Internet access at Blandford...

#1
Evening =)

Quick question, is there internet access available at Blandford, and what's the deal with it?

Is there wireless in the blocks like the gurkhas have up at ITC? Or is it a case of joining a queue in the WRVS for 30mins access on a 56k?

Cheers

E
 
#3
Depends which block you're in - some of the lads on my T1 had it, some weren't allowed to get it in their blocks. Best of asking when you get there if you're allowed it or not (assuming you're a Sig/JNCO).

If you're a SNCO, no idea.
 
#4
Well, i'm reallocating from the inf so i'll still be a Joe not PS or anything...

I was just curious as i've been told various things by blokes that have transfered from the Sigs to ITC...

And if the Gurkha Joes are getting wireless in there block surely we should get it as well :roll:
 
#5
RTFM said:
And if the Gurkha Joes are getting wireless in there block surely we should get it as well :roll:
If you pay for it you will - it's not paid for by the Army. Some of the blocks weren't allowed phone lines for some reason, most are. One of our lads' blocks had a whole network built by some Telemechs over three floors for gaming/sharing internet access.
 
#6
RTFM said:
Well, i'm reallocating from the inf so i'll still be a Joe not PS or anything...

I was just curious as i've been told various things by blokes that have transfered from the Sigs to ITC...

And if the Gurkha Joes are getting wireless in there block surely we should get it as well :roll:
It seems to me that this could be a good little project that you could sink your teeth into especially as you'll just be joining the Royal Signals. What trade are you coming into?
 
#7
IS Eng ;)

If the opportunity is there for me to sort out some sort of network and web access i'd jump at the chance. It wouldn't be the first time i've had to do it, this is just the first time it will be for my benefit, hehe.
 
#8
RTFM said:
IS Eng ;)

If the opportunity is there for me to sort out some sort of network and web access i'd jump at the chance. It wouldn't be the first time i've had to do it, this is just the first time it will be for my benefit, hehe.
There you go then fella. Just a little thing to add to your yellow piece of paper at the end of each year!! Although your biggest hurdle will be getting BT to put Broadband into the block. Good luck anyway!
 
#9
ok basically you'll be in the 3 sqn blocks and i know of one that has phone lines in the room of the full screws bunks. some of them are willing to share their internet at a price. :cry: but the deal with the wrvs is that there is broadband not amazingly quick but it is better than nothing. when i was last there some sneaky beaky person changed there hub to a wireless one but that got figured. if u talk to ur seniors in the troop when u get there they may be able to help you out with your problem. i will tell you though if u have to get a phone line fitted to your room it costs. £125 coz i had it done at my unit. enjoy blandford mate its shit
 
#10
Welcome to the Corps! :D

It all depends on weather your block has BT phone lines run in to it. Some blocks have it and some don't.... The ones that don't are all down to cost (ain't it always! :cry: ) to get them put in.... Thats a QM(A) thing and what with camps being maintained by civvy companies you can imagine the minefield of bullsh*t that has to be waded through to acheive it. 8O

Why not ring the SQMS BAR and ask for a room with access (don't ask don't get), as your not a crow they might cut you some slack.... or you could ring your new troop (if you know it) and ask them a few questions.

Will money be spent on something that won't be there in a few years time anyway? how long is a peice of string? :roll: :wink:
 
#11
Hmn, thanks for all the advice.

Not sure I'm necky enough to ring and ask for a room with internet access as although i've been in 18months i'm officially still a recruit as I never passed out of ITC...

I reckon i'll just have to hope I get in a block where the screws have access and are willing to share it, or examine the possibility of getting a line put into my room. I'm not fussed about the financial aspect of it as i'm a block rat and web access would be an absolute lifesaver...
 
#12
When I was there on my class 3 in one of the 3 Squadron blocks (they've now decided that there wasn't enough co-operation between trades so being a tech no longer guarentees decent accomodation) we set up a network for a while. In the corridor bunks there is occasionally a phone point so we got that activated and set up a wireless router in each of the rooms we wanted to broadcast it too. Had to get permission from the SQMS BAR to activate the line and when Squadron found out about it they weren't overly fussed. Basically if you can find someone with a phone point its a piece of cake, and also good seeing your trade. If not I think its still £1 an hour for "high Speed" weavers access
 
#13
RTFM said:
Evening =)

Quick question, is there internet access available at Blandford, and what's the deal with it?

