1. What do you actually do?

    The short answer is computers; Unix architecture and administration. But honestly, that's the wrong end of the stick.

    More correctly, I am a consultant. I connect businesses to their information and empower them with it.

    If you are someone who understands the importance of information in powering your business then contact us; we are the partner you've been looking for.

    If you are struggling with operations, information, execution and resourcing; you are not alone; contact us. We can help.

  2. How much do you charge?

    That's a personal question, isn't it?

    We work off the following rates

    ConsultancyEUR_80.00 p/h
    ContractEUR_50.00 p/h
    SupportEUR_30.00 p/h
  3. So you mean that everything is EUR_80.00 p/h?

    Unfortunately not.

    It works like this; unspecified work (i.e. work that is not specified in writing) comes in as consultancy. The contract rate is really informative only as, once we have a contract (i.e. a specification) the quote details how much the works cost. This's based off the contract rate but allows for associated risk and/or variance[1]. Support comes with every contract -- normally one month, sometimes three -- and can be extended. You can also sign up for annual or monthly support contracts that entitle you to limited works at the support rate.

  4. Why does your website suck so much?

    It doesn't. It rocks. But yes, we KISS as much as possible.

    I've been a consultant for a number of years now but since we finished our full-time contract with Outsource Technical Concepts we've not had too much time to get ourselves organised again -- although in truth this is the best our website's ever been -- please be patient and hopefully we'll have more interesting stuff [tm] soon.

  5. What software do you use to create such rubbish?

    First, see #3; I use ikiwiki because I don't really believe in the web as a platform.

  6. How can you call yourself a consultant if you don't believe in 'web2' and and all that jazzy jazz?

    Because I inisist on maintaining a level of sanity and refuse to engage in common-delusion of the 'webbies'. it's what makes me a good consultant. There's lot the web can do and more that it'll be made to in the coming years -- and I'm not against it -- I just won't put my customers at the bleeding edge of fundamentally flawed development strategies. Or to put it another way, you need to throw a lot of money at something moving that fast to make it stick.

    If you want rock-solid stategic development advice, I'm your man; if you want cutting-edge, next-generation web strategies -- well, I'm afraid I can't recommend anyone but I certainly won't recommend myself either.

  7. You annoy me. Do you have a blog so that i can post abusive comments about the tripe you write?

    No i do not. It was bad enough when everyone was writing 'whitepapers' but the mental diarrhea of blogging is beyond tolerable. Of course, it will continue to explode and our children shall focus on doing nothing very quickly in order to deal with the results. Which is precisely what computers are meant to do for us. Ain't progress a beautiful thing?

    However, I will put up a section on my magical ikiwiki site that will allow you to complain to your heart's content. Of course, if you are a customer of mine just give me a call and you can do that face-to-face. No charge.

  8. Why are you selling software that other people give away for free!?

    That's a good question ...

    1. We consider it our software; we share it with the rest of the opensource community? If you're unsure of the source of anything you find here, ask -- it's not a secret.

    2. We're not really selling the software, we're selling support for the software.

    3. You can download our builds for free if you like, we'd just prefer you bought it from us?

  9. Do you support the projects you steal from?

    Yes we do. Not as much as we'd like but we regularly contribute as individuals (financially as well as code) and always look to support contracts when they can be made viable (i.e. our customer feels they need it).