Tribe of the Ring Fort

Thursday, March 09, 2006

A Bit of Internet Cultural Bias (Barry)

I believe every web service or site I’ve registered with contains a required ZIP or postal code field, clearly meant for 5 or 6 digits. Ireland doesn’t have such codes. Instead, designated sections of the town/city are used; for example, Greenville for our part of Listowel. So now I’ve got some doofy-looking addresses on this or that site. Yahoo, for example, which claims I’m from “Listowel, Greenville, Ireland,” a place that doesn't actually exist.

(Of course, this could also be a sign that I need to put more effort into using Irish-based services. I’ll have to try a bit more due diligence there.)


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