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Fluffy Links – Tuesday

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Eddie in shock at suggestion of resigning.

Daithí had the pleasure of doing the first Blawg review from Ireland. Nice one.

Good to see the O’Dellinator back with a great “makes sense to us who don’t speak lawyer” post on that Monica Leech defamation case.

Just wow.

Dedicated to Apple fans.

And is this Nokia ad.

We’re all gods?

Bitter Pill blog is now a book. Congrats!

Check out the Promenade blog if you like technology and music.

Oooh. Another Irish website awards. To be held on a Balcony.

But as Stephen points out, there aren’t many interesting websites in Ireland,

I can’t gaurentee there are that many interesting websites coming from Ireland.

it’s free in so don’t throw your toys out of the pram when nobody nominates you.

Here’s the requirements:

Simply put, we are looking for five innovative, qookie, unusual, creative, experimental websites.

Buffalo Tom on Letterman

Buffalo Tom – Late at night mixed with My So called Life:

Replace McWilliams with this guy -A Random Walk

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Someone that has a clue, doesn’t need to make up stupid words and says it how it is. Which newspaper will pick this guy up and have him give another view on Irish finance?

Facebook – Trying to be friends with 400 facebook “friends”

Monday, October 1st, 2007

So many people are saying that this whole Facebook “friends” thing is diluting the whole genuine friends thing, since really we’re just adding contacts some of whom are friends and many of which we will never communicate with again, kind of familiar strangers, which kind of goes against the idea of Facebook being a social platform, does it not? I now have about 400 “friends” on Facebook and so I decided if I could maintain regular and social contact with these people. Tara Hunt by the way has a great post on how “friends” and “contacts” are handled by different social networks. As I was writing this post, TechCrunch announced that Facebook is going to redo the way “friends” are ranked. Good.

Facebook blog posts

Each day I tackled one letter in the alphabet and messaged those surnames, asking how they are and trying to be chatty. Trying to be original is tough let me tell you. I must say I was impressed with the feedback I got and some people were very forthcoming about what they were up to and I learned a lot about some people I didn’t know much about to start with. The response rate was higher than I thought too and during the day (office hours!) replies were almost instant.

It’s still early days but I would hope that I can maintain regular contact with some of those who started as familiar strangers. Facebook is still an odd mix but I am finding some interesting people on it, I’m even getting press releases on it and learning more about my own friends by the way they interact with others on this platform. I have also found though that it is very hard to constantly reply to messages and some were coming in thick and fast via the system and unlike GMail, it is much harder to go back through the inbox when you get a lot of messages and check if you messaged person Y back or not. A search feature would be nicer and a longer inbox. For some reason too I lost messages during an upgrade which was annoying.

What has surprised me a lot too has been the status updates. I’ve gotten some unexpected feedback from just writing things in my status messages. This might prove better than sending people messages. Broadcast requests are one use of the status update and they work. You do get a nice enough uptake and it is not seen as spam compared to messaging everyone in Facebook and not being able to BCC them so someone replies all and spams everyone else.

Anyway, I’ll keep going with what I’m doing. Might be interesting stats collected for the Facebook debate on October 17th in London, of which I am a panelist.

Cartoon by Hugh Macleod

250,000 eircom modems can have their password guessed – How will eircom react?

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Update: 250k modems actually. Front page of Irish Times.

Some potential other headlines:
Ireland’s largest WiFi network now free to all
eircom security flaw affects 150k broadband users
Jimmy Hendrix loving programmer creates massive security hole
All along your bases – Hendrix Lyrics makes hacking easy

So news is out that you can guess the WEP key for the eircom modems that a lot of people have. Something like 100k-150k or maybe more. It seems the WEP key (which is like a long gibberishy password) is generated based on Jimmy Hendrix lyrics and the network ID of the modem itself. After the discovery and proof of concept, there’s now a website which allows you to plug in the the network ID of your neighbours and it’ll provide you with the WEP key. How helpful. (I won’t be linking to it)

So how will eircom react? Will they have the website, boards.ie posts and blog posts about it taken down? Will they contact all their customers and tell them to change their default key? I’d hate to be working on their support lines once the mainstream press covers this, as I’m sure they will. Time will tell I suppose.

Fluffy links – Monday October 1st 2007

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Annie’s got another blog. This one is on moviemaking.

Joe took comprehensive notes (as usual 🙂 ) at the latest training session from the Irish Venture Capital Association on how to raise VC money. Well worth a read.

So yeah, it seems if you have an eircom Netopia wireless modem, the password or “WEP key” can be found out in seconds. 150,000 customers affected?

Monkeysphere. Love the idea of it. Makes sense.

Via Linkmap, the documentary on Sir Henry’s is done and will air at the Cork Film Festival this year. Yay. Clip from the docu here.

