Archive for the ‘irishblogs’ Category

Cork gets a crematorium at long last

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

New crematorium to be built and completed by end of this year. Built on the old Irish Steel website.

Thursday Morning (Feb 16th 2006) Quick Links

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

20 Ideas for a Great Podcast. Some good suggestions there and some common sense ones that I would have overlooked.

Bohemian Rhapsody, Lost style. Weird Al doing his thin. Funny enough but not as fantastic as it could have been.

Cool performance Art pictures.

The movies of Mitchell Rose. Check out the ballet between a guy and a big digger. Quite a fun short film.

Via Michele is the Mike Davidson guide to getting an expired domain name. Very helpful. I’m still trying to get mulley.com and damien.com

Vote for a blog and maybe win an O2 i-mode phone

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Just announced on the Blog Awards site that o2 gave me some i-mode phones for the awards.

o2 i-mode phone o2 iMode

A few ways to be a winner:

You have a chance to win an i-mode phone if you have voted in the blog awards. This surely is an additional incentive for your readers to vote for you now. Stick the pic above on your blog and state “Vote for me and you might win this i-mode phone”. I want to see over 1000 people to have voted by Friday evening, we’re nearly at 900. Pimp yourself more 🙂

Additionally if you turn up on the night you also have the chance to win one of two i-mode phones as well as other spot prizes such as bottles of wine and hopefully other goodies including a Bifsniff T-Shirt.

First Tuesday National Telecoms Forum 2006

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

First Tuesday National Telecoms Forum 2006

‘Convergence and Consolidation in the Telecommunications Sector’

Date: Wednesday March 8th
Venue: The Burlington Hotel, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4
Registration: Between 8.30am-9am
Event: 9am-1pm including light lunch
Admission: Euro100 + VAT (Eur121)
Registration: Please email admin@investnet.ie (Registration)

Presentations from:

Shane O’Neill, Chief Strategy Officer – http://www.lgi.com/ (UGC Europe)

Martin Varsavsky, Telecoms Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO Fon – http://www.fon.com (Fon) To be confirmed

David McRedmond, Commercial Director – http://www.eircom.ie (Eircom)

Speaker TBC – http://www.smarttelecom.ie (Smart Telecom)

Charlie Ardagh, Sales and Marketing Director – http://www.magnet.ie (Magnet Networks)

Broadband Leadership Round Table (Private Lunch):

Theme: “New Thinking for Achieving Full Broadband Penetration�.

Participations in this breakout session will be limited to the first 10 places. Companies participating will pay an additional fee for the cost of outputting a white paper from the session.

Valentine’s Day 2006 links

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

T-Mobile now has all-Ireland roaming rates. Are they cheaper than the providers here, doesn’t this mean we can just buy their service off them?

Virgin offers TV on your mobile (in the UK) but this surely means you now have to buy a TV license for the phone?

Irony alert. Jonathan doesn’t have comments so I can’t help him with hisBT issue.

Via Claire comes news that Tom Raftery is doing a whole lotta podleader interviews and Microsoft are sponsoring the first few of them. Go Tom!

John Handelaar is also kicking ass and developing his Fax Your TD project now called Vocalvoter. You rock dude!

800+ people have voted – Keep going

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

800 people have voted in the Irish blog awards so far. Let’s try and get it to 1000 by Thursday and 1200 by Friday! I will be deeply disappointed to see the short lists come out because in all honesty there are way more than 5 fantastic blogs per category. As a community we should be really proud of these blogs because they kick the fucking ass of so much out there. For a country with a shitty Internet infrastructure and ripoff telecoms prices we’re doing pretty well online. Strange how we had one of the first websites ever yet haven’t progressed as fast as the rest of the world.

How long before they make Grand Theft Auto – Dáil Eireann Edition

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Driving down motorways the wrong way, drunk.
Knocking down pedestrians.
Breaking speed limits.
Then we have the big boss Gun Runner though we had a previous gun runner also run the country.

Oooh, and we can have a fascist Chief of Police.

*puts on his Judas Priest album and spins “Breaking the Law”*

Toyota Jeeps Rock

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Toyota Jeeps Rock Top Gear really put this through its paces.

Edit: Seems that the vid was taken off Google Video. Here it is in two parts from YouTube:

Lazy investigative journalism

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Update: She was acquitted.

Piaras Kelly mentioned the Naomi McElroy story that was in the Sunday Times. Basically she was done for writing fake prescriptions to aid in some story she was investigating. Piaras suggested her work was like those who tested the security of flights after the Sept 11th terrorist attacks:

Who can forget the number of weapons sneaked onto flights in the wake of 9/11 in a bid to highlight poor airport security

I replied in the comments but I think his commenting system dislikes me as only half my comments ever seem to get through. This is my view:

The weapons were fake, like her prescriptons but the big deal is she got drugs from these prescriptions. Would you rob a bank to prove their security was weak?

You can highlight weaknesses in most systems by adhering to the law, it just takes more work. If she wants to break the law to highlight something then she must pay the price and she knew the price before she did this. Her editor should also be found complicit. Journalists are not above the law just because they are trying to improve the system/get more readers.Is this lazy journalism?

Sarah mentioned on the Newstalk show today that blogs and bloggers don’t forgive lazy journalism. I guess this blogger doesn’t forgive Geraldo style lazy investigative journalism either.

Saturday 11th Feb Tab closures

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

Before I watch the latest episode of Battlestar I thought I’d get these bits out of the way:

Via Philipp Lenssen comes maybe the next Million Dollar homepage style idea that doesn’t quite suck like the others. Stuff and me has a Aric Mckeown take a pic of him with your product and it is displayed on his front page for 24 hours and then it goes into his archives and I think goes into some rotating banners ads too. It costs you $15. Doesn’t sound so bad really if the site gains a lot of traffic. Then comes the bit I like. Like Rocketboom, he chooses what the ad will be.

Your suggestions may be used directly in the ad, as a jumping off point for creating the ad, or discarded for something more fun or practicle.

Fake tattoo sleeves. Interesting, but why buy one of these when you can instead go through 14 hours of pain and lots of blood and blow a grand? Much more fun.

Kevin burton points to a great web traffic analysis tool. It visualises you visitors and makes into a Sims like construct. This rocks. Visitorville is looking for salespeople in Ireland. Check out the clever ad which obviously spotted my IP and then generated the ad.

VisitorVille Ad

Tut tut Tower.