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Thursday, March 16th, 2006

The Podfather points to a survey showing radio is losing to podcasts and mp3s. I’m sure mp3s and the availability of millions of songs via an Internet connection have made most of the impact and that podcasting has made a smaller impact. It must still be a challenge though for traditional radio and for those that adopt to podcasting they could get a whole new audience. I can’t listen to Pet Sounds on TodayFM most nights due to college but I’d listen to the podcasts on the weekend and being a podcast I don’t need to hang around a radio for it. For shitty daytime shows I would think podcasting them is a waste but for something like niche shows like Pet Sounds and discussion shows like the Last Word then they’d increase their audience.

More Blog Awards prizes were given away today.

Last night I finally listened to interview with Sligo Tourism Gal Aine Chambers on the Monday Dave Fanning show. I was shocked and impressed that at the very end of the piece she thanked myself and Letter to America host Jett Loe. Aine is a natural for the airwaves. She controled the interview well and that’s something else when being interviewed by livewire Dave Fanning who is very hard to keep up with.
Update: Aine is now also in the Sligo Champion. Bump Aine on

Dave Fanning has a blog

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

The Dave Fanning blog. We’ll need an aggregator soon enough just for Irish DJs. Welcome to the Blog O’Sphere Dave and hope to see you have fun here. Dave has got to have the perfect personality for blogging. We all know how much information he knows and the medium of radio with the time limits of ads and songs means Dave always appears not to be able to tell you everything he wants to. Blog it Dave!

Hotmail 30 day termination trigger almost makes Top Tech Tom say “Duck”

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Award winning Tech Blogger Tom Raftery almost used the word “duck” he was so fucking pissed with Hotmail. The bastards.

Says Tom while in between shining his award and hanging up on journalists and groupies:

I wanted to use another term rather than suck (one which rhymes with suck) but I realise some people can be offended by profanity so I rowed back on the language.

Why am I annoyed? – Microsoftรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs insistence that you have to log into Hotmail every 30 days or they delete all your info.

You go Tiger Tom!


Dave Winer to leave blogging world – qui custodiet?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

MJ mentions that Dave Winer is going to blogRetire. Dave Winer can be childish, petulant, mean, brash and loud. By god do we need more people like Dave but do we have them? Not only has Dave created blogging but he has also created Podcasting. The current new shift in trends is all thanks to him. He’s the guy who has also on numerous occassions said “Dude, that emperor is naked. ”

Dave’s not Gandhi but he was and is of the same attitude to get things done for the greater good. The right things. Dave knows when he’s right and will kick and scream and prod and push to bring everyone on side. Gandhi was blessed in that he had everyone onside when he did his work. Dave doesn’t because the opressors are not as obvious as they once were. They creep nicely in and we think they’re great and then bam, you’ve been fucked over. Evil is no longer zero sum.

How can you have the people behind you when the people don’t know what the hell is about to happen? Dave’s not been disheartened about this and in the past has thrown himself on many a grenade and decided to not give a fuck about popular opinion in order to stop the madness.

So Dave is going to retire and I hope he enjoys his retirement. He’s got plenty of battle scars and he deserves to take a break. Hope you have fun with your spare time fella. But who’ll replace him? A replacement is needed or more than one. Scoble, Searls, Weinberger are far too polite and we don’t need more polite people. We need people who are as tough as nails and will dive into a fight besides sitting around and discussing it. Who’s got the brains and the balls to get really angry about things and to not take the bullshit fed to and believed by others. Dave won’t take crap from Google, Apple, MS to name but a few. He’ll call out the new companies too who seem to ge so much love by the “A listers” who schmooze with them so much and are kept under the thumb via nominations to advisory boards.

Can the recruitment process for the next Dave start asap? We really need someone to fill the void.

The hunter becomes the hunted – Interview with a blogger

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

The BBC had a radio show called Chain Reaction. The idea was that someone from the entertainment world begins the series interviewing a person of their choice. The following week the interviewee becomes interviewer and choses their own person to interview. And so it goes on. The series wrapped up with Alan Moore interviewing Brian Eno. Would anyone like to do the same here for Irish bloggers? Since we all got on so well at the Blog Awards and chatted with people we previously only engaged with online and from meeting them in personlearned a good deal more, I’m sure now there are a load of new people we’d like to talk to and find out more about. To me it’d be a nice way of humanising this Blog O’Sphere too. I’d like to kick it off by nominating two people who would then go off and ask people to be interviewed. That way we should see about two new interviews every week or so. Are people interested in taking part in this?

