Archive for February, 2006

Harvard Med School lectures released as podcasts

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Via the consistently amazing Jeff Jarvis comes news that Harvard Med School lectures will be released as podcasts. Very cool. I think Tom should try and get a college here to do the same. Or maybe Fiona or TJ could release their lectures as podcasts? Up for the challenge folks? 🙂

BitTorrent, NTL (UK) and CacheLogic

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Press Release

“Ntl is delighted to be working with its technology trial partners, BitTorrent and CacheLogic, in order to extend its high-quality video experience from the set top box to the media player,” said Kevin Baughan, director of network strategy at ntl. “The trial will be a unique combination of BitTorrent’s P2P client closely coupled with CacheLogic’s network based content caching and ntl’s deep fibre network in order to offer a transformational video downloading experience.”

Be interesting to see what transpires with this. Could be a good or bad thing depending on what happens.

BitTorrent are also now apparently suing people that infringe on their trade name. Jesus. Spot the crowd that got investment and immediately started hiring lawyers.

Really good safesex animated video

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Funny, charming and good soundtrack.

Agenda Setters – The silent McDowell majority speaks up

Friday, February 10th, 2006

It’s Friday. It must be attack someone new day for Herr Flick.

Broadband choices and options in Ireland (Updated Oct 2009)

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

This post is seriously out of date and will not be updated anymore.

Eircom Home Packages

Free connection and free wireless modem.

Eircom Broadband Home Starter
Speed: 1Mb download/128Kb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download Cap: 10GB
Price: €25.09 per month

Eircom Broadband Home Plus
Speed: 3Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download Cap: 30GB
Price: €30.11 per month

Eircom Broadband Home Advanced
Speed: 7Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention: 24 : 1
Download Cap: 50GB
Price: €39.99 per month

Eircom Business

Eircom 1MB Business Lite
Speed: 1Mb download/128Kb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download Cap: 10GB
Price: €20.65 per month (exc.VAT)

Eircom Business 1Mb Business Time
(20 hours of broadband a month)
Speed: 1Mb download/128Kb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €16.52 per month (exc.VAT)

Eircom Business Lite Plus
Speed:
3Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download Cap: 30GB
Price: €24.79 per month (exc VAT)

Eircom Business Starter
Speed:
7.6 Mb download/672Kb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €40 per month (ex VAT)

Eircom Business Plus
Speed:
12Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention: 24 : 1
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €65 per month (ex VAT)

Eircom Business Enhanced
Speed:
12Mb download/2Mb upload
Contention: 24 : 1
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €99 per month (ex VAT)

Eircom Business Advanced
Speed:
24Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention: 24: 1
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €99 per month (ex VAT)

Eircom Mobile Broadband

Eircom Mobile Broadband for Business
Speed:
7.2Mb download/ 2Mb upload
Contention: 24 : 1
Download Cap: 10GB
Price: €16.45 per month (ex VAT)

Perlico Broadband

To sign up to Perlico Broadband, it’s a requirement to switch home phone service over to Perlico. Free connection but a wireless modem costs €49.99.

Broadband with Home Phone Value
Speed:
1Mb download/128Kb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download Cap: 24GB
Price: €42.34 per month, inc. VAT.

Broadband with Free Talk Anytime
Speed:
1Mb download/128Kb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download Cap: 36GB
Price: €48.98 per month, inc VAT

Broadband Plus with Home Phone Value
Speed:
3Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download Cap: 30GB
Price: €50.34 per month, inc VAT

Broadband Plus with Free Talk Anytime
Speed:
3Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download Cap: 30GB
Price: €56.98 per month, inc VAT

Perlico Mobile Broadband with a Vodafone Dongle (See Vodafone)

Smart Telecom Broadband Only

No connection fee, free wifi modem for all online orders, price includes line rental.

Home Value 2Mb
Speed:
2Mb download/256Kb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €8.50 per month

Home Value 5Mb
Speed:
5Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €16.50 per month

Home Complete 7Mb
Speed: 7Mb download/512Kb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €21.50 per month

Home Complete 9Mb
Speed:
9Mb download/512Kb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €26.50 per month

Home Pro 12Mb
Speed:
12Mb download/640 Kb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €36.50 per month

Home Pro 24Mb
Speed:
24Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €46.50 per month

Smart Business Broadband

Business 24Mb for 24
Speed:
24Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €24.00 per month (WiFi is optional)

Magnet Business Broadband Basic (ADSL+2)

€165 connection fee. Line rental extra at €15 a month ex vat.

