The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has alerted the electrical industry today to the dangers of using counterfeit copies of key publications like the IET Wiring Regulations BS 7671:2008(2011). This announcement comes following the seizure in Dover by Kent Trading Standards of a consignment of 845 counterfeit copies of these regulations which was intercepted by staff from the UK Border Agency as it made its way to the UK from Latvia.

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The advantages of LED lighting


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There are many advantages to LED lighting and very few disadvantages. Most people looking into replacing standard or halogen lighting with LEDs whether in home, office or other commercial premises usually come to the conclusion that it’s something better done sooner rather than later.

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How to Reduce Your IT Maintenance Costs and Your Business Utility with Thin Clients

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Changing to a client environment for the benefit of your company is not an extremely technical exercise to complete. It is important to be aware of how your business uses its desktop PCs and how your employees access, store and exchange any data that they use on a regular basis.

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Which is Better for My Business – SFTP or FTPS?


When it comes to secure data transfer, finding the right FTP protocol will leave you drowning in a sea of acronyms before you can say SOS. Without diving into alphabet hell it is worth looking at the two most popular secure file transfer protocols used today to see how they differ.

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Why can’t I get ADSL in my area?


If you are thinking of getting an ADSL connection installed in your home or office, you will first need to find out if ADSL is available at your address. Unfortunately, ADSL isn’t available to everyone, and you may find that you are one of the unlucky few who cannot get an ADSL connection. Here’s why.


One of the most common factors affecting users’ ability to connect to ADSL is distance. If you are too far from the exchange, it’s unlikely you will be granted a connection. Addresses more than 5km from an exchange will usually not be eligible for ADSL.

Bear in mind though, that 5km is not measured as the crow flies – copper wiring does not follow straight lines directly to the exchange. You may be within 5km of the exchange, but there may be 6km of copper wiring required to get you there.

Pair Gains

Another factor that can affect your ability to connect to ADSL is the phone line you use. If you use a pair gains system, that can cause some issues. If you are on a pair gains system, that means your individual phone line does not travel all the way back to the exchange. Instead, you share the line with your neighbours.

There are only a certain number of ADSL connections that can be taken from that shared phone line, so if your neighbours are currently using all of them, you won’t be able to get one. In this case, you will only be able to get ADSL if one of your neighbours gives up their connection, or if your ISP decides to upgrade the line to add more connections.


If you have an incompatible line, it may also stop you from getting an ADSL connection. If your phone line connects through a RIM (Remote Integrated Multiplexor), you will usually not be able to get ADSL.

A RIM is a section of the main telephone exchange that has been removed and moved closer to another area. However, the technology used to link the RIM to the main exchange is not compatible with ADSL.

That usually means no ADSL on RIM-connected phone lines, however in some cases, where upgrades have been made, ADSL connections are possible – so don’t give up hope.

Other Reasons

If it’s not distance, pair gains or incompatible RIM-connected phone lines, there are a few other miscellaneous factors that could prevent you from connecting to ADSL. For example, if there is an address or phone number mismatch, it could prevent your request for ADSL being approved. It’s a good idea to confirm your details with your ISP to check this.

How to find out if you can get an ADSL connection

It’s easy to check your eligibility for ADSL. Simply call your ISP (internet service provider), or check your coverage online. As long as your address is eligible for an ADSL connection, you should be able to sign up for a plan and get connected pretty quickly.

Could Your Business Benefit from a City Based Domain Name?

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Important Part of the Work of Modern Scientists


Large-scale geological surveys require input from a wide range of sources to gather accurate data. After the collection of this data, the data needs to be interpreted. This entire process can be very long and protracted, making it frustrating for scientists while they work in the field. Due to the type of data they receive in the field, scientists often have to way quite a while for the data to be interpreted to learn what that it actually means. This is why using high-tech data gathering technology can be such an important part of the modern scientist’s work today.

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Cheap Laptops vs. High End Notebook


As retailers compete to provide the greatest services and competitive prices, it can be tricky to know which model to go for. Most choices depend upon what you’re specifically looking for your laptop to do, whether it be gaming, working or media enjoyment.

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Service and Protection Is Possible

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There is plenty of publicity about the elderly and their needs. Life expectancy is increasing and that is excellent news. The important thing is quality of life; for the elderly that, in large part, involves peace of mind and security. There are people who recognise the potential vulnerability of the elderly and are willing to exploit that. It is not a matter of their having to knock on the door because the telephone is an excellent way to reach them. The motives for a call can be various and often of course they are most definitely in the callers’ rather than the recipients’ interests.

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Building a digital music collection…and keeping it safe


It’s amazing to look back only 10 or 20 years and see how music technology has saved. When once the vinyl record was considered the height of musical sophistication, we’ve travelled rapidly through the age of tapes, CDs and even mini-discs, finally arriving at the dawn of today’s music technology – the mp3 file.

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