Is there wireless in the blocks like the gurkhas have up at ITC? Or is it a case of joining a queue in the WRVS for 30mins access on a 56k?

Cheers

E
I have a revolutionary answer for you....... don't bother!!

Get your arrse out of the block and down to the bar - drink beer and talk to women.

Internet is OK for skiving at work and maybe a bit of reading the news at the weekend, possibly a bit of proper research. Then leave it alone. Your new job will ensure maximum exposure to computers - do you really want to do it in your own time as well?

If the answer to the above is yes - sad git!! No wonder the infantry didn't want you.

You won't get a more honest answer than that.
 
#14
whistler said:
RTFM said:
Evening =)

Quick question, is there internet access available at Blandford, and what's the deal with it?

Is there wireless in the blocks like the gurkhas have up at ITC? Or is it a case of joining a queue in the WRVS for 30mins access on a 56k?

Cheers

E
I have a revolutionary answer for you....... don't bother!!

Get your arrse out of the block and down to the bar - drink beer and talk to women.

Internet is OK for skiving at work and maybe a bit of reading the news at the weekend, possibly a bit of proper research. Then leave it alone. Your new job will ensure maximum exposure to computers - do you really want to do it in your own time as well?

If the answer to the above is yes - sad git!! No wonder the infantry didn't want you.

You won't get a more honest answer than that.
Not really wiffler me old chap. Having completed my class 1 a year ago i found the internet was a highly useful tool for research and to be honest i was looking at geeky websites pretty much every night for one project or another. Ok after that i mainly used it to download copiously large amounts of porn. (top tip, set the download then bugger off to the pub, when you get back it should have finished and you can throw yourself about to shiney new filth). Thats if your lucky enough to get a phone line in your room. If you're really lucky you'll get my old bunk with a phone line and a sky dish.

If you cant get it in your room there's the WRVS where they have loads of machines for you to use but they tend to frown upon you downloading grot. Away from there there is a little known about internet suite in the old school. I'm not entirely sure who can use this but as your going to be a IS Geek and it's run by the IS Geek wing i'm sure you'll be allowed. That one is free but more controlled than the WRVS so porn is right out of the window there.
 
#15
T_L_T said:
(they've now decided that there wasn't enough co-operation between trades so being a tech no longer guarentees decent accomodation)
There never was a guarantee. ANSON & BENBOW anyone? At least the new(ish) accm. has got windows in every room, with glass in them :wink:

Don't become another whinger.

SS
 
#16
Thebull140 said:
Not really wiffler etc...
Bully, I presume the name calling was because I hit a nerve?

I stand by my last, any young soldier who spends all day long being trained on IS and then has the desire to spend all their off duty time in their own bunk on the internet is missing out on life. It's a great tool but you can overdose on it.

In my last tour with the Army and in my current job I am/was surrounded by geeks who programme all day long and game all night - they are the dullest most pasty faced individuals I have ever had the displeasure to meet. These buggers could not hold a non IT related conversation with anyone and constantly look as if they would rather be somewhere else.

Yer man at the top of the thread, like many others, will probably look back on life at Blandford as not much cop (I could've used stronger language) - this forum is full of suchlike. In reality it's difficult to tell when all you've done is march to and from the Catterick building and then lock yourself away from reality.

Before you ask, I do have broadband at home but only use it in moderation. Wife and kids spend far more time there than me.
 
#17
whistler said:
Thebull140 said:
Not really wiffler etc...
Bully, I presume the name calling was because I hit a nerve?

I stand by my last, any young soldier who spends all day long being trained on IS and then has the desire to spend all their off duty time in their own bunk on the internet is missing out on life. It's a great tool but you can overdose on it.

In my last tour with the Army and in my current job I am/was surrounded by geeks who programme all day long and game all night - they are the dullest most pasty faced individuals I have ever had the displeasure to meet. These buggers could not hold a non IT related conversation with anyone and constantly look as if they would rather be somewhere else.

