IrishEyesKeys (10.12.2005, 13:01 UTC)
WE HAVE ALL of our weekends sorted for the next three months as we work through pages of a DIY tick-off list after getting the keys to the new house. Its underfloor heating is quite toasty. we can turn off all heat on the first and second floors when the underfloor ground level zone is pumping. Let's hope that ample flow doesn't equate to a thousand euro winter heating bill. Picture of sitting room from the Mellifont photostream on Flickr. x_ref2540
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IrishEyesHarold Pinter's Address (9.12.2005, 13:00 UTC)
IN HIS VIDEO-TAPED Nobel acceptance speech on 7 December 2005, Harold Pinter excoriated a "brutal, scornful and ruthless" United States. His presentation deserves the a careful reading by the executive branch of the US government. This is the full text of his address: In 1958 I wrote the folllowing: "There are no hard distinctions between what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessaily either true or false; it can be both true and false."...
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IrishEyesIBM Blogging (9.12.2005, 05:01 UTC)
AROUND FOUR YEARS ago, a quiet conversation began in a small group of IBM programmers and software developers scattered among several countries. They wanted to share information, product development and feedback from customers. This joint interest sparked the weblog movement inside IBM. Today, more than 4000 weblogs exist inside Big Blue and one of them—“The Future Of” series—spawned a podcast that rose to within the top 50 of the most popular podcasts tracked by the iTun...
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IrishEyesiPod Finger (9.12.2005, 05:01 UTC)
IF YOU FINGER your iPod too much, you could have iPod finger. According to medical reports, painful index fingers can result from frequent use of the iPod's small buttons. The British Chiropractic Society thinks iPod Finger could become the most common form of repetitive strain injury in the UK. According to Dr Simon Atkins, "You can probably hurt yourself by fiddling with your iPod too much. And although not in the same life-threatening league as bird flu, this new condition is just one in...
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IrishEyesWinning without the trappings (8.12.2005, 13:02 UTC)
AS MUCH AS I like the award-winning Kelly McErlean and in deference to a high-quality list of judges, I have to wonder how the Golden Spiders can accept nominations for "blog of the year" when many on the short list are noteworthy for their absence from blogrolls, Irish blog aggregations, RSS feeds, or community cross-talk. Winning a Golden Spider for best Irish blog without the major architectural elements of a weblog is like a company winning a best e-commerce award without a secure ...
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IrishEyesAnother Reason Gemma Hayes Pulls (8.12.2005, 09:01 UTC)
IRISH ARTIST GEMMA Hayes might have to share of the credit for her audience reach with an accidental namesake, Jenna Haze. Newsweek national correspondent Daniel McGinn was in the midst of researching mainstream DVD-by-mail companies when he found the WantedList, the Netflix of the porn industry. "I'd never even heard of star Jenna Haze," he wrote in Wired¹, "but I was surprised to discover that some of my friends know a lot about her." Those who have seen the actress Je...
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IrishEyesDigital Rights Ireland Has Launched (8.12.2005, 09:01 UTC)
EDRI NOTES the "Launch of Digital Rights Ireland"¹ in an edigram². The voluntary group formally launched at a press conference in the Conference Room in Pearse Street Library, at 1100 on Tuesday 6 December. The group has formed to defend civil, human and legal rights in a digital age. At the launch, members of the group (including me) discussed its mission, and current developments in relation to Data Retention, IRMA legal action and other matters. From the edigram: Digital ...
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IrishEyesThe cost of asymmetry (7.12.2005, 13:02 UTC)
DOC SEARLS EXPOSES "the cost of asymmetry" in a well-reasoned explanation of problems with asymmetrical broadband access. The problem--broadband services to low-end consumers has always been asymmetrical. Because of that constraint, an unknown amount of services have failed to launch. Searls asks, "How many small and home office (SOHO) businesses would be made possible by services that let people produce as well as consume? How many small service businesses can't grow because peop...
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IrishEyesClaim your digital rights (6.12.2005, 09:02 UTC)
IF YOU VALUE your Digital Rights you should take time out now to express your claim today by signing an online petition targeted at the EU. The petition calls for the rejection of the Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the Retention of Data Processed in Connection with the Provision of Public Electronic Communication Services and Amending Directive 2002/58/EC. Adopting this Directive would cause an irreversible shift in civil liberties within the European Union. It will adve...
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IrishEyesYour music, your rights (6.12.2005, 09:02 UTC)
IF YOU CARE about your music, you need to know what the MPAA wants to do with it. Mitch Bainwol, CEO of the RIAA--who loves his MP3 player--wants all digital radio players to be rigged so that You can only record for a minimum of 30 minutes. You have no metadata storage at all. You can carry only 50 hours of music before your MP3 player starts deleting your tracks in strict FIFO order.Digital Rights Ireland wants to keep the RIAA, the MPAA and their self-styled DRM at bay. The Irish activi...
