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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 [...]

Google Apps

“Software-as-a-service for business email, information sharing and security.”

I cannot hope to give you all the details about Google Apps here.  To learn more about Google Apps please see: google.com/appsatwork.

Google Apps can provide you a low-cost alternative to on-site or hosted email and other software and services.  There's Standard Edition (free for up to 50 users) and Premier Edition which is based on a license-per-user cost (currently £33 per user per year).  Both editions are suitable for use by businesses.

Premier Edition obviously offers a number of additional features, such as 99.9% uptime guarantee, larger mailboxes, mail backup, admin mail filters etc.  However, Standard Edition has all of the basic features that most businesses need, and offers an interesting alternative to the traditional solutions to email and office software offered in the past.

The main objection raised to using services like Google Apps is from those who dislike the idea of 'Cloud Computing'.  If you would like to discuss this further after reading the information in the links above please get in touch.

If you've already decided that you would like to implement Google Apps (Standard or Premier Edition) in your business, I can register and configure it for you.  The cost of installation will depend on:

  • your existing systems, software and configuration
  • how much work you want me to do on this for you (e.g. migrating old email)
  • the number of users accounts you need.

As a “rule-of-thumb” an average cost would be approx £30 per user.