Speed: 1Mb download/128Kb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: None
Price: €29.00 per month

Speed: 3Mb download/382Kb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: None
Price: €33.00 per month

Speed: 7.6Mb download/672Kb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: None
Price: €45.00 per month

Speed: 12Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: None
Price: €69.00 per month

Speed: 24Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: None
Price: €105.00 per month

Magnet Business Broadband (ADSL+2)

Speed: 8Mb download/512Kb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: None
Price: €45.00 per month

Speed: 10Mb download/768Kb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: None
Price: €75.00 per month

Speed: 12Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: None
Price: €115.00 per month

Speed: 15Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: None
Price: €150.00 per month

Magnet Business Broadband Premium (SHDSL)
Speed:
2Mb download/2Mb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: None
Price: €450.00 per month

Speed: 4Mb download/4Mb upload
Contention: None
Download Cap: None
Price: €700.00 per month

Wireless Products

DigiWeb DSL Broadband
(Digiweb Business Broadband is further down)
Activation Fee of €49.95.

DSL Lite
Speed: 1Mb download/128Kb upload
Contention: 10GB
Download Cap: 48 : 1
Price: €24.95 per month

DSL
Speed:
3Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention: 36 : 1
Download Cap: 20GB
Price: €29.95 per month

DSL Xtra
Speed:
7.6Mb download/672Kb upload
Contention: 36 : 1
Download Cap: 40GB
Price: €39.95 per month

DSL Pro
Speed:
10Mb download/832Kb upload
Contention: 24 : 1
Download Cap: 60GB
Price: €59.95 per month

Digiweb Metro Broadband
Installation Fee of €99.

Metro Value
Speed: 5Mb download/512Kb upload
Contention: 36 : 1
Download Cap: 20GB
Price: €34.95 per month

Metro Home
Speed: 8Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention: 36 :1
Download Cap: 30GB
Price: €39.95 per month

Metro Xtra
Speed: 12Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention: 36 : 1
Download Cap: 50GB
Price: €59.95 per month

DigiWeb Homewave Broadband

(Only applies to new customers and includes a free 4-Port Hub.)

Speed: 1Mb download/128Kb upload
Contention: 36 : 1
Download Cap: 12GB
Equipment: €199.00
Installation:
€49.95
Price:
€19.99 per month

BizWave Broadband
Speed:
1Mb download/256Kb upload
Contention:
18 : 1
Download Cap:
20GB
Equipment: €199.00
Installation:
€49.95
Price:
€29.95 per month

DigiWeb Satellite Broadband

No phone line needed and 89cm antenna is required to be installed on the roof.

Tooway Value
Speed:
3.6Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention:
30 : 1
Available Traffic:
2.4GB
Equipment:
€340.00
Installation:
249.00
Price: 34.99 per month

Tooway Plus
Speed:
3.6Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention:
30 : 1
Available Traffic:
4GB
Equipment:
€340.00
Installation:
€249.00
Price:
€59.99 per month

Tooway Extra
Speed:
3.6Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention:
30 : 1
Available Traffic:
6GB
Equipment:
€340.00
Installation:
€249.00
Price:
€79.99 per month

Tooway Pro
Speed:
3.6Mb download/ 384Kb upload
Contention:
30 : 1
Available Traffic:
12GB
Equipment:
€340.00
Installation:
€249.00
Price:
€132.99 per month

Digiweb Business DSL Broadband
(Free four port wireless router)

DSL
Speed: 3Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download Cap: 20GB
Price: €24.95 per month

DSL Xtra
Speed: 7.6Mb download/672Kb upload
Contention: 12 : 1
Download Cap: 40GB
Price:€36.95 per month

DSL Pro
Speed: 12Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention: 12 : 1
Download Cap: 70GB
Price: €59.95 per month

DSL Pro Plus
Speed: 12Mb download/2Mb upload
Contention: 12 : 1
Download Cap: Unlimited
Price: €94.95 per month

DSL 24MB
Speed:
24Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention:
12 : 1
Download Cap:
Unlimited
Price:
€94.95 per month