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IrishEyesWord of the year (6.12.2005, 09:02 UTC)
THE WORD "PODCAST" beats "bird flu" and "rootkit" as word of the year in the New Oxford English Dictionary. So when we check our OED at Tipperary Institute in 2006, the podcasts we are making will be well-defined.  And look! Adam Curry's podcasts just got longer! He's running on beyond his 49-minute Sirius limit and I think the 10 or 15 minutes at the end are some of the best in his Daily Source Code.Most of my co-workers do not get podcasting. I tell them it's...
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IrishEyesSpot the Lobbyists (5.12.2005, 21:00 UTC)
YOU SHOULD VOTE for the most offensive case of corporate lobbying in Brussels in a contest closing on 12 December 2005. It's a contest run by Corporate Europe Observatory in association with LobbyControl, Spinwatch and Friends of the Earth Europe. They're doing it because "over 10,000 corporate lobbyists roam the corridors of power in Brussels. Ever more inventive and often problematic ways of gaining influence are gaining ground". The ever-inventive methods deserve the spotlight. Read on:Prete...
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IrishEyesPerilous Reliance (5.12.2005, 05:00 UTC)
DOZENS OF MY friends are rightfully worried about the prospect of their Blackberries going dark.¹ They have way too much of their lives totally wrapped up in one technology. And when shit happens, they are without a paddle. Better to have a shortlist scribbled on a pen or a synchlist on some other device. I snapped my synching technology while typing this blog item. My life synchs from my phone to the Sony Clié through a text file reminder system. Much of that text also resides in a pa...
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IrishEyesGoogle for Business (4.12.2005, 13:00 UTC)
GOOGLE HAS BECOME synonymous with the internet for many people so I thought I would gather some thoughts about the world's most popular search engine for the readers of Computers in Business. I grabbed the ideas while reading The Google Story last month.Following anti-virus maintenance on her computer, a county council employee who I know rang up the Help Desk to complain that she had lost internet access. Someone had changed her home page from Google, the place she associated with the sum total...
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IrishEyesPodsafe for Peace (4.12.2005, 13:00 UTC)
ADAM CURRY (aka "The Podfather") is promoting "Podsafe for Peace," a Christmas song whose airplay proceeds go to UNICEF.  Curry's Shownotes describe the process which is being picked up by podcasters worldwide. The big idea: get the song played by local radio so UNICEF benefits from the royalties. Produced by Slau and co-written by Orlando Pagan, Curry initiated the benefit project but UNICEF remain skeptical about the results.  It's a nice Christmas song and it d...
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IrishEyesWin a missile launch (2.12.2005, 13:00 UTC)
MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) has details on a website competition whose winner get a chance to fire missiles at a US Army base. The Army of the Victorious Group published the XHTML-compliant specification for the competition this week. The winner will be allowed to trigger from a hom computer the launch of three long-range weapons in Iraq. MEMRI via Victoria Ward -- "Iraqi terror group holds web design competition" x_ref125ws
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IrishEyesRobert Scoble in Irish Examiner (2.12.2005, 13:00 UTC)
ROBERT SCOBLE EXTENDED his evangelising of technology into the "Money&Jobs" section of the Irish Examiner today. From the article: Long before his visit to the IT@Cork National Technology and Business Conference last Wednesday, Robert Scoble had talked about his opening address. That's not unusual. All experts talk about their areas of expertise in journals or during interviews. In Scoble's case, that expertise has a special sheen because when Scoble the Microsoft Technical Eva...
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IrishEyesFriday's Cautions (2.12.2005, 09:02 UTC)
LIFE IS FRAUGHT with dangers and those who respect new things with a degree of caution often enjoy the fruits of their labour without incurring setbacks. Today's "cautions" appear after reading 16 pages of a new operator's manual: Extreme volumes may damage your hearing. The power switch does not disconnect the unit from the mains. Unplug the power cord completely when the unit is not used for prolonged periods of time. Close inspection of the warranty advises that "damages/de...
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IrishEyesHappy Birthday Woody Allen (1.12.2005, 05:00 UTC)
WOODY ALLEN TURNS 70 today and he thinks it sucks to be old. “It’s all just bad news. You deteriorate physically and die! All the crap they tell you about — you know, dangling your grandchildren on your knee, and having a kind of wisdom in your golden years — it’s all tripe,” he told The Sunday Times. “I’ve gained no wisdom, no insight, no mellowing. I would make all the same mistakes again, today.”James Bones -- "Sex scandal was my luckiest ...
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IrishEyesScoble Sighting (30.11.2005, 21:00 UTC)
Robert Scoble presented an afternoon briefing at the annual IT@Cork Conference that set new standards. Scoble melds a fact-laced presentation with a crowd-warming back channel that is political as it is technical. Scoble worked the Rochestown Park Hotel bar crowd as effortlessly as Bertie Ahern works Kennedy's pub in Drumcondra. Quick-witted, enthusiastic and unhesitant, Scoble responded to a rapid-fire sequence of questions, affirmations, speculations and accusations. You couldn't help but thin...
