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The Hump Day Five (23-July-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

The Hump Day Five this week goes to the pictures, gets the picture, migrates the pictures, wants a phone that takes the pictures, and offers a picture of Paris on Summer holiday. 1 A few days ago a filmmaker friend of mine asked if I would be interested in screening a rough cut of a documentary he has been...

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UK Broadband — Not Fit for Purpose

By: Lindsey Annison | Friday, 18 July, 2014

Ignore the pachyderm! By 2017 100% of the UK will have broadband (supposedly). It would seem that far too many people are happy to skirt around the issues, to deliver platitudes and sound bites to willing journalists who don’t actually feel like investigating the truth or facing the elephant in the country. Particularly in the countryside. I was brought up...

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Old Websites

By: Andrew Beardsmore | Thursday, 17 July, 2014

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 two aren’t places (except...

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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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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...

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FTTC Broadband — Upgrade Your Router

By: Tim Bray | Friday, 11 July, 2014

FTTC installed…and then the problems started. Once again, Trefor.net welcomes contributor Tim Bray, Technical Director for ProVu Communications. “FTTC — Upgrade Your Router” is Tim’s second “Broadband Week” post. At ProVu we, don’t often do onsite installations, preferring instead to leave them to our resellers. Sometimes, though, a problem comes along that requires that we get involved in helping...

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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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Africa Broadband Snapshot: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By: Michele McCann | Friday, 11 July, 2014

Despite double-digit growth over the last four years, Africa accounts for only 7% of of the world’s Internet users and less than 0.5% of the world’s fixed-broadband subscriptions. The key to bettering those numbers? Innovation and collaboration. Trefor.net is pleased to present the following “Broadband Week” post from Michele McCann, Business Development Manager for Teraco Data Environments. Michele’s post...

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The (Hidden) FTTC Wall

By: Tim Bray | Thursday, 10 July, 2014

Local exchange FTTC-enabled, cabinet within easy view, power and fibre laid down… Trefor.net welcomes Broadband Week contributor Tim Bray, Technical Director for ProVu Communications. Here is a small tale about my own company’s experience with FTTC. The ProVu Communications offices are in Milnsbridge, which is just outside Huddersfield. As we are heavy broadband users, we were really happy to discover that our...

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Rise of the Gigabit Cities

By: Dana Tobak | Thursday, 10 July, 2014

With broadband, too much is not enough, and the safe harbour of status quo will not meet the ever-expanding needs of the market. Trefor.net is pleased to present the following “Broadband Week” post from Hyperoptic Managing Director Dana Tobak. “Rise of the Gigabit Cities” is Dana’s first contribution to the site. Everyone has moments in his or her career...

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It’s Not Size that Matters, it’s What You Do with it that Counts

By: Clare Greenall | Thursday, 10 July, 2014

Sell not the thing, but the benefit in having the thing. Broadband? No, thank you. Connectivity? Well, I don’t mind if I do! Trefor.net is pleased to welcome “Broadband Week” guest contributor Clare Greenall, Marketing Manager for Timico Partner Services Ltd. Let’s talk about how to sell *Broadband (ahem, connectivity) in the twenty-tens, as it’s quite a hot topic...

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Isaac Newton woz ere but no superfast broadband in Grantham

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 10 July, 2014

Isaac Newton woz ere, according to the plaque on the wall but no superfast broadband in Granthan I was picking up Kid3 from a gig in Grantham’s St Wulfram’s Church last weekend. Nice enough gaff as churches go, if you like that sort of thing. Kid3 plays in the Lincolnshire County Orchestra – it has a name but that eludes...

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Cygnets seen during today’s walk to work

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

Cygnets at Lincoln’s Brayford Pool My walk to work always bring new sights. You see a lot more at my gentle strolling pace than when you are stuck in a car waiting at traffic lights, queuing at junctions and generally polluting the atmosphere. This morning I came across this swan and her three cygnets. I can’t imagine the cygnets 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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Virgin Media Broadband Spam

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

Broadband Spam by Virgin Media – aka junk mail. A week or three ago I whinged to Virgin Media on Twitter about their broadband spam. In other words they keep sending me junk mail pitching their broadband packages. I’m sure they are very good but sorry boys, if I want to look at your stuff I’ll do it online....

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Faster Fibre Broadband Internet Connections

By: Walter G.M. Willcox | Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

Attempting to explain some of the mystique surrounding broadband connections, (mostly) in layman’s terms. I will attempt here to clarify some of the mystery surrounding fibre broadband connections while also offering suggestions for how to overcome some of the more confusing aspects of obtaining a faster service. Virgin Media (mainly in urban areas) and BT describe their products as...

