Archive for the ‘irishblogs’ Category

Sonic boomed – Amanda moves on

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Amanda Congdon is no longer part of RocketBoom. Jason Calacanis has already made an offer.

Scoble, Dave Winer and Om cover this too. Ze Frank’s value has probably just gone way up while Amanda and Rocketboom each try and find replacements for each other.

Updated Broadband Choices Post again

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

The Broadband Choices/Prices in Ireland post has been updated and new prices and products added. When a little more information is available about the new Vodafone 3G package comes out, I’ll update the pricing/products/choices post.

When the going gets fluff – Fluffy links 3rd July 2006

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Ralph Depping’s blog. He’s an old college mate. He’ll be a dad soon and I bet he’ll not blog for another year after the kid arrives. Oh and he has a dolphin on his petrol cap. Not a real one though.

9th February 2004. Get the vomit bucket.

and from another old post:

We left the camp after we had innoculated the children for Polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn’t see. We went back there and they had come and hacked off every innoculated arm. There they were in a pile… A pile of little arms. And I remember… I… I… I cried… I wept like some grandmother

Here’s an idea about blogs for politicians. Don’t forget Suzy’s suggestion.

Data Retention Conference – July 19th

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

DRI mentions a Data Retention Conference in Dublin on July 19th. Tickets are twice as expensive as a Pearl Jam ticket or half price if you get said ticket off EBay. To be clear, a ticket for this conference is €150 and €50 for students which I am again. Alas I have no holiday days left to take this year. Try and go. Hopefully the speakers notes will all be put online.

Another Cork Business Blog has started

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Pat Phelan has started blogging now as well. Welcome to the Blog O’Sphere.

It’s started

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Firstly someone convinced the U.S. Army to spend 450k on researching blogs as part of the War on terrorism.

Quote of note:

Blog entries have a different structure,” Ulicny said. “They are typically short and are about something external to the blog posting itself, such as a news event. It’s not uncommon for a blogger to simply state, ‘I can’t believe this happened,’ and then link to a news story.”

Look at how many Tailranks, Diggs, TechMemes and other sites you could create with that.

Businessweek also notes a company is paying bloggers to blog about products for their clients and disclosure is optional. They will only pay you after aliking your blog post. Charming.

I’ve recounted this story a few times on mailing lists but now I’ll share it here. I had to deal with this marketing/ebusiness/web dev firm before. Along with another guy we were asked to redesign a website for a hotel in Cork. They also wanted it marketed to they hired a marketing firm with tech experience. We all had a meeting together where said marketing company told the manager of the hotel that in order to be found on the web you had to go to a domain registry and register not only the domain name but also every page on it. He also advised the manager that having a database for all the static content would be better as it would speed up load times compared to just normal html pages. For this advice this company charged the hotel three grand. More than we were charging to redo the website.

I’m sure it’ll only be another small while before these snakeoil salespeople start doing the same for blogs. “Has to be on blogspot, not on your own domain.” “Write it in coloured text. use capitals.” etc. etc.

Bubble Brothers Begin Blogging

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Bubble Brothers have a blog. Hooray! Ages back I wrote how I saw them as an ideal candidate for a blog and now Julian, Austin and co have set one up. Call on over and give them some encouragement.

Hugh MacLeod and Politicians blogging

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Politicians and blogging

Above Cartoon by Hugh MacLeod.

Whoever could they be on about?

Friday, June 30th, 2006

From ENN:

Communications regulator ComReg issued a statement on Friday responding to what it said are “a number of comments made in relation to ComReg’s quarterly report” issued this week. The main points of the statement were: since market liberalisation, telecommunications prices have decreased compared to the Consumer Price Index; based on IBEC figures, businesses are more concerned with energy, transport and waste costs than with telecoms costs; and Ireland is in a “relatively good position” for mobile phone prices at 7 out of 19 for post-paid, and 9 out of 19 for pre-paid. ComReg said it “strongly refutes” any charge that it is selective in presenting its pricing data which comes from researchers at Teligen and is OECD-approved.

Some brazen pup was in Metro, SiliconRepublic, Examiner, and on Newstalk, TodayFM, 5-7 Live talking about the sky-high telecoms prices in Ireland and that ComReg have been only selectively quoting figures and not informing consumers to the extent of the high prices in Ireland.

ComReg claim we are 6th cheapest and that we talk more so our bills are higher. Not true. Using a “composite basket for mobile” designed by the OECD, a report from the EU shows we are near the very top of the pricing tables.

Pg 49 50 and 51 of this EU report(large pdf file) breaks the mobile baskets into three types.: light, medium and heavy usage.

For low usage we are 4th most expensive country, for medium usage we are 3rd most expensive and for heavy usage we are 4th most expensive.

The structure of these baskets:

baskets are:
• Low usage basket with:
25 outgoing calls per month + 30 SMS messages
42% of calls are to fixed line phones, 58% to mobile phones

• Medium usage basket with:
75 outgoing calls per month + 35 SMS messages
36% of calls are to fixed line phones, 64% to mobile phones

• High usage basket with:
150 outgoing calls per month + 42 SMS messages
40% of calls are to fixed line phones, 60% to mobile phones

Each basket also has a unique definition of time of day distribution and call duration, and includes the monthly rental, and any registration charges distributed over 3 years.

When it comes to line rental charges ComReg said to day that it was relatively ok. We are now €9 a month more expensive than the EU average. We are €24.20 a month. Luxembourg is the second most expensive country yet is six euros cheaper a month. The EU average has decreased and the scary thing is we are due for another line rental hike. ComReg have blamed eircom AND the rural population for such prices. Surely Northern Ireland would have a price like ours too then or any of the Scandanavian countries? But they don’t.

Landline bills.
ComReg will mention national calls being some of the cheapest in the EU. They spin it like this is overall landline pricing. That’s only one part of a phonebill. There’s line rental, local calls and calls to mobiles. The OECD designed “composite basket” includes all these various prices and throws in x local calls y national calls z mobile calls per month.

Using this model from the EU shows that Ireland is second most expensive for landline bills. Again see that EU report I mentioned.

Broadband.
ComReg claim usage has doubled. Yeah but usage in other places as tripled. So? Double of 1 is the same as 1/10th of 10. Given the slower growth rate but a much higher usage rate in other countries, it means we are actually slipping in some tables. Don’t take my word for it. Talk to Forfas. A report yesterday from them stated.

At the end of Q2 2005, Ireland ranked 25th of 32 countries for broadband take-up. When the comparator group is limited to the 21 countries benchmarked in the 2004 study, Ireland’s position had actually deteriorated, from 18th out of 21 in 2004 to 19th out of 21 in 2005.

It was very comical when they point blank refused to come on air on Newstalk but came on air on TodayFM with the stipulation that they would not engage with said brazen pup. It was funnier again when Matt Cooper stated their unwillingness to engage. This is the regulator who are meant to be looking after the consumer according to their charter. The brazen pup said they’re more of a poodle than a telecoms watchdog.

ComReg need to removed and replaced by people who know what they’re doing. Fire all the commissioners and directors. But why would a Minister do that when he can slyly blame them for his bad policies?

Students make great entrepreneurs?

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Reasons why students make great entrepreneurs. No kids, no spouses, no damned mortgages and not being burned out with life should surely help too. Robin is a (recently graduated) student entrepreneur. Are there more? Should almost all college courses teach entrepreneurial skills?