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Project Alpha

June 30, 2018

Project Alpha commenced today at Hitec Computers in Cheadle – After which I went to the local pub to watch France / Argentina – a good match that France won 4-3.

I spent my afternoon thinking about codenames for applications and came up with the following :

Genesis – For Sales Tracking (Ex Sodexho)

Apollo – For CRM-Lite – Project / Task Tracking Ticketing Solution (Verastar)

Athena for API Modelling / BSG-Elite Training Exercise (Verastar / Talk Talk SIM2 Orders)

Calypso (For anything that Richard dreams up)

It will take me about 1 hour to model these solution using Google Forms Software.

Which hopefully will give Richard something to go at !

(My sad excuse for a specification………)

I will talk to Richard to see what he thinks before spending any time on something that is going no where.

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Red Octopus Launch Day

May 27, 2018

Red Octopus was launched today at Didsbury Golf Club and Northenden Golf Club.

I went round exchanging Business Cards.

Hitac Active was also launched and I have found this great app called Grammarly (password to Adam’s machine is grammarly and the email is redoctopusbusinessservices@gmail.com)

I hate having to remember all the passwords needed on my computer – I have a scrap of paper with them on and a book with some in – and now this reminder! – get organized!!!!

Grammarly is really great it is working on this blog – implementation was more simple on this machine I just let it use my google account for the password. Trouble is I can not remember the password so can’t log out.

Same with Facebook and they have done something  I keep getting a really annoying pop up that I can’t stop for the likes of trying. Anybody else had it and fixed it – let me know on the above email.

There is more – I have announced Red Octopus Trading cos I have found a company that supplies Polo Shirts at just £4. I get discount a Gatley Signs so I will get them branded and sell them for £20 less discount for just £17 – good business if I can find golfers to buy them.

Grammarly does not trap everything – just seen a typo after publishing, it is always the case. That is why the old days were somewhat better than today. You had time to write specifications and they were given to a skilled secretary to type them out, anything that did not read well was questioned.  Less productive but a joy to work with.

Cost of a secretary £15,000 per year – the cost of a laptop / do it yourself £200 no wonder Secretary Managers are so busy that they don’t get time for club websites – best leave the wwwy stuff to assistant professionals – they are young and IT Literate.

 

 

 

 

Live

May 22, 2018

Red Octopus Business Services Limited (11374556) went live today. The anniversary of the Manchester bombing. Registered on cup final day, the royal wedding. Things we wont forget.

Status Report

May 21, 2018
Today I had a converstation wiith LV Media to discuss his charging mechanism, the cost of Hitec site and SEO.

It was decided that LV Media will enter the Manchester Discount Card Scheme.
We will not be engaging in  SEO at £200 per month for national coverage and  £90 for regional coverage.
I have a meeting  with Ian on Saturday to discuss the needs of Red Octopus.  If Ian can get near Godaddy rates for hosting and can provide me with FTP I will use him.  The next option is for me to supply website updates on a memory stick and have him FTP it.  Either way I will basically by wanting an FTP support function at £45 per hour less 30% discount.
My relationship with Hitech is that I am still a freelance consultant with them – that I will not have any dealings with LV Media and that I am not to discuss Hitec web requirements with them.
Hitec will have a working relationship with Red Octopus Business Services Limited and will be allowed to sell The Manchester Discount Card at £7 per card – and keep all the income form sales for provision of print services as and when required – Discounted to 10p per page.
I have removed the tag to recruitment from the Hitec Active  site – but a trace of it still remains on my blog – that will need some explaining.
My next visit to Hitec will be next Saturday at 12am – I recognise that I will have nothing to do but I will give them the opportunity to talk about a Hitec Promotional Event.

Recruitment

May 20, 2018

I am looking for a person to fill a Technical position a Hitec in Cheadle.

There are a number of strategies that I could adopt:

  1. Social Media
  2. Recruitment Agency
  3. Job Centre
  4. Press Announcement
  5. Work Of Mouth
  6. Golf Network
  7. Press Advert
  8. Notice Boards
  9. Local Colleges
  10. Libraries

This is an interesting challenge.

The first thing to do is to write the advert which is going to be the main challenge.

Red Octopus Business Services

May 19, 2018

Todsay will be remembered for the Royal Wedding, the day that Alan and Sue got married in 1985, the day that Manchester United was at the cup final in 1985 and 2018.

It will also be remembered for the day that Alan returned to the IT Industry as a Freelance Consultant for Hitec Computers and the day that he started his third Limited Company called Red Octopus Business Services.

I will now start a project call Red Octopus Futures which is an evaluation of Angular and NOSQL.  I have already evaluated Angular at Verastar and have created a Telephone Directory for my personal use.

My first role with Hitec is that of Recruitment – they need a Technician. Somebody young who can drive. They are putting an age cap on the post which is exactly what keeps me out of the industry !

Verastar

April 29, 2018

To the employees at Verastar in Manchester – From Emma Bramwell.

Thank you for offering to donate to my fund raising challenge 30for30 in memory of my brother Adam.

The monies collected from the Sales Force amount to £126.50 and a record of that can be seen in the Virgin Media Giving area of my blog under the title Verastar.

Sadly the Sales Team lost the donation sheet and there is no record of your effort which amounted to over £300.

I am very grateful for the £126.50 – it is very generous and the collection of the rest of the monies is not necessary.

