March 06, 2010

Gowalla Vs Foursquare

Ok, first of all before I get into comparing the two apps, I do know of, and I am not stupid enough to put my home address on either apps. And if I catch anyone who posts our address, so help them, I'll be hitting them with a big stick.

Anyway, back on track with my experience of using the two apps. I first encoutered Foursquare from my friend Rory (he doesn't seem to use it much anymore). What I found annoying was, I didn't have a "smart phone", so I couldn't participate with checking in on places. Once I did get hold of an iPhone off my hubby, I started to check-in, I realise that the search is not that great and it's sort of slow. I did not cheat like that guy who is mayor of both North Pole and Antartic. I came across Gowalla when I was following the live stream from The website was very pretty, and I installed the iPhone app, and guess what? It's pretty as well.

First of all, there's no such thing as mayor of something, which is great. My husband was wondering if you can assassinate a mayor of somewhere?!? Heehee, nice idea. With Gowalla, you just get stamps on places you've been to, and you can only check-in within the radius of the venue, unlike Foursquare, you can check-in to places no matter how far off you were (i.e. guy who's mayor of North Pole). It's not a race, you also get to find and/or pick up items after you check-in with Gowalla. You can drop items or swap them as well. One thing missing from Gowalla is the search feature in the iPhone app, they have it on the website though (unless I'm blind). One little problem checking in onsite is say, for example, my last experience was walking through Phoenix Park and it's huge, I couldn't check-in till I'm 4 clicks in to the location of whomever created the check-in point. I like the trips feature of Gowalla as well, i.e. pub crawl. It's overall and enjoyable app to use than FourSquare.

What I like about Gowalla is the fact it remembers your previous settings when you check-in, such as I don't want it to appear on my Twitter or Facebook profile news feed. Guess what, I have to turn both pings off whenever I need to check-in on Foursquare each time.

The only thing about Foursquare is that it's quite popular in Ireland (Dublin, in particular).

For me, it's great to see what tips/advice/reviews people have on certain cafés or restaurants nearby, this applies to both apps. I would recommend Gowalla over Foursquare just because it's much nicer to use, icons are pretty, and you don't have to jump into the madness of trying to outdo each other in becoming a mayor of somewhere.

Posted by whykay at 08:39 PM

January 30, 2010

Adobe not happy with Apple

Adobe flashes what porn looks like on iPad but to be honest, the porn industry is quite adaptable to new technologies. So maybe Adobe is flashing the wrong idea?

(Source: Wired)

Posted by whykay at 06:38 PM

January 22, 2010

Top 10 commonly used passwords used

Another *facepalm moment.

1. 123456

2. 12345

3. 123456789

4. Password

5. iloveyou

6. princess

7. rockyou

8. 1234567

9. 12345678

10. abc123


(Source: Irish Independent)

Posted by whykay at 12:44 PM

November 12, 2009

Landline going away

It's funny that Mick and I recently moved into our new build house, and decided not to get Eircom's connection and I see this article on the Beeb site about slow demise of the landline. First of all, we don't really use the landline, the connection fee is high and we didn't want to pay line rental. So we went with UPC, painful as it was for my hubby to get us connected (UPC's complexity in their billing system was giving everyone a pain in the head), it came with digital package, broadband and a telephone. We don't really use the phone though, it's mainly our parents calling us on that. We primarily use the mobile, or Skype for long distance. Maybe it's to do with the generation and infrastructure.

Posted by whykay at 04:31 PM

August 14, 2009

Cafes + wifi = fail?

Seems like cafes in NY are turning away from providing free wi-fi as it's bad for business. I normally give out that cafes in Ireland don't provide free-wifi, or in some cases, wi-fi at all. I found it really useful to access it while I was studying in DCU, when I use my laptop in the canteen. Also the times when I did not have internet access and before we got ourselves a 3G dongle, I would be at Coffee Society checking on mail. It's pricey wi-fi, but at the end of the day, it was nice to surf, have a cup of tea and cakey.

BBC - NY cafes crack down on free wi-fi

Posted by whykay at 12:12 PM

July 13, 2009

Apple slowly taking over

So iPod Touch maybe getting video recording capabilities, the article points out that it may give Flip a run for its money. Although the iPod Touch or iPhone's primary use isn't for video capturing like the Flip. I have to say, we bought a Flip HD just 2 weeks ago after the EuroPython conference in Birmingham. From what I have seen and played with, it's rather cool and quality of footage was amazing, even in low light. Anyway, this is sidetracking. Mick noticed when we were in IKEA Belfast that alot of younger kids were playing games on iPod Touches, not Nintendo DSes. Now that's something to munge on... Cheap games, someone to pass old iTouches to, kids love music and small fun games. Nintendo, you better watch out!

Posted by whykay at 04:29 PM

July 02, 2009

Europython, weather and all things good

It's sweltering here in Birmingham, I'm here with Mick at the Europython conference. It's all going well, with keynotes from Corey Doctorow, Bruce Eckel, to name but a few. Saw the cool collectible Dutch €5 coin, an original Enigma machine, things that gives geeks the giggles, well, for me anyway. :D

It's utterly bizarre to find out that it's bucketing back at home (Indo's breaking news here and here, it's the complete opposite over here. I just hope it all goes away when I go home on Saturday.

So I'm taking it easy today, found a board game shop under the conference centre, gonna have to check that out at some point. All I need to remember now is attend the openspace about hosting EuroPython, it could be possible for Dublin, but I will need some help...

Posted by whykay at 10:09 AM

June 22, 2009

What's with the b0rked print.css on some sites?

Ach, been having problems with AIB's new website and The Irish Times, and all because of the fricking print.css. Mick found a way to get AIB to load (I used the same method for Irish Times site), by using Safari's activity monitor and checking the files being loaded, when a file is found having problems loading, add that to filter in Adblocker Plus in Firefox. And Bob's your uncle, it loads! *still grumbling about the crap sites with their crappy print.css not loading. AIB tech support knows already, as I mailed them about it, so up to them to get it fixed.

Posted by whykay at 08:29 AM

April 29, 2009

Ubisoft recent poll

Just saw one of Ubisoft's tweet on one of its polls and when I went to that site, what I saw was cool. It was a simple poll, but by using the power of tweets for voting.

Posted by whykay at 05:19 PM

April 17, 2009

There is a big difference, ya know...

Ok, I was astounded that UCD is offering Java courses for EUR45, more so that why are they offering it in the first place? CPL says that there are companies looking for good Java programmers, but you won't get that from someone who just finished a Java course, it's experience they want anyway. Well, back to my Python coding...

Posted by whykay at 11:53 AM

April 05, 2009

Big Blue pull out of Sun deal

Just got emailed NY Times article about it. I wonder what's going to happen now?

Posted by whykay at 11:47 PM

March 21, 2009

Female geekdom

I came across this article via the Beeb news online, and I felt better that I'm not one of the few girls who likes geeking. Well, over the past few days, I've seen Martha Rotter tweet about the next Irish Geek Girl dinner and the recent tweet to me from @eibrandr about an upcoming Irish Geek Girl Day.

It's nice to see more and more girls coming out of geek-hiding. Although we still have to contend with the condescending remarks at shops while we browse and silently guffaw at the overprices shiney-shiney toys from the other not so fairer sex. *pish Whatever, they'll only learn in time....

Posted by whykay at 10:45 AM

March 20, 2009

5 seconds panic button

It's the Gmail undo send button

This feature can't pull back an email that's already gone; it just holds your message for five seconds so you have a chance to hit the panic button. And don't worry – if you close Gmail or your browser crashes in those few seconds, we'll still send your message.

Posted by whykay at 12:41 AM

March 18, 2009

IBM buying Sun?

Well, got mail from an ex-Sun friend of mine (yeah, yeah, I'm ex-Sun as well as my hubby :) ). The acquisition may still fall through though, but no harm on keeping ears open. I can only imagine, if I was still working in Sun, if they were bought out by IBM, I would be working in the same company as my cousin down in Cork (his company way bought by IBM some years back). Well, that's only an if, but I'm not, and I'm in a battle of my own (alongside with my hubby) to get through paperwork and get our own house.

Posted by whykay at 09:20 PM

March 16, 2009

Twitter mainstream

What gets on my nerves are people who talk about Twitter without really understanding what's it about. Putting it down straight away by commenting why one would need to know who is making tea or coffee right now, or saying that "twittering" sounds prissy.

It's not just a "what am I doing now?", it's another form of blogging, a micro form of blogging, as some would say. People are using twitter as part of their business process, like Sweet Mandarin who lets people tweet her to book tables, order food, join in on cookery class days, etc. I'm sure there are other whimsical uses, not just "I'm feeling tired now...".

Now, Newstalk, will you stop being ignorant about it and keeping knocking it. Tom Dunne said that they are using it because they were paid to do so, completely defeating the whole point of trying new technology.

Anyhoo... end of rant.

Posted by whykay at 06:47 PM

March 11, 2009

The good and the bad

Well, the good news, EU is slashing prices of sending text messages abroad, effective from July 1st. It'll be 11¢ or 13¢ including VAT. EU is forcing those rip-off mobile companies to charge roaming by the second and getting them to cap download charged. Let's just hope this new roaming rules comes in, and get more details on these new roaming rules.

On other news, fans/users of Ryanair might want to hear that they will be charging €5 to check yourself in. Fan-tabulous. That's a bit steep, isn't it? This is for people checking themselves online and printing their own boarding card. The charge is.. wait for it, per person! What takes the biscuit, even babies under two are charged. There's no mention of more kiosks, although I know not everyone is comfortable booking, checking themselves online, or using those check-in kiosks themselves. Some people like to talk to a check-in person in person. Give the customer a peace of mind. This is effective from the 1st May.

