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links for 2007-05-04 May 4, 2007

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  • The British public will get a chance to submit their lives to the first e-mail archive. Submissions are requested to provide examples of people’s lives in this era of technology. Interesting idea and could lead to some interesting content.

Happy Star Wars Day! May 4, 2007

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May the fourth be with you all! 😀

e-mail Library? May 4, 2007

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Here’s an interesting idea: A library to contain an archive of e-mails submitted by the public. A means of capturing a snapshot of our lives in this technological era. This could lead to some interesting content accrued over the years being made available as a source of entertainment to the public. I often thought that it was a shame that some of my older relatives never had their stories recorded for the ages but it looks like our generation will have a means of ensuring that our life experience is not lost. Must keep an eye on this project and see if it spreads to Ireland and Europe. source: Email Britain

Thoughts in my head today May 4, 2007

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Wondering why the national safety council still refuses to show somebody other than a young male driver in a road accident commercial. It’s a little disproportionate at this stage. Also still concerned as to why adverts are continually sponsored by vested interests such as AXA and Hibernian?

Wondering why Noel Brett (Road Safety Authority CEO) says things like:

“We are asking parents to discuss the new anti-speeding TV ad with their teenagers / young adults so that they understand the consequences of speeding and other forms of dangerous driving. If parents are loaning a vehicle this weekend we ask them to be aware of the circumstances. For example who is driving and are they responsible? What and where is the event they are travelling to? Will there be alcohol consumed? Be firm, refusing to loan the vehicle could save a life.”

“We are also appealing to women: mothers, sisters, girlfriends to get the safety message across to their men to slow down and expect the unexpected. Young Irish men are particularly vulnerable with car crashes being their number one killer. 17 to 24 year old males account for over 1 in 5 driver deaths (22%) yet this age group represent just 6% of the population”

Showing that he simply doesn’t care about highlighting accidents other than young male accidents even though he openly admits that they only account for 20% of driver deaths. Sounds to me like we have 4 times the problem elsewhere?

Wondering if Bertie will “bullet dodge” his way out of this payments scandal? Hard questioning yesterday from Vincent Browne and concern from the Mahon tribunal are adding pressure. It died down before but let’s hope it doesn’t fizzle out this time.

Wondering why some people are raising their eyes at Sinn Féin’s suggestion to make the GPO area in Dublin an historic area prior to the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, when so many other sites of uprising and rebellion across the world are embraced as national treasures and attract tourists. Why are so many Irish people, so ashamed of their country’s history when they have so much in common with many nations?

Wondering what the future holds for Ireland in terms of housing. So many apartments. So much skyline disappearing. So many areas of the country on a knife edge with respect to adequate employment. I have my fears.

Wondering if I should run for election the next time there’s a local election. Naturally I’d be an independent as I don’t like party politics but my attitude is way different to other independents. Is the county/country ready for somebody who gives a damn? Somebody who’s willing to pick up litter to serve the community on days of quiet council matters? There’s no glitz and glamour with me, I just do things.

Wondering when I’ll reach my first 20km run in my marathon training. Comfortable at 13km now but really need to push it more.

Wondering if I’ll finish my working life, reach retirement, in computing. For so many years I have seen the wheel reinvented now, that the lustre is beginning to fade. I never want to turn my back on technology but perhaps I could serve it better through teaching and observation?

Wondering why I feel the need to write blog posts of my brain dumps. 🙂

LouderVoice Update May 3, 2007

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For those who read my review of LouderVoice recently: I have updated the review to more accurately reflect the service offering. My initial experience lead me to a lesser understanding of the service and resulted in a rather glib review. I have since received a comment from Conor @ LouderVoice to inform me of the things I misperceived. As I am not so big as to fail to admit when I am wrong I have taken corrective action. So, any misinterpretations have been cheerfully corrected. 🙂 Now go try out LouderVoice for yourself!

Review of LouderVoice keeps me quiet May 3, 2007

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My first experience of LouderVoice for any reason whatsoever. I’ve heard about it before now but never found it interesting enough to investigate. However, with a change of weather and a change of heart I’ve decided to give it the full once-over.

Review of LouderVoice keeps me quiet

Rated as 3/5 on May 03 2007 by Jonathan Brazil

Firstly credit goes to Paul Watson for pushing me over the edge and into the LouderVoice pit. Upon reading his blog entry on this matter I couldn’t resist any longer. LouderVoice is not what I first thought, a multi-author blog, it is actually a central point of review management integrated with your own personal blog. Simple enough and lightweight in design.

However, discussing the technology in the service will not give an accurate picture of what its true value is. LouderVoice has built an extensive community of active reviewers, who publish everything from hotel references to how good the latest MP3 player is. The range is vast. So as the sole purpose of providing lost webbies with a place to find out other people’s opinions it may very well win out. Only time will truly tell if the community gets fed up writing reviews or if the magnitude of poor reviews outweighs the value of the good ones.

Setup is easy and it posts your reviews to your blog. The interface is very simple for both configuration, authoring and searching. Other than that it’s simple and straightforward, nothing much to report and time will be its judge. I hope that the good outweighs the crud but open forums tend to gather lots of crud…

Rate this review at LouderVoice

Recoil! May 3, 2007

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And the biggest backflip the world has seen since Mary Lou Retton won gold at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Fianna Fail are now going to reform stamp duty when they publish their party manifesto today. I can only imagine that Brian Cowen must feel like somebody has given him a kick in the finance cabinet. So there you have it: Fianna Fail’s policies and “next steps” for the country are so good and unique that they wait until 3 weeks before the election to steal everyone else’s. Makes you think about what they’ve been doing for the last while, doesn’t it? source: Irish Times

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e-Voting Concerns Again May 2, 2007

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More e-voting concerns – opposite side of the Irish Sea this time. More suspicions of security loopholes and other such but the departments are holding firm that the machines will be okay. When will people learn that the public just won’t trust something they know nothing about and can’t see the workings of. There’s just something about paper trails that will always be with us. source: The Register

links for 2007-05-01 May 1, 2007

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  • Very funny site to help you make custom videos as pranks for your friends. Go on, you know you want to do a political version. 🙂

Dell choose Ubuntu May 1, 2007

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Dell have finally made their decision on Linux and will soon be offering Ubuntu Linux as an option for their machines. Finally after all these years people will have a choice of what they actually want on their PC or Notebook. It will be interesting to see what effect this has on Vista uptake from now on when people are given the ability to choose. source: The Register