600,000 Broadband Users in Ireland – About Time!

Almost 84,000 new broadband subscriptions were added during the first quarter of 2007, to bring the total number of high-speed internet users in Ireland to 602,000, according to ComReg’s latest quarterly report.It also appears that for the first time narrowband subscriptions have been outnumbered by new broadband subscriptions. Broadband now accounts for 58 percent of all connections.

ComReg estimates that there are currently around 450,000 residential sector broadband subscriptions in Ireland. This is equivalent to 30 percent of all households, compared to 25.4 percent for the previous quarter.

DSL remains the largest broadband access platform in terms of subscribers, accounting for 72 percent of high-speed internet subscriptions, while other platforms make up the remaining 28 percent.

Eircom’s market share of retail DSL lines remains unchanged compared to the last quarter of 2006 with the telco retaining a 66 percent share of subscriptions. In the past 12 months, Eircom’s share of retail DSL subscriptions has declined by 7 percent in total.

Read More of the ComReg Report Here

Rents in Ireland up by 12%

Rents have increased by nearly 12% over the last year according to a study carried out by one of Irelands busiest property websites Daft.ie. With an increase of 11.9% rent inflation is now at its highest level since the Daft Report was started in 2002. The average rent nationwide now stands at €1,382, approximately €150 more than this time last year.

Over the last year, the supply of properties available for renting has fallen by about 20%.  The fall in supply may represent some investors selling their properties and leaving the Irish rental market.

On top of this, many people who have been priced out of the residential sales market are staying in their present rented accommodation.  This is affecting supply, as it reduces the number of properties becoming available for rent. At the same time, demand is at an all-time high due to the ‘demographic bulge of people at renting age and high levels of immigration’.

In Dublin, rents are up by 12% on average. Areas closest to the city centre have seen greater increases in rents than more outlying suburbs. Rents in Dublin 1 and Dublin 2 have increased by up to 20% in the past year.

This compares with growth of less than 10% in areas such as Dublin 24 and North County Dublin. The largest increases in rents have been for four and five-bedroom properties in South Dublin, where rents have increased by up to 50% in the last year.

So wonderful news for those of us who cannot afford to buy so much as a garden shed in Ireland. Now we have to struggle will rent hikes…..is it time to move country?!

iPhone to incorporate YouTube

Apple has announced that it will include a specialised YouTube app with the iPhone when the device is shipped on 29th June. Apple has also announced that starting Wednesday, Apple TV users can download a free software update that allows them to “easily navigate through YouTube’s familiar video browsing categories or search for specific videos.”

Joke: Guts and Balls

We’ve all heard about people having guts or balls. But do you really know the difference between them? In an effort to keep you informed, the definition for each is listed below…

GUTS – is arriving home late after a night out with the guys, being met by your wife with a broom, and having the guts to ask: “Are you still cleaning, or are you flying somewhere?”

BALLS – is coming home late after a night out with the guys, smelling of perfume and beer, lipstick on your collar, slapping your wife on the butt and having the balls to say: “You’re next.”

I hope this clears up any confusion on the definitions.

Medically speaking, there is no difference in the outcome since both ultimately result in death.

Tip #8: Jewel’s Guide to Movie & DVD Rip Tags

So I was recently asked what the TS part of a movie download file name meant by a friend of mine so I thought I’d do up a quick guide to what all those extra bits’n’bobs mean on avi downloads.

DVD-SCREENER (DVDscr): sent to rental shops or other places for promotional use. Supplied on DVD, and is usually in letterbox view , but without the extras that a DVD retail would contain. The ticker is not usually in the black bars, and will disrupt the viewing. If the ripper has any skill, a DVDscr should be very good. Usually transferred to SVCD or DivX/XviD.

TELECINE (TC): A telecine machine copies the film digitally from the movie reels. Sound and picture will be very good, but due to the equipment involved and cost telecines are fairly uncommon. Generally the film will be in correct aspect ratio.

CAM: A cam is a theater rip usually done with a digital video camera. A mini tripod is sometimes used, but a lot of the time this wont be possible, so the camera make shake. It might also be filmed from an angle. If cropped properly, this is hard to tell unless there’s text on the screen, but a lot of times these are left with triangular borders on the top and bottom of the screen. Sound is taken from the onboard microphone of the camera, and especially in comedies, laughter can often be heard during the film. Due to these factors picture and sound quality are usually quite poor.

TELESYNC (TS): A telesync is the same spec as a CAM but it uses an external audio source (most likely an audio jack in the chair for hard of hearing people). A direct audio source does not ensure a good quality audio source, as a lot of background noise can interfere. A lot of the times a telesync is filmed in an empty cinema or from the projection booth with a professional camera, giving a better picture quality. Quality ranges dramatically.

TVRip: TV episode that is either from Network (capped using digital cable/satellite boxes are preferable) or PRE-AIR from satellite feeds sending the program around to networks a few days earlier.