Archive for May, 2007

Open Coffee Cork – Luigi Malone’s 10am Friday 11th May

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

See here. The theme is “Communications” I believe.

I’m the half-truth in the lie

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Paige wants to know what line you are in the Gin Soaked Boy.

The ComReg Donut Rule – Or how absolutely stupid our regulator is

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

The ComReg Donut Rule:
Take the traditional hollow centred donut. Put it on a map of Ireland. The ComReg wireless rules state that if you want to operate a wireless licence, the hollow centre is the area you can operate in and the doughy outer ring is the interference zone. You cannot operate in the interference zone and neither can anyone else. Stick a lot of donuts on a map and you can see that there is a lot of doughy bits on said map. Nobody can operate there because ComReg thinks operate on the same frequencies will interfere, this despite the OBVIOUS fact that people can operate competing services on the same spectrum and not interfere.

Look at the massive amounts of space in this country where service providers CANNOT go to even if there is massive demand because donut loving Homer Simpson is in charge of spectrum allocaton rules in ComReg.

Fluffy Links – May 10th 2007

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Piaras now has a podcast. Bon chance! – “Striving to be a new voice within Irish and European journalism”.

Ye don’t park in their space.

Another way of getting Joost invites.

Via Nialler:
Beirut with some of the Arcade Fire playing at the Bowery:

Independent Living

Finally, please sign the independent living petition. This is the petition which is against the Government charging disabled people if they live in independent housing provided by the Government.

Looking for Dublin city centre office space for May 25th

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

For free. Needs to accomodate 5+ people from early morning til past midnight. Nice broadband connection essential. Now, there’s no need for reclining la-z-y-boy chairs but if they were there too…

Tayto are mass littering the whole country

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Include the following words in the meeting that Tayto executives had with their “morkoting team” over their littering campaign. Viral. Dynamic. Guerilla. Paradigm. Long tail. Blawwg. Podcast. Bebo. MySpace generation. As a clever stunt it seems Tayto are running an ad campaign for a fake election candidate called Mr. Tayto. All well and good. Except…

Except only election candidates can put their posters on the poles. Commercial operators cannot. That did not stop Tayto putting their fake campaign posters on every pole in Ashbourne. See here. I’m hearing reports of other places too getting the same treatment.

Litter bugs! I’ll be calling the Ashbourne council in the morning to see will they be fining Tayto for each pole they littered on or is this allowed in the town or are the town getting a monetary contribution over this?

Tayto spam

Edit: Despite Tayto telling the media that the posters are taken down in the evening, Mick took more pics which show they were still there at 10pm.

Watching for when they go off-radar

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

The Datamining blog recently talked about the times when bloggers don’t blog or when experts in an area avoid talking on something they would normally talk about. This left me wondering what kind ot trend analyzer could be built into feeds and IM applications etc to let you know when people you read a lot have stopped blogging. A kind of last activity notice that you have on Bebo and other sites. For example Tom Raftery has been very quiet on his blog but his Twitter account has shown activity. With it we know he met with the IDA and impressed them with the datacentre build. Sometimes his Flickr feed shows what he is up to as well.

Wouldn’t it be nice as well as to receive notices when friends go online, to get them from your IM and your bloglines aggregator if there hasn’t been any activity in a while? Maybe it’s a bit too stalkery or needy for some people but it would probably be a nice plugin for some kind of contact manager. It might also be handy for watching the blogs of people making a product and if they go all silent then maybe a big launch is on the way or an acquisition? Handy to monitor the competition too.

This is Kathleen says Labour

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Or Katleennnnnnn as we say in Cork and what everyone refers to the Labour TD from North Central. I like the fact that they used the word “Mam” and not Mum. Like the other Labour videos it is a to-the-point piece on living in a “modern” Ireland. With all the other videos out there on YouTube now, it seems far too tame.

Been there .. bought the

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Found this on Robert Klausner’s blog, a picture of him and the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Check out what the t-shirt says:

Robert and Bertie

Fluffy Links – May 9th 2007

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Tapes are going out of fashion. No! That came out of the blue. What a non-story.

Markham Nolan is back blogging.

Via Nialler. This is evil but so clever.

Radio 1 was last night forced to withdraw a song some of its top DJs had been playing after it emerged the track appeared to be a thinly disguised advert for a brand of hair gel. Style, Attract Play is the slogan for the hair product range Shockwaves. Honeyshot (the band) was created by the advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi as a pop group that can be bought “off the shelf” by companies to covertly promote their brands.

The lines are blurring!

This is the hair election alright. Greenink applies the Peter Enright hairstyle to all Green Party candidates. This is the Enright look:
Peter Enright

Waiting in the long grass. Another political themed blog for the election.

MP3 of the “Lets design a podcaster player” talk at Microsoft’s Mix event.

Fock the Vote: