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  • It’s official – I’m addicted

    January 31, 2009 @ 6:47 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    I think I may have a problem. In the space of the past half hour I’ve caught myself checking my email three times (once every ten minutes, maths fans).

    Not so unusual during working hours, but the problems here are:

    1. I’m not working
    2. It’s saturday, so I should be doing something else, like having a life.
    3. The only new emails I’ve got all day are spam or facebook notifications.
    4. Even if I had an email that needed my attention, it can probably wait til Monday.

    (make that four times. I had a sneaky check halfway through writing this.)

    One of these days I’m going to do a small experiment and dump my mobile, laptop and any other internet connected device I own for a day. Twenty-four little hours. See how I survive the withdrawal and let people laugh about the results.

    Not today though. Maybe next week.

  • Ouch.

    @ 6:00 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Remember when Sony boss Kaz Hirai told us all we’d want to get second jobs to buy the PS3?

    Turns out these days most people prefer to keep that second job for things we actually need, like paying bills.

    Sony is feeling the effects of the global recession.


  • This week, I’m blaming the internet for:

    January 30, 2009 @ 6:00 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    My steadily increasing credit card bill. Ebay, to be more precise. In the past week I’ve bought:

    Shoe goo (to fix my boots)
    Sandisk memory cards (cheap, for my camera)
    A hard drive housing (dull but necessary)
    Eyelash extensions (don’t ask)

    I’m going to have to start Ebaying some of my own stuff to balance it out.

  • Gmail goes offline

    @ 12:00 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    I’m a big fan of Google labs. The experimental features that pop up from time to time, some useful, others… not so much. The latest addition, offline Gmail, definitely falls into the former category.

  • This week’s tech scribblings

    @ 7:20 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    This week, it’s all about PBX fraud.

  • Dell’s latest Inspiron

    @ 12:01 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    There are very few things that can get me excited about a laptop these days. Netbooks made them ultra-portable and affordable. Apple made them fashionable. Widescreen multimedia machines – seen it all before.

    So it’s a tough audience for Dell and its latest Inspiron 15 laptop.


  • Hard drive goes *boom*

    January 29, 2009 @ 7:00 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Oh the irony. Less than a week after writing about how data loss is expected to affect an increasing number of people this year, my external hard drive gave up the ghost. All those stern talking-tos I’ve given about backing up the backup, and I hadn’t quite got around to it myself.

    Fingers crossed I can get some of the files back, or else I’ve lost almost ever photo I’ve taken over two years. Along with some pretty important files.

    This week’s investment: a 1TB hard drive and 100 DVD-Rs.

  • Eircom adopts ‘three strikes’ rule

    @ 6:30 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Eircom has agreed to weed out illegal file sharers from its broadband network using the “three strikes and you’re out” rule. The record industry will supply the IP addresses of the offending parties, and Eircom will issue warning letters. The third time, the customer gets cut off.

    The recording industry is happy, Eircom loses a broadband customer. (more…)