Category: internet

365 Online

I’m a Bank of Ireland customer, and use their online banking extensively. And it pisses me off regularly.

To transfer money from one account to another, you have to set up a ‘benificary’ on the site. The procedure was as follows; Enter all the details, then wait about 4 days for a letter to arrive in the post with a code to enter online.

Waiting for the letter to arrive means it takes ages to set up an account which is infuriating. That’s why I was delighted to see they’ve changed the policy when I logged in today, now instead of sending the code in the post, they’ll text it to you. Finally, they’re catching up with other banks online services. Great, saves loads of time.

So, I put in my phone details to register for the service. Now, to confirm my registration, they’re going to.. send me a letter.

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The iPhone 4G Debacle

Unless you’ve been completely off the grid in the last few days, you’ll have heard all about the iPhone 4G prototype that was left in a bar in Redwood City, California. The phone was found and subsequently sold to Gizmodo.com for $5,000. Gizmodo, a massive gadget news site, who’s posts frequently top 10,000 hits in a few hours, had to turn off their comment system because they were getting such a hammering.

The question that most people are asking is, is this the new iPhone?

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O2 Mobile Broadband – Strange Experience

I’ve recently moved into a new apartment for the summer months while I finish my work placement. The place is great, nice and compact, and about a 1 minute walk from work, sorted!

The cloud to all this silver lining is that the place had no tv or broadband. AGHH!! Terrifying I know!

After completing Halo 3 on heroic (using my computer monitor as a screen) we sorted out the TV, then set about sorting out broadband. Now I don’t expect to be living in the apartment I am in for more than a few months, so normal broadband isn’t really an option, I can’t sign up for a 12 month contract.

I had a look at the 3G mobile broadband options available around here and there were 3 options, O2, 3, and Vodafone. All weigh in at about 50 to 60 euro for the modem, and then 20 quid a month, or 30 quid if you’re looking at short contracts. Hmm, not ideal.

Luckily for me I then came across an offer that O2 are doing with HEAnet (Higher Education Associan NETwork) for college students. €13 a month on a 12 month contract, with the modem for FREE! Then, the real icing! €15 a month, on a 30 day contract that can be canceled at anytime! DING DING DING Jackpot!

HEAnet

Perfect, it’s only a measly 5GB of usage, but it should be enough for some lightweight usage. So off I went on my merry way to the local O2 shop in the centre of the city to sign up for this wonder deal, ID and proof of address in hand. I went up to the 8 foot tall shop assistant (seriously, the guy was huge!) and asked him about the deal. He was ready to get me signed up when he mentioned “€13 for 12 months”. Whoa!! Stop right there big guy, I want the one month contract thing! “That deal has been canceled since July”. “July?” I spluttered incredulously, “You mean in the last two days??”. “Yep” he replied and I left the store, heartbroken, not even giving the aspiring street artist clamoring for my attention so much as a nod.

As I reached my bike I realised I was standing outside another O2 shop, so I thought, I’d chance my arm, maybe they don’t know about the so called ‘canceling’ of this deal. One day (their computer system was down) and a couple of forms later, and I am now sitting on a 30 day contract with my free modem.Take that giant shop assistant.

o2

This turn of events really shocked me, one rep in one shop said one thing, while in another shop, quite literally 50 yards up the road said another, and processed my application without any trouble. The mind boggles. I suppose the moral of the story is to shop around, even if the shop is a different outlet of the same company.

Anyway, the heel of the hunt is that I now have my mobile broadband and am looking forward to trying it out on my bus journey later. I might post a review on this site depending on my experiences

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Neteller – Use a Laser Card as a Credit Card

Now that I have entered gainful employment for my college work placement programme, my thoughts quickly went to deciding what I would buy with my wages. As a tech head, gadgets are generally top of the list, and the cheapest place to buy gadgets is online. With me so far?

The problem with wanting to buy online is that the majority of shops only accept credit cards, a luxury I do not have. I do however possess a Laser Debit Card, and while some Irish shops do accept this type of card, it leaves you painfully restricted as to where you can shop, and therefore you often end up paying more than you should.

