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Lots of talk about Venture Capitalists going around.

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

There’s a lot of talk about rebooting or changing the way venture capitalism works. I wonder is all this renewed talk down to this guy?

Scoble mentioned one thing which I suppose is true about software companies:

But today’s world isn’t money constrained. You don’t need much money to build software or services

So, I wonder, what is the biggest reason for companies to seek money? Wages for emlpoyees? Hardware costs? Are there many VC firms in Ireland that will invest in comparitively small amounts, say 100k or do they only want to talk to people who need a few tonnes of bank notes?

Giant PR firm lauds blogs, gets on cluetrain

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Via Doc Searls is a link to a piece by Richard Edelman who is CEO of the world’s largest independent public relations firm with 1,800 employees in 40 offices worldwide. In the piece he says:

How can companies embrace this future of empowered stakeholders? Speak from the inside out, telling your employees and customers what is happening so they can spread the word for you. Be transparent, revealing what you know when you know it while committing to updating as you learn more. Be willing to yield control of the message in favor of a rich dialogue, in which you learn by listening.

Sage advice and probably something that a lot of us here in the blogosphere know already but this coming from Edelman is good news indeed. I just wonder how long before this trickles into the consciousness of all PR people in Ireland?

When I grow up I want to be Fiona De Londras

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Fiona’s writings over the past few days have been nothing but exceptional.

Soundseeing tours of Dublin – Tourist Office podcasts

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Via Smartmobs comes news that the Dublin Tourism site is offering podcasts of various tourist walks around Dublin. About time. I suggested Soundseeing tours of Cork a while back with the timings and maps of the tour being “open sourced” so people could mash-up the audio files. I still think something like that would have a lot of potential.

Google – where privacy is an evil lie

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

John Battelle asked Google what details they store and I think this has stark implications for Ireland with the new Data Retention Spy Law.

These “server logs” typically include your web request, Internet Protocol address, browser
type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser

In other words, yes, Google does record this data. But, does it KEEP that data, I asked? The answer:


Kind of on the same topic, via Google Blogoscoped is a mini video on why the L in Google is green.

Food Blogging – 420 gram T-Bone Steak

Friday, January 27th, 2006

We have a remarkable Chef at work. This is what I got the other day. I couldn’t finish my chips or salad. 420grams of VERY rare T-Bone steak, chunky chips and a salad. Cost me a tenner.

T-Bone Steak

And this is what I had in Aya last time I was in Dublin. Well it wasn’t the only thing, but who would have thought fish eggs were so colourful!

Fish Egg Sushi

Robots.txt is your friend

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Village Magazine distribution list. Oooops.

After finding 15 interesting people DLefties interview me

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Interview with Damien Mulley.

Irish Blog Awards – Sat March 11th 7pm, Buswells Hotel, Dublin

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

EDIT: Rick just realised he’s not in the country on the 11th. So, changing it to then.

Irish Blog Awards – Sat March 11th 7pm, Buswells Hotel, Dublin.

Just made a provsional booking with Buswells* for the Awards. Room cost is €200 ex vat and I’m sure that if everyone puts in a fiver each we should be able to cover the cost of it. If you want Tea/Coffee and biscuits the cost is €4 per head or €8 if you want tea/coffee and sandwiches. I will need numbers in advance if people want to avail of these.

I’m going to try and get everyone free wireless access if they want it but let me know.

Map to Buswells:
Map to Buswells

*Note to Rick and all the other grammar police, I’ve checked their website and nowhere on it do they call it Buswell’s, instead it is known as Buswells

Now I must go off and figure out what the trophies will be and whether I can get some nice certificates.

and a 1 and a 2

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Blog Awards

1 Category left to sponsor for the Blog Awards
2FM DJ Rick O’Shea has offered to be the MC for the evening.

* Best Blogger – Sponsored by Blacknight
* Best Blog Post – Sponsored by
* Most Humorous Post – Sponsored by BEECHER.NET
* Best Photo Blog – Sponsored by Imagefile Ireland.
* Best Fictional Piece in a Blog – Reserved.
* Best Arts and Culture Blog – Sponsored by Wiki Ireland
* Best Political Blog – Sponsored by
* Best Group Blog – Sponsored by
* Best Comment/Commenter – Sponsored by Spark Ireland
* Best Personal Blog – Sponsored by Hosting365
* Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog –
* Best Contribution to the Irish Bloggersphere (Tech wise) – Sponsored by

I was considering renting out one of the small function rooms in Buswell’s. Have used them before. Nice people. Room is modest but has wifi! Room costs about 350 Euros but if 70 people bring a fiver each it would cover costs. There’s a bar in the hotel too for drinks. Thoughts?