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First Tuesday Ireland has a blog

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

First Tuesday Ireland are now blogging. They had a blog just for their wireless conference but now there’s an all encompassing blog too. Welcome to the Irish Blogs FTIs!

Fighting junk mail – More loopholes than a Govt Bill

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

The Indo has a piece today on junk mail. Only a few thousand have opted out to receive snail mail spam. Yeah, you have to opt out in this country by sending in a form to the Irish Direct Marketing Association. That’s right Skippy, the industry is the one in charge of the opt-out database. Just like the Advertising Standards “Authority” of Ireland which is funded by the advertising industry. Self-regulation. But then we have a telecoms poodle that is funded by the telecoms industry.

Back to the point I’m going to make. So you fill out a form, sign it, send it into the industry representative group, they can take up to two months to process it and then you are off snail mail advertisments sent to you. BUT this does not include any of the crap the likes of Dell sends out as you were a customer previously. If you were a customer of a company that are sending you mailshots then you have to contact them directly and ask to be removed. Lovely. So off I trot to the IDMA site today only to find you can’t download the form that is to be filled out as the link is bust. If I was a cynic I’d say “that’s handy”. That’s handy. If you ring they’ll post a form out and you can fill it in. The catch you see is you must sign the form. I guess that’s why you can’t ring them up and have yourself removed. Yet you can sign up for any junk mail without signatures. You can find the form here though.

Imagine if there was an online service where you fill in all your details, postal address, phones, emails and all the various databases are told to have your details removed. One can only dream I guess.

Issues with installing Notable WordPress plugin

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

I installed the Notable WordPress plugin yesterday and can’t seem to get it to work at all. Below is the configuration screen which from what I’m reading has some menu missing. Anyone have an idea as to what’s wrong?

Notable Plugin

BT Ireland nabs Noel Dempsey’s Press Officer – Hah

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

So says the Sunday Times:

Joe Lennon isn’t the only government spin doctor deserting the ship less than nine months before the general election. Grace Cappock, Noel Dempsey’s press officer, is off to work for BT, while Robert Marshall from the Fianna Fail press office has gone to Murray Consultants. Dan Pender has already left the transport department, and Tony Cotter is gone from arts and sports. Do spin doctors see the writing on the wall?

More MCD woes – users biting back

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

Civil servant harassed for taking medicine to MCD rock gig.

The couple say that at the entrance to an REM concert in Balbriggan in June 2005, MCD security staff emptied McCarrick’s bag of drinks and medication on the ground and said the couple would be arrested for drug dealing.

“They said I was a dealer because my bag was full of prescription drugs,â€? said McCarrick. “They accused my fiancée of planning to inject drugs with her insulin needle. I’ve never before been harassed and embarrassed in front of other people like this.â€?

McCarrick said the security staff ignored the couple’s civil service identification cards and doctors’ letters that explained their need for medication.

South Park do a HR Video for Univesral

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

Podcasting Legalities

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

From IT Conversations is the Podcasting Legal Guide


Podcasters may unexpectedly find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Copyrights, attribution, fair use, inducement, defamation and privacy are just a few of the issues which must be finessed to avoid ending up in hot water. Luckily, Colette Vogele and her colleagues have published an excellent, free guide for podcasters on their legal rights and responsibilities. Denise Howell sits down with Vogele to discuss this ‘participatory law’ project which helps demystify the legal dangers raised by the blossoming of audio and video podcasting.

This would apply to the US mainly but I’m sure Bernie Goldbach of Digital Rights Ireland would have a lot in his podcasts that cover this particular issue too.

Minutes from joint Oireachtas Committee on broadband

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

Below are the minutes for the joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications meeting on their broadband report. They dragged in E-net, Smart Telecom, BT, eircom, ComReg and Noel Dempsey and subjected some of them to a very tough line of questioning. Word doc version of this.

The most interesting section for me is when Isolde Goggin, John Doherty and Mike Byrne are questioned. We have our regulator telling an Oireachtas Committee that our line failure rate is in line with the rest of Europe and that us and Northern Ireland are pretty much the same for line failure. That’s an outright lie. Why is our regulator lieing to the Oireachtas?