*UPDATE: * More information about Ryanair's plans, and you won't like it, check out The Irish Times' piece on it.

Posted by whykay at 12:27 PM

March 05, 2009

FOWA tomorrow

Heading to Future of Web Apps tomorrow. Mick is going as well.

Posted by whykay at 05:24 PM

February 27, 2009

Fixed line by Vodafone

I don't know about this considering that I, myself, switched from Vodafone to O2 given their very unstable and unpredictable bills. Yes, I checked online for unbilled payments, and I still get a huge surprise when I check my bank account whenever Vodafone debits it.

So fixed line service by Vodafone will save you money. Their initial target market is for businesses.

The bundle will also include free local and national landline calls, and will include a choice between 3Mbps or 7.2Mbps DSL broadband.

We'll see about that.... in time.

Posted by whykay at 09:20 AM

February 25, 2009

Google's explanation to what happened to Gmail

I'm sure most people have been affected by the outage, and here's their explanation on why it happened.

Initially I was wondering what affect this would have on gmail users, expecially business users, but Mick commented that it's barely a blip when it comes to corporate outages, which come to think of it, is true. I remember day long outages several times a year, and it happens to both large and small companies that I've worked for. So two outages and only a few hours each is not that bad for one year. It certainly hasn't stopped me using it.

Posted by whykay at 05:39 PM

February 24, 2009

Gmail Fail

What do I do when I wiggle the mouse on the iMac first thing in the morning? Check mail, of course. I thought it was network issues or proxy settings as Mick was fiddling with the network and was working perfectly. I had Twitter reloading in another tab and I flipped over to that tab and what do you know, Epic Gmail Fail
It was great fun watching Twitter Fall of Gmail. Not sure what the story is, but everyone is talking about it.

UPDATE: Check out the gmail help on google groups

UPDATE: Even BBC picked up on it.

Posted by whykay at 10:56 AM

January 01, 2009

Really now, happy new year, Zune owners!

Mega epic fail, 30GB Zunes simultaneously failed when 2009 rung in, or as they called it "Z2K". Mwuhahahaha.

Well, a quick search came with many hits. I just picked's one cos it's a funny read. At the stage, M$ has no fix, but there is a DIY fix in the gizmodo post while folks wait for an update.

Posted by whykay at 02:49 PM

December 17, 2008

No more MacWorld

Oh no, and Jobs also dropping out of keynote speeches. I often wait in anticipation for his keynote and with Gizmodo and other sites that give live updates. I'm sorely going to miss this.

Source -

Posted by whykay at 06:33 PM

December 06, 2008

Yet another one down

First it was Pownce (acquired by sixapart), now is acquired by Twitter. Who's next? It's that time of year again?

Posted by whykay at 01:33 AM

September 16, 2008

Clickable YouTube videos

I've been noticing these videos like "Choose your adventure" or "Choose your fortune" videos on Youtube.

For instance the fortune telling one. Do a search for interactive in YouTube and you will see some more examples.

Posted by whykay at 09:34 PM

September 09, 2008

PAX 2008 - More reminiscing

I'm happy with the swag we got at PAX this year. I queued up straight away when I got to the exhib halls on the first day of PAX. Lucky I did, they were out of PAX 08 tees and others stuff by Saturday evening.

The special PAX Razer mouse Mick got was cool:

And the collectors of Penny Arcade's first game, Precipice of Darkness:

(Both images from Kotaku.)

Most of our swag was bought or given on the 1st day:
Pax 2008 Day 1's Merch and Swag

And yes, we even got the Fallout 3's Vault Boy puppet as seen in

A few people have been blogging how PAX can be improved (here and here and here for example). I hope the overlaps of certain events like demos, panels, Q&As as well as the long queues are resolved for next year. 5 hours queuing the first day was epic, and was not that enjoyable. Ok, people falling over themselves to get a blue band to get into the concert on Friday was funny:
PAX 2008 - Queues
Although in the end, we got our blue bands without doing anything. A few cosplayers were taking our attentions away from our tired and sore limbs from standing or sitting on the hard floor:
PAX 2008 - Queues

And not forgetting the Cookie Brigade who sold cookies and manage to raise $5000 for Child's Play.

There were good suggestions voiced out at PA's Q&A sessions, like having a Child's Play auction at future PAXis (apparently Tycho approves of the use of "PAXis suggested by a fan). And for all those dads who thinks that gaming is a waste of time, direct them to Child's Play (just re-iterating what Gabe said at the Q&A).

I don't think the smell was that bad, as mentioned by some bloggers, but I was lucky not being stuck with ones they mentioned. One other thing, they should have designated areas for charging DS', PSPs, laptops, etc. When over 50K (I mentioned 60K before, I was incorrect, I was guessing at the time as everyone was saying it was double the amount from last year's PAX) nerds attend a gaming festival, there are bound to be a lot of portable consoles and laptops. While we were queuing for an event in the main hall, it was announced that items will be confiscated if people were caught using the power outlets in the convention centre. Hours waiting in line, what did they expect, anyway, people honoured the announcement, and no more crowds of people around a power source that pocketed the convention centre. One thing I found funny, was the gun they were giving away (we did not get one as we were busy queuing) was not allowed to be used in the centre as they are a weapon. Sheesh, they should have asked the security in the place, give gamers a gun and hours of wait time, what did you think would happen?

And it sometimes feels good when photos taken (mainly by Mick) are good quality especially when you come across an article such as this one by Joystiq and compare to Mick's pic:
PAX 2008 - Family Feud

Again I cannot emphasise on the queuing side of PAX, at least we were having a nice dinner when these guys were in line at 10:30pm the night before PAX opened. We wandered in at 10'ish I think, after brekkie. We love PA, but there are limits. (Ok, Mick got sigs off Tycho and Gabe after their second Q&A, got to take a photo of that and put it up).

Posted by whykay at 01:18 AM

September 01, 2008

Looking back at PAX 2008

From the overwhelming amount of people attending PAX this year to my utter disgust at Freezepop's inability to perform without your ears bleeding to immense pleasure of witnessing Gabe's artistic talents at work in creating Monday's panel (which unfortunately won't be seen till Gabe's machine is fixed, but that's ok as I have a video of it to remind me what it was like, and you can check out the photo of the final image at the make-a-panel). Who can forget the many, many DS' and laptops shining out during the gig, and Jonathan Coultan's act was fantastic, the Portal song and the Zombies were my highlights. Audience participation is a must for full enjoyment.

From phrases like "Whooo-oo" to "Yea-aah!" to "Awesome" was the main vocab for some odd reason. It's not like nerds/geeks are not educated or anything, it felt like they are either rednecks or surfer dudes (and yes, dude was mentioned somewhere out there).

The moment of Jerry tying the mic chord around Mike's neck to get the Pacman watch given by a fan was funny, Mick did not get a shot of that, we'll need to wait for the PAX 08 DVD to come out to see that again. Another thing I've never experienced before (apart from it being my first time at a gamers convention) was the use of PictoChat on the DS. It's fantastic up to a point where people were populating it with wangs and arses. Although I was happy when I drew (or tried to) a stick figure version of the portal slide and got Portal responses from the people around.

And finally some pics from PAX can be found at here

Posted by whykay at 10:54 PM

July 21, 2008

RTE online

It's really moved on, I should have browsed around more on their site. Seriously, I'm not joking. I came across their live page, you can watch their programmes live! It's brilliant... anyone, anywhere can watch the news, programmes, etc. I know most of you would think "so what, that's old news!". For me, it's just really great feature that is free for people to view programmes from Ireland. As it is right at this moment while typing this blog entry, I am watching "George Lee: In China" via their live page. Really handy.

Posted by whykay at 11:32 PM

June 16, 2008

Firefox 3 Ireland party on Thursday

I'll be there. Wonder what free swag I'll get?

Posted by whykay at 12:11 AM

June 07, 2008

Google labs in Gmail

Mick pointed it out to me yesterday. For those who are lucky to see the green bottle at the top right hand corner of your gmail window, then you have access to the Gmail Lab. Once you are in Gmail Lab section, you can enable or disable the features and feedback links to each of the features.

Here are the features:

  • Quick Links - Adds a box to the left column that gives you 1-click access to any bookmarkable URL in Gmail. You can use it for saving frequent searches, important individual messages, and more.
  • Super stars - Adds additional star icons. After enabling this feature, you can choose which icons you wish to use in the "General" Settings page.
  • Pictures in Chat - See your friends' profile pictures when you chat with them.
  • Fixed width font - Adds an option to the reply dropdown menu that lets you view a message in fixed width font.
  • Custom keyboard shortcuts - Lets you customize keyboard shortcut mappings. Adds a new Settings tab from which you can remap keys to various actions.
  • Mouse gestures - Use your mouse to navigate with gestures. Hold right-click and move the mouse left to go to a previous conversation, move it right to go to the next conversation, and move up to go back to the inbox view. Works best on Windows.
  • Signature tweaks - Places your signature before the quoted text in a reply, and removes the "--" line that appears before signatures. Can't use this and the "Random signature" Labs feature at the same time.
  • Random signature - Rotates among random quotations for your email signature. Can't use this and the "Signature tweaks" Labs feature at the same time.
  • Custom date formats - Adds options to the general settings page allowing the date and time format to be changed independent of language. For example, you can use a 24-hour clock (14:57) or show dates with the day first (31/12/07).
  • Muzzle - Conserves screen real estate by hiding your friends' status messages.
  • Old Snakey - Kick it old school with Old Snakey! Enable keyboard shortcuts and hit '&' from the main page to play a game of snake.
  • Email Addict - Lets you take a break from email and chat by blocking the screen for fifteen minutes and making you invisible in chat.
  • Hide Unread Counts - Hides the unread counts for inbox, labels, etc.

