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What I Did On My Summer Holiday (Digital Issue)

By: Kory Kessel | Friday, 29 August, 2014

Recounting a (digital) summer holiday, well spent. I didn’t intend to take a break from writing during this year’s La Famille Kessel summer holiday in Normandy. No, I had plans to regale stalwart readers with missives on the...

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Openreach Profit Incentive in Action

By: Peter Farmer | Friday, 29 August, 2014

Openreach’s sub-contractors may not all be so bad after all. I finally had BT Infinity installed a few weeks ago. Having watched the installation of Huawei DSLAM at the end of the road some time before that with much anticipation, I pondered how badly BT Openreach and its subcontractors would botch the job and ruin the frontage to our community, while also...

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Offline at 30,000 feet – Tesco sold out of ice #icebucketchallenge

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 28 August, 2014

Tesco sold out of ice due to Ice Bucket Challenge (presumably). Offline at 30,000 feet I have nothing to do but listen to music and read my recently acquired Wisden Anthology 1963 – 1982 which whilst hugely interesting to us cricket buffs can only be dipped into in short bursts. The outcome is boredom. This post, typed diligently by prehensile...

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EE Priority Answer – A Tempest in a Tea Cup?

By: Peter Farmer | Monday, 18 August, 2014

Priority answer service introduced by EE causes twitter outcry but Pete Farmer disagrees Surfing the Telegraph website in recent days my interest was caught by an article on EE Priority Answer, a new initiative from our friends in Hatfield that offers you the option to jump to the front of the customer services queue (during working hours) in return for the consideration of fifty...


Bandwidth limit exceeded

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 14 August, 2014

Bandwidth limit exceeded message on Peel Swimming pool website. Regular readers will know I’m on holiday – this week its Peel in the Isle of Man. When one is on holiday one goes for bracing walks along the Coastal Path and relaxing strolls around the harbour and castle. One also has multiple cups of tea in favourite caffs and...


Netflix Germany launch to use ECIX instead of DE-CIX

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 14 August, 2014

Netflix Germany launch uses ECIX instead of largest player DE-CIX Netflix, in case you didn’t know is a company that streams TV to your home over your broadband internet connection. In fact in markets in which it operates Netflix is responsible for a big proportion of bandwidth usage. Last year Netflix was reported to have 29% of all USA...

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Banknote – I promise to pay the bearer

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

Banknote promise by Andrew Bailey, Chief Cashier, Bank of England. This afternoon I used a twenty pound note to pay for two teas and a fruit scone at the @Harbour_lights cafe in Peel. For the first time, ever, I noticed the wording on the banknote “I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of twenty pounds”. The note...


Gull at Peel breakwater

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

The gull at Peel breakwater I was up early as I always am in Peel and wandered down to the breakwater. There was no one else around except for the woman opening up the cafe and the gull. The gull at Peel breakwater was a pretty cool customer. He stood there eyeing me. He knew that if I tried...

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iPhone 6 photo leak points to rounded edges – oh!

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

leaked iPhone 6 photo points to rounded edges – analysis Am on the Isle of Man ferry and have a bit of time to kill.  Now that I’ve managed to book tickets for Wales v AllBlacks. This was an achievement that involved an hour’s wait in a queue, most of which was whilst I was also waiting to get...

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Yorkshire Tea Jazz All Stars

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 10 August, 2014

Yorkshire Tea Jazz All Stars entertain the crowds at Old Trafford Test Match Yorkshire Tea Jazz All Stars. Heard of ‘em? I hadn’t either but I have now. In fact I don’t think they are called the Yorkshire Tea Jazz All Stars but I wasn’t concentrating when they made the announcement at the cricket but it was something along those...

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British summer holiday weather – the gathering storm

By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 9 August, 2014

Location 1 of our 4 centre summer vacation allows me to study at first hand the British summer holiday weather in action. Bromborough, Wirral, Saturday 9th August, 2014.  I’m lying in bed listening to the first passenger jets of the day coming in to land at Speke John Lennon International airport. It is still early and I am biding my...

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The ethics of non geographic numbers and information, connection and/or signposting services

By: Peter Farmer | Friday, 8 August, 2014

Information, Connection and/or Sign Posting Services (known as “ICSS”, subtly different from the topical ISIS, though many will put them into a similar “scourge” pigeon hole) at their core are simply a number translation service on non geographic numbers overlaid with advertising. The idea is that ICSS providers make it easy for you to locate the phone number you...

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OK Google – we interrupt this holiday…

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 7 August, 2014

OK Google ad on TV made me try it out and it worked brilliantly An ad for OK Google came on the TV. It was all about where to find the nearest cake shop. I immediately tried it. It worked perfectly. Just liked it did on the telly. It was astonishingly accurate. I’ve since tried it for other things....

