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Useless Data Protection Commission talks tough while wearing sheep costume

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Baaaa. More continued bullshit from one of the most ineffectual entities in this state. The Data Protection Commissioner, the one that releases a report with go-faster stripes each year and makes a mini-celebrity out of one case while doing nothing for everything else is now saying they’ll be getting tougher on spammers. Complete and utter bollox. They have a “new weapon” against spammers. Which they’ll keep well polished and stored away for safety no doubt.

2008 they let people reoffend again and again. 2007 they let someone go after harassing thousands because it was their first offence.

How many companies were fined last year after being investigated? How many were dragged through the courts? How many got away with blue murder?

Clown 2
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I’d FOI them for this information but their smug press officer got great kicks telling me a while back on the phone that they don’t come under FOI. It was suggested I send in an information request when I asked for details about the Bank of Ireland laptop thefts. So this is what I sent in:

RTE last week reported that the Data Protection Commissioner’s Office delivered a report to Bank of Ireland which included recommendations to prevent future data loss. Bank of Ireland said they would not release that report. I was looking for said report but obviously with the commercially sensitive information removed. I doubt that all the report is giving away BOI’s IP.

I also wanted to get details of the costs involved in putting that report together. Numbers of staff and manhours involved.

This is what I got back:

As you are aware, no regulations are currently in force specifying this office as a body to which the Freedom of Information Acts apply. As a matter of good practice and with due regard to the privacy of the parties involved, we endeavour to keep both data subjects and data controllers informed of the progress of investigations. This does not apply to your request. Having reviewed your request, I won’t release any of this information to you.

The DPC blow taxpayer money to advise a Bank but refuse to disclose how much it cost and what advice it was. Course there’s a trend when it comes to using taxmoney to keep banks happy. It’s a shame this shower didn’t get culled in the budget cuts because sometimes an expensive and out of synch clock is more dangerous than no clock.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday 23rd of December 2008

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Government Minister threatens to politically punish David Norris. Wow.

Collision Course. When bloggers and PR and Marketing peeps smash their heads together.

Win a few hundred euros worth of prizes by getting your readers to recycle mobile phones.

Irish SeedCampers will gladly share their experiences. Nice one Robin and David!

I didn’t realise Liv had a blog too. Now I do!

WiFi in hospitals? Hell yes.

Colm talks about how delighted eircom are these days.

How to start an allotment in Ireland.

New blog. Thomas Brunkard.

Twitter ahead of the news media in Greek riots. So fucking what! “Mobile phones ahead of news media”. “Voice ahead of news media”.

This is the example our pols should be following. Oh hang on, it is.

Via Ra Ra Riot – “Ghost Under Rocks”

Bloggers and their readers win prizes

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

If Pat is Santa, I’m an elf. I’ve been given four prizes to give away on this here blog in exchange for promoting the Jack and Jill Foundation who recycle mobile phones. Just to note Jack and Jill didn’t provide the prizes but a supporter of theirs and it was thanks to Santa that they contacted me about this.

What does the Foundation do?

The Foundation provides early intervention home respite to families with children up to the age of 4, with severe neuro developmental delay and palliative conditions requiring extensive medical and nursing care at home.

Here’s the deal. For everyone that donates one or more mobile phones to the charity, they’ll be entered into a draw for three prizes (First, second and third out of hat) – a Nokia 5220, a Voyager 815 bluetooth headset and an Elextex rubberised portable keyboard for phones. The blogger who gets these people to donate phones will also be entered into a draw for a Nokia 810 Internet Tablet.

Nokia Tablet

Donating a phone is dead simple as you drop the phone and charger (if you have it) in a jiffy bag and send it to their freepost address: The Jack and Jill Mobile Appeal, Freepost, Ratoath Road , Finglas, Dublin 11

If you collect 10 phones they’ll even send a courier to you.

So if you’re a blogger/run a blog, send your readers this way (this is not a link building thing so nofollow away) making sure they have you as the referer (as in “JohnnyBlogs sent me”) and you could win a Nokia 810 Internet Tablet and if you want to donate a phone leave a comment on this post with the make/model of the phone you’re donating and which blogger sent you this way. Yes, you can donate a phone and refer your own blog so you can be in two draws.

It’d be interesting to see which blog sends the most referers. Game on blogger people!

Me and Irish Rail

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

I should get like a golden seat or powerpoint for all the money they made off me in 2008. These are all my tickets for my Cork-Dublin journeys:


The four wise men of Irish Tech

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Over the past year and even longer there’s been four people who have devoted a lot of time helping out others in the growing Irish technology scene. They’ve given their precious time without charge to encourage and help as much as they can and it has resulted in a greater body of shared knowledge when it comes to business and tech.

Those four people are Pat Phelan, Joe Drumgoole, Keith Bohanna and Conor O’Neill. At Barcamps, Open Coffees, on blogs and on the oldskool phone they’re regularly dispensing advice and helping people make connections. I’m not sure how much people appreciate these guys but this is my little thank you card on the web for them as this year comes to a close. The Irish startup scene would be a lot poorer without these guys giving their time. Thanks Pat, Joe, Keith and Conor. Maybe we should give thanks back by talking up their work or do what they do and help out others when we can. These guys are heroes.

abacus and words of wisdom
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Get some festive music into thine ears

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Head over to Indiecater and get some great Christmas inspired music from some great musical talent. Two tracks I really really liked from that compilation are: Track 12 – Nonstop Everything -There Is No Santa, Little Boy and track 15 Loxsly – Santa Got The Spins. 17 tracks for a recession busting €6.50. You can listen to them before you buy too.

Then via You Ain’t listen to Sufjan Stevens’ latest Christmas album called “Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage, Volume VIII.”

(Pic taking outside Apple Store in Regent Street)

Fluffy Links – Monday December 22nd 2008

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Great new Irish foodie site. Cheap good food in Ireland.

Well done Keith and dbTwang on their Angel Round.

Last chance to win that $1500 phone.

Cork Tweetup tonight.

Kittens or danger?

Rollerblading dwarves, how to lifehack Getty Images.

Keith is super, thanks for asking.

Via Steve Quinlan, so this school is more like a cult?

Marketing to the Youff. Hmmm. Not sure is this sinister or not.

I’m Courier. Not to happy with that.

The Yahoo! Query Language.

George and Mrs Bush wish everyone a WTF Christmas:

Via Fabulist Angus and Julia Stone – Just a Boy

Made in Hollywood website relaunches, got photos?

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Made in Hollywood, the people behind the Web Awards props recently relaunched their website and it’s very impressive. They also have a blog but have a look at the props they’ve made for other events. Nice. Fran Hollywood from Made in Hollywood is looking for some good pics from the Web Awards of the Ws that he made. If you have any then email them on to him and he might use them in the gallery on his site.

Made in Hollywood giant choc bar

1 minute survey on mobile usage

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Dave Kelly has a survey out about mobile phone usage. Just a few short questions are asked. Why not help him out with the survey and fill it out?

Glastonbury Tor
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A party political spamcast on behalf of McAWilliams

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Internet, the man behind the video intros for the Blog and Web Awards is currently battling it out on Twitter to become king of the Twitter world or some title like that and he needs your vote to be the winner. Can you help him? Pretend he’s a poor starving child that’s blind, has to walk 15 miles a day to get water (why the fuck don’t they move?) and needs a goat for Christmas.

All you have to do is be on twitter and send out the following message:

@shortyawards I nominate @mcawilliams for a Shorty Award in #personal because…

Do it for democracy, do it for freedom, do it cos he has my family kidnapped until I write this post.

100 pies for voting!
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