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The SUN Always Shines on AIB June 30, 2004

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Looks like SUN have nabbed the desktop contract for AIB according to this latest news release. Their Java Desktop System is set to take over the desks at AIB. Does this mean more stable code? Less software bugs? More control over employees actions? Let’s hope so… source: The Register

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Irsh Army – Special CAT Team June 29, 2004

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It’s not every day that you hear of the Irish Army, the Gardaí and a support crew of aircraft out in force, together. However, it’s happening at the moment and the reason is a really big cat, loose in Monaghan. A wild cat, suspected to be a puma is on the prowl around Monaghan. The stats on the animal in the article warrant a bit of individual research to back them up but finally Bodmin Moor in England is no longer the only place with a mysterious beast. source: Irish Times

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Is it a CD? is it a DVD? It’s DualDisc… June 28, 2004

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Sony have done the technological equivalent of sticking a cd onto the back of a DVD, well done lads. This engineering achievement is set to address the issue of backwards comaptibility of DVDs. OK, but surely this only serves audio and wouldn’t Sony’s money have been better spent upgrading existing Hi-Fi, etc with existing technology (i.e. DVD drives) so that all new systems would read DVD rather than introducing yet another DVD format into the market? Backwards compatibility is a worthy concern but I don’t recall ever being able to insert a 78″ into a CD drive when they appeared… source: The Register

Up da Blues! June 28, 2004

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Sadly I wasn’t in Thurles yesterday when my home team played and won, what must go down in history as one of the greatest Munster hurling finals of all time. However, watching the game on television still contributed to several mild heart attacks. Go on da blues! All Ireland here we come…

League Tables… June 17, 2004

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Great link forwarded on to me by Alex H. This is league table of economic entities based on GDP/sales figures. For anyone in doubt about the amount of revenue generated by insurance companies look no further than entries 52 and 55 in the table and you will see that a certain insurance company has more of a weighting than the entire country of Ireland, booming and all as it is. source: corporations.org

We’re Booming! June 17, 2004

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Yesterday we celebrated Bloom and today we acknowledge that our economy is booming yet again. 50,000 new jobs were created in the last 12 months with approximately 80% of those being full-time positions. The news report last night even suggested that there could be a workforce shortage that would push salaries up again. Why does the media control this country? Up until 6 months ago all was doom and gloom. I’m presuming that of the 50,000 jobs created that they were not all created in the last 6 months. Why wasn’t our economy booming before now with low interest rates, obvious job creation and all the rest? I could reference several other postings where I exhibited disbelief of the “downturn” advertised by the media but that would just be gloating. source:Irish Times

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NASA – A Fruit Case June 14, 2004

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The ever enjoyable Register has come up with the goods again on an otherwise uneventful day. It looks like NASA are attempting to grow strawberries on Mars (whenever they decide to man a mission there). Red fruit for the red planet? I wonder what the martians will think of large gatherings of southern folk sitting in trailers at the side of Martian roads with signs saying “fresh strawberries (new potatoes available on a 3 year lead time)”. source: The Register

Thursday Tantrum June 10, 2004

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I haven’t had a good rant in a while but sitting down, discussing wedding plans with Siân recently brought some things to mind. Why does the exploitation of other people�s happiness form part of an accepted Irish culture? This could be a multi-episode thread but today we’ll focus on hairdressers. Yes, the MX-5 driving, dirty jean wearing, platinum blonde I made a mistake but won’t do it to your hair, strain of keratin strand snipping gentiles out there. Not only are prices for females to have their hair “styled” already outrageous but it appears as though it is common and accepted practice to dramatically increase this price when the showpiece of your crown is destined for a wedding. I have to ask why? Surely a good hair style is a good hair style regardless of where it is going to be displayed. C’mon Ms Harney, let’s get on the back of these service folk with whom you could shop around until the cows come home and never find a reasonable deal. Others will soon face the same fate so I hope the hairdressers of Ireland don’t feel singled out by this posting. Coming soon, bands and why a wedding is deemed to be, financially, 4-5 times the effort of a pub gig.

And the ‘morale’ of the story is… June 10, 2004

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A new study has shown that the morale of IT workers is at rock-bottom due to the supposed downtown over the last few years. Some comapnies are offering “employee recognition programmes” in order to boost that feel good factor. Go on ya good thing, ya code like a divil! source: IT workers’ morale hits rock-bottom | The Register

Is Your SMS Safe? June 4, 2004

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Funny the way SMS leads to a lack of clarity due to the imposed limit on the message length. Seemingly some poor guy in Bristol was arrested recently as a potential terrorist after sending the lyrics of a song to another friend. It looks like the message was intercepted and then traced back to the originating phone. I would imagine that a lot of embarrassment was caused when he was carted away from his place of work by special branch. Talk about jumping the gun… source: The Register