Business Metro Broadband

Business Starter
Speed: 4Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention:
18 : 1
Download Cap:
40GB
Price:
€35.95 per month
Installation: €129

Business Go
Speed: 6Mb download/1.5 upload
Contention:
18 : 1
Download Cap:
80GB
Price: €54.95 per month

Business Office
Speed: 8Mb download/2Mb upload
Contention:
18 : 1
Download Cap:
100 GB
Price:
€89.00 per month
Installation: €129

Business Extra
Speed: 10Mb download/ 2.5Mb upload
Contention:
18 : 1
Download Cap:
120GB
Price:
€149.00 per month

Business Enterprise
Speed: 12Mb download/3Mb upload
Contention:
18 : 1
Download Cap:
160GB
Price:
€165 per month
Installation: €129

Business Metro Pro Broadband

Metro Pro 2

Speed: 2Mb download/2 Mb upload
Contention:
6 : 1
Download Cap:
120GB
Price:
€195 per month
Installation: €249

Metro Pro 3
Speed: 3Mb download/3Mb upload
Contention:
6 : 1
Download Cap:
140GB
Price:
€260 per month
Installation: €249

Metro Pro 6

Speed: 6Mb download/6Mb upload
Contention:
6 : 1
Download Cap:
160GB
Price:
€495 per month
Installation: €1,485

Metro Pro 8

Speed: 8Mb download/ 8Mb upload
Contention: 6 : 1
Download Cap: 180GB
Price: €675 per month
Installation: €1,485

Metro Pro 10

Speed: 10Mb download/10Mb upload
Contention:
6 : 1
Download Cap:
200GB
Price:
€845 per month
Installation: €1,485

Wireless Bizwave Broadband

Bizwave
Speed:
1Mb download/256Kb upload
Contention:
18 : 1
Download Cap:
20GB
Price:
€39.00 per month
Installation:
€129.00

Enhanced
Speed: 1Mb download/256Kb upload
Contention:
18 : 1
Download Cap:
40GB
Price:
€69.99 per month
Installation: €129.00

Enterprise
Speed: 2Mb download/256Kb upload
Contention: 10 : 1
Download Cap:
60GB
Price:
€129.99 per month
Installation: €129.00

Business Mobile Broadband

Multi
Speed: 5.3Mb download/ 1.5 upload
Contention:
Unstated
Download Cap:
15GB
Telephone: No
Price:
€24.75 per month
Installation: €99

Multi + Talk
Speed: 5.3Mb download/ 1.5 upload
Contention:
Unstated
Download Cap:
20GB
Telephone: Yes
Price: €28.99 per month
Installation: €99

Satellite Business Broadband

No phone line needed and 89cm antennae needs to be installed on the roof.

Tooway Value
Speed: 3.6Mb download/ 384Mb upload
Contention:
30 : 1
Download Cap:
2.4GB
Price:
€29 per month
Equipment: €280
Installation: €220

Tooway Plus
Speed: 3.6Mb download/ 384Kb upload
Contention:
30 : 1
Download Cap:
4GB
Price:
€49 per month
Equipment: €280
Installation: €240

Tooway Extra
Speed: 3.6Mb download/ 384Kb upload
Contention:
30 : 1
Download Cap:
6GB
Price:
€65 per month
Equipment:€280
Installation: €220

Tooway Pro
Speed: 3.6Mb download/ 384 upload
Contention:
30 : 1
Download Cap:
12GB
Price:
€109 per month
Equipment: €280
Installation: €220

Clearwire Broadband

ClearStart
Speed:
512Kb download/128Kb upload
Contention:
10 :1
Download Cap:
Unlimited (subject to fair usage)
Price:
€24.95 per month

ClearFreedom
Speed:
1Mb download/128Kb upload
Contention:
10 : 1
Download Cap:
Unlimited (subject to fair usage)
Price:
€29.95 per month

ClearPerformer
Speed:
2Mb download/128Kb upload
Contention:
10 : 1
Download Cap:
Unlimited (subject to fair usage)
Price:
€39.95 per month

ClearBusiness
Speed:
2.5Mb download/256Kb upload
Contention:
10 : 1
Download Cap:
Unlimited (subject to fair usage)
Installation:
€99.00
Price:
€79.99 per month

Irish Broadband (Broadband in a box, no phone line required)

