Archive for November, 2007

Fluffy Links – Friday November 2nd 2007

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

All the Irish news feeds in one location.

More Ace Internet Marketing parodies. Here too.

Looking to get a cheap, sub 200 euros digital camera. Something that will fit in my jacket pocket and something not attached to a phone. Been looking here and at this and this. Comments?

Love this. People are jail-breaking iPhones and iPod Touches in the Apple Stores.

How not to do a divorce in the media. Hilarious.

A short video on Paul Rand. Logo superlord.

Gorby has a secret message in the Louis Vuitton ads? Surely a hoax?

Ciarán Guff – Green Party slit more throats for power

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

A Suzy points out, this time it’s the people that want civil unions who have had their throats slit in order for the Greens to stay in power. The spine of the Green Party must be completely eroded now judging by the way they’ve contorted themselves to bend over backwards in new ways for Fianna Fáil. Seriously, if I was a FF supporter I’d be so entertained at the hazing they’re giving the Greens.

Suzy covers what the Greens are telling fibs about now and how their abortion of the original Civil Union Bill does sweet fuck all at the end of the day so go there to read it. For me while pissed off at the latest shameful attitude from them I’m really sad for them too. They keep saying they need to be pragmatic and they talk up what they’ve achieved so far but they’re running out of things to achieve though since they’re turning their backs on their own policies more and more. What’s left from their manifesto that they haven’t sold down the river? Surely they should just quit while they are ahead now or are they in it for Ministerial Pensions? Where’s Trevor Sargent in all of this by the way? He’s been really quiet. When will it be his turn to turn the knife on his own supporters?

I’m surprised that the new Party Chairman hasn’t at least attempted to create some fake conflict in the party so make it look like the Green Troops are pissed off over all of this and he has to work hard to keep the party from leaving Government. I guess this negotiating tactic can’t be used for at least another year or two. But what about a genuine party revolt, are the party faithful *that* faithful and blind?

Cubic Telecom wins at it@cork Awards

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Congrats to Pat and everyone else at Cubic. They had good competition too from Nitrosell, YouGetItBack and XCelesol. Cubic one in the Emerging Company category. under massive (manual) spam attack

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Seems someone doesn’t like what I’m saying about Ace Internet Marketing and the person who attacked Daithi’s blog is now attacking this blog too. can you feel the strain on the servers? No? Neither can I. They seem to be using IP ranges of Web Hosting companies in the UK and Canada. So I rang them and reported the abuse. Unlike most spam attacks, this is being done manually by some fucking idiot actually copying and pasting stuff.

Update: Seems the hosting for one of these accounts has just been killed. I got this from the hosting company:

The user’s name is “xxxxxxxx” and their account is terminated now.


Update: Bless him, he’s still leaving messages and anyone with half a brain will match the writing style to previous messages. Oh and in his stupidity he first went to Daithi’s site using an eircom IP – Making it far too easy to track him down.

Update: And the uber hacker says he was watching a movie when his automated hacker tool did this. It is mid-term, is this why he has so much time? And his hacker tool was written in Java, the language du jour for the l33t kids. C’mon man, you’d have been as cool if you used .net. Fuck off and learn perl like any decent script kiddie.

Daithí’s Blog gets attacked

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

In a curious turn of events, someone left a message on Daithí’s blog post about Ace Internet Marketing saying they would attack him with spam. Sure enough a spam attack ensued but he bravely weathered the storm. Go Daithí!

Update: I’m getting nasty comments too from an IP address that is also attacking Daithí’s blog.

Mashup Camp Coverage – Want to interview someone from Yahoo!, Salesforce or Programmable Web?

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

So in continuing to get coverage for Mashup Camp, some of those attending are willing to do interviews with the press/bloggers. With Salesforce signed up for Google’s “Open Social” initiative, Mashup Camp might prove to be very timely now with news of this open exchange platform for social networks. Let me know if you want to do interviews.

eircom’s music store

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Update: Website is live. (reviews are imported in from, please use LouderVoice!)

