Archive for the ‘technology’ Category

So I knocked the power out during the videos and

Monday, October 13th, 2008

people assumed it was a Windows error. I get the thing going again and this is what happens:

Again, without any advanced prep, Rick, Brian and the guys from Spunout adlib. Listen to the enthusiasm from the crowd. Best Web Awards ever! But then this was Year Zero.

Minister Eamon Ryan’s Next Gen Broadband Forum – Constructive, depressive and with the odd spacer

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

To summarise the event in one sentence: We all want fibre-like broadband and we want it everywhere but we’re fucked infrastructure wise.

And now follows a longer summary:
I previously wrote about how Eamon Ryan put a half-day open forum together on Next Generation Broadband. He even went on to announce it. I got to go along, along with Damien Callan from and a few other folks including general consumers and people from The structure was a room with 14 tables and around each table were civil servants, telco people, people from the EU, consumers/campaigners and other interested parties. In other words, a very good mix, though it all depended on who was at your table. Some fantastic minds happened to be at mine.

Coober Pedy
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It was almost table-quiz in structure as we were given table questions to consider and give answers to over a number of rounds. Each table had someone that would then communicate what the table had decided. Some were good and feedback from people after told me some had their agenda already set and gave that.

Mostly the topics dealt with state assets, future trends, the best way to get everyone broadband, the digital divide etc. Some of the questions were stupid though such as asking to decide on a max and minimum speed by 2010, 2015 and further. Really! Jesus. Targets once set have most energy around them dedicated to rigging them as I happily pointed out to the Dept of Comms rep at the table. (big fan of you by the way dude, love your memos that I got under FOI.) The rep’s Department have lied for years about broadband levels and every Minister with them. Whatever someone wants was my answer and our aim should not be a speed because every prediction has been beyong wrong, it should be whatever the person or business wants. 100Mb, no problem, a gig, no problem. I argued strongly for that.

Then came a typically backwards-thinking question and one that gets my brainblood boiling: What is the killer app for broadband? Dedicating time to figuring out a “killer app” for a medium is wasteful and isn’t addressing the issue. What’s the killer app for water? What’s the killer app for electricity? See, they’re utilities, they don’t need killer apps. (David Isenberg points to a Jupiter survey that shows people will stop going to the movies and paying for movie channels well before giving up their Net) “The killer app” for broadband (were it to exist) is broadband. A free and open pipe and have the world build things in, on and around it.

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After the tablequizims, there were breakout sessions to discuss various things and then we all came back together to discuss the results of them. And then something odd happened, despite the whole general feeling of the day about needing of more speeds and better connections the Assistant Secretary General of the Department of Communications stood up and summarised the day and the state of Ireland and said that from the day we see people don’t need or use fast broadband connections and sure all they do is send emails anyway. Planet Nothere called and want their spacer back. Maybe he’s a nice guy, I hear he is but stating that nobody uses their 20mb connection for anything more than email is devoid of reality or just a plain fucking lie and it’s obvious that the Department can do that very well.

So was it just a talking shop? some of the people think so. I don’t. It made the Civil Service do something new: Meet reality and the people that exist there. Not the telco people either but real Joe and Joanna Soaps. Happily ignoring people from an Ivory Tower and only interacting via highly controlled paper consultations didn’t happen. Real people spoke and shared.

What needed to happen though was that everyone there agreed on a todo list for the Department and the Department had to go off and carry some of them out and report back in 3 months. Reality-based todos that can be done, so at least it’s better than nothing at all. Action points were needed. Let’s hope if there is a next time it will have them.

Tuesday Push – Oct 7th 2008 – LouderVoice

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

LouderVoice for Business

They finally allowed us to give them a push. LouderVoice has been about for a good bit now and for those unaware of it, it’s a service that allows people to review anything they want and have the review republished to their blog or elsewhere. There are loads of ways to send in reviews too from Twitter and Jaiku (sub-niche site, don’t worry about it) to SMS.

I’ve done many a review on the site and it’s simplicity personified. The latest addition is a white-label type service that allows a business to import in their own reviews system that’s actually powered by LouderVoice. It’s called LouderVoice for Business. Now *thats* a very good idea. Like the tagline of “Connecting Commerce and Customers” too.

