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e-Paper But Not PDF September 30, 2003

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When I was over in London last week I picked up a copy of the New Scientist magazine (always a good read). In there I found an article following up on the latest developments in the world of e-paper. I had heard about this technology some time ago when black and white changeable images were possible but new developments are looking at generating e-paper to handle colour video images. This is a great development that might some day see your house wall covered in e-paper that you can change the colour of in an instant or use one wall as a video screen for home cinema. Personally I can’t wait for the first e-paper tabloid to be printed. Watch Freddy Star eating my hamster… source: New Scientist

Print Off Your New PC September 30, 2003

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We’ve all printed off a spec for our new PC purchase at some stage or another but imagine if you could actually print your PC (or at least some part of it). This new technology of 3D printing devices is really starting to raise eyebrows. A story that should be closely watched… source: CNN.com

Lord Hutton – Job No. 2 September 30, 2003

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Seems as though there is a Dr. Kelly type dispute starting in the US at the moment. The classified name of some CIA official has been leaked in association with the US lead war on Iraq and now the trouble is brewing. source: CNN.com

Who? September 29, 2003

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Yes, Doctor Who is set to return to our television screens in the near future. I remember watching the series as a kid and being enthralled by the various adventures of the Who gang. I’m not sure if anyone will ever really capture the essence of the Doctor as good as Tom Baker but I’ll definitely tune in to find out. source: The Register

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Vodafone to go Wi-Fi September 29, 2003

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Well yes and no. The operator has said that it will support the billing of Wi-Fi hotspots but it won’t actually partake in the rollout of these hotspots. To me this shows a lack of dedication to the cause and an attempt to keep a finger in the pie of Wi-Fi. Vodafone have the technology, they have the infratsructure and they have the customer base. Just why wouldn’t they want to control their own hotspots? source: The Register

London Again September 24, 2003

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Well another entry from London, I think that I might just buy a house over here since I’m over and back so often. 🙂 Just finished a couple of days holidays with Sin in Co. Wicklow, a place called Tulfarris Country Hotel. Really relaxing and enjoyable. Lovely region of the country complete with golf course, pool, sauna, etc. I would highly reccommend it to anyone. Exactly what I needed to unwind after the last few months since my return from summer holidays. The break was a birthday present from Sin and was very much appreciated. Can’t say much now as the meeting is just resuming after lunch but maybe later…

I Didn’t, I Don’t Have To September 19, 2003

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I’ve been following the case recently of Liam Lawlor and all the disputes involved with extracting any information from the man. Personnally I would dub him to be Ireland’s answer to “Comical Ali” (Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf – the Iraqi information minister) thanks to his humourous denials of basically everything and suggesting otherwise. Last evening on the Last Word programme on Today FM I heard that the latest finding with respect to Liam’s activities is that when acting as a purchaser for some third party he tried to charge “finder” fees for a property that he personally owned and wanted to sell on. I can’t wait for the next action packed edition of Lawler Man…

Arrrr Mateys September 19, 2003

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Avast what it is you are doing me mateys. Today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day and all ye landlubbers should be loaded to the Gunwales with a fathom of ale. Y’arrrrr. more: International Talk Like A Pirate Day

A Screw Luas? September 17, 2003

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Q. What goes no, no, no, no, no, no, no, yes?
A. Minister Seamus Brennan being questioned about whether the Luas project was actually wrong in it’s approach to solving the problems of inner-city transport.

I heard this on the news earlier this morning on the way to work and seemingly it comes from an interview last night but I cannot find any article about it in the Irish Times just like I couldn’t find any article about Minister Mícheál Martin’s speeding offence when I was looking for it yesterday. C’mon Irish Times start highlighting these stories, don’t shield the incompetent. I will refrain from ranting about the Luas project because I think it rants for itself. An inner-city transport system, above ground in a city where traffic is at a standstill everyday from 08:00 to 19:00. Sure, that will solve the problem…

Things That Make Me Sick September 16, 2003

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Last night I sat down to watch the 9 o’clock news and within 30 minutes I was sickened by quite a number of things. Firstly, good old Hairy Marney (aka Mary Harney) showing up to the announcement of new jobs in Cork, I ask where was she when 3-com announced losses? Surely her support was needed more then? Secondly, M�che�l Martin has been sent away to New York this week according to our beloved Taoiseach Bertie. His mission is to inspect the factual impact of the smoking ban over there. Is it just me or could this have been achieved with paperwork sent via airmail and the odd phone call. No, not our government, why save money when you can waste it on business class flights in the most expensive library visit in history.

Then the ad break came and yet another National Safety Council advert. I have reached the stage where I normally change the channel at this point as these ads really annoy me but I watched it through. Just to clarify the issue this is the ad depicting kids walking home from school and texting each other. Anyway after the usual debacle of flying bodies I noticed for the first time that this advert was sponsored by AXA also? What the hell? The focus was on kids walking home and being at fault, not the driver of the blue van. What possible reason would a car insurance company have to support this theme? Alas, it dawned on me, young people. Yes, they’re at it again if you can’t show them killing your kids, looking like psychotic boy-racers or generally being a menace to society what better way to instill it in the minds of the public that the young are irresponsible, wayward and a danger on our roads. It doesn’t matter if they are driving or walking as long as they are seen to be at fault. Please, please, please can we see an advert with Mr Slick Businessman in his Volvo racing to a meeting at 80mph (oh but hang on we already see enough of our politicians on tv, don’t we Mr. Martin?) Just one ad is all I ask showing us that old and supposedly mature people can have accidents too. All I ask for is a balance and both sides of the story.