Monday, 28 February 2011

Vodafone break-in causes problems in Basingstoke area

Vodafone has had a break in at a technical site in Basingstoke, It happened between 1.00am and 2.00am this morning, some specialist network equipment and IT hardware was stolen.  Loss of service to Vodafone customers is mainly confined to parts of the M4 corridor and west of London and some areas either side, it is said that several hundred thousand customers may have been affected.  Vodafone said there is no impact on the security of customers' private information.

In a press release issued today Vodafone said :-

We had a break in last night at one of our technical facilities which resulted in damage done to some of our equipment. This means that some customers may be experiencing temporary loss of voice, sms and internet services. We are working quickly to restore these and will be back to normal as soon as we can. There has been no impact on the privacy of customers’ data. “

The Internet Is Out of Addresses

You would think that 4,294,967,295 internet addresses was enough, well the answer to that is no. Less than 30 years after the Internet Protocol (IP) was adopted and almost 15 years after the internet went mainstream, the pool of numerical addresses that allow PCs, servers, mobile devices etc to find each other on the internet has been all but exhausted.

There is a solution to this, that will require a lot of background work but something the user will not notice.  The internet and most networks currently use IPv4 the solution is to move to IP6.  The big change is quadrupling the length of addresses to 128 bits, which provides many trillions of addresses for every person on earth. This year, the inevitable occurred and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which is responsible for address assignments worldwide, announced it had given out the last unallocated blocks of IPv4 addresses. There are still lots of unused addresses around in scattered bits, but if you need a large block, it will have to be a IPv6 address.

The first big test of the transition will come on June 8 2011, when the Internet Society sponsors World IPv6 Day.  Major internet infrastructure operators, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Akamai, and Limelight will enable IPv6 on their systems for a  24-hour test run.  As new sites appear on the internet they will only be accessible via IPv6 addresses as there will be no IPv4 addresses available. 

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Does work ?

There is quite a lot of talk on various webmaster forums about the site and if it actually works or not.  As with many things like this you have to give it a try or take the word of someone who has tried it before.  The site claims to be quite new, and this appears to be true.  What they say is that your web site will be submitted to over 10 million classifieds, directories and social networks.  It will also ping your site over 3000 times to get a higher page rank.

This service is up for sale direct on there website or via eBay for £7-£10.  On eBay it appears to have good feedback, but as with many of these things, you can't feedback straight away as it takes time for your site to be posted around the net and indexed.

I have decided to give this a try with one of my sites (not this blog!) based on it's current Alexa ranking of 7,909,15 with 18 linking sites, I will be interested to see if this improves over the next month or so, in terms of actual visitors that I can monitor in the server logs, search engine index’s, back links and Adsense.   I will wait one month and report back on this topic. 

If you have used this service please let me know or if you have any questions about how it works I will be happy to answer.  Please note that I do not own that site or have any association with it, other than I am a user of there services.

Friday, 25 February 2011

New Apple iPad 2

It is only three working days until the new Apple iPad 2 is launched, on the 2nd of March.   There is loads of reports going around the internet about what it will look like, what it will have and what it wont have.   Reports say it will be thinner and lighter, and if we are lucky it might have a front facing camera.  There has been news for weeks about it having a better processor and memory.  And also a few sites report today that it wont have a SD card slot either, well would that bother you ?

It should have an A5 chip, up from the current A4 model, and 512MB RAM are definitely on their way according to various websites.   Any pictures of it you might ask ? well this been Apple, there is none as yet but who knows, watch this space if I can find any I will post a few.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

New Rules On Porting Phone Numbers

Ofcom has announced today that new European regulations would require that mobile phone companies should faciliate the transfer of a consumer's phone number from one network to another within one day from 11 April 2011. This would also apply to businesses who wish to transfer a large number of phone numbers to another network. For fixed porting, switching providers involves certain additional steps, such as measures to ensure that customers are protected from slamming (where a customer is switched to another provider without their permission). 

Providers will have to port fixed numbers within one working day but only after these steps have been completed. Communications providers will also have to offer reasonable compensation to customers following any delay or abuse in porting their number.

So it should make it easy and fast for us to port our numbers, well lets see how well this works out.

Text Your Emergency To 999

Could it work ? Well following a year long volunatry trial of people being able to send text messages to emergency services Ofcom has proposed that it be made permanent and its availability mandatory on all networks.  There are about 14,500 registered users of the trial service who are predominantly deaf and speech-impaired people who find it difficult to use the phone. The trial has been successful with around one emergency text a day requiring attendance by the emergency services for situations such as strokes, heart attacks and childbirth.

