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Month: April 2010

Wigan Council’s Health Fascism Over A Cheese Sarnie

You really couldn’t make this up:

staff at a nursery in Pemberton, near Wigan, have confiscated a cheese sandwich belonging to a two-year-old pupil, Jack Ormisher. Its failing was to contain neither lettuce nor tomato.

Sadly, predictably, this isn’t some off-the-reservation jobsworth acting out on an unsanctioned limb. This is exactly what Wigan Council says should happen, because of course they know more about how to bring up children than parents do:

Wigan Council has since confirmed that the straight-up combination of cheese and bread contravenes its healthy eating guidelines — and fully supported the cheese-snatchers. “The centre has a list of recommended healthy food, according to national guidelines, which children are encouraged to eat,” said a spokesman. “A cheese sandwich would not feature on the list.”

In colloquial parlance I believe the correct term to use is “WTF?”  You may choose to use your own stronger exclamation of disbelief if you like.

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Crazy Domains Slapped Down

Last month I wrote about Crazy Domains and how their tasteless advertising campaign raised the ire of a number of Australian women.  The company’s MD, one Gavin Collins filed an appeal.  I wrote at the time

The text of Collins’ appeal letter is interesting.  In some ways it smacks of the smear tactics attempted by Phorm.  It definitely smacks of complete ignorance of the validity of the complainants.  Just like Phorm.  Just like Phorm tried to slate Alexander Hanff about his complaint to a nappy maker so Mr Collins has launched into an attack on Logansrogue both in his response to the initial ASB enquiry and his appeal.

Well the adjudication is in…

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Disaster Recovery 101 Part 3: The Meat Of The Plan

Part 1 looked at the basics you need before starting the DR planning process.  Part 2 looked at the process of starting the DR plan and talking with the different parts of your organisation to build a picture.  Today I’ll look at the next stage: getting an actual plan document in place.

Remember that this is a general outline of an approach to DR planning.  Every business and organisation has its own structure and provision; the ideas and suggestions made in this series should be amended to fit your own business needs and IT provision.

At this stage (ideally) you should have

  • A good, secure backup regime
  • Up to date documentation which is stored securely
  • Support from top level management for the DR planning process
  • Documents describing expectations of an ideal minimum level of service for the different sections of the organisation

At this stage no promises have been made to anyone about service levels.  You can’t make a commitment until you have gone through the planning process and seen what you can do in reality.

The ideal minimum service level documents should help you draw up a wish list for a basic level of service.  Some will be practical and realistic, others will be neither.  If you have pages and pages of notes from this exercise try and distil them into something more manageable.  This body of work is your bedrock.  From this you will be able to work with an IT services company to develop a DR plan.

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Labour, Phorm & RIPA: Facts & Questions

As the election campaigning continues, there are some people who need setting straight on Labour’s failures over the Phorm case.  It’s not rocket science.  It is not a matter of “intervening in private business” as some would suggest.  It is a matter of enforcing the law.

Correct me if I’m wrong but if the law is broken then action must be taken against the lawbreaker.  The status of the business or persons involved is irrelevant.  Legality isn’t an emotive issue, it is one of fact.  So here are a few facts and a few questions for Labour and its supporters.

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