Irish Newspapers Will Now Be Ignored

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This newsletter often points to interesting articles available elsewhere on the web. I usually give a 2- or 3-sentence introduction, followed by a link to the article of interest. According to a coalition of Irish newspapers, if I provide a link to an Irish newspaper, I am a pirate.

The National Newspapers of Ireland has adopted a new policy. Any website which links to one of the 15 NNI member newspapers will have to pay a minimum of 300 Euros ($395 US dollars), with the license fee going up if you post more links. See for the details.

Note that this is not a fee to post an excerpt or some punitive measure for the copying of an entire article. No, the NNI wants to charge for links alone. It doesn’t apply just to newsletters or web sites, the NNI wants to charge the same fee to ANYONE who even posts a single link in a Twitter message or any other message in any public place on the Internet. That includes Facebook, all blogs, all web pages, and perhaps anyplace else online!

This is one of the most stupid ideas I have read in recent times. The National Newspapers of Ireland obviously has no idea how the web works and also has no concept of the amount of valuable publicity that links to their members’ newspapers can provide.

Online news site Slashdot suggests this is an elaborate way to commit suicide.

Whatever the reasons, I will abide by this rule. I will no longer refer to any Irish newspaper web site until the National Newspapers of Ireland wakes up and rescinds this foolishness.

Investigating this madness a little further, I discovered an Irish Solicitor who agrees with Dick.

It feels good to fix stuff…

Humax Box

A couple of years ago I bought a Humax Foxsat HD box for my father-in-law. Not a luxury, as he lives in Ventnor here on the Island and satellite is pretty much the only way to get additional channels there.

It’s worked brilliantly until recently when he reported a problem – the display just showed a continuing animated display of dashes (forming a rectangle). The box couldn’t be shutdown or controlled by the handset so it looked rather terminal. Not so! a quick Google revealed this is a pretty common problem and an article pointed me to capacitor C12 on the PSU board.

The picture below gives you some idea of a good capacitor (left) and a bad one  (right).

I broke the warranty tape and opened the box to find said C12 bulging badly and obviously failed.

I found replacements on Ebay, they arrived today (a whole £2.98 inc postage for 4 of them) – 2 or 3 minutes to remove the old capacitor and solder in the new (mind the polarity!), close the box and switch on – and yes, with the help of the internet and AV Forums it all works fine again now. 😉

Google Calculator

Ever wondered how long it would take to upload some data?

Well of course it depends on at least a couple of things – namely how much data and how fast the connection is.

Obviously you know how much data needs to be moved, and the speed for your broadband connection can be found by running any of the on-line speed tests – try here for one.

I’m actually looking at the feasibility of an on-line backup for someone and their upload speed is a mere 256KB/s, the first backup will be almost 40GB so I wondered how long that would take. There are a few web sites that will do the calculation for you but Google has an easy way – just enter:

40 GB / 256 KB / sec

in the search field and viola, Google responds with:

(40 GB) / (256 (KB / sec)) = 15.1703704 days

A bit much really!

Looks like I’ll be doing the original backup the hard way with a PC on site and then perhaps trying to use an incremental backup on a daily basis. I’ll just have to keep an eye on how much data changes each day.

There are loads of other conversions:

60 UK gallons in litres

gives 60 Imperial gallons = 272.765513 litres


60F in C

gives 60 degrees Fahrenheit = 15.5555556 degrees Celsius


For more info on Google’s Calculator visit