Author Archive

As if you needed another reason to join boards.ie – Now replete with a Lifehacking Forum

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Boards.ie Lifehacking Forum.

Make Harney History – Political Thicko Remixes Labour

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Fluffy Links – April 26th 2007

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

London to get their own top level domain? .london domains.

Another Health System blog, this one from a patient perspective.

Mick from RatherSnazzy has a rant about bluetooth headsets and L signs.

Via the source for half my fluffy links of late Looks like Robert Scoble’s old job is up for grabs.

600 readers? 200 readers? Try 600,000 readers. List of most subscribed to blogs/sites.

I want some of these nerdy belt buckles.

Via Siopa Eile: Cat Power – The Greatest (Live on Jools Holland)

ENet are bigger than Jesus

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Enet, the company in charge of the pieces of fibre that encircle many towns had a big hoopla in Carlow today as they announced a wireless network.

Carlow will become the country’s very first completely wireless-enabled broadband town later today as a result of a collaboration between metropolitan area network (MAN) provider e-Net and Carlow County Council.

Right…. but what does completely enabled mean?

The new network will be deployed three years ahead of Dublin’s proposed Wi-Fi network and will cover 50pc of businesses and 10pc of homes in Carlow town.

Bad enough that other telcos and associations have been talking horseshit about availability and coverage for years. Now ENet are starting this dishonest game. But of course it gets better.

Tiger economy, low unemployment rates? Yup, them too.

Pointing to statistics from IDA Ireland, he said that in 2004 only 20pc of new jobs were announced in the 27 phase one towns where MANs have been built. This increased to 40pc in 2005 and 60pc in 2006. “I would never say that that was down to the MANs on their own but I have to believe that we are having some impact.

He forgets to point out the timeframe when the MANs went live in those towns. How many small businesses are connected to MANs? How many can afford the 1000s a month to connect?

UPDATE: Via Evert in the comments is the fact that this whole farce was funded by the taxpayers at a cost of 3Million, from the Irish Times:

The Carlow start-up project has cost €3 million, with 90 per cent of the cost provided by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and 10 per cent by the local authorities.

3 Million for 11 access points and then to charge the same taxpayers to access it? Sickening. That’s 5-10 exchanges that could be upgraded for that.

Free .info domains. 100 available. 1 each. Terms and conditions apply. Purple monkey dishwasher.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Another domain offer thingy, this time from Spiral Hosting. Terms and conditions and yadda and yaddayaddayaddas apply.

Fluffy Links – April 25th 2007

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Tips on social engineering. Or how with a bluetooth headset, a shirt and tie and a clipboard, you can crash any event.

Gore could still run. and it appears that some people are putting a campaign team together.

Via Paddy Anglican is the clip of Buddy Jesus. Stephen is actually an Anglican priest. At the wedding I was recently at and I swear to < insert deity here > this is true, the mural inside over the church doors had a Jesus that pretty much was doing the Buddy Jesus pose. Really odd.

Amateur is king on YouTube? Still as popular if all copyrighted stuff removed?

Newswise now has a Guns and Violence channel?

Not a bad list of podcasts.

Say hello to Derfen.

They’re nicknamed crackberries for a reason.

Remember this? Found DVDs for download online of the first season, yet you cannot buy them online.

McDowell gets Thicko’d

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Thicko is back! Now it’s McDowell’s turn:

Oooh maybe NOW the game is on – Attack ad from Labour?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

This is Margaret:

Edit: Wouldn’t this make a great PoliticalThicko piss-take? Pat leaning in, talking to the person. “Hi, I’m Pat, now that you are tied into the bed, let me tell you about how to Make a Change.”

Coworking using the FON Model?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

I was thinking about the idea of Coworking again and previously I mentioned the idea of twinning with another Coworking location but there was something still niggling at me about this and eventually with the way the brain works, the cloud of thoughts got less cloudy and I started wondering would the FON model work for Coworking. FON basically is a worldwide wifi network that gives away wireless modems for free or quite cheaply. When you put your modem online, it becomes part of the FON network as do you. While abroad you can then log on to the network for free since you are hosting a FON modem. People who are not members of FON pay to access the network at a cheap price. You can choose not to partake in the roaming offer also, while still being a member and instead you’ll get half the fee that FON charges someone to access your router.

Anyways, left a comment over on James’ site about the idea. Wouldn’t it be nice to travel the world or country and hop from one place to another for plug in for free in return for you having a Coworking facility that allows a few free seats for the nomad Coworkers?

A blogger talks about blogging. *Gasp*

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

I like this idea. Some colleges in the States are getting students to blog about the colleges. Cheap and transparent marketing for colleges. The Irish ones should do that instead of spending fortunes in papers, on radio ads and on television asking students to sign up with them.

Meanwhile, Eamo Dunphy considers getting a blog.