Sat in hospital waiting room on the Anniversary of the July 7th London bombings

London bombings – mobile network shut down. Sat in the waiting room of Lincoln County Hospital. As I wait the media reminds me that it is the 10th anniversary of the July 7th London bombings. I was in town at the time. The previous day I’d been at the Lloyds of London insurance building.  Doing a […]

Jenny Jones wins bronze – drives up internet bandwidth

Jenny Jones drove up internet bandwidth use as people watched her take bronze online. I thought the London 2012 Olympics were great. I’ve not given any real thought to the winter Olympics other than to note the run up in which the media hit us with “terrorist” stories and then tales of unfinished hotel accommodation, […]

4G speed test results in London – comparison of O2, EE and Vodafone

4G test results in London – comparison of O2, EE and Vodafone on a road trip. Competition in 4G has been a long time coming. It’s almost a year since EE launched their service and we now have the Vodafone and O2 4G networks running, at least in London. When I took part in the […]

Funky Cisco stadium WiFi technology at The Barclay Centre

Cisco engineer & pal Stuart Clark sent me this link to a really cool stadium WiFi network deployment at The Barclay Centre. You will all of course know that the Barclay Centre is home to the Brooklyn Nets basketball team (c’mon now – don’t tell me you’ve never heard of ’em). The Cisco Connected Stadium […]

Unsubscribe UKTI

I’ve just unsubscribed from the UK Trade and Industry mailing list. I think I must have got on it from being at the Global Business Summit at Lancaster House during the Olympics. They need to improve their data base. I’ve just been spammed with an invitation to “Business Hindi for Beginners”. Previously it was “Meet […]

A funny thing happened on my way to #LINX79

Today is the quarterly LINX meeting. LINX79. It’s been going for a few years now – you can work out how long yourselves. These are great meetings. You can learn more in two days here than in the rest of the quarter in between. LINX continues to grow. It in part reflects the growth of […]

Three cheers for us – Olympics Paralympics

I’ve been in the car on the way to Slough (I must have been a naughty boy when i was a kid) and listening to the Olympic/Paralympic parade. I had to force back the tears. Even the hardest of cynics must surely have been bowled over with the last month’s sport. This summer has been […]

Olympic bandwidth usage growth

Thought this would interest you. It’s a chart showing the http traffic on our broadband network in the run up to and during the London 2012 Olympics. The change is quite amazing. This growth isn’t representative of all the internet traffic during that time – that showed an overall increase of 30% or so. As […]

Technological Olympic conversations and what’s so special about Finsbury Park?

We all had a great time watching the Olympics, be it physically going to the games, on the telly or online (or all three). I’m sure we all agree that the BBC did a great job. There were comments regarding the quality of the NBC coverage in the USA but a) I live in the […]

Wireless connectivity during the “connected” Olympics

In February I wrote about the O2 4G trials in London. The trials involved travelling around the city with a laptop and a 4G dongle looking for fast mobile internet access. Six months later I was back on holiday in London for the Olympics, billed as the “connected games”. As I was due to spend […]

If you see a network engineer pat him on the back and buy him a beer – Olympics good job #LINX78

I’m at LINX78 the latest quarterly meeting of the London Internet Exchange. This meeting is particularly interesting because it comes immediately after the Olympics and its attendees represent the vast majority of UK internet access networks. In other words the people responsible for making your web browsing experience a good one during the Olympics were […]

How VIPs got around during the Olympics – security hard undebelly

We were walking through London to Hyde Park for the Blur gig and saw several of these convoys driving along Picadilly. I guess they were ferrying VIPs from their 5 star hotels on Park Lane to the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Park. The cops took no prisoners and were pretty aggressive with pedestrians and […]

Gawd blimey guvnor lawks a daisy frog and toad me old sparrer

I should apologise immediately for confusing American readers with this blog title the meaning of which will be immediately obvious to UK natives especially those born within sound of Bow bells. I should explain. On Friday I had breakfast at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen with business partner Terence Long who is a good lad […]

nice fly on the wall scene at men’s handball semi-finals

Thanks to KCom I was sat on the front row at the Hungary v Sweden mens handball semi finals – very interesting considering I’d not even heard of the game before – or at least never seen a match. We were just above some disabled positions. A lady in a wheelchair asked one of the […]

is this an Olympic or world record for most beers consumed?

Don’t know about you but I don’t think I”ve ever seen so many beer barrels. Maybe its because I’m a small town boy with a lot to learn about the ways of the world. They were at the back of the Heineken beer garden which was just outside the Cisco House. The next pic is […]

mangled train wreckage or huge helter skelter?

Having only just mentioned the Beatles here is another photo depicting one of their songs. At least I assume that’s what it is. It’s either a helter skelter or the mangled wreckage of a train crash dumped in the middle of a waste ground without realising it was the spot they had chosen for the […]

ello ello ello – wots goin on ere then?

I’m on holiday though I’ve had to fit in the odd day’s work in my busy Olympic schedule. There are going to be so many enduring images from these games. I’m probably not in any of them. I was going to do one big post just containing lots of pics from my Olympic watching but […]

The importance of psychology

It’s been interesting to hear the observations of expert commenters that athletes perform better when the are relaxed. If  they are not in the right frame of mind their chances of success are greatly reduced. When you think about it this applies in many areas. In cricket, for example, your mind has to be totally […]

The hidden cost of the London Olympics

Drove four 18 year old girls to Derby yesterday morning. They, along with three other pals were catching the train to Newquay for a week on the lash a week of post A Levels recuperation. They deserve it. We had originally booked them on a low cost flight from East Midlands but the operator cancelled […]

A number of different views of the Olympic rings at Tower Bridge

After the Global Business Summit at Lancaster House on Friday I went to Tower Bridge to look at the Olympic rings – lit up at night. Here are a number of pics from the evening: You can’t see the rings in this first pic as they don’t turn them on until after the light show. […]

GB cha cha cha GB cha cha cha

If you are the single person in the UK not caught up with Olympic fever you need therapy. This is big time excitement. There is no way you should be doing anything other than sitting in front of that box taking in cycling/yachting/rowing/running/long jumping/kayaking/swimming/tennis/ano etc. That said I played golf this afternoon when Murray was […]

Global Business Summit at Lancaster House during London 2012 Olympics

I was very privileged to be invited to the Global Business Summit at Lancaster House in London on Friday. This was a showcase of the best of British Technology Businesses and the guest list was a mix of UK and overseas business leaders. It was one of a series of sessions promoting different UK market […]