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By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 6 August, 2014 is on holiday. Sometimes you just have to kick back and relax. This August is on holiday. That isn’t to say nothing is happening. Lots going on in the background. Under the hood (bonnet). We have an active programme planned for the Autumn – check out the events calendar. In the meantime I may stick up some...


George Osborne Bitcoin speech – BBC writing the news before it happens

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 6 August, 2014

BBC website carrying article on future George Osborne Bitcoin speech Our next door office neighbour Dan from Bitcoin company Coinative pointed out a BBC article to me this morning that covered a George Osborne Bitcoin speech. The thing is the George Osborne Bitcoin speech hasn’t happened yet and whilst the BBC talks about it in a knowledgeable manner it...


IPv4 leasing & IPv6 penetration into networks

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 5 August, 2014

IPv4 leasing offer from broker but uses gmail address. Got an email at my LONAP address yesterday asking if we had any spare blocks available for IPv4 leasing. I used to occasionally get them when at Timico as I think did most of the industry. This time it’s prompted me to look a little deeper into the issue. After all...

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Electoral register online makes opt in to open register default

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 4 August, 2014

Electoral register online makes opt in to open register default – they are trying to make money out of spammers I have just finished filling in my  details for the electoral register online.  I don’t know why I have had to do this. Kid3 has also had to but Wife1 and Kid2 have not. Wossthatallabout? The bumpf they sent says...

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Home broadband deals – how to choose?

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 4 August, 2014

Home broadband deals for consumers getting very competitive – help needed I’ve been spending some time preparing for the launch of This is a new site we are working on to make affiliate advertising revenues from the broadband market. In doing so we’ve been signing up with ISP partners and getting an eyeful of the home broadband...


BYOD strategy revealed at LONAP board meeting

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 1 August, 2014

BYOD strategy revealed at LONAP board meeting. Lonap held its regular board meeting on Wednesday at Will Hargrave’s house. These are very long days but worthwhile. We have a lot of stuff to plough through. LONAP operates a BYOD strategy. The IXP is very leading edge especially when it comes to HR and IT. The featured image illustrates the...

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Lincoln car fire outside University STOP PRESS

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 29 July, 2014

Lincoln car fire has fire engine in attendance A Lincoln car fire is not that common I’d say, though I’m not an expert on these things. I was sorting out the aircon in the office. The vent had dropped off so it was blowing cold air out one side of the office and hot air out of the other....


Manx Telecom 4G launch

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 29 July, 2014

Manx Telecom 4G launch around 12 years after being first 3G trialist Quite excited to see the Manx Telecom 4G launch. I periodically go to the Isle of Man to see me dear old mam and dad. They live around the corner from the telephone exchange in Peel. One of my old school chums Richard Fletcher works for Manx Telecom...


Lost in translation – Google Translate Ukrainian, Chrome and The Huffington Post cc@tonyhatfield

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 24 July, 2014

Google translate Ukrainian offer is v odd reports reader @tonyhatfield Today, using my Nexus 7 running KitKat and the latest version of Google Chrome, I clicked on a link to the Huffington Post. A page appeared asking me if I wanted to translate from Ukrainian. Here’s a screenshot. V odd considering the page is clearly in English. Not sure...

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The Hump Day Five (23-July-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

The Hump Day Five this week goes to the pictures, gets the picture, migrates the pictures, wants a phone that takes the pictures, and offers a picture of Paris on Summer holiday. 1 A few days ago a filmmaker friend of mine asked if I would be interested in screening a rough cut of a documentary he has been...

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Alex Murphy’s Life in India: The Children of Malipalpur

By: Alex Murphy | Sunday, 20 July, 2014

The unquestioned gospel is that children are the future, and the future of life in India is bright indeed! My route from home to rugby at 5.45am on a weekend morning takes me up the truck laden Sohna Road onto the massive NH8 inter-State highway. I follow this towards Delhi for about 12km, then at New Delhi Airport —...

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Morning after the night before

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 20 July, 2014

Morning after the night before – mollusc gets legless. The night before: We had a BBQ at our house last night. Sending off for Kid2 before her departure for foreign climes and her year abroad. Festivities began at around 5pm and the kids left to go clubbing at 10.30. Couldn’t do it meself. After they had gone with a...



By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 19 July, 2014

  Boats on the river in Chester What do you do on a balmy July evening in Chester? You take a walk down by the river  to check out the boats that’s what you do. There’s a party going on on the bandstand with some cool jazz. Diners are sat outside at Hickory’s Smokehouse to the sound of Rhythm and...


Menfolk stood outside M&S Outlet Store

By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 19 July, 2014

Men stood outside M&S outlet store waiting for their women Was shopping with Kid2 in Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village on the Wirral. She is going to be working for Hilton in Spain for 6 months and needs some suitable attire for the job. On occasions like this the M&S outlet store is the place to be and there we...

