2010-01-15 - We are creating a new website for IDYLL, Institute of Dynamic Language Learning to promote a learning system which helps students to learn any one of 151 languages at present listed on the website, more efficiently and with a retention rate of 90% for as long as the material is useful. The site consists at present largely of a list of topics to be treated (i.e. of plans). More and more contents will be brought online during the course of the year. Visitors can express an interest in certain topics, and these will then be moved up on the list of priorities.
The Creative Thinkers' Club
2008-08-27 Blackburn, UK: The Creative Thinkers' Club is about to be launched in Blackburn, Preston, Manchester and Leeds. Associated networks are springing up in India, Pakistan, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, France, Spain and Portugal. Membership is free. The Club's guiding philosophy is contained in Robert Kiyosaki's book "The Cashflow Quadrant", a book that is worth its weight in gold, and available from Amazon and all good libraries. The Club holds local meetings once every month, but also encourages non-local members to join and to benefit from the information which will in time accumulate on its website. Among the founder members are Klaus Bung (of Recall Training Consultants Ltd in Blackburn, aka RTC), Salma Ahmed (New Delhi) and Karlton Whittaker (Blackburn). A temporary website outlining activities and topics has been set up (http://www.creativethinkersclub.net) and will be replaced by a more professional website soon. Members of the Club, experienced and junior, support each other and are looking out for business opportunities meeting the criteria discussed in Kiyosaki's writings. Members exude an air of optimism: Instead of seeing problems, we seek solutions. We do not make mountains out of molewhile. Faced with a mountain, we dig tunnels: we turn the mountain into a molehills. We do not say: "I cannot afford it", we say: "How can we afford it". Instead of saying "It cannot be done", we ask "How can it be done". Instead of competing, we promote co-operation. This is the attitude promoted in, and by, The Creative Thinkers' Club (formerly known as The Creative Tinkers' Club).
RTC reorganise their own website
2008-06-22 - We are in the process of re-organising our website(s). Since our two main markets, schools on the one hand, and businesses on the other, have quite distinct requirements, we now have two separate websites devoted to them.
For schools we have:
For businesses we have marketing and web development at:
We help individuals, businesses and schools to earn money through investing or participating in carefully selected successful on-line businesses, using network marketing techniques. We help schools to generate income through their websites:
2008-02-03 Photographer Nasir Shah from Pakistan has launched his new website and we are gradually filling it with his work: weddings, portraits, fashion, and other kinds of work. Nasir has also contributed to Kismet, a glossy Asian fashion magazine published in Manchester, England.
2007-12-29 - Netscape will no longer be supported since only 0.6% of web users use it, says AOL. Internet Explorer, in spite of its numerous security weaknesses, is used by 80%. Firefox (Mozilla, and Seamonkey) have 16% of the browser market.
Headteacher killed himself on the eve of Ofsted inspection
2007-12-10 - This happened in July 2007 at Hampton Hargate Primary School, Peterborough. Our schools page shows several ways in which our websites are designed to help schools to get good Ofsted inspection results.
Source of the suicide incident
Shahi Qila Restaurant, Blackburn
2007-11-06 - The Shahi Qila Restaurant, Blackburn, home of authentic Asian cuisine, among the finalists for the Tiffin Cup Award at Bellamy's Restaurant in the House of Commons, have chosen RTC Webdesign, Blackburn, to create their new website. The website is already in position in their domain. A slide show, three Flash animations and some exciting mouthwatering texts will be added during the next few days.
Do small businesses really need a website?
2007-11-20 - Some do and others don't. It depends on the kind of business, its location and on the objectives of the owner.
A BBC News article discusses cases from either end of the spectrum. Here is one of the cases where a web presence worked wonders, a business located in a small isolated village, with no passing trade, but a target market of gardeners all over the country.
Quote from BBB site starts:
Heather Gorringe, chairman and founder of Wiggly Wigglers, could not agree more. Offline companies are truly missing a trick, she believes, having experienced the power of the web for herself.
When the internet was still in its infancy, she saw its potential to expand her worm composting kit enterprise well beyond the village where it is based and the firm's website went live in 1995.
"We are based on a farm in a village of 63 people in rural Herefordshire," she says. "The passing trade is virtually nil."
