Friday, April 29, 2005

Verizon dumps payphone Wi-Fi

WNN is reporting that Verizon will turn off its Wi-Fi hotspots in payphones. Wi-Fi in payphones was always a silly idea, I think.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Cellphone pic saves man from spider bite

In the only documented case I've seen of a cellhpone camera actually being useful, an English chef was saved
when he snapped a picture of a poisonous spider that bit him. ER staff used the picture to have the Bristol Zoo ID the beast, saving the chef.

No word on what spidey power he may now have...

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

New York looks into broadband for all

New York is looking at the whole area of a city's role in providing broadband

"We need to ensure that the city has the infrastructure to provide our small businesses, non-profits and low-income residents with the tools they will need to compete and flourish" said Council Member Brewer, chair of the City Council’s Technology in Government Committee.

Full article here.

MSN search biased?

MSN Search is apparently biased towards sites using Microsoft's software. Surprise!

Monday, April 25, 2005

Dublin Airport penguin safe?

Given that Dublin Airport are happy to let bombs, guns and knives through security, will they follow Colorado's example and start x-raying penguins (see story and priceless photo).

Sunday, April 24, 2005

HK launches 1G home broadband

Honk Kong has announced the launch of its 1Gbps broadband service that's already available to 800,000 homes. It's priced at US$215 per month. The story also mentions that the "entry level" 10Mbps service costs US$16/month. Why, why is Ireland so bad?

Friday, April 22, 2005

Vodafone announce Bitbuzz roaming deal.

Stories here (Silicon Republic) and here (WNN)

Friday, April 15, 2005

The ballad of Philadelphia

From a great comment on the plans for the city council to provide their own Wi-Fi service:

"I read, with much enthusiasm, of Mayor Street's plan to make the city
wireless. Unfortunately, I can't afford a laptop because I was laid off from
my city job.

"In fact, I can't afford a computer, which stinks because my kid, who used
our local library's computer, can't because of the cutbacks, which is just
as well because I was getting sick of him having to dodge bullets on his way
home. (What ever happened to that Safe Streets thing?) I'd pick him up, but I bent the axle on my car driving into one of the million potholes in my
neighborhood, but good luck with the whole wireless thing."


North Pole Gets Wireless Hotspot

From the "wha?" department: Sci-Tech is reporting that two Intel employees have put a Wi-Fi hotspot at the North Pole. Nowhere is safe from us Wi-Fi people!

Monday, April 11, 2005

EsatBT becomes BT

So, tomorrow EsatBT becomes BT, in a big rebranding exercise. No problem with that. We have a lot of global brands and some are good and some are bad. EsatBT are not a bad telco and have contributed a lot to opening the telecoms market in Ireland and have some innovative services and good people - their CEO Bill Murphy has even brought braces back to the forefront of executive fashion :-) However, I do hate when companines don't localise properly. I logged on to a EsatBT Wi-Fi hotspot in a Dublin Hotel the other day and was dismayed to see that the support number on the portal page was a Freephone that only works in the UK and they listed a +44 number for "Callers outside UK" - surely BT, of all people, could organise an Irish 800 number. Also, a lot of prices were listed in UK Pounds - even though as far as I know, we use the EURO in IRELAND. It just demonstrates laziness or arrogance - you decide.
I hope things get better when they become British Telecom. ;-)

Friday, April 08, 2005

Eircom completes DSL upgrades nationwide

I hear that the planned eircom speed upgrades of DSL lines nationwide have been completed (apart from a few they may have overlooked). This means that the minimum broadband speed is now 1M.

Since most broadband providers in Ireland are basically wholesalers of Eircom's service, this upgrade applies to most DSL lines. Some providers such as Esat (which will be renamed to BT on Tuesday) and Leap have "unbundled" a few exchanged, so they set their own speeds and pricing. No word on whether they're doing a similar upgrade.

Also, note that not all lines can support the new speeds so YMMV (your mileage may vary).

Genetic Nutrition Analysis

A little off-topic, but I just heard that a company called Genelex is offering DIY "Genetic Nutrition Analysis" based on your DNA profile. You send them a swab, they test your DNA and tell you what you might be allergic to, what foods you might have trouble metabolising etc. They also send you a personalised diet that's supposed to help you live longer. Cool.

Blogging (anonymously) about work

Blogging about work can get you into trouble fast. EFF has published a guide to blogging anonymously about work (or anything else). Good references to anonymizing software, and also explains the legalities about talking about your work (US-centric, but most of it applies everywhere).

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

WNN Europe covers DAA story

WiFi Net News Europe has a story about our row with Dublin Airport. This is some of the best coverage so far, and really gets to the nub of the issues.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The Truth About Toothing

Remeber "Toothing" from 2004? Droves of people allegedly using Bluetooth-enabled phones to find casual sex partners? Turns out it was all a hoax (surprise!). BCC, Reuters and even Wired reported it as fact.

Ireland Am websites reviewed

On Ireland AM this morning we reviewed sites relating to Pope John Paul II's death.

Official Irish diocese site with online book of condolences. Handy if you want to send your wishes but can't get to somewhere with a paper book of condolences (or you're lazy...)

Has a great selection of articles from the past two decades of JP's
papcy, including stories, timelines etc. Good site if you want to
read up on the importance of the Pope in recent history. You can also see the numerous Time cover pictures that feature the Pope (and buy them too).
This is the site of one of the major Catholic magazines in the US. Good section on how the papcy works, how the elections are held, etc from the

We didn't show this in TV3, but lets you bet on who the next Pope will be!

Monday, April 04, 2005 the papers 4 April

ENN have picked up on the DAA sotory with a brief mention in their "in the papers" section.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Wi-Fi row hits Dublin Airport

Today's Sunday Business Post has coverage of the row we're having with Dublin Airport over putting Wi-Fi in public areas there. This issue has previously come up in the US and been resolved in favour of providers like us.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

WNN Europe on Eircom hotspot in a box

WNN Europe covers the eircom WNN hotspot in a box press release and quotes me :-)

iPod lovin

Yesterday ThinkGeek released the iCopulate to allow your lonely iPod to swap songs with other iPods. Check it out (OK, so yesterday was April 1st... it still looks cool).