What is the one thing all techies can’t life without but can’t get abroad without taking out a loan? Fast, reliable access to the internet where ever you are. There is however a company that claims to offer this. Tep Wireless is a company from the UK that can offer mobile broadband and smartphones within Europe for just a slight premium above a local buying internet locally.

The service is offered in several European countries including the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany offering different packages for the different countries which you can go to. There are fixed prices for each country depending how long you plan to stay in that country with the cheapest for 30 days being Italy, which is just £2.50 per day.

How it Works?

The way it works is that Tep Wireless have deals in the countries they allow travel to with the network providers where they pay the local rates. They can then rent the devices to their customers for the length of time they require without the needs for them to take out lengthy contracts or having the hassle of trying to communicate what they want in a foreign mobile shop.

What you get?

Pocket WiFi

With the pocket Wifi you get a Tep branded pack that contains:

  • Your pocket wifi
  • A USB Cable
  • A UK universal USB Charger
  • An adapter to use the charger in the country you are travelling to
  • A 12V Car Charger (optional)
  • An additional battery and charger (optional)


Data (Pocket WiFi and Smartphone)

In the countries where unlimited data is offered (just Italy, Spain, Germany and the UK at the moment) you are provided with PAYG sim that is topped up by

In all other countries you are provided with

Ordering from Tep

You may be wondering how to get your hands on this deal so let me explain the whole process with the advantage of personal experience. The first step is to order the device you want. For both Pocket WiFi and Smartphones you will first need to pick the country you are travelling to. From the next page you can then set your dates of travel, choose whether to have both a Pocket WiFi and a Smartphone, and then have the cost of your rental calculated. When I ordered mine it stopped calculating the price at 30 days so essentially you could have ordered these products for many years for the cost of one month but this glitch was soon resolved, which is unfortunate for everyone looking for a real bargain.

Once all this is calculated

Tep Wireless Website

Tep has a contemporary looking website with great images of people using their products and bright colours however, although the site looks great, it can be hard to navigate and find the information that you are looking for.

It is also glitchy in a few areas. One particular area is the savings calculator. I cannot for the life of me get this to work. It appears to have everything it should but doesn’t allow for a user to enter numbers and see how much would be saved!

Fair usage

What fair usage? One thing you should always expect from any company that offers an “unlimited” service of anything is a fair usage policy, however with Tep Wireless there is no fair usage policy to be seen meaning that on their unlimited services you can actually get unlimited internet!

The Future of Tep

I have been reliably informed of some upcoming changes to the Tep service to improve it further. With the non-unlimited plans they have promised to be upgrading this service to 150MB per day as apposed to the 50MB per day for the same price which is a much more reasonable amount of data for the standard user.

After seeing the HTC Flyer over the weekend I am now dying to get my hands on one. After a recent search to see what other tablets were available at this price range or for even less I stumbled upon this:

HTC Flyer (32GB 3G and WiFi) for £479.99

HTC Flyer (32GB 3G and WiFi) for £479.99

Yes… You have read it right. The 3G/WiFi version of the HTC Flyer for the price of the WiFi HTC Flyer. To me this looks like a mistake for the very reason just mentioned (they have got it mixed up with the price of the WiFi Flyer). However it is not just that. They clearly State that it has a 32GB capacity which is ONLY available for the 3G version and my other theory that this was the US version (without a pen) was proved wrong by the description.

Obviously I had no choice but to buy one of these at that bargain price and you can do the same, providing they don’t change anything! I will keep you updated with the status of my order and obviously when it arrives I will do a FULL unboxing and review!

UPDATE: The description on the best buy page has now been modified for the WiFi, 16GB version. However, the tablet I ordered has arrived and it is indeed the 32GB, 3G version. Hope you all took my advice and ordered when you could in order to save £120 on the HTC Flyer. I suppose I owe a big thank-you to Best Buy for sending what the desription said and honouring their part of the transaction.

HTC Flyer on Best Buy (16GB WiFi) for £479.99

HTC Flyer on Best Buy after it had been corrected

Screenshot of Rob Twizz's twitter profile showing over 123,000 followers.

The mysterious Robert Twizz profile

Last night chaos erupted on twitter when hundreds of thousands of people started seeing tweets in their time line from a mysterious Rob Twizz. Most people’s initial reaction (including mine after my sister told me about the strange tweets popping up in her time line) was that their accounts had been hacked to start following him, or RTwizz had found an exploit to get people to follow him without permission (similar to a bug twitter had a few years ago) however after some research I found this to be quite different.

Robert Twizz

Robert Twizz

Apparently this Robert Twizz is a “Rapper with a sense of humour”. He already had a moderate on-line presence before this event with YouTube videos and a group of fans following him on his ‘old’ and supposedly hacked twitter account. Apparently for this wannabe rapper, his 2,000 followers on his old profile just wasn’t enough and he needed to do something big to get more followers and he had been planning this for a very long time.

Screenshot of Robert Twizz's old twitter account with just over 2000 followers

@rtwizz's Twitter profile

Despite not being as interesting or as ingenious as finding an exploit to make users follow him or being able to hack into peoples account directly and change make them follow him, what Robert Twizz did was more deceptive, cunning and to be totally honest; simple. Robert Twizz (or a friend of his if you are to take his tweets in defence as truth) had an account under the name of Justin Lee Collins which he created 2 years ago and left dormant for people to start following, in the thought that it was the official Justin Lee Collins. After accumulating 130,000 followers under the name of someone else the account was then totally re-branded to the identity of RTwizz in every way possible. The user name and name on the account were change, the profile picture and background picture, the bio and anything else that could link this account with its previous identity was removed and then last night Robert Twizz sent his first tweet.

Rob Twizz's First Tweet - "S/O to ALL my followers! if im not following you let me know so I can follow back! How is everyones day ?"

Rob Twizz's First Tweet

If you look over all of Rob’s tweets he is trying to come across as genuine in an attempt to keep the followers that he has ‘obtained’ and in some cases is close to begging people not to unfollow however it is these tweets on his feed that allowed me to uncover everything about what Rob was up to. The first clue was thanks to a response which lead me to a tweet sent to him from @CarlyBunny.

First Clue: "@tidygraphic Saw a tweet saying @officialrtwizz was actually the Justin Lee Collins account - he hacked or used the name 2 get followers."

My first clue!

Not only did this tweet make me realise that these people were probably following this user before (as he was not showing in any of the affected users recent follows) but also gave me a name to work with. Despite having this, I was still uncertain on whether on not this was a fake account just re-branded or a famous person’s account hacked or if it was something all together different. What really confirmed that it was not a twitter exploit of some sort was his later tweets to other people accusing him of hacking.

The response to the first clue from Robert Twizz: "@CarlyBunny @tidygraphic no i didnt this account was built and than givin to me"

The response to the first clue from Robert Twizz

Screen shot showing some of the lists that @officialrtwizz was listed in.

Screen shot showing some of the lists that @officialrtwizz was listed in - click to view full size.

In all of his responses he mentions that someone else “built” the twitter account. The way it was phrased was subtle but most certainly suggests that the account was created through deception. Now armed with the method and a possible name for the previous identity of this account I had to find some convincing evidence that this account was previously owned by Justin Lee Collins or was under his name. To do this I thought of something that identifies a twitter account that not only would be impossible for Rob to remove but would actually be something that he would want to keep: the places that the account was listed.

Surely enough this lead to confirmation. The lists were typical of all the sorts of things that Justin Lee Collins would be listed in: “celebs”, “comedians”, “famous”, “tv” and my personal favourite, a list for all the Justin’s of the world, “@justingould/justins“.

After speaking with many people who this has affected they have all confirmed that they may have followed a fake Justin Lee Collins account or even a real Justin Lee Collins account that was hacked. To clear up the arguments I was having on twitter as to whether or not this was the real account of Justin Lee Collins hacked or a fake one built with the intention of re-branding in this way I had a bit more investigation to do. I did a search on the net for the official account of Justin Lee Collins and soon stumbled upon a website confirming that there was a fake twitter account set up in Justin Lee Collins’ name.

An account of Justin Lee Collins, Confirmed fake by Justins agent. (16/02/09)

A fake account on an interesting date!

Unfortunately the site didn’t mention the user name of this account or give a link to it but what it did give was some dates. The post shown above was published on the 4th of February 2009 with the confirmation from Justin’s Agent on the 16th. Looking at these dates I notice something. Earlier in my investigations I was interested to see when the account was set up to see if that would give any clues. As soon as I saw the date on this article I instantly realised!

@officialrtwizz joined twitter on January 27, 2009

@officialrtwizz joined twitter on January 27, 2009

If this wasn’t confirmation enough then I don’t know what is. In the fast moving world of twitter and the internet, if a mildly convincing fake twitter account was set up for a relatively famous person, it would not have taken long from the date of creation to the date when the fake was uncovered and confirmed. The dates here line up perfectly and with the other facts (especially that all affected users seem to know who Justin Lee Collins is and think they may have followed him some time in the past) there is no arguing that Rob Twizz (or someone he knew) set up the account in 2009 with this outcome in mind.

In conclusion, whether you are now following @officialrtwizz or not we need to show Mr. Twizz that deception is not the way to get followers – you need to do it the hard way like everyone else. Please block and report that account for spam. When enough people have done this, the account will flag up for twitter as suspicious activity and will then hopefully get deleted as in my opinion this is just as bad as spamming these people, who don’t want to read his tweets or even be following him! Oh and if you really don’t like R. Twizz’s audacity, feel free to block his old account too: @rtwizz!

UPDATE: He has now named himself @newforyou321 and once again attempted to delete all identifying features of his account, including tweets and profile picture and name! Think he is waiting for the heat to die down to make ANOTHER attempt! Will this guy ever give up?

