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Month: March 2009

Safari 4.0 – Almost my new default browser

3.pngI remember a time before the web when networked computers were something only “big” corporations had, and multiplayer gaming was accomplished by stripping serial cables, reversing some of the wires and taking all afternoon to figure out why I couldn’t get “a connection”. A couple of years later and the first graphical web browsers were giving us snippets of information from across the world. Images would be shown tantalisingly rendered in lines a few centimetres at a time. Fast forward past Microsoft and Netscape’s battles and we’re into a whole new world of web browsers. There are dozens to choose from, but which should I choose for my own default browser?

Google Checkout to increases its fees

imageI just received an unexpected email from my favourite payment processor, Google Checkout. It’s a rather interesting announcement that in around six weeks their fees are increasing. They’re increasing quite a bit too; users who charge less than £1,500 per month are going to find the fees more than double. Users who charge £15,000 to £54999.99 each month but whose customers originate from a different country (so that’s a UK company selling to a US individual or organisation) are going to see a double increase in fees.

HMRC online filing availability notice for April 2009

image We have received early word from our contacts at HM Revenue & Customs that their own web filing product (the HMRC online portal) will be unavailable for the first weekend in April (3rd to the 6th). Third party software such as ours will are expected to work throughout this period although for 24 hours at the weekend will not return an immediate delivery receipt.

Acer Aspire One. Probably the best ultraportable “Net Book” in the world. (150Ab model)

clip_image001[4]Aspiring yuppies all have seem to them these days. 2008 gave us a whole rash of these sub-notebooks; laptops with tiny keys and piddly screens became the must-have accessory for the trendy coffee drinker and train commuter. It’s been awfully hard to get a coffee around here without having to wade past the gauntlet of expensive-looking micro-computers adorning every table. I’ve even seen them in McDonalds.

Just what are all those people doing, looking busy with their mocca-frappucinos and super-hectic lifestyles, anyway? I presume they are making very important life-or-death executive decisions and are not simply checking their eBay auctions and updating their MyFaceSpace page.

Assuming you’re a super-busy coffee-drinking executive with no time to read articles like this one, I’ve put the conclusion in the title especially for you. You can stop reading now and go out and buy one.

New Marketing List: UK Local Authorities (Councils)

parliamentThe Government, over the past few years, has been professing its intention to do more business with SMEs by encouraging more small business owners to tender for contracts and making the tendering process accessible to more businesses than ever before. Although the contracts on offer tend to be of a large scale supply of services, local authorities are free to purchase products and minor services without putting these expenses out to tender. However, according to the Federation of Small Businesses, approximately 25% of their members sold into local authorities in 2006 and in 2008 the FSB calls for more support from the Government to raise the share of contracts to small business to 30%. We are not an FSB member, but we do supply services and products to the public sector and in particular, local authorities.