Ripwave 1Mb
Speed:
1Mb download/256Kb upload
Contention:
40 : 1
Download Cap:
10GB
Activation Fee:
€37.65
Price:
€19.03 per month

Ripwave 2Mb
Speed:
2Mb download/256Kb upload
Contention:
40 : 1
Download Cap:
10GB
Activation Fee:
€37.65
Price:
€27.06 per month

Go!
Speed:
512Kb download/128Kb upload
Contention:
40 : 1
Download Cap:
Unlimited
Activation Fee:
€37.65
Price:
€19.03 per month

Go! Plus
Speed:
1Mb download/256Kb upload
Contention:
40 : 1
Download Cap:
Unlimited
Activation Fee:
€37.65
Price:
€27.06 per month

Irish Broadband Fixed Wireless

Breeze 4Mb
Speed:
4Mb download/4Mb upload
Contention:
24 : 1
Download Cap:
Unlimited
Activation Fee:
€100.00
Price:
€55.00 per month

Irish Broadband DSL

(Phone line required. No activation fee.)

imagine up to 1Mb
Speed:
1Mb download/128Kb upload
Contention:
48 : 1
Download Cap:
10GB
Price:
€15.06 per month

imagine up to 3Mb
Speed:
3Mb download/256Kb upload
Contention:
48 : 1
Download Cap:
20GB
Price:
€25.10

imagine up to 7.8Mb
Speed:
7.6 Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention:
12 : 1
Download Cap:
30GB
Price:
€35.14

3 Wireless

3 Prepay Mobile Broadband

Charges:
Day Access (500Mb) €5
Week Access (2GB) €10
Month Access (10GB) €25
Out of Bundle Charging, per MB is 49c.

Huawei E160G Modem

Speed: 3.6 Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
15GB
Price:
Pay As You Go
Modem price:
€69.00
Contract: None

Huawei E1550

Speed: 3.6 Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
15GB
Price:
Pay As You Go
Modem price:
€69.00
Contract: None

3 Pay Monthly Broadband

Huawei E1550

Speed: 3.6 Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
15GB
Price:
€19.99 per month
Modem price:
€9 on 12 month contract. Free on 18 month contract.
Contract: 12 month/18 month

Huawei E1750

Speed: 7.2 Mb download/2Mb upload
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
15GB
Price:
€19.99 per month
Modem price:
€49
Contract: 12 month

Meteor Mobile Broadband

Bill Pay

Speed: Up to 7.2 Mb
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
5GB
Price:
€16.99 per month
Modem price:
€29.00
Contract:
12 months

Meteor Broadband To Go

Day Pass is the default setting and costs €2.99 per day, 500Mb allowance.
30 Day Pass costs €19.99, 5GB allowance.
A penalty of 2c per Mb over limit is incurred for both options.

Speed: Up to 7.2 Mb
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
Stated above
Price:
Prepay
Modem price:
€39.00 (online promotional price until 31/12/09)
Contract:
No Contract

Refurbished To Go Device

Speed: Up to 7.2 Mb
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
Stated above
Price:
Prepay
Modem price:
€29.00
Contract:
No Contract

Vodafone Broadband Pay Monthly

Free Modem

Speed: Up to 7.2Mb download/ Up to 384Kb upload
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
10GB
Price:
€19.99 per month
Modem price:
Free
Contract:
12 months

Pay As You Use Mobile Broadband

Speed: 7.2 download/384Kb upload
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
500Mb per day
Price:
€5.00 on days that modem is used
Modem price:
€79.00
Contract:
No Contract

Vodafone Home Broadband Only

Free connection and free wireless modem.

Speed: 3Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download cap:
40GB
Price:
€40.00 per month

Speed: 7Mb download/672Kb upload

Contention: 24 : 1
Download cap:
60GB
Price:
€49.00 per month

O2 Bill-pay Mobile Broadband

(Plans to launch pre-pay broadband)

Sierra Compass 888 Modem

Speed: Up to 7.2Mb download/Up to 5.2 Mb upload
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
10GB
Price:
€19.99 per month
Modem price:
€69.00
Contract:
18 months

Speed: Up to 7.2Mb download/Up to 5.2 upload
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
7.5GB
Price: €25.00 per month
Modem price:
€79.00
Contract:
12 months

Speed: Up to 7.2Mb download/Up to 5.2 upload
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
5GB
Price:
€30.00
Modem price:
€119.00
Contract:
30 days

(Refurbished Compass 888 modems have the same contracts but are priced €49, €59 and €99 respectively.)

