Plan to test mobile phones on the Underground

Transport for London (TfL) had appealed for telecommunications companies to come forward for a trial on the Waterloo & City line but have drawn a blank.

The aim of the test – originally scheduled for 2008 – was to find how out technically and commercially viable a scheme would be.

All I can say is thanks god – it’s one of the few places where you get peace and quiet from people on mobiles. I commute using the trains and so sadly don’t get the luxury of not being in contact on my way to and from the office.

Still we know it’s possible as mobile operator O2 already offers mobile phone access on the Glasgow Underground. So really it is inevitable that eventually there will be a London trial on the tube.


I’ve recevied this by email a few times already over the weekend.
“East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national “In case of Emergency ( ICE ) ” campaign with the support of Falklands war hero Simon Weston and in association with Vodafone’s annual life savers award.

The idea is that you store the word ” I C E ” in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted “In Case of Emergency”.

In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them.”

So here is a link to their campaign

What a nice idea

This morning I arrived at Streatham Common station to the sound of an alarm and the platform milling with police officers. As I crossed over to the London platform the siren stopped and it became apparent that the police were simply warning of mobile phone thefts. Not only that but they were marking peoples phones and batteries with postcodes and house numbers to make returning stolen phones to their rightful owners easier.
I of course had mine done and it was a really nice start to the day. Friendly smiling police in the community.

HaXoR ChAt iS KewL

The below transcript is true only the names have been changed [mine noticeably] to protect the innocent – on the other hand if you wanna IM HR CL Direct and warn them a few times feel free 🙂
I knew it was a hAxOr type person and was bored so played with there head and tried to transfer a few files etc etc..

HR CL Direct: Human Resources Center – Please review the new announcements.
SCREEN NAME: what new announcements?
HR CL Direct: have you reviewed them yet so i can go over them with you?
SCREEN NAME: yeah obviously
HR CL Direct: okay whats the title of the announcement
SCREEN NAME: you are funny
SCREEN NAME: what floor you on?
HR CL Direct: fine i will deactivate your account
SCREEN NAME: like erm I’m scared
HR CL Direct: you can call the helpdesk or speak
HR CL Direct: with your supervisor
SCREEN NAME: help desk?
SCREEN NAME: supervisor?
HR CL Direct: to go over ignored HR announcements
SCREEN NAME: i don’t have a supervisor
HR CL Direct: Title: Tech Manager Department: Internal Computing
HR CL Direct: Cell Phone: 555-444-6613
HR CL Direct: Floor: 1 Room/Pod: Will update
HR CL Direct: Building Address: Building 25
SCREEN NAME: right which is I guess in the US right?
HR CL Direct: yup
SCREEN NAME: which helps considering I don’t live or work in the US
HR CL Direct: and
HR CL Direct: Title: Executive Director Department: VP Internal Audit
SCREEN NAME: who do you work for
HR CL Direct: it doesn’t matter you are ignoring human resources announcement
SCREEN NAME: and more importantly who do you think I work for?
HR CL Direct: you will lose your account
HR CL Direct: you must review the announcement.
SCREEN NAME: how can I lose my aim account cos I ignore this
HR CL Direct: or i will have to disable your aol account, you can speak with the desk
SCREEN NAME: i don’t have an aol account i have an aim account
HR CL Direct: you have to review the announcement, it takes 2 minutes what is the problem?
HR CL Direct: i know that
SCREEN NAME: the problem is i don’t work for you
HR CL Direct: fine we will suspend you
HR CL Direct: enjoy.
SCREEN NAME: doh you did not know that or you would not have *threatened* to deactivate my aol account now would you
HR CL Direct: no our aim administrators will suspend your account
HR CL Direct: so it can never be used again
HR CL Direct: for not following directions
HR CL Direct: enjoy.
SCREEN NAME: like erm how
SCREEN NAME: let me see then you reckon you can deactivate my aim account eh?
SCREEN NAME: how about we play a little game eh?
SCREEN NAME: you try and I’ll erm wait or something
SCREEN NAME: still waiting
SCREEN NAME: no really still waitin
SCREEN NAME: so you get bored yet then?

like we needed another reason

like we needed another reason to eat chocolate?
In a Willy Wonka type competition, confectionery maker Cadbury’s is planning to hide codes inside the wrappers of millions of chocolate bars.
By sending a mobile phone text message containing the code to Cadbury’s, chocolate lovers can win prizes such as DVD players and widescreen TVs.