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Internet Provider Mysteriously Changed Overnight From BT Infinity To Talktalk March 6, 2012

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Am I A Victim Of Slamming Or Is It Just A Technical Error

I use the Internet a lot so invested in the fibre optic wonder of Infinity from BT. BT Infinity logoAfter an unsteady start (due to a line fault) the BT Infinity speeds have been a constant 37mb download and 8mb upload. It is definitely a pleasure to use the Internet with speeds like this and has come a long way since my dial-up days. This morning was no different to any other until I tried using the Internet. It was a slow and horrible experience and I had a feeling something was wrong. I couldn’t watch any YouTube or iplayer content due to constant buffering.

First stop was speedtest.net to see what my connection was achieving. Instead of the warm feeling I get from the 37mb speed test results, I got a damp, let down feeling after seeing the result. A miserable 2mb download speed. I restarted the router and tried again, same result. After the third test I realised what was going on. In the bottom left hand corner of the speed test results is your ISP and your IP address. Instead of British Telecommunications it said Talktalk and the IP address (after googling) was indeed a Talktalk IP address. How this transition came about I had no idea but I was going to find out.

I posted in the BT Community Care Forum but initially received little response to the issue. I also posted my tale of woe on my Facebook timeline and after a few sarcastic comments I was sent this link to information about something called slamming by a friend. It is hard to believe that your ISP can be changed without any prior agreement by you. Basically the guilty party will claim that you agreed over the phone to change your Internet provider. In my case I have not spoken to anyone and definitely do not wish to lose my lovely fibre optic BT Infinity connection.

Later in the day I was contacted by a moderator in the BT Infinity forum who asked for more details via PM and he has promised to investigate this issue for me. He also suspects it may be a result of slamming. I find this situation ridiculous and it makes me wonder what other services I use could be taken from me without consent. It seems rather too easy for someone to do.If it turns out to be slamming, why was I not contacted by BT or Talktalk regarding MAC numbers or payment details, etc. Only time will tell but I look forward to getting my Infinity restored.


Bundle The Boss Cat April 14, 2010

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Bundle The Cat

Bundle The Cat,
originally uploaded by Tall Fool

Just wanted to share this lovely picture of one of my cats

M1T Bodybuilding Supplement And Steroids March 30, 2009

Posted by Ray in Health & Fitness.
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Many people who indulge in bodybuilding use supplements many of which do not work as claimed. I personally have spent my cash on supplements that failed to deliver any true results. One bodybuilding supplement that does work is a product called M1T or methyl 1 testosterone. Now before the haters and do gooders start ranting about steroids and the rest of it just take a breath and listen.

Many dedicated bodybuilders will use whatever is necessary to achieve better results when it comes to gaining muscle. This may at some point involve the use of performance enhancing drugs including, yes, steroids. The product I am discussing here is a pro hormone and was re-classified in the US as a steroid when the steroid ban came into effect. The product was sold in a capsule form and produced very good, significant results. There were, as with most drugs, possible side effects.

I appreciate that some may find the use of drugs as cheating and fake. I also understand that many people think of steroid users as crazy whacked out violent thugs who beat their wife and kids at the first opportunity. This just isn’t true. A man who is capable of beating his wife and kids will do it anyway because it is in his nature. Using drugs may make him more aggressive but they will not suddenly introduce the rage we are often told about by the media. They will certainly not suddenly make him a wife beater.

The cases of violence and death that are reported in the media are usually the result of a complete novice or idiot who has far exceeded the dosage needed to achieve good results. This is the result of stupidity and ignorance by someone who has not spent any time researching what they are about to undertake. They blindly swallow tablets and inject unknown oils and liquids into their bodies to get big quick. Some do not even bother to train at the gym. These people are ignorant and unfortunately this results in all bodybuilders being tarred with the same brush. Quite unfair.

A dedicated bodybuilder will follow a strict routine in almost everything they do. Diet is planned out and calories are controlled carefully. The balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats is closely monitored to provide the best nutrition for the body to grow. Training will be planned precisely and carefully to ensure all muscle groups are worked at least once a week. Bodybuilding takes effort, a lot of effort and hard work to get results. A dedicated bodybuilder will have trained for several years before even considering taking any performance enhancing drugs as it is a decision that has to be thought out. A bodybuilder will exert more control over their daily life and routine than most people are capable of.

As I said previously there will always be people who join a gym and start to use steroids straight away, take too much, mess up their bodies and minds. Unfortunately, there will also be unscrupulous people who will sell the drugs to them. This is just a fact of life. Please do not throw all bodybuilders into one basket as this simply is not a fair assumption. Before using steroids, a bodybuilder with any intelligence will have spent weeks, even months researching what they are going to do. What to use, how to use it, how much to use and when. They will have joined forums and member sites, asked other bodybuilders for advice about drug use and if they should consider it.

There are some excellent sites out there with people who know what they are talking about offering advice that helps people to make the right choices about drugs. Many bodybuilders will decide to not take them in the end.

Sorry for the rant but I find it annoying that people are led by the media to believe bodybuilders are all evil drug taking, rage filled monsters. It simply is not true.

