Monday, March 30, 2009

Is Skype finally opening up

Skype is a hugely popular VOIP service. In fact according to some reports, they now have passed out AT&T as the largest carried of international voice calls.

The main reason that Skype is popular is because it is really easy to use. However, until recently the Skype platform was very closed. There is a Skype API, but this only allows you to manipulate the Skype client running on your machine and does not allow you to do anything really interesting like connect Skype to/from another network.

This might be about to change because Skype have recently announced a Beta program of their SIP support. This would open a lot of interesting possibilities ...

Right now it is a closed Beta with limits on who can participate, so I will have to wait some time to try it out.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Great sport results continue

It continues to be a good year for sports results from my point of vire.

Last weekend, Ireland won the Rugby Grand Slam and after the third series of matches Galway United remained top of the Premier Division of the League of Ireland

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Unexpected highlight of trip to Aran Islands

During a recent trip to the Aran Islands, I was delighted to get the unexpected bonus of being able to observe a simulated Helicopter rescue. I must say that, even in good weather, it was very exciting to watch coast guard guy get dropped from the Helicopter while the ferry still continued travelling at top speed. In the way back up the (empty) stretcher was bounced quite violently against the helicopter so maybe it is just as well there was no seriously ill patient on board.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Great Soccer results

I could hardly believe the news today, Galway United are top of the league of Ireland table. After just barely avoiding relegation last season, they are now top of the table after wins against St Patrick Athletic and Dundalk. I used to support this team when I was in school. Back then they were called Galway Rovers and the rarely won any matches.

The icing in the cake is that the team I train beat Maynooth by a large score.