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Fluffy Links – Wednesday November 14th 2007

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Check out Stephen’s latest blog.

Also check out Paul’s Skiing website.

A tribute to Dialup Dempsey.

How to put a Microsoft Live Messenger Widget on your blog/site. Unlike the Meebo widget, this has captchas to stop spambots.

Ireland only number 2 for alcohol consumption. Ah c’mon. We can be number one everyone! Put em under pressure. Olé olé olé.

Sindo fans have their own Facebook group.

Food art.

Vodafone and TomTom team up to monitor traffic congestion using the locations and speed of movement of Voda customers in the Netherlands.

Speaking of tracking. This guy tracks phones and devices around a town by listening/waiting for their bluetooth ID.

Abercrombie & Fitch is gay.

Flaming Lips, Cat Power – War Pigs

Science Week Ireland blogging competition Day 1 entries

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Simon on a torch.

Conor on the ZX Spectrum.

David on books.

Catherine on calculators.

Joe on Lego.

Kevin on K’Nex.

Other Joe on Mario Kart.

Paul on the Acorn.

Ken on the tape.

Seán on the Internet.

Will on speed dial and transformers!

Cian on the Playstation.

Red Mum on the rubicks cube.

Simon McGarr – The Calculator.

Darran on VHS.

Bernie on the phone.

Sinéad on Hotmail.

Suzy on Simon.

Treasa remembers the Etch-a-sketch.

You have til midnight to talk about your fav invention. The odds are fantastic to win a Wii! Get blogging. Also keep in mind the topics for the next few days.

Nokia and Carphone Warehouse launch free Nokia Concierge service if …

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

You buy one of the following contract phones from Carphone Warehouse: Nokia N95, N95 8GB, E90, E61i, 8600 Luna, 8800 or 6120.

Link to more details. Small print is here.


This holiday season, why not live the movie star life-style with the Exclusive New Nokia Concierge Card. Need a table at a top restaurant, VIP tickets to the must-attend concerts or perhaps you need to organise a party for the loved on in your life or you lack the free time for mundane tasks, such as taking the cat to the vet or grocery shopping? With Nokia Concierge Service, you have easy access behind the velvet rope, whether it’s a full-service travel planner, personal shopper, city entertainment guide, home maintenance guru, all-purpose coordinator or research expert. The Nokia Concierge Service will deliver on anything and everything you will ever need. The perfect gift for your loved one this Christmas!

Green Party: Praise due for blogosphere engagement

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Since I said well done to Labour today (and prob had some people choke on their fairtrade cornflakes and soy milk brekkies) I should also give praise for the level of engagement by the Green Party. Recently Roderic O’Gorman and Ciaran Cuffe left comments on my blog post about them turning their backs on samesex marriage. I still don’t agree with the comments on follow-up blog posts and I still think they’re modern day judases but that’s ok. The good thing about them is that they’re engaging and this is definitely the first time members of the Government have officially engaged, in this medium at least. Great to see that. They’ve continued to blog once inside the tent (Galway horseracing one or not) and continued to leave blog comments. A big step in changing policy is first being able to engage so personally I find this a positive thing. I also see that their press people are going around leaving comments on blogs and via email and clarifying some facts. Again well done. This is good for everyone, it shows the Greens are listening and it is helping bloggers by sharing factual information with them too. Baby steps…

Fluffy Links – Tuesday November 13th 2007

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

They is back.

If I ever decide to write a blog post as gaelige, at least I now can use these Irish words and phrases were I to talk about tech in Irish.

Remember the upcoming National Dig Out day for Bertie et al.

Buying this t-shirt. Just so you can’t.

Indeed. I agree with Joe. Brian Caulfield won Technology Person of the year. Met the guy a few times and he’s very in tune with technology and one of the few people that was involved in venture capitalism that took the time and effort to come to Barcamps and other events and share his widsom.

First blog post for the Science Week competition. Remember you can win a Nintendo Wii for blogging about science. Don’t forget to take part!

Via Andrew:
Twin Musical Tesla Coils playing Mario Bros

Irish Labour Party* – Live streaming, Flickring, Twittering and blogging their conference

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Labour on UStream

The Labour party is now without doubt the most web savvy political party in Ireland. More credit to them. Their conference is on this weekend and they’re using UStream to stream it for web viewers. They’re doing an online Q&A, they’ve got a Flickr stream, they’re using Twitter and of course there’s their blog. I’m well well impressed. Well done to them.

Also best of luck to Neilformer as he goes for the NEC.

