I’m on TV and radio talking about the iPhone

Posted by Chris Green on Thursday June 28 @ 11:20 pm

Just a quick update to let you know that I’m doing a few media spots today and tomorrow to talk about the US launch of Apple’s iPhone:

BBC World Service (Radio): Overnight tonight
BBC Radio 5 Live (Radio): LIVE Tonight at about 11.30pm
CNBC (TV): LIVE Friday 10.20am UK time

It’s a broadband thing…..

Posted by Chris Green on Tuesday June 19 @ 1:22 am

Ever since Telewest’s (now branded Virgin Media, or as most customers seem to refer to them – utter crap) dismal performance in January when I was left without a phone line for over a week, I’ve been steadily working on moving my business away from the company and back into the waiting arms of BT.

It has to be said, BT has been pretty good so far. Even the engineer from BT Openreach (engineering infrastructure division) got on with things after only minor complaining and managed to compete a complex, non-regulation reconnection wiring job free of charge to bring me back into the BT fold.

So my phone is back with BT, and now I am looking at pulling my broadband away from Virgin as well.

It has to be said, the broadband service has been pretty reliable ever since I first had it, and I was among the first Telewest broadband customers in the country. But at ₤37 a month for around 10Mb, albeit with the promise of a hike to around 20Mb in July, its proving a little too much money for what you get. And so, I’ve had Sky’s heavily-subsidised DSL broadband enabled on my BT line.

I’ve opted for the uncapped up to 16Mb service for ₤10 a month. Customer service sucks, but with these cheaper-than-cost DSL deals, you get what you pay for. Or rather, you don’t get what you don’t pay for.

At present, I’m achieving around 6.5Mb, but with some tweaking at the exchange (which I’m trying to get Sky to do) I know I can get more for my money. I’ve also had to spend a little bit on hardware. Sky supplied me with a free wireless four-port DSL router, a rebadged Netgear unit. It is rubbish. Very unstable and somehow managed to achieve a very slow connection irrespective of the actual line capabilities. ₤20 later and I’ve acquired a DSL modem router (not wireless) made by Linksys which is proving much better and is significantly more reliable than the rebadged Netgear unit. Eventually, the Linksys box will be mated with my existing wireless router in place of the cable modem currently connected to it.

For now, the cable modem remains in situ, until the 20Mb upgrade is completed. By then, I’ll be ready to make a final decision on which service to dump.

Press Gazette article about Twitter….featuring…me!

Posted by Chris Green on Wednesday June 13 @ 8:40 pm

Press Gazette

The Press Gazette today published an excellent article discussing the relative merits and media applications for Twitter. Rather good timing since we have just launched the IT PRO Twitter feed.

The article was written by Linda Jones, and features comment from Stuart Dredge as well as me. It raises several important discussion points.

You can read the piece by clicking here.

IT PRO arrives on Twitter!

Posted by Chris Green on Tuesday June 12 @ 12:46 am


The IT PRO Twitter feed is now live. Using Twitter, you can now get free SMS or IM alerts to new content and breaking news stories on IT PRO. Just follow the link above and add IT PRO to your Twitter friends list. If you don’t have a Twitter account, sign up for one – the account is free, as are the SMS messages.

Definition of geekiness…..

Posted by Chris Green on Monday June 11 @ 11:25 pm

It’s a Monday night, I’m sat on the couch in the study with a bottle of wine updating various blogs, installing apps on my Facebook page, setting up a second Twitter feed while updating my main one, installing the beta of Safari for Windows on one of the laptops, watching Current TV and stress testing a Sky Broadband DSL line.

I really am a geek.

The CNBC Facebook interview….

Posted by Chris Green on Monday June 11 @ 12:49 pm

Unfortunately, due to a technical hitch with my mic that nearly derailed the whole thing, the interview has not been put online. However, it went rather well.

We also covered off the privacy issues of such services holding and displaying personal information, and even talked about Sony’s plans to morph the PSP into a phone – yes, yet another attempt at an iPhone killer.

Catch me on CNBC on Monday morning

Posted by Chris Green on Sunday June 10 @ 11:22 pm

Just a quick note to say I’ll be popping up on CNBC this Monday (June 11th) at about 10.20am talking about Facebook. We will be discussing why Facebook has become so popular so quickly and whether it is likely to command the same huge valuations that MySpace and Bebo have managed.

As always, I’ll post a link to the CNBC video once it is online, and in the meantime, here’s my Facebook page.

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