connectivity and networking posts – both fixed and mobile, fast and slow

gopro pigs

GoPro Pigs GoPro

GoPro Pigs GoPro on Needs no introduction really but if you were one of the global audience that saw the original broadbandrating pig racing video you will know that a GoPro camera was strapped to the back of one of the pigs as part of the filming. GoPro pigs! Well this is that pure GoPro […]

B4RL Lincoln Cathedral

New Facebook group – B4RL

B4RL – Broadband for Rural Lincolnshire Hi all. I’ve learned from the example of B4RDS (fast broadband for Rural Devon and Somerset – ) and decided it would be a good thing to have B4RL as a focal point for people to discuss issues they may have with getting superfast broadband to their homes and […]

best broadband deals found on

The tangled web of consumer broadband marketing

best broadband deals In the last 10 days I have had approximately fifteen emails from affiliate relationship managers of the big 5 ISPs with notices of changes to their marketing offers. 6 from TalkTalk, 1 from Sky, 4 from BT and 2 from Virgin. Plusnet haven’t been in touch for 3 weeks or so. I’ve […]

B4RN broadband BT rural broadband reinvestment

BT throw £129m back into rural broadband pot

BT rural broadband reinvestment Bit of an announcement from DCMS re performance against budget for BT and the BDUK broadband roll out. I was in conversation with someone about the Lincolnshire project and was told that they were coming in significantly under budget and were expecting the remaining funds to be ploughed back in. That […]

oops something went wrong

Oops something went wrong

On a wet Friday afternoon in July – oops something went wrong with the broadband order I’ve procrastinated long enough. I’m ordering Virgin Media’s 152Mbps broadband only service. At least I’m trying to. As you can see from the featured image without too much success so far. My logic in choosing Virgin is simple. I […]

BTOpenreach engineering visit Install ofcom strategic review

Ofcom Strategic Review and the separation of Openreach from BT

Ofcom Strategic Review – the boys don’t want to see a separate Openreach The Ofcom Strategic Review happens every 10 years, the last being in September 2005. This week Ofcom announced the consultation for its latest review with a wide range of subjects on the table around the general subject categories of investment and innovation, […]

This is your final free article this month

Telegraph reads reach limit

This is your final free article this month That’s it. I’ve reached my limit on Telegraph reads this month. Henceforth I will have to read in an incognito window. The telegraph doesn’t stop access via incognito window because they depend on cookies to count page reads.  Cookies are blocked in incognito mode. I tend […]

broadband bandwidth usage

The future of data storage bandwidth usage

Bandwidth usage – the only way is up I periodically discuss the bandwidth usage on our home broadband and the growth trend in data storage on our NAS box, driven by the number of photos we store. This usually prompts a discussion on home broadband data usage and for your entertainment and delight I’ve put this […]

marketing lunch

Another glorious summer day

It’s another glorious summer day in the shire but I am up early and off South to the oven that is London. I have a good day ahead with the first Tech Marketing lunch and the Political Intelligence birthday party. 7.30 am train down and 9.30pm t5ain home. Urgh. A long day. Should be enjoyable […]

how to choose a broadband provider may usage

how to choose a broadband provider

Just writing out aloud the process I’m going through of choosing a broadband provider. I currently have an 80/20 line from which I get 35/7 performance, most of the time. It’s an unlimited service. Bandwidth usage is approaching 300GB a month. My current supplier is Timico a business ISP. As such I get great service […]

linkedin lonap

Linkedin links to Lonap

LinkedIn LONAP membership announcement Exciting to announce that LONAP has Linkedin as another new member. This follows on from the recent announcement of Apple hooking up with the IXP. AS 14414 LinkedIn joins an exciting roll call of members in what is a rapidly growing marketplace. Not all readers will be familiar with the internet peering model […]

siemens it graduate

Experiences as a Siemens IT graduate

Siemens IT graduate –  my career experiences so far… On October 1st 2014 I embarked on the first step into my career in IT. After completing four years at the University of Lincoln and gaining a Masters degree I was lucky enough to be offered a place on Siemens IT Graduate Scheme. Congleton is the […]

network automation

Life in the network automated future

Network automation – yea baby A long time ago, in Operations the world was very fragmented – web admins, sysadmins, database administrators.  Now most people at good companies are generalists. Tools allow you to administrate all of the different programs in the same way.  Specialists still exist, but for most day to day operations, specialists […]

Network Filter bypass solutions

How to get round an ISP’s filter

Network Filter bypass solutions The world is more connected now than ever before, and the change never seems to stop. My first experiences were a remarkable contrast to present-day possibilities. Radio is a constant source of amazement to me. Ever since my first contact across the planet using morse code on 3.5MHz, I have been […]

Liz loves prosecco geeks

Who sez geeks don’t do prosecco?

Geeks and prosecco do mix! I’ve been working within the networking industry since 2007. This isn’t the longest time compared to some of you die-hard industry types, but with my first UKNOF in 2009 I was thrust straight into the fabulous world of ISPs, networking and geeks. It was an odd industry to join as […]

women in tech

Women in tech week

Female blog posts to the fore with women in tech week on To be honest we shouldn’t have a “women in tech” week on this blog. We shouldn’t have to. However it is still very much the case that blokes hugely outnumber women in the tech industry and a bit of positive discrimination doesn’t […]

london broadband speeds

Central London superfast broadband desert

London broadband speeds shocker At first glance this map of London broadband speeds coverage is a bit of a shocker. It’s been published by Mayor Boris Johnson (or by his minions) based on inputs from Ofcom. You can see that the residential areas outside the centre are by and large well served albeit with a […]

b4rn video

B4RN the movie

B4RN storming video B4RN as all of you should know is a rural broadband network providing a 1Gps symmetrical service to parts of the countryside near Lancaster. B4RN has produced a video that has been entered into a competition. It features @cyberdoyle plus many volunteers seen out digging trenches high up on the hills in […]

Anderson Report on Terrorism Legislation

Anderson Report on Terrorism Legislation

Anderson Report on Terrorism Legislation The Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, yesterday published his report into investigatory powers. The Anderson report on terrorism legislation is almost 400 pages long and includes 124 recommendations so you need some stamina to plough through it. Following the report’s publication Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, gave […]

Superfast broadband Connection Vouchers

Superfast broadband Connection Vouchers – not!!

Superfast broadband connection vouchers – hands up if you’ve had one Slightly annoys me. I get this email from HMRC winding up my expectations. “Up to £3k towards a superfast broadband connection”. Now I already have an 80/20 line but actually it is rubbish. I’m about 800 metres from the cab. It’s a long way. […]

Next Page »