I’m Be-ing invaded from the Sky

Oh bugger.

Hello james,

As you may well know, we’ve now bought O2 and BE home broadband and home phone businesses, and we’re really excited to welcome you to Sky.

We’ll be bringing your services over to Sky’s network starting later this year. Until then, you’ll continue to get exactly the same home broadband and phone service (if you have it with O2 or BE) as you do now. Right now, you don’t need to do a thing.

If you have any questions, you can find more information and details on how to contact Sky here

We’ll shortly be sending you a welcome pack in the post, which will explain what’s happening in more detail. But for now we just wanted to say hello.

Kind Regards,
Sky Home Communications Team

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]we’re really excited to welcome you to Sky[/pullquote] I’ve known about this for a few months now and have done a bit of research. My choices seem limited to either giving some major TV & Telecoms company my money in exchange for “Unlimited” Internet but congested, proxied connections that don’t let me have a static IP address, or a small independent company who imposes bandwidth limits on me, but otherwise leaves me a lone.

Surely there’s a way to buy “real” Internet from someone without having to pay hundreds of pounds per month doing so? We don’t have fibre in our street, but I bet in 10 years time when we do I’ll be able to buy wholesale fibre off some reseller. I mean, 10 years ago I had a 2Mbit ADSL connection that had severe problems at 5pm and other people used to handle my mail and web services. Now I have a 12Mbit ADSL connection and receive incoming HTTP and SMTP.

Time becomes a loop

I just noticed my blog/website has been running for just over 10 years which is a reasonable achievement. During that time I’ve written about various things and it’s kind of fun to go back and read through the entries.

This month, ten years ago I’d been playing around with my Palm IIIx and had managed to connect it to the Internet. A task that I do several times daily with my iPad and iPhone – technologies that were unheard of at the time. If you flick through older entries there’s a recurring theme of me owning some sort of portable device that connects to the Internet. I’ve had a Palm IIIx, a Nokia N800, Nokia N810 and then a selection of Apple devices. Gradually over the years I’ve seen Wifi going from a nerd’s toy to something as common as a lightswitch.

Broadband’s been fun to watch develop too, I first got a “Wires only” ADSL account (this simply meant you bought the service with no hardware, so had to buy an ADSL router yourself – this was when ADSL was originally delivered into your Windows PC via the “Squashed Frog” USB modem) and was utterly gobsmacked at being able to download a gigabyte of data in a few days. Then I was totally surprised when I had the speed bumped up to 2 meg.

Now I can easily download data at a rate faster than the home network my first ADSL router used to be connected to! How technology marches on. Hello future me! How do we connect to the Internet now?

I’ve also been to lots of places over the years, and had a few interesting little adventures along the way. I’ve also discovered whole new realms of boredom!

Anyway, it’s gone midnight and I need to get up tomorrow so I can visit Ikea and buy a new desk, go to the rubbish dump and also wait for a Tesco delivery. Yes, I’ve gone from jumping into water and climbing up rocks to shopping for desks and buying food. If I have time left I might continue my coding adventures in C++ and OpenGL on my iPad – some things never change 😉

I just did a whois on my domain. I registered the domain on the 31st May 2000, and it seems we filled in the form incorrectly since the address is no longer valid, and the registrant was never at that address. Oh well, I doubt anyone cares. I’ve had my shell provider for the past 10 years too, and in that time can’t recall any noticeable downtime.