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Thursday 18th May fluffy links

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

I should get some kind of pink background with feathery borders for these:

Really clever advertising on ATMs, drinks machines and photo ID Machines.

American Govt gives advice to “pre-pregnant women.” Very odd.

Pictures, lots of em where the word “Ooops” gives a good summary of them.

100s of links to music videos from the 80s.

Nice screen casting app for the Mac.

Multipurpose apps that have RSS feed reading capabilities don’t appear to be used much.

Top 10 social network sites and their growth. MySpace is exploding in usage but bebo isn’t anwyhere in the list. Maybe next year.

Do we need an environment more like SiliconValley? Forget Boston or Berlin.

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Tom Coates gives a summary of the main points from a keynote from Paul Graham called “How American are startups?” and described his views on how SiliconValley breeds success and whether it can be replicated. The main points are below, but I wonder how many of these Ireland has already and do we need to adopt the rest to allow for better entreprenurship?

1. Allows immigration
2. Isn’t a poor country
3. Not a police state
4. High quality universities
5. You can fire people
6. Attitudes that don’t associate ‘working’ with being employed
7. Not anal about business regulations
8. Huge domestic market
9. High levels of funding
10. People comfortable with career switching

Read the comments though. Some very interesting ones including:

Cory Doctorow:

And if there’s one giant difference between the Bay Area and London that accounts for the differing startup climates, I’d say that it was cynicism. People in the Bay Area are optimistic about technology to the point of being starry-eyed and they possess a completely unabashed sense of ambition. In the years since I moved to London, I’ve felt a palpable cynicism about technology and about ambition: anyone who says anything grandiose about technology and what you might do with it is apt to be greeted with eye-rolling and pedantic, picky objections.

By contrast, the mantra of the San Francisco geek is more like, “Technology kicks so much fucking ass I am about to explode. Soon everyone will realize this.”

One other major contributor to California’s technology success (especially as compared to Route 128) is that noncompete agreements aren’t enforceable in Cali. That has led to a culture of aggressive poaching and promiscuous job-hopping through which the best and the brightest go from company to company, spreading the best ideas from each. That’s kept things growing very fast in California indeed.

Julian Bond:

Some of the biggest Web 2.0 success stories have started with no VC, no backing and people working in their spare time to create something “because it’s cool”. In at least some of them, they went live (or at least beta) for months before they ever needed to talk to rich people. Bootstrapping is the new burn rate.

So where do you find people who no longer have to spend their entire life trying to survive? Because isn’t it that which always acts as the trigger for civilisation to move forwards?

Tim Mansfield:

Silicon Valley seems to me to have an incredibly interesting social environment – I don’t mean pubs and parties, I mean that you’re surrounded by other people “making a go of it”, sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing, but trying.

The financial and general business-helping ecology seems a lot more diverse in California than it is here. More kinds of venture capital, from the risk-friendly to the risk averse, more places to partner with, more ways to set up, more ways to do business.

100 Best companies to work in Europe – 15 from Ireland, 2 from Ireland in Top 10

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

15 Irish companies were in the Top 100 companies to work for in Europe list.

Two of these Irish companies, DePuy and O2 Ireland were in the top 10, with 02 coming tops for Irish entrants.

Special awards included:

Best practices in creating a fun place to work went toGoogle Ireland.
Best Practices for Internal Communication went to Brightwater.
Best Practices for Work-Life Balance to Intel Ireland.
Best Practices for Diversity Management to Abbott Laboratories Ireland Ltd.
Best Practices for employee involvement in Corporate Social Responsibility to GE Commercial Aviation Services.

Other companies in the Top 100 were:
Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Ireland.
Clontarf Castle Hotel, Ireland.
Deloitte Ireland.
Diageo, Ireland.
PEI, Ireland.
Tourism Ireland.

Additional link: The top 100 Irish companies to work for.

Thing is, this is another one of thos pay to play awards. 100 companies entered it in total.

Spam spam spam spam

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

The amount of spam over the past three days hitting the comments is really starting to annoy me. I think I need a better anti-spam plugins.

EDIT: I think in total yesterday I got about 1000 spams on my blog. The spam software picked up most but I still had to manutally kill off a few 100.

Fluffy links for 17th May 2006

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Feedburner moves into blog ads, not just RSS ads.

See Irish Job alerts on Google Earth and now Irish jobs on Google Maps.

Enda Kenny pisstake posters. Some are even funny.

Via BoingBoingGet your own customised jacks roll. Anyone’s face you want to wipe your ass with? The possibilities…

India decides to do something about the rural/urban digital divide. Villages who don’t even have reliable electricity are going to get kitted out with broadband. Are we listening DCMNR?

Small Business Forum Report released – More angel investors on way?

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Executive summary. (PDF doc). Funny thing is I couldn’t find their website with a Google search. That url in fact redirects to a section on

Some of the recommendations include raising the standard of management capability through the establishment of a Management Development Council, providing knowledge acquisitions grants, making innovation vouchers available to small business and developing a national entrepreneurship policy. They also gripe about broadband!

In an older post I was asking about angel investment in Ireland. Today’s report seems to address this although I have not read all the small print:

Further develop networks of Business Angels in order to encourage investment by private individuals in seed and earlystage businesses. (pg5 of Exec Summary.)

Full report here.

