Sunday, October 30, 2005

For sale: Britain’s underground city

The Sunday Times reports that a secret bunker-like underground city, complete with Cold War furnishings and a pub, is now for sale. It was built to house the royals and the British government in case of a Soviet nuclear attack.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Independent Newspapers apologises for Lawlor coverage

Liam Lalor dies in car with woman who apparently is not a prostitute (well, she was on payroll. Gravesite to be zoned for apartments, shopping centre.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

IrelandDigital Podcast #8 up

Podcast episode 8 is now online, with guests Nancy Gohring (IDG), Alan Henson (Bitbuzz) and Dan King (Hosting 365). Topcis include the BT boob MP3 player; the state of web hosting in Ireland; and a special report from Steve in Cannes.

Listen at the link above or subscribe in iTunes using the icon on the left...

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

US prepaid mobile platform closed down

RCRnews reports that BCGI, a provider of prepaid mobile platforms in the US, has been ordered to shut down its systems, leaving thousands of Sprint/Nextel and Cingual prepaid customers soon to be without service.

The dispute stems from an elleged infringement by BCGI of patents owned by rival Freedom Wireless. Slashdot reports that BCGI has 90 days to close down the systems, during which it has to pay a staggering 2.5 US cents per minute for each customer call carried on the systems.

Anyone know if an European carriers are affected?

Friday, October 14, 2005

New iPod possibilities?

The always-amusing Defamer today has a nice link to this parody of possible future iPods. "iPod Collostomy Bag" is my favourite.

Monday, October 10, 2005

AOL buys Weblogs

As mentioned in our podcast, AOL has bought WEBLOGS, Inc.
Here is a link to Jason Calacanis's blog post on the subject.
So, Congrats Jason, well done - We look forward to seeing how you develop the blogs inside AOL - CEO of AOL maybe?

Also - I like this quote from his post, this could be the a guideline for all companies and how they deal with corporate blogs and cluetrain-ish transparency :


"In the same way I’ve talked about building a startup company on this blog for two years, I’ll be spending the next couple of years talking about integrating a small company into a really big one. As I have in the past I’ll be as transparent as I can without giving away our secret sauce."

Engadget podcasts on the Google Wi-Fi debate

Engadget covers the same Wi-Fi/Google/San Fran topic that we talked about in our last podcast - work checking out if you are hungry for more on this subject

SonyEricsson announces Wi-Fi smart phone

Sony Ericsson has announced their next smartphone, the
P990i. I haven't seen one in the flesh, but the specs look impressive: UMTS 3G, 2 megalpixel camera, QWERTY keyboard, and best of all, Wi-Fi!

Still looks like a larger form factor than I would personally like to carry around with me, but a nice feature set.

O2 do have a 3G card for sale

Steve asked during the podcast today whether O2 have a publicly-available 3G datacard. The answer is, yes they do. It's a GPRS/3G data card but doesn't have Wi-Fi built in.

Cost per MB goes from €1.75 on the lowest plan up to €129 for "unlimited" plan (actually, 1.5G/month).

New IrelandDigital podcast

IrelandDigital Podcast No.7 with Alex + Steve and special guest Shane Deasy MD of Bitbuzz, Ireland's Largest Indie Wi-Fi company. In this week's show: Wi-Fi in Ireland, Eircom Takeover rumours, AOL buys Weblogs, Inc and Spin Podcasts!

Subscribe using the iTunes button on the left, or download the mp3 here.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Peering wars start again

News.com is reporting that Level 3 is starting to cut of some IP peers, and is asking them to pay for transit instead.

Peering wars have happened in the past, but things have been relatively stable in the past couple of years. The trend at the moment is towards more open peering, with ISPs of different sizes increasingly peering freely and even content providers joinging peering points.

Here's hoping that members of INEX don't start suqabbling like this. At the moment, most Irish ISPs have quite open peering policies, as shown by this page. They'll usually exchange traffic, free of charge, with any other member of the INEX. (The exceptions are usually multinational ISPs, who often only exchange traffic for Irish customers for free).

In theory, the larger ISPs like eircom, BT and Hosting365 could start to cut off peering to the smaller players like Netsource, IBB etc, and only peer with each other. In the past, these larger ISPs have engaged in extremely liberal peering, to their credit. Let's hope they keep it up!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

NetNanny nominated for radio award

Woo hoo! Net Nanny (series 1) has been shortlisted for a PPI Radio Award in the "Spoken Word" section.

We're up against the likes of Mariane Finucane and Sean Moncrieff, so we're in good company, whether we win or loose!

Monday, October 03, 2005

IrelandDigital Podcast No.6

IrelandDigital Podcast No.6 mp3 with special guests John Kennedy from Silicon Republic and John Gunnigan, Independent Telecoms Consultant.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

IrelandDigital podcast and content distribution

At the moment, the mp3 files for the IrelandDigital podcast are hosted on my Hosting365 account, but my server bandwidth limit is being absolutely trashed. I've now set it up to use CoralCDN, which is a free content distribution network (basically, a distributed caching network). The new URL for Episode 5 is here.

I'll let you know how it goes and post the configuration if it goes well...