Archive for the ‘irishblogs’ Category

72% of US Internet users go online with broadband

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Yup, 72% of web users in the US are broadband users. Last year the figure was 57%. Meanwhile in Ireland just 32% of web users are on broadband. Also while the amount of web users increases in the states it remains the same here. Read the Nielsen Netratings Report (PDF).

It’s looking really well for companies too:

Broadband composition remains high in the workplace, with 90 percent saturation in May 2006; a year ago that figure was at 82 percent.

I met a guy from eircom on sat for a chat and he said it’s been really difficult to move people from narrowband (dialup) to broadband even when they show the great advantages and potential for savings. My bigger worry is that we need to start getting more people online and right now nobody is looking into this. All the focus is on getting our broadband stats looking better and they’ve gone the quick route of trying to covert dialup users. Big picture folks, big picture.

Bebo turns down $550M from BT?

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

So says the semi-reliable Techcrunch. That’s a hell of a lot of money. Staying on the Bebo theme, why the hell hasn’t any of the marketing companies in Ireland taken the site seriously? It gives you a huge amount of access to a large portion of the teenage and drunken university student market. A market with a lot of disposable income. Bebo is such a perfect viral medium and yet none of the marketing experts seem to have accessed it or leveraged it.

Anyone want to go to Antarctica?

Monday, July 10th, 2006

You need about 13k to holiday there though. By my calculations, if I save about 500 quid a month I might be able to get there in 2008.

Birthdays, Alcohol, Hot tubs and Aine Chambers

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

So it was Jonathan’s birthday party/annual BBQ/ hot tub party last night. Edit: Yes indeed the champagne was from Bubble Brothers.
Jonathan's Birthday

And a lot of people were introduced to this blog and also the sights and scenery of Sligo via Aine Chambers. But not the below.

Jonathan's Birthday

Michel Gondry TV Ads

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Air France

Diet Coke – Kate Beckinsale

Diet Coke – Adrien Brody

Coca Cola – Snowboarder (Gondry came up with bullet time)

Earthlink

Levi’s

Thye Came So Far For Beauty – Leonard Choen Tribute in Dublin Oct 4th

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Beth Orton, Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons fame, and Gavin Friday will all cover Leonard Cohen songs at this show. Got my two tickets from Ticketmaster this morning. Cost me €152 for two tickets but I got good seats front and centre.

Funniest Youtube vid to date – Richard Simmons

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

I posted a link to a video of this years back but now you can watch it from the comfort of my site. Richard Simmons being the human prop on who’s line is it anyway? This may hurt those with a funny bone.

The origins of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Via Music for kids who can’t read good. It seems that Crazy heavily samples a song called “Nel Cimitero Di Tucson” from a Spaghetti Western called Preparati la bara. Original song on same page here.

And now Crazy as performed on Conan.

A whole lotta love

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Going to bed right now and as I do Robert Plant is singing “A whole lotta love” down around the corner from the house. Nice.

Wiki dude wants to get Net Democracy noticed

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Jimbo Wales starts something:

One hallmark of the blog and wiki world is that we do not wait for permission before making things happen. If something needs to be done, we do it. Well, campaigns need to sit up and take notice of the Internet, take notice of bloggers, take notice of wikis, and engage with us in a constructive way.

The candidates who will win elections in the future will be the candidates who build genuinely participative campaigns by generating and expanding genuine communities of engaged citizens.