UK ADSL Slowdown

Copied with permission from Dok's blog

Britain's Broadband internet revolution seems to be grinding to a halt, just a few short years after it began. The vast majority of internet access in the UK is now via broadband, with over half the homes here having access to a 4Mb line or better. Unfortunately it doesn't get much better than that.

Britain's creaking old copper-wire telephone system was never intended to carry such huge amounts of data and is now pretty much at capacity, at 8Mb. There is talk of further exchange upgrades being able to push this up to 16Mb, but that's the limit for copper wire.

Cable providers, such as Virgin and NTL, are able to utilise the far superior fiber-optic cables to provide speeds of up to 25Mb currently, with Virgin looking to introduce 50Mb services by the end of 2009. However, the access to cable is limited, and it's a bit of a lottery as to weather or not you can get access to it.

BT plan on spending £10bn on exchange upgrades and on converting some copper-wire systems to fiber-optic by 2011, giving access to speeds of up to 24Mb, but the area effected is going to be minimal. They say that to convert the whole system to fiber-optic would be so expensive it is literally an impossibility. When you consider that other countries are planning to implement 100Mb lines with huge percentages of coverage in the near future, it's quite easy to see just how far behind we are getting in this new technological race. The implications for UK businesses competing in the global market could be very serious, with Britain becoming the bottleneck of the global communications network and simply being unable to compete in the IT arena.

And more importantly, I want a 100Mb line to play PlanetSide! That would rock 🙂

Whats the date?

I rarely write moaning posts so this could be a first for welshtroll.

calendar.jpgWhat annoys me no end, is that website owners/managers seem to believe news/blog/article entries only exist for 12 months. It's unclear what exactly happens to them at that point in time, maybe they just fade into the background noise or perhaps some form of internet meme appears and devours them.

What ever the answer, the fact remains that all of this items have a time stamp that takes the following characteristics : 24th July 13:45.

Now correct me if I'm wrong but shouldn't there be a year in that date?

I find it highly annoying when i stumble blindly onto a website that has this year-lacking date format. It's not a large change to display a piece of data that is already stored on a database with the rest of the time stamp information, is it?

So when a user visits your website they can instantly see when the information was posted, in turn this give the user chance to judge the information and how relevant is it.

Statistics & Visits

I like statistics; they can prove every helpful finding bugs and errors, but also give some great information about general usage.So signed up to the Google Webmaster tools a few months back, to see how google views my site and to hopefully catch errors that I may have missed.
This proved very helpful on some items, plus it gives some decent information about searches that included your website and the related position of your site in the results.

I've never been the kind that attempts to gain Search engine positions nor do I care about Search Engine Optimisation when building my site or creating content.

So I was more than bewildered, for lack of a better word, when I accessed my websites search related information on Google for the last 7 days.
It appears that the post I made about a Phishing email I had received, was now appearing second on Google searches for the Halifax URL, the first of course being the official website.

Additional searches engine results have redirected visitors to my website for other items related to that same Phishing post.

I suppose that it's a good thing that people are searching information on suspected Phishing emails and I hope that their profile is raised among those people less knowledgeable about the attempts to gain information from internet users.