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.

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Iraq Business News is Web Company's Latest Venture

The Web Orchard a Shropshire based web-development company has announced today a joint venture with the purchase of an international news website.

The Iraq Business News website originally launched in February 2010 has grown to become the leading news service for all who are interested in the business development in Iraq. Offering a unique and in-depth perspective, the website aims to highlight Iraq and the modern economy which is being brought into place.

Iraq Business News and its sister site Libya Business News give site visitors a wide variety of informative news coverage – receiving approximately 300,000 page visits per month, demonstrating the demand and interest in their respective countries for new economic opportunities in the commercial sector.

Speaking of the recent acquisition in part of the company, Pete White of The Web Orchard said “We have been managing the website for a number of years and knew what a fantastic opportunity it was to become part of the current team. We can really bring our expertise to the site starting with a content delivery network that serves the site to viewers from their most geographically local server. This will speed up access and better serve the ever growing readership. It is always positive when we are able to make our expertise known internationally – and we are looking forward to seeing the Iraq Business News website evolve in the future.”

The Web Orchard brings Iraq Business News into their increasingly diverse portfolio of sites which also includes the Love Shrewsbury website. 

Visit www.iraq-businessnews.com or www.libya-businessnews.com to see the websites for yourself.

For further information on other projects which The Web Orchard have been working on recently, take a look at http://www.theweborchard.com/

The web development arm of Shrewsbury based IT firm Information Solutions Limited has donated a new website to the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings. The site showcases latest news and media from the Friends as well as its background and history.

Built using the Drupal 7 content management system the Friends have the ability to manage all the content and media on the site through the web browser. The new site stands them on a much stronger foundation for the future and will help in their fund raising and project promotion efforts.

There have been a number of sets backs in the buildings construction work since Christmas however the Friends are still pushing forward and are hopeful that with English Heritage taking charge that the work will commence soon.

Managing Director of Information Solutions Limited, Nathan Bensley-Edwards commented “We’re keen to support local groups and the Flaxmill Maltings project has an especially strong cultural significance to the town. We have close ties with the area with our office only being a short walk away and a number of employees living close to the development.”

Formed in August 2010, the Friends aim to promote the conservation, preservation and restoration of the buildings known as the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Information Solutions paired with their web consultancy, The Web Orchard, offer world class technology solutions from their offices in Shrewsbury, UK. In 2012 & 2013 the company was awarded a ‘Mayor of Shrewsbury’ award for their outstanding contribution to the community.

The website of the Friends can be viewed at www.flaxmill-maltings.co.uk

For more about The Web Orchard either email grow@theweborchard.com or call 01743 343411.

Casinos in Shropshire

By Pete | @kingpetey | 25 Feb 2014

Shropshire's gaming schene is under served compared to other local towns and cities with Birmingham being the closest casino city with a Broadway, Genting and Grosvenor casinos.

For gamers in the area there are no shortages of betting shops from the major providers. The town is also well served by the Bingo Hall on castle gates, the club offers parking, a cash machine, slot machines, a bar, a diner and is disabled friendly.

For the residents of Shrewsbury the convenient option is to play through sites such as pacificpoker.com, this gives players the most options with games including poker, roulette and blackjack.

Online casinos are becoming ever more convenient with the increasing rise of the internet. Getting the best odds and playing a wide range of casino games is at the finger tips of millions of people.

Betting ‘in play’ (the ability to gamble whilst an event is in progress, such as a football game or Formula 1 race) brings a whole new level of excitement to an event.

People can be sitting at their sofa or even at the event betting on their phone. It’s estimated that almost a third of all online bets are placed in play, many through smart phones and websites.

Speedquizzing app - a review

By Pete | @kingpetey | 25 Nov 2013

Just when you think that there is nothing left that an app can improve, something completely new and utterly brilliant comes along. Check out the app that promises to transform the way you play your favourite pub quiz.

Speedquizzing is the future

The Speedquizzing app is the brainchild of ex Shed Seven drummer Alan Leach, along with his brother John, who provides the tech development side. 

They came up with the idea after Alan decided there must be a way to link up modern tech with the pub quizzes he had been running for years. And they soon found there was. 

What makes it great?

It’s great for the teams and the quiz master, making it easy and fast to run. The benefits of speed quizzing come in many forms, from the huge database of questions the developers have sourced to the instant results from the central computer. 

Teams can also use their mobile device as a buzzer for quick fire rounds and the way the questions are asked, answered and marked means there’s no longer any room for that bane of the pub quiz - cheating. 

Players can download an app from iOS or Google Play and any mobile device compatible with these operating systems will work - it can be a tablet or a smartphone and just one is needed per team. 

How does it work?

The quiz master simply downloads the Speedquizzing software onto a laptop and the teams download the free app to their smartphone or tablet.

Questions are selected randomly from the massive database, meaning there is no chance of pulling the exact same quiz twice. Subjects covered are many and varied and all come together to make an eclectic yet balanced quiz for customers to enjoy. 

As marks are instantaneous Speedquizzing cuts out the boring faff that comes along with many pub quizzes, while teams wait for their papers to be marked and argue the toss over answers. With Speedquizzing it’s crisp, efficient and finally drags the pub quiz into the 21st century. 

