NANOG 66 is in San Diego by the sea @LONAP

NANOG 66 – bring your shorts One of the downsides perhaps of being in the internet plumbing industry is that your Facebook timeline constantly fills up with people  off to conferences in exotic places. Even when they aren’t off to a meeting people are still off to exotic places as they spend their air miles. This week […]

The local wide web and the Rangemaster cooker service

Rangemaster cooker service – does your cooker need one? trefor.net is back in action for 2016 after a very refreshing Christmas and New Year break. Most of you who are friends on Facebook will have seen what I’ve been up to and you can follow my daily non-work-ish diary over on philosopherontap.com. In the meantime […]

Slightly confused of Lincoln

HP printer delivery either 09.13 or 13.56 You see before you a bewildered bloke. One where there is a risk of extremes of emotions on this, a pleasant if slightly breezy English summer’s day. My HP printer delivery is either going to be at 09.13 or 13.56. Coming out of the pool changing room this morning […]

Expensify – another online revelation

Expensify makes expenses simple to submit Everytime I find a new service that I think is great and realise it’s been around a while makes me realise how behind the times I am. All my LONAP expenses now go on to Expensify. It’s like my experiences with Uber and AirBnB. Just so easy to use. […]

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 […]

Online life – more trust being placed in mobile devices & airbnb

In which I book a flat in Paris using airbnb Had a really good online experience last night. The Davies’ are off to Paris for Easter to celebrate our daughter’s 21st birthday (I know I know I don’t look old enough). She will already be there so transport and accommodation for the remaining five of […]

Old Websites

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 […]

The Hump Day Five (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 […]

It’s the weekend yay and I have lots of junk mail

It’s the weekend yay and I have lots of junk mail to catch up with. Normally this only takes 2 seconds. Virgin Media keep soliciting business and miscellaneous crappy insurance offers. One letter sticks. It’s about the fact that I didn’t appear to have paid my mortgage for two months. Sigh. My mortgage goes out […]

Is there a travel agent left in town? Internet upsides and downsides

Travel agents seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth. I’m not surprised. Everything like that is done online these days. I’ve been researching the destination for a family holiday. For various reasons we can’t push the button until much nearer the end of school summer term. Doesn’t stop me looking to see […]

Windows XP ATM failure

There’s a Post Office down the road from my mam and dad’s place with a Barclays ATM. Yesterday I strode up to said ATM with a view to extracting some cash. Totally legally of course. Imagine my surprise when I was confronted with a screen showing what appeared to be Windows XP booting up. Wow […]

New Joules shop opens – queue remains calm, Bruce Schneier signs book

Could hardly contain my excitement walking to work this morning. A new shop has opened on Lincoln High Street! I wouldn’t have notice were it not for the fact that a woman got in my way trying to take a photo of the queue. I too like to take photos (of queues) so I reversed […]

The O2 Wallet is dead, long live Zapp – mobile payment App

The O2 wallet is dead. It disappointed from the start. I put a tenner in to have a play and found that I couldn’t use my phone to pay for anything. It had a mobile app but all that did was provide a web interface for the phone. It wasn’t a contactless payment tool. To […]

Skimlinks – moneymaking machine #wonga #moolah #lolly

A few weeks ago  as a bit of an experiment I signed up with Skimlinks. Skimlinks is a means of making money via affiliate marketing on your website. Their plug in scans your site for words that they can associate with their affiliated merchants (Amazon etc) and they insert a link to a relevant product […]

Online Xmas shopping – delivery charges almost as much as the goods

I did most of my Christmas shopping online this year. Amazon. Who would want to face the elbow sharpened housewives and desperate present seeking husbands in the high street scrum? The shopping, aside from actually deciding what to buy for individual relatives, was easy. The shock came in finding out the total bill when Postage […]

Job Vacancy – WordPress Developer for trefor.net based in Lincoln

trefor.net is a technology blog that is widely read by techies in the internet networking and hosting industries. For the last 5 years the site has operated as a non-commercial vehicle and has built up a base of regular readers and commenters. trefor.net attracts over 40k page views a month is linked to from some […]

Post Office needs investment

Post Office needs investment. Hot on the tail of yesterday’s musical post I have another one for you. This post has to be read with the theme tune for kids cartoon Postman Pat buzzing in your ear. Ready? I’ll begin. I’ve ordered some books – from Amazon fwiw. Over the last few days they have arrived, […]

Christmas shopping was never fun

Our daughter, who is away at university, has very thoughtfully taken the pain away from our Christmas shopping by sending us (or her mum at least) a number of links to items she wants for Christmas. Easy peasy – we just have to forward the emails to Santa with endorsements – yes pair of jeans/no […]

How to avoid giving Apple credit card details for iTunes setup

One of my beefs with Apple has been that you have to give them your credit card details when setting up an iTunes account. For the uninitiated, the independent of mind majority, you need to sign up to iTunes to be able to download apps onto your iPad/Pod/Phone, even if the apps themselves are free. […]

IT problems, printers and online support models

Usually I offload any home IT problems to the kids. Last night though I spotted one of them carrying the (wireless) printer into the living room. Omg wtf I thought (the kids will probably read this). Turns out the printer is knackered. Print head stays stuck in place. The lad in question was moving it […]

Quid Pro Quo – lead generation

It took me some time to work out a strategy on how to handle sales cold calls. As CTO I get a lot of recruitment consultants and people trying to sell network equipment and services. The problem is compounded by Timico coming 4th in the Sunday Times Techtrack 100. The fact that my email address and phone numbers […]