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November 2006

To Zune or not to Zune

At this stage everyone has heard of the new Zune media device from Microsoft. A bit of a buzz has been generated about yet another device aimed at the iPod generation. However, a greater buzz has surrounded the focus on DRM and the device. Many stories including imcompatibility of already purchased music with the device… Read More »To Zune or not to Zune

No such thing as any lunch?

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We’ve all heard that there was no such thing as a free lunch but it is starting to look like there will soon be no such thing as lunch. A recent study has shown that the Irish lunch hour has been whittled away to a mere 38 minutes on average. The British are even guiltier… Read More »No such thing as any lunch?

ESB Hike to be Reviewed

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The 19% increase granted to the ESB by the energy deregulator earlier this year is set to be reviewed due to a dramatic fall in the price of oil since the grant. However, early words are only indicating that a couple of percentage points will be dropped from the increase rather than abolishing the increase… Read More »ESB Hike to be Reviewed

Java goes OpenSource under GPL

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Looks like Java is set to go opensource under GPL in the near future. Could be very interesting for a language that has already reaped so many benefits from community process. Read more on Jonathan Schwartz’s weblog

New Walkies

Treated myself to a new set of walkies over the weekend. I’m amazed at how much these things offer these days and at low prices. Anyway got a set of Uniden PMR 885 with a 8km range, headsets, vox, channel scanning and a host of other features.

Robot Cheese

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Remember the scene from Pulp Fiction with Samuel L Jackson and John Travolta, the “Royale with cheese” car scene. Well here it is in full robotic glory. link:

Take my breath away

Last night while driving home I was subjected to my first random breath test. While it was comforting to see Gardaí at midnight on a Saturday, while all hell is probably breaking loose in the city centre, out checking tax and insurance and random breath testing in the suburbs it’s not that nice. Don’t get… Read More »Take my breath away

Things that make me smile

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At what is nearly the end of a long day, the mind starts to wander in despondence, toward more loosely coupled topics. That’s how, after many hours in the programming chair in front of two monitors, I discovered that I own the same car that Linus Torvalds does (or at least once did). We may… Read More »Things that make me smile

Fowler on Agile

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Martin Fowler’s take on agile methods and in particular “pair programming”. As usual I agree with the man (aka the king of software patterns). link: Martin Fowler dot com

Google may be bad for your health

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Just picked this up from Boing Boing (Cory Doctorow on the case). Australian medical researchers are suggesting that doctors may be well-advised to consult search engines such as Google when coming up with a diagnosis for a patient’s illness. The content revealed by search engines is increasingly informative and coupled with the expert knowledge of… Read More »Google may be bad for your health