I am using the Super Stars and the pictures in Gchat at the moment.

Posted by whykay at 11:22 AM

May 29, 2008

Firefox 3 Download Day

Help set a world record!

Download Day 2008

Posted by whykay at 12:12 AM

May 25, 2008

BableFish now owned by Yahoo!

Check it:

Posted by whykay at 01:18 AM

March 27, 2008

€3 Million for 2 young Limerick entrepeneurs

As word spread in the blogging world of two young Limerick lads who successfully sold their company Auctomatic to a Canadian firm for €3 million, some bloggers have one thing in common, in giving out about Enterprise Ireland and County Enterprise Boards on their lack of support for these young business men. And it's the same for many start ups who try to find seed money to kick-start their venture, leading to big sales to foreign investors. I'm jealous of the guys on their big sale, but also fair play to them for doing everything they can here in Ireland to fund their company. We need more young people like them, ensuring that Ireland continue to be innovative and not reliant on foreign companies and investors. This all came out of my Reaching the Market lecturer quick mention of two young Limerick lads who sold their business for multi-million Euro, but acquired no support from Irish enterprise boards. Typical, isn't it?

Posted by whykay at 10:20 PM

February 20, 2008

Drop over and say "hi" at IWTC

I'll be there (along with other Python Ireland folks), and my hubby, Mick, will be giving the Django talk. Anyone who is still interested, sign up at

Posted by whykay at 09:47 AM

February 01, 2008

Python Ireland posters and biz cards for IWTC 2008

So now that I still have a little free time, Mick kinda prodded me to try my hand of doing up poster business card designs for Python Ireland, 'cause we are attending The Irish Web Technology Conference. Or more precisely, has agreed to give a booth at the conference.

I'm bugging the guys for ideas and I've send some designs for posters and biz cards to the Python Ireland Google group alias. All I need is some confirmation, I've a pretty good idea what the biz card would look like. Now it would be cool to have xkcd guy to get back to me, so we can use one of its images for our poster. I'll have to see what is on, and get time off lectures. I'll prob be the person videoing the conference as well. Hope the guys manage to get some Django talkers over.

Posted by whykay at 09:23 PM

November 04, 2007

Open Social

If you have not heard by now, Google has launched Open Social. I've signed up to the OS application development forum as well. What's interesting is that this could be end to Bebo and Facebook. Even MySpace and Six Apart have joined up with Open Social.

I can't wait to try this out with my own little project. I think this will make life easier for me. Only time can tell, and it won't be that long before this snowballs and everyone starts using it.

Posted by whykay at 02:02 AM

October 08, 2007

Come on, Apple delivery!

Gaaaaah! Where is my MacBook?!?!? At least I am not the only one who is waiting. My MB only had 1 change, I bumped it up to 2G of RAM, that's it. And I also included an ipod (latest one) with it. The shipement is now two parts! According to my delivery status, both shipped 27th and 29th respectively, and delivery date is 11th/12th October. WTF!

And the only status the last 2 and a bit weeks was "Merge in Transit GB", which means that all 2 parts of it are on its way to a central UK depot before being bundled together and shipped out to little ole Ireland to me (my hubbie, as he is the recipient in place of me).

Maybe it's the Golden Week and typhoons in China that are causing this length delay. 11/12th Oct is the latest delivery date, and I was hoping to get both in a week or so.

I have 2 friends, one ordered an iTouch and got it in a week, another orders a MB with no changes and got hers with the new iPod Nano in just a week. Oh, just remembered, another friend (classmate) just got updates on her MBP delivery!!! Gah! This is SOOO not fair.

Posted by whykay at 10:42 PM

September 11, 2007

The new nano

So I just so happen to drop by the Apple Store in Birmingham, around half a dozen times over the period of 4 days while attending Pycon UK. And on Monday, I saw the iPod Nano and I have to say, I was rather tempted. But getting it to annoy a friend seems to be too extreme, so I am saving that money I would have spent on the Nano, for my MacBook. Yup, I'm not getting a MacBookPro anymore.

Posted by whykay at 04:51 PM

September 04, 2007

Social networking sites

I recently blogged about social networking sites that I have signed up to (some not proudly though), but here is a post I came across to warn people to STAY AWAY from.

I'm also on Pownce.

Posted by whykay at 07:05 PM

August 14, 2007

Python Ireland Talks - August 2007

Well, it was a success! The Python Ireland August Talks last Wednesday hosted at Google's HQ got a full turnout. Considering that when the announcement for people to sign up (for the NDA), it was full in less than 2 days. People were scrambling to get their names on it. My ball park figure of 25 max was a bit off the mark. Heh.

We arrived on the evening, and signed the NDA, with some hawk-eyed security men glaring at us. Of course, the whole group had to be fully assembled (and yes, Neil was the last one to arrive!). We went down to the cafeteria, and was greeted by some recruiters handing out goodie bags (pen, pad, tee, magnet thingie along with their biz card). All in all, we were not bombarded by them. When upto 4 engineers (included a Google intern) trying to figure out how to get the projector to work with a Mac Book Pro, and 2 other Linuxes laptops, the attendees gorged themselves on Ben and Jerry's ice-cream.

So how many engineers does it take to get projector working with a laptop, well, none really. Ended up turning the webcam towards the laptops. Who would have thunk, ay?

Unfortunately, I was not allowed to video the Python Ireland talks. It's a new thing we are embarking on to share our talks with the world. Well, next time.

The talks went well, on time (me waving my hand to signal 5 mins and then waving again to say time is up, I don't like being timemaster. Heehee!).

We departed to the Schoolhouse pub (5 mins away), I reserved an area, again, I was off with the numbers going the afters. But we mange to fit in ok. Had a good ole chat with folks, and then the usual stragglers (yes, I'm included) got booted out of the pub, as it was closing up.

Well, no talks for next month, meetup at pub instead. Most likely The Pembroke off Baggot St. There will be talks held in October, and possible venue at Trinity College. Now all I have to do is bug people to do talks. \\(;*u^ )//

Posted by whykay at 01:51 AM

August 06, 2007

Mercurial and Trac

Just got the Mercurial plugin for Trac working this morning. It's pretty nifty. Configuration was a sinch. It does all I need, revisions, changesets, and if I include the #number for the issue number, it appears in Trac. Well, that's a Trac thing. I've never used Trac with a plugin to source repository before. Heehee, so it was double the bonus, geeky happiness for me this bank holiday

Posted by whykay at 12:44 PM

May 31, 2007

2 new colours fo DS Lites

Metallic Rose and Gloss Silver according to the report from MDN.

Posted by whykay at 01:03 PM

"Web2.0" buyout madness

Ok, maybe I'm jealous or something with all these multimillion buyouts, the most recent on is Ebay's buyout of Stumbleupon for $75m. Is this in danger of another bust? Web2.0 bubble about to burst, is this in preperation for... ahem...don't shoot me, Web3.0. There's just too much money been flung around.

Posted by whykay at 12:34 PM

May 30, 2007 buyout and Avatar alter egos

Wow, got bought out by CBS for $280m. It's like a boom all over again, but smaller, much smaller. I use to let others know what music I am listening to, when I am using my PowerBook. I find the site extremely slow though, hopefully a bit of money boost might have that a little.

Alter Egos: Avatars and their creators looks interesting. My character is a big female Tauren in WoW, does it reflect me? I think so. Heh!

Posted by whykay at 01:08 PM

May 21, 2007

Rumours, rumours, rumours

Just came across this, Yahoo! to take over Bebo, that is one heck of a rumour. Rumours has it, Yahoo! are willing to fork out $1billion!

More in the news:

Posted by whykay at 01:19 PM

May 14, 2007

To tar or not to tar

For the love of dancing strawberries and whipped cream! I've been banging my head wondering why using tarfile extractall() is not working! It was pretty obvious:

  • Kept complaining it does not exists
  • If I only read the docs properly, it only exists in Python 2.5.

Aggh, it's one of these day!

See also:

Posted by whykay at 01:00 PM

March 08, 2007

Pipes and Picasa space upgrade

Mick pointed out Yahoo's interactive feed builder and reader called pipes. Will have to try it out, and see what it is like. Although I am still an avid Netnewswire user.

And Mick also pointed out that Google has upgraded space on Picasa to 1G.

Posted by whykay at 12:52 PM

November 11, 2006

Real Transformer

Cool, just came across this!

Posted by whykay at 06:20 PM

November 09, 2006

November's Python Ireland Talks were a success

Last night's Python talks went really, really well! Thanks to Sean Mc Grath for a great talk on Jython, and Mick for his talk on WSGI. Everyone was so engaging during the talks. Sean's talk went on from around 7:30pm till around 9pm, and Mick went through his slides swiftly, while prodding a few people's buttons along the way. It was Q&A all the way through both talks. And the time honoured tradition of Python Meetup Talks, it's off to the Pembroke pub to wrap up for the night. The attendance was one of the largest this year, around 14/15 people (I think). There were lots of familiar faces, which is great. That Jython talk had something for everyone, pot shots and more neutral views on big companies like Sun, MS and BEA on their take on Python/Jython, for example.

It's nice to see the Python community growing, even though it's little by little. We are planning the next set of talks already for December 13th (Wed), and at least we have WxPython penned down. If anyone is interested to give a talk, drop a note to Python Ireland's mailing list.

By the way, speakers at our talks gets a free Python Ireland t-shirt, just like the one we gave Guido.

Posted by whykay at 10:33 PM

October 31, 2006

Roundup is Python's new issuetracker

Cool, Mick is one of the volunteer admins for Roundup, the new Python issuetracker.

