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March 25, 2020

The UK Office of Communications, that country's communications regulator, has promulgated the following to help to eliminate the slowing down of broadband speeds.

"Did you know that microwave ovens can also reduce wi-fi signals?" Ofcom asks.

"So don't use the microwave when you're making video calls, watching HD videos or doing something important online."

It suggests positioning your internet router as far as possible from other devices that may interfere with the signal.

Those devices include: cordless phones, baby monitors, halogen lamps, dimmer switches, stereos and computer speakers, TVs and monitors.

March 21, 2020

Spark has announced that because of COVID-19 it will help its customers stay connected as they transition to new ways of working, learning and connecting through the initiatives below:

  • Removing overage charges for customers who are on data-capped broadband plans so they won’t have to worry about paying extra to stay connected. This applies to both small and medium business and consumer customers;

  • For the next 60 days Spark will waive late payment fees and will not terminate service for customers experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If our customers are experiencing hardship, they should call 128 to discuss their individual circumstances and available options.

These measures will be introduced on Monday 23 March 2020 for an initial 60 day period to ensure Spark customers stay connected.

Vodafone NZ and 2degrees have now also removed data caps on all residential, small and medium business plans until the end of June as it joins its peers in responding c...

March 9, 2020

Corona virus is certainly making the news, but has anyone, like me, been wondering where the name Covid -19 comes from? I must be getting slow, as, as a person who likes cryptic crosswords I should have worked it out.

Here is the official explanation. "On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially named this novel coronavirus, COVID-19. COVID is short for coronavirus disease. The number 19 refers to the fact that the disease was first detected in 2019, though the outbreak occurred in 2020." In other words:-

co for corona

vi for virus

d for disease

19 for the year 2019

And I thought it was some wonderful scientific name!

Covid-19 is just one of a number of corona viruses. Others include the common cold, flu. SARS etc.. But, 'Why "corona" ?' you might ask. Well corona means crown and the viruses apparently have what look like crowns on them.

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