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That new eircom product

Friday, June 17th, 2005

There’s been some reaction in the past 24 hours to the eircom pay as you go product that they are releasing. The Irish Liberal quoted consumer laws as well as saying

The whole point of broadband is that is is always on! Is this the only country where we are expected to pay absolute laughable amounts of money for such a completly rubbish service?

Planet Potato also dislike the idea and are saying what we’ve all been saying and that is that always-on was the biggest selling point of broadband and is one of the best properties of it.

It’s quite ludicrous that if you use this product for an hour and a half or more per day you are going to end up paying €50 a month on top of the €25 highest line rental in Europe. Meanwhile the same company is offering an always-on product for €29.99. So 672 hours for €29.99 or 20 hours for €20. Mad mad. Penalties and fines for using Broadband is quite scary. Low usage users can be captured using a cheap product with a low download limit. When they are given all the time in the world to use broadband their usage will go up until they eventually move to a more expensive package. Even Google wants people to stay online more and have said broadband is what does it.

IrelandOffline Press Release on timed broadband.

Dialpad! purchased! by! Yahoo!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

VOIP company bought by Yahoo!. Let the consolidations and fun games begin. I remember using dialpad years ago to ring my father’s mobile in Boston. It was quite handy back then even before VOIP was refined and improved and before VOIP became over-skHyped.

Update: Now Yahoo! has purchased Interesting one that.

Wooden Bridge on fire, with train on it

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Via MetaFilter
Amazing pictures of a wooden train bridge on fire and collapsing with a train on it.

The BAD NEWS to this is that the train just happened to stop with its hot weeels on top of a wooden trestle bridge built with creosoted ties, bents and trusses.

This is the power of the Internet. From a persons camera in Sharon Springs, Kansas to my blog in Cork, Ireland. Citizen Journalism all the way.

Give it away, give it away now – Unique book Marketing

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

I actually woke from sleep thinking about this. Funny old world in my funny old brain.

Via Bookslut is the Independent Online’s piece on Richard Chalmers giving away his book as a way of driving word of mouth and the possibility of actual sales due to this word of mouth.

Someone give this man a Creative Commons license and have Cory talk to him how he got word out on his brilliant book.

My own thoughts on this are go the route of releasing it under a CC license like Cory did, but if your publisher refuses that, then offer a free book to all the bloggers and ask them to review the book on their blog and ping back your own blog when a review is done. Accept all reviews not just positive ones. Make sure there’s a “buy this” link somewhere so you can sell the thing online. Your audience is global online, not country specific.

This could actually work very well for the book market in Ireland. Have local Irish Publishers like Cork University Press offer anyone in the world a book with the sole condition that when they’ve finished reading it they review it and put it on their blog. Planet of the Blogs now has about 500 bloggers listed in the Boggersphere. 500 independent reviews of your book, all online would certainly generate traffic and trade.

“We don’t give a fuck about you, basically, and we are not going to handle any of your complaints”

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

“Hello, you are through to NTL customer services,” they were told. “We don’t give a fuck about you, basically, and we are not going to handle any of your complaints. Just fuck off and leave us alone. Get a life.”

Guy gets pissed off at NTL service, hacks their voicemail system, is arrested and found not-guilty. Heh. Wonder were the jury sympathetic? Watch out Irish ISPs and TV rebroadcasters.

Kottke thinks Ireland is green.

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

Jason Kottke was in Ireland recently and thought the place was really green. Irish people don’t realise how true it is until they leave home and visit other countries. Even from space our special island appears to be the greenest. The photos in the link above are fantastic though. Sometimes it takes a thirs-party to remind you to appreciate what you have.

Yahoo! to! buy! Skype!

Friday, June 10th, 2005

James Enck on his EuroTelco Blog has been giving coverage to the Yahoo! buying Skype rumour that Engadget has also been reporting about. This would make a very interesting purchase and would put Skype on a hell of a lot more desktops than it is already.

However it appears Yahoo! already has a deal with BT to use them as a VOIP carrier for Yahoo! IM voice traffic. What will Yahoo! do? Maybe they can buy off BT by using them as a backbone carrier. They can still move forward with this even with the BT deal. Afterall they bought Flickr even when they had their own photo sharing application created.

Lots of negative comments on the Engadget blog about it. Many don’t want a Yahoo! bastardisation of their smiple Skype interface. Expect this rumour to grow for another while before Yahoo! comments, if the Flickr purchase is anything to go by.

UPDATE: Om Malik gives his views.

30 Day Trial as a way to try new life choices

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Steve Pavlina uses the shareware trials idea as a way of starting a new diet plan or exercise plan. Only do it for 30 days and see how you go and whether you want to keep going. Interesting idea but is it too simple?

National Parents’ Council want more than their 15 minutes

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Seems the National Parent’s Council kicked up a fuss because of an essay title in the Junior Cert Exam. The school bus tragedy is over, can you not move on? They’ll be calling for the “Wheels on the Bus” to be banned next. The Council should maybe concentrate on matters more important to their kid’s education instead of trying to sustain their moment in the spotlight.

Discussion on about it.

Interesting Aggregator Feature

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Matt Webb came up with a nice new RSS Aggregator feature. An aggregator that randomly hides a feed and if you notice then it’ll unhide it, if you don’t notice then you didn’t need the feed and it wipes it. Good way of handling information overload.