Gordon tries to keep his mind off football with Chris Coleman standing just three feet away.
Moving away from football, we talked bandwidth. Interestingly, I was told that unlike ISPs such as Be, Bulldog, Freedom2Surf and UKOnline, Pipex would not be hopping on the ADSL2+ bandwagon at the first opportunity. “We don’t see the need for 24Mbps speeds just yet,” he said, adding that the ISP had just finished installing Microsoft’s contentious networking kit at its exchanges. “For now, unless you are a heavy P2P software user there simply aren’t the services in place to justify implementing it. With a fast broadband line large files can already be downloaded extremely quickly.”
Now this theory may fly in the face of Riyad’s recent editorial, but it is a common counterargument and one that holds some weight. That said, I am still a fully signed up member of the More-Is-More camp and say I don’t buy a Ferrari to drive it 200mph, yet I like knowing that I can.
Not satisfied, I pressed for a time scale for Pipex ADSL2+ services. “Towards the middle of next year,” I got. “But I must stress,” concluded Mike, “the best thing about the arrival of 24Mbps services initially is it will push down the prices of 4Mbit and 8Mbit services for the majority.” You can’t argue with that, though the idealistic techno-geek in me wants to shout: Let them eat cake!
With that I was off to chat with Chris Coleman (or “Cookie” as I feel entitled to call him these days!). Boa’s not going to my team Newcastle unless they cough up over £5m apparently, he didn’t know angling is the second most popular sport in the UK and he said to apologise to my friend, who is also called “Chris Coleman”, for making his life a misery.
As for the pressures this year, he told the whole room joyfully: “’It’s been the same for the past three years. My first year I was told I would get the sack and we would be relegated. The second year it was any team below us would be relegated and I would get the sack. I don’t take any notice any more.”
”You tell em Cookie! ”