Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Money aint so great

Money will not buy happiness, but it will let you be unhappy in nice places.

I like the above quote as it is so true. 

I think I was happier when I didn't have any!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Great British TV is tops!

Great Britain is called Great Britain because it is just that, Great! Great Britain has a beautiful and diverse countryside with beautiful changing seasons. We used to known as people with a "stiff upper lip". But these days we are much more open-minded, flexible, well educated. We have over 100 Nobel Prize winners which proof that here in Britain we have some of the very best scientists, writers, economists and peace-makers.

When it comes to entertainment and the arts you can’t beat Great Britain. We have a great history for creating the very best music, think the Beatles to name just one group. Britain is truly a nation of drama lovers and don’t forget this is the country that brought you Shakespeare. Britain hosts some of the best and most varied theatres in the entire world. London’s westend houses 40 theatres showing all of the top glitzy musicals.

Some of the best TV shows are written and created in Britain. Some of the top TV shows are getting serious critical acclaim recently. Downton Abbey is a period drama set in the early 1900’s. The series is produced by the British media company Carnival Films for the ITV network. The show is gaining in popularity all the time and is a great success in the USA. These past couple of months saw then win 6 Emmys.

Another great British show is Inspector Morse which has been running since 1987. Since it began there have been 33 episodes and the main character is portrayed by the great British actor John Thaw. Morse is a fictional character who is a senior CID officer with the Thames Valley Police in Oxford. The show has won a number of TV awards over the years. John Thaw won best actor in 1990 and 1993 at the Baftas. He also won most popular actor in 1998 at the National Television Awards. In 1991 and 1992 the show won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for best original drama series. In 1992 the show won a Bafta TV award for the best drama series and also in 1993. With plenty of other nominations it just goes to show that this detective drama is a quality British TV show.

Midsomer Murders is another British television detective drama which is based on books written by Caroline Graham. The lead character is acted by the great John Nettles. You may remember him in Bergerac which I thought he was brilliant in. Most of the show is centred on the working and family life of a country policeman Tom Barnaby (Johns character). Neil Dudgeon has now taken his place in a brand new series which continues this Autumn 2011.

So there you go, some reasons why Great Britain is Great. These are just the tip of the iceburg though. There are many more reason making Great Britain just that Great! If you don’t believe me why not take a visit and see what Great Britain has to offer.

Here in Britain we are proud of all of our great TV shows and have location tours which fans can go on. Brit movie tours offers a great day out for Midsomer Murders fans with the Midsomer Murders Tour. You can also go on an Inspector Morse Tour Oxford or a Harry Potter tour, Doctor Who tour. In fact if a TV show is ver popular and doing well world wide you can be sure there will be a tour based around it. So check out Brit Movie Tours if your looking for a different day out in Great Britain.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Cloud Computing – A silver lined cloud or not?

It is said ‘every cloud has a silver lining’; is this true of the concept of cloud computing?

To have your head in the clouds generally means you have no idea what is going on around you; does the same adage hold true for cloud computing or will putting your faith in it give you for clearer view of your IT usage and save you money as well.

What is cloud computing?
The term cloud is a name give to represent the whole of the internet and will be shown as one in diagrams.
In a nutshell cloud computing provides you with access to a remote server where your company runs all or a proportion of your IT from.  This remote server is cunningly named the cloud, presumably because you do not need to know what is going on inside. 

What is in the cloud?
Every element you would normally hold on your company server and individual employee’s computers would be available from the remote server.  The interior of the cloud does not only house the hardware needed to run all your IT needs but also includes software packages, applications and data storage normally run in-house; thus removing the need for your own server and its incumbent problems.  It would also save the cost of purchasing multiple software licenses and maintenance.  The cloud would be shared with many other companies and individuals who buy into the scheme.

Does cloud computing give you access to everything in there?
The simple answer is “No”.  The cloud computing company and the client would draw up a contract stipulating what services were being purchased and agreeing a fee for there provision.

What services does cloud computing provide?
There are a number of different services provided the most popular being they are named with a prefix letter and followed by aaS (as a Service): -
•    Saas – Software as a Service.  This gives the client the opportunity to use shared software on the server.  This can dramatically reduce the cost of using software as you will not have to purchase software packages or their licences nor employ someone to ensure their patches or service packs are up to date.
•    PaaS – Platform as a Service.  This is very similar to SaaS but you are using shared applications rather than software.  As with software there may be a drawback if your company is specialised and you require dedicated applications or software.
•    HaaS – Hardware as a Service.  This is purely the supply of hardware space from the remote server.  The main use here is for data storage, network equipment and server space.  This can save costs on purchasing and maintaining your own servers as the cloud computer company takes responsibility for them all.  It is also known as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
•    DaaS – Database as a Service.  If the above three services were fairly straight forward with their naming this service should be a cinch to understand.  The type and method of service may be different dependant on the cloud computer company.

The three main players in cloud computing are Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

The subject of cloud computing is quite complex and to cover the subject in a short article is not possible however these few paragraphs have at least given you the basics of what cloud computing is about and what it has to offer.

For more information about Cloud Computing visit Ancoris who are are an authorised Google Apps Reseller offer who offer the help with setting up Google Sites, Google Apps Email, Google Docs and everything related to Cloud Computing.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

London Boutique Hotel

A Boutique hotel is a term which  is used in North America and the United Kingdom to describe an intimate, usually luxurious or unique hotel environment.

Boutique hotels are different from the larger branded hotels and by providing a more personalized accommodation and services. They are also called  "design hotels" or "lifestyle hotels".

The came about in the early 1980s in major cities like London, New York, and San Francisco. Most  boutique hotels are furnished in a themed or very stylish manner. Generally they are considerably smaller than mainstream hotels, often ranging from 3 to 50 guest rooms, but then so is the price.

One I recently stayed in was Simply Rooms and Suites which is a Kensington Boutique Hotel.  The cost was just £99 per night and the location was right in the heart of Kensington.  The decor was beautiful with all mod cons.  You are paying for the quality of the room and not for the added facilities that come with other larger branded hotels, such as spas, swimming pools and gyms.

As I was leaving the freindly staff told me of one of their sister hotels which is another great value Budget London hotel, Kensington West. So I plan to try this hotel on my next visit to London.   Appently it is even cheaper but not such a boutique hotel.  But I am all for saving money so I will review it once I have stayed.