Manchester Discount Card

March 11, 2018

Manchester Discount Card is up and running and a website has been produced.



March 7, 2018

I have decided that my first MVC /C#/SQL/XML/JSON project will be a Feedback Clock Emulator.

My second project will be PayIT 2017 – A Sodexo project update with Uni2000, Sage and Quickbooks interfaces.

Which is what should have happened in the 1980’s after I had implemented Unistar  time and attendance system.  But MPJ said that I must not propose any more PC Applications – we are a mainframe shop. How off the mark was he.

End Of An Era

March 6, 2018

In 2007 I was appointed IT strategist for Young Masters Golf by Golf Fellow David Gosling.

I formed an outsourcing company called BBCommuniSYS Ltd  and we went to work servicing his website, creating two online shops, a forum, tournament booking system and online quiz.  David lost control of his company and we only received payment of £1,000 having laid out significantly more than that for 3 high specification laptops and Microsoft Office.

David returned to golf and we re-engaged with him in 2016 – we commenced work on a subscription based document sharing website. Typically with Dave the development was a disaster and it did not get implemented.

David was instructed that Google Drive and Protopage were core business solutions. To our dismay these were not implemented.

David has hit hard times whereas we have gone from strength to strength with our association with Hitec Computers in Cheadle.

David is now working outside the golf industry and my vision of looking after the intellectual training of his junior golfers has gone.

I like David a lot and wish him the best – we really needed him onboard with

We could have done so so much with Dave all he had to do was follow our advice and we would have done good stuff to attract kids to his website.

Broadband and Hitec

March 6, 2018


Business Consultant Alan Bramwell created an Internet We Server for Hitec Computers in Cheadle wanted to expose his work on the WWW like he does from home but was not able to due to the fact that Hitec use their Internet for their PDA machines.

Alan who works for Internet Provider Verastar believes that the the business needs a second line and a static IP – being a computer shop they should be leading the way in Internet technology which includes broadband advice.

Verstar has the broadband package which Hitec needs as a low business user – it would cost nothing in business terms for the value it has.

Industries in decline / on the up

March 6, 2018


In 2007 I was working in an indusry in decline – Direct Marketing.

A fire put me out of work ! I will let you hold judgement on that one.

 In 2007 I looked for an Industry on the up and decided to work in the Sales department at Unicom in Manchester.

There I gathered valuable experience in sales but as there was no computer work I elected to leave – I worked in sales for just 3 months.

I elected to stay in the telecoms industry and moved into Field Sales for Geezer Telecom where I worked for a very short time before being head hunted by a friend of Adam’s who worked for Nationwide Energy Services. I worked in field sales for a long time but was asked to return to Unicom – I accepted to offer as I still wanted to gain access to their computer system. There was still no access so I left again. I went to work in the voluntary sector as I wanted teaching experience but was once again I was  invited to join Unicom in 2015. My son Adam said – you are working 5 days a week volunteering please go and earn some money.

 I accepted Unicom’s offer and worked in the Sales Department again Unicom was a really good company to work for. They loved my work ethic and accepted my needs this time I was given access to computer system by joining Customer Service where they realised that I had technical abilities and moved me to Product Support. It was then decided that I would be better back in Sales supporting the sales team and checking the validity of contracts.

 Unicom is now part of the Verastar empire. The telecoms industry is on the up as I predicted in 2007 and I will remain with Verastar till I retire.

My recommendation to youth is – if you want a career with a company going  places and you want to gain valuable sales experience then join Verastar – you will soon be advised if you have got what it takes and if sales is not your thing there may be other opportunities for quality people.


Gatley Signs and Print

March 5, 2018

The is now an understanding between Gatley Signs and Print that there will be a relationship with Redcamal systems resulting in donations to charity should Redcamel gain contracts for Golf Score Cards.

Gatley Computers – Price Match

March 5, 2018

I am trying to help both Gatly Computers and Hitec by entering into a partnership deal.

The hight street needs to be creative to fight off Amazon.

I have now been in to see Gatley Computers.

They will not be promoting Redcamel Systems and they do not have nor want a website.

They get there business using Facebook in Gatley. They have been established for over 5 years.

They have said that they will conduct builds for Redcamel Systems and will price match Hitec Computers.

