Wifi interference caused by BTWiFi and B...

Ever since doubling down on my broadband connection by using both Virgin Media and BT Infinity my wired connection is amazingly fast.. almost supersonic.  But after a few days, my wifi connection really started to suffer.  And the problem wasn’t just with my wifi – my Sonos system started to drop out intermittently and it doesn’t use a standard wifi signal.  Everything pointed to some form interference.. I live in a city and so there are plenty of other wifi signals around.. here’s what I found: Quite a few access points – but the most...

How to watch Netflix, BBC iPlayer, etc w...

It always surprises me when I can’t access services that I pay for in the UK such as Netflix or UK TV (BBC iPlayer, itv, etc) when I am travelling. The TV and film industries places out of date and draconian copyright restrictions on the video service providers that force them to limit access to viewers located within their country/region. Which means that when you’re travelling overseas, you’re out of luck when it comes to streaming video from home. Or perhaps not. If you could access the services from a UK IP address even though you are overseas, then...

Making your home internet connection fas...

I have a love hate relationship with my broadband provider (VirginMedia).  Their products are pretty great… when they work.  When they don’t work and you have to suffer the hell that is their customer service (in particular the offshored parts), then you are willing to throw everything away and start again.  It’s even worse when they become oversubscribed in an area and don’t seem to have a plan for upgrading the hardware to keep up with demand. This is what happened to me in April of this year.  My internet went down on Friday night at 6pm.  I...

Google is an Artificial Intelligence Com...

Google is search – right? It has a big database of websites and other internet documents and is fantastic at letting you find what you are looking for within it.  It spends a lot of money crawling the web and on developing sophisticated algorithms that make your searches more and more relevant.  It also makes a lot of money from selling advertising on those searches. If you check out the company website, Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” And then I read “In the...

How to automatically save every Facebook...

You typically have an offline copy of the photos you upload to Facebook – but what about the photos that others upload of you?  Wouldn’t it be useful to be able to save/archive photos in which you are tagged?  Well, with the magic of IFTTT.com and DropBox you can and here’s how: IFTTT.com is the glue, the duct tape for the internet now.  It stands for “if this, then that” and allows you to connect different services together to help automate your online life.  It’s currently free to use. Dropbox is a cloud-based storage service that allows you to have...