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Thursday, May 28, 2009

my Notspots?

Research commissioned by the BBC has found that many people in the UK live in what has been termed, "broadband notspots". The poor folk in these blighted areas are often only capable of receiving broadband at speeds of below 2mb.

You might expect that these notspots are in rural areas but the research shows it actually affects homes all over the country, many in towns and cities.

Check the BBC's map of broadband notspots

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Workers Home Tech Habits Revealed



A survey of over 300 workers in Canary Wharf has found that over a quarter of them work from bed using their laptop or smart phone.

Of those that do opt to take their laptops to the bedroom, over half of them spend between two and six hours a week tapping away from under the covers.

Perhaps most shocking is that almost a fifth of respondants admitted to using an unsecured wifi network at home.

The survey was carried out by tech security company, Credant.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Dire Consequences of Using Someone Else's Wifi

Just read a disturbing story in the local Kent Messenger about a man from Deal who used an an open wireless network to access the internet. Whilst accessing the "non-public" wifi access point, the police stopped him and asked him what he was doing.

His honest reply saw him taken down to the station and spend a night in the cells. A duty solicitor advised him he had committed a crime the next morning, and the 29 year old man accepted a police caution.

He thought that was the end of it but unfortunately when he went to apply for a job, they did a check on him and found he had a caution under the Computer Misuse Act and he didn't get the job.

No information is provided in the story - sorry, can't find a link but will update this if I can find one - as to whether the owner of the wireless access point actually complained about their internet access being used.

Personally I find this very troubling. Some people leave access points open because they are happy to share their access. It's impossible to know if you see an open access point whether the owner is relaxed about sharing or technically incompetent.

Do you think the police were wrong to arrest the man in this case? Was he wrong to accept the police caution?