Monthly Archives: November 2013

Broadband or Airband



Broadband test

In this day and age there is so much talk about the Internet of Things and how much can be done to use it to increase our social , educational and other welfare.  Nowadays our statutory requirements such as paying property tax and making annual returns are also done online.  But for some people access to the Internet is not that simple because their broadband connection is very slow and sometimes not there at all.  This can be a frustrating problem.


There are three things that can interfere with a person’s ability to enjoy the Internet, the first is not having a computer or access to one, the second is suffering a bad connection to the Internet, the third is not knowing how to use the computer.

In the eyes of the Government, or Revenue at least,  not having a computer is not a sufficient reason to stop you returning your accounts online, even though they do not recommend that you use a computer  in a library of a post office for security reasons.  I am still struggling with the reasoning behind this.

Secondly having a bad connection to the Internet can interfere with your ability to use it effectively.  According to the National Broadband scheme website, the Government have invested €79.8 million in ensuring that people who are in remote areas have a good connection to the Internet, they have also received matching funding from the ERDF.  The infrastructure which provides this broadband service was most recently upgraded in October 2012. The table below describes the service that everyone on the National Broadband scheme with 3 should be receiving.

Current NBS Service Specifications – Upgraded in October 2012

Mobile Wireless (I-HSPA) Min (at cell edge) Max (at cell centre)
Download Speed 2.3Mbps 10.4Mbps
Upload Speed 1.4Mbps 4.8Mbps
Maximum contention ratio


Round-trip latency


Monthly Data Cap (uncharged) 40GB – (30GB download, 10GB upload)

If you believe your Internet connection is not behaving as promised by the National Broadband scheme.  I would like to recommend that you treat it like any unwell person or animal.  Observe it over a few days, even a few weeks.  Take a speed test a couple of times a day and record it.

Comreg, the statutory body responsible for the regulation of the electronic communications sector, are planning to introduce their own speed testing function by the end of the year.  For now, to test or sample the speed of your Internet connection, visit the website  there are three things to note

1. The ping speed

2. The download speed

3. Upload speed

Keep a record of these and the time of day and date, talk to any other person in your area who is using the same broadband supplier.  In a community find out if the people closest to the mast are getting better speeds than people further away.

When you have a body of information gathered then it is a good time to talk to your broadband supplier and ComReg about improvements.

The third issue that interferes with people’s ability to use computers, that is why the Compucara office was opened.




Get Brought In to LinkedIn

Walk in, is a term that is widely used to describe entering a building or a room. Live in, describes the place where we lay down our heads at night.  Blow in describes the status of people who arrive in an area to which they have no prior connection and then set up residence. I would have considered myself a blow in until I was told I was a brought in.  In brief we are all used to the concept of an action which brings us into something.

This common knowledge could be behind the naming of the, hugely successful business network, LinkedIn.  Part of the stream of social networks that arrived with web 2.0 technologies. LinkedIn,  business network is a website which facilitates the building of business relationships and networks, as well as providing a way to keep up to date with developments in your area of work, by maintaining contact with colleagues and in some cases competitors.

LinkedIn was founded in 2002 by Reid Hoffman with a team of developers,  this was not his first adventure into web technologies , he had been involved in PayPal previously. LinkedIn aims to connect the worlds professionals to make them more productive and successful.

On registering with LinkedIn, which is done by loading up the site and registering with your details, for this you will need a working email address.  The first step in becoming LInkedIn is to give develop your profile, effectively a curriculum vitae, which is optimised for the web.  Next you invite people to become part of your network.  If you are not already a member you may have received emails inviting you to join LinkedIn before.

This platform gives you the opportunity to showcase to the business world the things you have accomplished and establish connections with people you have done business with and/or attended college with.  It is also a website through which you can develop and expand your business relationships.


Your profile and your network of contacts, as well as providing curriculum vitae, with images and video, gives context to your work.  This, in turn, will give viewers of your profile a more in depth understanding of your abilities and accomplishments. Your business life is not just what you have done it is the projects you have been involved with the products that you had a part in that were brought to market. It is also the relationships you have established.

If you WalkIn, LliveIn, BlowIn or are BroughtIn to LinkedIn, there is truth in the well worn phrase, if you’re not In you can’t wIn.