Mcafee offers – how to choose anti virus software

How to choose anti virus software As regular readers will know I don’t use Microsoft software anymore. I’ve suffered from so many problems in the past that with the advent of Chromebook and the cloud I exist happily with my head up there in the fluffy stuff. This is not the case for all members […]

Real Time Campaigning: How will WebRTC and other tech impact elections in 10 years’ time?

What might a WebRTC enabled democracy & election process look like in 10 years’ time? (Or, technically, 12) There’s a lot of pre-election stuff that’s the same every year. The campaigning, the squabbles, the gaffes and the villains: they’re all regular plot lines in Britain’s most depressing pantomime. As we go to the polling stations tomorrow, however, we can […]

Can you confirm your company name is self?

01213540949 Was sat on the terrace around the pool yesterday when the phone rang. It was a Birmingham number – 01213540949. I’m not sure I know anyone in brum and toyed with the idea of not answering. I was after all going to be paying for the international leg. I clicked on the green bouton (for […]

fling flung over twitter

Fling – adult social network – I’m not supplying a link Somewhat surprised that Twitter let this ad through. I’ve been pushed a promoted tweet by “fling” three times in the last few days. There’s nothing in the ad to tell you what fling is. Just looks like an odd way to push photos. It’s […]

Samsung Galaxy S6 promo on Twitter

Samsung Galaxy S6 promo – twitter spam This one caught my eye. A Samsung Galaxy S6 promo tweet. They are everywhere. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are about to launch, can you guess what we have planned this week? #S6EdgeOfSpace pic.twitter.com/NoeID7TFtH — Tesco Mobile (@tescomobile) April 6, 2015 I replied and got a […]

Privacy International

25th Anniversary Privacy International Article 12 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says ‘No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home, or correspondence.’ This is the message driven home on the front page of human rights charity Privacy International who this year celebrate their 25th anniversary. Executive Director Gus […]

Eurostar fails Hotmail fraud detection test

Eurostar email fails Hotmail fraud detection test I have a hotmail account. I don’t use it much. It gets newsletters from the golf club and the occasional Eurostar communique. It was to check the timing of a forthcoming trip to gay Paree that I came across the Hotmail fraud detection test. I like the idea […]

Ofcom annual plan at a glance

Quick shufty at the Ofcom annual plan for 2015/16 with some comments The Ofcom Annual Plan 2015/16 is available at a glance here. Ofcom has a very wide ranging brief and one does wonder how they get anything done1 but I thought I’d pick out some bits for your attention. Promote effective competition and informed choice: […]

@RealSirTomJones gigging in Market Rasen this summer cc @Sir_Tom_Jones @MarketRasenRace

Twitter in Lincolnshire was buzzing this morning with the announcement that singing knight Sir Tom Jones is doing a concert at Market Rasen Racecourse. Exciting eh? What caught my attention was not the gig announcement. Unfortunately I’m having my hair done that evening so I can’t go. No it was the fact that it was […]

Average broadband prices expressed as pints of beer

Average broadband prices roughly equal 5 pints of beer a month ( 3 pints if you live in London). We have introduced an average broadband price element to broadbandrating.com. This allows punters to see what the average monthly cost of a broadband line is over the period of a contract. The average pricing takes into […]

Julian Huppert MP proposes that the next government implements an online rights framework of principles

Online rights framework will help safeguard privacy The internet is increasingly key to our daily lives and a crucial part of public policy making with ramifications across all areas. However, too often what we get from politicians is poorly thought through kneejerkery. I’ve seen this myself, on far too many occasions. Just to pick up […]

Why Magna Carta matters to technology policy – listen up Dave

Dr Monica Horten continues the internet privacy rights debate This year is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Great Charter that established the right to a fair trial and  put an end to arbitrary justice in private hands. What, you may ask, does this have to do with technology policy for the 21st century? […]

Internet Policy advice for whoever wins next election

Paul Bernal offers winners of general election advice re government internet policy – how about hiring advisers who know what they are talking about Perhaps the most defining feature of government internet policy – and this means pretty much all governments around the world, and particularly the last two governments here in the UK – is […]

Reform or go quietly – data protection and government surveillance

Data protection reform – Government should stop promoting industry and government interests at the expense of protecting citizens says Gus Hosein of Privacy International You can tell it is almost election time. All the discussions with anyone in the policy sphere quickly moves on to the ‘next parliament’, and questions arise about who will be the next […]

Next week is political week on trefor.net

Technology regulatory issues next week on trefor.net Yo all. Just a quick announcement that next week is political week on trefor.net. I have invited a number of high profile bloggers, academics, activists, MPs and regulatory experts to share their views on what internet and communications related laws they think the next government should be enacting […]

5g – ever given it any thought?

The 5g network – all of a sudden I’m quite looking forward to it I write a regular column for the Institute of Telecoms Professionals Journal, a worthy tome that should be read by engineers everywhere. Usually they chuck a subject over and I hastily scribble something down just before the deadline. Normally the subject […]

Will Premier League TV deal drive up cost to punters

Premiership TV rights see 70% cost increase In the news is the fact that BT and Sky have paid 70% more for the next chunk of Premiership TV rights than they did the last time around. In one sense this doesn’t affect me whatever. Although being a sportsman I do take a passing interest in […]

Unknown Roku streaming stick on network, Virgin Media, DEAct & Spotify

Roku streaming stick @virginmedia An unknown Roku streaming stick is on my network and I can't access my router settings to block them…should I be worried? — Joel Murray (@joelmurray) February 8, 2015 Interesting one this. A Roku streaming stick has to be plugged into your TV. It’s a bit like a Chromecast but different. One […]

Mobile data bandwidth in channel tunnel

Channel tunnel mobile data rate impressed Over in gay Paree for a few days to settle my daughter into the next six months of her year abroad adventure. yesterday was a freezing 11 hours traipsing around prospective flatshares. Couple of things I noticed both here and on the way over. In the Channel Tunnel I […]