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office 365 unlimited storage

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 28 October, 2014

Microsoft announce office 365 unlimited storage I’m not a big fan of Microsoft but in fairness to the company they are working hard on making their cloud products competitive. The latest  is their announcement of  free office 365 unlimited storage. Course it isn’t free. It costs. £5.99 a month for a single user or £7.99 a month for a household...


WHD local London invite to LONAP members and prospects

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

LONAP members and prospective members are invited to a LONAP lunch at WHD local London in the Strand on Friday 10th October. This is a rescheduling of one I wrote earlier. Following on from LONAP director Will Hargrave’s  talk at last year’s WHD local London I am heading there myself (fwiw) on Friday October 10th to do a talk entitled...


Live blogging from #UKNOF29 and Internet Society ION Conference in belfast next week

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 5 September, 2014

Look out for live blogging from UKNOF29 and the Internet Society ION conference in Belfast next week. UKNOF, or the UK Network Operators Forum have really interesting conferences three times a year. I’ve often thought one could fill the blog for  week or two with posts based on the content. The problem is that it takes a long time...


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...

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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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Eurostars Upon Thars

By: Kory Kessel | Thursday, 3 July, 2014

Being a somewhat regular visitor to London over the past 15 years, and having spent more than a year commuting weekly from Paris to a start-up gig there way back in ‘00-’01, I have Eurostar stories to burn. Nothing I could recount, though, compares to the head-shaking cock-up I was a party to this past Friday. I arrived at...

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Office365 – How Low Can You Go ?

By: Andrew Beardsmore | Monday, 30 June, 2014

It seems to me that a tipping point has arrived for businesses large and small, many of which after having drastically cut back on their IT spend over the last few years now find themselves coasting into 2014 on the fumes and vapours of Windows XP and Office 2003/7. Andrew Beardsmore is a new contributor to and this...

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The Hump Day Five (25-June-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 25 June, 2014

On Wednesday’s Editor-in-Chief serves up The Hump Day Five, a weekly collection of short (and not so short) glimpses of the life in progress. 1 Bolting to meet My Missus for a Pay-For-Weekend-Well-Spent swim (the value of which we will immediately negate with a hearty follow-up Mexican lunch), and just realized that my mobile phone charge is at...

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Facebook is down – something went wrong

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 19 June, 2014

Something went wrong with Facebook. Facebook is down. I just got that message. Looking at Twitter it seems widespread. Is this news? In one sense it doesn’t matter in the least. Facebook is not mission critical to anyone. If you are a business you surely don’t rely on Facebook, do you? Ok so a few photos may not get...

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RER B to CDG Terminal 2

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 14 May, 2014

For some time I have been thinking of writing a post while on the move, to see what that might bring to the page. Hardly original, the idea is somewhat out of my wheelhouse, if for no other reason than the fact that I truly loathe typing anything longer than a text message on a virtual keyboard. Not that...


Hosted VoIP/UCaaS is Going Upmarket!

By: Huw Rees | Friday, 9 May, 2014 welcomes VoIP Week contributor Huw Rees, Senior Vice President of Business Development at 8×8 The hosted VoIP/UCaaS (aka cloud communications) market is growing strongly in the US and it seems that the UK market is not far behind. According to Frost and Sullivan, Gartner, and others, US CAGR is somewhere around the 25%+ mark, and certainly the results...

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Turn, Turn, Turn, A Time to Every Purpose

By: Kory Kessel | Monday, 7 April, 2014

19.11 GB of 471.48 GB – About 6 hours Roughly 8 minutes ago I fired up my brand-spanking-new 3.5” hard drive enclosure (complete with newly-installed and formatted 4TB 3.5” hard drive), navigated via Finder to my bursting-at-the-seams 500GB 3.5” hard drive (also happily enclosed, and for over 5 years now), nimbly hit Ctrl+A to highlight everything, and dragged the...

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Ooo my what a big SD card you’ve got sir – is that 128GB bulging out of your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Just been to PC World to buy a new 32Gig SD card. As you know my old one was jiggered by my camera/phone/SGS4/intergalactic-slow-software-communicator (if not catch up with the story here and here) Permit me to be flabbergasted but these things now come with up to 128GB of storage! FGHJOweroijhlkjhlklnnnggg1. Now I don’t think I need 128GB. I’ve only...

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Credit where credit is due – Windows 7 networking

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Yesterday my SD  card blew up on the Samsung Galaxy S4. Not literally of course otherwise the nature of this post would be different. It would probably be ringed with a thick black border mourning the passing of one of the brightest prospects ever to have graced the Morning Star. Either that or it would be quite short as...


IXManchester – It’s Quiet Up North #peeringweek

By: James Blessing | Friday, 21 March, 2014

So IXManchester has been up and running for nearly two years (must make sure someone organises  another birthday party for June) and things continue to grow at a slightly slower pace than the first hectic few months. January saw a IX Manchester meeting take over part of GMEX Manchester Convention Centre the afternoon before UKNOF 27 and the steering committee were...

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Using FreeAgent for personal expenses & discount referral code

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 20 March, 2014

Following on from my post on FreeAgent yesterday I got home to find the details of the online banking for Time to get the accounts sorted out. All of the set up costs for the business have come out of my personal account. This includes a chunky legal bill as well as ad hoc events such as champagne...


