Shrewsbury based Information Solutions Limited have won an award at the Mayor of Shrewsbury annual awards ceremony. The award was presented by the mayor in recognition of Information Solutions’ “outstanding contribution to the community in the business sector”.
On receiving the award, company director Simon Atkin said: “It’s great to be recognised for the hard work we do in the town helping local businesses with their IT requirements. We’ve been helping local companies to improve their competitive edge with advanced information technology for the last nine years. Information Solutions also trade as The Web Orchard and we’ve been very involved with local creatives to add web development to our portfolio. We like to think that the services we provide are of great benefit to the town”.
Mayor Tony Durnell with Pete White
Presented by Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Tony Durnell, the awards are held annually at the town’s Guildhall and cover categories including Business, the Environment, Tourism, Community and Youth activities. Shrewsbury takes civic pride in being an innovative and dynamic area for businesses.
Information Solutions have been providing IT Support and Services to businesses throughout The Midlands and Wales since 2003. They serve some of the largest - and smallest - organisations in the area from their offices in The Pump House, Shrewsbury. The company provides a wide range of services, from advanced ecommerce websites and advanced network installations through to computer maintenance and IT consulting services.
Chris Pritchard from shropshirelive.com & Pete White with their respective awards.
Simon Atkin with the award.
AAIB, the specialist insurance brokers, has commissioned Shrewsbury web developers The Web Orchard to create the worlds first online travel insurance site specifically for travel to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Designed for people visiting Iraq or Afghanistan for business or personal reasons, the new website enables travellers to get an instant quotation which exactly matches their needs. The variables that can be chosen from include duration of stay, purpose of visit, the amount of personal accident and medical evacuation cover required.
Managed by AAIB Insurance Brokers, the travel policy is 'A' rated and essential baggage cover is included in the price. Varying levels of cover are available as well as the option to add more specialist types of cover if required.
Peter White, Web Architect at The Web Orchard, said: “We are delighted to have been able to contribute to this first ever travel insurance site for travel to Iraq and Afghanistan. From a technical perspective, the main challenges were to create a web-enabled copy of AAIB’s risk calculation database, and then to offer users the chance to go from quote to payment in one seamless transaction.”
Additional refinements in the site are the ability to receive an email quotation with PDF attachment, and for customers to download a PDF copy of their policy whenever required from anywhere in the world.
William Wakeham, AAIB’s CEO Insurance is delighted with the outcome. “The Web Orchard created a very elegant front end for our quotation database. Now travellers only have to answer eight drop down questions in order to receive an instant travel insurance quote, which is linked to a secure card payment screen if they want to pay for immediate cover. Compared to other more complex insurance quotation sites, the single page quotation form that The Web Orchard provided is incredibly simple to use.”
The Web Orchard have a five year track record of creating sophisticated e-commerce web presences. They are based in Shrewsbury, near Birmingham, in the United Kingdom and work for an international client base.
It was 20 years ago today when the first CDs when on sale in the UK. It was 1983 when the first batch of 100 CDs went on the market. There was much skepticism around the launch of the CD and record companies were worried that the CD would destroy current vinal and cassette sales.
However they were wrong and to date over 1.8 billion music CDs have been sold worldwide. Many people thought that the modern looking disk could ever be as good as conventional formats. The use of CDs in computers helped to make the CD a popular medium over tapes.
One of the most influential moments in the history of the CD was the release of the Dire Straights album Brothers in Arms in 1985 which featured heavy promotion of the Philips brand. It was at this stage that many people became switched on to the fact that CDs probably had a future and Brothers in Arms became the starting block for many households' collections as the price of hardware fell.
The future of the CD still looks good as many people are now using DVDs for many purposes such as films. Other technologies such as the mini disk haven't taken off as well as the CD however it is still reasonably early days for such technology.
Here are some of my top tips for additional OS X functions, most have come from my experience at home and work.
1. Plugging in a TV or Second Monitor
Most Mac models come with an external connector for attaching additional screens (normally a mini DVI connector). From this you need a mini DVI to DVI connector then another cable to plug into your screen, this can be a DVI to VGA cable, DVI to DVI cable or as I have a DVI to HDMI cable. All the cables are very cheap and can normally be picked up from Ebay.
OS X should automatically detect the second screen plugged in and you can open system preferences to adjust the resolution. You may have to play around with the settings, my 26" LG HD TV looks best on 1280 x 720 rather than its native resolution.
I've had my iMac plugged into my TV for the past 6 months and people still think its cool how I can move my mouse from one screen to another.
2. Sharing your Internet over Wireless.
While I was at University our local cable supplier didn't give out free wireless routers so to save buying one I shared the Internet out through my iMac's wireless. In Leopard the Internet can be shared from the Sharing section in System Preferences.
3. Bluetooth Internet Through Your Phone
It usually takes ISP's about two weeks to put ADSL on a phone line. Clearly I couldn't be without Internet for two weeks so I turned to my mobile phones provider (T-Mobile) to hook me up to the net. Now that 3G signal is well established (and I have a 3G phone) I got speeds of around 3mb for
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