The formulae will go something like this :

Cost of Parts @purcahse price

Less Redcamel discount @ 15%

Plus 1 Hours build cost @ £60 per hour

For a £200 parts list that will mean the build price will be  £230

This would look like we are only paying 1/2 hour for the build  – which is reasonable, an experienced engineer should put a machine together in about 20 minutes according to YouTube.

There will then be a 10% Purchasing Surcharge making  the selling price £253 plus a 10% markup – making it circa £280.

That looks reasonable to me !

It makes sense to increase the Redcamel discount to say 20% – reducing the build price then outsourcing the build. The mark up % could then be increased bringing the selling price back to £280.

I have blogged this so that all parties can see the Redcamel purchasing policy.

We will discuss the merits of stipulating that all parts should be sourced from Amazon as it is Amazon that we are competing against. The idea of becoming an Amazon reseller might be attractive – this could support cash flow as we could insist that buyers supply their own parts ! One for discussion.

If any party says no we have not got a business.

Verastar – Quo Vadiz

March 5, 2018

This is an announcement to my community that I work for Verastar which is a utilities company based in Manchester England

I am a Business Consultant  of 40 years standing in the IT industry having worked in the voluntary sector since 2000 as a Community Guardian.

I have a project which commenced circa 1979 when I was introduced to Home Computing by John Arnold Edwards – Senior Exec at Ferranti Computer Systems.

We said then that we should start business – We missed our opportunity.

I have now started a manufacturing business as a Division of Redcamel Systems – I am following JAE footsteps as a Divisional Production Manager. I will be suggesting to Hitec Computers in Cheadle that they should cut their production costs by 20% and commence outsourcing to Gatley Computers. The first machine will be specified next Saturday.

I will then become CEO of Ferranti Business Computing – operating out of Hitec Computers in Cheadle where I currently operate as Redcamel Systems..

I am looking to Verastar where I am employed full time as a broad band provisioning officer to support my initiatives..

I have of my desk a book called in Search Of Excellence which features Ingersoll Rand where I was part of the management team. It is a best seller – if written today it could well include Verastar.

It is my intention to stay at Verastar till I retire – I selected them in 2007 when they were Unicom. I had 3 stints of employment in Sales and they keep asking to get me back. This current stint of employment has seen me out of the sales force but looking after the sales teams – I can clearly state on my cv that I am a Sales Professional – expected to deliver high standards.

My CV will state tht I am on a mission to impact the golf industry.


March 4, 2018

Today I had a 3 hour business meeting with Andy Clarke of Manchester University to discuss the status and merits of my on-line shop. We discussed my buying and selling policy and discussed Maplins who have gone into administration. We also conducted a buying session – 2 buying sessions to test the Amazon Echo.

Whilst we discovered Alexa was excellent at tracking purchases she was not so great at tracking the second purchase.

We are a little ahead of our time but there will be a time when all the next generation will be using an Echo product as a lifestyle choice.

Whilst we were on the subject of technology I was demonstrated one of these wrist devices that interfaces with your mobile phone – amazing.

My conclusion is – Amazon is an opportunity for every company to take advantage of as clearly the high street is suffering.

The next to go could be high street clothes retailers. My second purchase was some golfing trousers – I was able to find my size at just £16 whilst last week I went into Central Manchester and bought 3 pairs at £20 per pair plus £4 train.

This is a message to Eb at Hitec Computing – Look towards Amazon and take advantage of their technology.

And to John @ my place of work ! – we should too………. and we should look to selling wrist messengers for people who can not use their mobile phones in work.

With regards to my own buying policy l still will not use Amazon or Ebay as I want to protect the high street. That means whilst I will advertise my product range on-line I will only sell on the high street and only on a Saturday.

Which comes to my agreement with Hitec Computers – To bridge the Amazon / High Street Gap the Redcamel Shop has been set up giving all year round discount at !0% of the normal Hitec selling price. And to this end Redcamel Systems will absorb all programming and development costs.

I have introduced a buying policy to allow my purchasing team to buy from Amazon.

Until I have recruited a suitable candidate I will have to set up the purchasing department myself. I will set up a new bank account just for the purpose and start the process rolling. My first purchase will be a programmable usb robot from Maplins before they close. I have unfinished business I have a Maplins programmable control panel which I need to make up but I have lost the programming instructions – next task to see if Maplins have Java instruction for my control panel.  Once Kava is proven then I will clone the processing in MVC and C#/Sql Server to hold the instruction sets.

All help on code samples will be appreciated !!!!!