Using Freeagent as the accounting software for startup

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 19 March, 2014

Things are fairly hectic here on the startup front. We are trying to set the business up so that everything is automated. This hasn’t been a total walk in the park due to the time it seems to have taken to do some basic things such as set up a business bank account, get online banking, VAT number...


Why Does Scotland Need a Broadband Internet Exchange? #peeringweek

By: Charlie Boisseau | Wednesday, 19 March, 2014

Almost a year ago exactly, an ambition I’ve had for a very long time came true.  It’s not a personal ambition (not exactly on my bucket list), but it’s an ambition I wanted the local Scottish Internet and broadband community to achieve. After years of failed attempts, talking amongst ourselves in the community and generally making very little progress,...


Chelsea Pensioners take cloud mainstream at Cloud Expo Europe

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 26 February, 2014

This morning I went to meet @natmorris at Cloud Expo at ExCel. More of what he is up to anon but a few things struck me about the exhibition. First of all “cloud” has become seriously mainstream. It must have if three Chelsea Pensioners thought it worth a trip. Unless they thought they were going to something else? “Might...


Regional Peering in the UK

By: James Blessing | Monday, 24 February, 2014

When I was asked to write a piece about regional peering I thought it would be a quick update on the current state of affairs in the UK. Alas with all these things I realised that I need to add a little back story. Feel free to skip over the content to the end if you know all the...


Diagnosing very slow website loading problem

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 6 February, 2014

Been having intermittent problems with since moving the site to a new virtual platform at Christmas. It’s all sorted now. Thanks to the lads at the Timico Datacentre. I asked Ian Christian to describe the issue and how it was resolved: Well… explaining it is a little hard…. The key to figuring it out was this: At the bottom...

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Got any holiday snaps, wink wink #ReadyNAS

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 4 February, 2014

Shortly after I’d arrived back from Lisbon and hooked up to WiFi not only had a hundred and seventy photos and vids already been uploaded to Google+ but also to my own ReadyNAS box at home. V reassuring. Everyone should have one. My sisters, with who (m?) I went away for the weekend, don’t. One has been carrying photos...

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Breaking news – Kodak Hero 7.1 printer is broken again – error code 3527

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 15 January, 2014

My Kodak Hero 7.1 All in one printer is broken again! Printers have always been a bit tempermental haven’t they? I bought this one on 21st January 2012. At the time Kodak were going into administration. The printer looked a good deal so I also bought the 3 year “Instant Replacement” warrantee as a bit of a guarantee against...

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BBC iPlayer growth – tablets shifting our viewing habits

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 2 December, 2013

Richard Cooper runs the BBC’s online platforms. He was guest speaker at the ISPA Conference last week and his subject was naturally iPlayer which with 245 million requests in September has enjoyed 23% year on year growth. I took pics of some of his slides – this first one shows the increase in requests. The step function in January...

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Update on Chromecast story – chrome literally being cast

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 22 November, 2013

Chromecast is now working for my browser. Yesterday I mentioned that I’d found the icon for using Chromecast from my chrome browser but hadn’t had time to test it. I’m working from home today so I’m sat in the TV room having a play testing. The pic shows my Google screen on both the Chromebook and the TV –...


Samsung Chromebook special offer not very customer friendly

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 10 November, 2013

I bought my Samsung Chromebook via What particularly attracted me to the deal was the offer of a free Samsung Galaxy phone. The model of phone wasn’t specified so my expectations weren’t high.  The Chromebook was only £229 so it wasn’t going to be a high end phone but I figured it would be ok for one of...

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Fireworks in Lincoln for Bonfire Night #GuyFawkes

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 5 November, 2013

This is a simple post with a short video showing the fireworks that were on display at the Lindum Sports Club in Lincoln on Sunday night. Simple as that really:) PS I’ve categorised this post under cloud though as I recall it was a fairly cloudless night Also I know that Sunday night wasn’t actually bonfire night – tonight...


WHD.local event in London – free Samsung Galaxy Tab

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 1 November, 2013

Earlier this week Lonap agreed to promote a WHD.local event that is being held in London next week. It’s the baby brother of the big one in Germany in April. Lonap Director Will Hargrave is doing a very interesting talk that you should all go along to. Also there is a free lunch and free drinks at the post...

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Google #Chromecast in the UK – review 5 days in #YouTube

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 25 October, 2013

Terry Hughes has just got himself a Google Chromecast dongle. In Google’s own words “With Chromecast, you can easily enjoy your favorite online entertainment on your HDTV—movies, TV shows, music, and more from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Google Play Movies and Music, and Chrome.” Must have been Google’s spiel because I wouldn’t spell favourite like that. Anyway I spotted...


Joe Baguley of VMware is guest speaker at CTO Lunch

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 25 October, 2013

VMware CTO EMEA Joe Baguley was the guest speaker at my monthly CTO Third Thursday lunchtime discussion session yesterday. These are hugely useful debates over lunch on a subject relevant to today’s IT Director. We have a guest speaker and on this occasion it was Joe Baguley, CTO of VMware. We heard about developments at VMware and the strategic...

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