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BT branding strategy with EE?

Will BT keep the EE brand? Picked up this little gem from Twitter. It’s a good question because it opens up a discussion regarding BT’s strategy post acquisition. Assuming it all goes through. @RQ171 @bt_uk @EE so will my bt broadband fibre optic be as cheap as EE current broadband? — Fraz فراست (@FMLDNCAPO) December […]

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The future UK telecoms landscape

Future UK telecoms landscape – UK telecoms in period of massive change. The twittersphere is going wild following the news that BT has tabled a bid for EE. Mostly with messages like this one: Worst news ever @EE 12 years ago vowed to never be a @BTCare customer again. Looks like I’ll be moving my […]

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List of websites blocked by Virgin Media due to court orders

Taken from the Virgin Media website. Found this and thought you might be interested. List of websites blocked by Virgin Media due to court orders. No comment really.  I don’t support copyright infringement. Easy to circumvent the blocks though. I wonder how effective they are. Potentially a lot of work for the ISP for little […]

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Vodafone looking at Virgin Media Acquisition

  Further UK telecoms consolidation? It’s all over the tech/comms news that the Big Red is looking at the possibility of buying Virgin Media’s parent company. Google it. There is a fit because both companies have bright red branding so they wouldn’t have to change much. It was only recently we discussed the fact that […]

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IXLeeds 4 this Thursday

IXLeeds 4 is on this Thursday – that’s the day after tomorrow If you’ve been umming and ahing about going umm and ahh no more. The IX Leeds people are a great crowd and they put on terrific meetings. They do of course have the benefit of AQL’s conference centre at Salem Chapel which again, […]

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Black Friday stuff

Black’s Black Friday – 15% off full priced items I was lying in bed this morning when Black Friday was all over the news. If this blog is the only media you ever take notice of you need to know that Black Friday is an Americun import designed to try and make people rush to […]

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This Chromebook is Dead

Deceased, kaput, no longer of this world – dead Chromebook motherboard It is with a tinge of no real sadness that I present to you an image of a dead Chromebook motherboard. The Samsung Chromebook too is dead, on account of the non functioning motherboard. It wasn’t a huge loss because these things are so […]

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Charity Auction for BBC Children In Need Appeal at #trefbash2014

Charity Auction for BBC Children In Need Appeal at #trefbash2014 Yo all. With #trefbash2014 coming up fast on the rails/looming on the horizon/being just around the corner I thought we’d do something a little different this year with a Charity Auction for BBC Children In Need Appeal. First of all check out this vid, kindly produced […]

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IXScotland4 meeting Dec 1st

IXScotland4 is happening on Monday 1st  December, in Scotland. If you’ve never been to Scotland it’s a great time of year to go. Whisky tastes a heck of a lot better when it’s ‘orribly cold and wet out there. Oh and dark. Only joking. 55 people from 36 organisations have so far registered to attend. […]

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Theresa May anti terrorist stuff

Government proposing to introduce legislation to make ISPs keep IP address details for customers. This one periodically raises its head. In order to properly police the growing terrorist threat the Government wants ISPs to keep records of who had which IP address and when. When this sort of legislation gets  introduced the government normally pays […]

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Bad links

Google webmaster guidelines This is an interesting one. I got home last night from London having been to a charity lunch at Lords Cricket Ground as a guest of my friend Mehdi Nezarati of esna. It was a great afternoon and will suffice to tell you that lunch was timetabled to finish at 18.30 for […]

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Openreach engineering visit

Openreach engineering visit fixes one fault and finds another The doorbell rang yesterday just after lunch. It was an Openreach engineer. Good news. He had come to fix our phone line. I wasn’t expecting him but there again wasn’t going to turn him away. Out phone line has been jiggered since Saturday. It’s ok as […]

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TalkTalk, Vodafone & Telefonica

Of Mergers and MVNOs Interesting mix of news this week as TalkTalk ditch Vodafone’s MVNO in favour of Telefonica O2 whilst at the same time Vodafone are rumoured to be looking at buying TalkTalk. I’m not going to dwell much on the subject. The web will be awash with industry experts analysing the subject, holding […]

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Calling the fibre broadband rollout team

Fibre broadband rollout not reaching “parts that other rollouts cannot reach” My heart goes out Jazz – see tweet below. We hear that metropolitan areas get new tech rollouts because of their population densities make the return on investment faster and more attractive than say rural areas. @SkyHelpTeam hence why I would like to speak […]

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TalkTalk Router Security Flaw

Potential TalkTalk Router Security Flaw?

Interesting tweet describing a potential TalkTalk router security flaw Picked this one up on Twitter. It describes a potential TalkTalk router security flaw. I can’t for the life of me think how this scenario happens unless somehow TalkTalk are using the same IP address for more than one router – I guess with Dynamic IP […]

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Slack Instant Messaging

Using Slack Instant Messaging for our LONAP communications Just trying out Slack Instant Messaging for now. My first reaction when one of the boys suggested it was “oh no, not another IM system. Why can’t we just use hangouts, or messenger, or anything we already have.” I’ve changed my mind. Having a system that is […]

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plusnet website down

Plusnet website down

Plusnet website down – not great for an ISP Saw on Twitter that the plus.net website is down. Somewhat of a faux pas for an ISP. We’ve probably all suffered from such situations but it is usually extremely embarrassing for the team responsible. I daresay we will find out what happened in due course. This […]

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The Pylons at the Royal Albert Hall

Hitler, he only had one ball…

The Pylons at the Royal Albert Hall Having spent all last week in Hammersmith at RIPE69 the start of this week saw another two days in London. This time the visit was to see The Pylons at the Royal Albert Hall at the Music For Youth Festival – the Schools Proms. I’m very proud to tell […]

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Virgin Media net nanny parental controls make internet unusable

Virgin Media net nanny parental controls cockup On Saturday Twitter was awash with complaints from Virgin Media customers unable to surf their weekend entertainments. Apparently the Virgin Media net nanny parental control system had gone tits up. Presumably during some maintenance. Some Tweets for your info – then scroll down for some thoughts on the […]

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ripe69 karaoke

RIPE69 wrap up – Karaoke BoF

RIPE69 karaoke – excruciating T’was a week of excess. Excess conference sessions, excess coffee and excess alcohol. It would be difficult for an outsider to understand that the internet is actually fuelled by coffee and beer. That’s what makes those packets move. No sleep is involved. There is also whisky. On Thursday night, deep in […]

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RIPE69 wireless LAN

RIPE69 wireless LAN is terrific You have to hand it to our industry. Whenever I go to a conference the WiFi internet access is usually terrific. On this occasion at the Novotel in Hammersmith we have 600 or so engineers crammed into a meeting room. That’s a lot of folk using the internet whilst listening […]

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LONAP phone charger prize at RIPE69

RIPE69 coffee breaks are sponsored by @lonap

RIPE69 is in town this week – look me up Am at RIPE69 all this week. Working hard on behalf of LONAP who are sponsoring the coffee breaks. If you don’t already know, LONAP is a not for profit Internet eXchange Point (IXP) where members connect with each other to share their internet traffic, a […]

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