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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...

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Geo Restriction Means a Pirate’s Life for Me…

By: James Blessing | Friday, 11 July, 2014

Accessing the whole of creation…what is available in my “region” of it, that is. A regular contributor to trefor.net, we are as always pleased to present insight from James Blessing, the current Chair of the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) UK. Once upon a time in the west, a man sat and contemplated the state of the world and...


Kiwi ISP Slingshot promotes piracy amongst punters

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 11 July, 2014

Kiwi ISP Slingshot promotes piracy amongst  Antipodean punters – broadband internet copyright infringement New Zealand based ISP Slingshot is providing pre-VPNed connections so that New Zealanders can watch BBC iPlayer or subscribe to Netflix etc for free. A VPN, or Virtual Private Network in this case allows users to tunnel across the internet so that it looks as if they are...

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The Hump Day Five (9-July-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

In line with Broadband Week on trefor.net, the Hump Day Five either benefits, suffers or remains mind-numbingly inconsequential…you decide. 1 Fourteen years have passed since I arranged my first broadband Internet service in Paris with France Telecom, and yet it is no effort whatsoever to recall that first setup. Is this because I have an elephant’s memory? Well, it...

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Website Blocking Report

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 4 July, 2014

See if your website is being blocked by ISPs using the Open Rights Group (ORG) website blocking Blocked resource. Had an interesting tweet this morning from @boggits pointing me at blocked.org.uk, specifically this link. It shows, as is seen in the header screenshot, that three mobile networks: 3, O2 and EE have blocked users access to trefor.net. My only prior...

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The Hump Day Five (25-June-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 25 June, 2014

On Wednesday Trefor.net’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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Watching the Football

By: Kory Kessel | Friday, 13 June, 2014

Yesterday a friend of mine in the UK asked me if I was “going to watch the football”, stating his own excitement over the soon-upon-us 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (the official label of the event, if the website is any indicator), and then asking “Have you converted a little? Soccer to you, I guess.” Sigh. I actually converted...

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(Part of) A Day in the Life

By: Kory Kessel | Friday, 16 May, 2014

08h14 Woke up (to a sweet small kiss from My Missus…thanks, honey). Got out of bed. 08h19 Open Chrome tab to eztv.it. Locate torrent for and click its Magnet link. 08h19 Confirm torrent download on Transmission. 08h15 Check Notifications on iPhoneKory (within arm’s reach at bedside, of course), to get up-to-speed with what happened during sleep time. Emails, text...


Broadband traffic management – a thing of the past? #UKNOF28

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 25 April, 2014

Broadband traffic management, once an essential tool in an ISPs toolkit is beinsed less and less as the cost of bandwidth decreases. Broadband traffic management seems to have been ditched some time ago by the big ISPs. I may be behind the times here. Had a conversation with a couple of senior tech guys at major UK ISPs who told...

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The Copyright Enforcement Enigma

By: Peter Farmer | Saturday, 8 March, 2014

When I was on a panel at the Eight Parliament and Internet Conference last year, I was approached afterwards by an academic – Monica Horten. We had a chat about a few things regulatory (notably ITSPA’s work in the field of Net Neutrality) and she mentioned she had written a book on copyright, called the Copyright Enforcement Enigma. I...

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How to complain about nuisance calls and messages

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 26 February, 2014

The blog is getting a lot of visits to posts about nuisance calls and messages. There are clearly a lot of pests out there. If you suffer from this you can report incidents to the Information Commissioner’s Office at this site here. Feel free to leave a comment with any progress or otherwise. Particularly active numbers are 08000641087 (post here)...

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Bitcoin bet or bubble bursting?

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 25 February, 2014

Mt Gox is dead. Apparently. More than 750,000 Bitcoins missing, so they say.  Rumour mill an’ all. Careless that, or criminal. Either way someone has lost a lot of Bitcoin (Mt Gox has previous – see here from 2011). Now could be a good time to invest in Bitcoin. The price has dropped considerably. Mind you anytime could be...

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Stolen Oyster Card frozen

By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 15 February, 2014

Had my Oyster card stolen yesterday. No idea how. Might have dropped it but I don’t know. I only found out last night. Tried logging online but couldn’t get in to the account and because it used an old timico email address I couldn’t do a reset. This morning I tried again and hey presto got the username and...

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Indian call centre scammers need to up voice quality

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 11 February, 2014

You see before you a partially disappointed man. Not very disappointed. Just partially so. I’m waiting in this morning so that there is someone in the house when two parcels get redelivered. The phone rang. It was an Indian call centre scammer. I was only recently pontificating on the fact that I didn’t seem to have had many scam...

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LBM Direct Marketing up to their antics again – 08000641087

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 31 January, 2014

Funny what data you can gather from search results. Google, GCHQ et al know everything. I can only tell you that LBM Direct Marketing must have a campaign going again. I know this because visitor numbers to the blog post what I wrote on their pesky telemarketing activities have shot up. 883 visits in the last few days. My...

