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Premiums to Fall? February 26, 2004

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Just announced in this mornings paper. Hibernian are pushing the boat out again by saying that insurance premiums for motor policies are set to fall soon. I say not good enough. In one breath they issue hope inspiring comments and with the other they announce their operating profits of Eur 224M for the last year which, incorporates an 18% rise on the previous year. Insurance should not be this profitable, it should not be controlled by the private sector (or at least 3rd party should not be controlled by the private companies, if people want to insure against other risks then so be it). They praise the penalty points system, the “Ignition” driver scheme (look mammy I passed my driving test twice) and the establishment of the PIAB (hmm have they actually started working yet?) Anyway, nothing annoys me more than listening to insurance companies issue such grossly offensive nonsense in order to create new business and give shareholders a calming sentiment that the Eur 4M drop in income is attributed to a drop-off in new business. Insurance companies who make constant profit should always experience an annual drop in income, after all isn’t the profit a reflection of no claims and as such a benefit that should be passed onto the consumer? Living in an ideal world and all that… source: Irish Times Article

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Rest and Relaxation February 25, 2004

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Yup rest and relaxation were the order of the day again this weekend. Siân and I made a break for Kinnitty Castle just outside Birr, Co. Offally. Wonderful place and definitely worth visiting. We were there about 2 years ago also and had no hesitations in returning again, indeed we look forward to another visit sometime in the future. The castle was rebuilt in the early part of the last century from its original foundations (c. 1209). Complete with haunted rooms and a regular ghost monk who appears frequently in the castle grounds, the castle is full of atmosphere and enchantment that will make any stay, very pleasant. Well I’m relaxed again so it’s time to get back into the swing of work.

Coming Soon… A Starbucks February 18, 2004

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Well it had to happen at some stage and now it has. Starbucks the Seattle coffee company has already infested most of the world and now it looks set to take over the 32 counties. Finally, all Irish people can add a little more caffeine to their diets with a choice of every type of coffee under the sun. One would have to wonder about the government stance on this after announcing yesterday that it was prepared to start placing health warnings on drinks like Red Bull for their caffeine content. Well Bertie I know somewhere that has a lot more caffeine than a can of Red Bull. Soon the streets of Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Galway will be filled with the sound of “I’d like a double tall, vanilla, mocha shot mixed with a grande latte and maple nut syrup”. God damn!! In the great words of Denis Leary on the subject “Is it impossible to get a cup of coffee flavour, coffee? They’ve got mochachino, cappuchino, frappachino, chocachino, rappachino, Al Pacino, http://www.whatthef**k.com” source: Irish Times

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MT 2 DB February 16, 2004

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Just migrated my MT install to use MySQL instead of Berkeley DB (default). Process really couldn’t have been simpler. The most difficult part was some port tunnelling (no not Dublin, rather SSH) to get my MySQL GUI to connect to the remote server. One new file, 3 new config entries and run a simple script and the job was done. Now I can rest safely knowing that the ill-fate that became Mícheál Ó Foghlú some months ago will not be a burden on my doorstep in the future.

Windows Source Leaked! February 13, 2004

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News just broken over night. It appears that the source code of Windows NT4/2K has been leaked and is available for download on the web at the moment. One source reporting on the leak said that “The ramifications of this leak are far reaching and devastating”. I thought to myself indeed this is true, if anyone were to successfully compile and run this code who knows what kind of disasters might ensue. Even worse is that somebody might modify the code and fix “issues” and prove that there is a stable OS underlying the layer of dll rot. Oh the sheer terror of it all!! source: Slashdot

It’s Over, Now We Have Nothing to Fear February 11, 2004

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Well I abstained for a few days before posting this but what must be done and all that. Sunday saw the end of the latest “couldn’t be further from reality TV” show. You know the one, “I’m a Z-list celebrity, get me a new career”. This time around there was a collection of glamour models, washed up TV and radio presenters and the couplet of wannabe music legends (yeah I know some might say triad but in my opinion Johnny Rotten still has some cred). Anyway the ordeal is over for another year (thankfully I managed to avoid all but 30 mins of the show); no doubt Ant and Dec will still find a way to torment us throughout the year until the next batch of washed up Z-listers enter the jungle. source: ITV

Hit the Road Jack February 6, 2004

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Just announced last night that Séamus Brennan has allocated Eur 8bn over the next 4 years to finish all Irish motorways and roads. Pardon me but isn’t our country supposed to be in crisis at the moment, hence our tax hikes, rough budgets and various other add-on charges inflicted on the public. I really think that we could do a lot more than build roads with Eur 8bn, in fact it’s probably the last thing we need. It’s amazing where all this money just seems to appear from when a new project comes about. Personally, I stuck in there over the last 24 months of supposed recession never once convinced of the claim (as regular readers of my blog will know) and now tax revenues are exceeding expectations by neraly 100% for the first month of the year, we’re spending Eur 8bn on roads, we’re spending Eur 40M on electronic voting systems that the majority of the public don’t trust. Hey minister give my money back!!! source: Irish Times Article

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