Archive for November, 2007

Fight for Kisses

This is from a new (-ish) Wilkinson Sword advertising campaign, and imho it’s pure genius.

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Last Day of Radio Friendly

Radio Friendly Cork Logo

The pinnacle of the happier days of pirate radio in Cork was probably Radio Friendly, which is now, sadly, completely gone (I had to dig in the Internet Archive to even find the logo).

Thankfully though, I have come by some recordings of its last day on air (18th December 2003). You can listen to everything we have here, or you can download the individual mp3s from here (credit for these few recordings goes to hans).

If anyone has anything else, please get in contact with me. :)

fucking muppets

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How not to run a gsm provider

Personal LogoLiving as I now do in Buenos Aires, I decided it was time for me to get an argentinian mobile. Off down to the shop with me to buy the cheapest prepay mobile they have (costing me a whopping €40), from what I believe is the largest mobile phone operator in the country: Personal Telecom Argentina. In fact this happened many months ago, and since then I’ve been marvelling at just how pathetic a mobile phone operator can be.

  • You can’t send text outside the country. This is not a limitation with my phone package or anything of that sort. It appears that other (read “Irish”) operators simply ignore any sms from Personal. Possibly because of their complete disregard of any gsm standard?
  • If you send a text to a Personal phone from another provider, you will get a successful delivery report immediately, regardless of whether the text was delivered or not.
  • If you send a text from a Personal phone, you will never get a delivery report. I’ve never seen an exception.
  • They seem to have no concept of a time zone. Their gsm servers believe they are in GMT, so any communication with the outside world is off by 3 hours. In short this means that
    • Texts from the outside world appear to have been sent three hours previous
    • Texts to the outside world, if such a thing were possible, would appear to be from three hours in the future
    • If you have a phone that is aware of timezones (most modern phones are), then every time you wander into a Personal coverage area, your time will be set wrong by 3 hours.

There’s lots of other interesting stuff too, some of it bordering on hilarity. For example, my girlfriend and I recently travelled to Ireland (for my sister’s wedding), and, while there, my girlfriend received some texts from home (her phone is also a Personal offering). Each text arrived 100 or so times! We had to turn off the phone at night coz it was so annoying (we could disable any sounds, but we couldn’t stop it’s lights flashing).

Anyway, that’s it. It seems that the argentinians don’t know or care that this is pathetic. There are other mobile phone operators in this country (who, from my limited experience, do a far better job), so I expect market forces will eventually resolve these issues.

In the meantime I should of course complain, but my meagre few words of Spanish would hardly handle the assault … so I blog it :)

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Email to SMS gateway

This is something I’ve implemented several times over the last few years. The principle is simple:

  • You send an email to mobile_number@sms.yourdomain.com with TXT in the subject, and the actual text body in the email body,
  • This goes to your mail server mail.yourdomain.com, and gets forwarded to the user smsuser
  • A procmail recipe in smsuser‘s home dir strips out the mobile number and the body of the message, and, using o2sms, sends a regular sms to mobile_number
  • The output from o2sms is sent back to you via email, so you know it all worked out ok.

It’s all free, and reliable.

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