Greetings from Ubuntu

Dapper Drake booted straight into a desktop, livecd style, which is where I’m posting from now. Totally cool. I have to go now though, there’s an Install icon on the desktop and I can’t resist clicking it… :)

EDIT: You can actually work away while it installs. Loving this.

Ringbacks aren’t popular here either

Gizmodo has tipped me off to something called ringbacks or answer tones, which would be the sound you hear when you call someone. Yes, people are customising them. No, I won’t be calling you if they come over here, and you have one.

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Best book I’ve read so far this year, probably the best in several. I’m not really good on reviews, but in basic terms it’s a story about family and friendship, using a modern history of Afghanistan as a backdrop — the story brought a tear to my eye, the history was both fascinating and maddening. Read this book, you won’t regret it.

Pirate Bay raided and shut down

An anonymous [Slashdot] reader writes “, a longtime fixture of the BitTorrent community, is currently under investigation. is reporting their servers have been seized by the Swedish police.” What’s really interesting about them is the strange political power that they held in their homeland. There was much discussion even of a political party. This will be interesting to watch unfold.

O’Reilly: Apologise, Raftery

I’m afraid I won’t be one of the commentors brown-nosing O’Reilly for his response to the Web 2.0 debacle. His point-by-point response is contradictory and disingenuous imho. Here’s how it should have read: Continue reading

Structured Procrastination

I’m notorious for procrastination, so although I think this guy is only kidding himself, I reckon I’ll give it a go. Hopefully I can kid myself too. :)

“Take for example the item right at the top of my list right now. This is finishing an essay for a volume in the philosophy of language. It was supposed to be done eleven months ago. I have accomplished an enormous number of important things as a way of not working on it.”

An Ironic Posting

Breaking my own rule on not posting about blogging here, but then I’m not a blogger so it doesn’t matter: Something I’ve noticed about Irish blogs, or at least the ones I’m subscribed to, is that their update frequency is atrocious. Some of them throw 2-3 posts at me at a time, but usually only every 2-3 days. Continue reading

2.0 sides to every story

Just posting this because I like the title of this SiliconRepublic article. ENN did a piece too, but they weren’t clever enough to come up with a witty title.

The Betelgeuse Incident

While on tour in Kerry last week meself and T stopped just across from Whiddy Island for lunch, and loads of questions popped up about the explosion there, and what different bits and pieces were, or were for. As ever, Wikipedia clears everything up: Continue reading

O’Reilly’s dumb minions

They’re still at it. Seriously lackeys, do yourselves a favour and zip it until daddy comes home. You haven’t a clue what your jobs are or how to do them.