Each week we diligently scour the Internet for scraps of interesting technology news, bringing you the best bits in a weekly round-up.  For the week ending December 23rd we have:

  • Hard Drive Price Increases Continue
  • Ofcom’s Most Wanted
  • Expansion to BT Fibre Optic Rollout
  • The End of Adobe Flash is Nigh?


Hard Drive Price Increases Continue

If you read our November press release then you will already know that computer prices are to rise after the Thailand floods.

Posted on The Register, EMC has announced prices increases in January.  This is big because EMC are the first storage supplier to indicate price increases.

As a result, our Q1 2012 HDD list prices will rise between 5-15% over Q4 2011 levels.

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While we hope that this increase is temporary, at this time we cannot forecast how long the flooding in Thailand will impact HDD pricing.

Ofcom’s Most Wanted

For the fourth consecutive quarter Talk Talk has made it to top of Ofcom’s list for Internet providers to receive the most complaints – no Christmas card for them!

It’s official: TalkTalk and 3UK had more complaints than any other Blighty-based telcos since communications’ regulator Ofcom started publishing its league table displaying the good, the bad and the downright ugly.

Read the full article here – or if you’re a TalkTalk customer and you’ve had enough, give us a call.

Expansion to BT Fibre Optic Rollout

This is good news if you want faster broadband (and live in the right area), BT Openreach has added another 178 exchanges to its 2012 deployment of Fibre-To-The-Cabinet (FTTC).

It is estimated that this infrastructure will cover two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014. BT claims that more than six million residential and commercial properties already have access to the technology.

If you have broadband services from Bespoke Computing Ltd already, you will get the option of upgrade as soon as it is available.

Read the full article here

The End of Adobe Flash is Nigh?

More good news, this time for IT administrators everywhere.  In a story we picked up on the BBC news website, Microsoft have announced that Windows 8 will not support Adobe Flash from within their Metro interface.

Head of Internet Explorer development Dean Hachamovitch said on his blog:

Microsoft had worked hard to make Metro rely as little as possible on older technologies. Instead it had concentrated on the latest version of web technology HTML 5.

That’s fine I hear the Microsoft naysayers say, we’ll use another platform.  At the bottom of the same BBC article was this gem:

In an open letter explaining the ban published in April 2010, Apple boss Steve Jobs said: “We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash”.

Flash was “the number one reason Macs crash”, he added.

Read the full article here.