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Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf featured in HotLINX24 magazine

Posted by jorbell on January 11, 2011

HotLINX24 magazine

HotLINX24 magazine

The latest edition of London Internet Exchange’s magazine – HotLINX24 – is now available to download from the LINX website: https://www.linx.net/files/hotlinx/hotlinx-24.pdf

The cover story this time is on Internet pioneer Vint Cerf and his keynote address at the 6UK launch event back in November. IPv6 is understandably a big talking point in the industry right now with IPv4 exhaustion just around the corner.

Other stories featured in this edition include the Google Internet Economy Report, the Cisco Visual Networking Index and data centre news from Greg McCulloch at Interxion. There’s also a bumper member news section with Cablenet, ATMAN, Hurricane Electric and associate LINX member, Netnod.

There also the regular features from the Internet Society (ISOC) and the RIPE NCC plus a round up of recent Public Affairs news stories. Added to this is a review of the recent Internet industry events such as the 5th Polish Network Operators’ Group meeting (PLNOG5) in Krakow.

Readers may be interested to know that there is now a specific HotLINX Facebook page which includes exclusive content such as unpublished event photos and articles.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe and my meeting with a drunk Glaswegian Eric Cantona Lookalike

Posted by jorbell on August 23, 2010

Edinburgh Festival - Banshee Labyrinth 2010

Edinburgh Festival - Banshee Labyrinth 2010

Later today I’m going to the Edinburgh Festival to watch my wife, Jo, perform on the Fringe. She is part of something called ‘A Pint of Poetry & a Dram of Drama’ at Scotland’s most haunted pub, The Banshee Labyrinth.

“A Pint of Poetry and a Dram of Drama is an open mic spoken word event from Peterborough. You know, near Cambridge. For 4 years it has hosted local poets, bards of the fens and MCs. In Edinburgh for the first time. We bring some of PTowns best wordy talent to you.”

I’ve been to the Edinburgh Festival before but not since the late 90s but I thought I’d recount a tale of when I found myself alone in the city in altogether strange circumstances…

Strangers: My meeting with a drunk Glaswegian Eric Cantona Lookalike

The following story relates to a person I knew for just six short hours, three of which involved us both sleeping (though not together) but is an oft repeated tale from me when a discussion turns to the subject of strangers, Edinburgh and Scotland.

Back in 1996 I was on a three week summer break between finishing a five month secondment position and returning to my old job. This allowed me to just tour where I liked around the UK as long as I made two pre-arranged appointments in the English Peak and Lake District National Parks.

The rest of this trip took in North Wales, Dublin in Ireland, Scottish Lochs and western isles, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and East Anglia. In total I travelled around 2000 miles in 19 days crossing the Irish Sea, climbing one of England’s highest peaks in Helvellyn and experiencing the joys of the famous Edinburgh Festival. It was in this final location that I met my stranger….

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Event Traffic – the streaming media summer

Posted by jorbell on July 20, 2010

HotLINX22 cover

HotLINX issue 22 - Download available now

The latest edition of LINX’s member magazine – HotLINX22 – is now available to download from the LINX website: https://www.linx.net/files/hotlinx/hotlinx-22.pdf

The cover story focuses on the impact streaming media has had on networks during the summer months. In the UK in particular, traffic has risen sharply as Internet users kept up to date with what was happening in the General Election, the Budget as well as with sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon.

Below is an extract from the article as featured in HotLINX22.

Changing habits in TV and Internet usageThere appears to be a change in the way that people are using the Internet and television. Where once it was a ‘one or the other’ activity, users often now have the TV on in the background while browsing on their laptops or mobile devices. Different large scale events such as the Grand Slam tennis and the football in Africa can now be followed simultaneously. With more and more content available online this pattern of behaviour can only increase.

Sport and Politics mix in Summer Internet Traffic Surge

There is an old phrase that says that sport and politics don’t mix but they certainly did between the 22 and 24 June and in quite a remarkable way.

As George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to the House of Commons began his Budget speech on the afternoon 22 June, two tennis players, American John Isner and French qualifier Nicolas Mahut, were preparing for a first round match at Wimbledon in what was to become the longest match in tennis history. The match began at 6:13pm on Tuesday evening and wasn’t completed until 4:48pm two days later after a total playing time of 11 hours and 5 minutes.

