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Irish politicians and political parties may have lost their .eu domains to squatters. While the Irish government has previous experience with cybersquatters, some politicians and political parties may have had problems with .eu squatting.
Political parties Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Sinn Fein may have lost their .eu domains to squatters. High profile Irish politicians are also in the same mess. While Bertie Ahern’s domain bertieahern.eu was registered by the government, some of the other high profile mininsters were not so lucky. PD Minister for Justice Michael McDowell and Mary Harney both seem to have had their domains registered by someone else. Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte seems to have some curious registration data on patrabbitte.eu - the organisation listed is the Irish Daily Star and the address given is that of Dail Eireann.
The London Times details other squatting problems that have dogged the bungled launch of .eu by the incompetent EUrid registry. Interestingly dublin.eu is also squatted.
BBC reports that Microsoft has delayed the launch of its Vista OS until January 2007. Interestingly Microsoft was registering Windows07 in various ccTLDs including .ie ccTLD. Perhaps someone in Microsoft had a real idea as to when Vista would launch
An article in the Sunday Times outlined the important points of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report dealing with the failed Media Lab Europe venture. The points outlined were rather disconcerting.
Apparently Media Lab Europe’s output during the five year lifetime was “dismal”. A previous report found that its publication record was equally dire. It only managed to get 24 papers published in the scientific literature.
The best quote of all was this one:
It is understood the liquidator has found that the intellectual property and the 12 patents generated by the lab are worthless.
Many Irish technology journalists were taken in by the MLE smoke and mirrors. They drank deeply of MLE’s eclectic Koolaid and scribbed their glowing reviews of MLE’s “projects”. For the most part, these technology journalists had no technological background. How could they tell what was real and what was cargo-cult?
Eircom launched its own attack on the retail hosting market today with its own “budget” hosting offers. For an ISP it was quite an innovative move but it was easy to see Eircom’s call-centre management mentality at work. The market has moved on and retail hosting is often an impulse purchase or personal recommendation purchase.
The big problem with Eircom’s offering is not the price - that’s relatively on a par with a lot of the retail hosting prices. It is the fact that there is no way to purchase online. The retail hosting business is highly automated and this fact does not seem to have sunk into the minds of Eircom management.
In the last year or so Eircom has turned its hosting business around and is trying hard to regain its number one position that it held a few years ago.
A “search engine” wannabe mistook the number of webpages that Google has indexed for the number of websites on the net. The blog post is linked here but this is what it says:
“There I was sitting in the garden with a laptop, wireless broadband is great isn’t it, anyway, taking in the rays when it occurred to me how hard it is for a website to be seen when currently there are around 8,058,044,651 (yes all 8,058,044,651 of them.)”
Perhaps it was a bit too warm today. The number of web pages that Google has indexed is not the same as the number of websites on the net.
As a country level search engine operator, I frequently see these claims. Even Microsoft now claims to have an “Irish” search engine. But someone confusing the number of webpages with the number of websites is definitely a first.
Google launched version 1.0 of its Desktop Search. It extends searching to the full text of PDFs and the meta-information stored in
music, image and video files. It also supports Firefox and Netscape browsers and the Thunderbird and Netscape e-mail clients.