Yer man at the top of the thread, like many others, will probably look back on life at Blandford as not much cop (I could've used stronger language) - this forum is full of suchlike. In reality it's difficult to tell when all you've done is march to and from the Catterick building and then lock yourself away from reality.

Before you ask, I do have broadband at home but only use it in moderation. Wife and kids spend far more time there than me.
Actually, i'm already a CCNA and an MCP and an unabashed geek, I've got a girlfriend and I don't want to get fat, so I won't be hanging out at the bars during school nights :roll:

And as to the infantry not wanting me, I spent 17 months in Para Coy at ITC and it was more a case of recurring stress fractures and cartilege damage in my knee that led to re-badging, not anything they said ;)

Just to let you know..
 
#18
RTFM said:
Actually, i'm already a CCNA and an MCP and an unabashed geek, I've got a girlfriend and I don't want to get fat, so I won't be hanging out at the bars during school nights :roll:

And as to the infantry not wanting me, I spent 17 months in Para Coy at ITC and it was more a case of recurring stress fractures and cartilege damage in my knee that led to re-badging, not anything they said ;)

Just to let you know..
Right my friend, a bit of free advise from someone who spent over 20 years in your new Corps – accept or disregard as you see fit. I hope to god that someone has already given you the jist of this already.

You see the army isn't about individuals, you're a member of a team and that means getting to know the others, not only at work but socially as well. If you lock yourself away in your pit surfing then you're not interacting with them - they'll be out talking to each other and remarking how that new guy RTFM is a bit of an unsociable geek. Your bosses will notice as well - believe me! There are enough communal areas to do what you need to do on the internet without it taking over your life.

So when I said get out drink beer and speak to women, then replace that with any other type of social activity, there’s a running track that they light up at night, there’s a pretty good gym and there’s a swimming pool down town if you’re worried about getting fat (actually I can’t believe a young soldier said that), and you can do those things with your new mates.

Don’t try to impress me with your IT quals, I was on an SST once and the only person who had any quals was the clerk who booked our travel – rest of us were too busy to attend courses. Besides the ones you quote you can score 25% without reading the questions (multiple choice right?).

Do as you see fit matey, my method works and it served me well.
 
#19
the man has a point although i had internet access to play with and got p*ssed all the time on my class 1.

Saying that I also passed by the seat of my arrse after hanging around for a month to do resits.

So maybe it is only best to do one :p
 
#20
whistler said:
Internet is OK for skiving at work and maybe a bit of reading the news at the weekend, possibly a bit of proper research. Then leave it alone. Your new job will ensure maximum exposure to computers - do you really want to do it in your own time as well?
The internet has proven over the last couple of years to be a reasonably useful piece of kit and I reckon it's bound to catch on.

I think you're possibly right about IS-types generally getting exposure to computers at work, however if all a bloke does is learn the bare minimum from work/basic trg then he's far from knowing about information systems per se. For example, think of all the old crap systems that we are still lumbered with and then check out the way that the rest of the world works - sharing information, collaborative working, new bumph like RSS feeds, blogs, wikis, 'presence' software like Messenger, Skype and so on. I reckon some new tom who comes in with a fresh perspective, a broad knowledgebase and the will to contribute (shutting his mouth at the right time too) is a welcome addition to the family. If he can do all that, run like the wind and drink like a fish then he can be all things to all men and look forward to a good career with some gleaming CRs.

There is the alternative scenario..."what's young RTFM like?"..."he's alright, loves a good laugh and can drink and shag like ten men, but he is to technology what Myra Hindley was to babysitting". Not much use to my team at all, unless it's to stag on the front gate and sign the latest AGAI67 paperwork. To be honest, young RTFM sounds keen as mustard to me and I certainly don't think that having some CCNA and MCP quals makes him the same form of geek that inhabits chatrooms and freaky gaming communities. I can't think of anything more boring to be honest (I'll give the the ARRSE chatroom the benefit of the doubt). I've managed quite a few IS lads in the last couple of years and I think his attitude sounds reasonably mature and professional, although time will tell of course, once he's painting 436s at -minus 10 in Sennelager. :(

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