Ofcom is proposing to safeguard the scheme by making it mandatory for mobile operators to provide it to registered users.  This would also bring the UK in line with new European regulations which requires access to emergency services for disabled people must be as close to that delivered to other consumers as the technology will allow.  While the emergency text scheme does have limitations, such as taking longer to converse by text than by phone, it offers greater equivalence than current alternatives.

I dont know how well it will work myself, how often do you send a text that never arrives ?

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Netherlands National Circus Girls Fall During Act


Went to see the Netherlands National Circus today at Trentham Gardens in Stoke on Trent, we had great ring side seats and could see everything, the show was good, with some very good acts.  During the second part there was two girls who were swing from a net which was hung from the roof, all of a sudden during the act there was a snap sound and the two girls fell from mid air and hit the floor and such speed.  They fell a good 10 feet or so, you could tell from there faces they were in serious pain.  The music cut, the lights fell and they were carried off the stage and the show went on.  After the show there was a number of ambulances outside the tent.  Hope they was ok.

The circus has a website at and they are in Stoke on Trent until the end of this week. Photo's shown are of the show today, but not the girls fall.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Released Today

Microsoft has today released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 to the public today, following its release to select early adopter channels.

Those of you who didn’t obtain the service back through any of Microsoft’s channels (or otherwise) may now get it through either Windows Update or the Microsoft Download Center. WinRumors have found a direct link to the x86 and x64 ISO image on Microsoft’s Download Center ahead of the official announcement.  Build 7601.17514.101119-1850 RTM’d and was sent to OEMs/partners on the 9th, and was then released to those with TechNet/MSDN as well as Volume License customers the 16th.

How to Reset A Nokia E71

If you have a Nokia E71 mobile phone and you need to do a “factory reset” on the phone here is how.

Enter   *#7780#   This will restore factory settings, which resets all the settings to the default.  At this point it may ask you for a code, if it does the default code is 12345

I have not tried this but if you need to reformat your phone you can use the following code *#7370#  remember to backup your phone first.  From what I read the phone will then reboot, you then switch off for 2 minutes and back on again and it should re set itself back up again.  If anyone has the need to do this let me know if it works, I have not yet tried this one.

Monday, 21 February 2011

New Fluke 1652/PKIT Electricians Kit

If your like me and do a bit of electrial work from time to time, or if you do it full time then from what i have seen the new Fluke 1652/PKIT Electricians Kit  is a must have item in your toolbox.

For more information on this kit take a look at the following site :-

Friday, 18 February 2011

How To Publish A Web Server Via Microsoft TMG 2010

This is a working example of how I managed to publish a IIS7 FTP server via Microsoft TMG 2010.    If you have done this in Microsoft ISA Server 2006 etc then it is almost the same, to get this working I followed the Microsoft guide at

During the testing I ran into a few problems, these maybe related the FTP client I was using at the time, but from reading other web posts they are common issues with most FTP clients.  First error I got was “530 Valid hostname is expected" in FileZilla to fix this I went back to the IIS server and removed the hostname from the bindings as per Once I got past that I hit another error in FileZilla "Failed to retrieve directory listing" this was resolved by setting FileZilla to Active in the settings as per Now it is working I need to get it working as FTPS and fully external, once this is figured out I will update the blog with a how to guide for that.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Buy London 2012 Tickets

It was on the radio about tickets for the London 2012 Olympic games and how many fake web sites there are currently selling these tickets.  The key thing to remember is you can only buy tickets from the official London 2012 website ( ) Tickets for the games will be available from this official website and official London 2012 sales channels for residents in the UK and designated European countries only from March 2011, they are not on sale until this date.  Applications for Paralympic Games tickets will open on 9 September 2011 and will follow a similar sales process. Further details of the application process for the Paralympic Games tickets will be announced later this year, with prices announced in May 2011.

For more info see and the London 2012 guide on how to stay safe when buy tickets at

Citrix via the web

If your trying to connect to a Citrix session via a web site and you get the following message “"Cannot connect to Citrix metaframe server. Proxy connection failed, proxy server refused to establish a connection" Then you might think it's your proxy server or firewall causing the problems, and like me start to waste time trying to by pass the proxy and firewalls etc.  Well in this case it wasn’t that at all, the problem turned out that the user already had a Citrix Client installed on the PC but it was a old version, I fully removed Citrix client from the PC went to the website and lucky enough it prompted me to download the latest client which I did and it then started to work.  I couldn’t find this fix on the net so maybe it's a one off who knows, but if you have this problem it's worth a try.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Bush dvrhs02 vcr/dvd Combi - No Picture On VCR

Had a Bush dvrhs02 vcr/dvd Combi in for repair and the fault was that it had no picture when on VCR but the sound was ok.