Conor O’Neill is the posterboy too for LouderVoice and is one of the greatest promoters of Irish tech talent I’ve ever encountered and it’s about time we talked him and his offering up since the Irish tech community would not be what it is without him.

For me, being a stats junkie, I’d love to see some kind of sentiment measurement for the site. X% like Sony products this week, general mood has increased y% etc. etc. Good luck too to LouderVoice who are shortlisted for the Web Awards.

If you want your technology/product listed on the Tuesday Push, then fill in this form here. We’re not interested in some rebadged or reskinned piece of technology, you have to have added some kind of IP to your service. To see the benefits of the Tuesday Push, read Gordon’s blog post on it. – Massive placename resource for Ireland

Monday, October 6th, 2008 is a database of the official Irish and English placenames for more than 100,000 towns, villages, parishes, islands, rivers etc around the country. The same team from Fiontar in DCU who developed have been working on for the past 18 months.


Looking around the site you’ll see the scans of archived index cards with placenames research going back decades, and there are sound files of the correct pronunciation of more than 3,000 placenames in Galway, Donegal and Waterford available so far. Anyone with an interest in heritage, culture, history or geography should find it interesting. There are versions in Irish and English too.

For the second phase of the project they’ll be adding an interactive map interface, sound files for all place names, teaching resources for primary, secondary & 3rd level & other features.

Facebook Ad Fail by

Monday, October 6th, 2008

If you are going to have a sponsored ad like this in my newsfeed: facebook ad

Sending me to a jobs search results page is wasting my time and only makes me want to give out that a media company should know how to do Facebook ads. are MORONS.

Vote Vote Vote!

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

netVisionary Awards
The voting round for the IIA Net Visionary Awards are now open and will remain so until October 17th. I’m shocked at how many people I know are on that voting list. Bloody bloggers are everywhere. Every one of them deserves to be on it too. Nice to see new talent being recognised as well.

The public vote is hugely important for the Net Visionary Awards and you can win based on the number of people who vote for you (this is what I was told last year) so make sure to vote for those people you think should win and spread the word too.

Best of luck to everyone!

Free screening of Blade Runner: Final Cut in Dublin tomorrow Oct 2nd

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Via BoardsBlade Runner

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Blade Runner – Microsoft’s ‘TechNet Ireland’ is running a special COMPLIMENTARY screening of, ‘Blade Runner: The Final Cut’. Spectacularly restored and re-mastered from original elements and scanned at 4K resolution, it contains never-before-seen added/extended scenes, added lines, new and improved special effects, and an all-new 5.1 Dolby® Digital audio track.

It would be great if you could join us in the Cineworld bar for a complimentary drink (or two) and some networking once the movie concludes

Broadband day on

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Meeting the EU today in ComReg HQ to tell them how shit ComReg are and how lame the Dept of Comms are. Then over to Dublin Castle for this shindig with Eamon Ryan ringleading it. The rockstars, the hasbeens and the neverwillbes of Irish telecoms will be there as well as general consumers and those representing as many demographics as possible. I’ll try to liveblog from it if I can. I hope it’s constructive. I already hear the IBEC lot are put up a united front.

It’s apt that this survey from the EU showing how bad Ireland is came out yesterday.

And also that we may get a super telecoms regulator for the EU.

ComReg are running a conference on the Digital Divide on Wednesday where EU Commissioner Viviane Reding will talk and probably talk more about this super-regulator. Naturally I didn’t get invited. It seems perverse that we have a Comms Minister who actually rings me and invites me to events despite not agreeing on a whole lot and the “independent” telecoms regulator does their best to pretend I don’t exist.

Goodbye iPhone, I love you <3 etc.

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Lost my temper. iPhone was nearest thing. Then it was the furthest thing from me.

The screen is cracked and broken and touchscreen is not working at all. It still synchs with my computer though.

Luckily I bought an N95 recently. I’ll miss you iPhone. Best phone I ever owned. Now I’ll need to buy flashier clothes to act like a jumped up shit.

Are you one of the 300 Web Awards Warriors?

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Update: Forgot to thank The Ken for this. Yes, THE Ken, he’s so cool he has a The before his name.

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