My next post will be about the magazines sold on the subject of bodybuilding. How they are all designed to part young impressionable vain guys from every penny possible.


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How I Got Rid Of The Fat Guy In The Mirror Using Diet & Exercise February 17, 2009

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Just to refresh…I started this post in January and completely forgot to finish it. I have just rediscovered it and thought it should be finished. This is why it relates to “this time of year”.

I am fortunate enough to have quit smoking nearly 8 years ago. At this time of year there will be many smokers embarking on a quitting smoking plan, determined to give up smoking cigarettes for good. My full support goes out to you all and I hope you succeed!

The biggest problem for many is the comfort eating that often occurs after giving up smoking. Eating sweets to provide a distraction from cigarettes may initially seem a good idea but as your waistline expands you may think otherwise. I am qualified to comment because I found a friend in food when I stopped smoking. Too good a friend!

I gained around 34 pounds and tipped the scales at a hefty 245 pounds! I was passing the bedroom mirror and caught sight of this fat guy looking back at me. This was the turning point for me. I made the decision to lose weight and get back in shape, (who am I kidding, I had never been in shape in the first place), and to eat a healthy diet.

First stop was the local leisure centre to join the gym. After my induction course I was set to go and so began my quest. I took the opportunity to have my bodyfat measured using a bodyfat monitor. A series of electrodes are fastened to your hands and feet and a small electrical current is then passed through them. Apparently fat is not a good conductor and so it follows that more fat creates more resistance to the electrical current running through your body.

The results were conclusive! I was overweight and fat.

35% bodyfat is not something to be proud of and I certainly was not feeling very proud about myself at this point. With the expert help of Andy the gym instructor, (who used to be an army instructor I later discovered), a plan was devised. Both diet and exercise were planned out meticulously with the aim of losing weight and reducing bodyfat levels.

I am not going to even try and lie to you, it was hard work. At first my fitness levels were non-existent and I struggled to perform even a few minutes light exercise on the exercise equipment. I was sinking on the rower, falling off the bike and feeling run down on the treadmill, it was depressing. I considered giving up after only a few days but Andy and a few others encouraged me to stick at it. I did, and am I glad!

After only a week, I saw a reduction in my weight. It was only a couple of pounds but it lifted me up and made me feel wonderful. That was it, I was staying the course for definite. The weight was coming off, if it wanted to or not. As the weeks went by, my fitness levels increased and I was soon doing 20-30 minutes on the treadmills and rowers at a moderate rate without feeling ready to drop. The weight continued to come off as well. I was feeling good.

After a month of cardio and fitness training, Andy said it was time to introduce resistance training or weight training, whichever you prefer. Now this was a new challenge and made me realise that I was not as strong as I thought. When first starting weight training be careful not to overdo it as you will live to regret it later. And yes, this is exactly what I did. I trained too hard too fast with weights and 2 days later could hardly move. It was painful but educating.

I have to admit that I became fanatical about my exercise and went to the gym everyday. I reduced my calorie intake and increased my protein intake to help build muscle after performing the weight training. I was doing both cardio and weight training on the same day, in the same session actually. I later realised that this is not always the best approach.

I could continue to write everything about my exercise and diet regime but it would be dull, so I will jump forward to approximately 3 months later and it was time for another weigh in and bodyfat measurement. Now this has always confused me. Andy performed the second bodyfat measurement using the same equipment as before. It was his own personal equipment.

After attaching the electrode pads and running the tests, I was a little surprised, actually very surprised at the result. I had reduced my bodyfat percentage from 35% to 21% . Now that felt good! I had noticably lost weight but the percentage surprised me. After some calculations Andy proudly told me I had lost approximately 20 something pounds of bodyfat and gained approximately 9 pounds of muscle. How accurate this was I cannot say but I looked and felt way better than I had for a long time. My fitness levels were vastly improved, my moods were so good it scared me.

This was nearly 8 years ago now and I have managed to maintain my gym visits. I am not as fanatical about it now and have to say, I now only go to the gym maybe 3-4 times a week. But I am still reasonably fit and my weight is under control. I have the occasional lapse and skip the gym for a week or so but then I remember the fat guy in the mirror and rush to the wardrobe to find my gym clothes.

I also found this product from Tom Venuto very helpful and informative. It helped me make good food choices while training.

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Cool Pumpkin Carvings – Halloween Costumes October 24, 2008

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Well halloween is nearly on us again! In the US halloween is a massive occasion and almost everyone takes part in the fun. I would say the biggest activity is probably choosing the right halloween costume with everyone trying to have the best costume for Halloween night.

In the UK halloween was never a big deal but in recent years Halloween night has become a major excuse for a night of dressing up, eating, drinking and just enjoying yourself. The kids seem to go wild for Halloween costumes and they are now readily available in the shops, even Tesco sell a range of Halloween costumes!

If you are a little unsure about how to create cool pumpkin carvings, take a look at this youtube video to show you how.

Also if you are in the USA and are a goth looking for a good outfit why not take a look at this gothic tattoos clothing site for some ideas. There should still be time to buy a costume for halloween and get it delivered. Anyway, time to go and do some work but you guys make sure you have a great halloween night and be safe.