Hold the phone!? Landlines – who uses theirs nowadays?

Whilst idly wasting time surfing the internet looking for something interesting to write whilst i’m enjoying my holiday in Thailand, I came across a video about landlines, and if anybody actually uses it anymore.

First thing I did was to check with a few mates if they knew their number – I did this by messaging them on Whatsapp and sending a group Skype message – we’ve moved on so much we don’t even use our mobile numbers to communicate!.  So all in all I’ll go along with the research 100%.
The video was from Relish – London’s new wireless broadband service – which has just released a video experiment to highlight how few people actually know their landlines numbers these days, and that many landlines are used solely for the purpose of accessing the internet – meaning people pay for unused line rental, on top of their monthly broadband fee.
In the video participants were asked on the spot to try and call their own landline number off the top of their head, and offered a prize of £50 cash if they could. (I know there’s not a chance that I could tell you mine off the top of my head, and honestly, I don’t even have a phone plugged in). The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy5-0sc3OKY it really highlights how the need for a landline is becoming a thing of the past.
Relish’s 4G wireless network for central London means that you can get online without needing to wait for a broadband installation guy, long contracts or unwanted landlines.
Research commissioned by Relish reveals:
- Nearly half of Londoners only keep their home phone so they can access the internet
- Almost 40% of Londoners don’t know their own home phone number
- 56% don’t know how much they’re paying for their landline each month
- Over half ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ use their home phone to make calls
- 65% of adults admit that landlines are a thing of the past
You can find out more by visiting https://www1.relish.net/, following Relish on Twitter andFacebook

Do you remember your smartphone from when you were a kid?

I do, fondly.  I had the Nokia 3210 and I loved it.  I think I had around 3,000 different covers for it:

Classy right?

Classy right?

Ah yes many many hours spent playing snake ‘just one more time’…  On an even less serious note, check out the infographic below that I found whilst trawling for images of old phones.  It was created by Big Brother All Security and is bang on the money.


The Smarthomes Of Yesterday

As regular readers know – I have a bit of a fetish for learning about the development of China’s mobile network infrastructure.  The only thing I’ll add to the fantastic infographic below is that sometimes reality is even more suprising than fiction.  600 million handsets anyone?  (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone_industry_in_China

All Geeks should Know… “The Cloud Computing 101″

When I received an email into my inbox daring to challenge my knowledge of cloud computing (sort of…) I was forced to confront a little fear of mine.  Yes I know exactly what it is, and I think I know the basics… However computing in the cloud is one of those (rare) things that I don’t know everything about.

I joke!

So for those of you like me that want your information in neatly packaged chunks like infographics, today is your lucky day.  Thank you to Net Technical Solutions in Surrey for your time.

Any questions guys give me a shout!

Computing In The Cloud

Created by NTSols

A Quick Look At The Latest Office Technology


If you operate from an office, you’ll want to ensure your team have the best-possible equipment available. That is the only way you’re going to stay ahead of the competition and make a decent profit. Failing to keep abreast of all the latest advancements could result in dire consequences. If your competitors can complete a job in half the time it takes you, they’re going to be far more productive. Considering all that, we’re attached an infographic to this post that you might like to check out. Before you do that, let’s take a look at some of the most-essential new tech items.


You will have seen lots of articles about this on the internet as Google has been talking about their latest product a lot over the last few months. Smartglass will allow your employees to keep on top of things, no matter where they might be in the world.


In much the same way, a smartwatch will allow your team to check on their documents and correspondence when not in the office. They can send emails and perform all the standard tasks that would otherwise do from their computer.

Treadmill desks

Ensuring your staff stay in the best health is essential. The last thing you want is for them to have lots of days off sick due to a bad back. Treadmill desks will help to combat that issue.

We hope you are learning a bit here today. As we said at the start of this post, you should look at the infographic to find out more.

Infographic By UK.Insight.com

Technology Essentials for Big Businesses


The digital age has brought many improvements for big businesses. Helping to streamline practically all parts of the company, technology continues to advance and open up new opportunities. If you want to make the most of your business, below you’ll discover the most essential technology you need to invest in. From digital packaging print to social media and online data storage; there are many options open to you to expand and improve your company.

Digital printing – Creating a flexible packaging solution

Digital printing has really taken off over the past few years. Producing exceptional results every time, it is known to cut costs and keep important clients/customers happy. Not only can digital printing be great for advertising, it can also have benefits for your company’s packaging too by using digital packaging print . A digital printer can print onto practically any material. This allows you to add your company logo and produce high quality labels, shrink sleeve and flexible packaging.

Online data storage

Data storage is one of the biggest challenges big companies face today. As more people move to online browsing and ordering, the amount of data is quickly increasing year by year. As reported by Sage, the explosion of data is set to have a pretty big impact on businesses. Therefore it makes sense to start taking action now.

There are plenty of online storage options available and The Cloud is by far one of the most popular. However, big businesses need to be careful when choosing The Cloud. There are two options available and these include public or private. The public Cloud is free, while the private Cloud is a paid service. It is vital that you pay for the private storage due to data confidentiality laws. The free public Cloud is not completely secure. So unless you want to find yourself on the wrong side of the law, be sure to invest in a purely private data storage system.