The Robot will be my Chistmas present for Richard  – a little early to buy it – make hay whilst the sunshines and hope Maplins have some great discounts !

On second thought I know a person that gives away unwanted presents for Christmas I will think of sending Rich my old Maplins kit – It comes with a little soldering set that he might find of good use. I will ask him now.

Message to Richard – I have been converted what present do you want  – for me to test Amazon.




Redcamel Shop

March 3, 2018

It is 03/03/2018 and I announce that the Redcamel Shop is now open for business.

(It is in draft mode at the moment and can be found on my Home Server).

It was 02/02/2017 when I announced my return to the IT industry when I formed the limited company BBCommuniSYS Ltd delivering Structured Social Networking applications SSNA . It was shortly after when WordPress banned all my sites for violation of condition of usage that I discovered Protopage. I have never looked back. is a significant effort and is of high value to me.

Whereas is just a bit of fun and is dear to my heart as it was mine and  Adam’s project. is well on it’s way now.

BBCommuniSYS was a outsourcing company – I am thinking of making Ferranti Communications a multi purpose company – PC Manufacturing / Online Shop / Web Hosting / Bespoke Design / Outsourcing / Bespoke Build / Multi-Media Marketing / Event Management.

J.A.E  was on the executive at Ferranti in Wythenshawe Manchester – he was D Division Production Manager – My mentor.

P.E. Was a programmer at Ferranti where he wrote Q for Dos machines as a type of pre windows substitute – clever stuff – he was my student. We wrote Monopoly on a .Commodore Pet to learn Jackson Structured Programming.

I have just had a post saying that today, 5 years on, is when I met Richard Gilbert on Facebook.  Richard is my closest friend and my Microsoft Certified Programmer – I have known Richard for over 20 years. He is brilliant at what he does – he is my mentor. With his support I will now learn MVC and Ajax. Richard taught me ASP.NET/C#/SQL Server in 2000 after I gained my City and Guilds in C programming. 

Thank you Richard without you none of this would have been possible.

Redcamel Systems

November 18, 2017

Redcamel Systems is now now being promoted by Hitec Computers – There is a poster on the glass door so that all that enter can see.

Hitec has delivered it’s second potential client. More news on this next week.

Whilst Gatley Computers have agreed to promote Redcamel Systems they were not open today receive our Redcamel poster. This will happen next week too.

Welcome to Redcamel Systems




November 18, 2017

Today is the birthday of Adam – to celebrate this day I am going to start the Brand Redcamel.

I have started by trying to recruit sales agents, it is also Mathew and Shamin’s birthday so I have asked if they would be interested promoting Redcamel Systems.

Now it is off to Gatley Computers to firm the first of the Redcamel Brand Outlets.

Then it is back to Hitec to work on Redcamel Development Strategies.

Welcome to the new brand – Redcamel


CPD Accreditation

July 28, 2017

CPD Accreditation for my academy would cost me over £1,000 per year.

There is an issue in that CPD would need to see all the learning material for my courses to accredit it. As I do not have the material and I am just sign posting learning this is going  to save me money.  I will simply say that my courses are accredited by myself !

I have over 40 years experience in the IT industry which must account for something.


July 22, 2017

Today is my birthday, I should be celebrating it with my son Adam.

Sadly Adam died 12 April 2016.

My life has been on hold since then.

Today I created the Hitec Computers website and launched Adam#1 – a computer for the new Education Division which I am championing for Hitec.

For more information on Adam#1 goto Hitec Computers.

Back To Basics

July 22, 2017

Today I had my first golf lesson in 20 years.

The conclusion is – I should be playing golf.

I will book a bi monthly playing lesson with Steve.

I hope to book a Bi monthly session with Steve on Medigolf.



The Generation Project / Big Data

July 9, 2016

I have decided to utilise the accounts which I created for The Generation Project for my own personal us.

Whilst The GenerationProject / Wythenshawe Good Neighbours still operate it is without my support.

I will now deliver advise and tuition to those wanting to get started on a career in IT.

I will use it as an excuse to further my skills and start to seek out Big Data.

I have, today managed to get hold of some XML and JSON date, I will look to see if I can process it within my infrastructure.

With support from my friends I hope to build a catalog of useful Big Data resources for us to play with.

My Generation Project Wix Site has a daily blog where I will be giving out little bits of advice – I will infrequently use this blog to announce major events.