Met some nice people from eircom recently who told me about their future broadband plans as well as their plans for content. Not one of them wore a tie by the way. eircom will be relaunching their new music store very soon and from what I’m told it’s being built using lots of web 2.0 goodness. They’re also using a well-known and respected Irish company to design the store. Nice to see young local companies being used. They’ll be launching IPTV next year and are doing deals with media producers to get channels on the service as well as selling/renting movies and videos.

What I’m liking most about all of this is that the people looking after these areas are very enthusiastic and definitely are unlike the old eircom where the attitude seemed to be reject the new and hold on to the old ways as much as you can. Love that they are using the Last.FM engine to make recommendations to people. “If you like this, you’ll probably like this”. Better than Amazon’s recommendations based on purchases alone. They’re also getting the idea of the long tail by going around and trying to get as much local talent on to the store as possible. Perhaps they’ll add a podcast section some day? I asked them the dodgy DRM question and for labels that insist on it, they’ll use it but a lot of their music will be DRM-free. Universal looks to be on the way of getting rid of DRM completely anyway and yeah, they should be able to offer more content than iTunes because of that Universal/Apple spat.

Here’s some of the features:

  • The music channel will carry music from all the major labels, plus international and Irish independents, offering the widest range of products in Ireland – 800k tracks at launch; 7k videos, 27k polyphonic ringtones, 8k realtones.
  • Also features music news, album reviews, plus an Ireland-wide music events guide
  • In partnership with, the channel will include free MP3s, videos, and a 24/7 streaming music player.
  • Music store Includes music recommendations from, a media player where users can compile sample playlists, and 30sec samples before you buy
  • Channel will offer the widest range of download types in the Irish market place. Customers can download in multiple formats – to pc, to mobile, dual download (simultaneously to pc and mobile), video, real tones & poly tones and wallpaper.
  • I’d love to see what it looks like at the end of the day. Right now I can’t access the music section on with Firefox or Internet Explorer due to some overzealous scripts saying I don’t have the right version of IE and Windows Media player. That’s not good. Lastly, eircom are turning up at more and more tech events like BarCamps and Open Coffees and want to meet local tech companies. Do say hello to them, you might get some work from them!

  • Customers can pay for downloads by either credit card or through premium rate SMS
  • Entire EMI catalogue is DRM-free, so there are no restrictions on usage
  • DRM-enabled tracks can be burnt to CD or transferred to appropriate media players

Facebook Groups – Will they take on Google Groups?

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Google Groups I must say are really impressive. Google made a great service when they bought DejaNews back in 2001. Yahoo! Groups are also another good mailing list and group discussion service but with so many people creating Facebook Groups for anything and everything, you have to wonder will this be the next area of Facebook that will start to be taken seriously by Facebook. Right now it’s awful to use and manage. There’s no wall activity to let you know people have contributed to group discussions without you going off to check it out. A right pain when you are subbed to a lot of groups.

If Facebook get their groups sorted, it could mean even more opportunities to get people to use their service, especially if they allow business people to sub and contribute by email.

Hopefully with this new cash injection they’ll start improving their existing offerings while bringing out new services too. With the MS money maybe they’ll do the following:

  • Messaging service improvements
  • Create a Facebook IM service. A few blogs have mentioned this and it makes perfect sense really. Now, if they based this on Jabber it’d be fantastic. Maybe with their cash they’ll buy Meebo?
  • Roll out a contextual ad system based on ALL of that profile data they’ve been logging.
  • Fix up Facebook groups so businesses will start using them. And then to annoy Google even more, allow selective indexing of the front page of the groups, like selective indexing of Facebook profiles.
  • Enable outside search.
  • Enable outside advertising.

Fluffy Links – Thursday November 1st 2007

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Happy November everyone! Just a few fluffies:

One for the Road now lives here. Update bookmarks etc. etc.

Ace Internet Marketing move on to saying Daithi defamed them. Don’t you feel all left out that you didn’t one of these special emails?

Nice Halloween pics from Red Mum.

It seems more and more companies are blocking me thanks to Webmarshal. I’m banned in schools too.

More foodies. Food Lorists.

The Interesting conference idea goes to Oz.