Solar Panels Take Off

By Pete | @kingpetey | 12 Mar 2015

Solar panels are beginning to make fuel-free traveling around the world possible. The first such flight is currently conducted on a new solar airplane, Solar Impulse 2.

This solar panel plane was created to challenge every conventional fuel-based means of transportation. It's not the very first project, however, but the stakes are rather high this time, and the plane is set to fly around the world both at night and day time. This event will completely revolutionize our technological progress, significantly reduce fuel dependency, and help to promote a greener environment. 

The plane consists of several solar panels that break down into more than 17,000 solar cells that gather sun energy, which then is stored in lithium polymer batteries. The plane is light and robust. There're, however, some minor drawbacks. First, it's width; it's wider than a Boeing. It was increased to make the aerodynamics more efficient.

Second, Solar Impulse 2 has a rather small motor that doesn't allow speeds higher than an average car (between 36-140 km/h). Lastly, its production involves pricey technology, such as tools for PV panel characterization that will most likely make its production limited. Despite these limitations, this aircraft is a sensational breakthrough in green technology.

There have been a great deal of changes in the business world, as the internet has become one of the most dominant ways of conducting business all over the world.

Constant commerce

Not very long ago, commerce was relegated to standard business hours. This made it hard for many smaller businesses to conduct business internationally. The internet allows business to continue 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all over the world. This opens up a lot of profit potential, even for small businesses. Now businesses don't just have to rely on local and regional sales to make a profit.


Deals and transactions that once took days can now be completed in minutes, thanks to online banking and email. In the past, when a customer wanted to order a product, they had to order via phone if they had a credit card, or send in an order form. Now with a few simple clicks, orders can be placed and shipments prepared in hardly any time at all.

Better organization

Paper can be hard to keep organized. With internet-based business, documents, records and other data are easily organized and accessible. No more searching through a file cabinet only to realize that what you need has been put in the wrong place, yet again.

Better communication

Easier and better communication has allowed for better control over supply chains and faster shipping of products from one location to another. Businesses can have workers throughout the world and they can contact each other at any time to coordinate business. As the internet has become part of everyday life, the cost of communication has dropped considerably. This means businesses are not spending thousands of dollars per month on long-distance phone fees or communicating less just to save money.

More environmentally friendly

Since a lot of business is now done digitally, less and less paper is used. This saves an enormous amount of money and reduces carbon dioxide released from shipping and manufacturing. In addition, less land is needed for the production of paper.

Business news online

Financial papers and magazines all have digital editions now and many people get all their news online rather than in paper form. On the downside, the internet age has caused job losses in some fields such as paper production, printing and administration. Some argue that although it is true that job losses have occurred, the internet has created other jobs that make up for the loss in one industry, therefore there is actually a net increase in jobs.

Some individuals in particular have helped the internet grow into what it is today. According to the bio of Robert Bonnier, he founded Freepages in 1994 to address the need for a great internet directory. In 1999, the company changed its name to and by 2005 so much business was being conducted online that the company was worth an astounding five billion dollars, proving the demand for internet listings.

Making the decision of which web-hosting company to use, can often be a challenging problem to address for many individuals and business owners. Shropshire based Switchweb exists to provide a low-cost solution to such an issue.

Switchweb is the perfect choice for any Wordpress or Drupal website - presenting an affordable web-hosting option that has a proven track record, having started originally in 2003.

Every Switchweb account comes accompanied by unlimited email accounts and forwarders, again - the perfect solution to the needs of any business, charity or individual requiring hosting for a personal website. Switchweb are renowned by existing customers, for their reliability and highly professional service.

Pete White of Switchweb, says “Switchweb offers hosting that is designed for many popular web apps, including both Wordpress and Drupal amongst others. We really do aim to offer a cost-effective solution to the web-hosting requirements of UK businesses and organisations."

For more information on the hosting packages that are available right now, visit 

Switchweb, a website hosting company which is based in Shropshire - offers professional, reliable and affordable website hosting solutions - which are perfect for companies of any size, across the UK.

To kickstart the new year, Switchweb are offering superb value hosting packages - which start at just £19 a year!

The hosting is a fantastic option for any businesses who are launching in 2015 and need a low-cost yet quality answer to their hosting requirements.

Pete White of Switchweb, says “There are so many hosting companies and offers out there across the internet, that it can often be quite difficult for users to find a reliable company, in an efficient and cost-effective way; that’s the gap which Switchweb aims to address!”

Switchweb has a proven track record of success, having started in 2003.

For more information on the hosting that’s available, visit


Specifying who can access what data is a crucial component to enterprise mobile security. Many organizations around the world increasingly invest in mobile data management tools that allow them to apply security policy to mobile data management. Enterprise mobile application platforms such as KidoZen enable organizations to control access based on location, device, application, status, network and other factors. For example, they can specify dual-factor authorization for data requests that come from outside the U.S., refuse data access and wipe stored data from jail-broken iPhones, or limit customer data access to specific roles.