Posted by whykay at 09:22 PM

October 10, 2006

Google acquires YouTube

Mick did not believe me last week, when I mentioned that Google would be buying YouTube. Well, Google did buy YouTube. I think buying out the competitor and putting Yahoo at a big disadvantage. And it's interesting to see how other bloggers react to this news.

Posted by whykay at 01:11 PM

October 08, 2006


Heh, just saw an ad in yesterday's paper from trying to grab some of the SMART's now broadbandless customers... I like this part:

Your Broadband Supplier is not responding, Would you like to: Get unreliable high contention bogband [...]

So cheeky.

Posted by whykay at 01:00 PM

October 03, 2006

SMART gone, gone, gone

Eircom pulls the plug on Smart customers yesterday. Eircom's plan worked. Smart's financial difficulties is their own fault as well, all those fancy ads. But it's still so annoying that Eircom still rules the roost in the telecoms sector. NTL's broadband division is not too hot either. Well, at least I am lucky enough not to use Smart a year ago.

Posted by whykay at 07:35 PM

September 25, 2006

Another one

Fwoosh, the sound of another battery going up in flames : The Register - Man Saves Laptop

Silly thing to do, pulling out the battery when it's smoking!

Posted by whykay at 07:29 PM

September 19, 2006

Python 2.5 is out

Yup, yup, it's out :

Posted by whykay at 08:50 PM

September 15, 2006

Programming Quotes

Here's a nice way to finish off the week (after a few pints of course), read some funny and worthwhile programming quotes to think about. My favs are

  • Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it. - Donald Knuth
  • The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the development time. The remaining 10% of the code accounts for the other 90% of the development time. - Tom Cargill
  • Programmers are in a race with the Universe to create bigger and better idiot-proof programs, while the Universe is trying to create bigger and better idiots. So far the Universe is winning. - Anon
  • Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. - Albert Einstein
  • There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third works. - Alan J. Perlis
  • I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone. - Bjarne Stroustrup
  • Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems. - Jamie Zawinski
  • Copy and paste is a design error - David Parnas
Posted by whykay at 10:02 PM

August 19, 2006

That made my Friday yesterday

I am happy that Sun still has some humour. Their little stunt did not bode too well with HP. I think my last memory of some Sun-related humour was back in Oct 2005, when Sun and Google announced they were going to work together. The look on Scott's face when he recieved the Google Lava lamp, and Google's Schmidt received and Opteron and Staroffice 8. The the HP one is class. I loved it. Good one, Sun.

Posted by whykay at 08:54 AM

Python Ireland Tshirts

Well, I got my own Python Ireland Tshirt.

I'll be sporting this on Monday.

Posted by whykay at 08:34 AM

August 16, 2006

Dell recalls batteries

Again, Dell has issued a recall. Scary that I use to have an Inspiron, and my family members have as well, hope we are not of the small few who has the faulty battery. More info :

Posted by whykay at 12:16 AM

June 16, 2006

Google Calendar new features

So google has release more new features to googlecalendar.

I tend to have all my stuff as private, but maybe I should use it a bit more. Let my friends know what I am upto.

There are other new features like

  • google calendar available in your personalised google home page
  • accessing calendar from your phone
  • viewing google calendar from google desktop
  • integration with gmail for your domain
  • google calendar API
  • support for Verizon (which does not really matter for us in Ireland)

Here is mine after trying out their publish events and embed into blog, it's just a test by the way.

Posted by whykay at 08:13 PM

May 23, 2006

More job cuts for Sun?

Donthca just wish life that that predictable. As soon as McNealy steps down as CEO, job cuts are winging its way to Sun land again.

Sun has reported a net loss in 16 out of the past 20 quarters, and in January announced plans to close more than 120 offices in coming months and eliminate jobs in legal, administration and other areas as it consolidates the companies.

Posted by whykay at 01:18 PM

May 22, 2006

Updated does not really mean updated

Now what the heck am I talking about? Well, I found a wee problem with the Atom <updated> tag, it's not what it seems. The following is what I tried to change to get an entry to highlight itself when its contents have been modified.

Tried modifiying this in <feed>:

Indicates the last time the feed was modified in a significant way.

And then this in <entry>:

ndicates the last time the entry was modified in a significant way. This value need not change after a typo is fixed, only after a substantial modification. Generally, different entries in a feed will have different updated timestamps.

Well, I needed to have an entry that I have in a feed I have subscribed to, to be highlighted in my reader of choice, which is NetNewsWire (and other readers such as SharpReader, Tristana and FeedDemon), whenever <updated> timestamp has been updated. I thought it was the seconds that was throwing it off, well, I got a second opinion. Yes, Mick had a look for me, and found that does not indeed do what it says. So my only way of getting individual entries highlighted by whatever readers that are used is to update the individual's <id> tag. I know, it's not correct, and defeats the purpose of having an <updated> tag. But for now, this cannot be handled by most readers out there.

Posted by whykay at 11:31 PM

May 16, 2006

Google Notebook

Pretty cool, checked it out. Simple and easy to use. Pretty funky.
Google notebook

Posted by whykay at 10:37 PM

March 26, 2006

Vim author to work for google

See .

And another Google-related article about Google Techtalks.

Posted by whykay at 08:47 PM

Next Gen Lego Mindstorm available for April 1st

Yup, all you lego mindstorm fans, preorders you can preorder your sets from April 1st.

(Previous entry on Mindstorm NXT.)

Posted by whykay at 08:43 PM

March 21, 2006

Google stuff

Apart from for you to check out how much your share options are (if you are lucky), or just get depressed knowing how much your boss earns.

The other thing is I finally got access to the google pages after being placed on a waiting list to sign up due to demand at the time. Pretty nifty for folks who want to put up pages quickly. Adding pics using url was cool, it popped in the pic almost instantly. Here is my google page. I know, what a messer.

Posted by whykay at 09:43 PM

March 14, 2006

Dell buying Alienware?

Few rumours going around, here's one.

Posted by whykay at 10:38 PM

March 07, 2006

New site

Cool the beta site is now the official site!

Posted by whykay at 09:57 AM

February 28, 2006

Google stuff I came across

So I see Google has been creating dashboard widgets for MacOSX (found this from this article).

And some rumours about them going into social bookmarking as well.

Posted by whykay at 01:38 PM

February 23, 2006

Another happy elementtree user

See, I am not crazy! Why is most folks at work find that I am crazy or just different when I choose to use elementtree? This person optimised XML processing in Python using the elementtree API, and he one heck of a happy guy!
I just find sax too over the top for what I need to do. And elementree does what it does, cleanly, in a more Pythonic fashion. And it's noticebly faster. And boy.. IK cannot wait for it to be bundled in with Python. Not that it's hard to install it in the first place. >-<

Just my 2 cents.

Posted by whykay at 11:04 PM

February 22, 2006

Atom and sets are the biz

So I have been busy at work.

I was lucky enough to break away from the humdrum icky work to check out RSS2.0 generation, a few hours in, I realised some issues. Not so lucky, you might think... so I decided to try Atom the next day. Woowee, that was a cool change. It can handle xhtml tags. Grreat.

And just did a simple Python script today, and used sets and in intersection. So handy! Makes code so much smaller! And unit tests as well well to boot. Mick would be proud.

Posted by whykay at 06:30 PM

February 19, 2006

This looks interesting

Codefetch is the google for searching for snippets of code. V. useful indeed, but I suppose folks will have to be careful when they want to use the snippets of code retrieved from codefetch.

Posted by whykay at 03:19 PM

February 15, 2006

Lego Factory

Only saw this in this month's Wired. And it looks really cool. Went to the Lego Factory and downloaded the Mac Lego Digital Designer app. (I did not even think a Mac version would be available). But it's cool, and I probably think would cost quite a bit for a custom lego model. I never really played with Mindstorms, but always wanted to, but they are so expensive (and still are). Maybe I can try the Mindstorm NXT. They even have an RSS feed there to keep track of what's happening.

Posted by whykay at 11:29 PM

November 17, 2005

Gamer's keyboard

OOoooh! This keyboard is hot for MMORPG fans.

Posted by whykay at 08:17 PM

November 11, 2005

Friday fav links to fun tech things!

* iPod my Baby!

Jimmy.. what do you think of this!

And finally... gals and gaming.

Posted by whykay at 09:37 PM

Programming a game

Literally! A game! Now that is sad.

Posted by whykay at 08:54 PM

HD tv coming!

So excited. I see that the BBC is trying out HD tv.

Posted by whykay at 08:51 PM

September 11, 2005


Mick pointed this out (courtesy of boingboing). Really well made, and gets the point across.

Posted by whykay at 02:46 AM | Comments (2)

August 24, 2005

Google Talk

I suspect most people have heard of Google Talk by now... I knew there were rumours, and this morning, I logged into my account at work as usual, your typical work morning (and a cup of coffee). And surprise, surprise, I found multiple invitations to join Google Talk. I have to say it's basic. No smilies (who needs them anyway... teehee, I do actually!). It's a bit big, the main google talk dialog does not hide itself, you can roll-up open chats. I still feel mighty attached to my iChat on my Mac though...

Have not tried the voip yet to other google talkers. Still, I was curious. Had it running at work today (yup, we IM at work, it works well if used properly). If you have not tried Google Talk, check it out.... go on, I know you are curious. Go on, go on, go on...

Posted by whykay at 11:04 PM | Comments (0)

July 17, 2005


Wonder how good this Gamer's KB would be... or... what about this keyboard. Keys with OLEDs... wtf! How cool is that?!?

Other ref:

Posted by whykay at 12:34 AM | Comments (0)

May 26, 2005

The geek inside me

Well, I came across this vi reference mug, the geek inside me really likes it! *wink*

Since I use to work on international keyboards alot, coming across this virtual keyboard is an interesting idea, but must have some bad ergonomics posture for anyone who uses it!!

