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Broadband: the homeworker's dilemma

by noreply@blogger.com (Alex) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:24 AM
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Following today's earlier post, Shedworking reader Martin Doyle (see his guide to making yours a solar powered shed here ) has written in with his - unhappy - experiences of broadband as a homeworker: One thing about working from home/shed that people might not be aware of is the 'need' to tell your broadband supplier that you are using the connection to do real work. I was caught out last year - I have a home phone/broadband package deal with Virgin (formerly Telewest), plus a dedicated business phone line. I got one of the regular 'we're just reviewing your account' calls on the business line and the guy was checking all was OK and asked me if I used the internet. Yes, I said - I have broadband with my home phone and use that connection - "Oh dear" he said, "that puts me in a difficult position - you are not allowed to use the home broadband for business use, except for checking the odd email perhaps, but if you work from home most of the time, you are supposed to have business broadband". They put me into a corner and in a nice way forced me to have business broadband, otherwise with the knowledge that I was using a domestic connection for business use, may be forced to terminate my contract for mis-use.The moral of the tale is either get a business broadband line (you get better response times to problems) or make sure you never tell anyone from your broadband provider that it's being used for business! The other big issue I had was that they charged me £60 to install the business broadband, despite me insisting they would use the existing connection - I had two visits from engineers who looked at the connection and agreed that nothing needed doing - all the changes were 'virtual' ones. Have other readers had similar experiences? Please do comment below.

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Top 10 ish - Modern Residential Design - 1 year old

by Nick Allen (noreply@blogger.com) from Modern Residential Design  (design blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:44 AM
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As Modern residential Design celebrates its belated birthday, I thought I bring you couple of Top 5s whilst preparing for the arrival of my second son.Top 5 Posts on Modern Residential Design And here's the traffic / commented / linked list of what you [...]

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Shedworkers beat the credit crunch

by noreply@blogger.com (Alex) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:17 AM
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According to Broadband comparison site Top 10 Broadband , UK homeworkers who use broadband (that's quite a lot of us) will be pleased to hear that Broadband is the only household utility bill to buck the trend of rising household bills."Broadband bills have plummeted by over 60% in the past 18 months while gas and electricity have risen by 15% and are set to rise further by the end of the year” said spokesperson for Top 10 Broadband Jessica McArdle. She points out that if you signed an 18 month contract in January 2007, the average deal would have cost £13.73 a month but if you were to switch from this package now you would be looking at offers starting at just £3.25 a month. She continues: “As well as cheap home broadband, another alternative and potential cost saving for some households is mobile broadband which despite being more expensive per Gb of download, may work out cheaper than home broadband as it removes the need to have BT line rental at home. Starting at just £10 a month it ticks all the boxes during this credit crunch. The saving of £131 a year in landline charges makes this a particularly enticing prospect as belts tighten. Mobile broadband was once considered a luxury to supplement one’s broadband use outside of the house. However, like home broadband, mobile broadband prices have dropped dramatically in 2008, its speeds have risen and its download allowances have become more encompassing." San Sharma has a good piece on this subject at Enterprise Nation .

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McPhail House - Dallas

by Jamie from Farmhouse Modern  (modern blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:28 AM
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This one was sent by Julie McPhail from Texas. “I live in a modern farmhouse that was built nearly 10 years ago. My house was built as a spec house for what was to be a neighborhood composed of only “modern prairie houses.”While my house won several architecture awards, unfortunately the neighborhood was perhaps a [...]

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builder price...

by david (noreply@blogger.com) from apartment house  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:35 AM
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the fellow who is supposed to be pricing our job at the builders is apparently on holiday until monday...so no price to celebrate with my birthday tomorrow. hopefully we'll have something mid next [...]

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New garden office calendar

by noreply@blogger.com (Alex) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:23 AM
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Adam Morris in The Scotsman reports that Leith is promoting local allotment gardening and green activities through a range of merchandise including mugs, t-shirts and now a calendar for 2009 featuring sheds used as workshops, hutches and indeed garden offices. Alastair Tibbitt, chairman of Greener Leith and a shed owner, is quoted as saying: "There are some interesting-looking sheds across the area that are used for all sorts of things. I've always been interested in sheds and what people do in them. This is a way of bringing that together." The calendars will go on sale in local shops and on the Greener Leith website later this year. Anyone with pictures of sheds in the Leith area should send them to greenerleith@hotmail.com. Pictured above is an allotment shed in Leith, part of a Flickr set by Phoebe Salter.

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Prone shedworking

by noreply@blogger.com (Alex) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:17 AM
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If you work from home, chances are you sit in a chair for a large part of the day. But it doesn't have to be this way. Here is the Lazy Geek's Cushion, an adjustable floor cushion from Geekstuff4U with five level settings. Look how happy she looks. That could be you.

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Shopping

by Don (noreply@blogger.com) from Hus Langford  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:31 AM
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Margaret has made a group order from the Systembolaget for all three families to be delivered to the island. A couple of cases of beer and three boxes of wine is about a thousand kronor. Alcohol is taxed very highly in Sweden, and sold only through state [...]

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We need more friends like these

by modernemama (noreply@blogger.com) from Beach House  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:35 AM
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We came home from the Jersey Shore to find our neighbor, the loyal blog reader, leaving three enormous Ligularia "Little Lanterns" on our doorstep. He'd been sent by the awesome designer, who knows of our trials to turn the sunken bed from dump to shady [...]

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Build a Bed, Get a Reward. Good Doggie, Now Go Surf

by tres_arboles (noreply@blogger.com) from Three Tree Journal  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:38 AM
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tres_arboles headed for the beach rather than town, yesterday after work. I had a subaru-load of lumber, red mahaogany stain, heavy screws, and an idea in my head that I could build a piece of furniture. I've grown weary of the trudge to Ikea for their [...]

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