Archive for the ‘irishblogs’ Category

Beavis and Butthead moment

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Uh huh uh huh.

Time Trumpet from the Beeb

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Great satire and great special fx means it’s heard to tell the spoof from the real thing. This is Time Trumpet from the BBC. It’s a great watch.

Here’s the preview clip:


Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Stephen Lavelle is into mobile terrorism. Or wants to revive Trigger Happy TV.

(Oh and just in case it is interpreted otherwise, Mr. L’s blog isn’t shit.)

Battlestar Office-ica

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

If The Office (US Version) were like Battlestar Galactica.

Internal Microsoft Training Video with David Brent

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

Brent is back.

UPDATE: IFilm had to take them down.

Very Kill Bill – Check out the pics

Friday, August 11th, 2006

“I heard the hammer cock,” John said. Let’s say somebody breaks into your apartment at gunpoint. Let’s say that they seem likely to kill you or your roommate. Let’s say you happen to have a samurai sword on hand.

Lesson 234 in ComReg Spin – Latest Business Survey

Friday, August 11th, 2006

ComReg have a survey of businesses here. It says great things about use of broadband and other such stuff.

This is what ComReg press released:

The ComReg survey revealed that, of those businesses connected to the Internet, 74% of
SMEs and 85% of corporate firms use some form of broadband – most commonly DSL.
The survey, of over 550 businesses in Ireland, was conducted on behalf of ComReg by
Millward-Brown IMS in May and June, 2006. Other highlights of the survey results

• Over 40% of business customers switched telecoms service provider in the past, with
almost 20% switching in the past 12 months. However, almost half of those who
previously switched fixed-line provider claim to have switched back to their original

• Over 96% of businesses that provide mobile phones to their employees use Vodafone
or O2 packages,

• Two-thirds of SMEs and three-quarters of corporate firms use their mobile phone
while in the office – even when they may have access to a nearby fixed-line telephone,

• Half of all SMEs and corporate firms are using IT-based business applications which
require a broadband speed connection, and

Here’s my dose of REALITY and stuff ComReg never stuck into their PR:


* Half of all Corporates have complained at least once to their phone service provider in the past year (Page 19)

* 1/3 of all SMEs have complained at least once to their phone service provider in the past year. (Page 19)

* 48% of SMEs do not have broadband. 52.5% of SMEs are on broadband. 73% of SMEs use the Internet. Of them 72% use broadband products. (Page 39) The rest are still on antiquated Internet products which are not broadband – 19% on dialup, 9% on ISDN and 2% on Satellite

* 1/3 of SMEs who tried to get broadband could not not. (pg 46) This reflects a survey from the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland from 2005 which stated 30% of SMEs who tried to get broadband could not.

Why is a neutral regulator talking up some facts and spinning any bad news? Something is rotten.

Google News – Irish Sources

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Philipp Lenssen is after finding over 10,000 news sites that Google uses for Google News. He also stuck them in an online searchable database, which shows 122 results for Irish sites. You can also download a csv version of the database. While 122 are listed, some of them seem like UK sites. It’s good to know which Irish sites can get you in Google news though.

The Dunne Report – Can someone put this online?

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Paige writes about the Dunne Report and her opinion of some doctors and consultants. This is another one of these reports that needs to be put online. Can someone do so?

(Devils Advocate) Where’s the case for Data Retention now if snooping stopped possible bombings today?

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

If monitoring phone records, bank accounts, emails and search habits were what alerted authorities to the activities of the alleged terrorists today, then is Data Retention a good thing? Let the secret service hold and access the data, not a Garda.

How do you convince a scared public that this data should not be handed over to authorities to do what they want?