Archive for the ‘irishblogs’ Category

Blog Awards – Additional Details

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Made a few posts on the Irish Blog Awards site.

Nominations close on January 23rd.

I’m trying to find out which is a better night for people – Saturday February 25th or Saturday March 4th and I also need to find out numbers so I can tell the venue people. I know that John is away in February and Gavin is too I think and it would be a pity to miss out on them coming along but I think these are the two nearest dates and at the same time I don’t want to delay the event any longer.

I’m also looking for some people to help out with projectors and sound equipment and the like.

New York in November

Monday, January 16th, 2006

So I’ve volunteered to go with my family to New York in November. So dear readers, please suggest cheap but comfortable places to stay in the Metropolis. There are 5 adults and one 13 year old going.

Please also recommend some good places to visit. By places I mean places for weird food and crazy bars. While the family shops myself and a cousin will be going a bit crazy, I hope.

Blog Award Nominations and Judging

Monday, January 16th, 2006

There’s been about 100 nominations so far and the nominations are slowing down to a trickle now so I think I’ll let them run until next Monday morning and then shut nominations and then start creating the nominations list for each category. When that’s done we can go to the next phase which is a public vote to eliminate blogs from certain categories so a short list is created which can then be passed on to the judges.

On the subject of judges, it is becoming quite apparent that 3-4 judges who would judge all categories is not going to work out as the judges are themselves nominated in many categories. To remedy this I’m going to create a pool of judges and once nominations close for the awards, which I think will be next week, I’ll be able to assign judges to various categories. So now I must fire off a few emails asking people would they like to be judges. Quick, check your email! I’ll list who will the judges are once the short lists are nailed down.

Still no news on a date or venue.

This cold/virus thing going around

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

Anyone else experience this motherfucker of a virus? It started on New Year’s day and I still have it. Chest infection and cold thing and a really nasty and annoying cough. Out sick from work most of last week and have no energy to do anything. It took me about 2 hours to answer that meme from Suzy. Antibiotics run out tomorrow and really have been no help. Woke this morning from fevered dreams and pains all over. Muh. 2006 better improve!

Meme Quartet

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

Suzy tagged me with the four meme.

Four jobs you’ve had in your life:

Worked in a pound shop when I was 15/16.
Hospital porter.
Tech support monkey.
Technical writer.

Four movies you could watch over and over:

Terminator 2
The Godfather
Old Boy

Four places you’ve lived:
The Cork countryside 🙂
Ballintemple, Cork.

Four TV shows you love to watch:

The West Wing
Battlestar Galactica (the new version)
Doctor Who

Four places you’ve been on vacation:

Four websites you visit daily:
Visit 130 sites via Bloglines
Internet Movie Database.

Four of your favorite foods:

Rare bloody steak
Most fish
Chips and curry from Lennox’s, Bandon Road

Four places you’d rather be:
Sitting on some craggy rocks, breathing in the sea air rolling in from Galway Bay and just taking in the magnificent views as the sun in the evening starts to fade and you can still feel the warmth on your face and the sunburn starting to tighten the skin on your shoulders. All senses at work yet feeling so relaxed.
Cork. Think of the Tommy Tiernan joke about Cork people. Sure it’s not Cork, like.
Sitting on a stairs.

Four people to annoy with another annoying meme.
United Irelander
The yank.

Wankr Beta

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

Wankr – For all your web 2.0 needs

Blog Awards – 90 people have emailed in nominations so far

Friday, January 13th, 2006

90 emails with nominations. Quite happy with that. Some interesting new blogs too I hadn’t seen before. Very encouraging.

Good presenting – Jobs and Lessig

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Guy Kawasaki laudes Steve Jobs’ presentation at Mac World and discusses how Jobs knows how to make a great presentation. Compare this to the crap that Bill Gates foists on people. Another proponent of lots of slides but using minimal text is Larry Lessig. His latest defense of Google Print is a great presentation though as in previous posts, I think he’s incorrect about fair use. Still, download his presentation via bitTorrent and see how a pro does it.

Fast 50 – Slow to blog

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

In an earlier post I was asking about there being a Fortune 500 for Ireland and there appears to be but you have to buy the cd of it. The reason I was asking was to do the same as Chris Anderson’s Fortune 500 Business Blog Index. Instead I used the Deloitte Fast 50 list which I thought would have modern enough “cutting edge” companies who may know something about blogging. Well, I was mistaken.

At least they all had websites, but none had blogs. It makes you wonder how many in business that are not actually blogging, have heard of blogs? Of those that have business blogs, is it only IT companies? What also struck me about the list is how so very very bad and ugly some of the sites were. All was missing from some of the sites was the old Blink tag or “Best Viewed in Internet Explorer 4”.

Without further ado, here are the sites:

01 Data Electronics Services Ltd
02 Alltracel Pharmaceuticals plc
03 Digiweb Ltd
04 Meridio
05 Bard na nGleann
07 Sabeo Technologies Ltd
08 BookAssist
09 tns distribution
10 Lagan Technologies Ltd
11 Exoftware Agile Solutions Ltd
12 MediaOne Ltd
13 Puca Technologies
14 Crannog Software Ltd
15 PulseLearning Ltd
16 Level Seven Creative
17 Medicom Medical Computer Solutions Ltd
18 Terminal Four
19 Real Time Systems Ltd
20 Texthelp Systems Ltd
21 Mapflow
22 Singularity
23 Ash Technologies Ltd
24 Clearscape
25 Version 1 Software Ltd
26 Electric Paper
27 Compass Informatics Ltd
28 Performance Fluid Dynamics (PFD) Ltd
29 ITS New Media Ltd
30 Core Systems NI Ltd
31 Datacare Software Group Ltd
32 Quantum Healthcare Informatics
33 iQon Technologies Ltd
34 Strencom
36 Biznet Solutions
37 Webtrade Ltd
38 ANDOR Technology plc
39 System Solutions Ltd
40 Partners in Europe
41 Stockbyte
42 Consilium Technologies Ltd
43 Globoforce
44 InterFusion Networks
45 Williams Industrial Services Ltd
46 Prologic Data Management Ltd
47 First Derivative plc
48 VistaTEC Ltd
49 Nitec Solutions Ltd
50 Conduit plc

Blah blah blah – Apple announced fuck all

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

A few software tweaks and a new chip but just as expensive. Answer me this mac apologists: You’re all for demanding mac versions of Google Apps and all these techcrunch hyped apps like Riya et al. Do you support the demand for PC versions of iLife and Garageband? If Apple truly believed their own hype about their great computers then they should release pc versions of their apps. Apple appear to do good software as a sweetner to bring people to their platform, which is a nice technique, so why complain then when there are PC only version of software applications?