However, for those of you still wanting to contribute yo can do so at 30for30.blog

Thank You

Don’t Know what to do…….

April 29, 2018

Just got back from Gatley and had a good / bad time…..

The bad time was I was too late to buy Susan flowers from Tesco and that she got really really angry with me bringing my business ideas to her house – she just does not get the value that I get doing my charity work. Emma followed up by not accepting The Erica Society and that it was set up when she was a director of BBCommubiSYS – then registering a company meant that you had to have two or more directors. The plan was always to pay Adam and Emma with a company BMW when they were 21 – a BMW 3 series was purchased for Adam in 2007 which I used till Adan came to live with me – he took charge of it in 2014 I also gave Adam all my war chest so that he could bring his girl friend into the country on the basis that he only used it for house keeping and the purchase of his own BMW outright. In 2015 Adam bought THE WHIP a series 4 diesel puppy that had been in an accident. With insurance Adam went £2,000 over budget but I allowed him that because he had been helping me with The Golf Channel.

Emma was not engaging with  me and got her own Audi TT to my dismay.  After Adam died the relationship between father and daughter improved and I gave Emma funds to buy her own house.

Relationship between us is continuing to improve but Emma like Susan does not accept my business interest because she does not see any tangible evidence of it – perhaps if she looked at The Slate Yard she would see the technology on offer.

Moving forward :

The Erica Society will revert back to contract registration purpose.

It will remain as sports aid with donations going to The Manchester United Foundation and to Junior Golf.

I am to consider dropping The Community Guardian Tag and to charge a reasonable rate as Alan Bramwell – self employed – I will now review going self employed. There is a major benefit with that in that I will be able to contract to Verastar broadband  but there may well be issues with technical support at device level – I have worked in Product Support and we do not do Server Configuration.

I will continue to consult with Andy about business – but only when Susan is not there.

Emma has a full schedule an will not do a Run for Red Octopus even though it will help me.

I determined it was the wrong day to ask Emma to help me run a professional golf tournament in 2019 at Hazel Grove having just played in the 2018 American Golf Adam Bramwell Charity Golf Day.

To be honest I need Susan’s support and recognition that I am still in the IT industry working with leading edge technology but she does not understand Package Selection and is of the mind that I am wasting my time.

I now have the hard task of valuing myself – for that I will talk to Nigal Cowen of Really Simple Media.

 

A Day In The Life

April 29, 2018

poo… Can not paste into this  blog – will have to typeo – how bad is that – Thankfully I have Protopage !

Verse 2 

Woke up, fell out of bed

Dragged a comb across my head

Found my way downstairs and drank a cup

And looked up and noticed I was late

 

Just how bad is that on the reflection of the British work force. One needs to get up early and think about the day.  Which reminds me my second alarm clock is broken so there is no snooze time tomorrow – best put my spare one charge now.

A day in the life will now continue in this blog from when I was as young  as 8. Next week at 8pm I will blog and feature me as CEO for Red Octopus. It should make interesting reading – My mentor -Payroll Account Manager was a senior Accountant he looked after me at Ingersoll Rand, we had a meeting once where he said Alan I have my liitle book that has something about everyone at IR in it – when I retire I will publish it.

He then went on to say that even though I had reached the position of Acting Systems Manager I would not be offered the job and that Derek Capey is insistig on a graduate with payroll and general ledger experience.

Ingersoll went forward and recruited Clever  trevor Harrison a top class manager who primarily looked after the nominal ledger system and had me looking after Payroll (which was huge) and the Nominal Ledger Interfaces and external interfaces plus Annual Inventory, Sales Ledger, Purchase Ledger, Inter Comany Sales Ledger, Parts Pricing the system that never was World Pump Trade Analysis and international trading system plus whatever came along.

In my store room at home I still have all the Management Training coures which I took with IR including an extensive external Xerox course on Marketing. I have Effective Communication course designed by Tom Shaw – Company Trainer. Plus I still have the last specification that I wrote which was a Front End  Re-write of the Payroll System.

My original spec was for a PC Solution – this was destroyed when Mick Johnson instructed me never to write a PC Spec again. The year was circa 1987 my fater in law John Arnold Edwards was my mentor ant operated at board level for Ferranti  Computer Systems in Wytheshawe JAE was a very wise man and we often joked about starting our own computer shop. We did this in his shed whilst building our own machines from broken parts salvaged from the skip.

I did a loft conversion with John and  a conservatory on the back of the house – I did the brick laying which was a skill that I learnt when I was 14 when I was running my first business.

I will tell you about my business – how when I was 14 I employed my best friend Steve as a Bob A Job Boy Scout to do garden maintenance for me that I charged a £1 for. (a Bob = 5 new pence). My pocket money was 7/6 at the time and I had to work for it as a Assistant Secretary for the AEU Union and a Assistant Secretary for Greenbank Bowling Club.

This was the origin of Red Octopus

Happy days……

del.icio.us

April 29, 2018

12:55 Got up and tried to do some social bookmarking the my site http://del.icio.us/thebeatles 

In 2007 this utility was just about the best of the www – you had the feature to create may sites.

I had one called YMG which contained 50 wordpress golf club sites for David Gosling.

I had one called school which was the history of the British Battlship.

I had one called HRHNET which was a history of our royal family.

I am associated with all theses sites.

