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Podcasting – Not as easy as it seems?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

BarCamp IrelandElly Parker will be doing a talk at BarCampIreland entitled “Getting Granny Podcasting (or Encouraging Web Usage in Non-Technical People)”. How hard is podcasting to do and to sustain? With so many Irish bloggers going on hiatus or just finishing up completely, will we see the same with podcasts?

Fred Wilson has stopped doing his family podcast stating:

It’s a fun thing to do for a while. But it’s really hard to sustain. It requires setting things up, getting a show together, and then editing the audio, making sure the sound is right, and then uploading the file to a hosting service, and then publicizing it.

Jeff Jarvis also informs us that Annik Rubens and Ricky Gervais have stopped doing their podcasts too. Ricky seems to have made a fortune out of it though.

Hopefully there’ll be a good discussion on the day at BarCamp about podcasting with some tips and tricks and advice on how to stick with it. There seems to be a good few podcasters coming down to Cork so come along and play devil’s advocate. I bet John Handelaar will be there. 🙂 Here’s a list of 5 mistakes to avoid with corporate podcasting.

Dracula – Cork – Friday the 13th

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Frank is starring in Dracula. It opens on Friday 13th of October in the Firkin Crane. Looks interesting.

Conference: Media Rich, Information Poor! – Dublin October 12th

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Found on

A conference to Explore ways to achieve a more purposeful media.
Croke Park Conference Centre – Thursday 12th October 2006

Who Should attend?
Community media activists, their volunteers and staff, also anyone involved in non-profit, grassroots media, community and voluntary organisations, media researchers/students/academics and anyone concerned about the direction of global media.

Who is involved?

This Conference is funded by the Dublin Community Forum and the Dublin City Development Board. The conference is hosted by the Dublin Community Media Forum, which includes 8 community radio stations, DCTV and other aspirant groups, plus a number of community IT and print initiatives.

Cost of attending the conference is €10.

If your interested there is a schedule and booking information on the pdf that can be found here.

Getting things done – Anyone want to talk on this at BarCamp?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Webworks inside the atrium

Anyone want to talk about Getting Things Done at BarCamp this Saturday? Leave a note on the BarCampIreland blog.

Fluffy Links September 26th 2006

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

The British library says update copyright law. They’re not so fond of DRM.

List of the films that most frequently use the word “fuck”. To be in the list, “fuck” has to be used more than 100 times. Reminds me of a scene in “The Wire” in Season 1 where for five mins or so all the characters say is “fuck”. They must have been going for some world record.

One way to Hong Kong for £75. The Ryanair of long haul?

EDS Airplane Ad:

2001: A space odyssey, set to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon:

Wizard of Oz set to Pink Floyd:

Clinton kicks Fox Ass:

Broadband speeds and prices in other countries – Japan has 52mb broadband for 31USD a month

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Living in Japan, South Korea or Sweden means you are living in a broadband paradise. (Japan’s line rental is cheaper than us too.)

Broadband speeds and prices

Edit: Irish Prices for “higher speed” products

eircom broadband business plus – 4MB – €107.69 inc vat
eircom broadband business enhanced – 5MB – €204 inc vat

Digiweb Metro Plus – 5MB – €78.65
Digiweb Metro Xpress – 8Mb – €163.35

The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new – Fluffy Links September 25th 2006

Monday, September 25th, 2006

You can now print your own stamps in the UK. When will An Post come out with something like this or are they afraid this measure would mean another nail in the coffin of rural post offices?

Belgian News sources win a case against Google, preventing their news being shown on Google News. Google were forced to display the judgement on the websites. Google went one step further and interpreted the ruling to remove every reference to all newspaper sites. Now you won’t find any links to these Belgian news sites on Google. Can a commercial website live without being listed on Google?

A ring that reminds you of your wedding anniversary. Sad.

On the same topic. Will Paddy Power do this next? Bet on when your friends marriages will break up.

Who Called Us. Handy website to list the companies that deliberately leave missed calls so you call them back and hear some marketing crap. One for Ireland would be nice.

Rahzel РIf your mother only knew(Live). Bjork used this vocal percussionist for her album Med̼lla.

Demotivator. Make your own motivation style posters.

A blender alarm clock. Blender starts at a programmed time. This would certainly be annoying enough to get me out of bed but I’m sure it’d last two days at most before meeting the wall at high speed.

Italian bloggers are now being invited to politcal events.

The Cornell Note-taking system. For everyone going or going back to college.

Why they wouldn’t allow me to be a fighter pilot.

Ricky and David on extras:

Ireland 31st in Digital Opportunity Index

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Ireland doesn’t even feature on the ITU’s Information Society’s Digital Opportunity Index Chart. We’re 31st!


What’s the DOI?

The Digital Opportunity Index evaluates the opportunity, infrastructure and utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for 180 economies worldwide. The Index monitors the mobile communications that promise to bridge the digital divide in many parts of the world, as well as more recent technologies such as broadband and mobile Internet access.

Seems we suck overall for ICT, not just broadband.

Own goals and Ministers

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Dialup Dempsey scores an own goal with his latest broadband “target�.

“Blogging the Election” – Sponsor Details and Registration details

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Planning for the “Blogging the Election” conference is going well. We have two confirmed sponsors so far. They being and Digiweb. Digiweb are the catering sponsor. We still need a fair few sponsors to cover all the costs. If you know of any that might be interested then let them know.

We now need people to register that they are going to go. You can register here. We have room for about 150 people and I have a feeling that spaces are going to fill fast.

The Sunday Business Post had a piece on the conference today too.