Archive for April, 2005

Ryanair and chargers – Stunt stunt stunt

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

There’s been a bit of chatter today in the about Ryanair banning staff using phone chargers but to me it’s all hype. It extends the myth that they’re the low fares airline (see I’m even using their own phrase ! ). It just makes people believe think “Wow they’re really saving as much as they can to keep prices down.”

Fair play to them for this idea. Again they get media attention two days after O’Leary dressed as a cardinal. Maybe people should instead talk about the Ryanir employee victimisation case.

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To catch and scare a laptop thief

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Via BoingBoing.

A lecturer who had his laptop stolen goes on a rant telling the thief what is going to befall him. I love what he has to say. I would think a lot of it is a bluff but it’s a good bluff. Torrent of the video of the lecturer getting medieval on his ass. .zip audio copy of the warning.

Google Launches Search History Service

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Google now has a My Search History option. (Found this out via John Battelle’s SearchBlog. About time. This will be hugely useful to me. This should make me work a lot more efficiently online now.

From the site:

My Search History offers you:

  • Powerful search options
    Search your web search history, including full text search of all the pages you found with Google.
  • * Relevant history while you search
    Get more useful information in your web search results, like the last time you saw a page, how often you’ve seen it, and more.

  • * Intuitive browsing
    Use the calendar to quickly navigate to any day of your search history, and see similar searches you’ve done via automatic related history detection.
  • * Manage your search history
    Learn how often you’ve done web searches on a given day, and even delete individual searches and results clicks.
  • I really like this and the calendar way of looking at information is going to prove handy.

    Overall, this is good but it could be better. Right now “My Search History” saves your Google activity information such as search queries, the results that you clicked as well as the date and time of your searches.

    What it doesn’t do (yet) is keep a history of what happens after you leave the site and move on to other sites and see what you clicked on then. This could be done via the toolbar though I guess. What would also be of benefit and could be the killer of Del.licio.us is a Google Toolbar add-on that allows you to bookmark sites you visit and tag them. Google could do this quickly enough too with the engineers they have. Bookmarks stored on Google and with a firefox extension loaded on your current browser. Who needs to worry about backing up bookmarks then ?

    Reactions to the new Pope

    Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

    There’s a lot of talk on about the new Pope but hardly any at all from the LGBT bloggers. Exceptions being Fetch on Queer.ie and Efferal who wrote a satirical news piece:

    “Welcoming the Election, the Irish government, announced new measures to fall in line with the new totalitarium regime. Attendance at mass will be compulsory and all intrinsically evil bars will be shut down.

    The authorities were quick to act on such orders. The raid on the george happened just after 9pm. The patrons were forcibly removed before the windows and doors were boarded up. A lone blonde galwegian sat sobbing at the side of the road, asking over and over “where will I go now.”

    On the LGBT forums though there is quite active and angry debate, such as the Boards.ie LGB Forum , Gay Community News discussion of the new Pope. Adolf must be Proud is the thread on GayCork with the thread on Gaire being God Bless Our Saint The New Pope.

    Perhaps once they get themselves submitted to the best Irish RSS aggregator or start tagging their posts with , then we’ll see them pop up more.

    Wow, I think I just saw the future of music

    Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

    EDIT: This seems to be a concept only. Click the first link and read the comments.

    43 folders talks about Glenn McDonald’s iTunes customisation which allows him to auto-pay artists he listens to. This is a fascinating description of how his system works. Very elaborate, clever and balanced. This could be used as the best payment model around for paying artists for their music.

    If this was plugged into the likes of Indy and any artist who submitted had to have a paypal account, then it might be a good way of sending them micropayments. It’d wreck the record labels. I wonder would IRMA survive if this idea became popular ?

    Tangent:

    EirePreneur suggests Ian’s Blog be added to PoTB, seems it already has been. That’s the community at work !

    Indy.TV – From the creator of freenet

    Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

    Ian Clarke Meathman and the founder of Freenet has released Indy a p2p app for listening to and finding independent music artists.

    Blurb: Indy uses an advanced collaborative filtering system to predict what kind of music you’ll enjoy hearing. As you rate songs, Indy finds out what you do and don’t like. It compares your preferences with the ratings of all the other Indy users. For example, if you rate a song highly, and another user also likes the same song, Indy guesses that you’d probably like other music that they enjoyed.

    Nice application and a great way of giving artists a boost. It’d be nice to read more about it and how it works. as this grows I assume there will need to be a way of automating music submission.

    It’s be handy if there was some way of going through your existing music collection and scanning in that to better predict what you like besides having to go through swathes of new music before there is somethng you like. Or else a way of submitting a list of fav bands/genres that the app is already preconfigured for. Would be a good headstart I think. Still, I’m looking forward to the growth of this.

    Late to bed and early to rise…

    Monday, April 18th, 2005

    Social network sites gone extremely local. Social networks built around a single WiFi hotspot.

    Fantastic Chris Jordan photography.

    The best places in the world to get sick.

    Hockey MotherFucker, do you play it ? Jules from PulpFiction does Hockey coaching.

    The Marketing Industry’s coming disaster. New media gonna whip theys ass.

    Listening to the new album from Rufus Wainwright. A few tracks are touching me. The opening track on the album Want Two is “Agnus Dei” (lamb of god) and really shows off his voice. I’m deffo going to see him live. Vicar street here I come. I swear to uhm er God I’d attend mass every Sunday if the church had someone sing “Lamb of God” like that.

    Another track which I think could get put into my top ten is “The Art Teacher”

    Rufus Explained the lyrics:
    The Art Teacher – “It’s a song about a guy I met at the gym who of course was straight. He’d tell me stories about his female students who were ravenous for him. So I put myself in their shoes to write the song. I played it for him and it went totally over his head

    Lyrics to The Art Teacher:


    The Art Teacher

    There I was in uniform
    Looking at the art teacher.
    I was just a girl then;
    Never have I loved since then.

    He was not that much older than I was
    He had taken our class to the Metropolitan Museum
    He asked us what our favorite work of art was,
    But never could I tell it was him.
    Oh, I wish I could tell him –
    Oh, I wish I could have told him.

    I looked at the Reubens and Rembrandts
    I liked the John Singer Sergeants
    He told me he liked Turner
    Never have I turned since then
    No, never have I turned to any other man.

    All this having been said,
    I married an executive company head.
    All this having been done, a Turner – I own one.
    Here I am in this uniform, this pantsuit sort of thing,
    Thinking of the art teacher.
    I was just a girl then;
    Never have I loved since then.
    No, never have I loved any other man.

    Jape can do it, why can’t the rest ?

    Sunday, April 17th, 2005

    Jape has a new album out and I really like it. €7.95 for an mp3 copy of the album and I can download it DRM free. Or €14.95 delivered. That’s clever. I got the album from a friend. He loaned it to me. By MP3. I await the battering ram on my door when the Team IRMA World Police come bursting in for being a terrorist funder or something. I’m going to buy the album now because after a few listens I think I want this as part of my collection. I don’t see why I have to buy an album after hearing one preview of it. Same way I’m not going to buy a house my just viewing the kitchen. IRMA seriously would want to cop on and stop blaming just piracy for the drop in worldwide music sales.

    From IRMA in 2005:

    Massive illegal file-sharing is undermining the livelihoods of everyone in the
    creative chain involved in making music, from composers and music publishers
    to performers, musicians and record companies. Abuse of copyright on the
    Internet has contributed to a €28 million drop in music sales in Ireland
    between 2001 and 2004, a decline of 19%.

    From IRMA 2003:

    ‘ The association, which represents the Irish music industry, says
    sales in the first half of 2003 are down from the same period last
    year, although official figures will not be published for another three
    weeks. “It’s almost entirely attributable to piracy, between people
    downloading off the Internet and people burning CDs,” said Sean
    Murtagh, Irma’s head of anti-piracy. ‘

    Get a grip lads.

    Woah, was just about to post this and I see Bernie is talking about IRMA on his blog. I’m not cogging you Bernie I swear !

    By the way Bernie, how did the EFF discussion go on Saturday ?

    Mapping / tagging / Ajaxing

    Sunday, April 17th, 2005

    EirePreneur adds to the earlier idea of a GPS opensouce map of Ireland which got me to thinking about all the recent Ajax hacks and tweaks of services and APIs. One such example is the Google maps integration into Craigslist which even the Google folks gave kudos to. It won’t be long now before someone does the same with GeoUrl so we can see a Google Map of our area with those little balloon thingies showing local Bloggers and GPS co-ordinates.

    I’m only blogging this so I can get in the Tribune

    Sunday, April 17th, 2005

    Bernie gives a good summary of what the Tribune is saying about IrishBlogs The BoggerSphere idea got a mention and praise was heaped on Slugger O’Toole’s election coverage and rightly so. The energy that’s put into that site is nothing short of fantasitc. Keep reading the Planet of the Blogs feeds as I’ve a feeling a whole new group of journalists are going to be poached from there in the next few months and years. If done right the could be the breeding and training ground of the new wave of journalists. as well as other forms of media and it was great to the most powerful man in media embrace the future.

    Hopefully the media in Ireland will catch on too as the Tipping Point is coming. Which Irish paper will be first to embrace this and what can we do to further this ?

    Free Audio download of Murdooch’s speech.

    Full text of speech

    I love this bit: “But our internet site will have to do still more to be competitive. For some, it may have to become the place for conversation. The digital native doesn’t send a letter to the editor anymore. She goes online, and starts a blog. We need to be the destination for those bloggers. We need to encourage readers to think of the web as the place to go to engage our reporters and editors in more extended discussions about the way a particular story was reported or researched or presented.

    At the same time, we may want to experiment with the concept of using bloggers to supplement our daily coverage of news on the net. There are of course inherent risks in this strategy — chief among them maintaining our standards for accuracy and reliability. Plainly, we can’t vouch for the quality of people who aren’t regularly employed by us – and bloggers could only add to the work done by our reporters, not replace them. But they may still serve a valuable purpose; broadening our coverage of the news; giving us new and fresh perspectives to issues; deepening our relationship to the communities we serve. So long as our readers understand the distinction between bloggers and our journalists, and so long as proper safeguards are utilized, this might be an idea worth exploring.

    To carry this one step further, some digital natives do even more than blog with text – they are blogging with audio, specifically through the rise of podcasting – and to remain fully competitive, some may want to consider providing a place for that as well.

    And with the growing proliferation of broadband, the emphasis online is shifting from text only to text with video. The future is soon upon us in this regard. ”