Remember when disks actually were floppy?

By |December 1st, 2016|Comment|

Interesting story on the BBC news website about how the US nuclear weapons force still uses obsolete technology and 8-inch floppy disks. "This system remains in use because, in short, it still works," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt Col Valerie Henderson told the AFP news agency. It reminds me of the old version 11 of Herschel, which just [...]

Making things matters. This is what Britain forgot

By |June 18th, 2016|Comment|

Interesting (if slightly depressing) article by Ha-Joon Chang in today's Guardian about the need to reinvigorate British manufacturing: "The weakness of manufacturing is at the heart of the UK’s economic problems. Reversing three and a half decades of neglect will not be easy but, unless the country provides its industrial sector with more capital, stronger [...]

Give Your Old Computers A New Lease Of Life

By |April 17th, 2016|News|

We’d been putting off upgrading our PCs for over three years.  Moving everything to new hardware was just too much hassle.  I spoke to our local computer guru and he suggested replacing our hard disks with SSD drives. The new drives were fitted within a day and the results have been incredible.  One PC which [...]

Herschel Freshdesk Support Goes Live

By |April 6th, 2016|News|

After months of toil, our new Freshdesk support site is now fully working. If you’ve signed up for Herschel support, just send details of any problems to – a ticket will be automatically raised, allowing you to track the progress of your query. There’s also a dedicated knowledgebase, packed full of implantation guides, detailed [...]

Are Spreadsheets a Curse?

By |March 15th, 2016|Comment|

I’ve visited yet another company where everything is done using single-user, unwieldy, labour intensive spreadsheets. I’m sure if I visited their factory in 1916 they’d have used exactly the same methods of working – except with a ledger and a fountain pen. If only they’d chuck out their spreadsheets (after importing them into Herschel, of [...]

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