Archive for July, 2006

When the going gets fluff – Fluffy links 3rd July 2006

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Ralph Depping’s blog. He’s an old college mate. He’ll be a dad soon and I bet he’ll not blog for another year after the kid arrives. Oh and he has a dolphin on his petrol cap. Not a real one though.

9th February 2004. Get the vomit bucket.

and from another old post:

We left the camp after we had innoculated the children for Polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn’t see. We went back there and they had come and hacked off every innoculated arm. There they were in a pile… A pile of little arms. And I remember… I… I… I cried… I wept like some grandmother

Here’s an idea about blogs for politicians. Don’t forget Suzy’s suggestion.

Data Retention Conference – July 19th

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

DRI mentions a Data Retention Conference in Dublin on July 19th. Tickets are twice as expensive as a Pearl Jam ticket or half price if you get said ticket off EBay. To be clear, a ticket for this conference is €150 and €50 for students which I am again. Alas I have no holiday days left to take this year. Try and go. Hopefully the speakers notes will all be put online.

Another Cork Business Blog has started

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Pat Phelan has started blogging now as well. Welcome to the Blog O’Sphere.

It’s started

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Firstly someone convinced the U.S. Army to spend 450k on researching blogs as part of the War on terrorism.

Quote of note:

Blog entries have a different structure,” Ulicny said. “They are typically short and are about something external to the blog posting itself, such as a news event. It’s not uncommon for a blogger to simply state, ‘I can’t believe this happened,’ and then link to a news story.”

Look at how many Tailranks, Diggs, TechMemes and other sites you could create with that.

Businessweek also notes a company is paying bloggers to blog about products for their clients and disclosure is optional. They will only pay you after aliking your blog post. Charming.

I’ve recounted this story a few times on mailing lists but now I’ll share it here. I had to deal with this marketing/ebusiness/web dev firm before. Along with another guy we were asked to redesign a website for a hotel in Cork. They also wanted it marketed to they hired a marketing firm with tech experience. We all had a meeting together where said marketing company told the manager of the hotel that in order to be found on the web you had to go to a domain registry and register not only the domain name but also every page on it. He also advised the manager that having a database for all the static content would be better as it would speed up load times compared to just normal html pages. For this advice this company charged the hotel three grand. More than we were charging to redo the website.

I’m sure it’ll only be another small while before these snakeoil salespeople start doing the same for blogs. “Has to be on blogspot, not on your own domain.” “Write it in coloured text. use capitals.” etc. etc.

Bubble Brothers Begin Blogging

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Bubble Brothers have a blog. Hooray! Ages back I wrote how I saw them as an ideal candidate for a blog and now Julian, Austin and co have set one up. Call on over and give them some encouragement.

Hugh MacLeod and Politicians blogging

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Politicians and blogging

Above Cartoon by Hugh MacLeod.