While the match wasn’t of any great significance to viewers in terms of who was playing,the sheer fact that the final set finished with an incredible score of 70 games to 68 in Isner’s favour kept the public hooked until the end. What was also grabbing people’s attention at this time was the finer detail of the first post-election Budget and the must-win England match against Slovenia in South Africa which took place on Wednesday afternoon.

All three events were largely intertwined in that there were key periods in coverage that overlapped and that the majority of it occurred during office hours.

Online links to earlier issues of HotLINX can found here: https://www.linx.net/publicity/hotlinx.html

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7/7 – The London Bombings, 5 years on…

Posted by jorbell on July 7, 2010

July the 7th 2010 is the 5th anniversary of the London bombings where 52 people were killed in four separate but co-ordinated terrorist attacks. I would like to take the opportunity to reproduce one of my articles that was written about those tragic events that seeks to explain how small, seemingly meaningless, decisions, can have a massive impact on people’s lives.

None of us are here forever but we still change the World

Where we are in our lives today is essentially the end results of two seperate series of actions that run alongside each other. One is based on our own internal decision making and how we react to the situations we are faced with and the other are the external events over which we have absolutely no control. Making the distinction between them both is very important.

What is difficult to comprehend is that what happens to us today could be traced back to borderline decisions made hundreds and thousands of years ago. The future changes with any decision any of us make no matter how trivial it seems in the greater scheme of things.

If we think back to the London bombings in July 2005 we can look at many peoples lives completely changed, not just for the unfortunates who were killed and injured, but for the family and friends who have had to deal with the aftermath. In fact we’ve all been affected in some ways because our attitudes will change with respect to travelling in London and what we feel for certain members of society, it can’t not have an impact.

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Busy, Busy, Busy!

Posted by jorbell on June 15, 2010

Busy Busy Busy bookIt’s hard to believe but it’s been a couple of months since I’ve updated this blog but as John Lennon once famously said: “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans”. It’s a statement that’s never been more true than it has been this past week as my wife Jo conspired to break an arm a few days before she was about to start a new job. However, that’s a blog for another day.

I’ve had a very long to do list recently which despite making things rather more hectic than I would like has actually made my day-to-day schedule rather exhilarating. In addition to my work in the office I’ve been in events in London (Internet World) and Newcastle (Thinking Digital) which were both very interesting in different ways. I will post a review of Thinking Digital later this week as this in particular is well worth attending if you can.

I’ve been working on copy for a 12 page corporate brochure, the content, design and layout for a five page staff newsletter and also the production of the company’s 16 page membership magazine. There have been banners to produce for an event in Brussels as well as for International Telecoms Week in Washington DC. The latter of these required the sourcing of a US supplier and arranging delivery to the conference organisers in Maryland.

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The London Marathon Experience: 26.2 memories

Posted by jorbell on April 17, 2010

Over the years I have run many 10Ks, 10 milers and half-marathons and and also a duathlon of two 5Ks and a 10K bike ride but it is the marathon that is the ultimate memory for me. Many people are about to embark on their first London Marathon experience on 25th April and I wish them all the very best.

Tomorrow marks the 11th anniversary since the last of my four London Marathons and rather than do what would in effect be a review of each one, I am going to pick out 26.2 of the more memorable instances from those four runs which best represent what it can be like to compete in a big city event. The route has changed since I last competed but you’ll get the picture.So here it is: This is your chance to take part in a marathon without moving from your PC. Don’t forget keep hydrated so I suggest you get yourself a beer!

1. On the free train from London Bridge station to Blackheath you join the masses of runners heading for the start. They all look fitter than yourself but everyone feels a connection because we are about to embark in what is akin to a spiritual experience. We are testing our strength and personal resolve against the ultimate test of human endurance – the mythical distance of 26 miles and 385 yards. Some people are quiet with it being their first event, others are chatty and excited having been this way before and then there are those who are running for a loved one or a good cause. In this final category you get those who take it a stage further and run in fancy dress. It is not often you find yourself nose to nose with a person in a rhino costume but curiously no-one bats and eyelid. Any other day and these people would be sectioned!