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By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 19 July, 2014

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UK Broadband — Not Fit for Purpose

By: Lindsey Annison | Friday, 18 July, 2014

Ignore the pachyderm! By 2017 100% of the UK will have broadband (supposedly). It would seem that far too many people are happy to skirt around the issues, to deliver platitudes and sound bites to willing journalists who don’t actually feel like investigating the truth or facing the elephant in the country. Particularly in the countryside. I was brought up...

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Microsoft message to renegade professionals – Stephen Elop #uncompromise

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 18 July, 2014

Stephen Elop – CEO of Microsoft message to employees. Stephen Elop’s message to Microsoft employees feels like an address to an army that knows not all of them will come through the coming battle. The organisation is huge. In the Microsoft message Elop mentions Salo, Oulu and Tampere, Finland. Beijing, San Diego,  Hanoi, Dongguan. Manaus, Reynosa and Komaron, Hungary....

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Old Websites

By: Andrew Beardsmore | Thursday, 17 July, 2014

Considering Internet detritus of the slash-and-burn order, often the walking-dead creations of fly-by-night “web developers” who took the money (and lots of it) and ran. Websites. For small businesses. Probably built by someone nice met at a local business networking event. In Drupal? Joomla? TYPO3? For those without a care in the world, those first two aren’t places (except...

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East Midlands Airport arrivals board and immigration fast track

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 17 July, 2014

East Midlands airport arrivals board and a fast track limo service Sat in the services near East Midlands Airport waiting for kid2, my little girl now not so little to come back from a 3 week stint in Barcelona. It isn’t worth forking out to park at the airport. They sting you for a quid to just drop off...

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The Hump Day Five (16-July-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

The Hump Day Five is on Red Alert this week, getting all Google-y powerful on music in the cloud, Leftovers, and Ping Pong Mania. 1 Started watching a new TV show a couple of weeks back called “The Leftovers”. If you haven’t haven’t seen or heard of it, the premise is quite simple. On 14-October at a precise moment in...

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Lamb tikka masala recipe – part 2

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

Having marinated the cubed lamb in step 1 we now move on to steps 2 and 3 for our lamb tikka masala recipe – the actual cooking. This post continues part 1 of our lamb tikka masala recipe. The lamb will be nicely marinated having spent 24 hours in the fridge in the freshly prepared tandoori spice mix. I can...

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Lost in translation – google translate funny error

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

Google translate funny error shows it doesn’t always get it right Was browsing TripAdvisor with a view to going to Majorca on holiday. I’ve always associated Majorca with pile em high sell it cheap holidays I would be unlikely to take. However I’m told that the North and East sides are v nice so I’m checking it out. TripAdvisor...

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Yes, I Read Super Hero Comic Books

By: Kory Kessel | Tuesday, 15 July, 2014

There are far worse things you can carry from childhood to adulthood than super hero comic books (and fewer that look better on your tablet screen). For me, super hero comic books are just one of those things. I loved them as a child in single digits, continued to look in on them occasionally (and sometimes more often than...


Deleted plugins

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 15 July, 2014

Deleted plugins amassed over 6 years of blogging Just deleted 33 plugins. These deleted plugins were amassed over 6 years of blogging. I didn’t need any of them. The new site still contains too many plugins but they were expedient in getting us up and running with the new design. Over the next few months we will be changing...

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What is a Mobile Number?

By: Peter Farmer | Monday, 14 July, 2014

What is a mobile number – bet you thought you knew! Seems like a simple question doesn’t it? You would be surprised how many people will answer “07″. Just like some schoolgirls on a bus I overheard once, this presumption can have costly consequences. 070 is designated as Personal Numbering – the old follow me services now largely overtaken by...


Live world cup alternative commentary coverage of the Final – the Germans v the Argentinians

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 13 July, 2014

Live world cup alternative commentary coverage of World Cup Final – the Germans v the Argentinians – in an attempt to counter the deadly dull BBC commentary. As the deadly dull World Cup final gets going we try and liven things up with a world cup alternative commentary. Hansen, Ferdinand and Shearer have spent too much time talking b0110ck$...


Alex Murphy’s Life in India: Driver’s Licenses and Cremations

By: Alex Murphy | Sunday, 13 July, 2014

Making the connection between getting a driver’s license, MI6 ’00′ status, and averting explosions at open-air cremations. Earlier this week I passed another milestone in my Indian adventure when I was issued an India driving license, and now I feel a bit like James Bond, with a license to kill. Daft as that may see,it actually isn’t far from the truth. The...

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England v India Trent Bridge – a tale of two Andersons & Yealink VoIP phone

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 13 July, 2014

England v India highlights – Root & Anderson  10th wicket world record, I am nearly knocked out by a cricket ball, Pamela Anderson gets cricketer autograph & I spot a Yealink VoIP phone. England v India at Trent Bridge was the backdrop for  great day out with the kids yesterday. There are two ways to “do” the cricket. One...

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