In praise of … Toggl

"I work longer hours than you" ... is what so many of us think and occasionally brag. Running a business so often means we have no defined hours and work can so easily creep into evenings and weekends. Not to mention weekend evening and even nights! We can sometimes add those hours up but are they all really work? I was shocked a few weeks ago to look at my own productivity. It was dire. All the long extra hours was but poor compensation for that problem at my and my family's expense.

Sydenham and beyond

I added a Community page to this website today. I have lived in Sydenham since 1985 and worked here since 1993. In the early days we built some commercial community sites covering the wealthier areas of Surrey. We sold those off profitably in the good old boom days of the net [...[

Backup, Backup & Monitor

One way we try and differentiate ourselves from the competition is that we are here not only to create online services but, even more importantly, keep them running. Something with the inherent reliability of computers and networks that is often forgotten. Until disaster strikes! [...]

Welcome to QwikSites

Today we launched QwikSites (http://qwiksites.com). Just 20 years after launching Brainstorm we have moved from majoring on building bespoke websites to off the peg designs tailored to your needs using the world's favourite CMS [...]

Bye Bye XP, Hello GNU

You may be aware that April 2014 is the end of the road for Windows XP support. Whilst it will still work in May the publication of patches for other Microsoft Windows variants will likely be reverse engineered by hackers to exploit flaws in XP. In other words an unsafe operating system will become a lot unsafer. Particularly for organisations such as ours where our work and income is totally dependent on internet connected computers [...]