Archive for May 26th, 2010

Well, it’s now the day after the General Election, and it seems clear that we are to have a hung Parliament.

I feel gutted for the country, because given the current state of things, this can only make things worse, as Gordon Brown remains as Prime Minister, and all parties spend months trying to form alliances.

Even if somehow the Conservatives form an alliance and can force Labour out (Is this even possible?) we are still going to struggle to get decisions made because of the lack of any clear majority.

As a small business owner, who has struggled since the end of 2008, I want stability, and this surely won’t give us that.

I think I shall have to have a beer at lunchtime, so that I can cry into it……

I have my own small IT business, but times are hard, so I’m now using what was my wife’s car, a nice frugal diesel, she’s got a little shopping trolley type car to do local trips, and my thirsty, but much loved 2 seater sports car is up for sale.

It is 9 years old, needs 2 new tyres and the car tax is nearly expired too, plus it has some minor exhaust issues, which although annoying are easily remedied. It’s also missed one dealer service, since financially I couldn’t afford it, and also being a mechanical engineer, did myself using OEM parts.

Otherwise it’s running really well, doesn’t drip oil, is clean and has 23,000 miles less on it than a 9 year old car should have.

Taking all the above into consideration, and comparing the prices of other similar cars, I’ve put it up for over £1000 less than I would like to sell it for, because I need it to be gone.

So what happens now then? Well, I get a steady stream of people trying to knock me down another £500, bemoaning the fact that it doesn’t have a full service history (It’s one service people!!!), and asking if it has any stone chips!!!

Of course it has stone chips you muppets, it’s 9 years old for god’s sake!!!

They aren’t bad stone chips, in fact it has less than some newer cars I’ve seen.

I’m seriously thinking of giving up on selling it if I keep getting idiots phoning all the time.


We’ve been deploying Windows 7 on some new PC’s and laptops here, and we ran into issues with the Checkpoint SecuRemote client not installing.

The best advice I can give is this:

  1. It won’t work on Windows 7 64 bit, and apparently support is not likely because Checkpoint Endpoint Security is now the way forward.
  2. It does work on Windows 7 32 bit, just be sure to get the latest version of the client from the CP website.

So, best to make sure you check just what is compatible before installing your OS!