Huawei E1750

Speed: Up to 7.2Mb download/Up to 384Kb upload
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
10GB
Price:
€19.99 per month
Modem price:
€59.00
Contract:
18 months

Speed: Up to 7.2Mb download/Up to 384Kb upload
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
7.5GB
Price:
€25.00 per month
Modem price:
€79.00
Contract:
12 months

Speed: Up to 7.2Mb download/Up to 384Kb upload
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
5GB
Price:
€30.00 per month
Modem price:
€129.00
Contract:
30 days

(Refurbished E220 modems have the same contracts and modems cost €39, €39 and €89 respectively.)

O2 Business Broadband

No connection fee.

Speed: 3Mb download/ upload unknown
Contention: Unknown
Download cap: Unlimited
Price: €25 for three months, €50 thereafter, exc.VAT

Speed: 7.6Mb download/384Kb download
Contention: Unknown
Download cap: Unlimited
Price: €35 for 3 months then €70 thereafter, exc.VAT

O2 Student Mobile Broadband

Speed: Up to 7.2Mb
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
5GB
Price:
€12.99 per month
Modem price:
€19.99
Contract:
12 months

Speed: Up to 7.2Mb
Contention:
Unknown
Download cap:
10GB
Price:
€9.99 per month
Modem price:
€19.99
Contract:
12 months

NTL

No connection fee. Wireless Router costs €49.99

1Mb Broadband Basic and Phone
Speed:
1Mb download/128Kb upload
Download Cap:
10GB
Price:
€24.99 per month
Wireless Router: €49.99

3Mb Broadband Value
Speed:
3Mb download/256Kb upload
Download Cap:
30GB
Price:
€22.00 per month
Wireless Router: €49.99

10Mb Broadband Express
Speed:
10Mb download/1Mb upload
Download Cap:
Unlimited (subject to fair usage)
Price:
€32.00 per month
Wireless Router: Free

20Mb Broadband Ultra
Speed:
20Mb download/1.5Mb upload
Download Cap:
Unlimited (subject to fair usage)
Price:
€42.00 per month
Wireless Router: Free

NTL Student Broadband

Last three months of contract is free.

3Mb Broadband Value
Speed:
3Mb download/256Kb upload
Download Cap:
30GB
Price:
€28.00 per month
Wireless Router: €49.99

10Mb Broadband Express
Speed:
10Mb download/1Mb upload
Download Cap:
Unlimited (subject to fair usage)
Price:
€38.00 per month
Wireless Router: Free

20Mb Broadband Ultra
Speed:
20Mb download/1.5Mb upload
Download Cap:
Unlimited (subject to fair usage)
Price:
€48.00 per month
Wireless Router: Free

Ice Broadband

No phone line required.

Home Broadband
Speed:
3Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention:
36 : 1
Download Cap:
Unlimited
Installation:
€99.00 (waived for a 24 month contract)
Price:
€37.99 per month

So-Ho Broadband
Speed:
4Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention:
20 : 1
Download Cap:
Unlimited
Installation:
€99.00 (waived for a 24 month contract)
Price:
€59.99 per month

Gaming Broadband
Speed:
4Mb download/2Mb upload
Contention:
20 : 1
Download Cap:
Unlimited
Installation:
€99.00 (waived for a 24 month contract)
Price:
€69.99 per month

Business Broadband
Speed:
5Mb download/3Mb upload
Contention:
20 : 1
Installation:
€149.00 (exc VAT)
Download Cap:
Unlimited
Price:
€89.00 per month (exc VAT)

Corporate Broadband
Speed:
6Mb download/4Mb upload
Contention:
12 : 1
Installation:
€149.00 (exc VAT)
Download Cap:
Unlimited
Price:
€135.00 per month

Pure Telecom

Wireless Products

Engineer installation is €149.99.

