get some free tv stations online

February 16, 2011

I never usually watch TV anymore, anything I want to watch I just watch it online. But every so often there might be something interesting that I want to watch and I haven’t got any TV channels tuned into my TV so I have to go into another room.

I was on the other day and found a thread about a new TV service that is being offered my Magnet, I only ever knew of them from their gaming broadband they offer, which is a complete rip off!

Anyway they have a few different packages available which you have to pay for, these include the likes of VH1, MTV and Dave and others. Here is a picture below of loads of channels they offer, for me though I am not willing to pay, I already have sky in the house so if I want to watch something on those channels I will just watch it in the room which has sky!

Channels offered by magnet

There is also a free service of Magnet TV, you can watch basically Irish channels for free, there are 5 in total these are: RTE 1, RTE 2, TV3, TG4 and 3e. Not bad for free!

If I didn’t already have sky in the house I would consider paying for a subscription from magnet since it is convenient to have it on my laptop or computer and I can also watch it elsewhere instead of just in the house.

The picture quality is great and I am sure if you have some kind of recording software for your computer you could record the programs, I must have a look and see if I can get one! I just thought I would share this with you, in the off chance you didn’t hear about it!

So if you want to give it a try then just go to their site at

Going to see KT Tunstall

February 14, 2011

Looks like I am going to see KT Tunstall next Monday!

I was on Ticketmaster over the weekend just seeing if there was any concerts coming up that I might like, turns out there are a few so I think I will be going to some more this year.

I bought 4 tickets tonight and it took forever, usually I have no problems ordering tickets but there seemed to be some strange glitch when ordering these tickets. I first tried to order all four together and no joy, I kept getting a message telling me there was no tickets for my search!

Deadmau5 @ Olympia Theatre

Image by Drew "Rukes" Ressler via Flickr

I kept trying and eventually realised I could order them as two separate orders, it wouldn’t let me order two sets of 2 so instead it would let me order a set of 3 and another single ticket, really strange and in case you are thinking maybe there is a limit, well there is and it is 8!

Before I ordered the set of 3 and 1 tickets a checked about them to make sure they are the exact same area, which they are, so since the area is first come first served in relation to where we sit, we will have to get in early for the best seats.

Unfortunately the tickets are seated, that’s all I could get, I could get a single standing ticket but that is of no use.

The gig in on next Monday – February 21st in the Olympia Theatre, and there are still some tickets left if you like them too, just go on over to Ticketmaster.

Here are a few of her songs below.

Do i need a CV?

February 13, 2011

This is a thought which I have been thinking about over the last few days, whenever you look up jobs online it is always required that a curriculum vitae (CV) be sent in.

I used to have a CV, but for the last 4 or 5 years I have not had a need for one and it became outdated and I have also misplaced the original file. So now I am thinking of should I bother with one, last semester in college we were told that the CV is not really the top priority especially when it is a job related to IT.

CV (Curriculum Vitae)

Image by r(t.) via Flickr

What is considered most important is not the qualifications / degree that you have but what the quality of the work is that you can produce. This is why a portfolio, preferably online, is recommended.   Don’t get me wrong in thinking that a degree is considered nothing to the employer, it is important, but what I mean is that it is not the most important part, the main part of whether you get the job or not will be based on your work you have done.

I set myself up a portfolio last year, and it comes in handy for showing what I can do and what qualifications I have, everything about me that a potential employer or client wants to know can be found on my portfolio, and if need be I send it off to any job that I want to apply for, I have not got my CV ready yet so I am using my portfolio instead.

This brings me to whether I need a CV, I think that although it comes down to what you can do based on your portfolio, it is also good for the employer to see it written clearly in front of them in a more printable / readable format. So I am most likely going to begin working on my CV over the next while, I will have more to add to it than the last time and since I will be beginning it again I have to find out what exactly I should be adding in.

Thinking ahead

February 06, 2011

Over this weekend I decided that I would just ignore college completely, I decided not to do any more work on my dissertation and just relax. Any time that I get to myself I seem to begin thinking of my future, it seems strange that I have to begin to plan out the rest of life.

I enjoy the thought of having nothing to do when it comes to this summer, sure I will still be working away in my job which I currently have, but as soon as I am ready to start something new or when the opportunity comes along I will be out of that job in a flash, I guarantee it.

I really did want to get work done with my dissertation this weekend but I become a little frustrated with some of the management in work this weekend and I just didn’t want to have to concentrate on a serious and important assignment, so to keep myself occupied I played games on the Xbox!

I said before that I am looking forward to the end of this degree and I am now looking forward to finishing up with my job even more, the job has become very monotonous and I think a change would be good.

I have a few ideas as to what I want to do for my next job, it will be web design without a doubt, it is really the only thing I am interested in, and web design allows you to be creative.

I spent some time a few weeks ago looking up some jobs online, the thing about them is that they are all in Dublin, not very ideal if you are from Dundalk and I also don’t like the thought of having to report to anyone, I like to be my own boss. Most likely I will go and do freelance work full time after college, I do some now and then at the moment, but I want it to be my lifelong career.

my dissertation

January 31, 2011

I have finally got into the mode that I need to be in for my dissertation. Up until last weekend I just didn’t care, I went in for a meeting on Friday with my dissertation supervisor to discuss how I was getting on.

No surprise that she was a little disappointed that I had little done so far but that doesn’t really bother me, I am not the only one that has not done too much.

But yesterday (Sunday) I finally began to take it seriously, I looked up a lot on the topic which I writing about, it is on cloud computing for home use, I am not sure if I mentioned it before.

Diagram showing overview of cloud computing in...

Image via Wikipedia

Motivation is a thing that I struggle most with when doing any sort of college work, not just with this dissertation. But I know this dissertation is important and I need to get it out of the way.

I have another meeting this Friday, pretty sure it will be every Friday from now on, again this meeting will be to discuss my progress, this time I intend on having a fair chunk of my dissertation done, by that I mean at least a full chapter. It seems like it is feasible.

I am constantly thinking of a few new things I can add into my dissertation here and there, but I cant add them in just yet because I haven’t reached that point / chapter of the dissertation.

I have points written in a separate word document to my dissertation, these are for use later and only if I think they will fit.

As I continue with my dissertation I will no doubt begin to write a few blog posts about it, it will serve two purposes. The first is it will be a sort of journal or proof to myself that I am doing work and the second is that hopefully someone will find it interesting. A fellow classmate said that her supervisor suggested keeping a journal in blog style, which I think is a great idea!