And no matter how much of a geek I think I am, I don't think I would get this geeky keyboard. No labels on the keys, some sensitive keys... hmmm, nope, I don't think so.

Posted by whykay at 10:27 PM | Comments (0)

April 29, 2005

TV b-gone

Heh, this little gadget was trying to prove itself useful for a friend of mine last night at a pub. He was trying out the remote to see if he could turn off the tv, but looking rather obvious from the aiming 30 degrees at the tv. Not sure if he got it to turn off though. Funny, nonetheless. There was no major football match on at the time. Heh.

Posted by whykay at 09:50 PM | Comments (0)

April 10, 2005

Top 10 reasons why you are a s/w developer

The top 10 reasons. Sometimes it's so true.

Posted by whykay at 01:27 AM | Comments (0)

April 03, 2005

Yahoo 360º

My Yahoo 360º page, just trying it out. Not sure how much I will update it. But I will try, prob with pics, and other stuff. Might to interesting how this works out.

Posted by whykay at 11:54 PM | Comments (0)

March 26, 2005

Stupid online gaming crap

So I was doing the usual updating of anti-spyware, adaware, virus checkers, and this "wild tangent" crap came up as a trojan. So I removed it, and it was coming up with cannot run dll malarky whenever you log in. So I did a search and proceeded to remove it manually from the system, folders, registry, and run msconfig to get it not to start up at startup. Well that worked after a few reboots. Stupid crap.

Posted by whykay at 10:44 PM | Comments (0)

March 25, 2005

Neopets at the flicks and WoW hotel charges?

Neopets going to the big screen, now that is a bit much. I am quite happy with my neopets as they are without appearing on the big screen. Anyhoo, not sure why I am commenting on it! Heh, and since I have been playing World of Warcraft (ok not here, but here). But then I saw this, credit card oopsy.

Posted by whykay at 04:28 PM | Comments (0)

January 27, 2005

A Hello Kitty MP3 player!

I was wondering when a Hello Kitty MP3 player would make its way into the real world! (Really think I should start a Hello Kitty Gadget and wierd things section! )

Posted by whykay at 01:13 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

January 10, 2005

CES - femme geek friendly (not)

Hmm, judging by the small number (or lack thereof) gadgetry for femme g33ks. And what's with the bimbo booth babes? Why not booth hunks... But that's besides the point, if I was there, I would just go straight for the gadgets anyway. (Or maybe stay away from it!)

Posted by whykay at 01:01 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 07, 2005

iTunes store for Ireland

At last, iTunes is now available.for Ireland considering that Ireland could have missed out on this opportunity. Evidence show, my boyfriend has already signed up once he found out just now, and with a quick entering of details, he is downloading like mad! (Very dangerous indeed for the credit card!)

Posted by whykay at 01:18 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 25, 2004

Woozy Numbat released

Linux 2.6.10 is out (Woozy Numbat). All those who wants a tinker over Chrissie hols.

Posted by whykay at 05:44 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 24, 2004

How do I do this in CSS?

"Hang on! I'll just check my iPod." I am not being funny, WestCiv now has a css reference guide that can be installed on your iPod.

Posted by whykay at 03:31 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 23, 2004

Python of series 60 phones is out

Nokia series 60 phone fanatics can get Python for it now. Prob the only reason my BF nearly got one in HK!

Posted by whykay at 11:14 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 15, 2004

Debian encouraging more women developers

Saw this article and thought it's cool that more encouragement for lasses to get into development. I have started to tag *nix chix related sites @ my delicious.

And I suppose on a sort of *nix-related theme, eye candy for KDE mailing list is up.

Posted by whykay at 12:47 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 23, 2004

Amazon Japan Cell Phone Fancypants Service

Mick was pleased about iSight+s/w to scan barcodes and check on Amazon, he should check Amazon Japan Cell Phone Fancypants Service.

Posted by whykay at 10:35 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

iPod in ur pocket

My bf does not like the idea of having a slappa in his pocket, but I don't think he would like these ipod socks either.

Posted by whykay at 10:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Access Key links and printing in Plone

Hmm, I have one issue with plone at the moment, and it's the amount of links it spits out (accesskeys) at the beginning of a printout of a page from plone.
I have tried printing tips from Searches on google came up empty.
The generated links appear after the following <!-- always-available quick access keys -->.
It's in the body right before the first heading.

Check /Applications/Plone2/Sites/Default/Products/ZWiki/skins/standard/ and add the hiddenStructure class.
Thanks to Mick for finding the file, I was way off, did not think of looking inside Products.

Posted by whykay at 12:03 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 10, 2004

Going to try something this weekend

Going down to Limerick. Bringing the airport express, and I am, ok my BF is going to check out if this will work as a repeater for us. As we have brick walls and we are encoutering a problem of weak signals.

Found the following which maybe of use to us:

Posted by whykay at 03:38 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 01, 2004

No iTunes for Ireland (yet)

That is so annoying. All this due to some issues with IMRO and now I am extra jealous that London Apple Store has finally announced their opening date.

Posted by whykay at 01:25 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

October 14, 2004

Just Blog it tool

JustBlogIt with a simple right-click. Just trying this out to see what it is like.

Posted by whykay at 12:44 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 25, 2004

Parking meters replace E-Cards with Octopus smart cards

Obviously not here! This is all happening in HK.

Although smart cards are all the rage. I am not surprised. I love the cards, so handy going around HK, seeing the sites. HK already implemented parking meters that accept smart cards. They will be replacing E-Park cards with the Octopus Smart card. And public are urged to donate what is left in theri e-cards to charity in a campaign running from Oct 1st to Dec 31st.

And most people here in Ireland are still stuck with paper tickets on day-to-day basis.

Other info:
* Government Press Release

Posted by whykay at 11:52 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 20, 2004

Some nice comments about Sun Bloggers - Sun Opens Up with Blogging; Solaris Tidbits shows that peeps out there do appreciate some openess of corporate companies. At least it is good to know that Sun bloggers are accepted now.

Posted by whykay at 03:26 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 01, 2004

Sun/blogs/Linux, Moz and Openoffice

Alot of things have been heppening wrt to Sun and blogging, and its ever changing tactics wrt Linux . And also news that Partnership with Mozilla.

Posted by whykay at 11:13 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

August 14, 2004

Street Fighter Anniversary Controller

Neil would wet himself when he sees these Street Fighter Anniversary Controllers, and maybe this will come in handy. *wink*

Posted by whykay at 02:24 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 08, 2004

Get Pink GB SP I did not...

Nearly got myself a pink GB SP while I was in HK, cos it's just a colour that you cannot get over here, and plus I am a gurl... lol But I did not in the end though, getting enough stick from my friends about my cuddly toys in my cubicle. ;) But I have to say, it's just a different colour from your usual silver, blue, black and red.

Posted by whykay at 02:05 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Oh dear...oh my g...

Even I cannot take this horror of a machine. I thought it was already ott on the tvs, vcrs etc. from Disney... but a PC!

Posted by whykay at 01:58 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 05, 2004

Good choice, bro!

Yeah, my brother got a Nokia 6230 in HK, and seems like there is not enough to go around. Wonder if my bro will see if on ebay... :)

Posted by whykay at 11:10 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 30, 2004

Happy sysadmin appreciation day!

Check out System Administrator Appreciation Day, and remember to thank your sysadmin! :)

I like this cartoon though. *lol*

Posted by whykay at 04:26 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 28, 2004

Good news for Sun (or...)

Hundreds of New Customers Around the World Join Sun in the Network Services Revolution from a Yahoo biz article. But SUNW shares still stand at 3.63 at this current post.

Posted by whykay at 05:29 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 24, 2004

Profit, but yet still not enough?

Although Sun made a profit, and Scott gave team pat on back, Sun shares still fell. But there is plenty to come, Sun's new team aiming at Wall street, and Scott take on his critics.
Alot has happened since I was out of the country. Gonna keep an eye out for more news.

Posted by whykay at 10:21 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 06, 2004

Isn't technology great!

I'm sitting at Shannon airport waiting to board the flight to London... on my way to! And I am using the free wi-fi access from my BF's powerbook! Woohoo... Now.. to get my moblog going when I setup my phone...

Posted by whykay at 12:44 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 04, 2004

Eric S. Raymond: Sun 'Thrashing' for Direction

Eric S. Raymond's skeptism about Sun.

Posted by whykay at 09:37 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 03, 2004

Textile plugin

Just trying out Textile plugin for MT that I just installed. Very wiki-like. Gonna use this for text formatting from now (well, while I am still using MT). And there many other ways of formatting text via the manual .

Posted by whykay at 09:54 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Gillmor Gang conversation recorded at JavaOne

The Gillmor Gang's recording from Sun's JavaOne. Jonathan Shwartz defends Sun that the company is not "beleaguered". And hear about the OS'ing Solaris, Java, Linux and more...

Posted by whykay at 09:34 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

For all you python/xml junkies

Heh.. my BF's pygenx was mentioned in Cool!

Posted by whykay at 09:17 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 30, 2004

Sun and AIB

News is everywhere about it. Great news for Sun. - Irish bank chooses Sun and Linux - AIB set to adopt open source OS
Yahoo - Allied Irish Bank Selects Sun Microsystems Java(TM) Desktop System
(And probably more if you google-searched news for it.)

Posted by whykay at 12:20 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 29, 2004

Jonathan Schwartz's Blog!

Here it is - Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog

Posted by whykay at 09:58 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

June 21, 2004

OS Solaris

Here is a blog entry from a Sun Engineer about OS Solaris. Some other peoples opinion on OSNews.

