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Fluffy Links – Monday December 17th 2007

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Is mise Donal Duck? RTE are oirishing Disney?

So people are now slow to trust Governments with their data? Took some time didn’t it?

A great summary of what Vendor Relationship Management is.

Via Kottke, love it:

Trying stuff is cheaper than deciding whether to try it.

Via RFJ Track all your packages in one go with Track the Pack.

Dickheads of the year. Irish version to follow? Twenty, ya want to make one?

There’s a competitor to Redbull in America for the girlie market and some sales proceeds goes to a breast cancer charity. It’s called Go Girl. That’s me modeling for them.

I bet she nagged him into it.

Still a chance to get Tom Waits to number one for Christmas

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

People of Ireland, you have til Thursday to buy the Tom Waits song “Christmas card from a hooker in Minneapolis” and try and get it in the charts or close to number 1. G’wan, it’ll beat the usual shite. Buying details here from Adam. Summary:

Apple iTunes* – 99c, works on any iPod or iPhone (please note the link will launch iTunes)
Eircom Music Club – €1.20, works on any ‘Plays for Sure’ device / €1.40, works on mobile phone
Sony Connect* – €1.29, works on any Sony device (please note the link only works in Internet Explorer and you will need the SonicStage application to download song)
EasyMusic – €1.35, works on any ‘Plays for Sure’ device (please note you may have to change your location to Ireland before purchasing as the site’s default is for the UK)
Wippit – €1.39, works on any ‘Plays for Sure’ device (please note you may have to change your location to Ireland before purchasing as the site’s default is for the UK)

Happy 200th to 73man

Friday, December 14th, 2007

200 posts down. 2000 more to go.

Fluffy Links – Friday December 14th 2007

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Bock has at it with the Brothers of Charity Inquiry. Bock is like Geraldo and Prime Time mixed together with gin. Seriously though, Bock is impressing me more and more each week. Well done dude. If this fucker gets a book deal before me though there’ll be war… 🙂

Suzy scoops again.

More Paddy’s Valley meetup details from Anton.

John Collins talks about when Paddy’s Valley meets Socialtext.

Want. Want eile.

Jessi now has a blog too. Ready, steady, rant! Prolific already.

John Gormley did not mention me today. Crysies (Una you rock). I wonder though could he answer a comment somebody here made about the carbon footprint he’s left as a result of all the jetting to Bali. Someone suggested teleconferencing in to the meeting instead. Not sure is teleconferencing ready to be as good as real-life ear bending though. And by the way, still not a fan of the new Green party but fair play for the Minister for the Environment blogging, as in REAL blogging. Dialup Dempsey blogged during the election and stopped but full praise for Sandal John for the blogging.

Via the Chancer, the RTE News Bebo page.

Oh sweet Christ.

Speaking of Christ, I got the 2007 edition of this.

eircom. Tut tut.

Via Lar: The Paradox of choice:

Fluffy Links – Thursday December 13th 2007

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Suzy has a Michael Lynn scoop. Is he off to Brazil?

Red Mum has a long rant about the life of someone that rents in Dublin. Politicians should read that.

Go to Sabrina’s site or else.

Bosco is back. Oh bollox. Annoy your friends this Christmas.

Teachers are getting Bebo bullying training. Perhaps getting them to use a computer is a first step. Step zero is the state providing a computer to them. Wouldn’t that be nice?

I tore up 40 euros worth of One 4 All vouchers the other day as they were out of date. Gits. Seems Conor found a loophole.

Amazon customer service, now with a funny bone.

This is sad. Using a pic of a blackberry convo for a scoop.

Remember my friends from that baggage handling company? 🙂 Thanks to Paul.
Sky Handling

Randall Munroe from mega-amazing comic XKCD gave a 50 min talk at Google. Funny, entertaining a little bit hot.

Another Paddy’s Valley post – Alexia, Anton, Shane and Havi blog about it

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Alexia has blogged some takeaways from the trip. Nice summary of Valley philosophy. Forget some business book, print off her points and stick it on your mirror so you see it every time you’re feeling vain.

Anton doesn’t want the momentum to dwindle. Come along on January 20th 24th to meet us all.

Shane blogs about the Paddy’s Valley adventure too.

And now for a super bonus, we got mentioned on the Yahoo! Next blog by Havi.

