Month: January 2016


Dave Haygarth: our new champion operations director

By Dave Haygarth   January 25, 2016  
Dave Haygarth this weekend secured a season victory in the North West cyclocross league in the vets (40+) category.Dave is our Operations Director and a crazy-keen cyclist in his spare time.He has a particular fondness for cyclocross racing — the traditional road cyclist's off-season discipline, taking place in the worst of the winter weather.Dave races for the PlanetX team and has had a great season so far, with consistently good results. Victory in the final round at a particularly muddy Beacon Park course was enough to seal the victory in the overall league. Dave likes the mud.Crowning a superb weekend for the Haygarth family, Dave's youngster Elsie also took the under-8s league victory.Clearly a new shelf will be needed for all that silverware shortly ...just as soon as he's finished cleaning the bikes! For more insight into this peculiar sport, have a look at Martin Holden's photo gallery.

The long, slow and painful death of Microsoft IE8

By Steve Riley   January 7, 2016  
If you ever get chatting to a group of web developers (poor you!) it won't be long before they start moaning about the difficulty of supporting multiple browsers and browser versions.Developers have long since got used to working around each browser's foibles and quirks, to make everything appear seamless to end users. But that job might just be about to get easier as Microsoft ceases support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10.This move leaves Microsoft users the choice of IE11 and the excellent new Microsoft Edge browser, launched alongside Windows 10.A final security patch will be issued 12 January and that's your lot. It won't suddenly disappear or stop working but you'll be nagged to upgrade. Any bugs will remain unfixed and security holes unfilled.The move was long-flagged by Microsoft, announced in April 2014, and organisations should take this is a cue to UPGRADE. Some large corporates have a habit of locking down their IT infrastructure and sticking with old software long past the sell by date. This has always been more about convenience for the IT department than the end user experience.This is finally the prompt to upgrade old, creaky systems. If for no other reason than you'll leave yourself exposed to security flaws in the future.Bear in mind that IE8 was launched almost 7 years ago — almost an eternity in Internet Years. Do yourself a favour and upgrade your browser if you're still running one of these dinosaurs!More here: Microsoft end of life notes