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  • Opinion: People aren’t as bothered by privacy as you are | Teic.ie
    flies completely in the face of a recent poll which suggested that over half of all members might quit over privacy concerns So what is going on One possibility is that people just do not know what risks they are taking by being on Facebook However while it would be easy to paint those who have not pledged to quit as ignorant dolts who know no better and many probably will this is far too easy a categorisation to be true Yes there are many users who are unaware of the information they give away by using the site but most are fully tuned in Many have made changes to their profiles to suit their tastes and are happy to carry on using the site as it stands Another possibility is that people just do not care all that much about their privacy These people are just as tech savvy as any other Facebook user and have no doubt seen the impact of Facebook s openness first hand probably more than those who shout from the sidelines yet they carry on regardless It is most likely the case however that they are aware of their privacy but do not feel that Facebook has crossed their own personal threshold just yet Users may have privacy concerns but they are either minor or misplaced they are certainly not as serious as some coverage suggested and clearly the benefits out weight the negatives attached In reality the rage filled coverage of the controversy did not represent the average user but instead reflected the result of the internet s echo chamber where those in the vast minority talk themselves into a frenzy It was helped by the fact that it involved a rising star of new media and the risk that its ascent may

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  • Buying ink cartridges is no longer a black-and-white issue | Teic.ie
    noticed a significant difference in the upfront cost of a full cartridge HP suggests this is a false economy however pointing to research it commissioned QualityLogic to undertake According to the study HP cartridges give nearly 17 per cent more prints than third party alternatives and over 52 per cent more than refills This alone may not compensate fully for the price difference but Morel points to the study s other statistics on cartridge reliability to make up the difference According to QualityLogic more than 12 per cent of third party cartridges and 18 per cent of the refills it tested simply did not work at all Reliability is hugely important if a cartridge does not work that s time you have lost in having to go back out and buy another one not to mention the headache caused if it means not having a job done when it was needed she says It also means you might have to buy another cartridge so you ve spent twice as much before printing anything With these figures in mind HP claims that after market ink can cost up to twice as much as its own consumables in the long run However ink is always going to be most expensive for consumers As Morel points out ink s cost per page drops when bought in larger quantities but as home users only buy a small amount at a time the cost stays high HP is trying to counter this by offering standard and value versions of some cartridges the latter being of higher capacity and so cheaper per print Morel does not make any cost comparisons between HP and other printer manufacturers however saying the company s focus is currently on the alternative sources of ink for its machines Another study conducted by QualityLogic on ink costs does make this comparison and is less than flattering to HP Kodak machines proved to be the cheapest costing 4p per colour page printed HP s cost fluctuates depending on the machine tested ranging between 11p and 17p The worst was a Lexmark cartridge which cost 22p per colour page However value is not the only thing HP is using to keep customers buying its consumables its environmental credentials is another The company like other manufacturers has a recycling programme which encourages users to send back empty cartridges so they can be re manufactured into new ones As part of the HP Planet Partners recycling programme customers can order recycling envelopes or boxes online and new cartridges are being designed to be more easily processed upon their return The programme is running in 53 countries and has recycled 770 000 tonnes of waste in the past 20 years though this only represents a small percentage of the cartridges manufactured in this time The company also uses recycled material in its product packaging and says it is considering launching a specialised line of recycled paper in the future According to Morel the company previously had a

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  • Feature: Digitising the Nation | Teic.ie
    tech sector environment and pharmaceuticals and again I wonder who s focusing on and looking after SMEs There is huge potential and opportunity there for embracing technology in the SME sector Many of the IIA s core members are big multi nationals like Intel and Microsoft both of which have contributed heavily to planning The aim is that these big tech experts will assist other companies during the week and develop relationships and new ideas from there A number of other IIA members have also offered to hold events across the country on a variety of topics relating to e commerce and business technology It is not only the big players offering a hand either in Kerry for example local businesswoman Lynda Foran is running a free training course for her local business community However the Digitise The Nation week is not just about businesses it is also pitched at educating the average person on how the internet can make their lives better We ve all seen how the internet has been a saviour for a lot of people recently and how it can be used to keep people informed says Ms Mulvihill referring to the travel chaos caused by the recent Icelandic volcano It can bring huge social benefits to people and their lives and I think that s an important message to deliver Some of the other events taking place also reflect this For example a computer training company in Dublin plans to teach local pensioners how to make Skype calls and send e mails Likewise Digital Hub based animation company Kavaleer will go into a local primary school to show children there how to make their own digital cartoons My dream is that in 15 years time one of those children will be up for an Oscar for the animation they worked on having been inspired on that day in school says Ms Mulvihill The smart economy belongs to everyone and I think it would be hugely beneficial if we focus our efforts to get everyone to try one thing they ve never done before online Despite her passion for connectivity IT is not really in Ms Mulvihill s background with her having worked in a number of industries and a number of countries over the years She joined the IIA in November 2009 and quickly made her way into the CEO position after that however showing a clear ability to motivate key players at the right time She says she was recently asked why she has made such a workload for herself in her first year at the head of the organisation with some suggesting she give herself time to ease into role first To her the question is why she would not give herself so much to do Why would I want to make it easy That s not why I came into the job I like the idea of doing something that is beyond making profit and I love that we are not for

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  • Feature: Samsung looking to lead in home 3D | Teic.ie
    may not be as good as a result but it does mean lenses are cheap and easily replaced We are using active panels you really have to see it in person to understand just how good it looks and how well it works said Mr Maguire Once on sale customers should be able to pick up a 40 Samsung 3D LED TV for 1999 while the same sized 3D LCD TV will cost 1299 The active lenses will add to this cost coming in at around 100 each though the company is planning on bundling them with Blu Ray players to encourage adoption Cost will obviously be a factor for many buyers at first but for committed early adopters it will not for them what matters is what they can do with the technology once they buy it But with no 3D content available on any channel in Ireland at the moment how can Samsung convince people to invest in something they cannot use yet We are offering customers a complete suite of 3D products including home theatre systems and Blu Ray players that will allow them to watch 3D movies they have bought said Mr Maguire who also pointed to the move by sports broadcasters to 3D programming However our sales projections for the year would also be based on some decent content coming across like Sky launching a 3D channel this year and ESPN broadcasting World Cup matches in 3D as they have talked about Mr Maguire sees sport being a significant driver in 3D adoption along with movies and nature programming made by the likes of National Geographic He does accept however that not all genres and programmes would benefit from the technology and it will be more specific in its use But any talk of 3D content on TV ignores the fact that the last major content jump to HD is still on going particularly in Ireland where no indigenous broadcasters have made the move to higher definition content In terms of the digital signal being rolled out that s very disappointing for everyone in the country as places in the UK have already had digital switch over take place he said Northern Ireland will be completely switched over next year I think and no body here knows when we will make the switch which is very frustrating If you re selling this high quality hardware obviously you need the software to drive it Another potential problem the company faces is the decision to launch 3D so soon after the arrival of LED to Ireland With the aforementioned early adopters being the target market in both cases is there a chance the company is angering its customers by making their recent purchases seem old hat so quickly I genuinely don t feel that we upset or annoy any customers by launching new products so fast said Mr Maguire who said the company has been quick to retro fit features to sets wherever possible For example many

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  • Opinion: HP show they are tuned in to tablets | Teic.ie
    that would have been great were it not for the hardware itself What HP will do with the hardware side of Palm is unclear at present It s unlikely that they will jettison it after all they have spent 1 2bn 912m on the company and will want to make a good return on that in the months and years ahead However Palm is by no means a big player in any market and has not been for some time so it is hard to know if trying to slug it out against Nokia and co in such a settled market will be worth it in the long run Regardless it is almost a certainty that we will see a WebOS based HP tablet very soon all it will take is a scaling up of an already impressive operating system HP will want to move fast too While Apple is by no means in pole position in the phone market its iPhone has been the one to beat since its arrival in 2007 and most importantly has locked down the app industry leaving seasoned companies scratching their figurative heads The iPad is already doing the same in the personal computing space and rivals will be rushing to try to stop this from happening many relying on Google s Android as the launch pad to do so Whether Android will translate well to tablet is anyone s guess for now but there is no reason why it would not assuming the coders do more than ship their device with a bare bones edition of the software As for Microsoft well they risk being left way behind in all of this For a start they are still in the process of launching their latest phone OS Windows Phone 7 which is their first real answer to the change in the market brought on by Apple three years ago In that time pretty much every manufacturer has gotten to grips with various other touch specific operating systems leaving Microsoft with a very hard sell to make The fact that it is only making that pitch now suggests that it will be a year or two more before we see their real solution to the tablet issue with the company almost certain to push Windows 7 as the ideal answer until then There is of course the potential for them to scale up Windows Phone 7 to a tablet OS just like Apple did with its iPhone OS but first impressions suggest its interface would not sit quite so well on a 10 screen Perhaps it is reading into things too much but the name of its mobile operating system also suggests it is designed for phones and not for mobile computing in general Given that they were working together just four months ago suggests that HP were of the same mindset as Microsoft when it came to tablets until very recently Maybe the launch of the iPad made them realise just what they

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  • Feature: Microsoft return fire in the browser wars | Teic.ie
    on all Windows operating systems On the back of the option being offered rivals like Firefox and Opera both recorded a rise in downloads and a further rise in market share Mr Dockery however says the offer of a choice to customers is not something the company fears The browser ballot was proposed by Microsoft to the EU and it gives people choice which is a good thing he says I think people should by all means take a look at other browsers but my sentiment and I think the sentiment of the market is that Internet Explorer is the most popular browser and that s for a reason However the fact is that many people abandoned Internet Explorer over the years because they preferred the product others were offering Internet Explorer 6 was launched in 2001 and was kept as the standard bearer for five years compared to the standard two year cycle used for other releases During this time Microsoft failed to adapt to the new ideas like tabbed browsing only doing so when Internet Explorer 7 arrived in 2006 Internet Explorer 6 s lifetime was also marked by a series of high profile security and bug issues which the company was slow to fix something many put down to complacency on Microsoft s part Responding to this perception security has now become a core message in the push for Internet Explorer 8 The company has also been far more pro active with updates too pushing them through to users as part of the regular Windows update schedule Statistics suggest their claim of a more secure browser is not just clever marketing too One of the browser s much lauded safety features is the SmartScreen Filter which checks addresses visited to see if they are harmful and warns the user if they are A survey run by NSS Labs found that Internet Explorer 8 blocked 85 of harmful sites tested compared to the 29 blocked by Firefox The filter scores particularly well when blocking socially engineered attacks where a fraudulent site tricks users into giving personal information or downloading a virus Fundamentally it s more secure and it s proven to be more secure getting a virus is not a nice thing to happen and we re ahead of the game big time there says Mr Dockery If you re the most popular then you re the most attacked and that is something that other browsers are going to have to deal with now too Mr Dockery also suggests that Firefox s open source nature may end up being a double edged sword as malicious code could disguise itself as an add on and be installed by an unwitting user Many of the browser s other new features will already be familiar to its rivals users however InPrivate for example is a feature that deletes all history and cookies after a browsing session and was first available in Google s Chrome as Incognito mode To be competitive we

