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Watch out unlocked Irish iPhone users on firmware 1.1.4, you might be leaking money

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

If you recently bought an iPhone or upgraded to 1.1.4 and are an o2 customer you might not realise that 1.1.4 has the settings for Edge built in and switched on. So basically you could unwittingly being forking out a fortune if you don’t have the 1Gig or 10Gig data option enabled on your account.

See, on a 1.1.4 firmware iPhone, you can’t get to the Edge settings under Settings/General/Network:
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The solution is to install an app via Installer.app called Boss Prefs which will allow you to disable Edge:
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Click the heels of your red shoes and repeat

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

There's no place like home

The houses that Frank built – Frank Fahey has a few gaffs

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

FAHEY, Frank (Galway West)

1. Occupational Income …….. (1) Teacher on secondment: Gort Community School, Co. Galway, Employer – Department of Education and Science; (2) Rental income from properties, income from capital gains on sale of property and shareholdings.

Other Information Provided: (1) No income received.

2. Shares …………………….. Shares in Eircom, Bank of Ireland, Irish Life & Permanent, Kingspan, Grafton, Worldspread and McInerney Properties.

3. Directorships……………… Nil

4. Land ……………………… (1) 2 apts Castlerea, Co. Roscommon: letting; (2) Apartment 8A, 16 Eglinton Court, Galway: letting; (3) House at Kilbeacanty, Gort: letting; (4) Apartment at Dun Aengus, New Docks, Galway: letting; (5) House at Dun na Coirribe, Galway: letting; (6) House at Liscannor, Co. Clare: letting; (7) House at Rinawade Close, Leixlip: letting; (8) Shareholding in apartment at Dun na Coirribe, Galway; (9) Shareholding in extended family owned properties at Moydrum, Athlone: letting; (10) Shareholding 4 Apts & Shop, Lower Gerald Street, Limerick: letting; (11) Shareholding in Sage Construction Co. Ltd.; (12) Shareholding in retail unit, two offices and warehouse at Crowe Street, Gort; (13) House at Jumeirah Estates, Dubai; (14) Dwelling house at The Grove, Crowe Street; (15) Shareholding in apartment at Starthmore Road and one apartment at Tappan Street, Boston, Massachusetts: shareholding in Fahey Higgins L.L.C. Boston; (16) Five apartments owned in partnership at Rue Paul-Emile, Janson 1000, ten apartments owned in partnership at Rue Du Sceptre 1015, Brussels; (17) Apartment at Chancery Lane, Dublin 2; (18) Apartment at Cathedral Place, Limerick: letting; (19) House and site at Villefranche, France; (20) Deposit paid and contract signed on property at Porto De Mos, deposit paid at Lagos and Mongadoha Lameira, Alcantarilha, Portugal; (21) Apartment at Irishtown, Dublin.

5. Gifts ……………………… Nil

6. Property and Service …….. Nil

7. Travel Facilities ………….. Nil

8. Remunerated Position ……. Nil

9. Contracts …………………. Nil

Cathal Ó Searcaigh – Remove his poetry from the syllabus

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Edit: Apologies for the glaring omission of Bock’s coverage of Cathal Ó Searcaigh. Bock’s been covering this for a good while.

So now that more people have seen the documentary about Cathal Ó Searcaigh there’s a greater number of opinions out there than there were at first. Suzy has pointed out her thoughts on the matter and I think she was quite balanced about it and dare I say it quite politically correct. While it seemed obvious the documentary maker turned what would have probably been a rather bland docu into a sensationalist piece and got a huge amount of attention, the most damning thing about all of this is the way gay people and those in the Arts have twisted the stark reality of the situation and common logic to apologise and forgive the predatory acts of Cathal Ó Searcaigh. This guy is a serial abuser and the documentary, rough as it was, showed how he got whatever he wanted due to the massive power imbalance between him and the boys he “treated”.