AIOC Charity Golf Day……

March 30, 2016

Today I have been talking to friends about a charity golf day and have recruited Feya and Stuart to the team. I have spoken to Ben briefly and he has given me the ok to develop a website for him and that I will act as sponsor and organiser of his annual golf event.

Ben will have a passive role in this events as he is a figurehead – an established business. Ben has operated for over ten years as AIOC Computing and has served me in the past.

I am pleased to be associated with Ben as he is a good man.

Watch this space for the website AIOC-Golf, a new division of AIOC Computing, initiated by BramiT (Community Guardian (BA019) / Digital Champion)In. 





March 29, 2016

It is my belief that BRS and Club Systems have the market cornered on golf club administrative software.

It is also my belief that clubs should heavily invest in their primary site, which in my mind should remain static.

Given these are budgeted for and are in place you would think that there is no scope for further development.

I am going to disagree – I believe that there is massive scope for communications solutions and that there should be a communications officer within each club bridging the gap between the directors and the membership. But I am afraid in my experience clubs do not want to keep people informed.

We shall aim to make changes – we need a Marketing Strategy / proposal…… One for tomorrow.

About Graham

March 29, 2016

Sadly Graham J, our Joomla developer is no longer taking on work.

This might mean that I need to take up Joomla unless I can find a volunteer.

Enjoy your holidays Graham.

All In One Computing Arrive

March 29, 2016

Stop Press : Ben Fish joins The Golf Channel Team.

A big thank you to Ben Fish who has agreed to offer his services to The Golf Channel – our mission is to act as agent for Ben, hopefully, securing him contracts with the 150+ Golf Clubs in our region.

Commencing July 22 we will start to market our services so watch progress here.

The Golf Channel

March 29, 2016

Welcome to The Golf Channel…..

You will observe that my blog is very old and that it has been cleared down.

In 2006/7 I did a lot of work in the early days of social networking. Some of my retro WordPress sites are still here – there is not much to them, WordPress was very new and I no longer have the passwords. My Directors table does not render correctly now – it must be something to do with WordPress site management for obsolete site.

Anyway this White As Milk site is still here and we shall use it to track progress on The Golf Channel.

The End

November 17, 2014

It would appear that the delivery of a Content Management Solution is not what The Generation Project wants therefore my services are not required.

This is a real shame – Protopage has such great functionality in the hands of an end user.

I was so looking forward to opening up their world.

Onwards and upwards I still have many irons in the fire.

Invitation to all GP volunteers

November 17, 2014

Shortly you will be given a letter about new web services and how you can contribute to having an active www presence.

You will be asked to blog, a procedure will be put in place where your comments can be viewed before they are approved. Then I will publish them on my blog. After a period of evaluation we will decide where the blog should live and who should maintain it – we may be looking for volunteers to do this.

I like WordPress because you can put your blog in categories – it is something to think about.

The Generation Project

November 17, 2014

I have now started work on a Protopage CMS site for The Generation Project. When complete we will look at existing web services and see how they can be trimmed.

I have added a category called The Generation Project as I suspect that I will be doing some blogging about progress of the build.


November 16, 2014

I really should do more blogging, I do so much and do not record it. Today I have been looking at Javascript and have found an example which reads a google xls file – but can I get it to read my files … !!!


September 20, 2014

Hello World…….

I am currently evaluating the Web Builder WIX – with a view of promoting this solution as part of my Digital Champion role.

It has Blog but does not spell check – so one to you WordPress.

Here is my site – contact me / leave comments !

British Gas

September 1, 2014

In the past few months I have have had problems with my boiler – the service that I have received from British Gas has been exceptional.

Hopefully we have finally found out the problem – it was down to the original issue.

When you think about it – it had to be.

WWW Development Education

July 24, 2014

I am now serving at Northenden Community Library where we conducted a survey – one lady reported back that she required education about developing a web site.

Today we were introduced for the first time, following an open discussion to determine knowledge levels / requirements we went into the instruction / development phase.

Microsoft Office was demonstrated to show how a basic web site can be constructed. Thermea Bath Spa program source was viewed to demonstrate just how different and complex a good CSS site is.
FTP was explained and it was left that the client check with her service provider what her free webspace is.

Finally, we had hands on and registration was performed to the Protopage content management system and WordPress Blog. A demonstration to show how to updates these was given but WordPress proved to be problematical – so more work needed here.

A good session leaving a client happy and with a www presence. Of course Facebook and Twitter were discussed – more there latter.


December 7, 2013

It has been a sad day today, I looked at my life from 2006 to 2008 and realised that my blogs were not relevant to where I want to be today.

In 2006 I was experimenting with Social Networking software, like WordPress,  and was making recommendations that this technology should replace conventional web sites for a number of reasons – mainly development and support costs.

WordPress has now become an industry standard , people pay to employ WordPress developers and it is now possible to have a .com WordPress site.

Well – we have had a good clear out, I have lost lots of valuable links but I feel cleansed and I can now announce my blog to a new audience.

Times change – now to evaluate Cloud Computing.


November 23, 2013

About Linux …..


November 5, 2013

Why is Scrum so hard ?


October 7, 2013

Of a class of 10 that we tasked to set up an E’Mail address we had zero successes in the one hour which we assigned to the task. A significant number of attendees had made no progression – the question has to be asked “Is Yahoo the service we should be promoting ?”

This is a real challenge !


September 12, 2013


September 12, 2013

Today i have been writing some learning material for a course which I am presenting. Whilst working at my PC I have been playing Oasis on a YouTube channel which I created for my entertainment – I feel so guilty that I have only ever purchased one Oasis CD.

Another year over…….

August 2, 2013

My birthday came and went and I did not blog on that day.

All the people that I care about contacted me – which was nice but it is a shame that they are so far away.


July 3, 2013

Why do you suddenly see faces that you have not seen for years in your dreams – they are so disturbing !


June 22, 2013

I did 7 hours of tutorials yesterday and went to bed with my mind buzzing, so much so that I was up at 5.30 thinking about XML and AJAX.

So I had to get up and look at stuff – it is now 9.10 and I have lots of questions. I have seen what AJAX offers and how a Web page is developed but there is a big difference on how these simple examples work and how much the technology is taken up in the real world.

Do I want to try this technology – I don’t know, the examples are in PHP so I will need to convert the PHP to C# – that should not be difficult. But do I want to go through the pain of development again……. I don’t know.

I need a project !





June 21, 2013

It’s a SQL Server day today….

Morrisey Fox

June 20, 2013

I just fancied a pint of blonde ale so I searched the web to see if I could find a stockist of Morrisey Fox Ale. But looking at their Twitter and Facebook sites it looks like the dream died circa 2010 and the web goes on to tell how Morrisey has lost £2.5 million in his business ventures.

However, the web has a lot to say about Morrisey Fox Ales and I still have to establish that the brew is dead.

If you know the full story please comment – I thought that they had made it when Tesco began to stock it.


Golf Event

June 19, 2013

I am trying to organise an annual golf event and have circulated a letter to 165 chairmen of the clubs in Manchester. To date I have had very little response – people are so wrapped up in themselves that they wont event reply to a letter, but i guess that they get lots of them !

I am beginning to thing that this is a bad Idea – even though I have been told that it is a good idea.

Learn Direct / Digital Champions

June 14, 2013

Today I decided to look at my Learn Direct ECDL documentation and document the consolidation exercises for Word onto my Digital Champions site. I will look at the other topics next week to see what can be documented.

Software Development

June 12, 2013

I have been looking for software that can be used to run a number of golf  tournaments. There is a market leader, servicing over 800 clubs and there price is over £2,000 for 3 modules plus £1100 per year rental.  A few years ago we repaired a clients web site that had so many errors, created a tournament booking page and an on-line quiz and only charged £1,000.

We should have continued with the development and refined the product !

Ladybarn Time Bank

June 11, 2013

Today I had a meeting with Ladybarn Time Bank promoting Protopage. I showed them an example that they are keen to progress so I informed them how they could register their own page and commence development. We spent some time prototyping pages and then discussed Facebook and WordPress.  Facebook is blocked by council websites but we were able to register a WordPress Blog.

I will have a meeting next week to discuss HTML and I will introduce them to W3Schools.


Virgin (continued)

June 10, 2013

Spoke to Virgin today to order my super hub – they said that they would upgrade my 20meg broadband to 30meg at no charge.

The service has been really good – when I contacted them in the evening to  say that I was only getting 20meg they gave me £10 refund on my account.

I say that the customer service is good but their product suck at the moment – I am not able to use YOUTUBE early evening, it is fine late at night.




June 9, 2013

Tonight I have been on the phone to Virgin Media for over half an hour.

I reported a problem that I could not use YOUTUBE – they were very good tried lots of stuff, configured my router – we installed software that enabled them to take over my machine. They also installed adobe flash so that safari and firefox would work but tried hard as they did they did not resolve my problem.

They have left me needing to contact Virgin again as they say I need a super hub.


June 9, 2013

There has been a lot of coverage this year on the French Open but I have missed the final.

What an achievement for Nadal to win the French eight times.

Time goes by….

June 8, 2013

This is still as refreshing now as when it first came out all those years ago…..




June 8, 2013

There is a huge gap in my blogging – I now realise  that there are two reasons for this:

1. I found a better social media site for my purpose.

2. Facebook arrived.


I have returned to blogging because as a Digital Champion I need to demonstrate how it is done.


Fancy a sing along…..

June 8, 2013

“Don’t Look Back In Anger”

Slip inside the eye of your mind
Don’t you know you might find
A better place to play
You said that you’d never been
All the things that you’ve seen
Will slowly fade away

So I’ll start the revolution from my bed
Cos you said the brains I had went to my head
Step outside ‘coz summertime’s in bloom
Stand up beside the fireplace
Take that look from off your face
You ain’t ever gonna burn my heart out

So Sally can wait, she knows it’s too late as we’re walking on by
Her soul slides away, “But don’t look back in anger”, I heard you say

Take me to the place where you go
Where nobody knows if it’s night or day
Please don’t put your life in the hands
Of a Rock n Roll band
Who’ll throw it all away

Gonna start the revolution from my bed
‘Coz you said the brains I had went to my head
Step outside ‘coz summertime’s in bloom
Stand up beside the fireplace, take that look from off your face
‘Coz you ain’t ever gonna burn my heart out

So Sally can wait
She knows it’s too late as she’s walking on by
My soul slides away
“But don’t look back in anger”, I heard you say

So Sally can wait
She knows it’s too late as we’re walking on by
Her soul slides away
“But don’t look back in anger”, I heard you say

So Sally can wait
She knows it’s too late as she’s walking on by
My soul slides away
“But don’t look back in anger, don’t look back in anger”
I heard you say, “at least not today”

It’s an Oasis afternoon for me…..

June 8, 2013

For those of you that have not looked at YOUTUBE you do not know what you are missing. I have created an Oasis playlist – lots of tunes which I will play whilst I am reading.

For those of you who can’t remember who Oasis were here is a reminder…..

Golf !

June 8, 2013

It has been nice sitting in the sun meeting old friends, It ha been a while.

I can’t remember when I lost interest playing golf but I do remember trying to keep my interest alive. I bought a set of left handed clubs and started to play left handed – it was great I really had to think about my swing just to hit the ball and I was able to project the ball a good distance.

Eventually I reached a standard where I was playing bogey golf, when I hit a 7 iron to two foot and tapped the put in on the 4th hole I decided to enter a competition.

On the day I was feeling confident but when it came to my turn I hit the telegraph pole – I thought that this could be a long day for my playing partners so I apologised and retired.

I can’t recall playing golf again at my home course – from time to time I play with my son now but the hit has gone I can no loger hit it 290 yards and the want to play at my club again has not returned…….

Thought for the day…..

June 8, 2013

It is Saturday, enough of IT for the day as the rest of the would is resting and I am waiting answers from E’Mail.

I used to design hierarchical databases, IDMS, they were really cool.

Do they exist in another form for the pc world or are we restricted now to relational design ?

Your comments please…….

A Lesson in Synergy

June 8, 2013

I try not to do things unless I can use them elsewhere or kill two birds with one stone. I used to develop payroll solutions for 5 payroll departments at once and I used to keep their costs down by sharing development – so cost control is second nature to me.

I don’t request developments of others unless they can rebrand them, unless that is I have somebody who is willing to pay.

In the case of my last blog a lot of effort was needed but I also needed an introduction about myself for my Community Guardians web site.

So you can kill two birds with one stone …….

Community Guardians

Now for a CV update !!!!!

Good Morning Vietnam…….

June 8, 2013

Up bright and early today thinking about IT development. I have been thinking about a lot of stuff so this is a big blog !

I am not a computer programmer, I was a computer programmer, I am a Systemsy Analyst.

But I have prototyped solutions in Visual Basic, C#, SQL Server and Visual Foxpro. I do try and the reason why I try is that in 2000 when I decided that I wanted to set up a software house I was surrounded by experts but in different disciplines and I did not want to tie myself down to one skill set.

I also recognised that I needed PHP/Mysql and java script and Linux.

So I got some PC’s from the scrap yard learnt how to network them and introduced myself to Linux and saw some diferencies ! I was doing simple stuff, raw html.

I decided to do a course and got a city and guilds qualification in C, and started a second level open university course in java so that I could network with other developers. Sadly I was the only person to attend the first seminar at the Open University – the course fees were £450 so i requested a refund and used the refund to do courses in Management, Health and Sociology.

I latter went on to create a visual basic online application to capture lesson plans and session plans for teachers. This I hosted from a PC in my bedroom and delivered it to my tutor as my solution to the course requirement. I had joined a city and guild 7302 Delivery of Learning course, I was advised that I had to deliver a paper based solution so I came off the course and got a refund. I latter continued my interest in teaching by joining a scheme conducted by Manchester City Council for volunteers wanting to teach literacy and numeracy – which I enjoyed. Sadly the funding went so that was it ! However I still have the interest and I have registered for a PTTLS course.
When I do this course I will create the paperwork that they will require and on my lap top create a solution in C# and SQL/Server for my own interest…..

I have plans but I can’t do them alone I am heavily dependent on my friend to supply me with sample source code and I am aware of how hard he works and how valuable his time is. My experiences of courses is that they are shallow, I did all the ECDL courses plus two Front Page courses in a fortnight when I found out that they government was withdrawing funding and that each module was going to cost £1oo. ECDL has changed and there is some ITC2 course that I did just to see what they were teaching – a good background to my Digital Champions venture. Next week I will see if there are any free IT courses available to see what is being taught now.

So onto today’s thought …..

My father in law was the production manager at Ferranti Computer services and I was able to get a PC at home long before they appeared in the work place. My brother in law created an application pre windows that enabled people to select what application they wanted to access from a menu screen. The application was called Q, we should have sold it as it was some time before windows arrived !

With my understanding of the PC I proposed a PC solution for a Time and Attendance system using electronic clocks and IRMA communications to the mainframe. Th IRMA board was £1200 pound at the time. We installed UNISTAR it worked an I was told off and was politely told that we develop mainframe solutions. Look where we are now !

Anyway I have a question.

I have not prototyped a sql/server to Excel spreadsheet solution.
What I used to do was :

1, Create a database extract, VSAM, to create a flat file.

As part of our solution we installed an application called CopyKing which allowed us to create virtual pc disks within the mainframe VSAM environment.

2, We used to pick up the file and PARSE it into the spreadsheet manually.

For users not registered to the virtual disk environment we were able to use file transfer commands to copy the files to the PC.

My question now is ….. can you as a Microsoft developer automate the SQL/SERVER to spread sheet process.

If so I will be keen to hear from you as I have a client that may request an IT development.

I am particularly interested with people new to the business who are trying to learn the language and are prepared to be mentored. People looking to gain c# and SQL/Server skills, I have a little to offer and I know men who can help – provided there is a reciprocal arrangement and that you have skills / services to share.

Please comment……

Signing Off…….

June 7, 2013

Last thought ….

This is so cool it is how the www has developed in the last 5 years. This was my Vision22 for YMG – I always knew that youth would find the www cool and would play with the media. Is there a future fot TV !

Final Blog of the day …..

June 7, 2013

I am settling down for the evening to watch Actors Studio on my PC. For those of you that I have never seen it here it is


But Stop press – some news Bitesize Golf Finder Model is back – a solution that we have developed for Bitesize golf as their finder has limitations. David has indicated that he has no budget for our services so if you need a Finder we have one for you….
Sample Finder

Digital Champion

June 7, 2013

Second blog of the day – this wont be the norm but this time it is worth it.

I have registered as a Digital Champion so I have created my web site stating my mission – it is

Digital Champions.


June 7, 2013


Yesterday I registered  some new website and did not get the activation e’mail back. Today I spent the morning trying to reactivate them and sending bug notifications to the supplier. Then I had a thought and checked my hotmail account only to find that it has been converted to Outlook and stuff that used to hit my inbox now goes to junk – problem solved !

Today I have registered to be a Digital Champion for Manchester.





June 6, 2013

I got into WordPress when it was new to the scene , under development.

I was able at that time using a Freeserve e’mail account to register multiple sites – this was something to do with me using legacy software and WordPress was not expecting it.

I constructed a few sites, linking them  together  to represent the YMG business, This was done to demonstrate to David Gosling of  YMG the business model for his business – when we branded the sites wordpress squashed them..

We had identified a significant number of errors on the YMG primary website and we were contracted to repair them – this we did. In addition we developed a tournament booking solution and an on-line quiz, (and a forem – which we pulled when it got invaded with pornography).

We had volunteered our services to David because he was being driven out of his own company by Chris Smith.

In addition to the php / mysql development we hosted a starter pack for an on-line shop as a temporary solution and went on to nominate Ocean Design as the company to run his shop.  Ocean design went on to develop a shop for David. We also selected House on the Hill to supply help desk software but this was not taken up, (David had lost control of the company budget !)

These systems were pulled from YMG when David lost his company – and we lost the opportunity to deliver packages to him. We did not offer our services to YMG as we were supportes of David and returned control of the YMG site back to Chris and his team.

David has started again – he is starting up, we still keep in touch and we still offer our services but this time at the right price. Bitesize golf is his new venture – he will do well he is the best, I believe that he now has 37 clubs interested. What is important is that he is keeping his IT costs down – David has implemented my recommendations, that is he has a .com site for his passive data and a wordpress blog for his active stuff.

This sounds logical now – remember in 2006 these social network sites did not exist. I produced my first prototype site for the junior section at Withington Golf Club using Microsofts blog. A solution that WGC did not take on board.  WGC are currently reviewing their web presence, it will be interesting to see if social network technology is a part of it.

Following the restrictions on WordPress I got in contact with Protopage – they assured me that I could create multiple sites using their solution and it is this option along with hosted WordPress that I promote.

As a champion of Protopage I am now seeking sponsorship from them for an annual golf competition – but in today’s climate I hold little hope.

A day in the world …..continued

June 6, 2013

It has been many years since I blogged, I am starting again because I have decided to extend myself once more.

I should clear down my history as much of it was done during times of chaos and it was a method better than e’mail of keeping people up to date with what we were doing. We had waited many years for vista to arrive, many years after 2000 when microsoft recommended that we did not start our project till Longhorn arrived. I have long forgotten what specific feature that Longhorn was going to offer but we are still waiting for it.

It was an experience doing beta testing for vista and it did offer us changes but I chose not to get involved with windows7 and windows8 on the basis that I have 3 development laptops more would be excess.

So, today…….

I had a meeting at the offices of Manchester Community Guardians and have proposed a central web site servicing their 500 Guardians. This I will do / prototype and release to them.

It was suggested that I look into Manchesters Latest scheme for Digital Champions, http://www.go-on-manchester , …..(I could make that link active ,  there used to be an option for me to edit the html !)….

It was also suggested that I talk to Time Bank, which I have done – and agreed to do a website for them. I will see what they want – might end up with some !

I have also contacted WGC and made myself available for committee – I think I should be a communications officer given the experience that they had with facebook.

…… over and out.




Community Guardians

June 5, 2013

Where are you !!!!

I have been to the Manchester offices on Pink Bank Lane to give them an update as I have been passive for a while only to find that the building is being demolished.

Well done Manchester for keeping your volunteers updated.


Hello World

June 5, 2013

Hello world…..

It is a long time since I have been here.

I am off out now to visit Manchester City Council Community Guardians Offices to inform them of my progress to date.

It has been a long time since project Nimrod was implemented and project Mayflower died but that effort has not been lost and we may have found a clint that requires the Nimrod services.

This time it will not be so chaotic – last time we were trying to  save a man his business. David Gosling lost YMG Golf but has survived and has re-invented himself. He is now using the Social Networking technology that we pioneered for him to drive his Bitesize business.  David and myself are still on talking terms and I still champion his cause but he has no budget for IT development and his new business is not yet big enough for us to consider a joint venture as was our initial arrangement.

Well its back to work as a Community Guardian – I have spent a couple of days IT consultancy / development and am awaiting confirmation that there is a project that requires progressing.

More soon !






Welcome to BramiT

May 29, 2006

History of BramIT

I did a significant amount of blogging at a time in my life when it was important that I kept people informed.

In December 2013 I decided it was time for a clear out and to focus on the more fun things in life.