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Date: Saturday, 02 Feb 2008 00:28
I've been playing a bit with Skyhook's system for locating you based on nearby Wi-Fi networks. It's quite funky and comes built into new iPhones and the latest iPod Touch firmware. They've mapped a lot of the US and the top 50 European cities, including Dublin.

The way it works apparently is that the do a wardrive and log the MAC addresses of all the APs, along with the GPS co-ords of where they're visible. When you run their location service it scans for nearby APs and sends the list to Skyhook; they send back their best guesstimate of where you are. Works great around town.

They also have a neat "self-healing" feature: each time you query for your location, they add any unknown APs to their DB, so their coverage area slowly expands as people use the service, at no cost to them. Neat, right?

Well, almost. I tried the service in my apartment last week, and Skyhook didn't know where I was. Fair enough, since I'm in a block of apartments surrounded by more blocks and the Google Europe HQ. Then, tonight I fire up the client again, and Skyhook happily pinpoints my location... to here. About 4000 miles away from where I am. Wha?

It took me a while to figure out what's going on (at least, what I think is going on...). There's a new AP visible from my apartment, with an SSID that looks like it's a PS3. Best I can tell, someone went home for a vacation (loads of American
googlites here) and brought back their PS3... which Skyhook thinks is still in Kansas.


The interesting thing is going to be what happens with the "self-healing" algorithm... I imagine that now Skyhook thinks that all the previously unknown APs I can see are in Kansas too, and that bit of Dublin that they think is in Kansas will grow steadily as more people do lookups. Eventually it'll collide with something they think is in Dublin, and then who knows....
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Date: Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 09:11
This article has a nice list of things that are goin to hold Android (Google's mobile platform) back. I did a piece on Newstalk on Saturday about Android and I agree with most of the article -- Android is cute, but it's basically a way to get people to use Google's real products (search & advertising)
on phones.
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Date: Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 09:07
Aww, someone's not liking their sour grapes. Voda in Germany has apparently gotten a restraining order against T-Mobile
to prevent T-Mobile's iPhone sales, on the basis of "Waaaah they won't share!". OK, not really -- it's on the basis that Voda say t-mobile's exclusivity on iPhone sales may be illegal.

Get over it guys, you dropped the ball on the iPhone and now you don't have anything cool to sell for Christmas. Don't cry about it!

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Date: Monday, 05 Nov 2007 10:43
From ENN -

"The Sunday Business Post also reports on a planned broadband link from Cork to Donegal, which will allow firms with branch offices to link all their premises. The brainchild of Co Clare-based Ai Bridges, the project has already got underway, with a metro Ethernet from Cork Airport linking Clare, Limerick and Galway. The service is hoped to be available in Donegal by the second quarter of 2008."

Just what we need - more infrastructure connecting places with dubious broadband demand. Probably taxpayer-funded too.


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Date: Friday, 02 Feb 2007 21:42
So, in my quest for a Windows license refund, Dell have sent me a credit note for €50 (and presumably credited this to my Mastercard, although I can't check this at the moment). The only problem is they offered me 50 pounds and gave me 50 euros. This may be cheeky, but I mailed them again and asked them to look into the issue (hey, that's another €25).
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Date: Friday, 02 Feb 2007 21:37
After the Boston "bombing" suspects were charged, the judge points out that it's basically a ridiculous case. At the subsequent press conference, the artists say they will talk "only about 1970s hairstyles". Class.
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Date: Friday, 02 Feb 2007 21:36
My girlfriend got an advance-fee fraud scam (the one where you've won the lottery) by post today. This is the first time I've seen one of these by post, and it was surprising to see in come to Dublin, Ireland of all places. Apparently this one is well known though.

This one originates in Spain (a Spanish PO box and phone number, but they could be forwarded of course). Some "small" giveaways are

- It's been printed on a colour inkjet printer
- The "official stamp" on the bottom is clearly printed on -- the text is actually on top of it.
- One page tells you how much you've "won" but on the "claim form" you have to fill in the amount of your winning yourself.

(see some pitures of a similar letter on this site)

The return address is
Tridenta Seguros S.A. Espana
Calle Juan De Mariana 25
C/P 28045 Madrid Spain
Tel 0034 650 273 803


Of course, this is just the advance fee fraud scam going full circle. The original version was called the Spanish Prisoner scam and dates from
1588. The Nigerians just popularised it online, and the Spanish are taking it back to its roots!
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Date: Friday, 02 Feb 2007 08:48
So, in a "guerilla marketing" stunt, the Cartoon Network had some art students make signs showing characters from the cartoon series Aqua Teen Hunger Force and hang them around various US cities. This goes completely ignored everywhere except Boston, where police are immediatey beseiged by 911 calls reporting the "devices"; highways, metros and the Charles River are closed; the artists are charged with causing a terror hoax. Jesus.