The site was adapted for e-commerce in the white heat of the tech boom in 1999, when turnover surged from £6,000 in 1995 to £200,000.
And the dot.com crash did little to dent Wiggly Wigglers' performance. The company's turnover has now reached £2.5m. Its customers come from all over the UK, the Irish Republic and Western Europe and has its own group on social networking site Facebook.
Quote from BBB site ends
Some schools have bad websites
Quote: "The ethos of a school can be shown very effectively through a school website. Not all schools have websites and the quality of the websites vary enormously."
Security loop holes in MS Windows
Microsoft has issued its routine February 2010 security patches. A large number of holes have been found and patched, one of them originating 17 years ago. For full details follow the link to BBC Technology news.
rtc have expanded
2010-02-05 - We can now offer not
only web development, but also
graphic design (stationery, leaflets,
brochures, flyers), large volume
at very low cost, advice on
for people who are
looking for home-based part-time
and technical computer services.
from Shahi Qila
2007-12-27 - The Shahi Qila Restaurant are happy with the website we created for them and for the way in which it was done. So they have given us a nice reference, and we are truly grateful to them.
We do not just create websites and then turn our backs on you, but we are seeking to find customers whom we can help on their road to success and with whom we can establish long-term relationships.
The need to market your website
2007-11-20 - You cannot fully benefit from your website unless you market it properly.
Quote from BBC News site starts here:
"The reason why so many companies are disappointed with their website's performance is that they have failed to maximise their potential, believes Mr Scargill.
"A website is a passive device," he says.
"Unless you have a well recognised brand name you need to have some way for people to find your site.
"If you haven't marketed it properly, it's like taking a bunch of brochures, putting them in a cupboard and then wondering why sales aren't going up."
Quote ends here
Market your website.
We help our clients to get a good ranking in Google.
Put your web address on your business literature, on your business card, your vehicles, etc. A website provides you with unlimited cheap advertising / selling space.
If you give your business card (with your web address) to one interested potential customer, it is the same or, rather, better than giving him a fifteen minute speech about the benefits of what you have to sell or a heavy brochure listing all your goods.
RTC Webdesign's sites come with marketing advice on 'How to run your website to achieve xxx objectives'. A website is not something one owns, but something one runs, like a machine. It is a tool, not a possession, and therefore needs weekly if not daily attention. There must be something new on it regularly that serves your purposes and is of benefit to your customers.
We can also help our customers to get coverage in the local press and in the trade press. Their website will be mentioned in such article and thus become better known.
Websites for authors
RTC Webdesign are preparing prototypes of websites for authors and artists. These are expected to be ready at the end of November 2007, and exact prices can then be given. At present we expect that we can offer plain html websites from £500 (plus VAT), CMS websites for authors from £1000 (we build the site and enter the content, client can do the updating himself), CMS and e-commerce packages for authors from £1,500. Hosting costs depend on size but will be moderate as usual.
A comparison of search engines
BBC News have published a comparison of the four most popular search engines, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Live Search (MSN), Ask.
Half of Lancashire's primary schools to be rebuilt
2006-12-22 - Every school will be assessed, and then at least half will be rebuilt, refurbished or remodelled. Primary schools will be put at the heart of local communities. Source
BECTA warns schools off Microsoft software licence
Schools should not sign Microsoft's software licence agreements, for the time being, because of alleged anti-competitive practices. As an alternative they should consider using 'open source' software, which can save them a lot of money.
School literacy scheme not successful
2007-11-02 - A report published by Peter Tymms, Professor of Education at Durham University, and Christine Merrell also of Durham University, claims that £500 million pounds spent on the National Literacy Strategy scheme had almost no impact on reading levels. Schools Minister Andrew Adonis does not agree.
Prize-winning designs for three primary schools
Southwark Borough Council (London) have announced the three winners of an architects' competition for primary schools.
New operating system for Apple Mac
Leopard , the new system for the Apple Mac will go on sale on 2 Nov 2007.
4 terabytes hard drive
A single hard drive with four terabytes of storage (4TB) could be a reality by 2011, thanks to a nanotechnology breakthrough by Japanese firm Hitachi.