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Reasons to Leave Twitter

Posted by jorbell on March 16, 2010

After attending the Social Media World Forum today at Olympia in London I decided to check out what people were saying about the event by clicking on the official Twitter hashtag topic, #SMWF. If that last sentence doesn’t make any sense let me explain…

Twitter hashtags are used to bring all posts on a particular topic in a single feed. Under normal circumstances it would involve real words such as #marketing or #socialnetworking but in the above example it has used an acronym. If you haven’t realised yet #SMWF stands for Social Media World Forum and this trend topic has been used in many different ways over the course of the two day event.

Some people have commented in real time during the workshops and seminars while others have posted questions for panel sessions. Others have spoken on what has been going on during the exhibition and at the post-event social gatherings. One such posting was of a blog which actually wasn’t connected to the event whatsover yet was retweeted many times by people who attended the event.

The blog in question was titled The Reasons I’m Leaving Twitter… which gave the following introduction:

I just deleted my Twitter account. It had over 25,000 followers. Here’s why…

About a year ago, I really loved Twitter. It was a lot of fun and it was great for communicating with people and for getting into all sorts of discussions. But as Twitter has grown, it’s become full of NOISE. Even, though, my follower count has risen, the response to my tweets has been on a steady decline. The reason is simple…

There’s just more and more noise on Twitter. People are following so many people that single tweets are easily missed in someone’s timeline. I’ve confirmed this decline with many other Twitter users. And it’s only going to get worse.

I won’t say anymore because all is not as it seems. The post was designed to spark debate and it has certainly done that on Twitter. Read on to find out more.

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Social Media World Forum – Olympia, London

Posted by jorbell on March 15, 2010

You can tell when the latest online phenomenen has really taken off when it inspires a multitude of conferences and trade shows for businesses to try to sell us something to enable us to use it better. There’s nothing wrong with that which is why I shall I be presenting myself at the Social Media World Forum registration desk at London Olympia for my delegate badge tomorrow morning.

Unlike a lot of shows I’ve attended recently I’m holding out high hopes for this one as the event program looks excellent. A wide variety of content to cover the multitude of uses of social networking and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing Adam Parker of online PR agency Realwire present his workshop, The Press Release for an Online World or “Meatball Sundae”. This will look at the social media news release, who’s using them and how they can benefit PR and search engine optimisation (SEO). I know Adam personally so I know it will be excellent though I’m not so sure about his catering judging by that title!

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The Stars of Dragons’ Den: “Where are they now?”

Posted by jorbell on March 10, 2010

On Saturday I wrote a blog post on Business Startup – The Business show, an event for anyone looking to start a new business. Amongst the speakers are two former Dragons from BBC TV’s, Dragons’ Den in Richard Farleigh and Rachel Elnaugh. For this entry I thought I’d do a little digging to see what the current entrepreneurs from the show are up to at the moment.

James Caan

This week it has been announced that James Caan is to be on a panel of judges for the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2010. Now in their second year, this event will recognise the achievements of exceptional small and medium sized enpertises with prizes of up to £2,000 cash and 50,000 Nectar points.

Duncan Bannatyne

Duncan Bannatyne, meanwhile, is playing a leading role in the 2010 No Smoking Day campaign by starring as the granny in a remake of the Queen video ‘I want to Break Free’. The annual event sees nearly one million smokers quit each year.

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Business Startup – The Business Show

Posted by jorbell on March 6, 2010

An event which is a must for anyone thinking of starting their own business in 2010 is Business Startup – The Business show.

The two day exhibition takes place at the Excel Centre in East London on the 20th and 21st May and features many big name speakers including two former Dragons in Richard Farleigh and Rachel Elnaugh plus Levi Roots whose Reggae Reggae sauce has been one the big success stories of the Dragons’Den TV phenomenen. Also present will be David Gold, a serial entreprenneur who was recently part of the takeover which bought West Ham United football club.

The totally free event will feature 80 seminars and over 200 exhibitors with workshops, 1-to-1 advice and networking opportunities. Take a look at some of the show highlights and register for your tickets. I’m not sure if I will be able to make up myself as I’m already involved in organising an even that week but if I can be there I wiill.

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