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Cork and Twitter = Bread and Jam

Monday, August 25th, 2008 is finally live and has been TechCrunched! Delighted to see the hard work of 5 lads pay off. They kept their heads down and worked and refined it until they were ready to launch it. So we have Pat Phelan and Twitterfone (Cork!) and now (Cork). Yeah. So maybe we’ll see a Jaiku app from Dublin or Tipperary then?

TweetRush is a very slick Twitter analysis website that’s powered by the Rush Hour analytics engine. It shows what appears to be the hype free stats for Twitter and not the not-denied numbers that have bandied about the place before. Despite the numbers it shows a powerful online community that generates a huge amount of concise content.

I got a sneak peak of Rush Hour. Damn. It’s going to be a powerful and interesting beast.

Well done to TweetRush. (Disclaimer: I helped a little with PR)

Data Protection Commissioner Office – We’re FOI excempt, so screw you

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Or words to that effect. My god what an ignorant bunch of people in that office.

As you may be aware the Data Protection Commissioner’s Office investigated Bank of Ireland’s losing of four laptops. BOI won’t publish the report. I tried to do an FOI to get details of this report but was told rather smugly by their media person “You can’t find details of our FOI Officer because we don’t have one. We don’t come under FOI.” It was suggested I send in a request anyway and they’d consider it. So I did and it’s below. Their answer came back two hours later, which is also below. They really considered it for a while didn’t they?

Thanks for the call. What I was looking for and which I wrongly assumed I could get under FOI was the report sent to Bank of Ireland about their laptop thefts. RTE last week reported that the Data Protection Commissioner’s Office delivered a report to Bank of Ireland which included recommendations to prevent future data loss. Bank of Ireland said they would not release that report. I was looking for said report but obviously with the commercially sensitive information removed. I doubt that all the report is giving away BOI’s IP.

I also wanted to get details of the costs involved in putting that report together. Numbers of staff and manhours involved.

And the reply:

As you are aware, no regulations are currently in force specifying this office as a body to which the Freedom of Information Acts apply. As a matter of good practice and with due regard to the privacy of the parties involved, we endeavour to keep both data subjects and data controllers informed of the progress of investigations. This does not apply to your request. Having reviewed your request, I won’t release any of this information to you.

I made it very clear that I wanted non commercially sensitive information. Suddenly everything is commercially sensitive?

Why is the Data Protection Commissioner using taxmoney to write reports for non-Government organisations and then refusing to disclose a single sentence in the report? Were they under FOI they’d have to disclose everything in it that is not commercially sensitive and even then it can be argued with appeals.

What’s worse is the DPC refuses to disclose the work and costs involved in creating this report. I think the public have a right to know at least this. How is this information breaching privacy? It’d be nice to see how much money was spent on behalf of Bank of Ireland’s screwup. Bank of Ireland’s profit before tax was €1.93 billion for the year ended 31 March 2008, by the way.

I’m meeting some EU folks in a few weeks where they’ll be asking about ComReg and the DPC. Once again I’ll be happy to point out what a useless shower they both are.

Good luck to the the 3G Dating Agency on Dragon’s Den

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Romi Parmar from the 3G Dating Agency was on to me about the Dragon’s Den tonight. Wish him luck. Tonight, BBC 2 at 9pm.

Romi say he’ll over in Ireland next week with some operator meetings and speaking at a Telecom Investor event taking place at the Burlington from about 6pm Tuesday and trying to make it down to Cork for another event on Thursday evening.

Here be a dragon kite:
Photo owned by exfordy (cc)

M50 Enterprise Programme – Applications sought

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Via Niall:

The M50 Enterprise Programme at Synergy Centre, ITT Dublin, Tallaght, is a one year full-time programme designed to help entrepreneurs with a high technology or knowledge-based business concept to get their company off the ground and growing as quickly as possible. The next programme will commence the first week of November 2008. For more information on the programme visit the programme website – – or call Nicola on 01-4042221. Deadline for applications is 26th September 2008.

Fluffy Links – Monday August 25th 2008

Monday, August 25th, 2008

New site: I’m Not a Racist But. I wonder where it points to?

Cork ExpressionEngine Meetup. Counihans bar, Cork Wednesday 27th August

Don’t forget the Digital Island Cork meetup the following evening.

Frank talks about Blood and Bandage a new theatre fest for Cork from September to October.

Wolf Parade, November 29th in Andrew’s Lane Theatre.

Fluffy, Pinky, Red, Clucky links, now we have Chibi Links.

Eh? Via Value Ireland

It’s against data protection regulations to let consumers know that they are potentially at risk of having money stolen from them. It’s against data protection regulations to give consumers the information that they would need in order to allow them protect themselves against being ripped off by credit card skimmers.

Meanwhile Bank of Ireland will not release the report the Data Protection Commissioner did on their laptop thefts.

Michele asks is the Irish Internet prudish? Well the Irish Domain Registry are. Banned from being registered, for example.

Irish Rail. Not always cunty.

Downing Street has a little fun and the Tories moan over it. Check out the YouTube video:

Hack your body

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Irish Companies on Twitter

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

I’ve already mentioned Recruit Ireland being on Twitter. Twitter account here. But there are more too:

For example:
Muzu TV is on Twitter and having fun.
Conduit Ireland are there.
Vodafone Ireland – not sure is this an official or unofficial or faux account.
Setanta Sports.

Any more out there?

Update: Yes there are –
Poetry Ireland
Bubble Brothers and here.
iQ Content
Litriocht – online book shop
Herb Street Restaurant
Electric Picnic
Irish Music TV

El Alma del Ebro
Photo owned by Paulo Brandão (cc)

They’re starting to get it!

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Yesterday we had eircom set up a YouTube channel and show off a vid and now we see that the Sunday World have their own video channel and a vid:

Fun times!

Fluffy Links – Friday 22nd August 2008

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Moviestar Irish Web Awards – Nominations open to all now. Nominate all your favourite websites. Even the very modest ones who didn’t nominate themselves.

New blog: An Cathach.

New blog: Sharona. My my.

Dear Kevin Myers, Dick O’Brien just gave you a can of shut the fup.

Those two lads still need sponsorship for their charity drive.

Top Ten Fan Pages on Facebook.

A pill to feel autistic?

Phil’s done some nice rain themed photos of late, like this.

Cathal points out Comreg spectrum oddness.

Hah, the iPosture. The nagathon.

Ahh crazy signs!

Via Keith, EA and Tiger Woods respond in a fun way to a fan vid about a bug in their gold game:

New funky lighting at the new eircom HQ

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

via eircom is a time lapse vid of the LED lighting in their new HQ which opens in September. Wouldn’t it be nice to do a photowalk of that at night? Better still imagine if they ran a competition inviting people to programme the sequencing of the lights? Keep watching as the lighting changes become more swish: