Bord Gais start selling Electricity

Posted on 18th February 2009 in Uncategorized


So Bord Gais have starting selling Electricity in Ireland to compete against ESB and Airtricity, you can view details on https://www.thebigswitch.ie

Bord Gais promise upto 14% off what ESB charge their customers and if we take Urban 24 Hour is breaks down as follows:

Take Urban 24 Hour Tariff
- Bord Gais = General Units kWh 16.38 (with DD option only)

- ESB = General units kWh 18.61

- Airtricity = General Units kWh 17.12 (DD option only)

Click on the company names for full tariff details from the company website, all prices include VAT at 13.5%.

So all in All Bord Gais is cheapest at present, I may be switching I’ll see how things work out

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Knockroe Passage Grave Pt 1

Posted on 3rd June 2008 in Uncategorized

IMG_3236, originally uploaded by TheCabaal.

So during the weekend I decided to go in search of the Knockroe Passage Grave which is the most southern passage grave in Ireland. So after a quick search on google I found a handy map on the Discover Ireland website and then set out to locate it.

Well after about an hour of searching and driving up and down country roads and asking the odd local I gave up and visited some local sites, after I got home I did another search on google and discovered that the map on the Discover Ireland website was over 20km off the mark!

So now I’ve a proper map with the correct location and now I just need the time to go out on another trip :)

The above shot is one of the photos I took up around Killamery’s High Cross which is about 5-6knm outside of Callan, Co Kilkenny.

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Third undersea cable to Asia cut!

Posted on 2nd February 2008 in Uncategorized

Yep, it seems that a third undersea cable to asia has been cut and Iran is off the net.

Just for proof:
ping iran
Ping request could not find host iran.
Please check the name and try again.

Only kidding…no actually it is.

Its all very strange, how could anchors cut three cables in as many days?

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iPhone!

Posted on 25th January 2008 in Uncategorized

Ok ok I don’t have one yet but I’m planning on one, used one last week and I have to say I’m very impressed with it, now I just need to get my hands on phone…I’ve already sold my iPod to fund it :)

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Old iPod Nano Adverts (spoof)

Posted on 26th December 2007 in Uncategorized

Don’t normally spend much time browsing youtube but came across this spoof of the first old iPod Nano adverts.

Here;s the spoof:

and here’s the original one:

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Dr Frasier Crane on Operation FreeFlow

Posted on 14th December 2007 in Uncategorized

Or so it seems, :)

The following is from Irish Times An Irishman’s Diary by by Frank McNally on the 11th December 2007, it certainly reads like Dr Crane now cycles in and around Dublin, one of the funniest pieces I’ve read in awhile.

I know that the central aim of Operation Freeflow is to keep motorised traffic moving. The plan may even work, occasionally. But as someone who cycles into Dublin most days, it seems to me that the initiative’s main effect is to increase the overall level of gridlock by ensuring bicycles have to stop too.

The fact, is that, regrettable as it may be, traffic lights normally have limited dominion over cyclists. In December, however, thanks to the presence of gardaĆ­ at most junctions, the lights acquire dramatic new powers. Suddenly cyclists are transformed into model citizens, rather like the couple in Father Ted who always stop fighting when the priest walks in.

Even bicycle couriers are affected. Chances are they haven’t so much as paused at a street junction since the last Operation Freeflow ended. Now they too are changed into law-abiding Scandinavians, waiting patiently with all the other bikes for the lights to change.

Of course, behind the pretence, the embarrassment can be excruciating. The feeling of hypocrisy is sometimes unbearable, especially when cyclists are stopped at a pedestrian crossing with no pedestrians. You see them manicuring their fingernails or adjusting items of clothing to avoid having to make eye contact with each other, which would only add to the humiliation.

What makes it worse is that the gardaĆ­ manning junctions are all fresh out of Templemore. When you spot a particularly baby-faced recruit waving his orange light sabre around, it looks like something he got from Santa. And yet, as far as the cyclist is concerned, it makes him all-powerful.

The car drivers behind, meanwhile, are smirking at the cyclists’ discomfort. This is arguably Operation Freeflow’s main contribution to motorists’ well-being. Drivers don’t get in and out of town any quicker, but the sight of so many cyclists forced to appear law-abiding adds twisted entertainment to their lives.

