An HTML option list for the coutnies of Ireland

October 10th, 2013

This is a reminder for myself, but when your doing a site and your looking for a HTML option list for all the counties of ireland see below, for those that are wondering the hell I’m on about, see below:


List is below



The back to College/School laptop 2013

August 26th, 2013

So your back in college and you need a computer. So what to buy well it’s always a tough choice, but you don’t need to go into the thousands for a PC these days. the lower end laptop will do the job for most things, and the way to go here is low end.

  • Keyboards: if your buying a laptop be sure to try it out and make sure you actualy type on it, and be sure to type a paragraph on it, cause if it’s a bad keyboard your stuck with it for 3-4 years.
  • Touchscreens, yes the are here, you have to search them out as they are not on many lower end specks. Windows 8 will work better with them rather than a normal screen so it is worth the investment.
  • Memory, go for as much memory as you can, Memory is not hard disk space, we’re looking here at on-board memory, it will be quoted like 4096MB which is More than enough if your running windows 8, also make sure you can expand it.
  • Hard drive space: Don’t worry about hard drive space 160GB will be enough for most people, if your into music and video, you can always get an external USB drive. USB if you can come across USB 3.0 on a system, then that’s a plus.
  • Screen size, rember the bigger the screen the more its going to cost to replace it if some one sits on it, of if it falls off the bed/desk or what ever!, a 17inch screen is going around €200 for a replacment, and its not an easy job, also if you can buy a standard screen size you will pay standard money to replace it.

The next thing is software:

  • Have a look at   This is a site for purchasing student software at discount prices.
  • Office software, well Microsoft office is the standard, but you can use open office or libre office, once you have made sure that you save everything as Microsoft file format and it will work fine.
  • Photo-shop is a standard but GIMP gives you all the functionality that most people need, it’s also open source.
  • The Zotero plug-in for Mozilla FireFox, is great for citations.
  • LYX is great for producing papers and Theseus, and is much better at handling documentation than word.
  • If your a publisher look at scribus, its open source desktop publishing system, you could always pay for quark.

Happy shopping, and don’t spend too much!

Getting the Service Tag/ Serial Number through CMD

August 8th, 2013

This is a reminder for myself really, but its handy for referance

To retrieve serial number of the computer run the following command from command line

To retrieve model name of the computer run the following command from command line

This code doesn’t return information for all computers but it seems to work on  windows 7

Are Mobile phone companys going to go bust?

August 7th, 2013

I ‘ve been thinking for a while about smart phones, and maybe that the smart phone may kill the mobile phone company, how could this be ?….. well if you look at the way “Whats up” the messaging platform has taken off (below)

It seems that people are starting to see that  you can message, and talk to people with out a mobile signal, and just a wifi signal, by using skype and whats up and viper. So where is this going, well if people can message each other with out the need for a mobile network, then why does one need a mobile network? I wonder what will happen when mesh networks start to become more widly avaibale on handsets, This is already starting on the Android platform with projects such as below

The Serval Mesh

There could be interesting times in the mobile networks, as we have near 100% moible phone penetration in some markets.

Map of Ireland with broadband

August 6th, 2013

Ireland off line have come up with a map of ireland, in relation to boradband, Might be worth checking out, if your trying to get good broadband.

Open Switches

May 10th, 2013

Facebook looking in to open switches, people are starting to figure out that, a switch is just a PC with a lot of IO going on, VMware and others are getting in on the act too. It could be interesting times for Cisco and very destructive technology for the networking industry.

Windows 8 is going to have a major redesign

May 9th, 2013

Windows 8 is starting to look like is going the way of windows vista, the reg (ttp:// is reporting that windows 8 is going to have a major redesign, I think Microsoft were too far ahead of the hardware on this one, a laptop needs a touchscreen before it can go to fully to windows 8, problem is that there isn’t too many touch screens out their on laptops.

Google Glass

April 18th, 2013

The Reg is reporting that Google Glass is on the way but it looks like its going to be like the early androd protypes first, the tech specks are listed here, and if you want to go programming it and see how it works have a look here

Ease of Repair

March 1st, 2013

Ifix it, has done a “ease of repair” analysis on the various tablets out there, it makes for some interesting reading, especially if you enjoy cracking a screen, it looks like, the ages of throw away computers could be upon us!

Details below

Internet Safer Internet Day (SID) today!

February 5th, 2013

It’s Internet Safer Internet Day (SID) it is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

Have a look and find more details on