Archive | June, 2007
June 30, 2007

Apple iPhone Now On Sale

The much vaunted, hyped, publicised, talked about (etc., etc., etc.,) Apple iPhone is now available in the US.
Over the next few days you can expect to see more and more reviews, interviews, critiques, whines and blog posts (is there a difference?) about the latest "toy" that every self-respecting gadget freak wants.
The Apple Store for the US is selling the devices, but there seems to be a two to four week backlog already!
Will I want one?
Probably.
Will I get one?
That depends. I'll wait a while to see how things pan out. It's not exactly clear when the iPhone will be made available in Ireland anyway, so there's no point getting excited about it just yet.
Adrian's got a couple of more posts about the new toy that are a good read.

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June 30, 2007

Off To Miss Ireland ….

I'm off to Cork later today to attend Miss Ireland 2007 in the Silver Springs.
Of course I left everything to the very last minute, so I still have to go and collect my tux this morning!
At least the event isn't being held outside, as the weather today is pretty miserable

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June 29, 2007

Adsense Expands Options For Publishers

Google Adsense Logo

Google Adsense Logo
Over the last couple of days Google has launched a number of new enhancements for adsense publishers.
The first change was a wider range of options for advert display.
You can now choose from a number of advert box styles:
Adsense Formats
When you go to choose your adsense format you will see the new options. Full details are on the Adsense blog
The other change is much more important for European publishers.
The product referrals have finally been expanded to include both Google Apps and Google checkout.
For Irish publishers with a primarily local audience the checkout options won't be of much interest at the moment, but Google is meant to be expanding the product offering into the EU market this year.
As someone involved in the hosting industry I have my reservations about Google Apps. As I mentioned previously, Google insist on ignoring industry best practice in their email implementation and this can have a very negative impact on users of their services.
Unfortunately a lot of people seem to be blinded by Google's "wow" factor and haven't noticed the downsides yet.
For those interested in the "nitty gritty" Google Apps will payout $5 for new accounts that remain active for 4 weeks, while Google Checkout pays out $1 for a new buyer making a purchase for a value in excess of $10. More information on the features on the official blog
In related news, they've also expanded their not-for-profit advertising solution to encompass Irish charities, as Dave mentions.

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June 28, 2007

Google Desktop Now On Linux

Google Desktop Logo

Google Desktop Logo
Google desktop has now been made available for Linux
You can peruse the documentation or download the files from the Linux version of the site.
As should be expected there are both RPM versions (RedHat and derivatives) and .debs (for Ubuntu / Debian).
I'm not sure how useful this would be, as the only time I need to conduct search is with email and thunderbird handles that really well (and quickly too!).
Of course the problem with a Google bit of software on a machine running Linux could be the license.
While the software may use some open source libraries it's not open source itself

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June 28, 2007

Movable Type 4 Beta 4 Released

Movable Type 4 - logo

Movable Type 4 - logo
MT 4 Beta 4 was released earlier this morning. The changelog hasn't been updated yet, but probably will be during the day.

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June 27, 2007

BarCamp Belfast This Weekend

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Barcamp Belfast Logo
Just a reminder to people that BarCamp Belfast is on this weekend.
I'd love to be going, but I am meant to be down in Cork for another (non-technical) event
We'll be there in spirit anyway :)

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June 26, 2007

Patching WURFL Plugin

While I was trying to be clever and conform to the dotmobi rules it transpires I was also hurting my pagerank...........
Richard provided links to the updates, so fixing it was quite easy. Simply overwrite the existing files in:
/wp-content/plugins/wp-mobile-wurfl/data
The ones you need to update are:
wurfl.xml and web_browsers_patch.xml
You can see what WURL is doing by running tail on wurfl.log
I'm not sure what the best way of fixing the spidered pages issue is, but adding wp-mobile.php to robots.txt might be a good start, though I'm open to suggestions.......

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June 26, 2007

Best Credit Card Option?

Following on my little "adventure" I've been thinking about credit card options.
From what I have been able to gather none of the "normal" credit cards come with any option for emergency replacements. American Express, however, does seem to offer this service:

We will issue a replacement Card usually within 24hours. If you are travelling abroad and wish to have a Card sent to you, we can arrange for a replacement Card to be waiting for you at the nearest American Express Travel Service Location or to be delivered to you in person

It's not clear how long it takes for the card to get to the local office, but issuing a new card within 24 hours is a lot better than anything my bank can offer with a standard Visa.
Are there any other options out there?

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June 24, 2007

ICANN San Juan Kicks Off

The ICANN meeting in San Juan officially starts tomorrow, however there have been meetings this weekend and I'd also expect that a lot of people would have been arriving in the venue from Friday onwards.
As I can't be in two places at once I won't be attending, though I'll be trying to follow it from a distance!

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June 24, 2007

How to Screw Up Your Holiday

Yesterday morning I became yet another statistic. I was pick pocketed on the Paris Metro.
My wallet, which contained my credit cards, Laser, cash and various other bits and pieces, was stolen. So I spent a good part of yesterday hanging around Parisian police stations.
I was able to cancel all of my cards fairly quickly - hats off to the AIB call centre staff - they're very helpful and efficient.
Hats off to the RATP (Parisian public transport) staff who were also incredibly helpful.
Thankfully nearly my entire family are here in Paris with me this weekend, so I wasn't left completely cashless and without any way of paying hotel bills etc.
The thing that bothers me, however, is the big "what if?".
How the hell would you pay for your hotel bill etc., if your wallet was stolen in a foreign country.
Years ago I would probably have been travelling with a bunch of traveller's cheques, so I would have left what I didn't need during the day in my hotel. These days we're all using the Euro and it's a plastic economy, so you carry your VISA and Laser / Cirrus with you everywhere. You're not likely to leave either card in your hotel room, are you?

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