Blog posts written during April 2008

Money laundering and Trust or Company service providers

Friday Friday, April 25, 2008 by Ian Pettman

Just in case you had not seen it, there is an update of the HM Revenue & Customs stance on registering if you are a trust or service provider in respect of money laundering regulations.

Important news for Trust or Company Service Providers (TCSPs)

And now for something completely different:

Described in one news paper as the "moment" when Galaxies collide: which perpetuates the myth of journalist "never letting the truth get in the way of a good story") this "moment" lasts about 100 million years…

Pictures of unbelievable violence:

Major US telecoms company predicts the internet will seize up in just over a year

Tuesday Tuesday, April 22, 2008 by Ian Pettman

A major US telecoms company has added to the concern that performance of Web based applications will be severely degraded in just over a year because the internet will reach capacity. Without major investment at a time on economic slowdown (that's really going to happen) the limit of current capacity will be reached in two years.


A recap on employee vs request notes

Monday Monday, April 21, 2008 by Ian Pettman

There is a new how-to article:

Adding a phone note for employee about requests.

The article also covers where to see the information.


The article is here


New accrued leave report

Wednesday Wednesday, April 16, 2008 by Ian Pettman

There is a new report which gives the breakdown of accrued leave for a selected employee upto a given reconcile date: it is on the day tab and is number 98

Extended functionality SMS text messaging

Tuesday Tuesday, April 15, 2008 by Ian Pettman

AvaPA can now send to groups or multiple recipients. Once text messaging is set up: this is done in a very easy way. Text messaging and emails can now be sent via a central server for added security.


In the inventory screen select the names of those you want to text.

From the file menu select "Text" and the "Send SMS message…"

AvaPA will pop up a window which allows you to type in a text message, then press send.


If there are any of the selected names where a mobile number cannot be found on either the first address tab (phone or page/text entries) or any tab named "Mobile", "Phone", "Text", "Txt", "Main" or "Home" then a popup list will show and the message will be sent to the others with valid mobile (07) numbers


Related Links: 


How do I set up SMS text messaging via the database.



Will my Company web site still work in the morning?

Friday Friday, April 11, 2008 by Ian Pettman

With the current upsurge in broadcast television companies (specifically the BBC) providing content over the internet and users starting to download "umissable"programmes, the flood of data transfer for very big items- namely half and one hour TV programs is starting to threaten the current internet capacity. Ultimately this could cause the internet to grind to a halt.

This article in the Times discusses this further:
Over view:

The web was "born" in 1990 when Tim Berners-Lee created a mechanism allowing disparate electronic documents to be located in a systematic manner and thus easily accessed. This work was carried out largely at CERN  

It relied on the existence of a network of connections which were originally designed to provide a resilient means of communication during the cold war era. The reason behind this was the USA's desire to have a cross connected network of "telephone wires" which would still automatically function if any individual link was broken (by a missile attack). The idea being that their system would automatically find a way around any break by using other routes (the other sides of a triangle).  This was known as ARPANET

During the 1980's and beyond a large amount telephone connections were laid around the world. These are known as "dark fibre" because rather than electrical cables, they used light to send the communication signal meaning much higher capacity per cable. Because of an economic down turn the connections remained "dark" and Internet service providers could pick up (this) capacity very cheaply. This oversupply of capacity has remained with even more fibres being wrapped around the world.   

With the advent of video being transmitted the size of a "communication" soared: an email may take a few 1000 bytes (or chunks) of data, a high definition TV program will take a million times more. 

Suddenly the unused space is being gobbled up much much faster.

In transport terms: there are some really big lorries using the paths that ramblers happily walk down.


How to add an Ava website search to IE or Firefox.

Wednesday Wednesday, April 2, 2008 by Ian Pettman

Some of you will have seen we have recently added a search to our website to help you quickly find the answers stored within our FAQ's and blog posts.

If you use IE 7+ or Firefox 2+ you can add our search to your browsers search box by clicking the following link:

To select the Ava search in Internet Explorer 7 click the little down arrow beside the search box at the top right of your screen (unless you've moved it!)

Select the Ava Search

Once you have selected the Ava search your search box should look like this:

Ava Search Box

Now try and search for something like "install" or "Pay bands"

If you use firefox it works in almost exactly the same way, so I think you'll be fine without almost identical screen shot.

I hope you find the search useful!

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