Please note that the GreenNet office will be closed from 24th December 2010 and will reopen on 4th January 2011. During this time we will be monitoring our systems as usual. If you have an urgent query during this period, you can send an email to email@example.com or leave a message on 020 7065 0942. Our support team will be periodically checking those during the holiday period. Please do also remember to switch your computers off and take a break!
As many of you already know, the GN collective is mostly made up of rather shy, lefty, geekish types. So we have been amused to learn that the area around our office in Old street is now being described as the Silicon Roundabout, a hotbed of creative and trendy new IT start-ups. After spending 2010 carrying on with what we started 24 years ago, there's probably not much danger of GreenNet getting too fashionable though. The truth is that we're still much more interested in keeping our email and web site services tip top for your campaigns and projects, than we are in redesigning the office. And on that note, we're very excited to announce the successful installation of a fab new super-speedy and low-power mailserver, more powerful web searching tools, and another batch of beautifully built functional new sites.
With warm wishes for a happy and peaceful holiday and a productive 2011 from the GreenNet Collective,
Andrew, Anna, Cedric, Howard, Ian, Liz, Marek and Michael
Feeling the Squeeze? Let GN help you cut your IT Support Costs (and improve things at the same time)
If you're looking for ways of cutting costs in the new year, your in-house email and file servers might be just the place to start. Now we know that change can be a pain, but after looking at what many of you are paying out for IT support contracts to manage in-house MS Exchange Servers and file-sharing and backup systems, we thought we'd let you know that there is a simpler and much cheaper way of doing things. GreenNet has options for taking care of all your organisational email account needs - including unlimited mailbox size, unlimited aliases (mail-forwarding names) for any of your accounts, round the clock monitoring and the friendliest office-hours telephone & email support you could wish for. And for file sharing and back-ups, we've got some great value dedicated and virtual disk space options. Give us a call on 0845 0554011 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mail Server is dead, Long Live the Mail Server!
As a fairly cautious lot, we tend to wait a while before doing anything as extreme as patting ourselves on the back for successful system changes. But given the time of year and the amazing difference we know its making already, we've decided to break with tradition and blow our sys-admin trumpets in celebration of the wonderful new Mail Server. And also pay a tribute to the old... We bought the old mail server back in 2005 and with all the modifications, upgrades to memory and disk space, it served us well into 2010. In an industry characterised by replacing so-called obsolete equipment every two years that's a pretty remarkable life span. But recently we started noticing problems with the server's speed and disk space. Since we provide unlimited disk space in mail folders for IMAP it became clear that its disc space days were numbered. And on the server performance front, it looked like our comprehensive anti-spam and anti-virus systems' use of more resources were pushing it to the limit, as it responded with rather grumpy mail queues every time it had to handle a big mail-out. So now the old mail server has generously offered itself up for re-use with spare parts and backup possibilities. Meanwhile, our zippy new mail server is turning mail round in a flash and making very light work of our improved ways of dealing with spam and virus infected e-mail by rejecting it at an earlier point in the mail sorting process - lightening your mailbox load and getting messages out faster. You can read more about the benefits of GN's innovative spam-busting measures here <http://www.gn.apc.org/services/spam-filtering-service>. Give us a call on 0845 0554011 or write to email@example.com for information and prices on how you can benefit even if we don't host your mail.
Web development - the best we've ever been
The GreenNet web team have spent the last ten years building dozens of websites for NGOs, campaigns, social enterprises, development projects, ethically-minded free lancers, community groups and many others besides. And we just get better and better at doing it which means a) all the work that is done in the name of one web project gets shared for the benefit of all subsequent projects and b) we're now the best we ever have been so there's never been a better time to ask us to build a site for you! You can find out more about GN's website projects here, or give us a call on 0845 0554011 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. The pick of this year's web project crop include new sites for:
How sustainable are ICTs really?
The 2010 Global Information Society report has been produced by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), covering 53 countries and six regions including Latin America and the Middle East, with the key issues of ICTs and environmental sustainability explored in ten expert thematic reports. The United Kingdom report <http://giswatch.org/country-report/2010-icts-and-environmental- sustainability/united-kingdom> is written by Paul Mobbs on behalf on GreenNet. Among the issues discussed are the regulation of "e-waste" and the ecological impacts of energy consumption and the developing information society. This year the report spells out the impact the production and disposal of computers, mobile phones and other technology is having on the earth's natural resources, and the massive global carbon footprint produced by their use. The potential of ICTs to mitigate and adapt to climate change is also discussed, as are the roles of international institutions, the global research agenda on ICTs and climate change and "sustainability" as an evolving concept. http://giswatch.org/
Truth and Economics
The truth about the continuing financial crisis is not only painful but it can also be painfully dull to bang on about. Not for nothing is Economics called the dismal science, and although it's the festive season the traditional Dickensian levity is in shorter supply than usual this year, especially as the times themselves are becoming ever more Dickensian. The coalition government's policy seems to be based on ideology rather than economic necessity or any sense of social justice. So it's good to see the internet used to great effect to proclaim the truth about alternatives to the cuts by organisations like 38 Degrees, False Economy and War on Want, and many others. It's good too to hear the BBC's opinion of the government's, er...cuts, as well as Andrew Jennings and Panorama's exposure of corruption at FIFA. And together with the Association of Progressive Communications we are in full support of WikiLeaks in their revealing the truth about governments' corruption and political dishonesty. Financially it looks like difficult times are ahead but at GreenNet we are doing our best to improve our services and to keep them affordable in the squeeze. While our core prices remain unchanged we cannot avoid the January VAT rise from 17.5% to 20%, and so our invoicing will reflect this increase in the new year. Please amend your regular standing orders to include the increase which will be shown on invoices from 1 January 2011.