Strong social media presence

The benefits of social media for big businesses have been widely known for the past few years. However, if you really want to keep your customers happy and drive in new traffic, you need to have a strong social media presence. This means having fresh content uploaded to your social media pages frequently. If you don’t have the time to do this yourself, it would be a good idea to outsource a professional to do it for you. Customer comments and feedback will need to be answered promptly so you need to make sure somebody is accessing the accounts every day.

A good tip as featured on O2, is to ensure you don’t constantly talk about your company. Mix it up a little and add interesting facts and posts regarding recent events and issues.

These are just three of the top technology big businesses should be using. Making the effort to keep up to date with the latest technology will really pay off. Focus on technology that enhances customer experience, lowers your overheads and makes your business life easier overall.



What Sort of Printer is Right For Your Business?


Buying a printer for your business can be a confusing task. You start off thinking you can just go ahead and buy any old printer. But then it turns out there are different types with different functions. Some could save you money, and others could have you wasting money you can’t afford to spend. So which printer type is right for you and your business? There are several things to consider when you choose a printer, including how much you’ll use it and what you’ll use it for.

Monochrome Laser and LED Printers

These simple printers are best suited to businesses with low print volumes. If you usually print black-and-white documents with simple straight lines, a monochrome printer could be just fine for you. You can use one to print spreadsheets, documents and other plain-text items. But if you need something that can handle more complicated work, you’ll need to go a step up from a monochrome printer.

Color Lasers and LEDs

If you need a color printer, a color laser or LED printer is an option, but it may not be the best one. Laser and LED printers struggle to produce good quality images when it comes to printing photos or other color-heavy images. It’s difficult to get a clear and smooth image on most laser and LED printers.

Inkjet Printers

Inkjet printers produce a much better quality print when it comes to photos and printing lots of color. If your business prints colored pages, inkjets are better suited than laser or LED printers. Some in inkjets can even print on specific materials, such as canvas, t-shirt transfers and CDs or DVDs. These functions are useful if you want to produce marketing materials with a difference. If you print in color, it’s essential to try and get a quality, low-cost print. Use printers from Ricoh London, and similar high-quality printers, instead of the cheapest printer you can find.

How Many People Will Use the Printer?

A personal printer is only suitable if you will be the only one printing from it. If there are more people in the office that need to use the printer, you need an ethernet or wireless connection. Work out how much printing your office will need to do per day, so you know how much the printer will need to be able to handle. You also want to make sure that it can hold enough paper so that you’re not continuously reloading the tray throughout the day.

Multi-use Printers

Some printers perform more than one function, such as photocopying and scanning on top of printing. These extra functions may be extremely useful to some offices, but would be a waste in others. If you only want to print documents, there’s no need for the other functions. But they can be useful for digitizing or making copies of hard-copy texts or sending documents to other people.

If your business prints large volumes every day, you will need to look at more heavy-duty printers. Alternatively, you can outsource very large volumes, so you don’t have to handle the printing.

8883710788_e027aba9dd_zClive Darra



You’ve seen on TV how they make mega factories and gigantic machines – now a new online film shows how LEGO Technic shrank a giant Volvo wheel loader into a miniature model.


A new video from LEGO® Technic shows the lengths the world’s largest toy maker’s design team were prepared to go to in order to perfect their latest mini marvels.

With 1,600 individual pieces and the largest individual element ever created for the brand, the remote-control Volvo L350F wheel loader can lift more than 1kg in its bucket and drive over challenging terrain day in, day out – just like the real thing.

LEGO’s hands-on research

The film talks to the development team behind LEGO Technic’s biggest machine for 2014 – from both LEGO and Volvo – charting their passion for getting their latest model as close a representation of the real machine as possible. It also follows LEGO® Technic’s Niels Henrik Horsted, head of marketing and design manager Jeppe Juul Jensen as they conduct hands-on research, visiting the Volvo factory and a construction site and operating a L350F themselves.


“We tried to make it as realistic as possible, so it drives, steers and lifts the load just like the real thing,” says Jensen. “You can also remove the oil filters, the radiator-door swings out, pistons move and the engine is painted green, just like in the real thing.”


The meticulously detailed and fully remote control Volvo model LEGO 42030 is available from LEGO Shop and all participating retailers.

tractor box

A brief history of GIFs

It may be a hopelessly outdated, obsolete, low resolution image format, but the way people use GIFs probably encapsulates net culture more than anything else.

From reactions and memes to highbrow art, GIFs have come a long way since 87a.



 GIFs were originally invented by Steve Wilhite while working at Compuserve as a lossy image format that allowed fairly large images to be downloaded in a relatively short time, even on the painfully slow modems of the time.

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The Trouble with Internet Privacy – Featuring Kevin Spacey!

Internet Privacy

I’ve been doing a bit of reading about Internet Privacy recently and came across the old article on the BBC:


I know this is mainly down to the big record labels pushing this, but do they really think people wont just find another way around it?

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