Neil Cumins

What does line speed terminology really mean?

What does line speed terminology really mean?

On: Friday, 15 March, 2019
We start this article with a question. Do you know what your average broadband download speeds are at peak times? Some people could take an educated guess, but many consumers would be unable to provide an accurate answer. There’d be even ...
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Steering clear of common internet scams

Steering clear of common internet scams

On: Sunday, 10 March, 2019
It’s tempting to assume the internet’s ubiquity and maturity has given most people enough knowledge to recognise and avoid internet scams. Sadly, a battery of statistics suggests that’s not really the case. The majority of all email s...
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Making sense of computer jargon

Making sense of computer jargon

On: Friday, 8 March, 2019
One of the major complaints levelled against modern computers involves their complexity, and the amount of technical jargon relating to their marketing. Things were much easier in the olden days, traditionalists argue. The most you had to w...
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How data reaches our computers

How data reaches our computers

On: Tuesday, 5 March, 2019
Our reliance on internet data means it’s easy to take connectivity for granted. Everything that happens on our computers, smartphones, TVs and consoles can be broken down into a string of zeroes and ones – the binary data powering any d...
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Is there still a peak time for broadband use?

Is there still a peak time for broadband use?

On: Monday, 4 March, 2019
In the 1990s, getting onto the internet was fraught with difficulty. Attempting a dial up connection through your modem sometimes resulted in an engaged tone – something which seems astonishing given the internet’s ubiquity today. Engag...
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What should I know about Linux?

What should I know about Linux?

On: Saturday, 2 March, 2019
In the beginning, there was Windows. And it was good. Admittedly, it wasn’t good enough to impress Steve Jobs, who in 1984 unveiled the Apple Macintosh with its graphical user interface and incompatible operating system. More recently, we...
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Should I buy a laptop or a tablet?

Should I buy a laptop or a tablet?

On: Wednesday, 27 February, 2019
It’s hard to imagine a world without tablets, yet this decade began without a real alternative to desktop and laptop computers. When Apple’s iPad debuted in April 2010, the heavy and cumbersome nature of many contemporary laptops was th...
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How do I complain about my broadband provider?

On: Monday, 25 February, 2019
You might expect that our increasing adoption of (and reliance on) high-speed internet services would have caused a gradual year-on-year increase in broadband complaints. In fact, the opposite is true. Ofcom data released last November reve...
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The best video streaming services

The best video streaming services

On: Sunday, 17 February, 2019
Video streaming services are one of the 21st century’s many welcome technological developments. In a single generation, we’ve evolved from renting movies at our local Blockbuster to having a wealth of cinematic and televisual entertainm...
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