Home Office
Speed:
1Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention: 48 : 1
Download Cap:
Unstated
Price:
€29.74 per month exc.VAT

Business
Speed: 2Mb download/2Mb upload
Contention: 24 : 1
Download Cap: Unstated
Price: €40.00 per month exc.VAT

Business Plus
Speed: 3Mb download/3Mb upload
Contention: 24 : 1
Download Cap:
Unstated
Price: €79.00 per month exc.VAT

Corporate
Speed:
4Mb download/4Mb upload
Contention:
24 : 1
Download Cap:
Unstated
Price:
€159 per month exc.VAT

Uncontended

Speed: 512Kb
Price: €470 per month exc.VAT

Speed: 1Mb
Price: €690 per month exc.VAT

Speed: 2Mb
Price: €1,085 per month exc.VAT

Pure Telecom Business Broadband

DSL

(On site Engineer Installation €165.00. Postage and packaging of modems and routers €8.00)

ADSL 3Mb
Speed:
3Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention:
48 : 1
Download Cap:
Unknown
Price:
€29.99 per month (exc VAT)

ADSL 7.6 Mb
Speed:
7.6 Mb download/672Kb upload
Contention:
24 : 1
Download Cap:
Unknown
Price:
€40.00 per month (exc VAT)

ADSL 10Mb
Speed:
10Mb download/832Kb upload
Contention:
24 : 1
Download Cap:
Unknown
Price:
€175.00 per month (exc VAT)

ADSL+2

(On site Engineer Installation €165.00)

ADSL+2 3Mb
Speed:
3Mb download/384Kb upload
Contention:
No Contention
Download Cap:
Unknown
Price:
€29.00 (exc VAT)

ADSL+2 8Mb
Speed:
8Mb download/512Kb upload
Contention:
No Contention
Download Cap:
Unknown
Price:
€45.00 (exc VAT)

ADSL+2 10Mb
Speed:
10Mb download/884Kb upload
Contention:
No Contention
Download Cap:
Unknown
Price:
€75.00 (exc VAT)

ADSL+2 12Mb
Speed:
12Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention:
No Contention
Download Cap:
Unknown
Price:
€115.00 (exc VAT)

ADSL+2 15Mb
Speed:
15Mb download/1Mb upload
Contention:
No Contention
Download Cap:
Unknown
Price:
€150.00 (exc VAT)

Pure Telecom SDSL Broadband

On-site installation by an Engineer €450.

SDSL 2Mb
Speed:
2Mb download/2Mb upload
Contention:
No Contention
Download Cap:
Unlimited
Price:
€450.00 (exc VAT)

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Thursday Afternoon Quick Links

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Am really enjoying the The Limerick blog. Be nice to see additional blogs about Dublin news, Galway news, Cork news and so forth. Well done to the folks that put the work in on this blog. I guess the El Paso Times does that for Dundalk. Are there any other blogs like these around?

Josh Spear has some threadless vouchers which allow you to get the t-shirts for 10 bucks. Threadless t-shirts rock. I think I have about 15 of them now.

Via Rick O’Shea comes this comment from the Media Guardian:

The blogger is now mainstream. So why doesn’t every radio DJ have a blog? It’s the most obvious enhancement to every commercial radio station, and would help to transform radio from a “push medium” to one in which listener and DJ are equal, engaging in ongoing dialogue. Stations would be closer to their audiences and DJs would have a wealth of content to use on air. The stations would also achieve a new level of authenticity and honesty, values which people are now demanding of everything from products to politicians.

Why indeed? Why doesn’t every journalist have one too? Especially freelance journalists. It’s a great way for a potential employer to assess your ability. John Collins and I discuss the lack of blogs and rss in various industries. I’d like to see RSS on the jobs websites too and if they don’t then perhaps I’ll hire Jason to build me a scraper and I’ll offer job feeds myself. Hello lawyers!

Get stats on your podcasts with Sonr. Hating the web2.0 nomenclature though this isn’t a bad name and tis apt enough. Seems you track podcasts using their media player. Hmmmm. Not sure will people go with that. Wouldn’t it be better to create some kind of open architecture/API and allow people to develop plugins for existing media players? It’s a good idea and I think those who podcast should be able to get more details on what people like and dislike about podcasts they listen to and without the expense of using massive media statistics companies to find out. An automated solution that honours privacy and treats the audience well can be created I should think. Sonr might be able to do it but I dislike the idea of locking in userinfo into one centralised DB.

