Which actually boils down to it being a nice little point-and-click type adventure game that reminds me of the glory days of Monkey Island.

It’s a cute little game and the obviously high production values make it a delight to play.

The app is available now on the Apple App Store for €1.99.

Do you have an Irish app (especially an Android one)? Let us know:

As always, no favours, cuddles, or pints were given for this post. We have some guidelines on submissions.

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Rude boys especially.

Interskalactic at this Summer’s Body & Soul festival.

Rónán O’Neill writes:

“Interskalactic are a 10-piece band performing first wave, old-school, big band Jamaican Ska. We opened up the Main Stage on the Saturday of this year’s Body & Soul, managed to have great craic, get people up and dancing and also get the whole thing recorded in the process! Hope some people get a buzz out of the video. We’ve a pretty busy schedule for the rest of the year too, so if anyone’s digging the tunes they can check out some tracks and our upcoming schedule on Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud, Cheers!”

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Just some of the lovely dioramas based on The Princess Bride built for Brickworld 2014 as a part of the ChiLUG+ImpLUG+Friends collaboration consisting of builders Philip Bernston, Daniel ChurchCasey McCoy , Ben M MerrillLee MuzzyMatthew OhMax PointnerIan Spacek, and Paul Vermeesch.

The Princess Bride recreated in LEGO by team of builders at Brickworld (The Brothers Brick)