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Interviews and Conversations

Monday, December 19th, 2005

The latest interview on is with Fergal O’Byrne from the IIA. I’m hoping to have interviews from Ina O’Murchu and Alex French online soon too. I’m also lining up a few more people who I’ll send e-mail interviews to over Christmas. I’m hoping to get a few of the local Cork companies that Donagh Kiernan mentioned in his interview. If anyone wants to suggest either Irish tech companies to interview then let me know.

I think it’s great that there are more interviews occuring, whether it be blogger interviews via the Disillusioned Lefties, international tech wizards interviews on PodLeaders or my own humble interviews with those involved in helping along Irish Business. I would think there’s a lot more space in the interviewing and conversations arena for another dozen or so niches.

To me, Irish people have a talent for talking and getting people talking and with the Internet linking us all up, we should as a people capitalise on this natural talent. Hell, for a few hundred years in the middle ages we were the light in the darkness and educated the rest of the world. Isn’t every interview and every conversation just one form of education?

Speaking of interviews, Robert Scoble has his own thoughts on them:

David Newberger is onto something. His blog has gotten much more interesting since he’s started doing interviews. has Mike Rundle CDO of the 9Rules Network; Doc Searls; me; VC Jeff Clavier; and recently had Jennifer DeGraffenreid on Native American Media. He doesn’t do podcasts or vlogs or anything like that. Just emails 10 questions and asks for answers.

January is going to be a fun time for .ie domains

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Get your RBNs at the ready. Blacknight are doing .ie domains for €30 ex vat for the whole of January.

Elections and blogging

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Progressive Ireland suggests an election super blog which is a pretty nifty idea. I’m sure there’ll be many people that would like to contribute to it. If you plan it right you may even get quite a lot of traffic for unique content.

Myself and Mr. Rants have had many an IM conversation about blogs and the election. From a blog post about it:

myself and Dave were discussing the upcoming Irish General Election and that an unbiased and neutral fact-checking site is needed. Monitor all the hot-air that comes from politicos and see does it match what they said and what they did. This might be a way of reeling in those that may not have had an interest until now to get involved in political debate. Certainly would help make politics more transparent.

I think something like this would be a nice companion piece to the Super Blog idea.

Named and Shamed – The Irish M.E.P.s who don’t give a damn about your privacy.

Saturday, December 17th, 2005 has put up a shame list of how our MEPs voted on the EU Spy Law which monitors and logs anything we do online. Can I suggest emailing those that voted against this and thanking them and writing to the rest and give out to them for not giving a damn about you as a citizen. A soon to be severely monitored citizen who will no doubt have to pay for it with a much higher Internet or mobile bill.

Proinsias De Rossa (Lab- ESP)- For
Mary Lou McDonald (SF- GUE/NLG)- Against
Gay Mitchell (FG-EPP)- Against

Eoin Ryan (FF-UEN)- Abstained

Liam Aylward (FF-UEN)- Abstained
Avril Doyle (FG-EPP)- Abstained
Mairead McGuinness (FG-EPP)- Abstained

Simon Coveney (FG-EPP)- Abstained
Brian Crowley (FF-UEN)- Abstained

Kathy Sinnot (Ind-IDG)- Not Present

North West
Marian Harkin (Ind-ALDE)- Against
Jim Higgins (FG-EPP)- Abstained
Sean O’Neachtain (FF-UEN)- Not Present

Podcast Transcription Services

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Michael Arrington points out a podcast transcription service which priced at $10 for a half hour of audio is really really cheap, too cheap I think if someone wanted to make money from doing this. 30mins audio to me would mean around an hours work. $10 an hour is minimum wage in Ireland. How can someone hire a person to do this and make any money?

In the comments of the TechCrunch post people suggest that voice to text software be used and then someone goes over it to check for errors. That doesn’t make the work any faster as you still need a human to check the words and listen to the podcast.

I left the following in the comments of the TechCrunch post:

Perhaps if the transcriber had the right to sell on the transcriptions then she/he could recoup costs that way. Or another way of recouping costs and maybe using a free model would be to offer free transcriptions in return for a share of ad revenue on the page that hosts the transcription.

If I were a transcription company I’d be contacting the main podcasters and offering my services for free to them for 6 months in return for a link back to my service.

Tom, as a podcaster who is getting serious heavweights in the tech world to do interviews with you, would you be open to such an idea?

United Irelander – tut tut

Friday, December 16th, 2005

I wanted United Irelander to email me for a chat but he wouldn’t for whatever reason and wanted me to state on his comments why I was looking for a chat. But the fact that I didn’t want the judges of the Irish Blog Awards to be disclosed for another while meant I had to ask a person to be a judge in private. Oh well UI. I’m sure your replacement will do just as well.


Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Yup. I’m on it now. James Corbett convinced me. If you want to add me please do. I’m damien AT this domain.

Clare Dillon at

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Over on I’ve interviewed Clare Dillon from Microsoft. Have a looksee. (I should have permalinks for the interviews fixed by end of day.)

Update: Permalinks are working.

Interview with Donagh Kiernan from Maidsfield

Monday, December 12th, 2005 interview with Donagh Kiernan from Maidsfield Business Development.

Sunday 11th of Dec 2005 Links

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

You’ll need ID to use Net cafes now in Italy. Add Data Retention into this and everything you do online is going to be watched.

Internet cafes also must make and keep a photocopy of the ID and be registered with their local police station, dictates the law, part of an anti-terror package approved after the July terrorist bombings in London.

Ireland and it’s 3 year data retention is cited for a reason to bring in longer and harser data retention laws in Europe. To harmonize things they say. Next they’ll harmonize with Italy for Netcafes and with another country for prepayed mobiles. Like the way the EU and the US “harmonized” their copyright laws but instead of matching the lenghts they increased them more, back and forth like a tennis match. Why do the governments have so much disdain for their electorate?

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Pic of the fuel depot explosion in the UK. More here and here.