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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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Broadband – A Student Perspective on an Essential Service

By: Zoe Redfern | Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

Broadband is a key service students need to navigate their time at university guest contributor Zoe Redfern recently completed a Masters in Computer Information Systems at the University of Lincoln and will relocate to Cheshire in the coming months to begin a graduate job with Siemens. Having completed my Master’s Degree at the University of Lincoln not long ago, I...

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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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One Out of 1,874,161

By: Kory Kessel | Tuesday, 10 June, 2014

Over the weekend I received a Twitter request from someone unknown to me to participate in a dm (direct message) exchange. Figuring it at first to be some kind of scam or sales come-on I was just about to use TweetDeck’s “Block” function to keep the party from contacting me again when I noticed in their Twitter handle something...

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Me and My Pebble Steel

By: Steve Hodges | Thursday, 15 May, 2014

Steve Hodges is the Managing Director of Astro Communications, Ltd. So I am a fully ‘out’ closet techie. Really. Having starting in comms when ADSL was a pipe dream and you could get 9.6Mbs on your Nokia phone, I suppose I joined the technology industry just after those that created it and ahead of those lucky enough to feel...

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Pinterest blocking suspicious activity in your area

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 6 May, 2014

Curious one this. I currently manually do “shares” for blog posts, one of which is with Pinterest. It’s to make sure I reach female readers. The predominance of blokes amongst the engineering fraternity doesn’t totally do it for me.  I am all for equality of the sexes etc, or so Mrs Davies instructs me. On that basis I have...

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Early morning meanderings of an insomniac – for the other insomniacs amongst us

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 2 May, 2014

In the wee small hours of the morning when the whole wide world is fast asleep I get up and go and sit downstairs and listen to the cars go racing by (sung to the tune of “Wee small hours of the morning”). Who is about at 4.50am? Where are they off to? It’s a bit early for a...

Businesssocial networking Thursday Tweetup in Town venue confirmed

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 30 April, 2014

Ok troops. The terriffic venue for the tweetup in town is the Hoop and Grapes at 80 Farringdon Street, EC4A 4BL. We’re meeting here at around 6pm on Thursday 8th May. For those of you at the ITSPA VoIP provisioning workshop there are a couple of beers on offer at the workshop venue courtesy of Danny Prieskel and...

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Death of a friend

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 29 April, 2014

I had a series of messages a couple of weeks ago from different social media contacts informing me of the death of a mutual friend. He became ill a month or so ago and whilst at one time they thought he might be recovering he went into a sudden decline and sadly passed away. This came as a shock but I...

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VoIP week on and a Tweetup in Town after the ITSPA workshop on Thursday 8th May

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 28 April, 2014

From time to time we have technology themed weeks on The last one was Peering Week where we published around 20 guest posts on the very niche subject of Internet Exchange Peering.  Next week is VoIP week. VoIP is far from being a niche subject. Every man and his dog1 uses VoIP if they but knew it. It’s...

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Seeing more promoted tweets on Twitter

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 28 April, 2014

Don’t know about you but I’m seeing a lot more promoted tweets these days. There’s a sort of mobile oriented theme but presumably that’s just on the twitter client on my dog and bone. Interesting that Sage is pitched partly at startups. Maybe I’ve been tweeting using startup related keywords. Wouldn’t use Sage anyway. I use Freeagent. The @katiemoffat...

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Why would you want to commute to work?

By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 19 April, 2014

Scene around Victoria Railway Station in Laandan. Have these people not heard of Google Hangout or Lync or Skype or any number of other collaboration & voip services? It can’t be that necessary for them to be in the office. Wtf? Lol! This isn’t a one off scene. It’s like this every time I go there for ITSPA council...

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Air France has Me all A-Twitter

By: Kory Kessel | Tuesday, 8 April, 2014

Decided to leave the cave and go mobile to do the writing thing today. And why not? Both of the pieces I hope to crank out are of a mobile ilk, the weather on this early April Paris Monday is Spring Fever inducing, and a new local wifi-enabled coffee house (Le Café Lomi) has opened its doors nearby…a perfect...

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Many Happy Returns of the Onslaught

By: Kory Kessel | Friday, 4 April, 2014

According to some algorithm or other deep in its cockles, Facebook reports that 79 people of the oh-so-fine folk I am connected to via that social media behemoth posted birthday wishes to my wall on Monday (which, yes, was my birthday). On top of that, after I posted acknowledgement and thanks for all of that warm thoughtfulness quite a...

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Meet Kory Kessel – an American in Paris & editor of

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 1 April, 2014

Happy to introduce Kory Kessel as the first editor (not counting me) of . Here is his bio wot he wrote. Kory Kessel’s 25+ years in high-tech span a remarkable roster of companies both large and small, and include such universally recognized brands as Grey Advertising, Dell, IBM, and Apple. His past successes, though, are not limited to ubiquitous...

