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January 11, 2012 by

Amazon Web Services brings Direct Connect to UK

Amazon Web Services has brought its Direct Connect technology to the UK, which allows customers to establish a dedicated network connection between their datacentre and the local Amazon Web Services facility.The announcement, made on Wednesday, means UK customers can connect to Amazon Web Services' EU West (Ireland) region via the Telecity Sovereign House datacentre in London at guaranteed port speeds of 1Gbps or 10Gbps.

April 18, 2010 by

When Iceland erupts, Europe shuts down

Jokes like: 'We want your cash, not your ash,' from wits in Europe aside, (a reference to bailout money) the eruption at Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland last week is wreaking havoc with EU air transport and putting paid to the attendance of some people at events like: Social Business Edge and Collaborate 2010. In London, a cloud camp event was cancelled (sic) and as far as we know, the chaos is going to continue at least through the middle of this week.

December 9, 2005 by

Head in the clouds

There are indeed days where I feel likemy headis in the clouds, but yesterdayit was quite literally so, and what a view.Of course, I can't say what customerI was visiting in London's Canary Wharf, but this was the view out theconference room window.  It's not often I get distracted duringa meeting seeing a cloud at eye level in peripheral vision (notin that picture, but it happened more than once).  Definitely a niceconference room setup.Travel went extremely well during theentirety of my week away.  United Airlines customer service was topnotch for both trans-Atlantic flights.  While I end up on Americanmost often (with almost 2 million lifetime miles), UA has better food,better ground service for premium travelers, and their employees are justplain nicer than they were years ago.  I've said this a few timeson the blog, but it bears repeating since the contrast between them andsome of the other airlines is becoming quite stark.  Also good serviceon KLM and VLM(yes, VLM), who I flew yesterday into London City Airport.  I wasthe only passenger out of 50 on that flight who was a non-EU citizen...itseems VLM is a local secret.So is LondonCity Airport.  This was onlymy second time flying in there, but it was perfect for my travel to CanaryWharf.  Not so sure about the welcome committee, though.  TheVLM flght was slightly delayed due to air traffic control, leaving me onlya few minutes to get to my meeting.  Unfortunately, I wouldn't haveenough time to try the brandnew Docklands Light Rail connection to LCY. Thus, off to the taxi queue.  The driver asked me if I knew aboutthe new train connection (which surprised me, since most cabbies resenttrains replacing them).  I replied "yes, but my meeting startsin 15 minutes."  His grouchy response, "yes, well, I'vebeen waiting here since 7 AM for a job."  The implication wasthat the 10 quid fare wasn't worth his bother.  Sorry mate, two daysago, you would have been happy to take that fare.When we arrived at Canary Wharf, thefare was £10.80.  I gave him two ten pound notes.  He threw oneof them back at me, saying he didn't want to be bothered making change. Well, if his attitude at the start of the ride hadn't done it, thisgesture sure did -- I was glad to be out of that ride.  Didn't realizewe were in a world where a cabbie would quarrel with a decent fare, butwhat do I know.  Instead, I voted with my wallet -- and took the LondonUnderground out to Heathrow after the meeting.Also offering a shout-out to the ParkLane Hotel in London and the Holiday Inn in Amsterdam for great service. The Park Lane is a Sheraton, and I've never had better Starwood Preferredbenefits.  The Holiday Inn sent us to a fantastic restaurant for dinneron Monday (visaandeschelde,just near the RAI conference center) and handled a check-out mixup seamlessly. Would that it would always work out that way.

March 27, 2003 by

BBCi swaps Google for Inktomi

After a year licensing Google's Internet search technology, the British Broadcasting Corporation's interactive division, BBCi, signed a deal to use rival navigation technology from Inktomi, according to Chris Charlton, London-based BBCi's communications manager. "The decision to change our results service provider from Google to Inktomi was taken after the provision of the service was put to public tender, in accordance with EU Procurement Legislation," he said.

March 8, 2001 by

EC split over software patents

LONDON--The European Commission is dangerously divided over the controversial issue of software patenting, a source close to the discussions has told ZDNet UK. The split threatens the creation of a clear European directive on the issue, which is expected this month and will inform EU member states on what policy they themselves should adopt.


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