Please, cycling reader, do not feel the need to write in and explain how you personally always stop at traffic lights, in December and every other month. Of course you do. So do I. None of the foregoing applies to us. It’s other cyclists we’re talking about here: the ones who mount footpaths, weave between traffic, follow the invisible contra-flow lanes on one-way streets, etc.

The point is, I know how these people think. Some of them are my friends. I also know that even the best-behaved cyclists (again except you and I) will occasionally break the rules. Indeed, I was talking at the weekend to an acquaintance – ordinarily the most moderate and law-abiding of people – who told me of an awkward scrape he got into recently because of the same Operation Freeflow.

He was cycling into town one evening, late for something. It had started raining, and he had been in such a hurry leaving the house he didn’t have his wet-gear. In short, he was in a big hurry. But just as he approached a minor junction, the lights changed to red. And even though there was a garda on the opposite footpath, my friend – emboldened by a sudden intensification of the rain – decided he wasn’t stopping.

As he explained to me, he just couldn’t – on this occasion anyway – go through with the hollow sham of standing in the rain, pretending he always stopped, merely because there was a garda nearby. Also, he felt sure that the officer would understand – or at least that he was too busy with traffic to bother with him.

But my friend was wrong. He was already half-way across the junction when, out of the side of his eye, he saw the young officer raise his arm and move towards the road.

Now a much more appalling prospect raised its head: that my friend – a man of nearly 40 – would have to stand like a bold schoolboy and receive a lecture about road safety from someone young enough to be his son. And worse, that he would have to claim in self-defence that this was the first time he had ever done such a thing, and promise solemnly never to do anything bad again, before he was allowed to proceed.

He couldn’t face this. So instead he pretended he hadn’t seen the Garda, changed up three gears, and accelerated over the horizon like a shot off a shovel. No sooner had he done this than the enormity of his actions dawned on him. He had (sort-of) disobeyed a Garda order. More to the point, there were patrols at every junction ahead, presumably already in radio contact with their comrade.

Slightly panicked, my friend realised that, for the first time in his life, he was a fugitive from the law. Abandoning all thought of being on time for his appointment, he turned into the nearest alleyway and completed his journey by a circuitous route of back-streets and rat-runs. Every inch of the way, he expected imminent pursuit by Operation Freeflow’s 48 motorcycle patrols, followed by the Garda Mounted Unit, the 12 bicycle patrols, and air support.

In the event, he met none of them. But he was a nervous (and very wet) wreck when he finally made it into town. I told him it served him right and expressed the hope that he had learned his lesson. He insists he has, although I have secretly forwarded his details to the traffic corps just to make sure.

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Cabbage (SMS) for everyone!

Posted on 12th December 2007 in Uncategorized

I’m sure many of you may have used JSMS from time to time to send SMS messages using the O2, Meteor or Vodafone website, sadly the AFT server it uses it due to be shutdown soon and as such it’ll stop working.

Luckily Commander Vimes on boards.ie has created a new SMS program called cabbage, as I hate using Meteors site to send txt’s messages so much I want to support Cabbage as much as I can so I’ve offered to host the program on cabaal.org, as such you can download it from http://www.cabaal.org/cabbage/.

Its one of the most useful applications I’ve used recently! :)

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Project Lightbox

Posted on 11th November 2007 in Uncategorized

So thanks to ragorder.com’s flickr, I;’ve come across instructions to build a lightbox, I’ll keep you all updated on my progress :)

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Got my first 1TB Drive!

Posted on 2nd November 2007 in Uncategorized

So these days I’m taking alot of photos with my Canon EOS 400D which I purchased in Vegas back in May, I’ve started shooting in RAW format and it takes up mass amounts of harddrive space.

So in order to future proof things somewhat I’ve bought myself a lovely WD MyBook 2 1TB drive from Komplett, up until now I’ve been buying MyBook 500GB models but decided due to desk space and lack of power points the 1TB model would be a better investment.

Long may it last :)

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My new camera & lens!

Posted on 13th September 2007 in Uncategorized

Well for those that don’t know I got myself a lovely new Canon EOS 400D while in the states in May of this year, its a really lovely piece of kit and I’ve uploaded a number of shots I’ve taken with it to flickr.com.

Well today I’ve received my Canon 50mm 1.8 MKII lens which I bought three days ago, first impressive are pretty good but I’ll have to test it out correctly later :)

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