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  1. Well then maybe you should? It would be amusing for their publicity efforts to help to launch a competitor!
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_cause_analysis
  3. You can invest in redundancy and resilience, you can carry out DR testing, you can carry spares, you can have best laid plans and gold-plated support contracts. Anyone with a modicum of real-world experience in IT and networks knows that when the sh*t hits the fan and none of the above works as it should, you are at the mercy of the vendor to dig you out. It will be interesting to see the RCA when it’s all over, but until then I don’t know what else MT can do which they aren't already. They’re working their backsides off trying to fix it, they’ve escalated it to the vendors, their social
  4. It's strange - Sure are suggesting that the issue is a broadband failure at MT and affecting all providers. However, we're with Domicilium (VDSL and hence over MT) and haven't had a problem either.
  5. The reality is that broadband is provided by commercial companies. It is also the case that the cost involved in delivering fibre to the more remote parts of the Island is far higher than could ever be recovered by reasonable retail charges. There are therefore four options: 1) The provider refuses to cover these areas 2) The provider passes-on these high costs to customers in the remote areas by increased charges 3) The costs for everyone are higher - so those in town centres essentially subsidise the remote customers 4) The government provides a subsidy and contrib
  6. My dad was unfortunately one of the residents who passed away at Abbotswood. It's very easy, after the fact, to focus on apportioning blame, to advise (from afar) on what ‘should have been’ – and assume that many of the people and organizations involved are incompetent. From our family’s perspective, in the early stages of the crisis, the staff (and management) at the time tried really hard to protect the residents – stopping all visits, sleeping on-site in two shifts to minimize passage in and out of the building and so on. In hindsight, this wasn’t enough to prevent the tragedy – but the wor
  7. https://www.manxtelecom.com/about/the-company/expertise-and-service/covid-19-bcp#26-03-20-manx-telecom-here-for-you-updates-to-mobile-broadband-and-fixed-tariffs-read-more-▼ Manx Telecom continues to work to ensure we remain open for business so that people across the Island continue to receive our network, connectivity and support services. Given the urgency and importance of the current situation regarding Coronavirus, we are pleased to announce that we are introducing a number of temporary measures to help reduce costs at a time when people need it most, and to help ensure people
  8. https://www.capital-iom.com/covid-19-incident
  9. It's going to be interesting to see what happens if we all have to start working from home in a few weeks - whether there is sufficient capacity for the increased traffic. Quite a lot of business continuity plans seem to rely on remote desktop over VPNs - which works fine for the 'annual DR test' but may not work so well when everyone tries it at the same time!
  10. In using any off-Island provider here on the Island, you have to remember that you are roaming - so the serving network (e.g. MT, Sure) will be charging your 'home' operator (e.g. Voda) for each MB, minute, SMS that you use. The charges are set-out in the roaming agreement between the operators - and although the wholesale charges are clearly lower than retail, Voda will be incurring usage-based charges in this scenario. They can absorb these charges in their overall model, but to maximise their overall bottom line they will look to cull subscribers who incur material wholesale costs through d
  11. This guy does loads of salvage and reclamation, so might be able to help or point you in the right direction. http://www.pinewood-furniture-studio.com/ Lower Bishopscourt farm Kirk Michael IM6 2EY Tel 01624 878616 Email magpiesalvage@hotmail.com I needed some hardwood moulding a few years ago and he was very helpful. Micky
  12. I was surprised to read this (in bold) in the Government's recent 'no deal Brexit' advice. I've never had an IDP and driven in the EU loads of times - whoops! Micky https://www.gov.im/media/1364451/190006-no-deal-brexit-guide-interactive-update-2.pdf
  13. I don't think there's a problem finding skilled people who want to come here - but wanting to stay here is a different matter! Recruiting, relocating, and training new people can be costly and hard work and employers are often reluctant to employ people from far-flung corners of the world - who have no real idea of what it is like here - only for them to leave after six months when they find out it's actually not a sun-kissed paradise but a cold, windswept rock. We've interviewed people who have stepped off their flight from Gatwick with no real idea where they are - not a good start despite t
  14. FFS Surely they could just give him the bloody paint and a handshake for his trouble!
  15. Thanks Wrighty - well-said. As I always do, I made a mental 'New Year Resolution' to start getting into shape this year (I'm almost 50 and definitely sedentary). This plan usually lasts a week-or-so - but given your encouragement maybe I'll last a bit longer and maybe even manage to keep it up. It's a shame that as well as waist-lines bursting at the seams, so do our modern-day schedules - trying to find time to fit in exercise is maybe more difficult than the exercise itself. Micky
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