Dermod Moore’s piece in Hotpress defending Ó Searcaigh is a wonderful example of going to extreme lengths to forgive his actions while scolding anyone who shouted “abuser” at him. Comparing his plight to the persecutions of Oscar Wilde and Roger Casement. Christ. Dermod could well move on to doing PR for the Catholic Church abuse tribunals after this but those priests weren’t gay so maybe not, they were paedophiles, whereas Cathal Ó Searcaigh isn’t. See you’re not a paedophile once the boys are past puberty, then you’re a pederast. A sure that’s ok then. From his article:

The answer may be far more complex and uncomfortable: this man, like many men and indeed some women, has a form of sexuality that is transgressive, and seeks to push the limits of desire as far as he can. At its root may indeed be a broken heart, as Ní Chianán alludes to in the film, and a desire to avoid the painful feelings of being dependent, of being possessive and obsessive. But it may also be driven by delight in pleasure, a love of beauty and gentleness, and a lack of shame about sex.

That’s one of those things that pisses me off with so many in the gay community. All for equality once it’s positive but point any flaws with gay people and you’re homophobic. We’re all equal, except you can never speak ill of us because then you’re some kind of bigot and you don’t understand. Is it cos I is gay? No it’s because you’d be put in jail if you tried that crap in Ireland.

There’s a follow up article in the Irish Times from Dermod Moore too which is all about attacking the documentary maker and her character while quickly pointing out that Ó Searcaigh didn’t know any better. Poor thing.

While the Department of Education have said his poetry is to stay, should they really let it? The free advertising and potential future sales of his work from being on the syllabus could give the guy more money again to “treat” all those boys he likes to control. Abuse and power imbalances were exploited with the money made from his work already. Should it be continued to be endorsed?

Chilli

Friday, March 14th, 2008

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Dáil Eireann Register of Interests for 2007 aka What do our TDs own?

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Check out all 111 pages of the Register of Members Interests of Dáil Éireann 1 January 2007 – 31 December 2007. There are a few interesting ones.

Randomly selected:
Our Taoiseach hasn’t a penny or something:

AHERN, Bertie (Dublin Central)
1. Occupational Income …….. Nil

2. Shares …………………….. Nil

3. Directorships……………… Nil

4. Land ……………………… Nil

5. Gifts ……………………… (1) Honorary membership of Clontarf Golf Club for the year 2007: Clontarf Golf Club, Dublin 3; (2) Manchester United opus presentation: Kraken Sports & Media, UK Ltd., Pilgrim Street, London; (3) Bronze Cuchulainn sculpture by John Behan: Dublin Central Fianna Fáil; (4) Official pass for entry to 10 greyhound stadia: Greyhound Board, Henry St., Limerick.

Other Information Provided: (1) I do not receive any material benefit from this as I do not play golf. (2) I have given this publication to the State for observation by the public in Farmleigh. (3) Presented to me in recognition of 30 years service to Fianna Fáil, received in my capacity as Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Central. (4) I do not use this pass.

6. Property and Service …….. See Donations Statement for 2007 (Form 2) under the Electoral Act 1997 (as amended).

7. Travel Facilities ………….. Nil

8. Remunerated Position ……. Nil

9. Contracts …………………. Nil

One TD has shares in Google:
ARDAGH, Sean (Dublin South-Central)

1. Occupational Income …….. Accountancy practice: Ardagh Horan, 168 Walkinstown Road, Dublin 12.

2. Shares …………………….. Shares: Bank of Ireland, Irish Life & Permanent, CRH, Google Inc., Tullow Oil, South County Golf Club, CB Film Productions Ltd: films; AB Productions Ltd.: films; Managed Fund: Mliif Japan Opportunities €50K; Oppenhein Growth Fund €50K; Mliif Emerging Europe Fund €50K; Robeco MM Asia-Pacific Eqs €50K.

3. Directorships……………… Nil

4. Land ……………………… Milltown: 1 apartment: rental; 1 townhouse: rental; Clondalkin: 1 apartment: rental; Walkinstown: Accountancy/Constituency office: accountancy practice/constituency office; Budapest: ¼ share apartment: not let.

5. Gifts ……………………… Nil

6. Property and Service …….. Nil

7. Travel Facilities ………….. Nil

8. Remunerated Position ……. Nil

9. Contracts …………………. Nil

NOONAN, Michael (Limerick East)
1. Occupational Income ……..Reduced pension from Dept. of Education for service as teacher: Dept. of Education, Hawkins House, Hawkins Street, Dublin 2.

