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About Kevin Thomas

Hi, I'm the founder of Herschel Systems. I use this blog to jot down news, random thoughts, and hints and tips. Feel free to link to me on LinkedIn!

The strange case of the disappearing £ symbol …

By |August 6th, 2019|Hints & Tips|

One of our oldest customers upgraded some of their PCs. They seem fine running Herschel, apart from the £ symbol appearing as a box. If this happens to you, go into your Windows 10 settings, time & language, language, administrative language settings, change system locale and UN-TICK the "Beta: Use Unicode UTF-8 for worldwide language [...]

Herschel Downloads Pass 3000 Mark!

By |February 26th, 2018|News|

26 Feb 18 Update - Just hit 3000+ downloads..... ---------------------------------------- 01 Dec 17 Update - Just checked Freshdesk and discovered we have now had 2000+ downloads. Once again, thanks for trying Herschel. ---------------------------------------- 22 Aug 17 - A big "thank you" to everyone who's downloaded Herschel since we started our modest Google AdWords campaign in [...]

Thought For 2018 – Don’t Fire Your Trevor!

By |January 1st, 2018|Hints & Tips|

Many years ago, in the days before email, when Herschel users had problems I'd get in the car and pay them a visit. I had a call from one site where "Herschel wasn't working properly anymore", so off I went. After a quick chat and a tour of their factory, it became pretty obvious they [...]

“Hedgehog Close” video needs your vote! Plus a Christmas present idea.

By |November 24th, 2017|News|

Forget those sickly Christmas videos on TV. Instead vote for the cutest video of the year - "Hedgehog Close" by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. You can view it and vote at www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/vote-hedgehog-close-2018-charity-film-awards/ And, yes, those funky "hedgehog highway" signs would make great Christmas presents for anyone with a garden. You can order them (at a [...]

Clive Osborne Using Herschel – Yet Again

By |November 16th, 2017|News|

Back in the 1980's I visited a small electronic sub-contract assembly company in Newbury. It was called Osborne Electronics, founded by Clive Osborne, who was now looking for a stock control system. Something simple and cheap. He started using Herschel. Over the next decade Osborne Electronics, with a little bit of help from Herschel, grew [...]

Brexit Good News For (Some) UK Businesses?

By |October 22nd, 2017|Comment|

Interesting article in this Week's Economist about companies looking for UK replacements for their EU-based suppliers. For example, Nissan reportedly wants to double the share (by value) of UK-made parts from 40% to 80%. Worth reading with your coffee and a Hobnob or two. https://www.economist.com/news/britain/21730479-firms-shorten-their-supply-chains-divorce-europe-nears-brexit-triggers-round  

Free Support For Charities And NGOs

By |October 12th, 2017|News|

We've been contacted by the Bo Children's Hospital Foundation in Sydney, who hope to use Herschel to control the pharmacy in their hospital in Sierra Leone. They were pleased to learn the Herschel software was free, and we're going to give them free support as well. You can learn more about the charity here: http://www.bochildrenshospital.org.au/index.php [...]

Am I allowed to say I’m SO glad Herschel isn’t a cloud app?

By |July 28th, 2017|News|

Update: It seems BA's little mishap cost GBP 58 million! When we were developing Herschel version 12 we did an in-depth investigation of making it a cloud-based application. Our conclusion was a locally hosted version would be faster and allow us to make the most of our "Minority Report" inspired multi-window approach. One thing we [...]

Herschel Version 12.0027 Released

By |June 27th, 2017|News|

A new update to Herschel is now available here. We're gradually working our way through the wishlist of items requested by you, our users.  If your suggestion isn't included, please be patient - we're working on 12.0028 at this very moment. Here’s the list of changes in 12.0027: Collection of Crystal Reports added to solutions [...]