* (For the sake of consistency, assume there’s a dig at Labour Kids as well somewhere in this blog post. 🙂 )

Not Enough Hours – RTE program looking for commuters

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Ronan Flood from RTE left a comment on an old blog post the other day about commute times:

I’m actually researching for a new program in RTE called Not Enough Hours. It’s a Lifestyles program based around time management and helping people make a positive impact on it. I’ve been charged with finding a commuter who would be willing to take part… a difficult task because they’re all on buses or in their cars… anywho if any of you are interested in taking part in the program why don’t you give me a call on 01 2084587.

If you want to be involved. Give them a holler.

Science Week Ireland blogging competition – Win a Nintendo Wii each day this week

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

In case you didn’t know it, Science Week is on this week and they’ve gone all blogger friendly by having a competition each day for the rest of the week.

Here’s their spiel:

This year Science Week Ireland explores this theme and illustrates just how much science surrounds us every day. We are constantly surrounded by science, technology and engineering in the modern world. We are woken by talking alarm clocks, dress in man-made fibres, check the TV weather, listen to radio news or traffic reports, use electricity to make our breakfast. And all that is before we have even left the house.

We would like you to tell us a little bit about the role science plays in your everyday lives. We are inviting you to answer each of the following questions:

  • Tuesday – Q What was the favourite invention from your childhood?
  • Wednesday – Q What invention do you want to see most in the future?
  • Thursday – Q What’s the next gadget that you want to buy?
  • Friday – Q Which invention has helped you most with your working life?
  • Saturday – Q In your opinion what was the best invention in 2007?

Easy pickings really! C’mon and get blogging. Link to the Science Week website so they can track entries or link back here. I’m not sure will Science Week allow this, but if people read this blog, don’t have their own blog but want to contribute, I’ll happily allow them to guest post here. I’ll check with the Science Week folks about this.

Also see this other competition from them.

MashupCamp – Do we deserve it to come back?

Monday, November 12th, 2007

MashupCamp Ireland. David Berlind, Doug Gold and everyone else (apologies I don’t know your names yet folks) have put a wonderful International event together and they honoured Ireland by bringing it here. The turnout has been healthy enough and hopefully we’ll see more people on Monday. Maybe even more Irish people because from what I’ve seen there’s been more International people than locals here.

MashupCamp is a very important event with some high-powered people from the biggest companies in the world showing how to make new services and products using their APIs. Mashup Camp could have chosen anywhere in Europe and they chose Dublin. It’s nice to see people from these tech companies fly in to share a lot of information with everyone that turns up.

I would have expected to see more of the people that go to the various Open Coffees to turn up, or more of the Paddy’s Valley people, especially as they’re getting pitching training tomorrow. I.B.M. had a great presence and Microsoft have been there at every single talk over the weekend, mixing and networking and even writing summaries of some of the talks. No official Google presence to show people how to use their APIs yet they have some of the most used APIs about. Good to see an unofficial presence though.

I also would have expected the likes of Enterprise Ireland to have had a large presence or any presence at the event. They’re a sponsor too. Out of interest how many Enterprise Ireland D.A.s rang tech companies on their books and told them about MashupCamp? S.F.A. I reckon. I gave the organisers a small bit of help getting the word out yet the locals here in Ireland should have been clawing to get to Mashup Camp without having to be begged and prodded. Universities should have been aware of the event and telling their students get here and should have gone themselves. E.I. and their grant drawing clients should have been there in force. Any tech startup should have been at the event to mix with the “big boys” and just see how they work and learn about the way they work.

For me, I see MashupCamp as being like a multi-national company wanting to come here and set up. The same way politicians, councils, chambers’ of commerce and I.D.A./E.I. fall over themselves to court these big companies, so should they do the same for events like Mashup Camp. If E.I. and Unis and all the others cannot see a few steps ahead and that Mashup Camp creates the potential for new jobs and enterprises then we really are sunk. We’ve been given a fantastic opportunity with MashupCamp and I don’t think we’ve honoured it enough by the lack of support from the tech community in Ireland. We need way more events like this in Ireland from people more experienced than us but if they come looking at having events here, what can we show to them for us to deserve it? Remember, they can go to India or China where they’ll be treated like gods. Or London or Berlin where they’ll pack many halls and probably make a profit.

Despite all of this I hope to see enough good feedback from the event that the organisers will come back again and maybe next time we can see a queue of Irish people wanting to get in. Well done MashupCamp organisers! Thanks for the event so far. It’s great.

Anyone else getting spam comments?

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

Nóirín is. She ranks very well for Christmas Cards on Google and it was a post about these where she got three spam comments from people, all claiming their website was, all recommending the site and ALL coming from the same IP address. I do remember a company on the Enterprise Ireland mailing asking for SEO advice recently. I don’t think anyone would have recommended this tactic. If it wasn’t people from then I’d consider it someone try to give them a bad name by leaving these comments but at least their IP has been logged!