Ah I hear you chime up, 3V vouchers! Basically, a prepaid Visa card from Permanent TSB. I have used these in the past, and they are good, and do the job nicely, if a little expensively. The problem I have with 3V cards is the hassle of having to find a shop that a) sells the things and b) has employees who actually know what the hell they are. If I could buy 3V vouchers online with a Laser card, they would be perfect. There must be a better way I thought.

Thats when I came across Neteller, Neteller are an Internet payment company, most popular for their gambling services, and were very popular with Americans looking to gamble online, which for some inane reason is illegal in most states.

neteller logo

I signed up to an account, not because I’m harboring a secret gambling habit, but because of the promise of their Net+ cards.

To my surprise, I then got a phone call from a very friendly and helpful Neteller rep, something one does not expect when signing up to an online service.

To use the Net+ cards, first one must prove ones identification by sending them a scanned ID over the net. I was very cagey about doing this at first, but after some research, I went for it.

A few days later, my account was ‘Extended’ which meant I could start using all their features, the process works like this,

1. I deposit money into the account by choosing the debit card option and selecting the ‘Maestro’ card from the dropdown box (I figured since my card has a Maestro logo on the back it was worth a go). The money comes straight out of my account, plus a 1.7% charge, which is, as far as I can see, the only charge levied against me.

UPDATE

Murray in the comments informs me that AIB laser cards only have 15 digits, and for that reason will not work with Netellers depositing function. Sorry guys, I don’t know of a way around it, BOI laser cards work fine.

Noel has pointed out that if your AIB laser card has 19 digits, you’ll be fine and can use Neteller no problem.

2. I pick the Neteller Net+ Virtual card option on the site, and it generates a Mastercard No, with an expiry date and security code

Screenshot of card

Screenshot of card

3. Jot the details into the website of your choice, all websites accept Mastercard, and the payment will appear on your Neteller account.

4. ????

5. Profit!

There you go, use a Laser card as a credit card without leaving the house, simple really.

Pirate bay decision – a step backward

Today the 4 guys on trial for copyright infringement in relation to the Pirate Bay were found guilty, given 1 year jail time, and a $905k fine. To be paid to the music labels.

It’s all over the news and the Internet, and it seems like some of the “expert commenters” seem to believe that the Pirate Bay will now shut down – Dick Doyle of IRMA – “There will be others [sites] out there, but this sends out a message….”

Pff. Not a hope. Even the guys found guilty aren’t worried and are about to kick off a lengthy appeals process.

It’s pretty much a step back for the whole Industry vs. Piracy thing. If the music industry wanted to sue people for using BitTorrent, which is why they went after the Pirate Bay in the first place, they would need to sue millions of people around the world, because these are the people who do the actual sharing.

I have often used BitTorrent to download Linux ISO’s, perfectly legal behaviour, mainly because a weakness of servers is a strength of BitTorrent.

When a server is being hammered, i.e loads of people downloading files from it at the same time, it has difficulty keeping up, and ultimately slows down. BitTorrent is the opposite, the more people downloading, the more sources you have for a file and the quicker it goes.

The Pirate Bay does not host ANY copyrighted material. It is all on the users computers. The Pirate Bay facilitates this by providing a way to use the technology behind the system, it collates torrent files. What people upload and do with this service is not the responsibility of the Pirate Bay.

If you’re still not convinced, lets give an analogy.

Should all MP3 player makers be taken to court as they provide a way of playing and using copyrighted material. They provide a way to use a technology that can be used for pirating copyrighted material. GUILTY!

What about ethernet cable makers? They let you download files through them. GUILTY!

All rewritable cd makers, even camcorder makers (record a film, concert etc), should, by the logic employed by the prosecution here should be taken to court.

I understand that piracy is wrong, it is. The Pirate Bay and the BitTorrent technology behind it on the other hand, isn’t.

Ubuntu Brainstorm

Well heres a blantent and complete rip off! Ubuntu have created their own version of the Dell Ideastorm website, called Brainstorm, to find out what the community want from Ubuntu, log on and voice your opinion!

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via (The Xubuntu Blog)