Years ago there was a firm that used to supply 12ins lengths of brass rods,
tube, tufnol (carp), acrylic, nylon etc in various diameters ; also tufnol,
duralimin & acrylic sheet and bar. I don't have their address , Its so long
ago they probably don't even exist any more. There seems to be so many "new"
plastic materials available which I don't recognise and I am not aware of
their properties, some guidance would be appreciated
Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced source for small quantities of the
J A Crew
Woburn Sands ?
Bought off him when we were in Luton
Peter & Rita Forbes
Try these few, I've used them all in the last 12months, all do 12"/300mm
lengths or less as the price goes up.
When I visited the original owner several years ago, he told me that
someone else had set up the website and that he had to go back (and pay
i assume) each time for changes.
The business is now under new ownership and I don't know how computer
savvy the guy is or if the business makes enough money to justify
subcontracting a re-write the e-commerce side of the business.
Port IE to a 'nix? If the source was available... nah, if the little
Windows source I've seen is anything to go by it's probably too horrible
The doodah in question opens pages/links in an IE window. You have to
have IE to do that. I already have Firefox/Iceweasel in several dozen
covens of 'nixen ..
OT, I once was talking to a Microsoft guy who might actually be able to
arrange it, and who had asked me , and I suggested that MS should
open the source for Windows - not saying for free, or implying any loss
of legal IP rights, their source, their ideas (if any), just open the
source so we could see what Windows *actually* does ...
 he asked me why we didn't use Windows in secure systems. I suggested
making the source available, then we might be able to design security
systems using Windows - 'cos we can't use Windows for secure stuff now,
because we don't know what it does (and don't mention optimising
compilers with randomisation, and the problem of confirming whether
binary X came from source X ... Grrrr!)
... but he said no, and well ... on reflection, I can't say overall
I'm too unhappy about that.
-- Peter F
err - they aren't actually using the browser, and neither are you - :)
Had some emails with the webmaster on this point a year or two ago, but
they're on another computer, so I'll just give my vague rememberings
rather than the full gory ..
The owner doesn't do the website himself - and the webmaster is
clueless, cranky and puffed-up with his own self-importance. He most
certainly would not let anyone help (I offered).
Basically the owner needs to get a new webmaster, but aiui his stock and
payments systems are linked to the website, they are nonstandard and
undocumented, and the only person who understands them is the webmaster.
The owner is in a bind .. doesn't want the webmaster, but can't get rid
(I also have the vague impression that the webmaster was related or
something, but that might be to the old owner)
I know someone who'd do him a complete new system, with data entry (the
expensive bit, but probably necessary) and standard software with full
documentation for about 3-5 grand, assuming the code is not deliberately
obfuscated, if anyone's interested.
-- Peter Fairbrother
bah, the whole thing inc pukka ecommerce website, own mirrored home
server on broadband and a barcode scanner for stock control would
barely use up a grand.***
but the fact is everyone is making excuses for the guy, if his web guy
is an asshole sack him, he won't lose anything in sales compared to
what he is losing (assuming his product and customer service is worth
anything) by having a broken, and shite, website.
cobalt raq for fifty quid for home mirrored server
servage hosting account for a fiver a month
barcode scanner and wedge for forty quid
barcode printer for hundred and fifty quid
nochex account to take plastic in eshop fifty quid
dpd account for delivery is free
so far we're up to 300 quid up front and a fiver a month for hosting.
all the rest is free open source eg oscommerce for the webshop
this is the *right* way to do it because it means that anyone who
knows his asshole from his elbow can walk in, look around, see
familiar standard tools and protocols, and sit right down and do any
out of a grand budget this leaves about 700 for customisation,
training if required for the guy, and documentation.
============as it is all I can know is what I see, which is someone who doesn't
want my money, unless he can first order me around and tell me what
software I must run in order to do him a favour and give him some
money, and that shit doesn't fly.
times of recession are times of opportunity, from what I can see this
guy is merely declaring his intention to cease trading, clearly
keeping his current web guy happy means more than keeping customers
and making sales.
Yeah, I am, I don't mess around, waste time, or order the wrong thing
or stuff on spec, I pay cash on the nail and if the first purchase is
satisfactory I stick with you. I also recommend you to others, a
recommendation that always generates new business and new customers.
that makes me an ideal customer.
invitation to treat
that's all there is to business
as for Crew (who I had never heard of before this thread) surviving
without my custom, I'll say this, I have yet to come across a business
that ceased trading that did not think they could do without n
customer's custom, and generally speaking when you dug a little deeper
all those customers wanted was to buy something and get what they paid
for, with both sides being happy with the deal.
it is a sad state of affairs when all concept of service has
disappeared from service industries, and when customers who know what
they want and have no problem saying it, or saying what problems they
have (so that the business has an opportunity to address them) are
seen by the likes of yourselves as "problem" customers.
Have a nice day..
I've been trading with Crew for at least 25 years. No problem with the
service or indeed when I visited them to sell him some stock.
I agree the web interface is poor but he still has good stuff promptly
dispatched at very good prices.
I can't see any of Mr. Fawkes messages so I must have put him on my blocked
senders list at some time in the past. Having now seen your quotation from
his posting I now realise why I did so, and fully agree with your comment.
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