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B4RN, OMR, State Aid and the Witches Ducking Stool

By: Barry Forde | Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

The powers-that-be do not expect an ordinary rural community to roll up their sleeves and build state of the art fibre networks in parts of the UK denounced as totally uneconomic. Trefor.net is pleased to present the following “Broadband Week” post from B4RN Chief Executive Barry Forde. Barry is a networking expert with many years experience of designing, building and operating...

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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 Trefor.net 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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…Superfast Broadband That

By: Gary M Hough | Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

In moving into a world of affordable cloud-based services and versatile mobile devices, the way in which we consume Internet access and connectivity will rely on ISPs that can provide a solid, consistently fast and reliable service. Trefor.net once again welcomes Zen Internet and ISPA Council Member Gary Hough to the page. Superfast Broadband This…, the first part of Gary’s “Broadband Week” post, ran...

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Ofcom to Cut Openreach Prices: Will it Increase Fibre Broadband Take-up?

By: Julia Kukiewicz | Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

Openreach’s wholesale prices to drop dramatically, but will it make a difference in fibre broadband adoption? Trefor.net welcomes guest contributor Julia Kukiewicz, Editor of choose.net, a consumer site focused on UK broadband (among many others). Later this year Ofcom will force Openreach to radically cut the wholesale cost of installing a fibre line, from £50 to £11. The regulator...

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Thoughts on the Future of Broadband Down Under from the Trefor.net Australasian News Desk.

By: Tom Avern | Monday, 7 July, 2014

Antipodeans are watching what happens in more mature broadband markets — the UK, the USA — and trying to learn from their mistakes while seeking greater value. Trefor.net welcomes “Broadband Week” guest contributor Tom Avern who, when he isn’t pontificating on the internet, can using be found helping his clients sort out their network issues, riding bicycles, or taking photographs. Tom has been...

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Superfast Broadband This…

By: Gary M Hough | Monday, 7 July, 2014

Is it too much to ask that Virgin Media provide the broadband service paid for, or at least something much closer to it than is currently the case? Trefor.net welcomes “Broadband Week” contributor Gary Hough, Regulatory Manager for Zen Internet and ISPA Council Member. Gary has worked in the ISP industry for the past 18 years and is convinced he...

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Broadband Week on trefor.net

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 7 July, 2014

Broadband week on trefor.net brings a totally international set of posts that includes contributions from Australia, South Africa and Rochdale. Broadband Week has, in all, over 15 contributors who have written material that covers a very diverse set of subjects. Editorially we do not ask specific contributors to write on particular subjects unless they can’t think of one themselves....

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The Hump Day Five (2-July-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 2 July, 2014

1 Friday afternoon found me riding the Eurostar rails, on KoryChrome (new Samsung Chromebook 2*), pounding out on a “First Impressions” piece…on KoryChrome. Using Writebox, one of those sometimes-useful writing applications that are intended to take the distraction out of the process, I was about 700 words into it when for reasons unknown I decided to go exploring. A...

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Pissup in a Brewery – Photographic Proof of a Great LONAP-Sponsored Evening

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 2 July, 2014

Pictures from the trefor.net Pissup In A Brewery held at the Fourpure brewery in London on Thursday 26th June The Pissup In A Brewery, twas a good night. Sponsored by LONAP it was mostly LONAP members and guests. The rain held off, the food was universally acclaimed as fantastic, the beer was pure, copious and appreciated by all. I’ve...

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The Hump Day Five (25-June-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 25 June, 2014

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 9%. And being that this is my still-hanging-on iPhone 4 that ’9′ might as we’ll be a ’2′ as over the three-something years iPhoneKory has...

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Owed to the Laundromat

By: Kory Kessel | Friday, 20 June, 2014

Friday afternoon finds me well-lunched (New Mexican-ish place that opened nearby about a month ago) and passing roughly 45 minutes at a laundromat that is about 100 steps from the door to our building in Paris’s 18th Arrondissement. Decidedly not Web 2.0 — no wifi, no URL on the door or windows, no comment field anywhere upon which to...

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Flying Away on a Wing and a Prayer

By: Kory Kessel | Thursday, 19 June, 2014

I’ve been daydreaming about technology. Again. Oftentimes you will see me, fingers unmoving on my keyboard, my mind skimming the clouds (not “the cloud”), blissfully imagining features that I want/need/must have in my next computer. **Cue dreamy fantasy, Fender Rhodes-ish, 1970s-era TV comedy music. Cue LOUD thunder crack.** …a monster SSD (I recently carved a Samsung M9T 2TB HHD...

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Win more Pissup In A Brewery tickets – competition # 2 – what is my favourite beer?

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 17 June, 2014

Okeydokey here goes competition number 2. Seeing as this is a Pissup In A Brewery we are talking about what is my favourite beer? There are clues to be found around trefor.net but I’m not going to help you any more than that. Answers by noon tomorrow as after that I have to go to a speed reduction seminar...

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