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Wrong spellins becasue I type hte words in too quickly

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 31 March, 2014

Much of my work dconversations happen vi instant messaging. Becasue I tyoe very quickly I often make stanfdard typographical mistake htat arent corrected by  spellschedker. Unless the typeo is totally outrageous I’vre got to teh point o not bother ing to coerect the mistake. This might not be good practive but ordinarliy I am talkign to some one I...

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By: Peter Farmer | Sunday, 30 March, 2014

I’m not a lawyer. This is something of which I am proud. Nor am I a chartered accountant, this is something of which I am equally proud. People that are in Regulatory Affairs (telecoms or otherwise) often individually present a real Heinz 57 of backgrounds, abilities and skills. As far as I am aware, no-one leaves school thinking “I want to be...

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The continuing story of why I don’t like Facebook despite the fact that I use it

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 28 March, 2014

I’ve mentioned this before but I hate Facebook. Their ads really irk me. Just now I’ve been reminded that my next birthday is my 53rd. I don’t mind that it is my 53rd birthday. I quite like being me. What annoys me is that Facebook have shoved an ad in my face asking “Are you 53 next birthday”. They know...

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A Twitter death

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 13 March, 2014

I woke up in the middle of the night, took a spin round my phone and noticed that someone I followed on twitter had died. I had never met this guy but at one time he had been a fairly frequent tweeter and you got his whole life story. He was out of work with a broken marriage. It...

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News around the world as it happens on #explosion116

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

Whiling away the time on Twitter end route from Manc to Linc and spotted this tweet: Liz Kreutz ‏@Liz_Kreutz  14s RT @madebyjuan: On my way to work and then BOOM! Building explosion collapse on 116th. NYC #explosion116 I clicked on the link to get a better look at the photo and found an interesting insight into how news...

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1951 exhibitors at #MWC2014

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 27 February, 2014

Yesterday when I signed in for Cloud Expo Europe the guy handing out the badges pointed out a “win an iPhone 5s free draw” for visiting the Telehouse (might have been Telecity – I no longer have the card) stand. All I had to do was take a scratchcard along and see if I’d won. I duly scratched off...

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Report from #MWC2014 – Mark Zuckerberg and the death of the Personal Computer

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 24 February, 2014

I see Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) is in Barca (short for Barcelona – common usage by  the mobile “in” people) for MWC 2014 (Mobile World Congress two thousand and fourteen). It’s the trendy place to be. You get to be part of the hype, the frenzy. In the run up you casually ask others whether they are going...

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Edward Snowden – Facebook charges its users!

By: Peter Farmer | Friday, 21 February, 2014

Facebook charges its users! A dramatic byline….. ostensibly it hasn’t broken its vow that it is “free to use and always will be“, and there isn’t a pay-wall being erected around it. That said, with the hefty price tag it just paid for WhatsApp, it may well have to consider things!. But Facebook has always charged, as has Twitter,...

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Punters rush to sign up to funky new LinkedIn Group – tech stocks rally in out of hours trading

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 20 February, 2014

In a data centre somewhere on the world wide web Thursday 20th February 2014 AD. This evening a new group was created on LinkedIn. One person has already rushed to sign up and early indicators suggest a rallying effect on global stock markets in out of hours trading. Group founder Trefor Davies said “I’m really thrilled to be able...

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What’s up doc? I’ve never used WhatsApp

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 20 February, 2014

It’s confession time.  I’ve never used WhatsApp. Now they’ve been bought by Facebook I probably never will. I have occasionally used Skype. Since Skype was bought by Microsoft it’s probably the kiss of death for the service anyway. Probably a long, slow, lingering death1.

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Contact Convergence Confusion – sorry Mark Williams – one of you had to go

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 19 February, 2014

You will all of course have read the post about transferring the contacts database from my personal gmail account to my one. Well now slight issuettes are starting to come out of the woodwork. Sent Kid 3 a text yesterday. He was on his way to visit Kid 2 in Durham so I just said “have a good...

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Annoying Facebook ads

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 17 February, 2014

Facebook gets more annoying. Today I note the adverts presented for my eager consumption and click through. I am not interested in finding attractive women for men over fifty, especially when in the photo they look as if they are the same age as my daughter. Moreover I am happy enough with my teeth and I already have a...

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Snapchat – get down wiv da kids

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 10 February, 2014

Kid 2 introduced me to Snapchat. Must have been two summers ago when she was about to set off for uni. Other than very occasionally looking at her chats I ignored it. For one thing it doesn’t keep the photos/videos once sent. I like to keep the photos/vids. I’m a nostalgic. Recently I saw an article somewhere, BBC maybe,...

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By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 9 February, 2014

I’ve done most of my jobs. Stuff taken to tip, wood piled up “neatly” at bottom of garden, Kid 4’s bag emptied after skiing holiday (that one was worth a few brownie points I’ll tell you), roast beef prep done with veg peeled etc, broken light bulbs replaced. I’m sure there was more. It felt like it (cue violins...

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