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Sony Centre Berlin

Sony Centre Berlin – part of a E4Bn investment built on wasteland in the last 20 years The building in the featured image is next door to the Sony Centre and is the only pre ww2 building in the area to have survived the bombing. Image below is of some sections of the Berlin wall […]

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Euref gas holder Berlin

The tour continues – euref gas holder Berlin Euref gas holder Berlin. Berlin is a wonderfully atmospheric place. As someone who grew up during the Cold War it really does represent a rich seam of somewhat sombre material for the bloggers imagination. Especially on a grey October day. Our tour took us to the Euref Centre […]

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The Berlin Conference – Euro-IX Berlin

My name is Harry Palmer – Euro-IX Berlin Sunday was a grey day in Berlin and the stark concrete surroundings of the Olympic Belltower provided an atmospheric background for a short video. The Belltower, incidentally, was the British Rugby Club clubhouse in Berlin. A suitably indestructible place for rugby players to get drunk (and play […]

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Oyster refund yay?

Yay an Oyster card refund I’m rich! No wait a minute… Dear Huw Davies Due to an operational issue, you are due a payment of £2.90. This is now ready for collection at Camden Town. Payment correction details: Reason: Payment correction because of an operational issue Value: £2.90 Reference: 5272976 Collection location: Camden Town Status: […]

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12.1-YOG4PAS2QL has just destroyed my battery life

The new reduced 12.1-YOG4PAS2QL battery life As I was fiddling about on my laptop last night in front of The Apprentice, earphones in listening to music and concentrating intensely on my laptop screen to avoid all contact with aforementioned TV programme which I detest intensely, an offer of a firmware update for my Oneplus One came in. 12.1-YOG4PAS2QL. I […]

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How do I decide which is the best mobile phone?

Best mobile phone? Unless you got religion it ain’t easy. I’ve been thinking about getting a new phone. My Oneplus One is not really that old, maybe a yearish and it is still in good nick. Problem is that it keeps freezing when I try answering inbound calls. I end up having to call people […]

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Thoughts from a cocoon

Flight BA 462 to Madrid I’m buried in music on a flight to Madrid. My own earphones insulate me from the tinny emissions of a cheap set of earphones across the aisle. The dress code is high summer. Whilst Autumn in the UK has screeched around the corner and slid to a halt in front […]

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He’s dead jim

He’s dead Jim & Captain I cannae hold her This He’s dead Jim is getting to be a bit of a nuisance. I often find tabs have crashed on my Chromebook with the message “He’s dead Jim”. This is usually a memory issue. Google reveals that lots of people have the same issue. Indeed my […]

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Secure data stolen from Lloyds Bank datacentre

lloyds bank data theft I note Police are investigating the disappearance of a storage device that contains people’s names, addresses, sort codes and account numbers, after it was taken from a data centre in July (Telegraph). Some thoughts here. Why would the Telegraph store this kind of info unencrypted on a data device? Indeed why would they store […]

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WhatsApp spam

WhatsApp spam endemic Aaaargh just received my first WhatsApp spam message. I don’t even use WhatsApp though I do have the App on my droid. It’s getting uninstalled right now. The spam originated from someone who created a group , added me to it, sent the spam and then removed me from the group. Must […]

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GoPro Pigs GoPro

GoPro Pigs GoPro on broadbandrating.com 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 […]

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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 –https://www.facebook.com/groups/fast.rural.broadband/) ) 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 […]

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iBeani

iBeani pirate product Sick and tired of having a cushion on your lap to prop up the iPad or laptop but don’t want to risk radiating your gonads? Look no further. Introducing the iBeani™ – a stylish bean bag, specifically designed to hold tablets or e-readers on any surface at the perfect angle. Tired of […]

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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 […]

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Fancy a bit of stuff on the side?

Ashley Madison helps you find other people who want to cheat on their partners The older I get the more I realise how sheltered I am. I spotted a comment by @ruskin147 on Twitter whilst whiling the time away waiting for a late train to arrive: PR for Ashley Madison says of the plans for […]

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HMRC scam spam

HMRC scam spam forwarded to my accountant Thought you’d appreciate this public service service announcement re HMRC scam spam. Got the following email text notionally off HMRC and with lots of links: Hello TREFOR.NET, You can’t afford to miss your payment deadline If you submitted a self-assessment form in January, your second payment instalment is […]

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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 telegraph.co.uk 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Stop Press – wonderful LinkedIn invite

LinkedIn spam Just seen this wonderful invitation to connect on LinkedIn. See the featured image. As you can see it’s from ABDULKADIR BALA MOHAMMED – FORMER MINISTER OF FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY ABUJA NIGERIA I was so excited by it I had to drop writing a post on how I’m going about choosing a new broadband provider […]

Technology: a generation gap or fear of the unknown?

Fear of tech – can’t understand it meself 🙂 Zoe Easey is a web dev and co-founder of Epix Media. She discusses the fear of tech and whether it is a generational thing. I have friends and work contacts that constantly profess “I don’t do tech” which scares me a little – how can you […]

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Our records show you work in shipbuilding

Multiple spam phone calls in one day and how I hate being called Mike It all started as I left the tube, just after 8am on Tuesday. The phone rang. No one calls me at that time of day. Unless… The kids have hurt themselves or the office is on fire (metaphorically). Usually something bad. So I […]

Pebbles, Pebbles, Pebbles everywhere.

Pebble smartwatch review – @Baskers compares 1st & 2nd gen   When Tref first approached me to write a guest blog post for Women in Tech week, to be honest I was kind of scratching my head a bit about what to write about. Where to begin? What should I say? What to choose? I’ve […]

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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 […]

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Snoopers Charter Revisited – here we go again

Gets tedious doesn’t it, this constant battle to introduce defend against the Snooper’s Charter. You will all have seen from the Queen’s Speech (gawd bless ya Ma’am) that the Comms Data Bill (Snooper’s Charter) has been reincarnated into the Investigatory Powers Bill (Snooper’s Charter). Page 64 is what you are looking for. Details yur if you can’t […]

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I used Skype Out yesterday

My six monthly Skype call I used Skype Out yesterday. I’d previously had an email from Skype telling me my Skype Out account had been frozen because I hadn’t used it recently. That’s because Skype is quite expensive compared to other VoIP services so I dropped it. Still had about £6.60 in there though and […]

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Tunisia broadband to reach 100% of households by 2020 says minister

Tunisia broadband Following on from last week’s China broadband post this tweet mentioning Tunisia broadband caught my eye Every familiy in #Tunisia 2b connected w/ highspeed #broadband in nxt 5yrs #WSIS #connect2020 says Minister Communications Noaman Fehri — conneally (@conneally) May 26, 2015 Just goes to show how vital broadband is seen to be everywhere. […]

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