Monday, February 21, 2005

Weird WebTuesday's sites from Ireland AM

Tomorrow on TV3 Ireland AM I'm covering health-related websites.

The angle is simply that the Internet has a huge amount of info to allow you to research ailments, medications and alternative therapies, so you can research conditions, treatments and medications from your own home.

There are specialist sites for just about every condition out there; for a good overview site, go to http://www.drkoop.com. It has information, treatment details and prevention tips for hundreds of common conditions (lots of photos!).

For an Irish perspective, http://www.healthhub.ie/ provides basic information on health matters in Ireland, including a news section, regular newsletter by email and help finding local services (GPs, blood doantion centres, etc)

Sites such as http://www.quackwatch.org/ provides information on health scams, quacks and bogus treatments, allowing you to check up on something before buying a "miracle cure".

An offbeat one: http://www.embarrassingproblems.com answers the questions you're too embarrassed to ask your doctor.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Google Maps

If you haven't seen Google Maps yet, check it out. Only US for now, but very impressive.

And of course, anyone can enjoy asking it to show us a joke in Washington DC

Sites from Tuesday's Ireland AM

On Tuesday on Ireland AM I talked about sites to help you avoid "ripoff Ireland".

www.irishfuelprices.com shows you where to get the best deals on petrol, deisel and home heating oil; it's updated
constantly by ordinary shoppers so it's up to date all the time.

There are also websites like frugalliving.about.com that give tips on saving money, like making your own dog food, re-using things around the house etc.

www.pigsback.com is an Irish site that gives you money-off coupons you can print and use in your local Tesco, Superquinn etc. The cool thing is that they tailor them to your past purchases (I get coupons for money off Goodfellas pizzas, for example). It's free to register. Can't beat something for nothing!

Ideas for next week's slot? Email me: alexfrench at gmail dot com

Another wire gone

I'm currently trying life without a telephone wire... my eircom phoneline was disconnected a couple of weeks ago and I'm going to see how it goes without a land line. So far I haven't missed it at all. I'm hoping that a combination of my mobile and Skype will give me all the connectivity I need.

I actually don't mind the call charges, but I figure that the €20 I save on line rental each month more than makes up for the extra cost of using my mobile.

Has anyone else given up their home phone recently? Let me know how it went!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Wi-Fi Networking News picks up on our survey

More coverage of recent Bitbuzz survey: http://europe.wifinetnews.com/archives/2005/02/dublins_wifi_us.html

Women and Hotspots: Cappuccino Compatible?

ENN piece on our recent Bitbuzz survey of Wi-Fi hotspots - they are esecially interested in the increase of women using hotspots....Electricnews.ie

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

WiFi Net News launches Europe eidtion

WiFi Net News has launched WNN Europe, which is edited by Nancy Gohring. She was kind enough to write a nice story about Bitbuzz and how we try and deal with the perennial issue to letting people know where WiFi is available. She and I have both blogged about this issue in the past.

We'll watch WNN Europe with interest... it'll be great to get a European perspective on WiFi development. Plus, since Nancy is based in Dublin there should be some great coverage of wireless in Ireland! Bookmark it now...

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

The BitBUZZ of Ireland

Good interview with Alex over at Wifi Networking News

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Wi-Fi + 3G: The beginning of a great partnership?

We note with interest the new joint-venture between Korean Mobile Operator SK TELECOM and US ISP/WISP Earthlink. The new venture, called SK-Earthlink will market wireless data and wireless voice services to US consumers, and will have integrated Wi-Fi and 3G billing.

According to the press release: "SK-EarthLink will combine the competitive advantages of its parent companies to deliver, for the first time, an innovative suite of wireless services and applications that meet the information, entertainment and communications needs of U.S. consumers"

and

"The wireless and Internet worlds are colliding, and neither will be the same again,"

- "In South Korea, kids on the street are using their mobile phones to listen to music, watch TV, video conference, locate their friends and access the Internet - as well as make voice calls – as opposed to the U.S. where the mobile experience is primarily about talking on the phone. Americans are living in the past. Utilizing emerging 3G networks and harnessing the explosive growth of Wi-Fi, SK-EarthLink will take the wireless experience in the U.S. to a new level."


Hmmmm - so "Utilizing" 3G and "Harnessing" Wi-Fi ..... we wonder is this the way of the future, will all CellCos and Wi-fiCos begin to merge to provide integrated services or will their fundamental differences and ethos keep them apart and competing ( like Apple + Microsoft :-) ) ?

Also - will the European CellCos be as agile as their Asian counterparts?


..and by the way, guess who is the CEO of the new venture? Our oul' mate Sky Dayton - founder of Wi-Fi pioneer BOINGO ( and Earthlink, of course ). Sky has been evangelising Wi-Fi from day one, and we assume he is the driving force behind this plot.

We watch with interest.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Ireland AM sites today

Today on TV3's Ireland AM we covered sites to keep track of the Jacko trial.

http://www.courttv.com/news/jackson/
Latest news stories, transcripts, etc. Lots of raw info.

http://www.m-jackson.com/
Fan site supporting MJ, with information, t-shirts, etc

http://aboutmichaeljackson.com/
Good info site with forums where you can chat and put either side of the case!

We didn't show this site since it's compeltely overloaded, but the official Michael Jackson info site, http://mjjsource.com/, is good too. It has the video statemnet from Jacko himself!