The tech used is slick and sophisticated and the team have made it a seamless experience for the quiz master and quizzers alike - all in all a pretty perfect example of how an app can take something that’s already great and make it even better. 

Great second income

The beauty of Speedquizzing is it’s great to play but it’s also great to run your own quiz night using the software. It could work out as either a good second income or provide some part time hours for you, while giving you the opportunity to work for yourself.

Speedquizzing launched in 2012 and the app has been really successful with Speedquizzing events going on throughout the UK, in some parts of the US and even reaching Australia. 

The app and tech is easy to use from both sides and provides a fuss free way to play - what are you waiting for? Give it a go!

Bingoheads are jumping for joy now that 888ladies has undergone a fabulous makeover. News of the new-look site has players chomping at the bit. The 888ladies makeover marries new and old in a terrific ensemble of fantastic entertainment. Players who enjoyed many of the features of the old 888ladies will still be able to enjoy them on a brand-new gaming platform. The site is stylish, chic and sophisticated – just the way players like it. One of the most notable aspects of the new site is the fact that it is far more interactive for players. Thanks to the Make it Great vote, players can add their feedback about all things bingo related. It's easier than ever to comment on the games, promotions and general site activity. This makes 888ladies a great destination for interactive entertainment.

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How to Win at Bingo

By Pete | @kingpetey | 07 Nov 2013

It’s Britain’s favourite game, and while winning isn’t everything, everyone yearns for the chance to shout "Bingo!" at the top of their lungs - even if it's just at the computer screen.

Bingo is a chance game, but the internet is still full of advice on how to increase your odds, often based on the musings of mathematicians. Some players do seem to have an edge, and there are several competing theories as to why this might be. Let’s have a look at some of the more popular ideas.

Counting Balls

For years, blackjack players have practised the dark art of “card counting”. Casinos seem to think it works, as they tend to ban players for using the technique! Some bingo players swear by counting bingo balls. The maths and statistical theory is complicated, but the general idea is that your chances of winning are improved by playing for longer, rather than buying several cards for the same game.

Multiple Cards

On the other hand, thousands of regular players contradict this idea by playing multiple cards at the same time! At a bingo hall, this does seem to make more sense – up to a point. Play too many cards, and you’ll lose track; but it does appear to be a skill that can be learned and improved on, so start small and work your way up! Online, sometimes the number of cards you can play is limited; though the handy Auto-Daub function certainly helps you to keep up with the numbers.

Tippett Theory

Now we turn to the somewhat confusing Tippett Theory. L.H.C. Tippett predicted that a player’s chances are improved by knowing whether a game is likely to be short or long. The best way to work this out, according to Tippett, is to check the pattern on the card. Certain shapes such as Four Corners take more time to win than others.

For a short game, you should pick a card with numbers at the extremes of the range, i.e. close to 1 and 75. For a longer game, choose numbers closer to the middle of the range, i.e. 38. It’s a complicated theory and the statistics don’t necessarily back it up, but if you want to try it out it may be worth a go in a free game first!

Player Numbers

An obvious way of improving your chances of winning would seem to be to choose a game with as few players as possible. The downside here, of course, is that often (if not always) the prize money will be based on the number of people playing.

Luckily, bingo’s not always about winning. There’s the social aspect – see how popular online chat functions are at sites like online.bingo.com/. And besides, it’s just fun to play!

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Shropgeek is proud to present our biggest Rebellion event to date!

Join us for our (almost) Christmas party on the 21st November!

We've invited some of the digital industries leading talent to come along, share skills and present earth-shattering ideas. So why not join us for some food and drink and maybe even a cocktail or two - it will be (almost) Christmas after all.

Held at The Alb, Shrewsbury - 6.30pm til late - First talk starts at 7pm-ish.
Tickets are only £10 and are limited so don't miss out!

Full details about the evening can be found on our website: shropgeek-rebellion.co.uk

The Talks:

Harry Roberts

Ten top tips for tidier type.

In this talk we’ll take a look at a number of things that even the most design-challenged people (like myself) can do to enhance and improve the quality and appearance of their typography online. As well as some practical tips, we’ll also learn a little about the quirks and reasons behind many typographic rules and nuances.

Steve Leighton

Swimming in a sea of shit, standing out in a crowded market place.

In this talk I will take a look at three leading brands, and how they stand out in a crowded market place, and are able to charge much more than their competitors for a similar product and still make them happy. But be able to do this on a large scale and be in the mainstream.

Ben Everard

Web Performance Improvements In Less Than One Hour

With performance on the internet ever important, Ben gives an introduction to performance improvements you can make in just one hour, along with pointers on where to look to next to understand and implement good performance techniques on your client's websites.

Tickets

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased at: shropgeek-rebellion.co.uk

Ticket prices cover the costs incurred when running an event of this nature. All of our speakers are generously donating their time to make this event a success. However, we do pay for their travel and accommodation.  Any money left over after costs have been covered will be donated to a bar tab on the night. There is no VAT Applied to the ticket price.

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