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Date: Friday, 26 Jan 2007 11:43
Dell have offered my "50 pounds" for my Windows license. Mind you, they don't admit that they owe me for it.

So, should I take it or hold out for the $115?

Full text of the email:

Dear Mr French

We have checked this out and this would be an issue with Microsoft not Dell, but as a gesture of goodwill we wi;l refund your account with 50 pounds, can you please forward us your full order no and we will have the actioned for you to-day.

Kind regards

[name with-held to protect the innocent]
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 14:35
It looks like Dell have realised that not everyone want Windows! In The US, they've started selling the Dimension n-Series Desktop which comes with the drive unformatted.
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 09:44
In a short article, the Enquirer has slammed the quality of Eircom's Wi-Fi service in Dublin airport, saying "The 'buy online' option is bugged and none of the shops have scratch cards left." When will DAA listen?
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Date: Monday, 22 Jan 2007 19:54
If you haven't seen it yet, yet out Espion Research's evaluation of the three Irish Wi-Fi networks (Bitbuzz, Eircom and BT). Bitbuzz comes out quite well :-)
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Date: Saturday, 20 Jan 2007 13:55
Since I'm on a "get money back from MS" theme, check out this article about the Big Box Project. Bascially, if you have to return an Xbox 360 under warranty, you have to send it back in your own box. However, MS will ship it back in the same box, at their expense. Three words: massive shipping container.
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Date: Friday, 19 Jan 2007 15:11
Good article on someone getting a refund from the Small Claims Court in Califoria for a copy of Windows. He got $199.
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Date: Friday, 19 Jan 2007 15:08
I recently read this article about a guy in the US getting Dell to refund him the cost of the copy of Windows that came bundled with his new PC. Well, we just bought a new server in work from the Dell Outlet store, and I figured I'd try the same thing. I rejected the license agreement (which says I can get a refund from the hardware vendor), took pictures, and so far have had 5 calls with Dell.

Up to now I was dealing with various perky people with Indian accents but today they booted me to somone local; a very nice lady named Cora rang me today and tried to talk me out of it; she told me she's never heard of anyone trying to do this and asked for copies of my pics. I also sent her a link to the Linux.com article.

According to mailing list archives, a couple of people in Ireland have apparently tried this but only one unsubstantiated story of a refund here. I asked them for €50 which I think is fair. Alan suggested I should insist on someone from M$ presenting me with a big cardboard cheque :-)
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Date: Friday, 08 Dec 2006 23:07
In a cool candid interview, Seagate's CEO says "We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn."

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Date: Wednesday, 29 Nov 2006 13:41
The latest episode (#25) of the IrelandDigital podcast is now available here. It'll be up on iTunes later today.
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Date: Tuesday, 28 Nov 2006 19:45
Great idea for people who have giving an email to register for websites. 10 Minute Mail gives you an email address that's valid for 10 mins. You can rspond to mails, or reset the 10 mins if needed. After that, the address vanishes.
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Date: Tuesday, 28 Nov 2006 11:52
Kudos to Microsoft for making their
Vista launch more interesting. I suspect that they had a realization that not too many "tech decision-maker" would willingly spend a day in Croke Park surrounded my MS marketing folks to see Vista's launch (motto: "It's only two years late!"). So they've enlisted none other than Neil Armstrong to launch Vista here. That's a real cracking idea and I know quite a few people who would go *just* to see him.

Oh, and you get a free Vista Home license if you go, too :-)

Now, to wangle an invite...
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Date: Wednesday, 22 Nov 2006 12:09
So, let's say you're an incumbent telco who's lost lots of voice customers to smaller, more nimble startup voice providers. This is "phase one" after liberalisation of a telecoms market.

But then, people start to get a little cheesed off with these startups. Some have billing problems; some are two guys in a basement; one of the biggest doesn't pay its eircom bill and gets all its customers cut off. People start to switch back to eircom (suggested motto: "The Devil You Know"). This is a common "phase two" backlash in telecoms liberalisation -- it's been happening in the UK for a while.

So, if you're eircom, what do you do? Do you target users for winback? Do you agressively try and switch people back to eircom? Apprently, no. You staff your winback backoffice team with just one or two people and make people wait weeks to switch back to eircom. At least, that's been my experience trying to move an office line back to eircom.

The only people with more of a right than me to be p*ssed off are the Australian pension funds who own eircom. Suckers.
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