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Pirate Bay blocking order lifted in Netherlands

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 29 January, 2014

An appeal court in the Netherlands has lifted the court order instructing ISPs to block access to the Pirate Bay website. Apparently the level of filesharing traffic has risen since the ban which was seen to be totally ineffective. This should come as no surprise. In fact on this occasion I don’t mind telling you I told you it...

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An evening with Julian Huppert MP – Internet Hero #fundraiser

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 15 January, 2014

I’m not in the least bit political. If I get involved on the periphery of Parliamentary discussions and debate it is because I occasionally see MPs trying to implement legislation that doesn’t make sense in our modern internet based world. This is often because MPs have so much information thrown t them that they have to resort to keeping...

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Virgin media filter block post resurgence in popularity

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 31 October, 2013

Last year following the court order imposed on the large consumer ISPs requiring them to “block” access to Pirate Bay I wrote a blog post outlining how to bypass the Virgin Media filters and discussing the futility of the court order. I also recently added that the same methods were usable to bypass the BT, Sky and TalkTalk filters....

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TV detector vans – the truth

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 30 September, 2013

Was listening to the Jeremy Vine show on my way to the shops this lunchtime. They were talking about TV detector vans and were there really such things. Someone came on an said that he used to drive one but that there was no equipment inside, or at least nothing switched on. The TV license people used to use...

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Gone phishing

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 30 September, 2013

Had a wonderful little phishing attempt over the weekend that I feel compelled to share with you. I wonder how many people got this one and what its success rate will be. I imagine these guys are running a business with a dashboard and KPIs. There must presumably be a ROI for them to bother. They do need a...

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Credit card – phone line scam from a friend of my sisters on Facebook

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 30 August, 2013

Credit card-phone line scam from a friend of my sisters on Facebook. I’ve just reposted it verbatim as it says everything it needs to say. It does make you wonder what on earth can be done to stop these. If everyone had an intelligent line that allowed you to block number withheld calls that might go some way towards...

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08452865284 nuisance call

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 4 July, 2013

Just in an ITSPA council meeting and rejected a call from 08452865284. This was a bit of a result as a quick google shows people complaining about answering a call from that number and getting a recorded message. You may have noticed me posting more stuff like this. I’m going to do it every time I get a spam call...

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School connectivity and filtering – google translate

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 14 June, 2013

Dropped the kids off at school today. I don’t normally do it. It’s out of my way and gets in the way of my early morning swimming regime. It’s the last GCSE so it was only fair that the run in would be comfortable. Let the lad get in the zone. I mentioned that last night I had sent...

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Should we regulate the cloud?

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 6 June, 2013

Today I am at a CIO event in London discussing the topic “Too important to be regulated and too important to be left alone” (Forbes) – Should we regulate the cloud? You could extend this question to encompass the whole internet. Really there is no difference between the internet and the cloud. When you think about it, as the...

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Golden Eye – not just another James Bond villain

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 21 November, 2012

You will no doubt remember the case of evil villain ACS Law where consumers were bullied into stumping up cash with the threat of being taken to court for online copyright infringement. Victims often had no idea of the legality of what ACS Law was doing or where the burden of proof lay and often found it easier to...

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Alternative ways of bypassing the Virgin Media filter to access Pirate Bay – Google Translate

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 9 May, 2012

Since publishing the original post on this subject that described how to access Pirate Bay using free proxy servers I’ve had a few people point out other ways. Some were left as comments on the post itself. Some came in by email. The most innovative is where Google Translate service is used as a proxy server. Take a look...

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How to bypass the Virgin Media web filter to access Pirate Bay

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 6 May, 2012

How to bypass the Virgin Media web filter to access Pirate Bay Industry colleague Gary Hough left a comment on my blog post on Pirate Bay the other day. He has now written a guest post (tagged on to the end of this one) outlining how easy it is to bypass web filters to access “blocked” sites. I asked...

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Pirate Bay now, what next?

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 30 April, 2012

I’ve just been on the Pirate Bay website. It looks decidedly dodgy. Ads for pornography and flashing boxes inviting you to “fix it now”. Not been on it before. Thought I’d do so before the court order kicks in. Today a court told the biggest consumer ISPs to block access for their customers to the Pirate Bay website. Most...

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Ofcom update on Digital Economy Act implementation timescales – slipped to Q1 2014 #DEAct

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 25 April, 2012

It seems a long time ago now, the passing of the Digital Economy Act. It’s easy to remember how long because it was rushed through just before the last general election and I’m sure that global historical events such as the re-emergence of a Liberal government (only joking) are amongst the list of dates you remember exactly what you...

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Government plans to track emails and websites visited – my take

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 2 April, 2012

The fuss in the media today regarding the government’s plan to make Internet Service Providers capture personal communications data is nothing new. It was brought up under the last Labour government as the “Intercept Modernisation Programme” and received heavy criticism from the Tory party in opposition. Now with the responsibility of government the conservatives seem to have seen things...

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