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EE home broadband pulls plug on affiliate marketing partners

EE goes it alone with direct marketing programmes & ditches affiliates EE who are my mobile service provider have announced the closure of their EE home broadband affiliate programme. This means that they are likely to disappear from most comparison websites as there will be no incentive to push their products1. We will also be ditching […]

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4g data usage

EE4g shock to the data usage system

4g data usage significantly higher than 3g I’ve been using 4G since O2 launched their service. You may recall I was a trialist. Then I did the test trip around London comparing EE, Vodafone and O2 4g. For the last few months I have only been using 3g. I handed my SGS4 down and bought […]

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5g network

5g – ever given it any thought?

The 5g network – all of a sudden I’m quite looking forward to it I write a regular column for the Institute of Telecoms Professionals Journal, a worthy tome that should be read by engineers everywhere. Usually they chuck a subject over and I hastily scribble something down just before the deadline. Normally the subject […]

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LINX88

LINX88 notes thoughts and ramblings

LINX88 notes and thoughts LINX is without doubt a big outfit. The stats speak for themselves: 603 member ASNs 22 new applications in 2015 1454 connected member ports 851 member-facing 10GigE ports 13 member-facing 100GigE ports over 2.53 Tb/sec of peak traffic 10.212 Tb of connected capacity 583 members 62 member countries The internet plumbing […]

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B4RN rural broadband virgin media expansion

Virgin expansion – a quick shufty at the business case & why they aren’t interested in the final third

Virgin Media expansion All over the news today are the Virgin Media expansions plans. Virgin plan to spend £3billion expanding their network reach from 13 million to 17 million homes. That’s £750 per household passed. If, following this investment, Virgin grows its customer base by the same proportion as the growth in network coverage they […]

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Sky News on Snapchat

Obvious one really. Nobody wants to watch repeats of the news so Snapchat seems to me to be the perfect vehicle for it. This is why Sky News and Sky Sports have announced a new Snapchat app. The one thing I have had against Snapchat, apart from the unwanted spam from Team Snapchat that I can’t […]

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voice recognition cloud provider survey

Randomly dictated

voice recognition Giving the kids a lift to school this morning. T I thought i’d fill in some time was waiting for the kids to get ready by randomly dictating a post. New line I i also did this yesterday from the cafe in the office because i didn’t have a key with me and […]

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support ben white

Support Ben White – he could do with your help

Support Ben White Ben White is a really nice bloke. He is a networking engineer and used to work for me at Timico before growing out of the job and heading for greener grass. Ben is also a really good networking engineer. In fact he is both a really nice bloke and a really good […]

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linkedin community manager

Dear LinkedIn community manager

Dear LinkedIn community manager. I realise that I signed up for the group (or at least I think I did – there are so many of them) but I don’t really want to be spammed with invitations to Webinars. I don’t do webinars. I have a short attention span and webinars want you for a lengthy […]

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channel tunnel mobile data rate

Mobile data bandwidth in channel tunnel

Channel tunnel mobile data rate impressed Over in gay Paree for a few days to settle my daughter into the next six months of her year abroad adventure. yesterday was a freezing 11 hours traipsing around prospective flatshares. Couple of things I noticed both here and on the way over. In the Channel Tunnel I […]

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web filters block list

I blog about nail polish – what’s wrong with your filters?

  Web filters block list includes fashion blog I mean, come on @TalkTalk_UK I blog about nail polish, dresses and occasionally handbags. What's wrong with your filters? — Ashleigh-Jayne (@SmashleighJayne) January 26, 2015 So apparently @TalkTalk_UK's filters have blocked my blog. Struggling to understand why a fashion and lifestyle blog is unsuitable for kids — […]

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Facebook down – oh

I note facebook is down. I checked it on twitter. Twitter is alive with the news. Suddenly occurred to me that it doesn’t matter. It is interesting, however, to consider that facebook must have a massively reliable platform but still has problems.  It goes to show that you can never achieve 5 nines reliability. Twitter […]

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ISP report places Sky at top of rankings for Q4 2014

broadbandrating.com ISP report Couldn’t help noticing that broadbandrating.com have published their quarterly ISP report. Highlights include: Sky was rated top provider for Q4 2014 Plusnet recovered from  a number of service outages in Q3 to rise  to second place in the overall ratings BT showed a big improvement in customer support levels with average call waiting […]

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uknof30

Live blogging from UKNOF30

It’s hotting up here at UKNOF30 in Bishopsgate. We are deep the heart of the City of London and the place smells of money. Witness the scene that meets you as you walk into the local Tesco express: a large display of champagne – see the featured image. Times are clearly not hard around here. Anyway […]

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What’s a network card?

@Lyn_1969 @SkyHelpTeam he was here today, he couldn't do it, what's a network card?? — the one and only me (@phillym64) January 19, 2015 It’s interesting how people that don’t work in the technology business just have no idea about a lot of the buzzwords we use. It takes years of experience to get to […]

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Telco musical chairs with O2 as the prize.

When the music stops… So the latest, as far as I can gather, is as follows: BT are buying EE and not O2 Sky and TalkTalk are now interested in buying O2 with a rumour that so are Liberty Global (Virgin). Hutchinson (3) were also rumoured a couple of days ago to be interested. Vodafone […]

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broadband churn Broadband Technology Pipe

Are ISP incentives to new customers going to be counter-productive and drive broadband churn?

Offers to new customers could drive broadband churn The broadband market is massively competitive. This is a good thing. As in many markets ISPs offer incentives for new customers to sign up. In the B2B world these incentives are frequently given to resellers rather than the end customer. However in the consumer marketplace where everything […]

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adult content filter snoopers charter TalkTalk Router Security Flaw

A quick guide to problems that will arise if we implement further internet surveillance measures

Snoopers Charter revisited The aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo murders has lead to goverment and opposition calling for more internet surveillance. Here are a few points for your consideration. Storing this data will inevitably result in it being hacked, left on a train/taxi on a laptop/memory stick and details of a government minister affair with […]

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@lonap AGM 2014 cc @SteveGlen @prt2m

You will all be aware that society publications such as OK Magazine, Allright, Hello and Hiya major on publishing photos of as many people as they can to guarantee that someone buys them. They at least get as many sales as people in the pics. Well we’re a bit like that at trefor.net, the Xmas bash being an […]

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wireless mice on display at Maplin

Of mice and, well mice

The wireless mouse conundrum I haven’t bought a mouse for donkeys years. In fact I’m not sure I’ve ever bought a mouse. There has always been one around to use. This weekend I found it convenient to buy a mouse. I’ve been borrowing one of the kids’ and he has understandably periodically been nicking it […]

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