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29 June 2008 - 19:18From Demon Internet to BeThere

I figured a quick report on my fab move from Demon Internet to BeThere was in order.  I was ‘pretty happy’ with my Demon adsl but I’m pretty wowed by BeThere.

I decided to switch as a friend did a speedtest and had a much faster connection than I was getting with Demon under my 8mb plan.  My Demon customer support chap told me that ‘I’d be unlikely to get a faster connection if I moved so I shouldn’t bother’ – since he was wrong I figured some numbers were in order.

I’ve moved from a £20/month plan to Be’s Pro £22/month.  My adsl has jumped from 3.5mb down/400k up to 11.1mb down/1.1mb up.  In fairness the new line is ADSL2+ whilst the Demon connection was ADSL but, heck, the customer support chap thought nothing of this.

I’m also impressed at Be’s attentiveness – I had a number of txts and emails telling me the status of everything and ‘it all just worked’ when I plugged it into my Ubuntu box.  I’m a happy customer.

Several weeks on – I’m still a happy customer.  Video come down really quickly, the connection only appeared to die once (but the router might have overheated – it all ‘just worked’ again when I tried an hour later with no reboots).  DNS resolution takes up to a few seconds sometimes but I’m willing to put up with that given the super-fast download speeds.

Recommend a friend – they have a recommendation plan, you get the installation fee waived and I get a month’s free subscription if I invite you in.  Ping me a mail if you’d like the invite (you don’t have to take it up, there appears to be no downside for me either).

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4 June 2008 - 17:50Science Companies around Brighton?

I’m asking you for some feedback – which science-based companies do you know of around the Brighton/London area?  Can you leave me a comment if you know one that I don’t already know?

Why am I asking?  I’m an A.I. researcher by trade, I’ve used Python, C++, Java and Matlab to solve ‘interesting problems’ over the last 8 years for a number of clients.  Most of them have been somewhere between Brighton and London.

I’m looking for new A.I. research work and I’m wondering which other companies exist that I could approach.  Possibly you’re an A.I. bod / geek / post-grad researcher in the area who’d like to know which companies might offer jobs or consultancy work.

So far I can think of:

  • PANalytical at SInC (one of my current employers for interesting A.I. work)
  • Proneta at SInC (very small company, John Hother sometimes has A.I. related questions)
  • Observatory Sciences in Hove (seen via their job ad)
  • Infonic in Guildford (formerly Corpora, they acquired my old employer Algorithmix years back)
  • DataSlide via SInC (current employer, tiny + very smart ‘storage solutions’ company)
  • Ambiental at SInC (past employer, nice flood-risk simulations and modelling)
  • Elektro Magnetix at SInC
  • NeuroRobotics at SInC
  • MindLab at SInC (new company, looks cool if works as claimed)

There’s the rather obvious bias towards the Sussex Innovation Centre (SInC) in the list above. I’ve been involved with companies that are here so I know an awful lot of faces.  I’m sure there are related companies out and about in the local area – any suggestions?

I’ve also spotted one related company:

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3 June 2008 - 13:56TurboGears caching decorator released (thanks John!)

John has just published his TurboGears Caching Decorator.  We’ve been using it on ShowMeDo for the last 6 weeks – our cpu usage dropped from 60%+ on our shared box down to <30%.

Currently we cache the main pages for 1 hour, these ought to be extended to ‘forever’ since I have a good cache-expire key for these pages.  If I fixed this then I’d imagine our cpu usage would drop even further.

Getting it installed and running with the ‘cache using files’ version took about an hour.  Developing some custom keys (one for each type of page) took another few hours, we’ve had no bugs and we’re darn impressed.

John developed this decorator for his Chrss and our ShowMeDo – we’re in debt to John for digging us out of our performance woes.  Much obliged!

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