Tag: internet

July 8, 2011
In the wake of the announcement today that the News of the World is to close this weekend, and amid rumours that once the dust dies down, the Murdoch empire will launch the Sun on Sunday as a replacement; it now emerges that an unknown non-trading company called Mediaspring registered thesunonsunday.co.uk on July 5, 3 days before the announcement of the New of the World’s demise. The domain was registered with UK registrar 123-reg.co.uk, part of Webfusion.

Either someone got extremely lucky with an opportunist cybersquat, or they did so with a little inside information. Or else, Mediaspring is fronting the registration for News International.

April 8, 2011
I signed up for a Twitter account, and maybe I should have been more anonymous than I was (didn’t occur to me), as already I have had people trying to sign up. The fact of the matter is that I wasn’t intending to use it to tweet, as such. The reason I opened the account is that my Kindle has the ability to share my book-reading habits with either Twitter or Facebook. So by connecting it to a Twitter account, I can then pipe the resulting messages through to Wordpress, and then LiveJournal.

So the Twitter account hasn’t got anything of interest on it, other than “Test” messages, and remains protected. Once I get the Kindle link to Wordpress/LJ working, I may consider enabling traffic the other way – so that new blog posts get tweeted – but I don’t actually need another social network/time drain at the moment!

April 4, 2011
April 1, 2011
FM radio reception has always been a bit hit and miss in my area, which is why I have a couple of DAB radios around the house. However, my bedroom clock radio is still an old FM model (10 years!), and lately, I’ve found things worse than ever – decent reception when it wakes me up, but the moment I start walking around the bedroom, the signal comes and goes.

So I have just bought a replacement – the Pure Siesta Flow. This has a total of 4 alarm registers, which can be set to different day ranges – hence you can have a totally different wakeup routine at the weekend, without having to change anything. When the alarm goes, you have a choice of sources:

February 25, 2011
I mentioned in my previous post that as my HTC Desire is a work phone, I will not be using it for calls while I am in the States, due to roaming costs. Which is why I wanted to look at VOIP again.

I have had a VOIP/SIP client on my phone for some time – SIPDroid. It is a popular client, and I could use it to make calls through my work VOIP phone system. However, it would never ring when a call came in, which limited its use.

September 28, 2010
July 28, 2010
This amused me. Like many of you, I am used to receiving phishing attempts, claiming to be from my bank, or my ISP. Most are immediately deleted, some make me think a little before I confirm it is a phishing attempt, mainly because my *real* bank is clueless about sending emails to me from 3rd party domains.

I recently received an email which was sent “to notify you that we have temporanly (sic) prevented access to your account”. Nothing new about that. Except the “ISP” which was allegedly suspending me (and requiring my signing on to reactivate my account) was none other than filklore.co.uk.

July 27, 2010
Google images has changed, at least in the UK (it is likely it has been this way in the US for a while). Loading of a page of images in response to a search seems much quicker, the appearance of the page is nice and clean, and when you click on an image the way it shows both the picture itself and the webpage it is from is greatly improved in layout.

I really do like it.