Wrong spellins becasue I type hte words in too quickly

Much of my work dconversations happen vi instant messaging. Becasue I tyoe very quickly I often make stanfdard typographical mistake htat arent corrected by  spellschedker. Unless the typeo is totally outrageous I’vre got to teh point o not bother ing to coerect the mistake. This might not be good practive but ordinarliy I am talkign […]


I’m not a lawyer. This is something of which I am proud. Nor am I a chartered accountant, this is something of which I am equally proud. People that are in Regulatory Affairs (telecoms or otherwise) often individually present a real Heinz 57 of backgrounds, abilities and skills. As far as I am aware, no-one leaves school thinking […]

The continuing story of why I don’t like Facebook despite the fact that I use it

I’ve mentioned this before but I hate Facebook. Their ads really irk me. Just now I’ve been reminded that my next birthday is my 53rd. I don’t mind that it is my 53rd birthday. I quite like being me. What annoys me is that Facebook have shoved an ad in my face asking “Are you 53 […]

News around the world as it happens on trefor.net #explosion116

Whiling away the time on Twitter end route from Manc to Linc and spotted this tweet: Liz Kreutz ‏@Liz_Kreutz  14s RT @madebyjuan: On my way to work and then BOOM! Building explosion collapse on 116th. NYC #explosion116 pic.twitter.com/revfnFA3oV I clicked on the link to get a better look at the photo and found an interesting […]

1951 exhibitors at #MWC2014

Yesterday when I signed in for Cloud Expo Europe the guy handing out the badges pointed out a “win an iPhone 5s free draw” for visiting the Telehouse (might have been Telecity – I no longer have the card) stand. All I had to do was take a scratchcard along and see if I’d won. […]

Report from #MWC2014 – Mark Zuckerberg and the death of the Personal Computer

I see Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) is in Barca (short for Barcelona – common usage by  the mobile “in” people) for MWC 2014 (Mobile World Congress two thousand and fourteen). It’s the trendy place to be. You get to be part of the hype, the frenzy. In the run up you casually ask others […]

Edward Snowden – Facebook charges its users!

Facebook charges its users! A dramatic byline….. ostensibly it hasn’t broken its vow that it is “free to use and always will be“, and there isn’t a pay-wall being erected around it. That said, with the hefty price tag it just paid for WhatsApp, it may well have to consider things!. But Facebook has always […]

Punters rush to sign up to funky new LinkedIn Group – tech stocks rally in out of hours trading

In a data centre somewhere on the world wide web Thursday 20th February 2014 AD. This evening a new group was created on LinkedIn. One person has already rushed to sign up and early indicators suggest a rallying effect on global stock markets in out of hours trading. Group founder Trefor Davies said “I’m really […]

Contact Convergence Confusion – sorry Mark Williams – one of you had to go

You will all of course have read the post about transferring the contacts database from my personal gmail account to my trefor.net one. Well now slight issuettes are starting to come out of the woodwork. Sent Kid 3 a text yesterday. He was on his way to visit Kid 2 in Durham so I just […]

eTagged.me – you are a pest & @LinkedIn should know better

I got an email from LinkedIn saying ‘ “xxxxx” (name withheld)  has requested to provide them with some feedback based on their personality using the short link below’. Apparently eTagged.me, according to them, is “a new way to identify yourself to the world including ratings & reviews from your peers that shows how awesome you are”. […]

No mobile network coverage but WiFi saves the day again

No mobile connectivity no longer a problem. Went to a Burns Night dinner last night organised by the “Friends of William Farr School”. A good time was had by all and I got to wear my new Irish tartan kilt (photos withheld due to health and safety reasons). The bash was at Hemswell Court, a […]

Never, ever change your Twitter handle by @LindseyAnnison

Here is my experience of handing over my beloved and much-used Twitter handle, plus associated domain names, email addresses and contacts, to a good cause. To cut a very long story into one (longish) paragraph, Digital Dales started out as a voluntary organisation helping Yorkshire Dales businesses to go online in 1999-ish; watched all our […]

Gravatars and where to get em

I’ve been asked how you get an image in the post whenever you leave a comment on this blog. You need to sign up for a Gravatar account over at https://en.gravatar.com/. This integrates with wordpress and will insert your pic whenever you leave a comment on a wordpress blog. Even lets you provide different pics for […]

Profile information on people when adding to Google Contacts

I’ve added a couple of people to my Google Contacts list today based on being given their email addresses and mobile phone numbers. I’m impressed to see what other information on each person Google comes up with when you add them as a contact. The info added by Google in Contacts must presumably be dependent […]

Social media accounts for startups

I’ve started to separate personal social media accounts from the blog. Although trefor.net is named after me I want to depersonalise it so that downstream it wont rely on me. I ultimately envisage a small staff of developers and editorial types running the site whilst I swan off to conferences in exotic places, the golf […]

Google Apps update – trefor.net is now working

Since Monday I’ve been trying to set up a Google Apps for Business account for trefor.net. I kept getting rejected with a message saying that “the domain trefor.net was already in use”. I was using it via my personal gmail account – picking up trefor.net emails pulled from my Timico POP3 mailbox. Deleted any reference […]

#trefbash2013 update

In my original announcement for #trefbash2013 I said that I wouldn’t be providing any food but that guests could order from the standard menu and pay for their own. Well I’m pleased to report that due to the generosity of sponsorship this year I have been able to chuck in some nosh so make sure […]

How do I manage Android phone based interruptions from social media alerts?

I’ve just realized that my Android phone is interrupting me now as often as the toast popup (or whatever it is called) on the laptop that tells me when a new email is in. I’m getting notifications for new Google+ alerts, Twitter mentions, follows and Direct Messages, Facebook replies & messages, LinkedIn endorsements (lots of […]

Announcing #trefbash2013

The trefor.net xmas bash 2013 is on Thursday 12th December. This year we are back at SoHo’s Phoenix Artist Club. When you have a winning recipe why change it. We even have the same musical line up with the Jeff Brown quartet and international jazz pianist Colin Dudman. Last year we drank 53 bottles of champagne. […]

Lead response time – salesforce.com

Salesforce.com sales team very responsive to new leads. Sat on the sofa last night I was checking out the Salesforce.com social media integration tools. It was preferable to play marketing videos through headphones plugged into my Chromenbook than to listen to inane chatter on the Great British Bakeoff that Mrs Davies was avidly watching (sorry […]

First #bloggade a big success

We held the first #bloggade at the Timico datacentre in Newark yesterday. A bloggade is as you may know the collective noun for a group of bloggers. This first event was highly successful covering a range of blog related subjects: 1 The type of infrastructure used to host blogs (led by Timico hosting tech guru […]