Saturday, August 25, 2007

goodbye Mr Calculator

In town today I was sad to see a for sale sign on the “Mr Calculator” electronic shop. Once upon a time it was one of the few places to go in Dublin to look at new tech toys. Never cheap, it must have found it impossible to compete with the internet – ironic since it was one of the first places in town you could buy wireless and web devices. The Indian guy who owned it was passionate about his stuff. Wonder what he decided to do? Retire probably. I would have bought more stuff there if it wasn’t so expensive. It had a small shop window that was the tech equivalent of a Dickensian toy shop window. As it happens, I remember buying a Bluetooth adaptor for a Compaq iPac there one Christmas Eve years ago.

Friday, August 24, 2007

data center

PC world site was down today, had this picture on site down notice. So old and futuristic all at the same time.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

maoning ireland

A phone in show on RTE at the moment with the Joe Duffy stand in talking to people who have decided to leave Ireland. The presenter doing his level best to get the new wild geese talk about how the “quality of life” in Ireland is making them leave but the callers keep talking about wanting to leave because of the bad Summer weather. The show was clearly intended to be another RTE moan about how the Celtic Tiger has made us lose our soul etc but ends up being about people who want to leave to get year round sun. Very funny.

Thursday, August 02, 2007


Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
- Oscar Wilde