May 16th tidbits

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

IEEE USA has an Entrepeneurs resource website.

Slate unveils textcasting. Newspapers for your iPod which you can get via iTunes. How long before Irish publications start textcasting? Never is a credible answer I bet.

Speaking of iTunes – share your iTunes over the Internet.

Guide on how to start blogging.

Richard’s “Are you a yanky republican? “test

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Answering Richard’s quiz. I don’t know what my score is.

1. Are taxes too high?


2. Should we worry about absolute poverty rather than relative poverty?

Both. I don’t think this is a black or white issue and couldn’t be broken down into one or the other.

3. Do we need to scrap the state-run TV station?

I think we need a way of preserving our culture and I don’t think a commericial entity will be into that. I like the BBC model to a degree. RTE TV is mostly an abomination. RTE Radio 1 is good though. Merge the cultural bits of RTE1 and TG4 and dump the rest. I’m not seeing a valid reason for my taxmoney being used to buy Lost and Prison Break.

4. Was it a mistake to rule out nuclear power?

Saving the environment by burning turf is just as bad as pissing about with radioactive isotopes. I’m not for nuclear though.

5. Is the Irish military underfunded?

It’s shit. I don’t think it being better funded will make it better. Wait til people read about the Army’s own version of PPARS. That’s going to be fun. The Army is a Civil service built and designed to “think stupid” and waste money. Unless it becomes efficient I don’t see a reason to throw more money at it.

6. Is gay marriage a bridge too far?

Eh no.

7. Has the partnership model become a problem?

Following from Dave’s lead I take it as the public/private partnership? See my comments below about unions. To answer the Q though, yes.

8. Are fees the solution to underfunding in universities?

No, blowing too much money on utter bollox is a problem. Address it. I would like to see colleges be run like businesses but allowing money to be spent on loss-making sections such as research divisions. At the same time I think that some universities are going all commercial and creating too many “buy a degree” options.

9. Does neutrality prevent Ireland from acting responsibly internationally?


10. Has the peace process failed to hold Sinn Fein to full democratic standards?

Pot calling the kettle black really. They’re all guilty, on all sides. I’ll delight in Sinn Féin romping home in a lot of the poorer areas of Ireland where Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael wouldn’t dirty their Italian leather shoes in. I can see how much interactivity SF has with the communities in Mahon where they only see FG and FF people 3 weeks before a general election.

11. Is religion and the Catholic Church in particular a force for good?

Religion and Christianity is good to a degree. Christianity is a good way of teaching a good way to live life. The Catholic church has been a malevolent force in Ireland and has done a great deal of harm and no matter what good they’ve done before and will do after, the group that models itself on purity has a black mark over it and instead of repenting for things like raping kids it instead became more corrupt by covering it up. Catholicism needs to seriously reexamine itself.

12. Do we critise America too much?


13. Are private health accounts with support for low earners the solution to the health system?

As someone who worked in the health system I’d say no. Fire them all and get in new people. Consultants, Nurses, “Managers” all need replacing at this stage. There are now “managers” on stupid money who’s job it is to assign people beds. A software program can sort this besides three women on 55k a year to tell A+E that they can send a patient to ward 3B because a bed is free there. An A+E with 10 beds and 20 nurses tripping over each other and then one porter to move all those patients to and from x-ray and up to the wards and also to deliver bloods to the labs is the typical way the system is run. Total cronyism, total corruption. I don’t see why tax money should be spent on this wastage but I’m fine if there was no waste. Funding low earners to get private care in such a corrupt system isn’t going to fix much.

14. Would we be better off if the unions were less powerful?

This is an odd one for me. The unions that exist now are a corrupt force full of self-serving backstabbing nasty lazy pricks. Unions are needed as I see companies still trying to screw people over and sometimes unions are the only way to solve this but whenever I’ve had dealings with unions they’ve been Uncle Toms. Someone to watch over someones labour rights is what is needed and most unions don’t do that these days. I saw it myself in an old job where the union signed up the new lads in the company and then screwed them over by getting the new guys to do all the work that management dumped on them.

15. Is Michael O’Leary an example of a good businessman?

About the only businessman that stands up to the Irish Government. He’s an egomaniac and a fantastic PR machine.

16. Should we be wary of supporting a more powerful EU?

The EU is needed and is very beneficial but holy christ is it bureaucratic and slow. The EU has dragged Ireland screaming into the modern world in some areas but as time goes by it is slowing down and choking on it’s own fatty jowls.

17. Should we trust the actions only, and not the words, of the IRA and Sinn Fein?

And should we do the same for every other poltical party and President?

18. Was the Aer Lingus partial privitization insufficient and overdue?


19. Do we need the death penalty for the worst crimes?

Certainly not.

20. Should the overall tax take fall by a third or more?

It’d be nice wouldn’t it?

Dublin meetup: Mulligan’s – Sat 13th @ 2000 hours

Friday, May 12th, 2006

As dictated by the In Factahnistas. See post title.


Mulligan pub Dublin

Should and stop/start indexing blog posts?

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Dermod has an interesting post on search engines and Irish Blog aggregators. It seems his posts are found in Google under the IrishBlogs copy/cache of his post and not via his own website. Dermod asks whether blog aggregators should block search engine spiders from looking at blog caches? Leave a comment on his blog.

Edit: Amended title.