Relax in a hammock after a hard day’s coding

March 30, 2016No Comments

Hammocks are great for spending a relaxing time at home. These primal beds are not only comfortable they are also affordable for most people too. Possibly one of best things about hammocks is the fact that you don’t really need that much space to use one. If you’ve got enough space for two sturdy posts in your garden, you’ll be able to hang a hammock between them and use it for sunbathing or a nap, or simply to relax after a hard day at work.

Hammocks come in many different forms, including hammock with stand sets, camping hammocks, hammock swings, portable hammocks and good old standard hammocks. Portable hammocks are usually made from lightweight materials making it easy to carry around. Although lightweight, the material is strong enough to take the weight of a person with no risk of breaking. Many portable hammocks come with hammock posts, which means you don’t need to search around for suitable trees to hang your hammock from to get that all important nap!

Hammock chairs can be used both indoors and outdoors, hanging from a door frame, or the ceiling in a corner of a room, or out on your porch – like a conventional hammock they are often of open weave design, but unlike a standard hammock, as the name chair suggests, you sit on them rather than lay on them, they make a great gentle swing too!

Hammock stands are made out of wood or metal, such as steel or aluminum. When buying a stand for your hammock, it’s important to make sure it’s strong enough to hold your weight, and the weight of the heaviest person who’ll be using the hammock. Be sure to make sure it’s also the correct type of stand for your hammock. Hammocks which have spread bars require a different style hammock stand than hammocks which come without bars.

Hammocks are generally constructed from cloth, or rope. The rope style hammocks are usually made out of either nylon or cotton rope which is weaved together in the shape of a large net. This type of hammock is fairly inexpensive and can last for years if properly maintained. The open weave also allows air to circulate easily which helps prevent excessive sweating. The only problem is that the ropes can be slightly uncomfortable on your skin. However, this may be easily avoided by laying a sheet of cloth or a towel onto the hammock before you lay down.

Hammocks can last for many, many years, if properly looked after. Hammocks can absorb sweat and moisture due to the materials they are made out of, and can stay wet for a long time. This can cause the growth of mould and mildew. Because of this, you should be sure to wash your hammock every now and again. The cleaning process is fairly simple, just place your hammock in a gentle detergent and warm water mixture and move it gently around. Once clean, ensure your hammock is completely dry before storing, or using again.

Hammocks are ideal for chilling out after a long day at work, or for having a day napping in the sun on your day off. With careful usage, and a little maintenance, a hammock will give you relaxation and joy for years to come.

A new website, a new domain?

March 29, 2016No Comments

If you’re planning to build a website of your own, whether it is to sell a product, promote a business, or even just post your general thoughts and stories (a blog) then it’s an excellent idea to start out straight away by registering your own domain name. Whilst there are many ways to have a website online for absolutely no cost at all, you won’t own it and you won’t be able to move it to another webhost if you want to. Buying a domain name and web hosting is best no matter what type of website you wish to make, the benefits this will provide will far outweigh the cost.

So what exactly is a domain name?

A domain name is like your home on the internet – it’s an address which people can visit to view your website, much like you would tell someone your home address to visit you, you tell them your web address – your domain name, to visit your website. A domain name is that series of letters and dots you see at the top of your browser when you visit a website, such as right now on this website, the domain name is you may have got here by searching on another website such as – google’s main domain name.

Whilst your domain name can be anything, completely random letters and numbers, it is best to make it relevant to your website, that way people will know what your website is about just by glancing at the domain name.

So what should you do before purchasing a domain name?

Well – because domain names and the internet have been around for such a long time, the chances are, the domain name you want to register is likely to already be taken. You’re going to have to do some research and try to find a domain name which suits your needs, is available for registration, and is still relevant to your website – whilst this might seem like a near impossible task, it certainly isn’t. Try to avoid hyphens and numbers if possible as this can make it harder for people to type, and can also cause confusion when you are telling a friend or family what your domain name is – we’ve seen people type the word “hyphen” instead of simply using “-” which obviously sends them to the wrong (usually non existant) website.

