IT Manager at Crittall Windows, interested in fenestration, architecture, construction and manufacturing in the UK and worldwide. Finding out more about social media, collaborative systems and Web 2.0

RIP OneNote 2016 – Long Live OneNote

I used to be a committed Evernote user, that is until I discovered OneNote 2013. I was a bit cagey at first, but, like all converts, I have become a zealot. I have cast aside Evernote, moved everything to OneNote, and then added so much more. I use OneNote in almost every aspect of my life. I make use of a […]

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More Thoughts On Energy Efficient Windows

In an effort to find out more about energy efficient windows, and justify Country Life’s description of me, in a recent article, as “Our expert”, I decided to bite the bullet, and invest in some. After several hours of trial-and-error, a lot of cursing, and a fair bit of beer to lubricate the brain cells, I finally admitted defeat.I could not […]

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A-Rated Windows, Who Do They Really Benefit?

I don’t know about you, but when someone tells me they know what’s best for me, I instinctively reach down and check that my wallet is still in my pocket. When it’s a double glazing salesman, I check that I still have a pocket. I was reading a post by The Double Glazing Blogger about the effect that the introduction […]

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An Alternative to Government Scrappage Schemes

Following the introduction of the government’s scrappage scheme for 10 year old cars, it seems every industry being affected by the recession ( that means every industry) wants to generate some demand by introducing a scrappage scheme, justified by a reference to improved environmental performance. The only ones I’ve seen that I would be prepared to support are the boiler […]

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How I Use Twitter & Why I Won’t be following 30,000 Either

There have been a lot of comments this month about @MarkShaw performing a mass un-follow of many of the more than 30,000 “friends” he has built up on Twitter. I thought I’d add my point of view. Mark has been described as a Twitter guru, he offers advice to companies and individuals on how best to use Twitter. I’m sure […]

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My introduction to steel windows

I am the IT Manager at Crittall Windows Ltd, the UK’s largest supplier of steel windows and doors. Although my job title is IT Manager, I have a responsibility as a manager of the business, as well as in my own particular specialization. This means that I need to understand the markets in which the company operates, and the products […]

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