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Bertie and the boom town rap

Enough said, listen to the lyrics

Tour of Ireland Stage 2 passes through the hills of tipperary

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The tour of Ireland stage 2 passed through Upperchurch a short time ago. The race leader was Fredrik Ericsson of team pezula who is the current Swedish time trial champion. Ericsson
switched to road racing in 2007 winning 13 races with a total of 24
podium places had a half mile lead on the main pack. The support crew and marshals took 15 minutes to pass by.

In the second photo you can see Michael Barry (CAN) and Marco Pinotti (ITA) and Mark Canedish(GBR) who won stage 1 of team columbia

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Thurles Birds enjoying the fine weather


The birds in the Thurles Bird Sanctuary are enjoying the milder weather in Tipperary Ireland. You always hear them before you see them.

Breakfast ritual – double espresso

Breakfast ritual

Breakfast ritual,
originally uploaded by lnoonan_blog.

If you are the proud parent of small children, I can recommend an espresso machine. A double espresso after a broken nights sleep can do wonders for your alertness and help kick start your day.
The gaggia classic espresso machine and the gaggia grinder make a great espresso between them. I have the grinder set at 10 (there are 35 settings). The coffee beans that you use will determine the grinder setting.

R.E.M. – Supernatural Superserious

Th release of Supernatural Superserious has restored my faith in REM to make great songs. As a fan you always indulge your favourite band to experiment but its always reassuring to see them release great tracks. If the Olympia sessions are anything to go by, we should be in for a great album.

WIMAN 2008 Call for Papers

The Second IEEE International Workshop on Wireless Mesh and Ad Hoc Networks (WiMAN’08)
Beijing, China, June 20, 2008 in conjunction with ICDCS 2008
http://www.cs.iusb.edu/~liqzhang/WiMAN2008/index.htm
Submission Deadline: December 7, 2007

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Will the student laptop programme percolate down to Tipperary

Siliconrepublic reports on the alliance between Intel, Dell, HP, Microsoft and Vodafone as well as financial institution AIB to offer student affordable laptops for under 1000 euro and upto 1400 euro.
This offer will have to be more than a mere marketing gloss if students are to take up this offer, as students are one of the most savviest consumers out there when it comes to buying equipment. With offers in the past from suppliers such as PCworld selling laptops for 499 euros, you can be assured that students will weigh up all the angles (The ICT students in particular).
When the students return to the Thurles and Clonmel campus in Sept we will very quickly have a fair idea as to the popularity of this offer.

ANCS 07 – Call for Papers

One of my favourite conferences ANCS has just issued a call for papers. I woulld recommend the conference to anybody who is interested in in network processor or packet processing switch design. Patrick Crowley et al continue to deliver a high calibre event that will be attended by the leading researchers in the area of system on chip design and implementation.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 3rd ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures
for Networking and Communications Systems
http://www.ancsconf.org
December 3-4, 2007
Orlando, Florida, USA
Sponsored by:
ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGARCH) ACM Special Interest Group on Communications (SIGCOMM) IEEE Computer Society Tech. Committee on Computer Architecture IEEE Communications Society Tech. Committee on Computer Communications
IMPORTANT DATES
Paper registration and abstract: July 9, 2007
Submission deadline: July 16, 2007
Author notification: September 26, 2007
CONFERENCE OVERVIEW
ANCS is a research conference that focuses on the architecture and design of hardware and software for modern communication networks. The combination of increasing network bandwidth and expanding functionality pose continuing and growing challenges for system designers. New technology elements, including network processors, content addressable memories, configurable logic and special-purpose components offer new opportunities for meeting these challenges, but also raise a variety of new issues. ANCS focuses on networking and communication in the broad sense, including novel architectures, architectural support for advanced communications systems, algorithms and protocols for advanced architectures, software and applications for next-generation networking architectures, and methodology and benchmarking for evaluating advanced communication architectures. Our emphasis this year will be on hardware and software elements in the context of systems that enable networks to evolve and scale.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
* System design for future Network Architectures
* Network/communications processors
* Intelligent co-processors
* Router architectures
* Emerging Technologies (e.g., optical components, etc.)
* Switch fabrics/interconnection networks
* Link scheduling, processor/thread scheduling, switch scheduling
* Network adapters
* Application-specific networks (e.g., SAN, XML Switching)
* Programmable /extensible networks
* Secure communication
* Traffic management
* Packet classification
* Content inspection and filtering
* Energy-efficient designs
The PAPER DEADLINE for submissions is July 16, 2007 at 11:59PM PST (US). ANCS will use double-blind reviewing, so submitted papers should not include the authors’ names.

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DASIP 2007 Workshop on Design and Architectures for Signal and Image Processing

The DASIP Workshop will give the opportunity for researchers to exchange the ideas and to build the collaboration on emerging topics and technologies. It also aims to strength the links between the European Information Society Technologies (IST) priorities and the researchers in the domain of design and architecture for signal and image processing.
The DASIP workshop results from the success for more than ten years of the French workshop on Algorithm-Architecture-Matching. The first edition called “Workshop on Algorithm Architecture Adequation” was held in Lannion in 1992 (AAA 1992). During eight years a two-year event was organized, AAA 1994 in Grenoble, AAA 1996 in Toulouse, AAA 1998 in Saclay and AAA 2000 in Rocquencourt. In 2002 thanks to its widespread success the workshop was extended to all francophone countries, JFAAA 2002 was held in Monastir and JFAAA 2005 in Dijon. Each edition was a great success gathering more than one hundred of researchers from industry, academia and government organizations. For the 2007 edition the workshop is extended to the Europe in order to gather our community. We believe that DASIP 2007 will promote and strengthen the links between European researchers and will become an important event.

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VoIP will exceed traditional voice by 2010 in the business sector

According to the IDC the business sector is embracing VOIP at an unprecedented rate. Network world highlight the 10 VOIP companies that you should keep an eye on. These companies specialise in assisting companies to make the transition smoothly and expand VoIP to wireless phones, handhelds, laptops and other devices.
With the nokia n series it is becoming possible to use VOIP. Some of the phones however appear to be hamstringed so that they only work with your VOIP PBX Nokia E50 for example. Other phones such as the Nokia E61 are capable of working with VOIP suppliers such as blueface
It is not surprising to discover that the mobile phone companies are very slow to release these type of phones out of test and onto the Irish market. If the phone resembles a PDA eg. the E61 then it stands a better chance of being released as it seen to operate in a distinct sector when compared to the traditional mobile phone.
The Nokia E60, when it finally comes out of test with the mobile phone companies, will offer VOIP in a traditional handset.