I've known for a while that the international telecoms companies have wanted to put the Internet genie back in to its bottle so they could charge for access in the same way they make deals between themselves for international calls (they are loosing calls to Skype and more) but I didn't know that the proposal had actually gone to the UN.
If they succeed the internet could get very expensive, and start-ups may be forced away from the market entirely.
So this shot is being fired at anyone who can access the internet then.
This wasn’t meant to be a Loose Bloggers Consortium post on the theme of “Fire”, but given my infrequent postings, I think that I should make it count.
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Simon Malshman on the challenges of developing his final year project; a visualisation tool for historical data sets.
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Exactly what it says on the tin. Here is a pretty wordle (OK, black and white, it should be in the new colours, but I’ll go with the 1963 style) of all the villains appearances in the TV series Doctor Who all prettied up.
The Guardian created the Google spreadsheet (crowd sourced by a lot of fans naturally) of all the villains in Doctor Who and why they did what they did. Take over the universe is a fairly popular reason. Something to remember for your end of year review.
I took a much simpler subset of their spreadsheet, simply the name of the villain and the number of episodes they have been in. Wordle has an advanced setting where instead of counting the words themselves, you can format the list of words in pairs in a Alpha:10 Beta:20 type format instead of having to type Alpha out ten times. Works fairly well for visualising your analytics as to how people find a site. Its not pure data visualisation. I still want to drop the spreadsheet in to Pivot and do some of the “why” analytics.
And no, I’m not a rabid fan boy. I’d need to work on it more. Any other data sets I can play with?
Is the “iPad for Dummies” book going to be released in iBook format or just for the Kindle and Sony Reader?
Decisions for Heroes is a project that Robin Blandford has been working on for a while. And talking about it. In fact I assumed that the product has been launched a few months back. I was wrong; today is launch day.
And he’s built something amazing – technology that will help rescue teams save more lives. Its essentially a project management tool combined with an incident reporting mechanism that’s able to monitor team histories and readiness and raise alarms for expiration or under manning conditions.
What makes it different is that it is designed for a particular niche; rescue teams. Are the exercises and training reflecting the actual calls? Or the actually locations? Are there enough cliff climbers on-call this weekend? Are there certifications that are about to run out? This kind of thing actually saves lives. Its been studied, over 1,800 rescuers from Ireland, UK, USA, Greece, and Australia helped to trial and shape the development of the software. But one stands out. Robin is a volunteer member of the Irish Coast Guard (a cliff rescue climber to be precise) so he has seen first hand what is needed, and what is the most useful way to get that information across.
I’m sure that the basis of D4H can be used in more business-like settings, or indeed in logistic based industries.
And from saving lives, we move to a performance management technology that may cost the careers of a few politicians.
Created by John Handelaar Kildare Street is, almost simply a database. A database of what is being said in both Houses of the Oireachtas, by whom, when, how often and the complete text of what they say so it can be parsed for content. Based off the UK project, theyworkforyou.com, you can keep an eye on your favourite politician, or all the politicians in a constituency, or even when a particular word or phrase is spoken in the Dáil or Seanad Éireann debates or in written answers or questions to the Dáil.
There are a few bugs still in the system (it is a beta and since Irish addresses are vague it can misidentify a constituency, particularly when one side of a road is in one constituency, and the other side is in another constituency. It happens), and there is up to a 24 hour delay between the speech in the chambers and the text of the speech hitting the system (not a fault with the system but with the source; debates.oireachtas.ie.
Its useful to find out which TD or Senator has stayed quite all along (the records go back to 2004), and finding out how they actually voted on subjects of concern to you. Then you can challenge them when they call around asking for your vote.
Do challenge them. Right now, I’m wondering if there is a version for the MEPs.
Two people who should be praised for being heroes and making a difference.
Well the budget is over, and the government released the text of the Financial Statement (the budget preamble if you will) made my Brian Lenihan yesterday.
So I ran it through Wordle to see what patterns emerged.
We have a big “government”, a large “tax” and a much smaller “payment”, “pay” and “spending”. Oddly, “Public” is almost as big as Government.
Now then, its unlikely that a Minister would put the text of their speech in to something like Wordle, but if they did, the resulting speech might be, well, interesting.
They have the statements from other years too. I think I might have to play with comparison tools (once I’m on a more powerful machine).
Given yesterday’s post, a history lesson is in order..
“History of the Internet” is an animated documentary explaining the inventions from time-sharing to filesharing, from Arpanet to Internet.
The history is told using the PICOL icons on picol.org. PICOL is an project for providing free and open icons for electronic devices. The aim is to find a common pictorial language for electronic communication.
Some feed readers may need to click through to see the video.
Well I’m going to be running silent for a few days (I could automate a few posts, but I’d rather be honest).
Things are changing in my life. Firstly I have a contract in Dublin. Great stuff you say. Yes it starts tomorrow. And secondly, on Monday I have exams for a module in my Masters. In Cork.
Slight geography problem.
Given my job hunt has been going for a little while (and my new employers don’t mind loosing me for the exam day) I’m afraid to say that the opportunity of paid employment wins this particular day.
This means that I have to have a little conversation with the couse head to talk about the possibilities of dropping out, putting things in limbo, transferring to another college or seeing what can be done remotely.
In the meantime, I have a few days of intensive study (I’m not cramming, I’m refining) ahead of me. So silent running until Tuesday 6th of January.
In the meantime, I’ll direct you to a forthcoming event.
Teencamp Ireland is due to take place on January in Filmbase in Dublin. TeenCamp Ireland is a gathering of the techies/bloggers/fanboys age 13+ in Ireland to give talks, meet others, share ideas and have a laugh. TeenCamps are organised/planned/run by teens for other teens. So I’m probably a little too old to go (I might show up and embarrass a few faces).
4 days to my exams and 16 days until Teemcamp.
Good luck one and all,