Skype shown running on Nokia N97. Figures from Marketwatch, 21 Oct 09.
Euan Semple -- "80% of everything is crap" on his blog, 21 Oct 09.
ANOTHER HALLOWEEN and another night of yellow-lighted roadway outside my home. It's overhead lighting from National Roads Authority fixtures that ensure road traffic outside can accelerate to 50 mph before leaving the built-up area. There's really no other reason to erect motorway-style lighting if you don't intend people to think the road surface invites steady acceleration. We used to live in Ballyclerihan, just outside Clonmel, where the yellow lights were confined to a ribbon on the main road and where you could see the stars outside our home. Because it was so dark inside the home, one 60-watt electric bulb really looked like 100 candles. Not here in our current home. Yellow light bleeds into the place and that actually creates another effect--we can actually move around the house without turning on any lights. All we have to do is remember to keep a few drapes split wide enough to let a sliver of light pour inside.
ERIC SCHMIDT, CEO OF GOOGLE, visited Killarney last week, and suggested Ireland invest more in communications infrastructure. Schmidt believes broadband capability is a precondition for economic growth in the next 10 years. But not the kind of over-the-air sprinkling that the Irish government currently endorses. Google cannot deliver real-time full-screen rock concerts like U2 in the Rose Bowl if viewers have measly wireless connections like the one shown at left. "The right thing to do is to light up Ireland with fibre, and to do that systematically over a 10-year period." He points to "Singapore, Tokyo and Korea--in Korea's case they have 160 Mbps default penetration. At those speeds, the distinctions between movies, DVDs and the internet go away and are just replaced by a fibre cable and that's the future."
Previously -- "Irish Rural Broadband Hoax" on Inside View, 23 Jan 09.
Direct link to RTE Drivetime segment: http://www.insideview.ie/files/broadband_ondrivetime_14oct.mp3
Sample of my home broadband speed tests.
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SOMETIME DURING THE U2 Rose Bowl appearance, I notched up 100,000 10,000 tracks listened through Last.fm. Some of those tracks are scrobbled from my iPod as podcasts or tracks I ripped onto the iPod from really old musical collections. Several hundred of those tracks came through my earbuds directly from Last.fm as a result of recommendations of my third level students in Tipperary Institute. I'm shadowing students who want to earn continuous assessment credit for using online social networks such as Last.fm and Blip.fm. Both of those networks serve up hours of quality music. I suggest both Last and Blip because the communities are slightly different and because both the cost-free experience and the exposure to top-flight web developers has proven better for me with Blip.fm. I'm curious if that's validated by students.
I'm just scratching the surface with playlists and favorites on both services as well as listening to the RSS feeds generated by Last.fm. When I started into Last.fm in January 2005, I never expected to get free tracks dropped straight onto my iPod by Last.fm but that's what happens every week. I also subscribe to the loved tracks of students, using their hearted selections to build lunchtime listening collections over the canteen sound system.The little graphics on Last.fm tell me that I've "loved" 216 tracks but made only two playlists. I've tagged a lot more music along the way and that's put me into some fun listening zones. Two of my favourites are downtempo radio (thanks, Steffen Coonan) and happy tag radio. Just like the sociologists would predict, the more I explore and the more I tag, the more friends I attract. I expect to have 100 friends on Last.fm before the end of 2009 and to have earned 100 props on Blip.fm by then too. The Blip.fm crowd, a group I've hung with since August 2008, is much more rabid--people like Brian Greene, Dean Whitbread and Josie Fraser have a passion for good music. Sure, I like following them on Twitter but they're actually a lot more fun when sharing their music. Brian and Dean are really good virtual DJs and it's a real treat getting stuck into the middle of their playlists. Brian knows how to make Playstation Portables control Blip.fm just like a radio station and he's pushing stuff into his Blipstream that goes well beyond formulaic playola on the broadcast band.
Now it's off to scrape some tracks from my cassette and CD collections, then updating my Blip.fm and Last.fm libraries with some more of my audible fingerprints.
Katie Bowman -- "Airline tap water not fit for human consumption" in Travel News, The Sunday Times, 25 Oct 09.
Sent mail2blog using Nokia E90 O2-Ireland Typepad service while drinking tea in Henry's of Cashel.