Fantasy Canopies

By Pete | @kingpetey | 19 Aug 2014

Canopies play a big role in our daily lives but they are often overlooked. They also have been present in some of the most iconic film and TV sets and scenes. Clovis Canopies have created this infographic to illustrate just some of the scenes and sets that they have been present in. From the magical world of Hogwarts in Harry Potter, to Louisiana in the dark and mysterious True Detective.
Fictional Canopies
Canopies Content by Clovis Canopies a leading manufacturer of outdoor canopies and shelters for schools, hospitals and commercial premises.

Interacting with Shrewsbury Town Council will soon be quicker and easier after councillors approved plans for a new website.

At a meeting of the Finance & General Purposes committee on Monday [4 AUG] members appointed Shrewsbury based company, The Web Orchard, to re-design the existing site following a robust selection process.

The brief was to make the existing website simpler to use, and more responsive, ensuring that visitors will be able to find what they are looking for within a few clicks.

The new site will be built using responsive technology to recognise which type of device people are using and adjust accordingly.

The design of the previous website, which is five years old, was found to be outdated and difficult to navigate, particularly on mobile and tablet devices. The new design will remove some large blocks of text and replace these with clear icons guiding users to the pages they need.

Work on the new website, which will sit on the existing platform at, is already underway, with a prototype due to be presented to councillors in October.

Councillor Alan Mosley said:  “Soon after taking over the leadership of the Council we recognised that our website was outdated and, as part of our revised Communications Strategy, we resolved to change it to something more fit for purpose.  We want a website that will allow the Council to get closer to its residents, one that is more open and accessible and user friendly for all types of devices.

“The re-designed site will be attractive and informative, while giving opportunities for feedback and consultation with residents.  We want the new website to link with all our partners as we work together at putting Shrewsbury first.”

Pete White, director at The Web Orchard added: "We're delighted to be selected to re-build the Shrewsbury Town Council website and are already busy working on the project. There are some interesting challenges that we are looking forward to tackling."

Shrewsbury based website developers The Web Orchard are pleased to announce today, their Platinum level sponsorship of the fifth annual ShropGeek (R)Evolution Conference - which is taking place this September.

The exciting and lively ShropGeek (R)Evolution Conference will see more than 200 people from all over the web-world, join together for a very unique full-day web conference in Shropshire's stunning county town. Entrepreneurs and business professionals will combine their varied backgrounds and internet experiences, to share what makes things faster, stronger and better when it comes to anything world wide web!

2014 will mark the conference's fifth year of successful operation - and it will be the first year that The Web Orchard have pledged Platinum sponsorship.

Speaking of the support which The Web Orchard will be providing this year, Pete White said "We may be a rural county and away from the busy life of the cities, but Shropshire has just as much to offer in terms of web and commercial opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs. There are so many people here in Shropshire that are making real successes of the web, for example full-time Bloggers right through to substantial companies - and the ShropGeek conference aims to celebrate these achievements, as well as provide professional development for those who attend."

The ShropGeek (R)Evolution conference is being held at Shrewsbury's Conference Centre and is taking place on Friday 26th September 2014. The special event is delivered and organised by national industry-recognised experts - and the primary aim is to support the UK's digital community. Shropshire people with a passion and interest for the web, are encouraged to consider attending this year.

Platinum sponsors, The Web Orchard, have recently completed new websites for clients including Shropshire Fire and Rescue and Telford Shopping Centre. They are a Drupal specialist and Pete White is also a professional blogger, as well as Editor of the popular Love Shrewsbury website. For further information on the ShropGeek conference, visit:

The Top 8 Reasons to Vape

By Pete | @kingpetey | 30 Jun 2014

Vaping has become one of the biggest phenomenons in the past couple of years and there are many positives over traditional cigarettes, here are the top 8:

1. Cost, e-cigarettes don’t come with all the added tax that traditional cigarettes have, but even considering that they are considerably cheaper to use.

2. No bad odours, unlike traditional cigarettes there are no nasty smells, in fact there is often the pleasant smell left over by the flavoured liquid you are using.  

3. Multiple flavours, e liquids come in a wide range of flavours including strawberry, black jack, bubblegum, cola, vanilla, apple, lemon & lime, pineapple and mojito! 

4. Not covered by smoking ban, e-cigarettes are not covered by the UK smoking ban so you are free to use them anywhere, this includes public places, pubs and your works vehicles. 

5. The health benefits of vaping are still unproven, however given that smoking cigarettes can cause a whole range of conditions anything that removes traditional smoking can be seen as beneficial. 

6. Social status, society often looks down on cigarette smokers, however vaping is seen as the new cool thing to do.  

7. Time, an e-cigarette can last for hours so whether your in the mood for a short fix or a chilling session your e-cigarette is always ready.

8. Charge, even if your e-cigarette is low on juice, just a few minutes charge will get it going again.