Posted by whykay at 05:17 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 11, 2004

Sun Blogs

Cool, finally Sun has a wee blogging community, yay! About time, not sure about the blog-rolling page. I find it quite annoying, and it seems I am not the only one... who is not keen on the roller. But there is another place that has everyone in it, it's

Posted by whykay at 02:05 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 09, 2004

Well... more on this OS Solaris

Just do a goog-search on this topic now, and you'll get plenty of news on this. From one of my news feeds, I see this "Sun confirms plan to open source Solaris", but then I also see this "SCO Says Sun Can't GPL Solaris Without Its Permission. Man, at least Sun is in the limelight again. Especially this one that I read "Sun's gimmicky good idea from C|Net. There's alot to see and hear.

Posted by whykay at 05:27 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 05, 2004

As I suspect...

Sun: No decision on open source Java... incoherent arguments for the push for OS Sun's Java has not helped. Since this was even mentioned higher up the chain, this matter will never happen. My BF happen to mention this.
Plus hear the Gillmor gang talk about Sun os'ing Solaris, plus other IT conversations.

Posted by whykay at 09:54 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 04, 2004

I don't know and what?!?

What's this? Sun opensourcing Solaris, and now they are talking about OS'ing Java! Hmm... *me wanders off and being wary of all this news*

You've got to read this! "Linux Today founder calls for a boycott of Linux Today" That is so screwed up! Allowing M$ to advertise on a Linux website. What did they expect? M$ will of course put up anti-Linux ads, and blatant ones at that. It's infuriating to see that happened though.

Posted by whykay at 09:47 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 24, 2004

Maybe this would be useful for Oisin...

The Irish Tech Tour 04 - Overview... Wonder if Oish and Chris will go to this for Engines of Creation?

Posted by whykay at 01:52 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 25, 2004

Pretty, but will it be usable?

Who is the fairest DT of them all? I dunno, 3d dt is not what you say are usable. I sort of got motion sickness just watching the dt background move slightly (as it was picture of space). I don't think I would like 3d dts...

Posted by whykay at 09:54 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 21, 2004

Paper discs by Sony

Sony develops 25GB paper disc - ZDNet UK News

And the official site - Sony press release

Posted by whykay at 05:07 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 02, 2004

An ezbake for your pc!

Now all the g33ks need is a coke and mars machine and they are sorted! - Boing Boing: EZBake Oven for your PC (hee-hee... chk date of posting)

Posted by whykay at 12:10 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 27, 2004

MT-blacklist is the biz

Oh yes, no more click-delete-rebuild and ban IP (repeat another couple hundred blog entries, blast those scripted spammers). But MT-Blacklist makes life alot simpler now. It's the biz. Thanks a whole bunch, with sugar on top!

Posted by whykay at 12:51 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 23, 2004

[FYI] css-discuss Wiki

Another to my ref collection... css-discuss Wiki

Posted by whykay at 03:59 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Stu's Cutting Edge CSS

Good for reference, seems to have alot of ideas here -

Posted by whykay at 01:13 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

[FYI] O'Reilly's PHP Foundations

O'Reilly's PHP foundations devcenter. Another place for me to check out when I need help or tips.

Posted by whykay at 01:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Nice css menu tricks with lists

Ok, I'll have to find the original post for using lists to create menus.. but here is an example of use of css menu tricks - THE IMPOSTER ::: Simple clean CSS rollover menus with lists.

Posted by whykay at 10:08 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 22, 2004

Sun more into gaming?

Ok, we all know about Sun's Java games on mobiles, some update on this wrt Nokia and Sun Announce New Java Technology Mobile Online Multiplayer Gaming Solution called SNAP. One thing about making it available, will it be faster (not a nice experience, listening to tinny music while it loads at a turtle's pace), and will it make game development easier? I'm not expert, but we will have to see.
And Sun also wants to use single computer server to run online games for both PCs and consoles. Hmm, running "games from both consoles and PCs on the same platform", but not inclined to say "technology might be commercially available".
Official sites:
- Let the Games Begin! Meet the Sun Game Technologies Group
- Java Games

And if you want more, then google for "sun Game Developers Conference in San Jose 2004"

Posted by whykay at 11:29 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

[FYI] Mesh on MX

Ok, this is for me to search for, when I am stuck on Flash (and other Macromedia products), and get some handy tips and news - mesh on mx. Many, many weblogs...

Hmm, the mains ones would be:
- Macromedia Flash Developer Center
- Macromedia Flash Developer Center : 3D/Animation Articles
- ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide : Events and events handling

And last but not least... they added search plugins for firefox, yay! Very handy indeed! mesh on mx - FireFox Flash and Macromedia Search Plugins

Posted by whykay at 10:28 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Just for my info... PHP

Mught want to try my hand at PHP.. so I am now building up links to helpful sites on PHP....
First on the list:

Posted by whykay at 01:27 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 11, 2004

Just joined Ireland Offline

What can I say? Well, tis about time, I suppose. I loath thee, Eircom, you who thinks thoust are the sepreme power of communication. Topple thee, IrelandOffline will. Well, give thee a good ol' kick anyway. Heh!

Posted by whykay at 01:25 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack


No... it's What the font? ;) Can't find where I found this, think it's boingboing. Just when you wondered what type of font the font you have in front of you. Pretty nifty.

Posted by whykay at 01:21 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 06, 2004

Comparison of major ISP for BB

This is what the sort of info I am looking for - ISP Comparison for BB in Ireland. Not a comprehensive list, but the major ones. Wish there was some DB kept somwhere so it would be easier for folks like us enquiring information like is available.

Posted by whykay at 05:24 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 17, 2004

M$ silly comments in src code

Ok, got sent this link from my BF, funny read (whether it is true or not), but also reflects every company out there, so it's also not really surprising to me. ;) - Kuro5hin : We Are Morons: a quick look at the Win2k source

Posted by whykay at 01:06 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 11, 2004

Irish gov BB site

Indo - Website to signpost 'cheapest' broadband article points to theconsumer information website. Thing is, it does not cover all the areas. Where is Caherdavin in Limerick, or Parkgate St. in Dublin? And why is Hosting 365 not on the list. They are cheap.

Posted by whykay at 01:13 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 07, 2004

Dell engineer blogs as well

All knows that MS folks have blogs, now Dell Unix engineers blog as well. (And yes, Java has webloggers as well.

Posted by whykay at 04:27 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 29, 2004

Apple finally admits...

... that there are problems, and are offering iBook repair worldwide, if you are lucky to have "iBooks with serial numbers between UV220XXXXXX to UV318XXXXXX".

Here's one person's experience, Editorial: Having Bitten the Forbidden Fruit, it Bit Me Back from But it's not all bad, comments from other folks at end of article.

Posted by whykay at 01:07 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 03, 2004

iBook ongoing fight

Hmm, I don't even own an iBook, but I just feel from my flatmate's experiences with them.... here's troll.. I mean's article - iBook Issues? You're Not Alone.

Posted by whykay at 09:53 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cobalt Qube - The end and now the beginning

Read this letter from the Reg, Sun and Cobalt left me with a dinky toy to this from Ars Technica, Sun open sources Cobalt Qube/Raq software. I never really known much about the Qube, it looks strangely like the Nintendo Cube IMHO. :)

Posted by whykay at 12:04 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 01, 2004

Apple users unite

Ok, the crazy reg guy's article can be dismissed, but what about all the other sites mentioned in this Forbes article?
And what about this article from's article - Will protesters upset the Apple cart?.... yeah, I like propaganda like this! ;) (Will anyine notice, I wonder?)

Posted by whykay at 01:11 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 30, 2003

iBook owners has had enough

I'm sure my flatmate understands... he still have problems with it! Why don't they just give him a new machine?!? All this back and forth... back and forth... you get the idea! Now my BF's TiBook needs to be sent back as he has the white spot problems in the screen. And now this - Dead iBook owners take protest to MacWorld show, granted it is written by the crazy blow out of all proportion reg guy, but it's true, no doubt about it. For the sake of my flatmate's insanity from dealing with applecare!

Posted by whykay at 10:20 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 25, 2003

Happy Christmas!

A seasonal mouse, found this from gizmodo.

A little peace between all the rivalary - Server Vendors Agree To Create Standards - wonder how this will pan out? Will Server Management Working Group help enterprises "manage heterogeneous server environments."

Posted by whykay at 03:32 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 23, 2003

Review of Solaris Express

From It was not as bad as I hoped, since many folks have been dissing Solaris for so long now, I was bracing for Trolls to bite, and they end up fighting over what is Unix?
Have a look at the review, some nifty stuff to pick up, an interesting insight.

Posted by whykay at 03:39 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 12, 2003

More Sun news... Java mobile games

Posted by whykay at 06:34 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 09, 2003

Is it going to work for Sun?

Following a successful Sun Network Conference in Berlin, many good news has been floating in and out of news, especially Sun Poised To Catch Open-Source Wave and Sun's Radical New Java(TM) System Software Wins Whitehall Approval.
Good news all round. I am still going to wait and see. Don't want this to be a dotcom sort of scenario... puff...puff...BOOM!

Posted by whykay at 10:56 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 02, 2003

Big Week for Sun in Europe this week

Sun network is on at Berlin - sun network page.
Some more stories from
- Sun's JDS Rivals Windows, Office
- Sun Shines Spotlight on Orion, Mad Hatter
- Sun's Jonathan Schwartz Takes on Longhorn

Posted by whykay at 09:37 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 26, 2003

Protect your MT blog from spammers

MT hole that allows spammers to abuse it to send multiple mails to other people. Code fix here, as MT folks are a bit slow to pick up on it, or responding to the problem.