The fix is to replace C821 1000uf 16v and replace C830 220uf 10v.  This is a common fault with this model.


I've need to setup a secure FTP site using Windows IIS, the question is which is the best and most secure method, well standard FTP is not secure we all know that and from reading many web sites the question is asked quite a lot what is the difference between them all.  Well here is the answer.

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) does not take any precautions to protect information transmitted during a session. This includes your username, password, and any files transmitted.
SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) is a secure replacement for FTP (File Transfer Protocol) based on the Secure Shell protocol. Unlike FTP, SFTP encrypts both commands and data providing effective protection against common network security risks. SSH Client and Server provide both command-line SFTP tools and a graphical user interface for Windows users. SFTP encrypts the session, preventing the casual detection of your username, password or anything you've transmitted. The major reason for implementing SFTP versus FTP is security. FTP is not even remotely secure. During an FTP session, your username and password are transmitted in clear text. If someone is eavesdropping, it is not difficult for them to log your FTP username and password. In FTP all data is passed back and forth between the client and server without the use of encryption. This makes it possible for an eavesdropper to listen in and retrieve your confidential information including login details. With SFTP all the data is encrypted before it is sent across the network. SFTP is not the same as FTP/S; the latter implements the original FTP protocol through a separately-created secure tunnel.
FTPS (FTP-SSL) is a real ftp that uses TSL/SSL to encrypt the control session and if required the data session. With FTPS the control session is always encrypted, but the data session might not be. Why is this? Because with the control session encrypted the authentication is protected and you always want this (normal ftp uses clear text). If you are NOT pre-encrypting the file, you want the data session encrypted so that the file is encrypted while the data is in flight. However, if you are pre-encrypting the file then you do not need to have the data connection encrypted as you do not need to add the overhead of encrypting the data connection, since the file is already encrypted. Understand that SFTP is SSH file transfer and FTPS is FTP with SSL, FTPS is a file transport layer on top of SSL or TLS. The FTPS adds SSL-enabled FTP send and receive capabilities, uses the FTP protocol to transfer files to and from SSL-enabled FTP servers.
As soon as I implement the system and get it working I will let you know….


Monday, 14 February 2011

18th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations

Well sometime ago I purchased the domain ready for the 18th edition, when ever that maybe.  The site gets quite a lot of traffic to it so the past week I have updated the site with quite a bit more information and even a new look.   As many of you electrical people will know there is no such thing “yet” as the 18th edition of the wiring regs but if things keep moving the way they are I can see the 18th edition come out very soon.  For the mean time the site has mostly information relevant to the current 17th edition and of cause will be updated with any information on the 18th edition as and when its available.

In the mean time I did plan to do a separate site for the 17th edition of the wiring regulations ( see ) but I have only just started this and there is nothing really on this site at the moment, but watch this  space I will update it as soon as I get the time.  These type of information sites seem very popular with web visitors so I will continue to give them what they want !.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Sunny Manchester

Well I’m now back from sunny Manchester, was quite nice weather and the shops were good, but I cannot feel my legs now they ache so much !

Went to see a film called “The Fighter” at the AMC cinema in Manchester city centre.  The film is about the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s, it’s quite a good film better than I thought.  For more info on it take a look here

Friday, 11 February 2011

How to blog from e-mail

I just found out I can blog from e-mail, well this may have been here before but I just found out about it.  It’s going to be a lot quicker than going to the web site and logging in each time. 

If you want to enable blogging from e-mail on your “blogger” account click on “Dashboard” and then “Settings”  then “E-mail & Mobile” and then see the “Posting options” section and here you create a secret address if you like.  Remember to click save settings after!  You can also blog direct from your mobile phone, not sure how this works but may try it one day.  Can’t see the point as most of us can e-mail direct from our phone anyway.

Hello and welcome to the new blog...

So i have decided to remove the old blog, and start again with this one, and hopefully i can update it more with whats going on. Please do comment on any posts i make, but remember "spam" will be removed and i will ban any spam posts. Enjoy !