Standards – good or bad ?

Back in the early days of the automobile there were no standards to follow, pretty much every maker did their own thing.  The ‘modern’ layout of foot controls – clutch, brake, accelerator was some way ‘down the road’ which meant drivers had to relearn habits every-time they went from one type of car to another.

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Do you want fries with that?

For the last few months I’ve been doing some VoIP phone systems and networking at a couple of clients.  It suddenly occurred to me just how much the IT industry could learn from the likes of McDonald’s. If we think back to when McDonald’s first hit our shores they brought with them a whole new

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Idiot taxi driver outside the M25

Now we’re pretty much expecting the ‘poor behavior’ of taxi drivers inside London.  Their strong belief that they are ‘gods among mere mortals’ when it comes to the roads, but it seems they are now ‘spreading their wings and moving into the suburbs. Now, bare in might at the time this was shot, I wasn’t on

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Is Multiculturalism to blame for extremists?

In the ‘modern’ Western world the idea of racism is frowned upon, in stark contrast to the 18th and 19th centuries when the Western world was developing their own strong national identities, which it then promoted, with the belief that their culture was better than others. Of course back then this wasn’t referred to as

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World Cup and Statistics….

Whilst not a football fan (that’s soccer to the Americans) myself, I was interested top read some survey from GlobalWebIndex where it states the Americans (51%) were ahead of both Brazilians (50%) and the Brits (44%) as to being engaged in supporting their teams via social media. Now, I just about remember my days as a

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When the taxman has more power than the Green lobby

In the rush of the political field to produce ‘cheap power’ one item on the list which the government in the UK, is sticking it’s head in the ground over is the use of bio-diesel. You would think the option of burning waste fuel in place of mineral oil, would have the government blessing, as

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What have the EU ever done for us?

Being in the EU is a bit like the old Monty Python movie “The Life of Brian”, when they are sitting in the arena asking “What have the Romans ever done for us?”….. With the EU and European systems – Common Market, European Courts etc. it’s often a difficult call to see any direct impact

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What makes a good ISP vs a bad ISP? and what is rDNS?

Following the enforced move from BE to Sky, I like many others have been having ‘issues’.  Some of the biggest seem to be around the lack of thought by Sky over the whole migration – the reoccurring theme being people not being told what was going to change…. Now over the years I’ve been involved

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Upgrades fact of life or legal nightmare?

Last week, on top of all the issues with SKY migrating my BE account, my ageing iOmega NAS which ran Windows 2003 Storage Server died.  Not the actual disks but the PSU/Motherboard, so I planned on just replacing the server anyhows, I figured now was as good a time as any.  But then there’s the

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