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Outrage at Outage for BlueHost, HostGator, HostMonster.

And lo! On the seventh day, was the Techdom of Provo built. They called it Endurance International Group.  A perfect, pristine land pulsating with technology. Encased in stainless steel, with na’er a finger print in sight; temperature controlled, its infrastructure an engineer’s delight of colour coded connections. And into this land, the Lord God of […]

August 3, 2013

Tony Bennett and the McCann’s.

A retired solicitor who published claims that Madeleine McCann’s parents caused her death has been given a suspended jail sentence. Mr Justice Tugendhat said 65-year-old Tony Bennett deliberately flouted legal undertakings, given in November 2009, not to repeat allegations about the couple. He said his conduct was so serious that nothing less than a custodial sentence […]

February 21, 2013

HP Sauce and an Apple.

Being a cautious soul, when I bought my new iMac, I double checked with the Apple store in Paris to ensure that all my software and hardware would continue to operate with my new computer. Looked up all the right words in French an’ everything, I did. Gave them the make and  model of my […]

January 22, 2013

Leveson Schmeveson, it’s a waste of time and money…

The media will never change, not so long as the dual pressures of vanishing advertising revenues and 24 hour rolling news schedules to fill are in place. Leveson can invite as many ex-Prime Ministers and newspaper editors as he wants to spend an afternoon raising their profile and discussing their past ‘hurts’ at the hands […]

July 9, 2012

Wheelchair access to the Blogosphere.

Lord help me blog from day to dayIn such a tort defying wayThat even when I forget to pray,My prose will be accessible. Help me find the pluggins do,As the legislation doth accrueI know the things I write for youMust needs be heard by others And when the blind can hear my words,The dumb can […]

July 7, 2012

Bugging Bugarach.

Life as the Maire of a small French commune can be onerous. You are a self contained one-man social services department, with responsibility for the welfare of all the inhabitants. An adult literacy department, with responsibility for letter writing and communicating with Paris in the event that an inhabitant doesn’t feel like doing it himself. […]

June 18, 2011

Hackers ‘R’ Us

When M16 use GCHQ computer experts to hack into Middle Eastern computers and replace bomb making instructions with a recipe for cup cakes, it’s a bit of a giggle, What Ho! Boys, just a jolly jape. When US and Israeli computer experts infected Middle Eastern industrial computers with the Stuxnet virus and wiped out the […]

June 3, 2011

Journalists Do It Eloquently.

An object lesson in parting words as you fling open the door to that harsh, cruel world. Tantrumtastical. Richard Peppiatt leaves the comforting embrace [Ed. Are you sure?] of employment with the Daily Star, and sets forth on the choppy seas of self employment where making a name for yourself is sooo important. Welcome to […]

March 5, 2011

This is the Mourning of the Age of……

Seven years after the death of Princess Diana sparked a national outpouring of grief in floral format, tightly bundled in the non-biodegradable ‘wrap’ that florists use, rather than true cellophane, the ‘future compost’ tributes were still being placed outside Kensington Palace. It took volunteers three weeks to clear the original mountain of soft toys and […]

March 1, 2011

The Blog Society

Did you hear it? Friday night, around tea-time? The crunch of gears engaging, the whine of engines turning over. Perhaps you smelt the noxious diesel fumes as Sandwell Borough Council revved up their engines, lowered their gun turrets and reversed their tanks off the front lawn they have been parked on for the past 136 […]

October 10, 2010