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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You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

Throughout its 160-year history, Crittall Windows has always seen innovation as a source of competitive advantage. Innovation in manufacturing processes, product design, employee welfare, and order processing is behind the continued success of the business. The introduction of the patented fenestra joint, hot-dipped galvanizing for steel frames, the building of Silver End village for its workforce, and the commissioning of […]

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It’s True, Hitler Wanted Crittall Windows

One of the things that excites me about working for Crittall Windows is the contribution that the company and its people have made to so many facets of world history, and the potential influence we can have in the future. Recently I read a letter to the Colchester Gazette which asked the question “Did Hitler have a Crittall Window?” The letter […]

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Fool Me Once Shame On You, Fool Me Twice You Must Be A Double Glazing Salesman

A few years ago I wrote a post on another blog about Celebrity Endorsement. I asked the question, is it better to believe that a particular product is superior to another because someone you admire promotes them, or would you do better to place your trust in an internationally-recognised certification like ISO 9001 to give a better indication of a […]

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Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery. But, Can You Pass the Chip Butty Test?

When I was growing up, there was an advertising campaign for a brand of margarine which claimed it was better than butter because it contained butter – oh how we laughed. Today, margarine and blended products (or yellow fat spreads as the UK Food Standards Agency so temptingly refers to them) are still playing catch up with butter, as can […]

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A-Rated Windows – The Emperor’s New Clothes?

This article started off as a rant, fortunately I was too busy to put my initial thoughts down in words. I decided I am too young to be classed as a “grumpy old man.” The reason for my ire? I realised I have been duped. Duped by the British Fenestration Rating Council, and their Windows Energy Rating Scheme. Early last […]

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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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