Archive for December, 2005

Will the real TwentyMajor please stand up

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

… and say “cunt”. It appears there was a Twenty impostor at the blog drinkies last night. Plot getting thicker than the average comment poster on UI’s blog.

Interview with Ina

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Another interview this one is with Ina O’Murchu.

Especially for Dave Winer

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

Good ole Penny Arcade. Thanks Brian.

Dead .ie domains – On the third day will they rise again?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

I already mentioned the Blacknight €30 ex vat .ie domain deal and they will be taking orders on the 3rd day of January. Looking at the list of deleted deleted .ie domains I saw quite a few which could be used to produced a cheap site which may get enough traffic to make some money from Google Ads. – I’m sure someone could come up with Amazon affiliate links and so forth to generate revenue for mothers’ day and birthday type presents. An editor’s choice type site which if it starts making money could eventually start selling its own products. – Google maps with cash machine locations. Add in paid placements and coupons for pubs in the area and you might make a meager bit of cash for a small bit of work.,, – We all have cars. Use you imagination. Should be able to make something out of this, again with little investment. – Is there a Froogle API yet? Froogle, Amazon, who else have APIs? An AJAX search box for something likr this would be sweet too. – Nuff said really. Again just an Amazon affiliate but with new content via a blog interface. This would be ideally run by people who are cultured and enjoy good books and marketed to people who desire to be cultured. Hardly any of us are big into literature. We’d happily buy or subscribe to someone else’s taste though. If this was run by someone like Sinéad I’d probably buy a lot of books. Without totally generalising America and Americans, this is what they do. They import their culture from other places. The middleman makes a killing. Look at Martha Stewart telling middle class people how to act like snobs. Perfect! No, you’re not a Martha Sinéad. – Excuse me while I take time out to say: WTF! What the hell is a computer bath? – Lots of begorrah, find your family name type stuff out there. Again, add in some Google maps stuff. Maybe the .ie part of the address could market it to appear more legit. – This would be perfect for rightwing Christian anti-contraception groups to use. – Share your homework online. Oh what a fuzz that would generate. 🙂 – Google maps, locations, sell skype minutes, sell ads for youth hostels etc. etc.

reviews.ieStructured blogging anyone?

What would also be interesting and perhaps JMCC could help out here, is to parse this list through an app to see what the page rank for the domain is as well as how many inbound links there are for the domains.

Apple and notebooks for women -pah

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

Apple to release light-weight notebooks for the ladies? says engadget. You’ve lifted a baby right? They’re frickin heavy. Women can lift notebooks without hassle for god’s sake. Making them more stylish though I can agree with. I wonder how many women buy IBMs compared to mac laptops?

Wyrd Systers and Brothers

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Winds tagged me for the weird blog meme. 5 weird things about me.

  1. I park on the same quay in Cork city when I’m there in the evenings, if not then I park in the White Street carpark (which is free after 4.30pm and all Sat and Sun btw) and if not there I park in the multi-story carpark next to the City Hall. Hail rain or shine I park there though there are lots of places nearer to the City centre.
  2. I don’t use the word hate in conversations to talk about things. As an example I would never say “I hate that bloody song” or “I hate the way she does that.” I normally use “I detest” or “I can’t stand”. I have hate reserved for special people and special occasions.
  3. I abhor and have a thing about putting used ware in the kitchen sink and on the draining board. Not because the ware is dirty but I have this thing about bacteria and sinks being breeding grounds. I positively freak when someone puts meat or bread on the draining board to defrost.
  4. If I see someone wearing the same shirt, t-shirt, top or sweatshirt as I have, then I won’t wear that item of clothing again.
  5. I scrape and punch my knuckles against walls and other dense objects when bored and as a way of toughening up my knuckles. I’d advise not getting punched by me. Apparently it hurts!

Paying it forward to: Conor, Suzy, Robin, Dave, Donal and Stephen.

(yes I know it’s 6 not 5, sue me.)

Rules of the game:

The first player of this game starts with the topic “five weird habits of yourself,� and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their five weird habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next five people to be tagged and link to their web journals. Don’t forget to leave a comment in their blog or journal that says “You are tagged� (assuming they take comments) and tell them to read yours.

In or around Dublin? Still can’t get broadband? Want to be on De Telly?

Monday, December 19th, 2005

RTE are looking for people that are based in and around Dublin that still cannot get broadband after trying for so long to get it. Are you willing to be interviewed this week? If so, email me at info AT

Details I need:
A brief summary of how you tried to get broadband and failed.
Where you live and where you work. (If you can get off work for a brief period to do this interview it would even be better.)
Contact details, both mobile and email.

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.