Get prints made from your DNA or from your fingerprints.

Steve Jobs gave a motivational talk to Yahoo! staff? What the …

Vodafone Oz are going to block kids getting to their mobile chat rooms. That doesn’t help kids and keep them safe, it just shoves them in another direction.

How laws are voted for in Texas:

Dude, that ain’t a horse:

“Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have …. The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.” We don’t have an FCC yet:

The line between bravery and stupidity…

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Some of these bike crashes are just awful. I had to stop watching the first one. I think to watch it through I’d need lots of beer and more fellow evil friends:

Cities of Knowledge Conference – Dublin November 20th

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Got the below and I have to say it looks really interesting. Might head along.

Cities of Knowledge

Cities of Knowledge

20 November 2007
An International eGovernment/Public Sector Knowledge Management event, co-organised by Dublin City Council and DIT. The event is part of ICiNG (Innovative Cities for the Next Generation) which is a project funded through the European 6th Framework Research programme. It aims to develop effective e-communities and e-access to city administration. The project is based in Dublin, Barcelona, and Helsinki. Each city is providing ‘City Laboratory’ test-bed sites in strategic development/city regeneration locations where users will trial and evaluate technologies and services.

Speakers include

* Jon Udell, Technology Evangelist, Microsoft
* Martin Curley, Head of Innovation, Intel
* Mark Wardle, Head of Innovation Programmes, BT
* Graham Colclough, Vice President, Capgemini
* Prof John Radcliff, DIT Futures Academy

Book here:

10% discount on bookings before Friday, 19 October.
Conference delegate registration is €195.
Book 4 delegates for the price of 3.

I really don’t care about people being murdered in Burma

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Because if I did give a damn I’d do more than write a blog post about so many innocent people being killed.
Because if I did give a damn I’d do more than join a group on Facebook.
Because if I did give a damn I’d still feel guilty after “doing my little bit”.

If I did give a damn about Burma, I’d have started to apply real pressure to my local representatives and called them up and encouraged all my friends to do it.
If I did give a damn about Burma, I’d have told my government to tell the U.N. to stop being a spineless bunch of bureaucrats and just send in N.A.T.O. to level the army. An envoy alone is useless. Did it help all those in Kosovo, did it help all those in Rwanda?
If I did give a damn about Burma, I’d have sent money for guns to be bought for an armed uprising to prevent more monks and locals to be sacrificed. Better than a blog post, right?

I’ve not done any of that because I don’t really care but I’m sure I’m alone on this and being my usual contrarian self.

Twink – Still a crazy after all these years

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Link to her on liveline where she croaks and screams and just goes, well apeshit.

Nominated at Net Visionary Awards for IrelandOffline/Tribune work

Friday, September 28th, 2007

The Net Visionary Nominations are out and I have been nominated in two categories, Social Contribution and also Technology Journalist. I’ll get to the journo one later.

IIA Nomination

There were a few nominations for me for social contribution and I was told by one of the people that nominated me that it was my work with IrelandOffline over the past three years that got me their nomination and this is the reason I accepted the nomination. (Last year I declined as I was still working in IrelandOffline). I have been told by those behind closed doors (which in itself is a shame) that IrelandOffline was more than a thorn in the side of telcos and the Government and the pressure via public and private was enough to drastically speed up broadband rollout in Ireland as well as reducing line failure rates. It also taught certain regulatory groups to think twice before trying to pull their usual statistic scams.

With the Irish telco market being such a small space it is annoying that all those that helped IrelandOffline can’t be publicly thanked for their work but that might make their lives in eircom, Comreg, the DCMNR, the Taoiseach’s office, the EU and numerous telcos a lot more difficult. I accepted the nomination on behalf of all these people, not me and also on behalf of the committee members and chairpeople of IrelandOffline over the past few years, each one of which deserve their own award for the work they did, most of it probably went unrecognized. All those who also helped out via the Boards.ie forum and via direct contact also made a difference. Combined everyone helped the drip drip dripping which eventually wore away the calcified opponents to broadband roll-out. One person I will highlight though is John Timmons who did a huge amount of work in the background while bigmouth here got all the attention. I’m not sure would IrelandOffline have lasted as long as it did without John.

I’d like your vote so all the above people can be thanked and would like if you could spread the word too to your friends and readers if you have a blog. The broadband issue is far from over and the regulatory environment is still woefully bad and vindictive but the work done so far should be rewarded. You can go here to vote and choose who you want to vote for. Social Contribution is the one I’m down for. Check out the blogger and podcaster category too, you might know some people. Any of the public can vote too.

IIA Nomination

Yeah, a nomination for Best Technology Journalist. I’m only doing this for 9 months but it is nice to be considered. Vote for me if you like but I really would like your vote for Social Contribution. Thanks.