WE SPOTTED SOME INTERESTING things about technology (the shot at left is actually about technology) in the Irish Sunday newspapers today and we tried talking about our discoveries while standing behind our car along the Golden Road in County Tipperary for less than 10 minutes. Our home's wifi node powers the pavement and that's what we used to upstream this 7-minute videoclip. There are things we read that connect to thoughts shared by Pat Phelan, Damien Mulley, Mike Kiely, Conor O'Neill and Tim Kirby. We have an opinion about the limited ability of the 3G iPhone's basic navigation skills. And some of the Lenovo laptops interest us--they're slim and energy-efficient. The Corvette ZR-1 isn't fuel-efficient , but it's a fun drive for guys who lust for serious motors. We also spotted some things about visitors from Silicon Valley attending a two-day event in Trinity College Dublin, but we tweeted those details instead of publicising the event  here.
Technology for Better Seduction. Nice shots in the Sunday Times Magazine about microtechnology devices that are essential equipment for Japan's new breed of professional seducers, hired by embittered spouses to entrap their straying partners. 
Nokia N85. Its 2.6" OLED display might not be a touchscreen but it's bright and sharp, while both the 5 megapixel camera and the built-in GPS outperform the 3G iPhone. One thing's for sure--there's a big difference between voice commands through a GPS and cellular triangulation on the iPhone. 
Get Laid in Ireland. "Gardai have been asked to launch an investigation into a prostitution website which is being openly run from an internet address based in Ireland. The Escort Ireland site is believed to be earning close fo €2000 a week by advertising a wide range of sexual services, industry sources said." 
Soft Spot for Customs and Immigration. "A US report on lobal airport security has criticised Ireland's private airports for allowing the vast majority of flights to come and go without being checked for drugs or contraband. 
Airline Safety. A familiar meme returns for holiday travelers in the form of an article in the Comment section of the Sunday Tribune. The writer should have mentioned the leading cause of commercial aviation accidents isn't company policy problems but pilot error. 
Ryanair Pilots Can't Carry Fuel Buffer. "Ryanair pilots have denounced as insane attempts to pressurise them into flying with less fuel by imposing a cap on their safety reserves." 
Wanted: Sony Reader. This week Waterstone's will be hoping to usher in a new chapter in reading when it helps to bring the Sony Reader to the UK. Ebooks aren't just for geeks. 
Wind Power Causes Landslides. Locals in north Kerry are up in arms at the alleged role of a wind energy firm in the landslide that destroyed a river's salmon and trout stocks. 
Let's Advertise for Computing, Maths and Technology Courses. Do that, and you'll incur the wrath of the Minister for Education in Ireland. 
Nokia Advertising Locally. But the €1.5m spend by Nokia Ireland's marketing team does not include any sort of advertising for Irish awards programmes or for Podcamp Ireland. 
Digital Signage Sells. I think case studies have documented how digital signage expands a shop's reach by offering local managers a fast and effective way of targeting customers with breaking offers and localised information. 
Eco Strategies in Irish Business. If you're serious about saving the planet, maybe you should consider Lenovo's ThinkVision monitors and its low voltage ThinkPad X300 laptop. 
Spotted a Drive for Pat Phelan. Inside the "Driving" pages of the Sunday Times is a set of hot wheels that I think deserves to be one of Pat Phelan's next drives. It's the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. "It differs from American sports cars of the past in that the driving experience doesn't go to pieces when you arrive at a corner. The brakes are tremendous, wiping off speed with ease. Turn into a bend and the nose just grips. There's no body roll; the tail squats down and powers you away from the apex without drama. If you have seen an F-16 Tomcat take off, you have an idea of what it's like." 
0. Irish Technology Leadership Group holds its Venture Capital Forum in Trinity College, Dublin from 19-21 Nov 08.
1. Lesley Downer -- "Weapons of Mass Seduction" as the feature story in The Sunday Times Magazine, 31 August 2008.
2. Matthew Bingham -- "Gadgets of the Week" in The Sunday Times InGear supplement, 31 August 2008.
3. Ken Foxe -- "Gardai asked to probe online escort agency run from Ireland" in the Sunday Tribune, 31 August 2008.
4. Mark Hilliard -- "Irish airports criticised for lax customs" in the News section of the Sunday Tribune, 31 August 2008.
5. Michael Savage -- "Are airlines cutting back on safety measures to save money?" in the Comment section of the Sunday Tribune, 31 August 2008.
6. Steven Swinford -- "Pilots rage at Ryanair Fuel Ration" on the front page of the Sunday Times, 31 August 2008.
7. Dominic Rushe -- "Market warms to electroic books" in the Business section of the Sunday Times, 31 August 2008.
8. John Burke -- "Kerry suffers from an ill wind" in the News Focus section of The Sunday Business Post, 31 August 2008.
9. The DIT School of Computing invites applications for part-time evening programmes which start next month.
10. Catherine O'Mahony -- "Nokia's sponsorship targets local events" in the Media & Marketing section of the Sunday Business Post, 31 August 2008.
11. Brian Skelly -- "Selling the benefits of better signage" in the Technologies section of the Sunday Business Post, 31 August 2008.
12. Lenovo Ireland sponsored a page in the Sunday Business Post about green-friendly laptops today.
13. Sam Hardy -- "The Brute's Been on a Race Diet" in the InGear supplement to the Sunday Times, 31 August 2008.
Direct Link to the Show: http://podcasting.ie/video/sundaytech_080831.3gp [7:47 23 MB]
Bonus Link: Stair Porn.