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 […]

Sentiment analysis experiment ends

Sentiment analysis experiment ends I’ve ditched sentiment analysis as a metric on the website. The idea that we might be able to rate broadband providers according to social media sentiment was a good one but in reality most people commenting on their broadband provider were slagging them off (to use the venacular).  Most positive […]

Effectiveness of Facebook over YouTube for video reach

Facebook versus YouTube – best bet for video marketing? On 2nd June we released the “bullet proof broadband” video in which we blasted some routers with a shotgun to monitor the effect. A light hearted bit of advertising for our affiliate marketing site. Thus far on Facebook it has had 2,730 views with a reach of 6,880. […]

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 […] Defragmenting today’s communications Comms Federation In his week as guest curator Rob Pickering of ipcortex now has a post by Amandine Le Pape who discusses WebRTC federation. I’ve held a view for a long time that the world would be a better place if there were a widely used standard for messaging federation, so that I could 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 […]

Website seems to be down – how am I supposed to book a train ticket @VirginTrains_EC

Virgin East Coast website must be affected by the wind You see before you the words of a disappointed man. I have some trips coming up and thought I’d just pop on the Virgin East Coast website to check out the schedules and pricing. To my annoyance I was unable to access it. Darn […]

@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 […]

The value of Social Media in website Traffic Acquisition

Having just launched I am clearly interested in doing what it takes to build up traffic to the website. The more visitors it gets the more the likelihood of a click through and a commission payment. We are right at the beginning. This morning I took a look at visitor patterns and it is […]

The Hump Day Five (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 […]

Broadband – A Student Perspective on an Essential Service

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 […]

The Hump Day Five (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 […]

Facebook is down – something went wrong

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 […]

Me and My Pebble Steel

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 […]

Pinterest blocking suspicious activity in your area

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 […]

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

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 […] Thursday Tweetup in Town venue confirmed

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 […]

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

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 […]

Seeing more promoted tweets on Twitter

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 […]

Why would you want to commute to work?

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 […]

Air France has Me all A-Twitter

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 […]

Many Happy Returns of the Onslaught

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 […]

Meet Kory Kessel – an American in Paris & editor of

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 […]