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The Hill – Can anyone TiVo this pour moi?

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

The Hill is a new Washington D.C. documentary. Looks promising enough. It will never get over to this side of the Atlantic. I’d appreciate if someone could Tivo it. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease.

DCMNR/ComReg Facilitating Broadband Leadership Conference – Details

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

The DCMNR/ComReg event on September 21st:

0845 Mr Noel Dempsey TD opens the event.
0910 Prof Peter Cochrane Co-Founder and Chief Technologist of Concept Labs
0940 David Jesse, MD of eBay Ireland
1000 Martin Cronin, Forfas
1020 Coffee

1040 Podcasting – Increasing access to 3rd level education. Sligo IT
1100 Infotainment Technology, Dylan Collins, CEO DemonWare
1130 Halo Room, Paul Bradley, HP
1200 Gerry Fahy, TIF, “Ensuring Broadband Ireland”
1220 Summary/Discussion/Bunfight
1250 Closing Address. Ms Isolde Goggin, ComReg
1300 Lunch

Facilitator: Miriam O’Callaghan

Barcamp Ireland – Update – To be held in Cork Sept 30th

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Update to update: Date set to September 30th. Sorry to everyone who can’t make it but 30th suits more.

Update: Seems a few of those that want to go are unavailable for the 23rd. Would the 30th suit? It’s the usual case though that one date will never suit everyone. Can people leave a comment below?

Barcamp Ireland will be held in Webworks Cork on Sept 23rd. Myself, Conor O’Neill and Walter Higgins will be organising it from the Cork side. Pleae stay tuned to the BarCamp Ireland Wiki.

One of our sons is leaving the republic but…

Monday, August 28th, 2006

another is returning home. Branedy is off to Dublin for his new job. But at least we have some kind of balance as another Cork son is returning soon. Best of luck in Dublin Branedy. Will we only see you blog on weekends now? You got the passport, the Munster Jersey, the Cork GAA top, the Barry’s tea and the Peoples Republic of Cork T-Shirt?

New blogs on the block – August 28th 2006

Monday, August 28th, 2006

New blogs on the block or at least new to me.

First up is Gillian Morrison’s blog. Gillian is a film producer living in Cork. It’s a nice blog and it even talks about the movie industry here in Cork. Yes, it exists.

Then we have Mise’s blog. Mise lives between Cork and the United Arab Emirates. Go read the blog for more details.

John McWilliam’s photo blog. You may have seen it before but have another gander. Photo bloggers in Ireland are gifted.

Lastly today is Davy McDonald’s blog. Davy is a graphic designer based up North. Check out his blog for rants and odes to the world of graphic design and look up his past work. Brilliant posters. Davy can design the poster for the next blog awards in February. 🙂 Maybe I should ask first?

Fluffy links August 28th 2006

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Denise Heffernan points out there’s a Starbucks in Cork now. To the airport we go!

Keith asks could the NTL/Chorus MMDS frequencies be used for wireless broadband provisioning?

I get knocked down and I get back up again. The Chumby sounds like a fun idea. An alarm clock that’s a pc.

Amazing Art. Looks like a giant buddha made from used tyres. Art can be created from anything. Genius.

911 dispatcher acts the bollox. Suggests he sends the cops out to sort out a mother’s unruly kid.

Wikipedia is gay and sex obsessed. Well according to these stats anyway.

Parents want to teach son lesson about borrowing car, he’s beaten to death on the way to jail. This is really sad.

Geek humour.

Podzinger has added some new features. Audio and video searches now and a “Zing Index”. Let’s hope KFC doesn’t have prior art.

02 promising 3.6Mbps to 14.4Mbps HSPA broadband product by year end

Monday, August 28th, 2006

O2 broadband to deliver peak rate speeds from 3.6 up to 14.4 megabits per second. No prices, no packages and no actual date.


Monday, August 28th, 2006

A while back I created feeds for every TD in the country. Well, now myself and the amazing Rob Synnott have created a handy aggregator for all these details. It’s called Politics In Ireland. It updates twice a day. Maybe it’ll update more frequently the closer it gets to the election. I hope this compliments the already great politics sites that are out there.

The front page lists results for all TDs. But to give users even more choice you can also view results for just the TD themselves, or everyone in their party or everyone in the constituency they’re in.

You don’t even have to visit the website if you don’t want to as every section has an RSS feed that you can subscribe to.

And there’s more. You can also display the results on your blog or website using a simple bit of javascript like below:

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More examples here. Working sidebar feed on Rob’s blog.

Simply replace the id number (172 in this case) with the id number of the page you want to display. For all results just leave the id blank.

Please do remember that the site is in Beta so think of it as this: Politics In Ireland

More features will be added in the future as we have time and resources. We hope you find it useful. Feedback will be greatly appreciated. I’d like to thank John Breslin for creating the site logo and massive thanks to Rob for putting in a huge amount of work and for being very patient with my whims and requests. You rock Rob!

Broadband Leadership Conference – IrelandOffline Excluded

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Update: Just got invites.

Posted this on the IrelandOffline forum too.

IrelandOffline have not been invited to a DCMNR conference on September 21st in Dublin. ComReg are apparently running this conference on behalf of the DCMNR. It’s not unusual for us to be left out of these events. I guess it’s hard to stay professional when IrelandOffline constantly points out your bullshit. Oh wait, hang on, regulators are meant to act like professionals and not be so petty as to leave one of the key stakeholders out of events like these. Pity this is the third ComReg event where we’ve been excluded. Clerical errors were blamed before. I sure hope the invites weren’t lost in the post. ComReg can’t use that excuse or at least I hope they won’t use it, since they regulate the postal system too.

PC Penetration in Ireland and the EU: Another lame excuse squished

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

As you may know from my many rants on this blog, I get quite annoyed with the various excuses eircom, the telecoms poodle and DCMNR use for explaining why we’re second last in the EU15 for broadband penetration. PC Penetration or the lack of PCs in this country is one excuse used.

An EU report (7Mb PDF) released on friday had loads of different stats on mobile usage, TV usage and Internet usage. (Pat Phelan mentions other stats from it) It was nice to finally have stats on EU wide pc penetration (see around page 30) because we can now see that excusing our poor takeup of broadband on PC penetration is flawed. Ireland has a household pc penetration rate of 44% and a broadband penetration rate of 7% (about 8% now since the report used older data). Using the logic of the excuse makers you’d expect that countries with a lower PC penetration rate would have a lower broadband penetration rate. Nope. Some yes but a lot have better rates such as:

The New Member states have an average PC penetration rate of 40% and an average broadband penetration rate of 12%.
Czech Republic: PC penetration rate of 41%, broadband penetration rate of 10%.
Poland: PC penetration rate of 41%, broadband penetration rate of 13%.
Lithuania: PC penetration rate of 36%, broadband penetration rate of 9%
Hungary: PC penetration rate of 36%, broadband penetration rate of 11%
Latvia: PC penetration rate of 35%, broadband penetration rate of 13%
Portugal: PC penetration rate of 34%, broadband penetration rate of 13%

But even those countries with a slightly better PC penetration rate have much better broadband penetration rates

Italy: PC penetration rate of 47%, broadband penetration rate of 12%
Spain: PC penetration rate of 46%, broadband penetration rate of 16%
Estonia: PC penetration rate of 45%, broadband penetration rate of 32%

Estonia has 1% more on us for PC penetration and yet has a broadband penetration rate that’s 4 times as much as us.

I look forward to knocking back your next broadband excuses guys.