Archive for the ‘Ach go háirithe’ Category
I guess it was only a matter of time but after my post on Friday the story was covered offline in the Sunday Business Post and online on Soapbox Ireland, Office of Inadequate Security, ValueIreland, Brand Ireland and of course mulley.net.
What at first looked like a progressive step by Airtricity in engaging with the online community on this issue seems to have been no more than a cursory attempt to quell any chitchat among the blogging community in relation to the data breach. Funny that the engagement only came after the SBP ran the story.
Anyway, it looks Peter Lord or at least his IP has become a regular AGH reader so here are a few new facts you can add to your list. AGH is now on page one, position ten in the organic Google search results for the key word ‘Airtricity’ and the the Airtricity Letter has been downloaded times from AGH.
When it’s a bit of “friendly” advice! I may have been a little hasty when referring to the rocket I got on Friday as a legal threat. Looking at it again (and again) and having got “legalâ€? advice (I passed it by one of my “legal” mates) it was more advisory in tone. It was the officialdom that probably got my back up so I went off on one when in actuality the email was simply “advisingâ€? me not to liable anyone. I’m happy enough to park her there but ill wait for the official response.
AGH makes the Indo……for the right reasons!
Didnt even realise i made the blog digest on the Indo back in September.
Marie Boran writes
“It is hard to sum up this blog in just a few words or even explain its exact purpose but I will tell you this much: it is sometimes written as Gaeilge, it often champions Irish culture and it is frequently hilarious.
I really liked the blog’s strange mix of hip and hip replacement, like a culchie with culture (this is how I like to think of myself!).
I could see myself glued to this blog if I were off in Australia or America finding my fortune. Actually, I’d visit it either way. ”
Well it’s like that old saying goes…”Give a culchie the culture section, and you’ve occupied him for a day. Teach a culchie how to blog, and you’ve occupied him for life.”
Marie a chailin once ive figured out AGH’s purpose you’ll be the first to know.
So much for free speech!! It looks like we’ve touched a nerve with someone in relation to our post this morning. I received an email this morning (which i only picked up now) from a major corporate law firm, here in Dublin. Lets be clear on this I haven’t done anything wrong, I have simply published a letter which was received by a family member. I refuse to be bullied or censored on this and I will not under any circumstances remove my blog post.
I’ve been blogging since 2005 and AGH has been up and running since 2006. We’ve sailed close to the wind on a number of occasions but this goes beyond all that… ive done nothing wrong and i stand by my post. I actually held back on information truth be known…
I’m amazed that this hasn’t been picked up in the media yet, but this came through the door of a relation last week and to say she was shocked and worried is an understatement. I mean it looks like her personal data, including bank details may have been left in an unsecured location for God knows how long!!
The letter states that while they were working on their website a “file” containing personal details was inadvertently left in an unsecure location. They go on to say that while the file was not visible on the face of the website they cant guarantee 100% that the file wasn’t accessed by an unauthorised 3rd party.
While the letter itself is very apologetic and and goes to great pains to try and reassure the recipient that this breach has been investigated thoroughly and that measures are now in place to ensure the situation can not be repeated, it doesn’t state when this breach happened and how long the data was exposed to the world.
The fraud protection cover they offer by way of apology is akin to padlocking the stable door after the horse has bolted.
I’m going to look into this for her and my first port of call will be the data protection commissioner. Come to think of it im not sure what good contacting the DPC will do, given the fact that they had their own leak recently any action they take against Airtricity might smack of hypocrisy!
I can only imagine the phone conversation:
> Is that Kettel?
- Yes this is Kettel
> This is pot
> You’re Black
Download the full Airtricity Letter.
As promised, you can now view all of AGH’s stats by accessing my AGH analytics profile using the details below.
Its a fresh profile so forgive the lack of stats pre 2 days ago!! The figures are paltry enough even by AGH standards, nothing like the heady days of 06/07. Ill see if i can get some of my historical stats up on the AGH stats page.
In this era of blogging stats Glasnost exemplified by Mulley and Niall Harbison i too will be making my full blog stats available. Will more than likely jimmy FireStats to make my stats viewable to the public but am also considering going down the NiallH.com route of giving full access to my Google Analytics account.
Details on how to access full stats for AGH will be posted in the AGH Stats page which for now contains only standard blog page, post and comment stats.
Looks like my Bad Behavior plugin was blocking all comments!! My apologies people, i’ve disabled it now so all should be in order.
Meanwhile back at the Bat Cave…
After many false dawns and promises of redesigns etc I’ve decided that things were actually pretty good as they were. Actually its been doing my nut in trying to get and modify a WP theme to a point that im happy for it to be the new face of AGH. So I’ve decided to carry on using the existing light theme for now. I had to rip out all plugins and update my WP and DB but things seem to be hanging together a bit better now. As you may have noticed some of the nifty features are no more but it was a them or better performance and load time. I’ll look at getting some of them back up and running over the next few weeks.
