Archive for June, 2012

Even with Rabbits Ears mobile-phone phone reception may not be possible in rural Ireland in the future.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Looking in Mondays (18/6/2012) examiner (Irish Examiner–send-the-right-signal-197733.html ) it seems that we may be seeing the start of a worrying trend.

ComReg our beloved communications regulator has failed to notice, that people do live in rural Ireland and not just in cities. The fact that some of our mobile phone licensing structures seem to now be wrote to allow operaters cover only 70% of the country.

It makes me think about how Marconi tested his wireless system in Clifden in 1907 and was able to receive signals all the way from America, but it seems with our communications regulator, the poor people in Clidften and other rural parts of Ireland may not be able to receive signals from some of our mobile-phone operators, if the mobile-phone operators invest in a 70% coverage license.

Even with if the “Rabbits ears” ( firmly tuned in, Reception will be impossible in rural Ireland if you live in the 30% of Ireland with out the opportunity to receive the mobile-phone signals, apparently in Dublin South West the signal will be picked up, as it is in the 70%. however. We do have three Mobile-phone operators that have 100% licenses, but is this the start of a slippery slope? Do Rural people need the market in Ireland distorted this way, so that if they are lucky they may only have one provider, if they have reception, and I’m sure people could find plenty of spots in Ireland where there is no mobile-phone reception currently.

I’m not the only “Crazy person” out there if your interested you might be worth having a read of where they show a map of Ireland with 70% population coverage.

Whats my new ultra book going to have?!

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Your next laptop, so Intel were at a little conference in Computex in Taipei, where the talk about there specks to the manufacturers, so the manufacturers know what to put around Intel’s chips. So looking at their ultra books, aka a mac book air look alike, there looking at some serious battery specks, and will be pushing 8 hours. It will have thunderbolt or USB 3.  Their also looking Windows 8 with touchscreens, so we are going to be treated to a number of technologies, and a step change in ultra-book/laptop technologies. so if anyone can wait to buy a laptop, now would be a good time to wait, it will probably take a year or so before these hit the main stream and have got through maturity stage of their product life cycle curve.

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