Don’t despair if you can’t find an unregistered domain name that suits your needs though, in this unlikely case, you can then look at recently expired domains or domain names which are expiring soon. These are domain names which were previously owned by someone else and they have forgotten or chosen not to pay the domain name renewal fees.

When choosing a domain name, there are many different extensions to choose from – from .com to .org, .net to .biz, or a country specific extension such as .ca for canada or for the uk. Did you know that .org was originally intended for non profit organisations to use, as they could be instantly recognised by the domain extension – this was not an enforced requirement however, and .org is used for many different types of websites now, whether for profit or not.

Once you’ve found a domain name you wish to purchase, it’s time to register – you can use any registrar you want, whether you select based on price or reputation, it doesn’t matter too much. For a new or fully expired domain name you can expect to pay anything from 5 to 15 dollars, whilst an expiring domain name at auction could cost you anything from 10 to thousands, depending on the value of the domain, and the amount of people bidding against you.

Hiring in the big guns

February 20, 2016No Comments

Most large building or construction projects will require the use of a crane at some point during the project. Building companies generally avoid the cost of purchasing a crane, due to the costs involved in not only buying the crane, but maintaining and running it too – with the need to have a licenced operator on the books. Instead, the majority of building contractors hire their cranes from specialist crane companies, who will provide mobile crane hire or even tower crane hire depending on the specific needs of the builder, and the project they are undertaking.

The majority of crane hire companies can supply most types of cranes, with mobile cranes and tower cranes being more popular. The mobile crane is a lot more convenient, as it is mounted on a truck, can be driven to the building site, extend its outriggers and begin work straight away, however – a mobile crane has a lower weight limit and less reach than a tower crane. If a building site is building a particularly large structure, or a lot of smaller structures which all require crane lifting, they may choose to hire a tower crane – these are generally delivered to the site in multiple pieces, and then need to be built by a licenced operator, the crane hire company will generally assemble the crane and also provide an operator for the duration of the work. Conventionally, tower cranes are assembled with the help of smaller, mobile cranes, although a newer generation of tower cranes are self assembling and do not need a specialist operator.

Finding the best crane hire company, and the type of crane you need can be a tricky task. Most construction companies will have a list of prefered operators and hire companies which they will use, or will select a company based on a recommendation from a trusted source, however, most crane hire companies now have a presence on the internet – a website which on which you can read about their services, and sometimes even their rates – this means that you can select your crane hire company from the comfort of your office, without ever having to pick up the phone.

When choosing a crane hire company, be sure that you know exactly what you are getting for the price – if you are hiring a tower crane, does the cost include delivery, erection and disassembly when the project is finished? Is the price of the operator included in the hire cost, or do you need to hire the operator separately? Check for delivery costs, cost of hire, cost of assembly and cost of the crane operator – be sure you know of any extra charges up front to avoid your project going over budget.

Be sure that the companies fleet is relatively new and well maintained – a failure of a crane could be catastrophic, or at least cause major delays to your project.

Get more exposure for your Android app

February 18, 2016No Comments

Creating an Android App┬ácan be a costly and time consuming process but once it’s done, it’s done – now you need to put all that hard work to good use and get people downloading, installing and using your app, but how?

There are several ways to promote a new Android app – and they need not be expensive, after all, chances are you’ve spent quite a lot on the development of the app, so if you have some spare time you can tackle some of these on your own, and hire someone to perform the rest.

Word Of Mouth

Perhaps the simplest, and most effective way to promote your app (or anything for that matter – assuming it is good enough) is to tell people about it, friends, family, colleagues – the idea is that they will download your app and use it, and hopefully love it.

If they do find it good, then hopefully they will tell their friends and family too, if you tell 10 people and only 2 people install it, and they tell 10 people each, and so on, you could have hundreds of installs in no time.

Social Media / Website

By far the biggest reach you’re going to get to promote anything is online, whether that be through a social media network such as Facebook or Twitter, or through a website dedicated to the app, it’s certainly a resource you should NOT leave untapped.