Thanks for sticking out the rough times people but with things a bit more settled now AGH should be back with more Where in the World Wednesdays, more Friday Caption Competitions, more Reign of Terror letters, more Dingle for your Dangle, more Sport, more gigs, more giving out..especially more giving out….
Ive also tentatively dipped my toe into the world of Twitter.
Will the AGH twitter take over from the AGH blog?
Ach go hÃ¡irithe has gone old school….as you may have noticed. I’m cleaning house and putting a new look and feel together so forgive the temporary old school look.
I need to clean up my plugins and make sure the new theme and WP version works before releasing it to you the public. So sorry again about the false dawns of the past few months but rest assured that re-design is well under way and once i’ve deployed i will be back posting like its 2006!
The Irish Blog Awards are currently taking nominations for this years awards. So why not nominate your favorite blog, thats me, in one of the categories below. Lets see if we can go one better than the short list this year!!
Click here to nominate AGH.
* Best Blog
* Best Blog Post
* Most Humorous Post
* Best Personal Blog
* Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog
* Best Designed Blog
* Best Specialist Blog
* Best Newcomer (when does one cease to be a newcomer??)
Just a little refresher on the most popular posts on AGH in the past year.
- ROT updates
- The Kerry Animal
- A Story About Brothers
- We love Irish we do…
- Ireland’s most expensive…petrol station
- GAA Manager 2008
- Sean Og O’Hailpin – Pitch Man
- Corcaigh AbÃº!
- Google Fight The Election
- How Gay Can You Go?
- England ‘B’ team make Super 8 round of Cricket World Cup
- Snail Mail
- Wir MÃ¼ssen Die Taxisfahrer Ausrotten!!
- MÃ-Ã¡dh ag na Oscars
- Possibly the greatest performance by any team wearing green in any sport ever?
- RialÃº na Cruine : World domination
Or you can just wander the halls of AGH by going to a Random AGH Page.
Full list of categories after the more (more…)
TÃ¡ roinnt deisiÃº agus athchÃ³iriÃº a dhÃ©anamh ar Ach go hÃ¡irithe faoi lathair.
Beidh leagan 2008 do AGH Ã¡ sheoladh i dtreo deire mÃ Feabhra.
Ach go hÃ¡irithe is currently undergoing a major revamp.
2008 re-launch is scheduled for mid to late February, but please check back regularly as an early re-launch is quite possible.
In the mean time you can re-live the past year and a half of AGH by following this link to a Random AGH Page.
I have to apologies for the lack of postage on AGH of late. And whats been keeping me away you may ask? Well, a new job thats what;a new job with rather strict Internet policies!! But once im on top of things there AGH will be back in business.
I was also thinking of re-vamping AGH, looks wise………….needed? not needed?
Less of an update, more of a recap. One of the first targets for the ROT was Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE), Ireland’s’ national broadcaster. So with ROT activity at a minimum recently i decided to go back over the early stuff. For inspiration?? maybe. For shits and giggles?? Definitely! There are 20 instalments in this series so here are some of the highlights from the ROT vs RTE campaign.
To: Complaints Dept, Subject: Six-One News
Would it be possible to move the ‘Six One’ news to a later slot, ‘Six Forty Three’ perhaps, as I rarely make it home from work before half six.
Yours in anticipation
Reply > From: ****, RTÃ‰ Information Officer
Dear Ms. O’Connor
Thank you for your e-mail. I regret to inform you that
RTÃ‰ has no plans to change the timing of either the Six
One or the Nine O’Clock news bulletins.
RTÃ‰ Information Officer
To: Complaints Dept, Subject: Fair City
Any Chance youd cancel it ……………….
I’ll pay (name your price)
Reply > From: *****, RTÃ‰ Information Officer
Dear Ms. O’Connor
No amount of money would induce us to spoil the
enjoyment of over 600,000 viewers, for financial
Is your remote control missing?
RTÃ‰ Information Officer
To: Complaints Dept, Subject: Reality TV
Any truth to the rumour that RTE’s next big celebrity reality TV show involves the of putting of Pat Kenny, Twink, Brendan o Carroll and that boob-job trollop off you’re a star into a burlap sack with 12 cats?
This is a show that I know id watch plus it would see my TV licence fee put to good use.
Reply > From: ****, RTÃ‰ Information Officer
Got to say that you’re first on board with that
particular rumour, but I’ll run it past the relevant
commissioning editor in case it has merit.
I’m inclined to think however, that the DSPCA might
veto cats being put in bags – burlap or otherwise.
RTÃ‰ Information Officer
A rather topical FCC this week! Use the comment link below to add your captions etc…
Watch till the end. Quality…
Oh and FYI, the recent comments view on the side bar seems to have gone missing thanks to my last worpress update. Im working on a fix as we speak…
Hey hey…its Friday. I know i used this picture in the crap post below about the Kerry animals, but i couldn’t let it through my hands without banging it up on the FCC.
You can leave your comments and captions by clicking on the comments link below. Have a great weekend.