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If Only… September 29, 2006

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As the crisis supposedly deepens for the Taoiseach regarding his acceptance of unclear payments, speculation is starting that the mighty McDowell may have to stand down and that the PD/Fianna Fail government is in danger. Sunny days are made of things like this. However, I doubt that the sun is about to shine… source: Irish Times

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IE on Linux anyone? September 26, 2006

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A Brazilian web developer who got fed-up of rebooting into Windows to see how pages looked in Internet Explorer came up with this little trick that allows anyone to install and run Internet Explorer on Linux. Not only can you run IE on Linux but it actually makes three versions of the browser available for cross version testing. Neat! I’d imagine that it will come in handy for a lot of web heads out there… source: The Inquirer

Clarke’s Cup September 25, 2006

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It may have been Europe that seized the title at the K Club but the Ryder Cup firmly belongs to Darren Clarke – and I’m sure that nobody would disagree. Following a fantastic three days of competition, Clarke could not but break down when the title was finally claimed. Given the hardship that he has experienced in recent times, his mental battle to play in this tournament was simply epic. The way he played was simply majestic. Congrats to the European team, hard luck to the US and see you all again in 2 years.

Teflon Gets Scratched? September 22, 2006

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C’mon Bertie give us a real answer. That’s the sentiment coming from the entire country at the moment with respect to allegations made about Taoiseach Bertie Ahern receiving payments that are being investigated by the Mahon Tribunal. The Taoiseach appeared defensive on radio interviews and stated that the disclosure of the payments was “unfair, unjust leak”. Well Taoiseach I’m sure that Frank Connolly thought that Minister McDowell’s leak about his passport application to the Irish Independent was “unfair, unjust leak” but you stood behind McDowell. Some would call it karma… Irish Times

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Tom Shuts the Door on PR September 22, 2006

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I’m a bit late with this breaking news due to not having done any reading in the last couple of days but after 4 long years of keeping the faith, Tom Murphy has decided to call it a day with PR Opinions. Tom’s blog was a very enjoyable read over the years and it will be missed. Thankfully Tom has decided to continue blogging on a new site so I’m sure that we’ll see his observations and wit continue into the future. Thanks for the content over the years Tom and I for one will continue to tune in. source: PR Opinions

Happy Birthday to… September 22, 2006

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ME! 🙂 Yup, another year ends or starts depending on your viewpoint. I may be getting older but at least from an insurance perspective, I ain’t getting any younger! Took the day off work to relax and enjoy the opening rounds of the Ryder Cup. Hopefully the weather will improve over the weekend and leave for an exciting final round on Sunday. Siân got me a Nintendo DS Lite, keeping the nerd in me well and truly alive. I’m like a kid playing Super Mario at the moment. The more electronics, the better, I say. Anyway, there’s golf to be watched…

Tweak your Fox September 20, 2006

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Earlier today I was given this highly useful link that exposed many configurable options of FireFox that I never knew existsed. Perhaps even an answer to why the FrieFox speed test I performed recently was slower than IE. Time will tell but worth noting… source: Tech-Recipes.com

Almost forgot to say… September 19, 2006

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Almost forgot what day was in it. Sure tis international talk like a pirate day. Dar still be time to get loaded to the gunnels with a few fathoms of ale. Yarrrr! Have a good one fellow pirate folk!

Vlogging a dead horse? September 19, 2006

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Picked up this article via Mícheál Ó Foghlú’s Weblog on how podcasts and video logs will be the key to IPTV. Personally I have to say that I am far from convinced about this and would probably go as far as to say that I strongly disagree with it.

IPTV is already shaping up in my mind to be the scurge of humanity in terms of invasive entertainment mediums. Suggesting that vlogging and podcasts will be key to its success is somewhat dubious. While that kind of content thrives on the web it’s not where people go to when they want quality entertainment. Take for example in the current realm of TV offerings: There are many movie channels available, some with ad breaks, some without. Some show mainstream films others such obscure, low budget films and others specialise in true stories. The most successful of these channels is not the one that shows movies that aren’t made by Hollywood. The reason is simple: When people want quality entertainment they engage with a quality medium. When people want 2 minutes of mindless humour they go to the web. I sincerely hope that IPTV has something good to offer as I don’t want my cathode ray tube turning into youtube…

reference source: Mícheál Ó Foghlú’s Weblog: Mediaangler on IPTV

source: Mediangler Blog Archive: Podcasts Lining up for the IPTV Future But It’s Still The Corner Shop Bet

The Aggressive Democrats September 19, 2006

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It has been a week since the mighty McDowell took the reins of the party formerly known as Mary Harney and co. It would appear that in that week, the unshakable man who has behaved like a bull in a china shop in recent times, has been shaken. Out of nowhere, he is now chanting for changes in stamp duty on house sales saying that the revenue generated from such is not necessary for the government. Point of order there but the money should never be necessary for the government but only for the country being governed but that’s another argument. Sounds to me like he’s hopping onto a tax issue that effects everyone in a vain attempt to gain public favour.

Sorry minister, I personally will take a long time to forget that you have said things in the past such as: only just considering to sack the Gardai at the centre of the Morris tribunal when they were clearly guilty of horrid corruption, the handling of Olunkunle Eluhanla (deported 19-year-old Nigerian student) that took ages to get an apology for, flat denials of land prices for prisons (referring to the Thornthon Hall incident where a neighbouring site was valued at EUR 6M rather than EUR 30M) and then trying to introduce ridiculous prison land purchase legislation, the public character assassination of Frank Connolly (journalist whom broke stories leading to the planning and Morris tribunals, was director of the centre for public enquiry and whom the minister alleged, to the Irish Independent, applied for a false passport). It is my opinion that none of these actions point toward a true leader who will lead for the benefit of the people – although in this country I’m sure that the majority will like to see how it goes anyway.