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IrishEyesWorking lunches work (30.11.2005, 17:01 UTC)
IN CORK annual IT Comference, we parked ourselves in Barry's in Douglas for a tabletop discussion about multimedia projects. Each student gave an impromptu presentation of their third or fourth year project. John Stanley served as the sounding board for each presentation. We were finished after 13 bowls of potato soup and seven ham sandwiches. Now it's back to Scoble in Cork. Image of working lunch and blog item sent via Nokia 9500 O2 Typepad service. Better images in Flickr photostream. x_ref...
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IrishEyesTexting to Cork (30.11.2005, 13:01 UTC)
WE ARE UNDERWAY TO the Technical Forum at the Annual IT Conference in Cork, an event featuring Robert Scoble and a bunch of interesting people on the side. You can't live without texting if you live in Ireland and that's what the picture of Neha Gupta texting away in the back seat of Corsa #1 shows. The order of the day: lunch at Barry's in Douglas, afternoon in Rochestown Park Hotel, then a quick stop at the Thirsty Scholar before heading over to the Irish Geek Dinner in Proby's Bistro at 8PM. ...
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IrishEyesThe Scoble Celebration (30.11.2005, 09:01 UTC)
WHILE HEADED TO CORK for the Annual IT Conference with 10 college students, one topic of discussion focused on The Main Man Robert Scoble. Is his drawing power grounded in his celebrity status or is there something else at work? The students will be attending both the Technical Session where Scoble talks about blogging for business and the obligatory Irish Geek Dinner where 30 bloggers plan to meet up in Proby's Bistro. Both of these events have a celebratory dimension to them. Both have a celeb...
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IrishEyesXbox 360 and Microsoft's Marketing Moves (29.11.2005, 09:00 UTC)
THE ECONOMIST'S "Special Report" last week talked about Microsoft's move "way beyond the PC". Xbox 360 "highlights Microsoft's march into new markets".... "It is all a far cry from Microsoft's typical fare. There was no mention of installers, security patches, service packs, server protocols, operating-system monopolies or consent decrees. And that is precisely the point. The Xbox 360, which will be launched in Europe and Asia next month with an enormous market...
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IrishEyesFuji Finepix S9500 (29.11.2005, 09:00 UTC)
IF MY CHRISTMAS stocking was big enough, I would like to find a Finepix S9500 digital camera in it. I have its grandfather, the S602Z, in my sling sack. It cost $800 when I bought it. I believe I can get the S9500 for that same cost on a trip to NYC. In Ireland, Sam McCauley offers the Finepix S9500 for €649. The camera delivers 9m pixels on images which is 50% more per snap than the S602Z gives me. Better still, the S9500 comes with a 28-300mm lens. I know what my macro images would look ...
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IrishEyesThe work advantage (29.11.2005, 09:00 UTC)
Disclosure: The frantic labour effort expended on finishing our new house in time for Christmas will succeed on the back of Polish, Romanian, Russian and Latvian workers--all supervised by an Irish site crew. The day crew doesn't wear work permits on their overalls. CONCERNED ABOUT MULTICULTURALISM, Ireland is looking at ways to better integate foreign nationals into Irish society. Hot tip: if you want to know why second- and third-generation immigrants integrate more easily in the States than...
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IrishEyesMcCullagh Photos (29.11.2005, 09:00 UTC)
DECLAN MCCULLAGH does more than write well. He shoots kick-ass photos too. Have a look: Two Star Wars filming locations (and one that should have been). Sahara sand dunes. Camels and   desert and sand. Tozeur. Medina. Downtown Tunis. Traditional Berber home. Paris: night and French Academy.via Politechbot. x_ref125dp
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IrishEyesArtists will mash up (29.11.2005, 01:01 UTC)
IT IS JUST a matter of time before the Irish arm of the RIAA discovers my treasure trove of mashups. We use bandwidth funded by the Irish government to store 50 different mashups that we use on a syllabus to develop a production aesthetic in three of the third level modules taught in the multimedia programming part of the BSc in Information Technology offered at Tipperary Institute. The RIAA, and its cousin the IRMA, doesn't appreciate mashups. One of my fav download zones, Mashup Town, took dow...
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IrishEyesMulti-faceted digital future (29.11.2005, 01:01 UTC)
COMSCORE NETWORKS cites a significant stat that shows yet another way that Ireland is slipping down the league connectivity table: More than 94 million people in the States, or 56 percent of the online U.S. population, have watched streaming video online. Over the last three months ending in June, the average consumer watched 73 minutes of online video a month. You need good broadband pipes to enjoy this kind of experience. Some other interesting developments: TechWeb cites an AOL project as ...
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IrishEyesSluggernaut vs Scobleized (28.11.2005, 13:02 UTC)
FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE measured by StatCounter, a Sluggernaut linkage delivers one-fourth of the impact of a Scobleized linkage. Both Slugger and Scoble generate about the same amount of comments per blog post. If I do the maths, I wonder if all this means that Slugger gets one-third of the monthly traffic of Scoble? Mick Fealty is on record saying that Slugger O'Toole records 500,000 monthly page views. I'm asking Scoble about whether he serves 1,500,000 pages a month. The Hugh Page -- "...
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