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A new website

Welcome to my new website.

Much of the content of the old site will be transferred, but an overhaul of the content is also long overdue, so I'll be changing quite a lot of the site over the next few days (and possibly) weeks.




Latest blog posts:


last updated: Jun 18 2015 3:47 PM
  • Delivery Reports / Read Receipts
    After an installation of Google Apps, some people are concerned about the lack of the delivery report / read receipt feature. In one installation I did across 2 companies with ~60 users I was told that this could be a “deal-breaker” but after discussing it with the management, they agreed to give it a go [...]
  • SugarSync: Pros and Cons
    Before I installed Dropbox I briefly checked out what alternatives were available. One of the most interesting is SugarSync, another backup/synchronization service. First the pros: SugarSync (IMHO) does have some advantages over Dropbox (for my uses): the ability to sync any folder (not just one designated folder) the “SugarSync” File Manager “Share folders with permissions [...]
  • Dropbox Security
    You may, as I did, wonder just how secure your data on Dropbox is. Can the guys and gals at Dropbox read what’s inside your super-secret file? What happens if you, or someone you’re sharing a folder with, accidentally deletes something important? Where are your files actually kept? These excerpts from the Dropbox website should [...]


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I can give you advice on:

  • hardware to buy (or avoid)
  • choosing the right software for your desktop(s) and server(s)
  • networking computers
  • setting up servers
  • email services
  • a suitable backup solution
  • anti-virus and anti-spam protection
  • document management systems
  • securing your data
  • sharing data safely

Hardware & Desktops

I can provide consultancy on the purchase and installation of the equipment you need to get your home or office up and running, and safely connected to the Internet.

I'll help you decide whether it's better to upgrade, or replace, old equipment.


Choosing the right software can boost productivity while saving time and money.

Sometimes software is bundled with the hardware you buy, but that doesn't necessarily provide the best solution, and even though it's free, it can even cost you more financially in the long run.  Sometimes you need to research which is the best software for the task in hand.

I'll help you decide what you need and the options open to you. 

Making the wrong choice can potentially mean wasting thousands of pounds in initial investment, future upgrade/licensing fees and, possibly most important, waste your time.

Even if you already have an established business, with the right advice, you can save hundreds, even thousands of pounds (even if it's a small business!) on upgrade/licensing fees - without making compromises over compatibility or productivity.


I've configured and managed the installation and maintenance of cabled, wireless and wide-area computer networks; from just 2 up to 100+ computers, a mixture of Windows PCs, Apple Macs, Windows 2003 and Linux servers all working happily together on the same domain.


I can virtually guarantee that you lock your doors at night, perhaps even during the day no one can enter your premises without you letting them in.

Is you data equally secure?  Firewalls, Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam programs are vital both for ensuring that your data will be safe from crackers and other undesirable "snoopers", and to keep your computer(s) clean and running fast.

Firewalls, Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam software can be expensive, and some people will try to get you to subscribe to fairly inexpensive (but regular) payments.  I can advise you on how to avoid paying over the odds while maintaining a high level of protection.

Data Backup & Disaster Recovery

This is essential for any business, I can advise on some of the options available.  Don't leave it until it's too late.


£60.00 per hour (measured in 15 minute units)

Depending on the size of the project, and how detailed the design brief is (i.e. how clearly your requirements are set out), a project quote or discounted hourly rate may be available.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.