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Broadband coverage map was in the Sunday Tribune

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

The broadband coverage map of Ireland that John Handelaar created was mentioned in the Sunday Tribune today. When you have the Minister’s office, eircom and eircom apologists complaining about it, as Bernie said, you’re doing something right. John was not credited with creating the map in the Tribune which is a shame as he did an awful lot of good work to make it work. Still, us bloggers know!

100 Million bloggers in China by 2007

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

Via Smart Mobs Via Xinhuanet is news that there’ll be 60 million blogs in China by the end of this year and 100 million blogs by end of 2007. Yowzers. There’s constant talk about net censorship and free speech clampdowns in China but there’s no way such a huge web population can be policed for their content. At least this will allow the world to get a better insight into modern Chinese culture. If we could all read Chinese that is. Time to call on Ken Carroll.

Al Pacino podcasts/videocasts and blogs his play

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

Via Digg via the Wall Street Journal comes details that Al Pacino’s version of the Oscar Wilde play “Salome” has a blog and a video cast. Clever clever. The WSJ reports that other productions are also getting into the idea of using new media to promote their plays:

To attract younger audiences, says Laura Matalon, president and co-owner of the Marketing Group, a theatrical promotion agency, “You get them into the theater by targeting them where they live, which is on their cellphones and the Web.”

What I like though about the Pacino site is they are doing the Youtube idea and allowing you to embed the videos on your site, such as this one:

It’s a damned pity Apple and the like don’t allow you to do this yet for all the trailers on their website. It makes sense to have someone that’s enthusiastic promote your play or movie or book and so allowing them to embed content on their blog/website would make sense. Instead of one person going to the trailer and watching it and liking it you can have someone with 100 daily readers show it to them via their own site. Given the stickiness of sites and that the average joe still only visit sa handful of websites per day it is surely good business practice to allow your content to be distributed as much as possible.

Same goes for TV programs. Those “Next on Lost” pieces should be freely distributed too. Go to the Lost website and copy some code so you can have the content on your own site. Now instead of one site promoting Lost you have 2000. How long before we see touring plays in Ireland have blogs and videos introducing you to the cast and the characters?

Money Money Money – Govt thows money at VC funds

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

More money to foster home-grown companies. From the looks of it though it seems you have to be looking for a million before they want to know you. While great that they have the cash, surely there should be money for smaller investments too? What do the entrepreneurs think?

The government is investing €200 million in Irish venture capital firms to fund emerging entrepreneurs and kick-start the development of new companies.

Venture capitalists will be invited to apply for the government investment, which should help them attract backing from banks and pension funds. Ireland’s three main venture capital companies, ACT Venture Capital, Trinity Venture Capital and Delta Partners, are among those expected to raise funds.

The project is a follow-up to Enterprise Ireland’s seed and venture capital programme, which has committed €98 million to 15 funds since 2000.

Cheaper broadband on the way and other sunday tech stories

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

From the Business Post: Cheaper low-end broadband and phone deals on the way. BB and free local calls and a dedicated number and free install for €25 a month. Not bad. Might kill off timed products now.

However, it is the imminent launch of an all-in broadband and phone line package for under €25 per month, with no line rental charge, that looks set to be the tipping point for the rest of the industry over the coming months.

The deal, to be offered over the coming weeks by a significant broadband provider, will be widely available and will include free calls to any Irish landline, as well as a broadband connection.

Again from the Post: Weckler talks WiFi and the quite high prices. All you can eat cheap WiFi is needed in Ireland.

And another one from the post:

Patchy broadband service being ironed out

This bit intrigues me:

Despite the heated debate over broadband availability, the good news is that most businesses across the country can receive broadband.

How in all that is holy is 30% of businesses not being able to upgrade to broadband GOOD news? A third not able to get broadband is BAD news. 50% not able to get broadband and therefore now able to telework is BAD news.

Richard eulogises Mental Meanderings

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

There’s no Stones without the Beatles. There’s no Roadrunner without Wiley E. Coyote. There’s no Margaret Thatcher without the Monster Raving Looney Party. Richard misses his opposite number.

Tom Raftery Interview on Naked Conversations blog

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Tom Raftery KaraokeTom is probably too modest to mention it but he’s interviewed by Shel Israel on the Naked Conversations blog. Who knew his favourite colour was tangerine and his favourite karaoke song to sing was “I will always love you” (Whitney Houston version where at the end he has a bouncer arrive to the stage/platform and lift him away.) Maybe I slightly embellished some facts. Damned factinistas.

Update on May 13th Meetup

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Following up on the idea for meeting on Dublin on May 13th. So, who’s around next week and what time are people around? The previous feeling seemed to be for early evening as Saturday nights are already booked out. Anyone want to suggest a time and a venue?

EDIT: Some of us are going for food around 1830 and then will head to some place for drinks. Suggestions welcome.

To all the nerds in the world: Tell lies. It’s the only way you’re going to get laid

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Scoble won’t link to Microsoft Live sites that don’t support firefox. Scoble also adds to this in the comments on his site:

it’s not that they don’t think it’s important, it’s that they put it on a lower priority and are trying to get things out faster.

Hang. On. A. Second.

Wasn’t this the Vista excuse? Isn’t one of the reasons that Vista was delayed because of MS wanting to release an OS that worked right out of the gates and wasn’t “almost but not quite running but at least was released on schedule”? Tut tut. “Mr. Right hand, I’d like you to meet Mr. Left Hand. You guys should talk about your work. You might be able to work together.”

Anyway, fair play to Robert for coming out and saying he’s pissed off over this.

The title of my blog post comes from this interview. I thought it a fun title but it has nothing to do with the content.

Friday fluffy fast bits

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Cork City Guide for your iPod.

Mp3s of the this month’s performers at this years All Tomorrow’s Parties (weekend no. 2).

Euan Semple points out the BBC blogging policy is now public. Fantastic too how they created the policy.

Clicker Conspiracy recommends the band “Beirut”. And I do too. Good choice there from Eoin and Neil Gleeson. Ordered the Beirut cd a few days ago. Looking forward to it.

Fantastic way to introduce a song. Said the Gramophone introduce “Diamond Day” by Vashti Bunyan. Read the lovely story and then play the song. This is really cool.