• Blog Updates, Calendar Updates, broken Macbook

    Well first of all, there has been some blog updates, inspired no less by my Grandfather! He’s at a fragile old age, so he can’t read the screen all too well. This is not a problem however, as he sets all fonts to 16 and higher in Firefox (which is out of beta and into version 2.0!). That got me thinking, as I really struggled to read this page being marginally away from the screen, as I am a Keratoconus sufferer. As a result, I have enlarged all fonts in my blog, in an effort to make them more readable… I encourage everyone to do the same, or at least follow the web standards so that it can be properly auto resized by browsers.

    Also I have updated my Calendar for well into 2007! All the dates I can forsee have been duly added and accounted for. Please consult to it and collaborate (if you have a google account, you can add appointments, invite me to yours etc.) I use it all the time (especially as I have iSync), which syncs it to my Nokia 6021) and iPod through iTunes) Google now sends me an SMS (although it costs standard rate [13c per message for me] :-( ) two days before every appointment as a friendly reminder.

    As the title reads, my Macbook was well and truly borked, well at least the charging function is. I rang Apple, which were more helpful than I expected. They offered to send me a replacement charger, which I offered to take, but the operator agreed with my assesment that it was the Power Management Unit, and that another AC adaptor would not cut it. I have since taken it to an Apple service center, called Mactivate. Also just a quick footnote, but I recently read of spammers hiring people in the third wirld to read capthcas (like ones I use) and post spam. It seems I may have been affected by this, luckily it was still filtered by akismet!! muhahahahaha

  • Best Bush Satire, Ever.

    This Ladies and Gents, needs no introduction, for you all know George W. “Dubya” Bush. What you may not know is the Daily Show, which is a popular news satire show in the US. If you have time I recommend you have a look on YouTube for more videos…

  • Google buy YouTube, GTalk for everyone and Blogger Bliss

    I haven’t posted in a while :-( Ah well here it goes: Well we’ve all seen the news Google has bought YouTube for a reported 1.65 Billion US dollars, the deal was reportedly sealed at at Dennys in California (gotta admire that style and sophistication). I think its way overvalued Youtube, at 24m per employee! We all know it serves 100m videos a day, but it has been living off measly venture capital and hasn’t got a verifiable steady income stream, which I guess is where Google enter with Adwords….

    Gtalk has now opened up to everyone with an email address, this is great news for Jabber. While [email protected] was okay, people prefer to have one unified address (well I do) for email and instant messaging. Also comes news of deal with Skype, and old news of AOL joining their IM services with Google Talk. This is great for the Jabber Platform, and should halp fight competition from the recent Yahoo-MSN messenger tie up, hooray for open standards!

    I am seriously thinking of moving this blog to blogger, and migrating from (the wonderful) wordpress. I want to do this of reasons of cost (for one, I pay hosting) and I want to trial hosting it myself, with Blogger as a backup. I don’t think I will ever get slashdotted now, but it always helps to have as robust of a network as Google does behind you. That is the reason I use Google hosted, it is reliable and dependable , not to mention feature-rich.

    I would also like to quickly metion Firefox 2, which is in beta stage at the moment. I am writing the blog post on my MacBook through it, and the spell checker is smething quite special (It has a red line under that purposeful spelling error as I type, rather useful!). Anyways, I hope to post more often and soon…………..

  • Macbook Update, Fonero Haven, Commercial Darknet and College!

    I have ordered and I am expecting delivery of my brand new Apple MacBook (or BlackBook as some call it)! It will be a Black, 2Ghz Core Duo, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD (5400 RPM) MacBook, complete with a remote, Bluetooth 2 and Wifi functionality. Not mention cool applications such as iSight built in Camera, Front Row ( a media center) and Spotlight search technology. It cost me close to €2.000, so hopefully it will be worth it ;-)

    I have also joined, for a month, a commercial darknet. Don’t know what that is? It is basically me paying for an extra layer of security, 128-bit encryption to a Swedish Internet service provider. Why? Well that means that if my ISP ever got a court order from a company, they would not have any records on me, since it will be encrypted, leaving them with no trace of what I have been upto. Don’t get me wrong I am a totally law abiding person, and the law says I have a right to privacy. I am just enforcing that right, in case my ISP was collecting anything (BT is my ISP), like my passwords. I also share my connection through my FON router, so as I will be using VPN encrypted network, I can prove 100% it wasn’t me who abused my internet connection, clearing me of liability. Ars Technica has an interesting article on the matter. That said, I have heard little of file sharing implications in Irish Law.

    Also, I am one of the newest members of the FON community Wifi project. What the hell is this I hear you ask? Basically you share your internet connection, either for free (like I do)or for a small fee to others. If you share yours for free, you get free access to other FON routers worldwide. If however you “milk your wifi” (aka. make people pay) you hve to pay to use other foneros[sic] routers.

    I see Leaving Cert results are out today! I am not looking forward to the year ahead, my last year of secondary school, 6th Year. I will be sitting the Leaving Cert next June, and well to say its no easy task to do well would be an understatement! I do Physics, German, Engineering, Irish, English, Maths, Geography which all will be tested! I wish everyone who has done it, the very best of luck this year, and I hope they all get the results they want. Each of your six best subjects is picked, all weighted on points and automatically submitted to the Central Applications office which holds a list of predetermined points on courses in registered institutions. Based on the availabilty (read “supply and demand”) is whether you get the course, as points fluctuate. They have rounds of offers, until all places are filled. No idea what I want to do, but I am looking in the sub <350 points range, shouldn’t be too hard to achieve!

  • Why I am getting an Apple MacBook

    I feel I need to confess why I am buying a MacBook, have I turned soft to my Open Source/Free Software ways? No, definately 100% NOT. I’ll explain why: I think Apple Computer has an incredible product in Mac OSx. For anyone who has not used it before, pop into a 3G store and ask to have a go. When someone releases a good a product as that, they deserve money, in my opinion. Under “the” free software license (GNU General Public License) it is permissable for anyone to charge for software licensed under it, as long as an offer of source code is given (for 3 years afterwards). Deep down I love Ubuntu, and I will install it as soon as possible when they release a version for the Intel powered Apple computers. In fact I will use my Laptop to showcase Ubuntu you had of told me November last year I’d spend well over €1,000 on an Apple Computer, I would have told you that I hated Apple, and would never consider it! What has changed my mind? I got a iPod Nano for Christmas ‘05 and thought it was great, but the Nano on its own still wouldn’t convince me to get a Mac.

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