Category Archives: Service Providers

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TalkTalk or more precisely lack of TalkTalk

For once TalkTalk got something right. They said they’d respond to my email and they did. Right on the 7th day. Their response was less than satisfying. Dear Mr Crook Thank you for contacting the TalkTalk Business Technical Support team. … Continue reading

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Email to TalkTalk (2011/07/01)

In an attempt to clarify my requirements, I’ve emailed TalkTalk customer services. Sometimes these things are clearer in writing: Account Number: xxxxxxxx [Address scrubbed] Hi, On the 29th June, you transferred my broadband service from Nildram to TalkTalk. I was … Continue reading

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TalkTalk Business woes

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by TalkTalk with regard to transferring my telephone line rental to them. As they already provided my Internet (as a result of their taking over Nildram), it seemed like a sensible move, … Continue reading

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UK ISPs – Monthly Usage Limits – silly silly silly!

Following yet another outage on my ADSL service from Nildram Pipex Tiscali Opal TalkTalk Business, I decided to take a look around and see what else is on offer. I do this quite frequently and with some enthusiasm. Then I … Continue reading

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2011 – Year of IPv6. Providing you’re not British.

As my first post of 2011, it was a toss-up between this and my annual mortgage statement. This won by virtue of annoying me more. Right so what’s IPv6 and why is it more annoying than a mortgage? IPv6 is … Continue reading

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Nildram Technical Support

For the first time in ages today I had cause to contact Nildram‘s Customer Support. First I tried to email support@nildram.net which has always worked in the past. It now bounces with: 554 : Recipient address rejected: User unknown Next … Continue reading

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Broadband Performance

I’m not usually one to rate my ISP on bandwidth performance, there are other more significant factors for me, such as tolerance of the trivial abuse complaints against users of my services. Today however I am rather concerned that my … Continue reading

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Layered Technologies Revisited

Whilst idling through some old blog entries, I paid a visit to the website of my old friends Layered Technologies. It seems that since kicking me off their network for running a Tor server (that they explicitly granted me permission … Continue reading

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Different Views

I got some interesting feedback from “Try” to my LayeredTech ranting. Try holds exactly the opposite point of view to me, in that I think Layered Technologies are too heavy handed in their handling of abuse whilst Try feels they … Continue reading

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Basic Broadband

There must be a lot of people out there like me who want nothing more from their broadband provider than a reliable Internet connection. I don’t need game servers, email, news and the plethora of other services ISP’s offer to … Continue reading

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Last Rites

Today has been a long time coming, but the inevitable happened in the end; Layered Technologies shut me down. It started off with just the usual abuse complaint. This time it seems that someone used Tor to run code stored … Continue reading

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Layered Technologies reconnect me!

Well it came as a surprise to me that LayeredTech not only accepted my proposal to block the complainants address, but they did it politely and without any additional conditions. My communications were with someone called Logan and it was … Continue reading

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LayeredTech shut me down

It’s finally happened, LayeredTech have disconnected my server. They did this because I failed to respond in 12 hours to an email they sent me at 2334 last night. Like I sit up all night waiting for LayeredTech to contact … Continue reading

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Hosting Hunting

Recent events with Layered Technologies lead me to thinking that I must start hunting around for a dedicated server hosting outside of the United States. They are effectively the hub of the Internet in terms of bandwidth availability which makes … Continue reading

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DMCA Takedown Notice

When it comes to Tor, BitTorrent is a pain in the arse. The idea of BitTorrent is to distribute the overhead of Internet downloading across a wide number of machines. Unfortunately a lot of the usage for it is illegal … Continue reading

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Layered Technologies

Layered Technologies are a hosting company in Texas. Their prices are certainly competitive for low-end servers with up to a capacity of 1000GB/month throughput. This makes them ideal for hosting a Tor service, which is what I did after checking … Continue reading

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