Posted by whykay at 09:36 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 19, 2003

Game speek and other

Whether you are a "fragger" of a "LPB", more game talk words and meaning from Talk Like a Gamer.

Also, on the news that Sun doing well.. found this on cool comments on all the Linux used around the world instead of M$ - from OSNews: Sun Wins Big in China. Sure there are a few trolls there, there always are a few.

Posted by whykay at 05:25 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 18, 2003

Sun - is this the beginning

Sun is looking good with all the wins from comdex, check this our... News: Sun scores desktop Linux coup and Sun lands 500,000 desktop Linux deal
More news articles - Googled Sun Comdex news results

Posted by whykay at 05:08 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

October 30, 2003

Upward momentum for Sun

More score, more hits and clients are dying to get Sun and this will show it they will make the net work... The Reg - Sun shouts at analysts with customer wins. Is Sun winning confidence? I still think it is too early to tell. Wait and see.

Posted by whykay at 10:07 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

October 29, 2003

Sun picking up many clients

And building up their retail side as well. Stocks not up there, but customer trust the security and stability of Solaris! Here's some news articles:
- Sporting Goods Superstores Implement Sun Microsystems' Network Computing Vision in Under 90 Days
- Sun Grabs Significant Foothold in Storage Market With Surge of High Profile Customer Wins
- Benetton Group Selects Sun Microsystems for Its Next-Generation Information System

Posted by whykay at 11:41 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 25, 2003

OOh, silent pump for water-cooled pcs

Cool, I still think it is rather dangerous, having liquid going around a pc... but check out the article anyway.... : Silent pump for water-cooled PCs developed

Posted by whykay at 12:59 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

August 22, 2003

Ireland - most expensive broadband in Western Europe

Well, there's a surprise...not, Irish and Greek broadband costs most

Posted by whykay at 03:33 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 14, 2003

Wonder if this is still true about Apple support this year?

What with my flatmate's on-going iBook repair saga, and yup it is still not over. It's with Mac support (again). He hasn't blogged about it yet. He is still whimpering in pain from the lack of quality Apple support has shown so far.
Well in 2002, Apple tops the consumer support as the report shows... MacCentral - Apple ranked number one in customer support

Posted by whykay at 01:03 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 31, 2003

Portable Sony Playstation

Rather nifty little thing -
Other articles from The Register - Sony details PlayStation Portable specs and an rather early article from Lik Sang - Sony PSP (Playstation Portable) information including pictures of the Disc and some more info at Playstation portable information.

Posted by whykay at 09:24 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 23, 2003

Sunglasses with mini-LCD attached to it

Hope they come out with nice style of sunglasses, but cool to know that they will be coming onto the market (if you can afford them)... - Cyborg Chic Shades Create Specialized Vision

Posted by whykay at 04:10 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 16, 2003

Sad day for Mozilla

Will the era of Mozilla end? Chk out what people are saying at : - AOL Cuts Remaining Mozilla Hackers

Posted by whykay at 03:15 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 11, 2003

Oopsys, Sun may have shot itself in the foot

All this SCO against IBM, and Sun totally in the loop as the "secret licencee" (The Register - IBM, Sun and HP locked in giant Unix OS spat). Some biased comments against Sun is expected from, their comments can be read here - Sun Expands UNIX Deal with SCO. And Micro$oft has joined in - - Sun Revealed as SCO's Secret Licensee.
Man, this geekfest soap opera has gone on so long, I just have to mention it. Although I do not think the bad publicity is what Sun wants!

Posted by whykay at 11:58 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 26, 2003

Flat rate internet access in Ireland

Who would have thunk it! :D Finally, it has begun... Internet comes to Ireland

Posted by whykay at 09:45 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 11, 2003

Dreamcast as a firewall/router?!?

I wonder if Neil appreciates if his beloved Dreamcast was transformed into a Linux firewall/router? ;P

Saw this on OSnews - Turning the SEGA Dreamcast into a Linux Firewall/Router.
Some hilarious comments, and some bit of OsNews hostility, but it's a fun read.

Posted by whykay at 10:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 03, 2003

Piracy in Ireland down, but not much

Well, if only prices if some s/w were reduced so some small businesses, ordinary folks can actually afford to buy them. Here's the article's piracy rate is appalling: BSA
It was in breaking news in the Indo online, but I could not be bothered to link to it as you need to be registered to read it... so read it from, it's free.

Posted by whykay at 04:49 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 28, 2003

In-flight Broadband

Cool! Although on certain Lufthansa flights. But it's a start. Lufthansa offers in-flight broadband (Web-User)

Posted by whykay at 01:06 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 23, 2003

Machine generated designs for webpages

See it to believe it (altho I have yet to find one I llike, it's quick) - StrangeBanana: Computer-generated webpage design

Posted by whykay at 01:09 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 22, 2003

My mate's iBook's ongoing problems Oish's iBooks is broken again. You would think they would get it right first time. Hope it will be alright when he gets it back though... Here's his blog about it (although it's a diary in a blog entry which is not how blogs work!)
Oisin in Spire City: iBook repair saga

Posted by whykay at 05:01 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 20, 2003

Lego Mac

Coincidently, just back from lunch and talking to collegues about macs (potential buyer..danger..danger, Will Robinson!) and I saw this article called The Mac that Lego built. (BBC news)

Posted by whykay at 12:52 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 14, 2003

Ireland's competitiveness dropping

Figures, hope the Irish government cops on a bit on problems associated with an expensive Ireland, and Eircom's hold of wrath on availability of better internet support and availability. Ireland drops in world competitiveness from talks about the drop in ranks for Ireland due to poor infrastructure and "Ireland's worst marks were for the speed, cost and availability of Internet access, where it ranked dead last of all 29 countries".

Posted by whykay at 01:04 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 12, 2003

Cool CSS site

Good site to refer to. Some great examples to show people how you can do complicated layouts with CSS (see no tables, Neil! ;P)
CSS Zen Garden

Posted by whykay at 01:53 AM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

May 09, 2003

Smart cards in Dub - Summer 2004

Ooh-ooh... smart cards are coming to Dub. Hope they make the deadline, although I know many people will have cynical views about the gov and deadlines for projects that will enhance our shoddy public transport ;P. Here is the article - Commuter smartcards to be launched in Dublin next summer from Electric News.

My previous blog : The Irish "Octopus" Card

Posted by whykay at 01:30 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 08, 2003

M$ potty mad?!?

Saw this in - Microsoft builds Web-connected toilet . You would think that this is a joke right? Well, considring the ickiness of having to think of people in the loo and browsing is quite disturbing. You would have thought that people want to do their biz and get out quick.
From M$ press release - MSN Launches World's First ‘Internet Loo’

Posted by whykay at 12:17 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 05, 2003

Cut, grind to make your pc...

...but will it be as simple as a cardboard PC? My friend said that it's "perverted" and also wonder if it will be quiet. I am wondering how fast this will be engulfed in flames! ;P But interesting anyway...

Posted by whykay at 12:31 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 22, 2003

Nice and Handy CSS charts

Find them here - CSS Support Charts

Posted by whykay at 12:10 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 17, 2003

Blog conference

BlogTalk - "A European Conference On Weblogs: Web-based publishing, communication and collaboration tools for professional and private use." There is a Conference all about blogging? The next one is in Vienna, would love to go... Ooh, and it is cheap to register as well.

Posted by whykay at 04:31 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 16, 2003

Sonic on the Palm Tungsten T

Oh yeah!!! Sega on a Palm! I would have loved to see Neil's expression when he read The Reg's article on Sega games for Palm. Wonder if it would be awkward playing these types of games on the Palm... Anyhoo, can't wait to download one and try out!
The official Palm Software - Sega Classics site.

Posted by whykay at 05:31 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 10, 2003

Broadband wars

Wahey! Go Esat, go Esat! Esat BT undercuts Eircom in DSL prices (from

Posted by whykay at 05:42 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 02, 2003

Computer events (here and abroad)

Irish Computer Society list of events

Event(s) I want to go to :-
* 2003 Events from Human-Computer Interaction Resource Network

Would have loved to go to this one in HK at the time - Made on Mac seminar in HK

Posted by whykay at 01:18 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 31, 2003

More Woohoo

Roll-out of broadband in Limerick - finally!

Posted by whykay at 09:33 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack


Got my Palm Tungsten-T! Got it at a special price from my company. And it rules! Although my BF has been using it more than me (he ordered one as well, but has not arrived yet). But TNT is the best, I ordered it last Thurs, got it today afternoon, and it was easy to track, much better than DHL. But hey! That's just me...

Posted by whykay at 08:43 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 25, 2003

Obsoleted technologies

Maybe Oish and Mick remember some of these -

Posted by whykay at 01:05 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Batteries run on vodka

Yippee, enzyme batteries are getting nearer. Cheap (I like the sound of that), and it runs on vodka! Read article - Bio-battery runs on shots of vodka (from

Posted by whykay at 12:50 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 21, 2003

Eircom's ADSL prices looking a bit better

The prices are getting better at EUR27 wholesale price for other telecom companies like Esat ~ Eircom sets wholesale DSL price (from

Posted by whykay at 05:11 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Creating MT plugins from O'Reilly Network

Cool intro in Developing Movable Type Plugins from

Posted by whykay at 12:48 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 18, 2003

Mmm... future toys

Don't mind the title... it's tech stuff, honest! ~

Posted by whykay at 01:50 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 09, 2003


No, I did ot mistype google! It's a search engine for RSS feeds. -

Posted by whykay at 02:49 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 08, 2003


I really want this! - GBA SP from GamesTech. It looks so cute, and cool at the same time!

Posted by whykay at 01:07 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 05, 2003

Crap! Another Sims Game!