Few rules:
Interview someone that you don’t know really well already otherwise it’s a bunch of mates telling each other how great they are.
Try and mix it up too by interviewing someone outside the sphere you normally blog in. Techs interviewing techs is going to be boring as are Republicans interviewing Republicans.
If you interview someone so they can just talk up their business then you will ruin the spirit of this and I’ll call you names on this blog. Maybe even rude names.
Be civil to the person you interview. Don’t interview someone just so you can get a load of digs in because you have totally different political views. I think Tom Cosgrave’s open letter to Richard is probing enough without being antagonistic.
Email the person first if you want to interview them besides saying on your blog that you want to because they should be under no pressure to accept.
Not a rule as such but a suggestion – Don’t lay out a set of questions and let it at that. Send a few follow-up emails to clarify some points or dig deeper into certain areas.

Oh, just seen UI’s piece on Damien Blake. Nicely done.

Update: 16 March 06
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The past 7 days

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Tues 7th. My birthday. Woke at 0530 to travel to Dublin for the launch of an Oireachtas report on broadband. Think I was featured in SiliconRepublic talking about broadband.

Wedn 8th.Talking in ENN about broadband and teleworking.

Thu 9th. On Dave Fanning to talk about Blog Awards.

Fri 10th. Flew to Dublin. Was in Irish Times talking Blogs. Was in SiliconRepublic talking about Govt Man project.

Sat 11th. On Newstalk talking about Govt report on broadband.

Sun 12th. In Sunday Times talking broadand.

Mon 13th. Talking broadband in Metro paper. Talking blogs in Irish Times. Talking Blogs in Electric News. Talking Blogs in Siliconrepublic.

Tues 14th. Fighting with eircom director on Newstalk about broadband at 8am. Was mentioned in Electric News again.

In that time I also helped contribute to a few other news stories that I was not credited with but that’s the nature of the game. Am I a media whore now then? ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweet: Amazon S3 gets all Bittorrenty

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

The cheap as chips Amazon storage service also has BitTorrent support. Back in October I suggested an Irish Bittorrent service and I was thinking about it again recently. With Amazon I wonder do we need it now. The price: $0.15 per GB of storage per month, and $0.20 for each GB of data transferred up or downstream. That’s very bloody cheap. Should be very very handy for podcasters like the lads from Letter to America

Sligo Tourism Legend Aine Chambers on Fanning Show

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Aine Chambers

Not only did Aine make the Sunday Papers but she was also on the Dave Fanning show tonight my sources in Sligo tell me. I’ll put the direct link here when it gets uploaded to the 2fm website. How much money has Sligo Tourism spent on advertising their site? Spend it on Aine! She’d gotten 10s of 1000s to look at Sligo’s lovely sites without spending a fortune on marketing companies. The Internet was built to allow individuals to make a difference.

Aine has now put up a special Patrick’s Day 2006 message for all her viewers.

Is there any techy out there that can create a Google Maps mashup and add the locations she mentions on her site and when you click on them a video plays? Go Aine Go!

So, what next?

Monday, March 13th, 2006

I was hoping to announce a few things at the blog Awards but was so busy gearing up for it that didn’t have time. So what’s next?

Myself and John Breslin are hoping to organise another Awards event for sometime this year but it won’t be about blogs. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m working with a few groups for a Technology conference in September. Think I already have a sponsor for it.

IrelandOffline are hoping to organise a conference this year and I hope to help John Timmons with this.

The very next item though is going to be the bloggers workshop. Myself and That Girl will work on this and it already looks like we have a venue sorted thanks to a nice training company. We just need to agree on what the formula is going to be. There’s a workshop wiki set up for it if you want to contribute.

Irish Blog Awards 2006 – The Movie

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Woah and double woah. Thanks to Joe Drumgoole we have the video of the 2006 Irish Blog Awards. It being on YouTube, doesn’t it mean I have to set my lawyers on them about 5 days after it being watched by half the Internet? ๐Ÿ˜‰