I mentioned I wanted a pony in a recent post. So what did I get? First a lovely card from Sharon from 1169 and counting and these ponies:
This is how I Fluffy roll. People were wondering where I get the stuff. I generally have 20-60 tabs open in Firefox and towards the end of an evening I pick the best of them and put them into a Fluffy Links post.
My mate Stephen started a blog after 4 years of badgering. Say hello.
Jazzbiscuit has the scoop about my next project, the Irish Web Awards.
Bid for a Vote For Rick poster.
UK ISPS selling customers browsing habits? They doing it here? Why not?
Loving Jonathan’s Blog Awards vid.
Follow the shafted trophy.
CNet says blogging ain’t big in Ireland. Why am I still hungover still from Saturday then? Clueless.
Yay for badges.
Jackie Moon commercials:
Every year my philosophy for the Blog Awards is to improve it as every year I realise we need to fix things for the next and the other thing is to add a surprise. Always have something in reserve to exceed expectations. Last year it was goody bags and champagne. This year the surprise was the election theme and the videos. Myself and John did a test run in a Starbucks on the Friday and it all went well. With my Dell laptop and WinDVD it worked fine. Sometime Saturday I realised that I forgot my power cable for the laptop. With about an hour and a bit til the show started I dumped the DVD on Alexia and went off to worry about something else. So what did she do? Well she saved the day. Sat behind Rick and manually fought with the DVD and Windows Vista to get it working. If it wasn’t for Alexia we’d never have seen the masterpiece that John put together.
I finished writing for the Tribune last week (on a regular basis) but my final piece wasn’t published so as recycling makes sense and all that, here’s my piece about banning dialup:
There’s a healthy debate currently going on in Ireland about broadband, the availability of it and the speed of it. Ireland is far from a broadband nation and a lot needs to be done to remedy this. However with all the talk of broadband we seem to be overlooking dialup. Many on dialup could easily move to broadband but they don’t. Dialup is expensive, backward, dangerous and it’s holding us back. It’s time to ban dialup and give people the choice of broadband or nothing.
Eircom estimates there are still around 200,000 active dialup users in the country. Shockingly 60% of these users could move to broadband. Many of the broadband providers are a bit perplexed about this. While it’s true some of the highest users of dialup want broadband and are desperately trying to get it, there is still a glut of people who could move over but won’t.
Recent ComReg figures show that the average spend by dialup users is over €30 per month yet the cheapest broadband packages these days cost €20 or even less. If dialup customers were moved over on to broadband they’d automatically make savings on top of all the other advantages broadband offers. Those who say they only want to go online for a few minutes each month too no longer have to use dialup. Three Ireland have now released a pay as you go mobile broadband package. A 24-hour 3Pay Broadband top up will be €5 with a 500MB download limit. A week’s connection will cost €10 with a 2GB download limit or a 30 day will cost €30 with 10GB download limit. Other providers are sure to follow this connection model.
It’s not just about money though. Wth so many viruses and hacking attempts online the average computer in order to stay secure is downloading virus definition updates at least once a day. These updates take seconds on broadband to download but can take 10-20 minutes on some dialup connections. Couple that with essential security patches for operating systems and applications and computers are busy fixing themselves up daily. Even with broadband, a naked, just out of the box computer is vulnerable to attack until properly patched. IT Security consultant Brian Honan points out the ever-long battle to stay secure: “Even with a broadband connection a PC shipped from a manufacturer or bought in a shop could take so long to download and update all the relevant security software and patches to the system that it could be infected by the time it has secured itself. Of course this is even worse for dial-up users.”
Honan also points out that operating system updates and patches for Microsoft Office can be as large as 200-300Mb which some on dialup might have ignored: “I am sure there are still a lot of PCs out there running Windows XP Service Pack 1 simply because Service Pack 2 was too big to download.” I carried out a speed test comparison that showed downloading a service pack on broadband took 25 minutes but took as long as 14 hours on dialup. That’s if the person on dialup can allow themselves to stay online that long.
Finally, broadband is good for our broadband rankings. Turning off dialup for those that can switch to broadband would mean we instantly add 100,000 broadband connections to Irish broadband figures and would see us reach or get close to the European Average for broadband after years of trying. Something that would give the under-fire Communications Minister something to smile about at last. With hardly any effort or expenditure we could get away from the bottom of the broadband leagues. People are stubborn though and will resist change, even when it’s good for them. We succeeded with plastic bags and smoking. Now we need a dialup ban. It’s better, cheaper and safer for all of us that go online.
Lots of griping that nobody from the North won at the Blog Awards. Again some said. Some people wrongly said Slugger has been snubbed every year. They won the first year. Grannymar won and guess where she’s from? The Family Voyage folks have an odd accent too. Oh my god, are they from somewhere inside the Northern border?
As I recover.
Meanwhile there’s this:
Loads and loads more here.
The Blog Awards is work for me and I’ll be in work mode. I will be running around like a blue-arsed fly, fretting that everything is going ok and we are on schedule. I don’t remember a huge amount from last year despite not drinking any booze, except Ms Dillon dancing like mad. And also Mr. Rafterty. The Blog Awards is not an Awards without his dancing. But the rest, a blur for me really.
I’ll probably not be able to stop and say hello to you because of the everything going on. There’s 400+ people this year!!! I have a good few more helpers this year so grab one of them if you need anything.
I’m sorry but I won’t be able to chat for a few minutes about what you want to bend my ear about, I know a few want to chat to me about various things and have sent emails. Not going to happen. Sorry. Another time.
If I do chat to you, slowly explain to me who you are. I won’t remember you from last year more than likely. There’s a strong chance I won’t remember you 10 seconds after we meet this year too. If you have a polaroid camera and a sharpy we can do Memento on it to help me remember.
No, you can’t have a fluffy badge. But there may be a limited something else come out …
But once the main event is over with, I’m free as a bird then.
More here. Go on, we need more people to dress up in various attire.
O2 Ireland also today issued its KPIs for the Q4 period, from 1 October 2007 to 31 December 2007.
year, with 22,000 net new postpay customers added in the quarter.