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Fluffy Links – Monday June 15th 2008

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Check out the blog Leeside Story by Emer Harrington

IMRO now suing Eleccy Picnic. Nice sort them.

Euan riffs in Enterprise 2.0 but it can apply to any new idea inside a company.

I believe I can fly. No you can’t you conman. How David Copperfield flys.

Mossberg reviews the Samsung phone and mentions the iPhone how many times?

Only recently found the blog Photoshop Disasters. This one is fantastic.

Metallica has to backtrack after telling bloggers they were not allowed to review their music. Gobshites.

Google Browser Synch discontinued. Damn.

But they are building an ISP throttling detection tool. Interesting.

Via Fabulist

Young Fine Gael sing Enda Enda Enda

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Can anyone decode the lyrics? It mentions Bertie and Harney. I’m actually impressed (no really) with the clever lyrics that I can make out. Gift Grub material, almost. The person that uploaded this video called them bigots, I don’t see how. Boggers maybe.

What are ComReg up to these days?

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Well according to the eTenders site, the Telecoms Poodle are

Looking to hire someone to write a report for them on the Digital Dividend:

To enter into a contract (commencing on 31 July 2008) for the provision consultancy advice for the Commission for Communications Regulation (hereafter referred to as ComReg) on a suitable approach to its Digital Dividend strategy. It is intended that the consultants will produce a report, based on experience of other countries, which have begun implementing Digital Dividend, and an overview of Digital Dividend strategies adopted there to ensure that consumers will benefit from the future release of Digital Dividend spectrum.

The Digital Dividend is that spectrum released when analogue TV is switched off. Something that will not happen for years in Ireland I should think, though it’s meant to be 2012 in most places. The EU has yet to make a proper decision on it and some consultation about it is meant to happen later this year.

Ofcom, a proper telecoms regulator started their consultation in 2005 on this and another this month.

Another report needed on the shutting down of GSM frequency bands and telcos moving to full 3G.

The purpose of this tender is to engage the services of an experienced and suitably qualified professional contractor to analyse the technical implications of liberalisation of the 900MHz and 1800MHz GSM bands, taking into account the expiry dates of existing GSM licences on behalf of the Commission.

And finally a tender to Build and run a call centre for ComReg. Ah handy, outsourcing their “Hah, you must be joking, that’s not our problem, go back to your telco and sort it amongst yourselves.” phoneline. Surely a recording would do?

Report: Internet nearly twice as influential as TV in Europe

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Read this highly interesting post from Matt Dickman about his employer’s report on digital influence.

As you can see the internet is more influential in each country than any other type of media. It’s nearly twice as influential as TV and eight times more influential than traditional print media. Interestingly, consumers spend a marginal amount more time on TV than the Internet, but it’s not effecting their decisions proportionally.

The study found that consumer behavior falls into one of five categories. They are research, commerce, communication, mobility and publishing.

Teatime TV
Photo owned by dominiccampbell (cc)

Upcoming Blogging and Online Marketing training events

Friday, June 13th, 2008

In association with the Irish Computer Society I’m doing a Business Blogging Training course on Tuesday June 24th and an Online Marketing training course on July 8th. If you’re interested in attending then contact the ICS.

Both the Blogging course and the Online Marketing course are interactive and you’ll be doing practical stuff. Watching Powerpoints wastes everyone’s time.

Balloons at Luminato
Photo owned by paolo.demarchi (cc)

Fluffy Links – Friday the 13th of June 2008

Friday, June 13th, 2008

What a great post. Blogging really is therapeautic.

Alexia has a new blog gaff.

South of Dub. Property blog. Very interesting stuff on it.

Well done to the Dial2Do folks who won the SVASE Launch in Silicon Valley.

David Behan has launched an online memorial service. Congrats.

Seriously? Eamon Ryan opts out of addressing data retention issues? He’s Comms Minister, the law is all about spying on our communications.

So Linux on servers is greener?

Microsoft sync software, not one, not two but how many different ones have they got?

Fred Wilson gives good advice on conducting meetings that won’t waste your time.

Twingly – New blog search engine. Meant to be less spammy.

It was a hidden setting but you can enable the iPod 3G videoconferencing system easily enough.

Black Affair – It’s Real

Gotta love Freedom of Information requests

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Tis the season for FOI requests innit? Another one from the DCENR (pdf) where Finian McGrath writes to Eamon Ryan and asks him to have a phonebox removed from a neighbourhood in Marino. The forwarded letter from the constituent is funny but tragic.

From what I have seen the phone box serves the following purposes in descending order.
1. Target for throwing practice – which results in glass shattered all over the street and the footpath.
2. Public Toilet.
3. Drinking Den and subsequent dumping spot for Vodka bottles
4. Meeting place for drunken youths
5. Phone box

RTÉ News Now launches – A new 24-hour online news ‘channel’

Thursday, June 12th, 2008


RTÉ News Now is the only place you can watch the latest Irish news from anywhere in the world.

Watch up-to-the-minute news streamed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with live coverage of special events and full-length current affairs programmes.

Realplayer or Windows Media Player only. Hmm. get it right

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

So my Blacklisting post got a lot of attention, here’s an example of getting it right when approaching bloggers or anyone really:

Hi Damien,

We viewed a link from for Cava Restaurant to – and just want to say ‘thanks’ for the link – your site is very informative.

Again – many thanks.

Warmest regards,


Imagine if every company thanked someone for a link, just like bloggers do when someone links to them. It says a company is listening, they’re thankful for the link and they don’t try and sell you anything in addition either.

Fluffy Links – Thursday June 12th 2008

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Una lists reasons to Vote Yes today. They’re good. I think we should vote yes too for many reasons including to not let Kiddie Gael ruin it all because of their antics.

Jazz has a bluffers guide to Lisbon.

More again on Lisbon from Alex.

Green Ink reintroduced me to this post on Didl. You musta check it out.

Ben talks about the biggest hype of this year with version 2.0.

Paul interviews Drayton Bird.

Fantastic in-depth interview with Kevin Fox from FriendFeed who previously worked in Google on GMail’s user interface in the area of user experience design.

Another contrarian view of the One Laptop Per Child project and the effectiveness of it.