If there is a next time for Paddy’s Valley I want us all to meet the the Governator. Aim high, it works over there.

EDIT: Cough.

Facebook Applications on … Bebo and others – Important for Irish businesses

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Via Techcrunch and Facebook Dev blog:

Google Open what?

CEO Michael Birch says that it has been developing these parallel languages for about five months and in communication with Facebook itself, which has been assisting Bebo in its efforts to essentially adopt its platform.

This is very very important for Ireland since Bebo is still the main social networking site here. I still believe Facebook is where it’s at in terms of social networks and current figures show that Facebook now stands at 190k+ users in Ireland but as of a few weeks time applications like Scrabulous can be installed on Bebo. Scrabulous has more mindshare than Facebook it seems and this comes from FB people! If you are an application developer it’s all good as Bebo is mirroring the application markup language that Facebook is using. What is probably most important is that this will allow cross-platform interaction. Play scrabulous via Facebook against your kid brother on Bebo. If you’re a business that wants to reach a large audience and saw Facebook as easier to build for, well now all that’s changed again. Now you don’t have to pay thousands to have your application approved by Bebo and accessed by their userbase. I wonder what those companies will say who paid a lot to load their applications onto Bebo?

One wonders will we see the same happen with other social networking sites? I think we will. Great move by Bebo but this is a coup for Facebook. They just open-socialed Open Social. Of course every other social network will want Facebook applications to be installed on their site and ways to interlink with Facebook’s 50Million users. Next year they’ll have 100Million on the site. I assume we’ll soon see cross-network IM, chat, gaming and VOIP and all done before Open Social.

I’m betting a tenner the werewolves and ninjas applications will be the most popular though.

I’m blogging about John blogging about me about me blogging about him

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

It had to be done. Never mind the sandals, here’s John Gormley. Day Two in Bali and John pokes me about poking him about his sandals. We’re rooting for John in Bali though. We’re shit at soccer and rugby on the International stage, perhaps it’ll be “our John” who’ll beat the French, the English and the South Africans at this event. Oh, right, it’s not that kind of event? Still, c’mon Sandal John!

Sandal John Gormley and his environmentally friendly rothar

Fluffy Links – Wednesday December 12th 2007

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

More data lost, this time in NI. This is only the stuff that’s disclosed.

Giz Conor a job. Please.

Tune into Le Web 3, live.

One of the first bloggers I interacted with outside of Ireland was Anita Rowland. RIP Anita.

Tado gear. Yum.

It seems we’ve been waiting years for the return.

For legal nerds, Daithi links to cases with odd and over-the-top judgements. The Times gives a good writeup on the cases.

Last week in Palo Alto it seemed the bus drivers relied heavily on GPS. It ain’t perfect though.

Those who attended Paddy’s Valley

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

I’m not sure how to summarise Paddy’s Valley so I’ll write a few posts instead of one long one. This one being on those who went.

Paddy's Valley

What a bunch of … really fun, interesting and intelligent people. I can barely not kill my friends after a week’s holiday yet I’d happily spend two or three weeks with some of the crew that went over. There’s a lot of raw talent in the group and a seriously amount of talented people all round. It’s a pity that not everyone that did the pitch training got to pitch on the Tuesday night but hopefully the pitching at Yahoo! Brickhouse made up for it. I make a yearly (I only actually started this last year) “ones to watch” list and I’m thinking a lot who I met last week should go on it. It’s like this, were the crew stationed in Palo Alto and not Ireland, I have no doubt they’d be very successful so it will just take a little longer on this side of the world.

It was a pleasure to spend my week with them and I really hope that they make Paddy’s Valley redundant by doing their own versions and dragging people over. I hope they evangelise how people in the Valley operate and maybe inject their enthusiasm into Irish culture. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Paddy’s Valley idea wasn’t in anyway special and something that happens a lot?

In terms of brain power, I was chatting to some of the Irish CEOs that were attending the Leadership 4 Growth (their use of a number, not mine) in Stanford and I was saying that the PV group as a whole would make a great sounding board for any company.

There’s talk of a meetup in January where the PV crew will talk about their experiences. Anyone interested in coming along and picking the brains of everyone?

Thanks to everyone that came to Paddy’s Valley, we all rocked. 🙂

Photo sets: Marcus, Jess, Conor, others