UPDATE: He changed to @MatthewKader for a bit and now he is @Shallowking! I don’t quite know what he is up to? Is this another fake identity he is taking to try and boost his following again? Does he not realise that as tweeting as Matthew Kline Kader he is still going to loose followers that wanted to follow Justin Lee Collins? Has it now been sold on to someone else?

YouTube showing a HTML5 drag and drop box for file uploads

YouTube showing a HTML5 drag and drop box for file uploads

YouTube has just increased their use of HTML5 by integrating the drag and drop features for uploading video files. When you click upload you can now just drag and drop a video file onto the page and the upload for those video files will automatically be initiated! This is a nifty little feature and can save you navigating around a bunch of folders in the file explorer if you already have the folder with the file open!

Congratulations! Your account is now enabled for uploads of longer than 15 minutes. Click the Upload button below to select a video.

Congratulations! Your account is now enabled for uploads of longer than 15 minutes. Click the Upload button below to select a video.

A few weeks ago when uploading a video I noticed this message. After some internet research I discovered that this was not just for me but that a lot of users were getting this. It appears that Google is rolling out upload larger than 15 minutes for those people who’s accounts are in good standing in terms of following community guidlines and copyright. This come just shortly after they raised the standard upload length to 15 minutes from 10!

This is a great feature and something I have been trying to do for years. When registering I was told that being a Director got you access to the longer video sizes but this did nothing! This should bring the end to the mess of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, etc. on longer youtube videos! On feature that might now be needed on YouTube is a way of setting chapters for scene selection in large videos so  someone can leave a video and quickly jump back to where they left off before!

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@flungo's Twitter profile

@flungo's Twitter profile

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I primarily created this blog post for my followers who want to know what I am up to and read my tweets but don’t want the annoyance of my famous #RTTime, however the details outlined in this guide will work for any twitter user who ReTweets more than you can handle! It is a very simple little trick that I am surprised is so unheard of but to bulk what would be a very quick blog post I will also explain how to disable/enable mobile notifications for a user.

@flungo's Twitter profile with icons highlighted

@flungo's Twitter profile with icons highlighted

In the photo to the right I have highlighted (with coloured circles in an orange box) the two tiny buttons that so easily go unnoticed. These buttons will only appear if you are following the user (if you are not following them the “Following” will say “Follow” – click that to start following the user and get these options shown).

The icon with the red ring is the one you need to make sure is greyed out if you don’t want to see the ReTweets of the user who’s profile you are viewing. If this is green (and it is by default after following a user) then this means that their ReTweets will appear in your time line!

The icon with the blue ring enables or disables mobile notifications. If this icon is green (enabled) and you have your mobile phone set up to receive twitter updates, then you will be alerted by sms whenever this user tweets! this can get quite annoying if the person who you are following sends a lot of tweets. To disable (as with the ReTweets option) click the icon so that it becomes greyed out  (disabled).

Note that although this will stop new style ReTweets from appearing on your time line, where classic ReTweets are used they will still be displayed.

Also note that if you disable my ReTweets you may miss when I ReTweet blog updates. To make sure you get instant notification of new blog posts, follow @FlungoBlog.

I just ran a speedtest on the site, speedtest.net to discover that even though I only pay for 50Mbps, I am getting an amazing 61.34Mbps. Usually speedtest.net is the most reliable speed testing service their is with a great choice of server but this really shocked me:

Is it possible I actually got 61.34Mbps or was this a little blip? Maybe Virgin Media is starting to roll out their 100Mbps Scheme which should be coming next year! Have you ever got MORE speed than your paying for?

Xbox 360 Live Gold Membership Card for PlayStation 3 that looks like MotoGP 08

So what exactly are you selling?

Xbox 360 Live Gold Membership Card for PlayStation 3 that looks like MotoGP 08. Something is not right on this Amazon fail; the title says “Xbox 360 Live Gold Membership Card (12 Month) (12 Month)” but the photo shows MotoGP 08 and even more confusing, the platform for this product is PlayStation 3!

After reading a blog post that I found when it was ReTweeted by @windowsphone, I discovered the Odiogo plugin for wordpress. It is a nifty little plugin that you can install onto your wordpress blog which allows your, more lazy readers have each blog post read to them.

What you get is the standard sort of robotic voice (after a little Odiogo jingle for branding 😉 ) reading the blog post. The quality is quite good and can be very fluent at times but is nowhere near perfect. It does try and be natural but siome times the tone used is all wrong and in very logn sentences where a pause would be used even where there are no commas, the reader picks up in pace and it becomes very fast!

The main problems comes when you start having abreviations for things or non-english words (which is very often on a technology blog like this). Sometimes it will try and make the abreviations into a word rather than spelling it letter by letter and other times you get the oposite; you may have a word in capitals which it assumes is an abreviation and so reads letter by letter!

Overall the Odigio plugin is a nice feature which I will leave running but it is nowhere near perfect!