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.

Ripping a phonebook in two just got easier

Fear my immense strength!

Once upon a time the BT Phonebook was a great thick publication – there’s an English phrase “as thick as a phonebook” that was invented because of the weighty nature of these books.

Pages and pages of people’s names and their addresses and phone numbers.

The current one for where I live plopped through my letterbox this morning and it’s a bit of a disappointment really. Either the population of this area has suddenly succumb to some form of horrific disease… or people don’t want listing in a book any more.

The 2011 BT Phonebook for Doncaster is 272 pages long. The first 9 pages are BT internal numbers and semi useful local council numbers. Then some adverts. P13-127 are classified adverts.P128-180 are business listings. Pages 181-265 are residential numbers – the whole point of the book originally.

So the whole point of the phonebook has been reduced to 84 pages. I think they should save a few trees and not bother printing it any more, I can’t remember the last time I wanted to look up a phone number.

It reminds me of the last dying few years of my favourite ZX Spectrum and Atari ST magazines, watching them wither away to tiny pamphlets no more than 30-40 pages long. Except I don’t read the phonebook, I drop it into the paper recycling bin instead.