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

Crittall Gold

This month, I am celebrating 25 years at Crittall Windows. A remarkable achievement considering when I first started I didn’t think I would last 25 days – but that’s a different story. In that 25 years the world has changed, the market has changed, the technology has changed and the people have changed  but I’m glad to say, that the […]

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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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