2. Shares …………………….. Shares: (1) Anglo Irish Bank, Stephen Court, 18-21 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2; (2) Lyxor ETF China Enterprise HSCEI, Lyxor Asset Management, 17 cours Valmy 92987, Paris, La Defense Cedex, France; (3) CRH, 42 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2; (4) ISEQ 20 ETF, 3 George’s Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1; (5) iShare FTSE 100, Barclays Global Investors Ireland, JP Morgan House, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 2; (6) iShare FTSE Mid 250, Barclays Global Investors Ireland, JP Morgan House, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 2; (7) Lyxor – Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 ETF, Lyxor Asset Management, 17 cours Valmy 92987, Paris, La Defense Cedex, France; (8) Lyxor – Dow Jones Select Div 30 ETF, Lyxor Asset Management, 17 cours Valmy 92987, Paris, La Defense Cedex, France: (9) Lyxor ETF MSCI India, Lyxor Asset Management, 17 cours Valmy 92987, Paris, La Defense Cedex, France; (10) Powershares Nasdaq ETF, PowerShares Capital Management LLC, 301 W. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL 60187, USA.

3. Directorships……………… Nil

4. Land ……………………… 20 acres of mixed pasture and woodland attached to my residence at Mt. Trenchard, Foynes, Co. Limerick: woodland and farmland which is let.

5. Gifts ……………………… Nil

6. Property and Service …….. Nil

7. Travel Facilities ………….. Nil

8. Remunerated Position ……. Nil

9. Contracts …………………. Nil

MCGUINNESS, John (Carlow-Kilkenny)
1. Occupational Income …….. (1) Transport company: Interlink, Hebron Road, Kilkenny; (2) Landlord: O’Loughlin Road, Kilkenny.

2. Shares …………………….. Investment Bond: Hibernian Life & Pensions, Dawson St., Dublin 2: investment.

3. Directorships……………… Chairman Non-executive: (1) K.I.A.L.; (2) K.I.D. Co.; (3) Young Irish Film Makers: voluntary groups.

4. Land ……………………… (1) 11+12, O’Loughlin Road, Kilkenny: letting; (2) 24, Industrial Est., Hebron Road, Kilkenny: letting; (3) Grove Island, Limerick: letting; (4) Shinrone Nursing Home: letting; (5) 31, Woodlawn View, Santry, Dublin 9: letting; (6) 4, Kilcoran Lodge, Co. Tipperary: letting; (7) Rolestown House Hotel, Dublin: letting; (8) 2, Trimbleston, Dublin 14: letting.

Other Information Provided: (1) Pub, off licence, grocery shop, motor service business; (2) warehouse, office, retail; (3) student accommodation; (4) nursing home; (5) & (6) accommodation; (7) co-ownership, investment.

5. Gifts ……………………… Nil

6. Property and Service …….. 1, Maryborough St., Carlow: John Flynn, same address: use of room for 1 hour per week for clinics (for part of 2007) now discontinued.

7. Travel Facilities ………….. Nil

8. Remunerated Position ……. Nil

9. Contracts …………………. Nil

WALL, Jack (Kildare South)
1. Occupational Income …….. Landlord: 15 Leinster Street, Athy, Co. Kildare.

Other Information Provided: Flat over constituency office leased for €60 per week.

2. Shares …………………….. Nil

3. Directorships……………… Non-executive Director: (1) Goodwill Housing Co-op: Newbridge: housing co-op; (2) Casteldermot Housing Co-op: Castledermot: housing co-op.; (3) Churchtown Development Association: Athy: voluntary community association.

Other Information Provided: All voluntary positions that have no remuneration or value to the directors.

4. Land ……………………… 15 Leinster Street, Athy, Co. Kildare: constituency office and flat.

Other Information Provided: Constituency office purchased 1998.

5. Gifts ……………………… Political donation for 2007 election: S.I.P.T.U., Liberty Hall, Dublin 1.

Other Information Provided: Donation of €2,500.

6. Property and Service …….. Nil

7. Travel Facilities ………….. Nil

8. Remunerated Position ……. Nil

9. Contracts …………………. Nil

Is the screw turning on ComReg and the broadband providers?

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Two interesting bits in the papers of late. First in the Business Post was a bit about the Consumers Association of Ireland getting quite gung ho with ComReg and are (very Stephen Colbert) putting ComReg and the DCENR on notice. Seems they had a meeting on Monday and pointed out all the areas where ComReg was doing a bad job. Long meeting I guess? About time that the CAI made some noises after sitting on ComReg’s Consumer sham Panel which did nothing but give ComReg credibility when it deserved to be condemned.

