Via the Putplace blog:
We are putting together a discount plan for HP-Upline users. In the meantime you can user the invitation code “joe” to get started with a free plan for three months.
Still not back to normal. Right after the Blog Awards I’ve had to travel for work to far flung places like Dublin, Galway and Cork. Should be back to normal sometime Thursday.
Meanwhile grab an amazing chance to hear one of Obama’s Online strategists talk in Dublin today.
From a speech by Harvey Milk:
The world has changed since he made that speech but it seems not by a huge amount. There are still kids in this country that try and do kill themselves all for something that should be unimportant to the individual and the culture they live in. Invisible people have invisible rights was a tagline on my blog when I started and it’s been the tagline now for years and years. Milk’s speech doesn’t just cover gay people, it applies to the fantastic diversity we have in the world and in this country yet Dermot Ahern and his goons would rather some groups who point out inequalities would rather disappear. Niall Crowley was shafted, many of the organisations fighting (and it is a fight) for equality were ripped to shreds by Ahern and Fianna Fáil, while the Green Party stood silent. The piecemeal offering of Civil Registration with “I can’t believe it’s Equality” rights while so many other rights are taken away is either sinister or delusional.
As peoples’ anger with a tougher life in 2009 gets channeled into racist and homophobic attacks and just general violence for looking at someone “the wrong way”, there needs to be more representation, not less, not none. Still, in a way it is a lesson for many of these organisations that they cannot depend on a Government to help fund their work or those wanting representation to depend on groups bankrolled by Chuck Feeney to represent the needs of a community by hosting award ceremonies.
As the Business Post and Metro newspaper mention, eircom are now going to block websites, starting with The Pirate Bay. Case by case basis from here on in. Once IRMA go to Court asking for a site to be blocked, eircom will not challenge it.
So first they’ll start with the Pirate Bay. Then comes Mininova, IsoHunt, then comes YouTube (they have dodgy stuff, right?), how long before we have Boards.ie because someone quoted a newspaper article or a section of a book? And don’t think they’ll stop there too, any site that links to The Pirate Bay and the others on the hate list will probably be added to the list too. Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?
This is bad on many accounts. 99% of people are being punished for what a tiny percentage of people are doing. Sometimes this can be justified. Handgun bans etc. I don’t think a website is a loaded weapon though.
I’m sure the business case for eircom was they didn’t want any more costly High Court actions with McDowell biting at their legs on the command of the music industry but this is going to open up a can of worms with IRMA demanding more and more attacks on how people surf the net, this is what it is in my view an attack on our freedom to read, our freedom to write, our freedom to move around the web. All so a very rich but rapidly becoming poor group of luddites can feel better for seeing the future and trying to fight it.
And of course the costs of communications with IRMA and of the filtering is going to be passed on to the consumer. The cost of blocking a single site will be almost nothing I suppose but as more sites get added and as the arms race between the pirates and the ISPs escalates, then it’ll become complicated and complicated costs more. So again the majority get to pay for the inability of the music industry to work with the modern world and the pirates who want to bring all digital content to the masses without any technological or monetary restrictions.
I really don’t like the idea that I can’t be trusted to surf the Internet unsupervised. I hope the other ISPs fight this.
The Blog Awards, being tomorrow means I have no free time at all to witter away here posting videos and links to shiny things.
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – White Corolla
They talked to bloggers. They told us of their new consumer electricity offering ahead of the press conference about it which is one right now. They asked us for opinions and answered every question. Genuine consumers got genuine answers in a nice relaxed atmosphere. They’re now in the electricity market with a guaranteed 10% cheaper than the ESB offering.
This is the ad which will be seen on TV soon enough.
I was seriously impressed with the transparency from a company of their size. Others will fill you in on the consumer issues they addressed.
Happy Irish Blogs Week!
Clare Herbert has a nice piece on how the very rich Ryan Tubridy should stop tutting about a recession that really he won’t be suffering in.
Thomas O’Dwyer over on Open Democracy has written a piece on post-election Israel.
Pay Per Performance SEO? Michael Wall’s take.
Best sleeping bag ever.
Technology distracts us and we were fine before it? Not so.
10 Facebook privacy tips.
Meanwhile a Dutch Minister tweets from the Cabinet table. And gets a bollocking.
Via Fabulist: Shenandoah Davis – “We; Camera”
Via Album.ie The Presets – If I know You