Another week of progress and it is only Tuesday! I have opened the dialogue with the day job in order that we can manage my exit which is a very strange feeling. Already people are referring to future tasks as not including me which, whilst accurate, seems somehow wrong. On the flip side I remain immensely proud of my little pub and am so pleased with the positive response I am getting. There’s still a way to go but time does have a habit of racing by lately.
Supplier pricing is coming in, although there are still some suppliers to meet. I have spreadsheets everywhere taking prices and margins as well as tasks and orders. I am onto the fifth colour for coding my wallchart and yet still somehow managed to miss the stonemasons stage payment (sorry Dave). Everywhere I turn there are piles of paper and things to do but hey was never supposed to be easy was it? Brilliantly against this backdrop of chaos everybody still wants to offer advice on which sandwich is best of what lager to stock as if they are the only critical questions. I am thinking of speaking to the tourist board and asking for funding given the volume of people from the Midlands who are planning to visit.
Sign writer proofs are due this weekend which is another step closer to returning the old pubs name to where it belongs albeit with a bright new graphic for the swing board.so keep watching this space, it might seem slow but trust me under the water I am paddling like mad!
Cleaning some laptops for friends recently has made me realise that there are several levels of computer literacy. There are the obvious levels of super geek who can write code and illiterate who can’t turn the machine on but there are other, more subtle, grades. Prime amongst these are the people that use a pc but haven’t learnt the highway code of the web.
I have posted before of the different generations that use the web. The first generation were the ones that never trusted that anything could be free. My generation embraced free but never quite got to grips with paying for ‘e’ products. The current generation are happy not only to pay for ‘e’ services but even for virtual property. In amongst all of this are the people that have some knowledge, can navigate the web but aren’t really comfortable there.
For these people, and based on experience of machines, I thought I would establish some of the rules of the web. I’m not sure where these rules originate but if there was a school for the web this would be a lesson.
1 – You are not the lucky winner. Be it money, goods or services the web has not selected you as a lucky recipient.
2 – The red cross at the top right closes a window. Not the decline, refuse or cancel button in the window.
3 – Your computer is not at risk. Well it is, but that’s another lesson. The pop up warning is not from some crusading hero keeping you safe.
4 – Clicking here will not repair or speed up your machine. If your machine is slow it is probably because you clicked these links in the first place.
5 – You do not need a toolbar. It won’t get you the best bargains or improve your search results.
6 – If you must install things (I advise you not to) then select ‘custom install’ and untick the garbage.
I think that will suffice for lesson 1. When you see somebody selling ‘lucky heather’ in the street you don’t buy it, when you see the equivalent on the web don’t click it.