  1. I worked for YMG as an IT Strategist.
  2. 2 I was involved in delivering education into YMG and at the time there was no YouTube Golf Videos to be had.
  3. I stayed at Windsor Castle with family friend and Queens Architect Graham Sharpe. When Graham came up north I used to treat him to his golf – One day we played Royal Birkdale. Whe I went south we played in the grounds of Windsor Castle and had days out to East Sussex a top quality course.

Happy days.

Delicious is not working I can not register a new site and I can not sign in to The Beatles.

I am linked by Association to The Beatles as Tony Bramwell – my cousin had a top job at Apple. Which is very important because I wanted Tony to help both my son Adam in music technology and my daughter Emma in Event Management. When I asked Tony for help de declined stating that he knew nothing about the modern music industry even though he had a connection with Totnes Radio.  Tony has written his own book which is not good news for the Bramwell Clan as he dismisses his own father – something that I would never do for all his faults.

My father was very influential in my life I will tell you all about him when I release my life story. I have been writing a book called A Day In the Life for three years – it is realy crap and is all about IT – It will never be launched but on days when I need a friend and I am alone I turn to it.

13:12 Back to bed …. Have contacted  Richard, Sue and Tom to tell them my plan for the day – I am awaiting phone calls to arrange meet ups.

The link to The Bealtle and is proof that if wanted to I could outstrip Tony as the UK leading expert on the UK best band – on 02 May I have got education at the Google Garage in Manchester on how to construct active websites and how to get them to the top of Google. I will then creates a website called The Beatles with links to Protopage and Delicious and set a Beatles Tab on my website http://protopage.com/googlrgarage where you can see that I have already created sites for Red Octopus – these are responsive Internet and Intranet sites – put these with my responsive Bootstrap InfoNet sites and we have a tangible business called Red Camel Systems.

CV

April 29, 2018

Note: When reading my blogs please do not check my grammar – I blog on the fly cos I don’t have much time – and I do not proof read – it is not an important document !.

It is 6:40 am and I have got up for my morning shower, to take my stress medication, have some breakfast and to plan my day whilst having a half a hour soak in the shower.

This is my daily routine for Verastar – I plan my day ahead and it is usually about my Genesis project which is the recording of a procedure manual for the company.

The reality of the situation is that I work with a highly skilled employee called Megan who has produced excellent work on procedures that are shared through Sharepoint. My big issue with the company is that I don’t know how to use Sharepoint. I am ok on this, the company is very supportive and has been great during my periods off due to the stress  of Adam’s death, my operation due to cancer and my recent stress attack caused by thinking about my cv.

My main problem is i was not taught at school about the value of keeping a CV and that I did not create one till 2007 when I became redundant through a fire at Arrow Mailing.

I have been multi tasking – I like multi tasking – I have had my breakfast and an going back to bed for I have not slept since last Saturday. When I said I have not slept I clearly am getting some sleep but it is disturbed as I am a lucid thinker and I have my CV on my mind. I am concerned at an event that happened a few week ago – Megan was crying she packed all her desk away and said that she was leaving. Thankfully the problem has been resolved and she is still with us – I would not know what to do an a daily basis without the support that she gives me.

I am not ashamed to admit that I need support I work at Verastar because I have major health issues – one of which since the loss of Adam is my mental health. I admit there are times in the office that I am not focused on my job – this is simply that I can not get Adam out of my mind – or in this case focusing on my CV.

Anyway – no CV till next Saturday I need time to focus on Verastar – which means relaxation therapy. I will be up this afternoon and will go and see Susan cos she was really worried about me yesterday – she will get some flowers.

Then it will be off to my sister for a ride out – She does not want me this week but I need her help – she supports me every Sunday. Then it will be back for relaxation therapy.

Thankfully I have not booked a tee time at Withington Golf – I would not have had the energy to play if I had…….. 07:04 …. Goodnight part 2.

 

Apology

April 28, 2018

This is an apology to my ex wife Susan, Tom Davies, my Daughter Emma for going out without my mobile phone and  thinking that the Stockport County match was last week.

For the past 7 weeks I have been engaging with Google Garage on a start your own business course.

I have discussed with my employers Verastar that I work Saturday as a Senior ICT Consultant for Redcamel Systems at a rate of £1,000 per hour working out of Hitec Computers in Cheadle.

Verastar know this and have advised me that I must not use company equipment to do any Red Octopus of Red Camel  business. I agreed these terms with my senior manager on Friday.

My Senior Senior Manager knows that I work as a consultant and I agreed two years ago to deliver training on the presentation tool Prezi to my immediate manager Feya. I agreed terms that I could use Red Camel Infrastructure to deliver the training.

Prezi was delivered to Feya in many forms as part of my Digital Champion website http://protopage.com/digitalchampions.community as part of my community library website http://protopage.com/northendencommunitylibray  also through my community centre website http://protopage.com/bidefordcentre it was also communicated through my Community Guardian website http://protopage.com/communityguardian and my job finder site http://protopage.com workinglinks. To simplyfy communication I created protopage website http://protopage/verastar and ask if protopage could become a company standard for the delivery of training material – the answer is now no which was explained to me recently when I was asked to look at internal training. I will not convert these into links because I am too tired and I have been working all day for Red Octopus – I awoke at 6am this morning and started work and did not get home till 9:30 pm – it is now 22:11. For the record protopage is just the tool for a sharepoint front end and that for my own use I have created my own InfoNet that I  have on my desktop that renders sharepoint documents. So in some small way my IT Skills do come to use at Verastar. On Friday last I took a new PC that I had configured by Hitec into work to confirm that the Visual Studio would allow me to conduct my personal development MVC Training.  The It department said it is ok, It is now up to Richard Gilbert – Redcamel Founder to provide me with MVC Code samples. Richard has been my mentor since 1998 and has taught me all that I know. I can now build websites in minutes that have database functionality.  My next website will be for The Midland Hotel in Manchester – I have consulted the Midland Hotel management today and have agreed that it is acceptable for me to do so,  So watch out for http://protopage.com/midlandhotel. it is now 23:20 I am fed and washed and need to go and watch the football in Adam’s Room. watch out for the Midland I will have to do it next Saturday even though it will take 10 minutes – I have to do it under Red Octopus – I might slot it in Tomorrow Sunday and do a 8pm blog.  It is not my intention to work Sunday as it is now a day of rest and it is golf golf golf all day and relaxation to Manchester music. Whilst I am now committed to playing withington golf club I will stay at home tomorrow as I am too tired and have been off sick – I fell asleep on the tram I am so exhausted and ended up at Manchester Airport.

I will look at golf lessons by Steve Marr at Withington Golf club and flag my learning on http://thegolfhub.net and register my learning on my Medigolf Project on http://protopage.com/withingtongolf club.  I have been recommending to  WGC for 22 years at least that they should have an active responsive social networking site and in 2007 i registered the protopage website on there behalf.  Protopage was rejected by John and Bob – both chairman and friends of mine – but as a friend they would not give me a leg up in the IT Industry – John did find me a job at Communisis Broadprint where I was allowed to work 12 hours a day 7 day a week and it was the cause of my split with Sue – who was just brilliant during the condition of divorce in stating that it was my invovement at Withington Golf Club which caused the separation. Sue allowed me to retain my capital for my investment in a second home and agreed that I could run two mortgages – the Halifax were great and allowed me two run two houses on the basis of my earning with Communisys – At Communisis I was severely bullied by Nick Cosgrove but stayed with the company till I got wind that the Altrincham site was closing then I went to Arrow  Mailing where I set up my ICT Company BBComuniSYS in 2007 having worked with Microsoft as a Beta Tester. Happy days I started working for Dave Gosling at YMG Golf as an IT Strategist…. Enough said I am going to have to write a new CV tomorrow – That is going to take me the best part of the day as I will need to blog it at 8pm – That is what I call Synergy – Synergy is when you work for 1 company but bill yourself out to many compamies. Geoff Unwin taught me Synogy when I worked for him in 1998 a an Acting Principle Consultant for Hoskyns. In 1992/3 I worked for both Hoskyns and Peterborough Software and formed my first Limited Company Extraunit which did the Project Management and System build for royal Mail Parcel Force. That year I eaned a significant amount of money which I put in a war chest and I am still living off it.  Recently I released part of that war chest to enable my daughter to buy a house significantly more that the £7k tat I released to Adam to run his BMW 5 series that I still run as the Red Octopus Company Car. The 5 Series is now up for sale as I am going self employed an will run my 3 series through Red Camel system. Simple stuff really I am a part trained accountant and do all my own tax / vat returns. I expose they details to my accountant at year end just to do the year end return – for BBCommuniSYS I did all my own returns for many many years.

Arrow Mailing burnt down in 2007 and I started work for Unicom in the Sales Department – and there begins my involvement with Verastar which is a story that I will tell you when I leave the company. I will just say that at this time it is Red Octopus company business and I can not discuss that due to conflict of interest – I am contracted to Verastar and will not conduct myself in  any way where there is a conflict of interest and with that I will say that I will ask my Senior Sebior Seenior Manager via my mamager if there is a conflict of interest which is the proper way to communicate to your manager.  I was guilty of one thing at Communisis Broadprint that was goung to the Board of Directors over my line manager. It is understandable why Nick Cosgrove hated me as did Darren at Arrow Mailing – The difference between Communisis and Arrow is that Communisis was a dis honest Company thatr dis not respect its employees and that arrow way an honourable company that respected its employees. Communisys did not prompote me and did not recognose my IT Skills. Arrow did recognise my many skills – as an IT Consultant and allowed me to  conduct my IT affairs during works time – they also recognised  that I had many skills and had me doing painting and decorating, joinery and carpet laying at Directors Houses. I realise that they were underpaying me as a contractor but it improved my skill set  – at the time of the fire they had me working as a scaffolding engineer and a construction worker building an extension to the factory.

Sadly it was a fire in the outside storage area that saw the end of Arrow – I would have loved to work with Paul and Craig on Red Octopus  Multi-Media which I had set up for Arrow Mailing in 2007. Sad days…… I hope all my ex employees found work – I will seek some of them out to see if they want to get involved in Mailshots – they only need to rent a colour printer from Hitec Computers via Red Camel System who will arrange the credit agreement.

Enough said this is a super long blog which I will transfer to my google drive as part of my on-line CV  I can now go to bed a rest easy without having to think about my CV which is a constant cause of sleepless nights and brings on stress attacks like I have had this week.  Another thing about wordpress in 2007 I built 50 websites using WordPress when I Branded then for David Gosling they were take down due to breech of contract. To this day i do not know why was it because it was for commercial use and have they now changed the conditions – best check the conditions before you use WordPress.

As for protopage I contacted them and they stated that I could register as many sites asa I wish so there is no worry. I am going to write to somebody to say that Protopage deserves and award for its contribution to industry.  I will include Verastar in that communicate simply for allowing me secondary employment. WordPress also has a bug – if you write too much it does not save – so I best be off now it is 00:30 and I have missed my football I will have to get up early to watch it….. Goodnight.

During the week I limit my work for Red Octopus to just 15 minutes per night a one hour on a Wednesday  for skype sessions  to David Gosling at Bitesize Golf. However, in july 2017 I broke off contact with David and there has been no skype session.  I do not release my skype address as my 15 minutes a night is generally replying to companies in India want to do business with my and the replying to recruitment agencies which keep offering me jobs at aroid £45k per year.  i simply explain to them that i injoy my work as a Community Guardian as CEO of Redcamel Systems and now CEO of Red Octopus and that I enjoy working with Hitec Computers and now Gatley Computers under the Manchester Discount Card scheme.

My work is simple I have got to go round all the restaurants in Manchester as advised by the doorman at the Midland Hotel near the Library where I will be operating to select which restaurant to have my evening meal – Paid for by Red Octopus. I am assigning a budget of £2,000 per year for my Saturday Night Entertainment in Manchester paid for by Red Octopus.  This is extravagant but I am due some money coming to me from the inheritance of cousin Billy Walker. It is my intention to simply use this money to once again enjoy the better things in life. And two that end I have invested in  Withington Golf Club once more and I would like Tom to contact his community to have a simple walk in the park at Withington Golf club as a visitor and I would like John Atkinson to chose a date for that event to be through our golf society.

With that Susan has instructed me not to get involved with and people on the street.

When Adam died the last thing that I said to Adam was if you are going to do something silly I will follow you. On the week before Adams death I was instructed by Feya my line manager to go to the hospital and discuss things with them. I took time to go to the hospital and a member of Manchester Mental Health came to visit Adam. on the eve of his death MMH said that Adam was ok and that he suffers from anxiety.

Since Adams death i have been suffering with thoughts of suicide – Veratsar have been very supportive of me they gave me long term sick for Adam and long term sick for my Cancer.

This week I had 2 1/2 days off with stress induced by thoughts of suicide and sleepless nights. In 2007 I had two jobs ant that time I was working 20 hours per day for six months. I got so busy in my ICT work that I had to give up my full time job for two weeks and went with a doctors note with stress.  It was a good move as I engaged with Manchester Mental Heath and was given relaxation therepy at Withington Hospital.

It was this engagement with the hospital and mention of suicide the the Crisis Team was sent out to see Adam. When I hard the new the first person I contacted was Feya my manager – she came round to care for me. I owe Verastar alot  I owe Feya and I owe John and I owe Andy for allowing me to work for the company when I have so many health issues.   Ohhhh I also haver diabetes which makes me really realy tired and om some days when I have not been sleeping the days are so so long  – but I have been told that my productivity is fine but I need to focus on accuracy. I have indicted that  trining is an issue and I am looking to John to provide more training and for mow my employment ois safe. I would like to continue to work for Verastar on minimum wage till I retire and there after. My plan is to work till I am 70 and at Verastar that should be an opton as I do a simple job which helps my mental health – I am certain that without an interest I would soon die after I am 65.

That is why I am engaging with Google Garage now – I am setting myself up for retirement.  when I retire I will no longer be able to afford the luxury of Virgin Fibre broadband – The service that i get from Virgin is excellent they sign in to my IT and configure my machines to act as home servers for my Community Guardian work.

When I take my retirement in 3 years time I will register as self employed and take Verastar broadband.  All I can say at this point is that we do great deals I am not allowed to say anything more due to my position in the Sales Team.

In closing thank you all – all the 20 calls that I missed on my mobile and thank you Sue as a key holder and carer to think about coming round to see if I was safe. I assure you that I am safe and with so much opportunity in my life.

Can you please inform Andy that I need another session with him to complete a Business Modal Canvas and that I would like to pay him for the next session if that can be arranged with his employer. I need a canvas for a company involved in starting up and ceasing businesses. I know as my carer you want me to stop my business ideas and that you think very strongly about it and that I am not allowed to discuss it when we meet for coffee……  Sorry to mention you so much in my blog – Emma does and we both love you so so much.  Thank you for allowing me this blog – I did ask you first.

Finally I have taken on board your instructions I  will say that Red Camel Systems and Red Octopus will not engage with people on the street – but we will engage with the unemployed in general through my Community Guardian work with Manchester Central Library

Tom – simply Sorry – I owe you.

Emma – Love you lots.

The Erica Society / 30For30

April 28, 2018

First of all I would like to say something about my communication….. I blast stuff out without checking it or proof reading it fro grammar or error – i have a life..

Unlike my daughter Emma who is an expert blogger at http://30for30.blog.

My blogs a simply a reminder to self to mark a major turning point in my life – as life goes by and we tend to forget key dates.

So just take my blog that it is a reminder to self to do stuff. It is my notepad to life.

I am very proud of my daughter she did not go to university and is now a Marketing Manager. I will be able to consult with her as I set up my own Inter Marketing venture and Events Management Company..

Good Morning

This is an announcement to say that The Erica Society would like to make a donation of £126.50 to the http://30for30.blog society and that Emma Bramwell should make the transaction from her own bank account and that dad will pass over the cash when we next meet.

It is Saturday Morning and I an working from home for Red Octopus.

My recent commitment to Hitec Computers in Cheadle – Which I commenced in July 2017  is still there and I will still visit them from time to time and we have an association through http://themanchesterdiscountcard.com whereby Hitec offer £15 discount on sales through http://redcamelsystems.com

Today work is to do a blog entry to tell Emma what funds we have raised and to go to Google to find out how to take an employee / associate to court for dereliction of duty and to make a claim for non payment of an invoice.

I would like to announce that The Erica Society is now linked by Association with Red Octopus and that the Society now supports Mental Health in addition to The Development of Junior Sport.

I am wearing the hat of CEO for which I get paid just £7 per year – which is donated to charity and that I operate as a Community Guardian (BA019) as one of the UK’s to IT Consultants (Ex Hoskyns – Both Hoskyn and Verastar CEO is Geoff Unwin – I am a Geoff Unwin man !) under http:alanbramwell.uk whilst working full time for minimum wage at Verastar the utilities company in the Broadband provisioning department.

I chose to donate all my salary to charity – in 2007 I set up the Erica Society as part of my dealing with David Gosling at Young Masters Golf.  David contracted me as IT Strategist for Young Masters Golf.

As part of the contract between YMG and BBCommuniSYS Limited David joined THE Erica Society – this can still be found and is still a going concern even though the company has been dissolved.

The Erica Society can be found at http:://protopage.com/sportsaid  and is utilised by myself in my Community Guardian work and personal fund raising

In 2016 myself and Adam Bramwell reengaged with with Bitesize Golf – Myself  being a Business Consultant and Adam as A Director of Golf and the sun of £14 was donated to secure this association.

Sadly Adam died. But the Erica Society has been busy. It ha conducted a collection a Veraster to support Mind. The Erica Society was set up to support Junior Golf and New Business Ventures.

Funds from The Erica Society  have been made available to Mr Andrew McColl to support his Marketing Business. Andrew spent his investment on a pint of Amsel to secure a 50//50 share in a new business.  Sadly that business venture has failed before company registration due to a break down in communication.  The good new is that there will be no financial loss from myself during this venture and that the Marketing material and company stamp ordered for the business can be used for Red Camel Systems.

I am pleased to announce that Verastar has donated over £300 to the Erica Society for the purpose of support Emma Bramwell who is running 30 events for charity.

I have collected to donations from the Sales Department on the two floors above me and this donation can now be seen on http://30for30.blog   under the title The Erica Society.

For my own department – Sales have lost your donation and I am now asking you to either donate £7 to the Erica Society to support The Erica Society Professional Golf Tournamanr which will raise funds for Mind or  make a donation directly to http://30for30.blog   which you may not have access to at work due to permissions.

I would llike to thank all the people at Verastar for making such a generous donation.

Red Octopus

April 28, 2018

Note : This Communication is shared in the public domain at  http://protopage.com/googlegarage

My experience of Google Garage is this.

Note : Since writing this article I have spoken to family who advised simply to drop the matter and forget about it – so I have amended this blog and it now refers to Mr X – it detailed the actual man when displayed at Google Garage.

I have just been on three courses at Google Garage  as a Community Guardian to see what they were up to.

Last week I went into Google to give my post course review and feedback and was approached by a man who overheard what I was saying and wanted to talk to me.

I agreed to talk to the man on my conditions.

I that being aware that he did not have a website that I would teach him how to create his own website and that after he had done so that he would enter into an associate agreement with Redcamel System to deliver Tier 1 Websites at £60 per hour. The second agreement was that he was to sign up with the Manchester Community Guardian Scheme and to undertake a period of training to bring him up to Tier 5 standard that would pay him £60,000 per year.

That the cost of this contract would be a shake of hands.  We them agreed that if the consultancy took over two hors that Andrew would pay through his limited company the cost of £1,000 per hour.

Then we discussed sign up to the Manchester Discount Card I said that I wanted 15% of his company to sign up to The Manchester Discount Card – The card currently runs for charity but is now being upgraded as a commercial venture.

Andrew stated tthat he ran a Marketing Company and that rather than sharing his company that a new company be forrmed as a Marketing and Newsiness Start up company and that he would do the company registration and company secretary duties and that I would assist and guide as a CEO and a Business Consulltant.  I agreed at this at the cost to Andrew of 1 Pint of beer and an agreement that we should run this as friends and that I would take a passive role as I have a full time employment at Veraster which is demanding of me and that I would not be able to dedicate more than 10 minutes per night and 1 hour on a Wednesday to the role.

Andrew agreed to these terms so I went ahead an divulged my Red Camel Company secrets to him.

Since then I have spent  a few minutes arranging the Articles Of Association and the amendments and have attempted to instruct Andrew on the Share Holder Details and Instruction to call an EGM for the amendments to the Articles.

I have prepared letters to share holders and have appointed the Company Solicitors, Accountant, Printers, Computer Suppliers, I have arranged  the production of Company Stamps and Company Stationary and Company Marketing material.  I have announced that High5Local will be part of the Red Octopus brand as part  Red Octopus MultiMedia. I have constructed The Red Octopus Primary Active Protopage Website and given an instruction set for him to construct Tier 1 development of Wix and WordPress sites under his Red Camel employment,

In our meeting at the pub we set up a significant number of Task for Mr X to perform – one of which was to set up a task register using google drive and to share the contendt of that register through a secure Protopahe Link using the SSNA Technology Invented by Systems House in 2007.

Andrew was requested to share to to o list in an Open System Philosophy using the App Sheet technology now Exposed in http://protopage.com/googlegarage

Mr X was tasked to use his own Marketing Company to organise a Manchester Pro Golf Tournament at Hazel Grove Golf Club in 2019 to raise funds for Junior Golf Development and General Sports development by supporting The Manchester United Foundation.

Mr X was instructed to communicate progress at 8pm each evening and to have a Skype Communication at 8pm on a Wednesday to DotnetUK.

These are the same conditions that apply to David Gosling at Bitesize Golf.

An attempt has been made to partner David Gosling at Bitesize Golf since 2007 when David was then CEO of YMG. David entered into a with profits contract with Alan Bramwell to supply systems to YMG and appointed Alan as an IT Strategiist.  Alan formed an Outsourcing Company called BBCommuniSYS  (The Name being strange but his mission was to develop shop floor control systems that he had developed whilst working for Communisis Broadprint).

Alan engaged Ben Fish at All In One Computing to conduct Tier 4 Web development, That was the PHP/MySQL amendments that YMG needed making to its website. Ben also extended the Brand by creating and hosting ThE LMG Ladies Master Golf Website. Ben created a tournament registration system fof the website but only half completed it and did not finish with the system administration function due to difficulties working with David Gosling.

Be [produced a Forum for David and instruction were given to YMG to appoint a system administrator before it was announced to the YMG community. David failed to follow this instruction and announced the forum which then got corrupted with pornography. I took the executive decision that David could not be trusted to maintain a forum and took the service off line.

I appointed Richard Gilbert (Red Camel Systems) to work for David at no charge to develop an ASP.Net Starter kit for the sale of YMG Merchandise as an interim shop to service to company in the period it was to take to find a supplier of services. The shop only ever had one product – YMG Badges. It was agreed that this shop would remain in service as a showcase for Redcamel Systems and proof that they can provide Internet Shopping as well as bespoke SQL Server Applications.  Eventually Ocean Design was found and YMG was instructed to communicate with Ocean Design via a Spreadsheet with the YMG Inventory on it. A good solution which was put into a trial period with them. Again due too difficulties in communication with David this venture Struggled as did the communication did with Richard. Was should have take 1 week took six months. For my effort I continued to look at the YMG Business and concluded that for the company to be effective it needed IT and it needed a help desk service, I contacted House on the Hill, based in Marple and conducted a review of their Help Desk software. And appointed them as a service to YMG. Again this was not take up by YMG.

I began to question Dave and he admitted that in fact he had lost control of his company and that he had no send authority.

We managed to get £1,000 out of David and this went to Ben. To this day Ben no longer contacts me – he says he is a friend when I ring him but he is TOO BUSY to find time to see me. Ben is a good friend and has now moved out of the IUT Industry to become an electrician – You should search him out if you require work – I am certain that he would do your web hosting for you and some PHP/MySQL work should you need it. 

Since 2007 I have continue to support Scot Curries under Systems House and have seen Scot Become a Tier 1 web developer under my instruction. Scott was a YMG Pro in 2007 and was the reason why I engaged with Dave.

In 2016 Scott. In 2016 I observed that Scott had re-engaged with Dave Gosling at Bitesize Golf so I contacted Dave and suggested that I re-engage with him to provide his IT services with a view that I would be responsible for teaching the kids Tier 1/2/3/ development through a venture called BSG-Elite and that I would teach them Sales working with American Golf and exposing them to The American Golf Training program that my som AdAm was undertaking and that we had agreed with American Golf that we could use the material  that was generic leaning. This material has been exposed to the world through the Northenden Community Webste since 2015 and there has been no feedback from American Golf.  I now have the task to review this material and rebrand it and to confirrn with AG that it is acceptable.

In 2016 Richard Gilbert – at no charge re-engaged with Bitesize Golf to conduct a bespoke development that should have taken 2 weeks rproduce and has partially produced a solution called http://bitesizegolf.club 

I do not know the full story but a year on this venture had failed and Richard now refuses to work with Dave.  Dave has taken my advise as an IT Stragist to conduct his own website but refuses to implement http://protopage.com/gozword that I have instructed him to do, Gozworld should be used as a sitemap for what is a complicated website which has lots and lots of errors. The Bitesize Golf website like YMG in 2007 has lots of disconnected links – Dave can not be trusted to do his own design.  I have said to David that his website gets no traffic an that he should rebuild using bootstrap as a responsive site and use Protopage for active site.

Ii have instructed Dave that he would have an online shopping basket and should be selling his services world wide an that he should use Nigel Cown at Really Simple Media to construct a website similar to the Steve Mar Website and that Dave can contribute with his Powtoon elements.

Woring as a Business Consultant working for bitesize golf under http://alanbramwell.uk I have suggested to David that he should move into Multi-Media and set up a company delivering Tier1/Tier2/Tier3 and Tier4 Websolution and that he should apply for n association contract to http://protopage.com/redoctopus and tat in doing so he becomes a part of the Red Octopus brand. To do this he would have to agree to giving up 15% of Bitesize Golf for which he would get the continued serve of Red Camel Systems which now operates out of Hitec Computes and has started ithe initiavive called the Manchester Disciunt Card of with Hitec Computer is a member and offers 15% Discount.

There is plenty of opportunity for Davig Gosling to move Bitesize Golf working with Redcaml Systems and now Red Octopus.

Since my session with the man  there has been a failure to communicate and a failure to set up Red Octpus as agreed in the 50/00 contract that was signed by Alan Bramwell (Representing Red Camel System) and Andrew McCool (Representing his own Limited Company)

This is notification that the contract that has beed made between us is null and void and that Red Octopus and it’s association wth him is over.

We will be consulting Google Galage about taking legal action against Anrew to stop him using the SNNA Infrastructure that he was exposed too during his Red Camel Training.

An invoice will now be raised for the training session and will be set to him at his company address along will a small claim for the work done by Redcamel System in supporting Andrew in the pre-start up phase of his venture.

The amount of the action will only be £7 because I realise that Andrew does not have the means to pay. The reason for this action is to let the word know that Mr X is not a honourable man and that he is not competent as a Marketing  Executive.

It is also to announce that David Gosling is skilled enough to become a Marketing Executive and that with the tools that he has – Which Includes http://bitesizegolf,club that he should enter that position with Red Octopus Multi Media 

By this announcement I say that Mr X has no involvement with Red Octopus or any of its Associates.

Red Octopus will adopt a policy of advertising its associates on the www as part of its introduction to the brand.  We will then report whether or not our agreement to form an association has worked or has failed at the first hurdle.

Red Octopus has tried to form an association with Andrew McCool Limited – that association failed after 1 week attempt to form the Red Octopus Brand. Andrew was contacted every night at &pm by Alan and progress was reported through Protopage as agreed. Andrew was also phoned and agreed to ring back – which he never did Andrew now having my mobile number was phoned nightly at 8pm but failed to answer. On Friday with the knowledge that Mr X was recognising me on his mobile phone and was electing not to answer was contacted from my house phone – he answered but put the phone down when I announced my name.

I am concerned that now Mr X has my skill set and knowledge of Protopage that he will use the infrastructure that I have defined to set up business in competition with Red Camel Systems – I simply want to stop him.

Red Octopus – Tip of The Day

April 23, 2018

Tip Of The Day…

Starting a new company is expensive.

Start a day book before you start  – and start with an investment of £1,000 initial start up.

Also keep a spread sheet to track your current bank account and Cash in Hand.

As of today the day book for Red Octopus should read : Input £1,000 start up investment from Red Camel.

Cash in Hand should read £1,000

Cash in Bank should read £0 as the bank account for the company will not have been created yet.

Produce a financial statement of the companies assets weekly and report it through The Directors Table.

Set a secure tab up in Protopage called  – The Directors Table and issue a secure password to the tab.

Job done.  Remember all spread sheets and reports to be created in the google drive and the link shared in protopage.

Red Camel – Tip of The Day

April 23, 2018

Project Management.

When running a project Task Management is important.

Tip :

Set up a spread sheet with the following colums

1 Task Id

2 Task Description

3 Date Initiated

4 Status

5 Expected Delivery Date

6 Comments

 

The field Status should use a traffic light system, Green / Amber / Red – Where green is can continue without assistance – Amber help is required – Red Major Issue.

Track your tasks daily and share them on Protopage – Set up a tab called Project Management and give it a password of Nimrod. Allow input so that people can leave sticky notes to you.

Job done….

Red Octopus

April 23, 2018

For some reason my blog entry about Red Octopus has gone missing.

Perhaps that is a good thing as Red Octopus has not been registered yet ……..

So watch this space for some interesting news.

 

End Of An Era II

March 22, 2018

I think my time advising people that they should be self sufficient in their WWW IT is over.

WordPress, Wix, Godaddy and 123-Reg are now household names and anybody with anything about them should be looking towards these solutions to expose their business on the www.

With regards to Protopage whilst this is the best of the lot nobody wants it ! It offers huge amounts of functionality far more than the others and should be essential for of an Active Web Strategy.

Working with Hitec Computers showed me just how closed the business world is to change.

So I have dropped the Consultancy tag from my website as I am no longer attached to a business.

YMG and Bitesize Golf should have been the entry point into the Golf Business – sadly that venture never got off the ground as Protopage was not recognised as being the tool for effective communication.

Bitesize Golf remains a site with very little traffic, so much could be done to help junior golfers if golf professionals got www savvy.

I will now look to promoting the Redcamel Brand in supporting those businesses  which have elected to join me.

Manchester Discount Card

March 11, 2018

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

LearnIT

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 http://thegolfhub.net

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.

Amazon

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.

http://protopage.com/digitalchampions is a significant effort and is of high value to me.

Whereas http://protopage.com/manchestermusic is just a bit of fun and

http://protopage.com/thegolfchannel is dear to my heart as it was mine and  Adam’s project.

http://redcamelsystems.com 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

 

 

Redcamel

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.

Adam

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. 

 

 

 

Design

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.

Activity

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 …..no !!!

WIX

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.

Linux

November 23, 2013

About Linux …..

Agile

November 5, 2013

Why is Scrum so hard ?

Education/Education/Education

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 !

Skydrive

September 12, 2013

http://sdrv.ms/15nRChD

Oasis

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.

Dreams

July 3, 2013

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

AJAX

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 !

 

 

 

SQL

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.

 

 

Virgin

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.

Tennis

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…..

 

 

History

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.

Hotmail

June 7, 2013

Explain…..

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.

 

 

 

History

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 asp.net 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 asp.net !

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 !