Unicorns sighted

FTTC Clappers Lane
A free pink plastic ‘My Little Unicorn’ for every new subscriber! Well, possibly not. But no less plausible than the WSCC claim that Fibre to the premises is available now to the poor unfortunates who huddle over crystal sets in the hovels, kennels and decaying apple stores that form the landscape in the northern half of Clappers Lane. Click the unicorns to find out more. [Hat tip — Andrew Iversen]

The Village Hall gets wi-fi

Village Hall wi-fi
The Village Hall is an instance of a ‘Faraday Cage’. Although the building is basically a large wooden shed, the walls and roof are covered with earthed corrugated iron. This acts as a barrier to electromagnetic radiation including mobile phone and wi-fi signals. Until now it has not been possible to take a laptop or tablet into the hall and use it to connect to the internet.

Owners of metal caravans face the same problem and the solution they employ is to install a wi-fi repeater inside the caravan and connect it to an access point plus antenna outside. This is the solution that has now been adopted for Fulking Village Hall. The good news is that it works. The bad news is that the user interface is dire. The installation is likely to find its first role during Fulking Parish Council planning meetings.

The Subsidy Scheme

The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme
Residents who have the misfortune to live in the primitive northwest border areas of this parish, at the end of long winding concrete tracks, or in the Cold War deep bunkers beneath Scarboro Stroods, and who struggle to connect their acoustic couplers, 103A modems, teletypes, and visual display units to AOL and Compuserve, may wish to visit culture.gov.uk to see if they qualify for a bung from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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