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  • Opinion: The choice presented by the iPad | Teic.ie
    they remain trapped in the desktop paradigm devised in the 1970s and popularised in the 1980s and the conceptual abstraction no longer suits what we expect do do with computers At the same time software has become bloated and unstable and as we can clearly see with the plague of security problems the operating systems themselves are fundamentally insecure and made worse by users lack of understanding Apple s iPad is a response to this and is effectively saying Why should a user have to understand the details of network security and countless other arcane issues This is not so different from what Apple did in 1984 when it unveiled the Macintosh computer In a world dominated by obscure text based computers operated by invoking virtually incomprehensible commands the Macintosh was a revelation Compared to the horror of DOS CP M and the host of other gibberish based and incompatible systems the Macintosh with its mouse and graphical user interface was like a thunderbolt from the heavens Finally computers could be used by as Apple famously put it the rest of us The tech priesthood objected after all this little machine threatened the power they wielded through obscurity and then as now dismissed Apple s machine as a mere toy They were wrong then and they are still wrong today Paired with a laser printer the Macintosh unleashed a desktop publishing revolution and though many an unemployed printer may lament the loss of their own priestly power there is no question that the world changed for the better with the adoption of this technology Over time things changed of course The Macintosh remains significantly easier to use than its competitors but it is not quite correct to actually call it intuitive Widespread networking the internet in particular has added a significant amount of complexity to the computing experience and though many of us don t realise it we have been trained to use the machine when in fact the promise of the computer is precisely the opposite When I interviewed the late Jef Raskin for the Guardian newspaper in 2004 he said the then new iMac G5 was stylish but lamented that the Mac is now a mess What he meant is that even the Mac OS the easiest to use of all operating systems was unnecessarily complex For those who don t know Raskin was the founder of the Macintosh project and ran it from 1979 until 1983 when Steve Jobs booted him off Raskin and Jobs never saw eye to eye on anything except a single issue computers were too complicated and should be more appliance like The original Macintosh was a major step in this direction it was the first popularly available computer with a graphical user interface it was officially at least un upgradeable and it was a simple stylish single unit But there were limitations to what was possible with the technology of the day For a start the internet was still used only by

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  • Opinion: Catching up with Commodore | Teic.ie
    acceptable or even expected in a living room as the television itself People now sit on their couches watching TV while working away on a laptop perhaps even as a way of discussing what s on their TV over Twitter This is one of the justifications given by Apple for its iPad as a way of bridging the gap between television and computer However they are not being ambitious enough perhaps still smarting by the luke warm reception received by the Apple TV In fact they and others are still playing catch up with a company that went bankrupt 15 years ago While the iPad is a stylish way to go online it is no more a part of the furniture than a laptop or netbook nor is it any more integrated with the television itself It is instead Asus purveyor of the original netbook that has seen the light and is leading the trend towards the re unification of TV and PC Its EeeKeyboard which is now going on sale in the US takes its lead from the C64 of old and combines the computer with the keyboard in one case It also sports a touchscreen panel on one end which makes it easier to switch through applications and functions However the EeeKeyboard has no real purpose if looked at as a standard computer It cannot be used on the go so is not a good laptop replacement it is low powered so is not a good gaming rig and is not the cheapest computer out there so cannot even compete with mini desktops What makes the EeeKeyboard a device worth considering is its built in HDMI out port and perhaps most importantly a UWB module and receiver In other words this machine was made for TVs which takes it out of the traditional PC space and turns it into a peripheral just as the Amiga A500 was all those years ago The logical applications of this combination are plentiful For a start it allows people to go online as an aside hopping over to their computer during an ad break to check e mails or search for something just as they might change channels It also opens the door to extremely easy media centre creation where the user s videos and music is easily accessed and viewed on the central screen This idea that the computer is as much at home in the living room as a video player is what made Commodore such memorable and successful manufacturers For a long time computer makers have shied away from returning to this idea but users actions are now forcing them to come back to it It is something that Apple and others may not have expected to have to do after all these years but companies are having to play catch up with Commodore once more Related Posts Sky to launch 3D service in 2010 No Comments Dec 14 2009 Apple to hold media event on 20th October No

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