Swiss Roll

FT reports: Swisscom’s chairman and chief executive on Monday accused the government of political interference and warned of resignations if the crisis at the Swiss telecoms company was not resolved swiftly.

The attack came as Swisscom confirmed it had broken off take-over talks with Eircom of Ireland following last month’s surprise veto by Bern on big foreign acquisitions.
the Swiss people own 66% of Swisscom, the Swiss Govt. may sell off more % soon, so who are
these guys to tell the Swiss Govt. to back off. If Governments can’t invest in state owned companies, then they sure are allowed to run them the way they want to on behalf of the people. The Swisscom CEO sounds like the ex aerlingus CEO when he wanted to buy a State owned company he was running. Corporate greed and confidence is spilling out of the board room down the street and into the Harbours & Ports and out to sea of a globalised world. The streets of Ireland will be full of a different anger on Friday 9th Dec.

w800i podcatcher

I got my w800i sony walkman phone today; the day meteor messed up credit control, blocked my phone & over charged me. You see the postal service is being run down so much that the lag time between bill arriving and cheques arriving is so expanded up to 16 days that monthly billing is running close to cut off dates, we had this with eircom last month and meteor today, telco’s automated systems are demanding payment before payment has settled in their accounts because of this lag. I scream, if the Govt. is not running down an post, why are social welfare clients being driven to private banks when an post has the state business for welfare.. anyhow, i have my line back and the w800i. In trying to make the w800i a podcatcher I have a solution. the w800i memory is a 512 duo card, so podcatcher on a stick comes to my rescue (again). go to the MP3 directory on the w800i and create a new folder (directory) call it anything ie POAS/ and drop the mypodder zip in there, unzip it and run mypodder. Bingo, w800i is managing its own podcasts..

walkman back to happiness. w800i

w800iOn order from my telco is a w800i Sony Walkman phone.. it has 512MB on duo card for memory; good reports of sound quality; good reports on extended batt life in flight mode; FM radio wth RDS; 2MPix camera wth flash;

I could do a lot of this on my XDAii incl podcatching on board and a wide range of winCE application, including gprs realmedia streaming of air america radio, sadly it cost €50 an hour is tariffs just to hear 20Kbits of radio, alas my XDA is dead and the ransom fee for repair is not justifiable as of yet. If w800i had wifi, now that would be cool; I’ll see how far I can push harrold bluetooth for OTA data on the sony. And I wonder if there are DRM issues with w800i;

Podcasting Research

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a number of interesting relationships between audience size and show characteristics are examined. Some key findings include:

* Episode frequency exerts a strong influence on audience size, with the release of daily episodes demonstrating the highest average audience size. Presently, most shows are produced on a weekly basis,
* There are few specific production-side determinants on popularity (including production time per episode), with the exception of collaborative shows, where there is a significant positive correlation between the number of staff or collaborators and show popularity, and
* There appears to be an emerging negative relationship within the podcasting production community between the prevalence of shows in some genres and lower average audience sizes. While this relationship is not significant, it may indicate that the market in some genres is saturating and further efforts need to be undertaken to expand the overall size of the market.

In the final discussion, some additional comments are provided on issues of copyright and other legal concerns, policy considerations to address gender inequality, and questions associated with definitional inspecificity.

car, 54, where r u

I heard it reported on RTE 2FM that the average Dublin commute time is 54 minutes according to the CSO. So if podcasts are tailored to suit average commute times, Dublin podcasters beware.

“Dubliners love their cars” the commute time has also expanded because of the widening of the commuter belt as the celtic tiger got fat, people also like to drive slowly at rush hour(s) as they are reluctant to arrive at their destination and drivers are so backlogged with podcasts they need to stay in traffic longer (by using roundabouts repeatedly). Commuter Action Front denied that the average journey time increase on daily commutes had anything to do with road transport policy at Government level. The doubling in width of the bridge at the west link toll plaza’s has allowed north bound tailbacks see southbound tailback and vice versa, this has had a calming effect on the daily commuter as they can now see that its not just them in gridlock. Efforts to increase transport spending in this country has been welcomed by Construction Site Spotters Ireland who have been photographing and counting (known as logging) traffic cones on Dublin’s N32 M50 interchange in recent months.

Irish Ferries: ICTU Must Call a 24 Hour General Strike NOW!

The barricading of the control rooms of two ships by Irish Ferries workers should be fully supported by all working class people. This battle is not just about defending 543 trade union jobs. This is now the biggest issue in the country and is relevant to all workers. Other companies are watching and egging on Irish Ferries. This is a battle against forced competition between workers and a “race to the bottom” that will create poverty conditions for all workers and super profits for the bosses. These policies of capitalist globalisation must be fought otherwise they will spread like a disease.. more


The IIA podcast has been launched. You can hear the full proceedings of the Irish Internet Association & CheetahMail Net Visionary Awards Winners 2005 on the podcast. The feed for the podcast is at or you can listen to the MP3 here.

The podcast was recorded and built by and will also feature future conferences and talks given by the IIA from various locations around the country.