Nice quotes:

‘‘ComReg has been in existence for over five years and, by now, we would have expected it to have made significant strides. In some cases, not much has changed since the days when these sectors were run by the Department of Public Enterprise,’’ Doorley said.

‘‘However, if the review suggests that it has the powers and has failed to act, then the CAI will be putting ComReg and the government on notice that, if it does not reform and perform within a reasonable period of time, then it should be stripped of its consumer protection role and it should be given to another body.

‘‘In short, it will be a case of shape up or ship out.”

Secondly the Advertising Standards Authority, an industry “regulated” group has new advertising codes for broadband (Irish Times link) which will urge broadband providers to declare average speeds during peak hours when they advertise. This I’m more cynical about. The ASAI cannot force anyone to do this. It’s all urging and writing them notes if they don’t comply. No legal powers at all. No fines. Previously telcos have ignored the ASAI‘s notices. They also have a code for availability/coverage. Now that will be interesting. With Mobile broadband in Ireland being muck, I wonder what the speeds advertised will be now and whether they’ll release the data to the public. ComReg should be doing this on a monthly basis.

Back once again

Friday, March 14th, 2008

I’m back. The nonsense will once again resume in a few hours.

Stations of the cross, True fans and micro-training classes

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Did you ever live out in the country in Ireland and they’d have the Stations of the Cross in a house and the whole community would come along? People from the parish or the catchment area would show up and belt out the old tunes of Hail Mary. Act of Contritions and Our Fathers and then once ended the real fun would begin with the socialising afterwards. The women would have all these great sandwiches made and all sorts of baked goods ripe for the munching, there’d be tea and coffee and maybe a “drop” for some of the men. News would be exchanged, stories retold, introductions made if there were new people there and an almost knife fight to be the next house to do them. Ahh country life. I actually kind of enjoyed them apart from that god stuff. It’s a very interesting way of getting a community together and socialising and not one pub was needed.

I got thinking of this due to Kevin “Cool Tool”s Kelly. Kevin has written an inspiring blog post about the idea that an artist or musician or writer could survive by having just 1000 fans but these would be “true fans”. The loyal fans would would spend a days salary on you over a year. It’s taking the idea of the long tail (hype hype) and moving away from the end but not hugely towards the top. It brings you to a point where you can get a regular or safe enough income from people who know you and regularly support you from the liking your work and that working the room or the circuit enough to get these 1000 could be enough for most people to be able to do what they love and remain comfortable.

kevin quain & the mad bastards
Photo owned by Karlina – as things are… (cc)

He points to Danny O’Brien too who talked about being at a house concert and it’s an interesting concept. An up and coming or maybe slightly established musician plays your house. You are her mini-patron in a way. 40 people at most coming to your house party. She plays, everyone loves her music, they might go beyond getting turned into a fan and maybe turn into a true fan or an evangelist. As the person that organised the house party you get attention and adoration from people who might never have experienced this person before. Maybe they’ll buy five cds off her there and then.

Kevin Kelly’s essay is probably going to inspire many blog posts from me alone on this concept and you can see from the comments on his post that it could very well turn into a book judging by the feedback and examples he’d collecting. It made me think of something else though. The ideas of BarCamps and the ShareIT experiment I tried and the offers of free blog training in Cork and Dublin are nice ways of meeting people and sharing but they could still be friendlier. The banter after is always better and more information can be exchanged too after.

I really wonder could you do the idea of a house training session. Do some simple training sessions for an hour with a group of people and then socialise afterwards. Kind of like the Help Yourself idea but in someone’s sitting room. With apple tart. And ham sandwiches with mustard. Or lentils with mustard. 🙂 This would be very basic stuff obviously and would be geared to people who have not been to a session before. Am sure there’s all sorts of legalities with public liability insurance or some such thing too. I’d love to try it out though. Oh and it would have to pay. The trainer gets some money and those attending pay but also have to chip in for the catering.

What do you think?

Bloggers Book thing – Still going to happen

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Well, it didn’t happen before the Blog Awards because there was too much on so we’re re-scheduling. If anyone can suggest a good venue where we can gather Grandad, Twenty, Fiona from The Waiting Game, Kieran Murphy and Declan Burke to talk about blogs and books, let me know.