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The Biscuit Lover's Guide to Broadband

If I buy a packet of 12 biscuits and put them in the empty tin, I have 12 biscuits.
If I eat 4 biscuits, I have two thirds of the biscuits still available.
If I ask my daughter to bring me some biscuits I know that there’s a good chance one or two might go missing in transit!
It is possible that I may not get my expected proportion of the available biscuits.
I still know how many biscuits were in the tin though.
That, dear BT Broadband support engineer, is why the downline and upline speed as registered on the hub of our router has nothing whatsoever to do with whether I have a wireless (my daughter) or wired (me) connection to the hub.
Furthermore, what you claim to be the expected speed is governed by the speed automatically set by the ADSL system (and reported on the hub). This responds to the slightest error and reduces the “expected” speed. When you are a long way from the exchange (a “long line”), transient errors are commonplace but have no bearing on the speed that is possible as governed by the signal to noise ratio (SNR) of the line.
What ADSL is doing is the same as a biscuit manufacturer who reduces the number of biscuits in the packet because the top one sometimes gets broken.
A simple request for the ADSL headline speed to be reset (SNR renegotiation) should not entail a 45 minute phone call.
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When circumstances drive a great orator to create what is recognised to be one of the greatest speeches in history, the rest of us can learn a lot.  +Lauren Hug has distilled some of the lessons we can all take from this without having to imitate the style. #publicspeaking #skillsdevelopment  
It is undoubtedly one of the greatest speeches ever caught on camera. It is arguably one of the greatest speeches of all time. American Rhetoric gives it the number 1 spot among its Top 100 Speeches, and it shows up in the Top 10 of greatest speech lists throughout the Western world.
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Thanks for sharing, +Martin Edwards!
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If you are building up your contentent marketing strategy then blogging is a pretty important part of that.  The only problem is how do you get people to read and share your posts.  Well the answer is not exactly rocket science you just need a plan!  +Kevin Duncan Has a plan and what's more he has demonstrated one of the most critical steps by landing a Guest Post for +Jon Morrow 's BoostBlogTraffic.com blog, one of the biggest blogging authorities on the planet.  This is one of those posts you book mark and spend a few weeks working through. And for a pro-tip extra credit, follow the link to his own blog http://beabetterblogger.com/boost-blog-traffic/ where he reveals exactly how he pulled this off.
 
The Blogger’s Bucket List: 20 Must-Reach Milestones on the Path to World Domination

Your blogging journey can be a long and arduous one. Where do you begin? What do you do? Who do I listen to?

In this guest post for +Boost Blog Traffic, Inc., I go into the milestones -- big and small -- which comprise the blogger's bucket list. This 4,700-word post is packed with straightforward information and resources to help guide you on your blogging journey.

A huge thanks to +Jon Morrow and +Glen Long for inviting me to write for them. It was awesome. And Glen, I had a blast working with you.

Bloggers mentioned in the post include +Darren Rowse, +Ana Hoffman, +Neil Patel, +Brian Dean, +Kristi Hines, +Kevin Muldoon, and +noah kagan. There are many, many more, and I will tag them all later.

Read, enjoy, share, and pass it along to friends!

Read it here:
http://boostblogtraffic.com/bucket-list/

#boostblogtraffic #guestblogging #bloggingtips #beabetterblogger  
Ever wondered what it takes to build a truly popular blog? Here are the major milestones you need to reach - and exactly how to reach them.
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Thank you for the awesome share, +Martin Edwards (not to mention your mentioning of my Be A Better Blogger post, too)! You're too kind. :-)
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I am not wasting time listening to music and stuff - this is educational - honest! (Very funny too!) h/t +Lucian Randolph 
 
a capella science presents, All About That Base (No Acid)

This is really funny :-)
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I readily admit to being a perfectionist (who wouldn't!). In reality I know it's actually a very comfortable form of procrastination. I have a tendency to put things off until I am absolutely sure of doing them perfectly. Unfortunately what that means is lost opportunites, delay and dissappointment.
This article by +Bryan Collins  on +Copyblogger   gets to the heart of the problem and this idea is a great way to get that project moving.
Learn how to implement the smart writing trick that helps you overcome perfectionism and pushes you towards completing your content marketing goals.
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The good thing about lost opportunities is you can turn them into personal teaching moments and then take action.
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Looks like the verdict is clear - let's talk to each other instead of just clicking the like button h/t.+Lara Eastburn
 
2 Radical Social Media Experiments Changed The Online World This Week. Here's How They'll Change Yours.

+Mathew Honan and +Elan Morgan messed with the Social Media Universe this week. By modifying the behavior Facebook algorithms depend on, they put tiny stones in their tiny slingshots and challenged the biggest social Giant out there. Just to see what would happen.

Their experiments yield HUGE takeaways for all of us that extend to EVERY Social Media Platform - not just Facebook. I put them into action and I'll never be going back.

If you believe strongly that social is for building relationships, please read and share this article. Then try it for yourself! I'm eager to learn what it does for YOU.

http://bit.ly/1p2dTfI
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Thank you +Martin Edwards for sharing and for joining me in the early stages of this wonderful experiment!
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On the Martin Socially blog : I am exploring the lessons we can learn from creating a sourdough culture to bake bread and creating a social culture for #bootstrapping a #startup .  
Baking sourdough bread can teach us a lot about bootstrapping a startup business. The culture which makes it rise and gives it its distinctive flavour is something you create yourself, nurture and keep for years. Just like the social community around your business.
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Thought provoking post from +Liz Scherer on +Danny Brown s blog.  Is the future of mentors in Tech #Startups doomed? I certainly hope not!
Is mentoring still a valuable option or has today's VC-led business world made mentoring a four letter word? Liz Scherer shares her thoughts in this guest post.
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Thanks, mate, and I can't help but think that anyone who thinks mentoring is outdated is outdated themself. ;-)
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Negotiation is an important life skill which we need to share with our children.  h/t +Lauren Hug 
 
My upcoming book has two chapters devoted to helping women negotiate effectively. Interestingly, many women only have difficulty with negotiating on their own behalf. They're pretty spectacular at negotiating on behalf of others.
If we're going to raise the next generation of good negotiators who happen to be women, here's where to start.
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Such an important skill! Thanks for sharing, +Martin Edwards!
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Encouraging people to sign up to our email lists is something a lot of us struggle with (yes I'm looking at me here!). Some great advice and a list of strategies from +Jenna Dalton on the +Francisco Rosales SocialMouths blog. #marketingstrategy #contentmarketing
You're not attracting as many subscribers as you thought you would, here are 7 ideas you can implement right away to change that.
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This has brightened my day!  Hilarious h/t +Andrew Oplinger 
 
This was... just watch it... just... just watch it.
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Great post from +Pooja L on Problogger - does exactly what it says on the tin! :) Quality takes time and hard work but the value is clear.
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ICT and web services developer. Beekeeper and folk music, jazz and blues lover. I live in the Cotswolds with my wife and daughter.  A group of us indulge in #Elevensestime discussions about tea, coffee, cakes business, blogs, music etc on Twitter.
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