They go on to protect eircom by saying they are fulfilling their licence obligations for the only national wireless broadband licence despite the fact 200 people or less use the service and the service is not advertised. If you ring eircom they won’t sell you the service either. They say it isn’t available to you in your area. ComReg won’t publish a map of where this service is available despite it being a requirement of the licence agreement. Compare that to Chorus who had their licences for wireless broadband removed and more recently ComReg taking the 3G licence back off Smart Telecom.

Connecticut’s for fucking – Weird song, weird band

Friday, September 1st, 2006

The band is called Jesus H. Christ And The Four Hornsmen Of The Apocalypse. Like so much other cool stuff, I found them on I guess I’m Floating. This is in the same vein as Jarvis Cocker’s latest tune.


New York-based Jesus H Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse are an eight-piece rock/pop/punk/folk/metal/cabaret band. Likened to B-52s meets X-Ray Spex meets Weezer meets Blood Sweat and Tears, the JHC “difference” is horny, thinking-person’s, emotionally-bare lyrics protectively cloaked in hard candy pop.

I’m reminded of The Go-Go’s for some reason. Check out the mp3s and these lyrics. If you are not bobbing your head and singing the song then you’re pretty normal. The song also reminds me a bit of “My World” by Gun’s n Roses.

We live in the dullest state
Package stores all close at eight
Malls are full of optometrists
And restaurants we hate
Swimming across Lake Quassapaug
Stealing makeup, catching frogs
Cutting our feet on broken bottles
As we wade in the Shepaug
It’s true for horses, cows and dogs…

Connecticut’s for fucking
That’s all there is to do.
I love to listen to classic rock
and have sex with you.

Doing hole shots at the mall
Writing Ozzy on a wall
Watch the corn get tall
There’s nothing else to do at all.

Goin’ where we always go
Doin’ what we always do
Waitin’ to turn into the people
We are bound to turn into.
What else do other people do?

Connecticut’s for fucking
It’s the Nutmeg state
If we can’t afford to buy antiques
then we just copulate

Connecticut’s for fucking
And Massachusetts too
I want to climb up the sleepy giant
and have sex with you.

Up in Fairfield
In Old Lyme
We’re just fucking all the time.
Out in Derby
Down in Kent
We’re all busy getting bent
In the Constitution State.

Connecticut’s for fucking
While we’re waiting to
Turn into the people
everyone here turns into.

Connecticut’s for fucking.
There’s nothing else to do.
I wanna listen to classic rock and have sex with you.

We all love to fuck in Connecticut.
We’re all getting fucked in Connecticut.
Let’s fuck!

Rex Comb, the new Eircom CEO talks the talk

Friday, September 1st, 2006

and impresses me so far. Rex Comb was on Morning Ireland this morning and when asked about broadband stated the biggest issue was availability. Something the previous eircom owners stated again and again was not an issue. Something the DCMNR said was fine. Something ComReg said was fine. All along eircom and DCMNR had their hands respectively over their ears and eyes, the telecoms poodle didn’t have to cover their ears and their eyes as their head was quite firmly up their own HOWYA! Now a new CEO and he’s cut out the shit and said they have to roll out to more places. So I’m impressed.

Rex also said that customers were very important and they’d want to give them what they wanted – broadband but also educate them as to what they could do with broadband. Fantastic news. We need to get Internet usage up in this country. Rex avoided the line rental hike question though. Did it quite well. Still we all know it’s going to go up. I’m sure there’ll be a public outcry over this.

Speaking of customer service, Rex’s boss, Pierre Danon, emailed someone today who complained about a shitty service from eircom after they got a line installed. The person contacted me about it knowing I’d love to hear a story like that because the chairman of a multi-billion euro company personally sending emailed a customer and apologised about lousy service. I’m sure he won’t be able to do this for every complaint email send, but still. It was only a few weeks ago where a PA would send a template email to anyone that managed to get an email to the Chairman of eircom and then some customer services flunky would send a snipey email trying to catch you out on the complaint. Clearly there’s a new style in eircom but lets hope it continues and provides broadband for all.