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  • SpiralFrog, RIP

    March 22, 2009 @ 3:40 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    We had high hopes for SpiralFrog. When it was announced a couple of years ago it seemed like it may be an alternative to paying for music from iTunes.

    Alas, it is no more. Insert your own pun about the service croaking it *here*.
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  • Oi. You. Quit it.

    March 21, 2009 @ 6:43 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Mistakes happen. Every now and again we all get our email addresses wrong. But a polite request to the person who keeps giving out my gmail address as theirs: please stop.

    In the past few months I have had family emails, friends updating me about hen parties I’m not actually going to and, once, some blood test results from a Dublin clinic. That one I replied to. The rest I’ve started blacklisting as spam.

    Here’s the thing. If I wanted to sign up to newsletters from Aldi and Lidl, I would. And I don’t want notifications from online clinics, or be registered with HP for a printer I never bought. It might also explain the massive jump in spam in my account in the past few months.

    So please. STOP. Thanks.

  • Google gets slammed for Street View

    @ 1:23 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It must be tough being Google. I mean, you try to throw out some new services, out of the goodness of your own heart, and there are people standing by waiting to stomp all over your efforts with talk of “privacy”.
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  • The best job ever. EV-ER

    March 10, 2009 @ 5:02 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Vote for George!

    Maybe he’ll invite us all over one he gets the job as caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. At 17,000+ people voting for him, I doubt it, but we can dream.

  • More green tech for the eco-bandwagon

    @ 3:57 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Call me a cynic, but when I see another company boasting of its “eco friendly” products, I can’t help but smile.
    Environmentally friendly technology is a growing business these days. With consumers seeking to cut bills and politicians pushing the carbon emissions agenda, everyone wants in.
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  • Internet in time-wasting shocker

    @ 2:04 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Another week, another survey on how the internet is wasting time for Irish employers. This one, by Peninsula Ireland, says Irish employees are wasting two hours and 20 minutes a day on personal internet use [Irish Times].

    Now, does anyone else suspect some fudging of the truth was going on here?
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  • Europe relaxes monitoring on MS

    March 6, 2009 @ 11:58 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Microsoft is getting a bit of breathing space, it seems, with the news that the European Commission is backing off on its surveillance of the tech giant.
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  • Blackout Ireland: the campaign continues

    @ 10:56 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    So Blackout Ireland has started, and there’s a few blacked out avatars on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve yet to see how many people wrote to their ISPs and TDs to lodge their objections.

    Danny O’Brien writes about it in todays Irish Times.

  • Twitter loses a follower

    March 4, 2009 @ 3:55 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    After his no-show last week for the US v Ireland at the National Stadium, the only clues to Kenny Egan’s whereabouts were on Twitter. @kennyegan was leaving us cryptic clues about his whereabouts through pictures and posts that seemed to suggest he was in New York.

    But @kennyegan is no more.
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  • Random Gmail ads

    @ 3:34 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    I love the different web clips that Google sticks into my Gmail account. Every so often there’s something interesting. Sometimes they are just bizarre. Like today’s “gem”.

    “Inbox [2] Unread – www.secretlovemsg.com – There are secret messages waiting for you. Read them here €10/wk”

    Oh look, internet strangers are sending me secret messages. I’ll just hand over €10 a week (a WEEK!!!) to read them.

    Recession, anyone?

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