Niche: Last minute flower delivery service?

25 Jan

I’ve had really bad experiences with florists the last few times I’ve tried to order. Sometimes the flowers turned out to be half the size of the picture online but mostly because you have to order well in advance, by 6 hours in some cases. I had forgotten a birthday (oops) and at 3 o’clock decided to send some flowers for 630pm delivery. After ringing 7 florists in Dublin, not one of them would deliver for me (one was a journey time of 5 minutes). Some make you order before 3pm, some 12pm! for same day delivery. I just find it bizarre, are the flowers not already in bouquets there beside them? And (sorry guys) but most of you leave present buying (and ‘I’m sorry’ presents) until the very last minute so you need the service more than us girls. Also, when ordering flowers online, why isn’t the delivery cost added in? I realised it would have been a lot cheaper to buy a big, gorgeous bouquet on the street and get a taxi driver to deliver but my laziness gave in. So if anyone is looking for a business opportunity out there, Last Minute Florists Inc.

Rant over.

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iNsomnia

27 Dec

I’m not sure if the term ‘iNsomnia’ has been invented before – the inability to sleep due to the unexplained desire to check your iPhone/iPad just before going to sleep but surely since the invention of these devices people are finding it increasingly difficult to switch off, or is it just me?

The last thing I do before I go to sleep is check my iPhone. I don’t know why. I put it on charge, it’s next to me so it’s an involuntary action to have one last look at Twitter or Facebook or a news app or whatever. I cant explain why I do it but I do know that it’s keeping me awake (hence this post) and I was just wondering if iNsomnia was becoming more widespread? If someone was to do a survey tomorrow of iPhone owners across the world it wouldn’t surprise me if it showed that we are all getting a little less sleep, I mean, this glaring light isn’t helping for one…

The wider issue is of course our inability to switch off from technology but I suspect, with our increasing reliance and use of smartphones, iNsomnia could have serious consequences on our health and relationships.

Do you agree?

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Dublin Submerged October 24th

25 Oct

Jeep at Dundrum bypass

 

Number 27 bus going through Dolphin’s Barn:

 

 

Rosie O'Grady's pub, Harold's Cross

 

Finglas (photo via @ViciousDiana)

Dundrum bypass

on the N4 Chapelizod bypass. Photo by Darren Kinsella

 

Dundrum Shopping Centre:

 

photo from @MarkNobbyNoble

Pretty cool: Turn your hand into a mobile phone

21 Oct

Researchers from Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University in the US have developed technology that can turn any surface (your body, table, wall) into a touchscreen; a device called OmniTouch.

OmniTouch is obviously only at concept stage; you wear the device on your shoulder, similar to Kinect technology. However, I can see lots of potential for this.

(original story thanks to Simply Zesty)

Some positive things about us Irish…

10 Oct

Why the Irish?

Video produced by IBEC. Really reiterates the fact that we should be a lot more positive and harness the talents we do have!

RIP Steve Jobs 1955-2011

6 Oct

Apple founder Steve Jobs has died aged 56.

Statement by Apple’s Board of Directors:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that
enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

 

Stumbled across this on Simply Zesty’s website, brilliant-never aired Apple TV ad narrated by Steve Jobs

The new iPhone 4S: what’s it all about?

5 Oct

With much anticipation I logged onto the live blog from Apple’s press conference yesterday, ‘Let’s talk iPhone’ where it was expected by many that the new iPhone 5 would be revealed. It was odd to see Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook (whose first product launch this was as CEO) walk out on stage with Steve Jobs nowhere to be seen.

Sorry, CBS make you watch a 30 second ad before the video

Millions of people from around the world were online at the same time discussing what the new model would be like; there were over 500,000 other people following the live blog on the site I was on. I naively searched for #letstalkiphone on Tweetdeck; my computer couldn’t handle the volume of tweets and completely froze.

I also had to get to my important debut Macra na Feirme meeting.

When I checked back, the new ‘iPhone 4S’, not ‘iPhone 5’ had been revealed and reaction from the online community was mixed.

the new iPhone 4S looks exactly like the iPhone 4

There are a few really good improvements on the existing iPhone 4:

  • better battery life
  • is apparently ‘seven times faster than its predecessor’
  • new A5 chip (same as in the iPad 2)
  • better camera and video
  • Twitter integration
  • ‘Siri’ – a new voice recognition feature. So you can ask, ‘What’s the weather like today?’ and your iPhone will find the answer online
  • iCloud (about time) – your contacts, messages, calendar, emails, music etc will be wirelessly back up on your devices
It will be available in the UK from the 14th October. UK and Ireland prices have yet to be announced however.
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