Monday, June 26, 2006

You Don’t Need To Pay For IT!

IT Support has never been such a minefield. With new technologies always entering the marketplace it is now possible to have a corporate-standard IT system without having the financial headache of purchasing a server or even software such as Microsoft Office. For one small monthly payment, companies with 1-50 users can have their whole IT infrastructure based in a secure location, safe in the knowledge that should their office be burgled, damaged or even burned down, the only thing required to be reconnected to your office system and data is a new PC, Laptop, Thin Client or any internet-connected terminal such as in Internet Cafes. This is perfect for disaster recovery.

As your IT system is centrally managed in a safe and secure hosting environment, your IT support requirements are minimal or non-existent due to the power of remote IT support where an IT engineer or technician can actually “take over” control of your mouse and keyboard actions from anywhere in the world. This is a very crucial factor as you can even be taught and shown how to perform a particular task and it also removes the usual time-delay involved when requiring “hands-on” IT support. With a remote desktop your life will be much easier.

There are a great many advantages with remotely-hosted IT & network systems and another great benefit is the fact that you can literally work from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. You could be working on a train via wireless or 3G, sending and retrieving documents via Blackberry devices or PDAs, catching up with work on the beach, the list is just endless. As access to your data is mobile, you do not have to worry about synchronising data and carrying data on USB flash drives etc, this all saves you time and ultimately money and the freedom and mobility you will gain from such a system will only benefit your company and it’s staff, allowing for home-working and emergency access 24 hours a day.

Microsoft licensing is a major change that has occurred over the past 18 months and it is no longer necessary for companies to spend vast sums of money on hardware, software and server-related network support. In fact, companies no longer have to pay large sums of money for Microsoft Office, Adobe, Kaspersky and a growing list of software suppliers thanks to a change in the way licensing can be paid for. A great benefit of this is that you can pay monthly for a software product and receive free upgrades when new releases or patches become available.


What Should You Pay For Web Design?

The whole web design industry has undergone major changes over the past 5 years and there is now a variety of options and ideas available to you. You can pay anything from £100 to over £10,000 but what is the difference and what do you need?

Firstly, the differences are the programming languages and the popular choices are usually HTML, PHP, ASP,.NET,C++, C# and Coldfusion. There are others but these are the most popular ones.

With each of these there can be advantages and disadvantages and there is not a right or wrong solution, unless you require specific functionality that can be handled better by a particular programming language. The simplest language is HTML and this is for basic websites that do not require dynamic functionality or do not require the use of a database to collect user or customer data for sales and marketing purposes.

In terms of what you need, this will greatly depend on your target market, your product or service and what you want to achieve from your site. With so many web designers and design companies about, it can be a daunting task for any company to choose their preferred developer. It will not matter if you pay ten times more to one company as this will not guarantee your desired results better than the cheapest quote you receive.
What is greatly important is that you think hard about what you want to achieve and then ask each company if they can a) produce these results b) tell you how they intend to achieve these results.
Without this, you do not stand much chance of beating your competitors.

With so many websites on the internet it is no longer good enough to just have a great-looking site. Having an attractive, user-friendly and accessible website will give your customers confidence but it will ultimately not bring you any new business if your website is poorly coded and not designed for Search Engine Optimisation and does not take into account the importance of Internet Marketing.

Likewise, you could have a well-optimised website for Search Engines but your poor design and accessibility could affect your sales. What you need to do is to get the right balance of design, functionality and search engine optimisation in order to have a successful website. Only then can you start marketing your website effectively for the top 3 search engines Google, Yahoo and MSN as these search engines constantly change their algorithms

You have to ensure your choice of web designer or company is the right one as you will only end up wasting time and money in the long term.


VIP - The New Urban Experience For UK & European Clubbers launched VIP in 2005 to provide UK and European clubbers an experience that has been lacking in the nightclub industry for a long time. The UK club scene has been stagnant for several years and was in need of a new party experience to provide quality music, DJs and entertainment for a population that thrives on escaping everyday life in search of a fun, quality holiday or weekend.

Specialising in RnB, Hip Hop and Funky House, Utopia DJs provides parties in beautiful venues with top artists and quality entertainment, combined with luxury hotels, discounted 4/5 star dining, excursions & daytime entertainment and the main events are stunning venues in beautiful cities or locations with quality music for mature, friendly crowds wanting to party and enjoy themselves in secure, comfortable surroundings.