It’s easy enough to create a Facebook page, and you can put together a basic website with very limited knowledge within a few hours – showcase your app, really sell its key points and make sure it sounds like something people MUST have.

Of course, having a Facebook page or a website doesn’t guarantee people will visit them, that’s where you might like to bring in an SEO consultant to look over your site or profile and make (or carry out) recommendations on how best to build your traffic.

Some SEO work can be expensive, however an initial consultation is often free, so you can get an idea beforehand of what would be involved in getting your presence known.

Google’s Play Store

Perhaps the most targeted market you will reach is users of Google’s Play store, but with more than 1.5 million apps to compete with, your app will need to stand out from the crowd, be interesting, or provide a solution to a problem.

To get your app onto Google’s Play store is a fairly simple process, you’ll need the completed, error free source code, or a compiled, fully working APK, at least 2 screenshots of your application (make these interesting – use them to sell your product!), a Google account, and the fee to sign up as a publisher, this is a fairly modest fee, around $25. Once you have all of these, you can upload your apk and be live within a few hours!

That’s all there is to it, if you’re wondering which of the 3 options you should use to promote your Android app, the only answer is “All 3” – each method brings it’s own audience, and it’s own PROs and CONs, you can never have too much publicity, so get out there, get known and reap the rewards from all of your hard work!

The success of Android

July 18, 2015No Comments

Android. We all know what it is, or at least know of it – with TV advertisements every day showing off the latest and greatest smart phones, If it’s not an iPhone then chances are it runs on Android, of course, there’s also Windows for smartphones, but Android’s market share far dominates all of the others. In 2013 almost 70% of all Smartphones were Android based. But why is Android so popular?

Google created Android operating system many years ago, some claim, to compete with iOS, although it has now far surpassed any expectations of how well it would really do.

Open Source – simple development

Android is an open source, and more importantly FREE platform, and this may be one of the major contributing factors to its success – along with Android smartphones being in general a lot more affordable than the Apple equivalent.

Android is also popular among developers – with no exotic hardware or software requirements in order to get into Android development (unlike Apple’s whereby it’s a major pain in the rear trying to get any device other than an Apple device to run their development suite).

There are several different development suites available for Android, with Android Studio being an excellent option for many, with a simple interface to download required SDKs and plugins.

Not all Android users are developers though, right? Right. In fact, the majority of Android users are NOT developers, in fact many Android users don’t even have access to a PC or laptop, nor do they understand how to work them – that brings us to Androids next big selling point;

Ease of Use

Android is very simple to use, which is helped along by the fact that it is used primarily on touchscreen devices – want to send an email? No problem, just touch the email app and off you go. Want to browse Facebook? Just touch it.

Did you know that a massive amount of Facebook users use it exclusively on an Android smartphone, and probably never log in on any other type of device?

Whether you’re a technophobe who’s not one for learning new things, a young child looking to learn and play games, or a grandparent looking to video call their grand children without having to learn a whole complicated process, then an Android smartphone has you covered.

Amount of uses

With millions of apps available, Android provides a solution to hundreds of thousands of problems. It can act as a personal assistant, a web browser, a music player, a media streamer, and much much more – if you have an issue you need to solve, chances are, there’s an app for that!

Track your fitness levels, navigate your journey, and record your cherished moments, or even review your best dashcam recordings, Android has got you covered.


Android is based on the Linux operating system, which historically has required very little resources to run in a fast, smooth manner.

What this means is, the sheer amount of devices capable of running Android, and the cost of these devices have allowed a huge market to access them. If you compare to the likes of Apple who, although they sell hundreds of thousands of Smartphone handsets, laptops and other devices every year, have a prohibitive price point, you’ll see just how easy it is to obtain an Android device.

Whether you’re looking for a new phone, a tablet PC, a netbook style laptop (such as the Chromebook) or even a TV set, chances are, Android will be running in the background of at least some of your range of choices!