Cheap is good, free can be better

Libre Draw: A Good Alternative to Microsoft Visio for Most People Many years ago I read that for any product or service, you can have any two of Cheap, Fast and Good. This sits nicely alongside another saying “buy cheap, buy twice”, something I learned the hard way when racing powerful superbikes round my local […]

Disinfection: Improving the odds

Abstract As operational scientists the authors know well from experience that apparently well-run treatment works can have the occasional coliform failure but all the resamples are compliant. This paper explores why, in the authors’ opinion, this is a consequence of the underpinning disinfection kinetics and two major operational factors, pH and actual retention times. In […]

Ransomware? No problem

A cheap and effective way of beating the ransomware bandits let’s look at this from the other end first. Imagine you run a small business , like I do. The phone rings. It one of your people telling you that they can’t access any billing or client order information because all your files have been […]

Three things I value – How it came about

I firmly subscribe to the idea that people and relationships are more important than material possessions, yet in a recent discussion I found myself defending the idea of possessions being important. writes Bob Windmill Subscribe or buy? The context was a discussion with a group of friends on millennials increasingly buying rather than possessions, and […]

Passwords – One or Many

Passwords A while back I wrote a post on techniques to generate strong but memorable passwords. This clearly struck a chord with a number of you  judging by the number of questions it sparked. One of the most commonly asked questions was whether it is better to have a single very strong password and use […]

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