The Sims SuperStar preview from
Gigs of the machine down at home is just filled up with The Sims installs and saved games! No more pleeeeaaassse!

Posted by whykay at 07:02 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 04, 2003

Another great colour finder

Find the most complementry colours, the harmonial colours, you name it, for you web page. I have found mine, now to get a design down on paper (and online!) - (Thanks Mick for that link.)

Posted by whykay at 10:33 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Digital Colouring Tutorial

Digital colouring tutorial from Steel Dolphin Creative Graphic Design. Got this link from, actaully, my BF saw it in machall and then told me about it. Thanx Mick! Cool link...

Posted by whykay at 12:23 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 02, 2003

Miyamoto talks about... GC Zelda, Pokemon, Donkey Kong and more! The article from
(BTW, I find the site can be heavily overloaded, and hard to get to, but it is a good read, and a good site)

Posted by whykay at 08:59 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 01, 2003

This is looking bad!!!

DCU to shutdown software centre (from

Posted by whykay at 11:48 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

KDE 3.1 vs. GNOME 2.2

What does Mick think of this? (I know the answer! ;-P) But here are further comments on an article that someone linked about in - KDE 3.1 vs. GNOME 2.2

Posted by whykay at 11:34 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

M$ getting desperate to gain China's market

What do they do? They reveal their source code to them. Comments on the article from - Gates Reveals Windows Source Code to China

Posted by whykay at 11:31 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution trailer

Yes, Neil will be hopping up and down about this one! Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution Trailer

Final Fantasy X-2

Some shots from FF X-2 and further news of Final Fantasy X-2 CD-Single Planned

Posted by whykay at 11:17 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sega takeover saga

Follow on from I wonder what Neil makes of this?, more information about the Sega take over from Home Lan Fed - More Sega news and rumours.

Posted by whykay at 11:11 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 28, 2003

Wonder what Neil makes of this?

Microsoft, EA may make bid for Sega

And more updates to the above on the possible buyout : Sega Stock Jumps on Reported Microsoft, EA Bids

Posted by whykay at 01:29 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 22, 2003

Nasty, simply nasty

Hmm, many bitter comments directed at $un.... I mean Sun. Laughing at Sun's attempt to support intel again... "open-source", "cheap", "trusted" are some of "the" words used to describe how they feel about $un (I mean Sun) and their OS (can anyone guess what OS?) (teehee)
Man, people out there don't want expensive machines, they just want cheap machines with Solaris even (and importantly more support for intel drivers,hah!)...
Hmm, a comment mentioned near the end commenting on how slow the service was, well, what more can I say... (Why am I dissing them so much???)
Need I say more? Go read comments yourself - OSNews: Sun's Schwartz: 'We're Back in Force'

Posted by whykay at 02:13 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 20, 2003

Ireland's slipped in ranks in ICT survey

Yup, we are now rank 21st (slipped by 2 places) in the ICT survey on countries on how technology ready we are. - Global Information Technology Report 2002-2003 - Readiness for the Networked World (from World Economic Forum Official site)

You can read the article, Ireland slips to twenty-first position in global ICT survey from The Irish Independant (Free subscription to read).

Posted by whykay at 01:20 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Is nothing sacred anymore? (Part II)

Now M$ is looking int blogging tools. Just read the following article - Microsoft Tests the Blogging-Tool Waters

Posted by whykay at 01:10 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 16, 2003

Google purchased Pyra

Yeah, seems like big news at the moment. Wonder what plans Google has for Pyra, one of the earliest blogging tools, and have over a million users. Artical - Google Buys Pyra: Blogging Goes Big-Time

Posted by whykay at 06:38 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 15, 2003

Track references to people who are reknowned in Usability

The Userati

Posted by whykay at 11:09 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Web stuff

A colour blender form - Color Blender

And a handy "Web Safe Colors Chart(the 216 Color Palette).

Posted by whykay at 03:44 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 14, 2003

Symantec knew about Slammer hours before

And they warned their "select customers" first. And not devulging the information publicly. Well, at least it will teach people not to use Outlook Express - What Symantec Knew But Didn't Say (from

Posted by whykay at 10:55 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 13, 2003

AOL now offering blogging!

Yup, that's the rumours! They might be offering it as one of their services now. Is nothing safe now? -
Blogging for dollars

Posted by whykay at 10:09 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

An Irish site to get your bits and bob fro your machine -

Posted by whykay at 10:06 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 12, 2003

Pretty nice titles

'kay, some funky stuff you can do just for fun. The following site shows you how to bring up pretty titles when you have a mouseover a link. It's transparent and everything. Just a bit of CSS and some javascripting -

Posted by whykay at 10:46 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Moving house

Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder, is moving house cos he can't get GSM signal. But it is no ordinary house - Inside the House That Woz Built (from

Posted by whykay at 12:58 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 11, 2003

Latest Gadgets from HK

Yup, a site that reviews the latest gadgets from HK. Cool! -

Posted by whykay at 01:05 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack


My BF showed me the Konfabulator this morning. It is basically lets you grab widgets and put them on you desktop. And they look spanking cool as well. Although it is only available for MacOS X. Here is the site anyway -

Posted by whykay at 01:00 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 10, 2003


You can list what songs you were last playing on winamp with this pluging - BlogAmp Homepage

Posted by whykay at 11:34 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

#5 in Popdex

Yes it is the Sun's Java memo from Check out the citations at

Posted by whykay at 11:23 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New web page indexers

Daypop and Popdex from

I really like the way daypop shows the rankings of the top web pages -

Posted by whykay at 11:19 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack


Some books out soon, Google Hacks and MacOs X Hacks. Check out raelity bytes

Posted by whykay at 10:59 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Me, disgruntled employee? Never... (Part deux)

Here is's top 100 US companies to work in - 100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR. And the 10 Great Companies in Europe.

Posted by whykay at 06:41 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

A cool Gaming Industry site

And it is European as well -
Latest news in Game develeopment, games, jobs etc...

Posted by whykay at 06:27 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Braodband for all saga continues

Yup, saw this in that "The government on Monday officially launches its EUR65 million plan for broadband metropolitan area networks in 19 Irish towns, from Cork to Donegal." - Irish government gets behind broadband

Posted by whykay at 05:51 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pixar switches from Sun to Intel

This is going to be a blow to Sun Microsystems. Well, think of it this way, not everyone waits till the end of the credits to see the Sun Logo. - Pixar switches from Sun to Intel (From
And if that is not enough, the penguins are taking over - Penguins Take On Titans (from
And they are getting a wee bit desperate - Sun seeks self-reliance with new gear (From
Oh, my BF saw this in, read his blog on Sun's Java

Posted by whykay at 11:08 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 05, 2003

I did not say this now...

All those who knew I was dragged in to test this heap of.... anyway, check this comment out - Comments from " Sun's Own Engineers Find Java "Impractical" on Solaris". Phew... I feel much better now. (From

Posted by whykay at 02:15 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 30, 2003

Apple cut prices

My BF mentioned to me last night... 20inch flat screen for $1200. Booya! Read more in this article - Apple cuts prices in bid to jog sales

And in other news... Ted Turner makes a quiet exit from AOL Time Warner

Posted by whykay at 12:57 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 29, 2003

Web Designing site

Here is a small site, with some articles on Design for your website, but more business oriented I suppose - Sensible Internet Design Journal

Posted by whykay at 11:24 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 28, 2003

Cool site to get your h/w

Good pointer from a friend to satisfy all your h/w needs -

Posted by whykay at 08:26 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 19, 2003

Phoenix Browser For Windoze

My BF recommended me to use Phoenix browser. It was only a 6meg download. And not installation needed, and it is fast. Pluse it has multiple tabs. Opera is good but it has ads at the top and it is an 11meg download.

Posted by whykay at 10:37 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Digital Spiritz Blog

A nicely laid out site. Well I like the main page anyway. Digital Spiritz.

Posted by whykay at 02:34 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Some MT plugins

Found this blog that has MT plugins. Have not tried any yet. MT Plugins Directory.

Posted by whykay at 02:28 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 16, 2003

Interested in Googology?

Then check out this site -

Posted by whykay at 09:49 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 15, 2003

Will this ever end?

Microsoft, Sun at Odds Over Java Antitrust Order
Not sure why I am still reading this. But it is getting a bit boring for me now.

Posted by whykay at 11:38 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wish Eircom would cop on...

Argh! I want broadband at a reasonable price! What is wrong with Eircom??? I wonder when they will give in to an agreement on the EUR30 a month flat rate for us ordinary home users.
What I am planning to do is cut the 2nd phone line in my room (used to go online) and get broadband. Get a n/w server going, and link up the pcs around the house, so it is easier for everyone to go online (with my BF's help of course ;) )
Down with Eircom...Boooooo!

Posted by whykay at 11:09 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 14, 2003

Web pages that suck link

Web pages that suck blog -

Posted by whykay at 09:10 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 11, 2002

Spam the spammer

From the reg, a good article about an email spammer who got his just desserts by getting physical spam through his letterbox! :D - Spammer gets junk mailed

Posted by whykay at 04:38 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

November 25, 2002

More links for self interest

Design -
SIMPLICITY - css from

Posted by whykay at 11:29 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Comparison of Online Font

My BF maybe interested in this article. A Comparison of Popular Online Fonts: Which Size and Type is Best?

Posted by whykay at 11:28 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 20, 2002

Ants and iBook don't mix!

Someone had a surpise when they woke up with a load of ants in their iBook! Eeewww...

Posted by whykay at 12:30 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 19, 2002

Another link for me

Just for my archive (not really a blog..really ;-p ) #!/usr/bin/girl -v3 and blog

Posted by whykay at 12:18 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack