Monday, April 28, 2008

Future IT Services is moving address!

** Announcement of Future IT Services' intended change of address **

Dear Customers,

On August 3rd 2008, Future IT Services will be moving its base of operation and will be located in Winchmore Hill, North London thereafter.

This move is for personal reasons alone, and will not be affecting any customers in any way. Web hosting will remain unaffacted throughout this period as will all other services.

There may be minor disruptions such as not being contactable via email or phone for a few days (while the office is prepared etc), but hopefully all things will run smoothly and business will back to normal within a week.

Our new address will be sent to all existing customers in due course via email, and will be advertised on the business website once the move is complete however, for the meantime its business as usual and I can be contacted via the normal channels.

Hope this news will reach you well and hope that you will continue to use my services regardless of the change of address.

Many thanks,

Lee Pearman, BSc

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Flock - a New Socially Integrated Web Browser!

Wow! - is all I can say about this new Social Web Browser from the makers of Mozilla and Netscape. It's called "Flock" and it certainly is flying high above the rest of the pack!

Give me a browser that will package my whole social life into one place - allowing me to interact with all my friends and family on the various social networking sites available - in a user-friendly and innovative way - well, then you've won me over already!

After noticing that my Netscape Browser was out of date today after doing a user-test on a recent web design on it, I came to realize that they (Netscape) were actually discontinuing the support for this product and at the same time were actually promoting something apparently far more advanced and futuristic. It was a browser that incorporated all of Mozilla's nuts and bolts but also added an extra dimension to it by allowing users to interact and share with each other in a fashion only previously dreamed about. Of course Flock is going to be a winner - no doubt. It has latched on to current trends in social networking and put this all together into one place.

Social networks have been growing rapidly over the past year with more and more people logging on to sites such as Facebook, YouTube, MySpace and Flickr. The need for people to interact and share with each other in real-time is becoming an essential mix and is directing the future of the Internet for the years to come.

Flock offers the user the ability to share not just text and photos but entire video as well. It also integrates with sites such as YouTube so that you can share footage between your network of friends easily. It can import all of your Favourites settings from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or an external file and if you like to use online
favorite-sharing websites as well, then Flock's integrated tools are for you.

With built in feed tracking (for both ATOM and RSS feeds) it means that keeping up to date with news sites or blog sites is as simple as clicking a link and it means you can also become a news provider yourself by hosting your own blog.

Lastly, but not least - the real coup for Flock is how it manages all the above, creating a very personal and user-friendly experience. It literally "flocks" together all your important stuff putting it into a singular place and making it extremely easy to access and use.
This place is aptly named ''My World' and it is here that it collects together all of your favorite web sites, feeds and media, and puts
it all just one click away. You can also easily personalize your My World page and many
aspects of the Flock browser interface.

I have only just started to get to grips with the powerful Flock interface and I admit it is like starting to learn how to drive again - daunting at first - however I can already see after only about 1 hour of using it that this browser is here to stay, and poses a definite threat in the browser-war between Netscape (Mozilla) and Microsoft (Internet Explorer). I must admit that I can see myself becoming seriously addicted to Flock especially when I am feeling in one of those more sociable moods however I will not be binning my Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers. I always say the "more the merrier" and I will embrace all three browsers- combining the positives of each one to suit my work mode.

To download Flock visit : http://www.flock.com/

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bulletin News Report concerning website and email downtime this morning

Due to an issue with the air conditioning in the London Data centre, Customers maybe experiencing intermittent problems connecting to their websites and/or Virtual Servers. This will affect all services (including mail). Engineers are currently working on resolving this issue and apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Best Regards,
Future IT Services

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Business Closed for 2 Weeks

Dear Customer,

Please be aware that we are closed until August 21st 2007. Therefore any attempt to contact me during this period will be futile. Business will resume normal working hours on 21st August.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

In emergency please leave a message on my mobile (07939 815 799) and I will attempt to contact you on retrieval.

Many thanks.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Routine Maintenance planned for 9th,10th & 11th May

Dear Customer,

Here are a couple of warnings from which applies to all Future IT Services customers whose websites are hosted by us. You may experience an offline period for varied lengths of time on the following specified dates:

Time and Date: 10th May 2007 between 23:00 and 11th May 04:00 BST
Duration: approx 5 minutes
During the above period we will be carrying out required maintenance at our Telehouse (Docklands) premises.
The work will result in a series of potential short outages of less than 5 minutes during this window.
The total time for the work should last no longer the 5 hours as from 23:00hrs.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Time and Date: - 9th May 2007 between 00:00hrs and 03:00 BST
Duration: - approx 15 minutes
During the above period there will be a short interruption of service as a power system is commissioned at our Salford premises.
The work will result in a series of potential short outages of less than 15 minutes during this window.
This work should continue no longer than after 03:00hrs
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Kind Regards,
Lee Pearman,
Future IT Services

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Virgin Media gets my vote!!

After spending hours, no, actually days trying to get my neighbours Broadband connection set up on her new Dell computer with Tiscali Broadband I was slightly fearful of changing my Broadband package with NTL Freedom over to Virgin Media. However I decided it had to be done - I was paying far too much money each month for a service that could be equalled if not bettered elsewhere for almost half the price. So I gave the techies at Virgin Media - the now parent company of NTL - and arranged for switch over to Virgin Broadband. All this took was a simple phone call and a few redirects to get to the right place to register.

They advised me that I could get up to 8MB broadband speed for a mere £19.99 per month. Well, I couldn't possibly pass up on this offer could I, and as Virgin have merged (well, I say taken over!) NTL it seemed the logical step to take.

Going back to the previous debacle with my neighbours broadband set up using Tiscali, I had recurring nightmares over the next few weeks as I waited for my new ADSL modem and CD to arrive, fearing that I might suffer similar problems that she encountered. Her new PC had Windows Vista pre-installed and it was because of this that so many problems arose when setting up her broadband, although you would think that an ISP such as Tiscali would alert you to any minor problems that you may encounter using Vista. Anyway I tried setting up her broadband with her previous modem but to no avail. We couldn't even get past the initial driver set up. Vista just plainly wasn't having any of it. After many calls to Tiscali's support centre and about 2 hours later, they determined that this problem was to do with her modem not being compatible with Vista - and said they would send a new one out.
"Just plug the new one in and you will be able to connect straight away", were the words of the Tiscali representative as we finished the conversation - words which simply prove false as it later transpired.
When the new router arrived with its CD (a speedtouch 330) we follow the simple instructions to the letter to install it on her PC. Nope, still no connection, so a couple more calls to Support later and we finally get a connection. For about 20 minutes! Then it all messes up again. Whatever they guy had done at his end - it failed to hold out. So back to square one, I call their support again and I am told that the new broadband modem needs new drivers to make it compatible with Vista!! They sent me out a new broadband modem which was still not compatible with Vista, and then they proceeded to tell me I would need to order the Driver CD online. Oh great! - now I have to wait another few days for this to arrive. What a pallava - all this messing about just to be back at square one after over 1 week of communications with Tiscali. Anyway to cut a long story short - we finally managed to get her PC up and running with everything installed, firewalled, connected to the Internet etc etc after about 10 days of trying.
So as you may think I was somewhat cautious when my Virgin Broadband package arrived in the post the other day - running a business from home and not having internet access is a web designers worst nightmare.

So with caution, I proceeded to set up my new Virgin Broadband and guess how long it took me to get my Internet connection back online with Virgin Broadband.......YES, thats right....4 minutes 26 seconds!!!! Must be a world record. My only gripe with Virgin Broadband was the lack of communication initially to tell me that my card details needed to be punched in again at their end before I could become activated. This had put me back about half a day in downtime. But I phoned them up and on the second or third call my problem was resolved and all i needed to do was give them my Card details again so they could take payment and get me activated. About 20 minutes later their representative called me and said I was ready to rock and roll!. Well Mr Branson, you certainly do ROCK!. I now have a much faster broadband connection than i ever had for half the price i was paying before.

Well done Virgin Media - I take my hat off to you!