Three is not Broadband, its Midband!

Posted on 27th January 2009 in, broadband, eircom, tech

Following on from the recent announcement that the Department of Communications has given the National Broadband Scheme to Three instead of Eircom its worth remembering that Three’s “Mobile Broadband” is not actual Broadband despite what the government says. (This deal has now been signed!)

This doesn’t just apply to Three it also applys to O2, Vodafone and Meteor who also tend to refer to their services as “Mobile Broadband” when infact they should be called something else.

So going off the back of a recently created Midband sub-forum on the Broadband forum on all these services would be better referred to as Midband.

What is Midband you may ask, well it is…
“Midband” is defined as Mostly On systems that are not billed by time and deliver on average better than the max of Dialup which is 2x B ch ISDN of 128k, but
:: on average less than 1Mbps (1)
:: more than 100ms Latency (2)
:: connection is not ensured (3).

Providers of “Midband” services include, Three, O2, Vodafone & Meteor as well as Satellite, Irish Broadband Ripwave and Clearwire.

Services provided by these providers are totally unsuitable for
- On-Line Gaming
- Video Conferencing
- VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol)

So why am I ranting about Three, well what annoys me is that it is called Broadband when it is clearly not the same thing as a 1MB ADSL or Cable line and can never provide the same quality of service to its users.

This isn’t Three’s fault this is purely down to the technology being used but my problem is the fact that Three, O2, Vodafone etc and the Department of Communications are lying to people by calling it Broadband!

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Switching to a Safety Razor: Pt. 2

Posted on 23rd January 2009 in, thoughts

So I posted awhile back about switching from a Gillette Fusion to a Safety Razor namely a Merkur 570 Chrome “Progress”, so after a week of use and some initial problems I have to say I’m very impressed with it.

At first I started off using the shaving soap I bought with the razor but this dried out my skin like crazy and didn’t lather very well so I ended up cutting myself about 5-6 times which was fun, I’ve since switched back to my normal King Of Shaves shaving gel and all is well. Although I’m going to try some different brands as suggested on some websites.

The shave is far closer then my old Fusion (even when compared with the first shave with a new fusion blade), also it takes about the same amount of time to shave.

Overall I’m happy with the switch over :)

comments: 0 » Photography Year Book 2008

Posted on 2nd November 2008 in, media, news, photography

Myself along with about another 90 or so other users on the photography forum have submitted work to be included in the 2008 Photography Year Book, the book represents a selection of photography work from users who generally post on the photography forum.

Proceeds from the book go to Santa Strike Force!

Order and preview the book below :)

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Charleville Castle

Posted on 20th October 2008 in, photography, thoughts

IMG_4556, originally uploaded by TheCabaal.

So during the weekend (18-19th Oct) I stayed in Charleville Castle in Co Offaly, apparently its the most haunted castle in Ireland but have to say I didn’t notice anything strange,

The event was arranged as part of the Photo forum on and I have to say it was great craic, haven’t got time to process all the shots yet but I’ll be uploading them to my flickr set as time goes by.

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Father branded as pervert for taking photos of his kids

Posted on 18th July 2008 in, consumer, media, photography, thoughts

I normally don’t read the trash “paper” that is the Daily Mail, however I was browsing the News & Media forum on and came across this interesting Daily Mail story regarding a father who was abused by other parents because he was taking pictuires of his two children while in the park.

While there is no laws restricting a member of the public from taking photos in a public place it seems some people seem to believe they have the right to restrict somebody from taking pictures of their own children because they fear he or she will take photos of their children.

Below is a bit from the story:

He said: ‘The children wanted to go on an inflatable slide and I started taking photos of them having a good time. Moments later the woman running the slide told me to stop.

‘When I asked why, she told me I could not take pictures of other people’s children. I explained I was only interested in taking photos of my own children and pointed out that this was taking place in a public park.

‘I showed her the photos I had taken to prove my point. Then another woman joined in and said her child was also on the slide and did not want me taking pictures of the youngster.

‘I repeated that the only people being photographed were my own children. She said I could be taking pictures of just any child to put on the internet and called me a pervert. We immediately left the show.’

Complete madness if you ask me!

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Line test passed!!!

Posted on 20th June 2008 in, broadband, eircom, thoughts, utv

So got an e-mail from Eircom today saying my account has been created and in the e-mail I got my new telephone number and eircom a/c number, I called somebody in my house and got them to connect a phone and sure enough it rings out!

So quick check on Eircom website shows line test passing for Broadband so another quick visit to UTV website confirms this also so I’ve placed my order for UTV Broadband 2MB Bundled, got confirmation e-mail from UTV just now and its due live in 10 working days!

Fingers crossed! :)

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Say bad things about and get shutdown!

Posted on 1st February 2008 in, consumer, tech, thoughts

So, one day you decided to host your website with, all is well although your not happy because you find your site is slow so you find yourself unhappy with your webhost.

So as your unhappy when somebody asks for a suggestion for a webhost you say the following on, bearing in mind your post is anonymous except for your site listed in your sig:

Don’t go with if the performance of your website is important to you. Their servers are US based and it is my experience that performance can be very sluggish.

After posting such comments you receive a phone call from in relation to your thread on, later on you find your website is suspended and worse still when you query this with you get the following:


I refer to your hosting account with us for and the terms and conditions of hosting which you have accepted:…ms_of_Service/

Any attempts to undermine, slander, libel, threaten, or cause harm to a Lets Host server, customer, employee, or the company directly is strictly prohibited and is grounds for immediate termination without refund. In addition, we will pursue all attempts to the fullest extent of the law.”

On this regard we have terminated your hosting account with us. We are seeking further legal advice on the matter. Your files/EPP transfer codes will be available for download at your request.


Worrying eh?

This however isn’t some made up story this appears to have actually happened….read all about it here

Further reading in relation to the apparent T&C’s breach can be read here.


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