Monthly Archives: February 2007

Ireland vs England: Job Done. And How…

What a game that was. In all my wildest dreams, I couldn’t have imagined that Ireland would put England to the sword in the manner they did. Apart from the first couple of minutes, this was Ireland’s game. This was Ireland playing the way that we know they can. This was Ireland’s biggest ever win over England. This was England’s worst loss in the 5 or 6 Nations. Ever. This game was glorious.

Ireland fully deserved the margin of victory. They were worth every point. Ronan O’Gara’s place kicking was immaculate. The forwards put in a herculean effort to deny England any space – whether they were going forward or defending. The backs were mercurial. Backs and forwards clicked in the same manner as they did against Australia in the November Internationals.

While Jonny Wilkinson did make an impact on the game (he was the top tackler in the match), he was generally denied any meaningful attempts at goal. He scored two penalties from 3 attempts, and one conversion. Compare that to Ronan’s 5 penalties and 3 conversions. Then factor in that we out-scored England by 4 tries to 1. Add to that the fact that we were on top of England in almost every department, and you have a record-breaking result. Here are the full match stats, if you’re interested.

Ireland are now 9 – 1 for the World Cup and 2 – 1 for the 6 Nations. France have England away and Scotland at home to face, and Ireland have Scotland and Italy away, so I’d say that the odds of us winning the 6 Nations are rather long. Though, here’s hoping that England do us a favour. Though I don’t see it happening, do you?

U3 Crapware

Why do manufacturers insist on installing crapware like U3? I just bought a new flash drive, and this is the first one of many that I own that came with this program pre-installed. When the drive is connected it automatically installs and launches a program that apparently is designed to manage programs and data.

I don’t want another program to manage my software or data. I certainly don’t want to install or launch software like this on somebody else’s system. Who thought that this would be a good idea? Whoever it was, also thought that it would be a great idea to store the program on a CDFS partition. A read-only partition that cannot be deleted or modified.

Luckily there was someone else that thought it would be a good idea to provide an uninstaller. Here is where you can get it: U3 Launchpad Uninstaller

Creating Your Own Disk Images – Why And How

My old system has been sitting unused on my desk for the last couple of months. Part of the reason that I wasn’t using it was that I had installed Windows Server 2003 on it with the intention of using it as a web and backup server for my home LAN. The problem was that I had never used Windows 2003 before, so I was spending more time reading about configuration options, rather than actually configuring it.

Previously I had tried installing Linux on it but found that trying to get Samba, Apache, PHP and all the other pieces I needed to work was also too much hassle. Eventually I gave it up as not so much a bad idea, but just an idea that I didn’t have time to fully research and implement. I’d love to have the time to delve further into the Linux idea, but for the time being it’s not to be.

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Irish Soccer Management – In a Class of Their Own

Apparently the latest opinion from the FAI is that we have a world class management team in Steve Staunton and Bobby Robson. In what sport? I’d say tiddlywinks, but that would be an insult to professional tiddlywinks players.

Here we have one man who most of the time can’t string two coherent words together, and then we have Bobby Robson. When was the last time you saw him at an Irish game? Where was for the post-match press conference? In fact where was he for the preparation of any of our qualifying games?

I know that he’s been quite seriously ill, but does that not suggest that he is not the right person for this position? I have a lot of respect for Bobby, what he has achieved in the game is second to none, but he should have realised that it was time to retire several years ago and stick to the TV punditry.

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San Marino vs Republic of Ireland

What a disaster. Ireland may have won 2-1, but in all fairness, it’s a Phyrric Victory. We been humiliated by a team ranked about 150 places below us in the world.

The Irish team must have thought that all they had to do was show up and the win would be theirs. Fair play to San Marino though for pushing so hard for the win, and if there was any justice, they would have gotten the draw. Given that the winner wasn’t scored until the 5th minute of injury, Ireland certainly didn’t deserve to win.

This game just raises more questions about the Irish soccer setup. Why was a manager with virtually no management experience appointed to be the manager of an international team? Where is the pride in representing your country? Where was the leadership, both on and off the field? When was the entire board of FAI struck with selective blindness? It was obviously a gradual event, as the first symptoms first appeared when they were searching for a manager, and since then it has worsened dramatically. And of course the most important question, when is Steve Staunton going to be shown the door?

If you have any answers to the above questions, please direct them to:
The Football Association of Ireland
80 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 7037 500
Fax: +353 1 662 4630
www.fai.ie