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October 2006 sees the return to the popular city of Prague, Czech Republic for the “VIP” Urban Music Weekender. This event follows the success of the previous weekender held in March 2006. Once again this legendary “VIP” party kicks off on Friday 6th October 2006 at Prague’s exclusive Club Mecca and features Trevor Nelson (MTV Base, UK Radio 1), DJ 279 (Choice FM – London), Danny T ( 10 rooms – London) , MC Fizz B ( London) , DJ Rico ( Soul train- Prague), plus Huckleberry Finn (Passion FM – London) and Mickey “Star” Lewis (Love House Music -UK ) spinning the best in RnB, Hip Hop , Dancehall and Funky House music in two arenas.

If that wasn’t enough the party then moves on to the world famous Radost FX nightclub on Saturday 7th October 2006 , where both your ears and your feet will be once again entertained by the 4 times MOBO award winner Steve “Smooth” Sutherland (Galaxy FM) alongside MC Lync, DJ Rico and Big J (USA) spinning upfront bumping RnB and Hip-Hop.
There’s also a special Live PA from Alizay, one of the UK’s hottest new talents performing his hit single “Found You”

This 2 night urban musical extravaganza attracts a very sexy and stylish crowd from UK, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany and the USA amongst others, so it’s advisable to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

With members and customers including models, celebrities, entrepreneurs, business people, DJs and VIP clubbers, you are assured a friendly, funky crowd that will make your weekend an experience of a lifetime. Whether you join us in Prague or another of our European locations, you will never forget VIP Urban Music Weekender – The RnB Hip Hop and Funky House party of the year!

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Alicante – A Jewel In Spain’s Crown

Alicante or Alicant (Valencian Catalan) is the largest city in the Costa Blanca region of Spain and is one of the most beautiful places you could wish to travel to if you take the time and the effort to explore the region and some of it’s sheer beauty.

Located between Murcia and Valencia, Alicante has some of the best beaches in Spain with San Juan, Muchavista and Campello beaches being real gems with beautiful, clean sea and sand which appeal to both families, couples and surfers alike with calm days and days when the waves can be quite high due to strong winds of late.

Amongst the many varied and more popular attractions are the Castillo de Santa Barbara (Alicante City), Terra Natura (Benidorm), Terra Mitica (Benidorm) and Mundomar (Benidorm). There are also areas of outstanding beauty such as the mountains of Busot village situated just outside of Campello (also known as El Campello). Not only does Busot have it’s popular attraction Cuevas de Canelobre (Canelobre Caves) but it also has vast amounts of stunning scenery in complete tranquillity. To get to these spots you need to do some investigating, but it is well worth it because you will find yourself all alone on some breath-taking trails overlooking Campello and surrounding villages.

To see all that is on offer, you have to arrange car hire in Alicante from either the airport or from a local town or city and prices start at €10 per day for a small car and reserving before your visit is essential in busy periods of the year.

Where else but Alicante can you find such a diverse amount of activities, places of interest and things to do. In the morning you could travel to the Sierra Nevadas (Grenada) and be snowboarding and in the afternoon soaking up the sun, sea and sand on a beautiful, spacious beach. Not only this, but you can also get ferries to Majorca, Ibiza and Tabarca Island from Alicante harbour, so you will never have a lack of options available to you.

Real estate property in Alicante is another reason for visitors to come and like the rest of Costa Blanca, is a popular place where expats come to invest or to emigrate to. Property prices have rapidly increased over the years due to demand and the Euro being introduced, but if you are prepared to move inland slightly, or away from popular areas such as Benidorm and Javea, you can find some real bargains in comparison to the UK property market. Purchasing property in Spain is more expensive tax and legal-wise but it is still worthwhile as long as the Euro is weaker than the Pound.

Alicante’s hotels are varied and you have a wide variety of choice when coming to this region of Spain and if you do some research you will get a hotel to suit your budget and requirements, just remember to book early in high-seasons to ensure a beach-side location.

Getting cheap flights to Alicante has never been easier thanks to Alicante airport being such a popular international destination and it is expanding continuously with new airlines operating from there.