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Competition Will Deflate You! November 30, 2004

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The wonderful OECD have come to the amazing conclusion that competition in the market might help to curb inflation. Hmm let me see, decreased monopoly in certain areas, reduced prices, lower consumer spending (assuming excess demand for superflous items is not an issue). Now how did they ever come to that conclusion??? source: Irish Times

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The User is the Weakest Link November 26, 2004

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Nice article on the Reg about the stupidity of computer users. A topic very close to me and a theme that I constantly sound. Computers and software are generally not that unsafe, it’s the users who are unsafe!! source: The Register

28 days (well, 1 month) later November 25, 2004

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Well exactly one month to the day that Siân and I tied the knot. Just about have all the photos together now from the various sources but still a few to come. A few choice pictures are available on sianandjonathan.com but the one below is Siân’s favourite and as such makes an appearance here. 🙂

Our Wedding Photo

Vodafone 3G with Irish Pricing November 23, 2004

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When Vodafone announced that they would be launching 3G in Ireland nobody ever even doubted that the cost to the consumer would be large. However, it has now emerged that the Irish customer base will have to pay significantly more than our British counterparts. Que sera, sera at this stage. It’s the same with everything in our wonderful “rip-off” nation. A mate of mine from the UK got a free Nokia 6600 phone when they came onto the market from his network whereas Irish customers are still paying in the region of Eur 200 for this phone. Stop blaming the government for not taking action and just stop paying the damn prices!!! The majority of overcharging businesses in Ireland can’t do business without customers – or is there something about that idea that Irish consumers seem to misunderstand? Put an end to the madness that is not bad governing but rather stupid one-up-man-ship or despondent acceptance that is Irish consumerism!! source: Irish Times

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Irish Life – The Best in the World? November 17, 2004

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A new study has supposedly shown that the quality of life enjoyed by Irish people ranks highest in the world. I’d love to know how this study was conducted and exactly how many people outside of D4 were surveyed. To me the gross divide between rich and poor, the spiralling cost of living and the general inability to provide quality services says that if you’re not independently wealthy then you don’t enjoy the rat race in Ireland. I wonder where the details of the study can be found; just for pig iron as they say… source: Irish Times

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The Essence of Guilt November 16, 2004

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Well I’m back to general life after a few weeks break enjoying the sites of Cape Town on our honeymoon. Fabulous place and well worth a visit if you can hack the long flight.

Anyway I say the essence of guilt, essence being the French word for petrol and no other reason. It has come to my attention in recent times that my local petrol prices are in no way related to oil prices. I remember back in the days after the last budget petrol held steady at around 93.5c-94.5c per litre then oil approached $50 a barrell so petrol rose to 99.9c per litre then oil continued to rise and petrol fell back to 95.9c per litre then oil hit $60 a barrell and petrol went back to the same price was when oil was $50 a barrell. I’d love to see the math behind that series of calculations and price changes. Anyway when I left for Cape Town petrol was 99.9c per litre in each of the petrol stations around my area then a large supermarket opened a new filling station offering petrol at 95.9c per litre and suddenly all the other stations have dropped their prices too. I ask a simple question of how this is possible if they are forced to increase their prices because of the cost of oil yet drop the prices as oil costs rise or rival stations offer lower prices? Sounds like the whole damn thing is fixed to me… Anyone doing an investigation into this?