Sunday interview about blogs and their regulation

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Until I get a confirmation, I won’t say which radio station I’ll be on but I will be on-air talking about blogs and the blog awards. Seems though it is the usual theme of “wikipedia and blogs are too free. People can make up facts that are not substantiated. They need to be regulated.” We always fear something we don’t understand I guess. For Irish bloggers we still come under the very restrictive libel laws. Bernard from Running With Bulls knows all about that. Digital Rights Ireland’s summary of Libel laws gives a good grounding on how the accused really has a large mountain to climb to defend what they say. Far easier to captitulate and recant.

Surely there is in effect an environment of over-regulation if you are Irish based? Anyway, there is enough self-regulation in the bloggersphere where if you say something wrong you’ll have half a dozen people pointing out this error and if you refuse to accept it they’ll blog it themselves and point it out. Besides, reasonable people get listened to more than hotheads. Hotheads get more attention, which is not the same as being listened to and being taken seriously.

There’s plenty of good arguments about wikipedia too. To me it is a piece of coal that will eventually become a diamond. You start off with the coal, dirty and dark and rough and through polishing from various people, it becomes a rock-solid gem.

I think they might be inviting other bloggers on too.

500 lines – Awards entertainment

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

I was thinking a song should be performed at the start of the blog awards to warm up the crowd. This got stuck in my head the other day and I hope it does in yours too. Very infectious. It was suggested that the In Fact, ah folks sing it or the Freedom Institute folks. Guys WTF happened to your blog?

Anyway, here we go…

Sung to the tune of Proclaimers – 500 Miles

When I wake up, well I know I’m gonna be,
I’m gonna be the man who blogs something new.
When I go out, yeah I know I’m gonna be,
I’m gonna be the man who photoblogs something new.

If I get drunk, well I know I’m gonna be,
I’m gonna be the man whose posts are all askew.
And if I podcast, yeah I know I’m gonna be,
I’m gonna be the man who’s bitching all the way through.

But I would blog 500 lines
And I would blog 500 more
Just to be the man who blogged 1000 lines
To be a google traffic whore

When I’m walkin, yes I know I’m gonna be,
I’m gonna be the man thinking about posts to do.
And when the admoney, comes in for the work I do,
I earned it for blogging something taboo.

When I log on, (when i log on) oh I know I’m gonna be,
I’m gonna be the man who’s got nothing better to do.
And if I slow down, well I know I’m gonna be,
I’m gonna be the man who’s losing traffic to someone new

But I would blog 500 lines
And I would blog 500 more
Just to be the man who blogged 1000 lines
To be a google traffic whore

na na na, na na na
na na na, na na na
lika lika lika lika lika la, la, la
na na na, na na na
na na na, na na na
lika lika lika lika lika la, la, la

When I’m lonely, well I know I’m gonna be,
I’m gonna be the man whose blogging about being blue.
And when I’m dreaming, well I know I’m gonna dream,
I’m gonna dream about winning a blog award or two.

When I go out, (when i go out) well I know I’m gonna be,
I’m gonna be the man with the laptop next to you.
and when I come home, (when i come home) yes I know I’m gonna
be,
I’m gonna be the man who’s blogging at home with you,
I’m gonna be the man who’s blogging at hommmmmmme with you.

But I would blog 500 lines
And I would blog 500 more
Just to be the man who blogged 1000 lines
To be a google traffic whore

na na na, na na na
na na na, na na na
lika lika lika lika lika la, la, la
na na na, na na na
na na na, na na na
lika lika lika lika lika la, la, la
na na na, na na na
na na na, na na na
lika lika lika lika lika la, la, la
na na na, na na na
na na na, na na na
lika lika lika lika lika la, la, la

But I would blog 500 lines
And I would blog 500 more
Just to be the man who blogged 1000 lines
To be a google traffic who-ooo-re

Roaming fees not abolished in the North. More bullshit.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

See this boards.ie thread.

NGO in a Box – Activism tools

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Via World Changing comes details of NGO in a box. NGO in a box concept paper (PDF doc). This is a cd that contains windows based applications that can be used by lobby groups, advocacy groups and NGOs who campaign for various causes. I really like this concept of ready-made applications to aid activist groups. I’m really looking forward to their advocacy cd.

These projects are also linked to the Martus Project which is free software used for recording and storing information concerning the abuse of human rights.