On 15 June 2018

I just returned from a very non-business trip to Hawaii.  We'd been following the news about the volcanic eruption in the South and every day brought more doom and gloom - it looked like the whole island was covered by red hot lava, the air filled with choking ash.. Despite our fears, flights appeared to be running as normal, and when we arrived we were relieved to find a tropical paradise, just like we expected.

The truth is, the volcano is causing havoc, but only in a relatively small area. We took a boat trip from Hilo the capital to see the lava flow (pictured) and it was simultaneously awesome and very sad as we discovered that the brand new beach we were seeing had been a marina and housing estate a week ago before 20ft of lava engulfed it.

Local vendors told us their business was down 50% due to the drop in tourism, however I was impressed by their resilience - they're a friendly and optimistic group, they realise that you can't expect to live on an active Volcano and not occasionally experience something like this, so they're not resentful, rather they were doubling down to make sure they get through the next few months as things hopefully settle. Without exception all the vendors we spoke to were cheerful, enaging, extremely knowledgeable about their products and notably extremely grateful - all making a  point of thanking us for coming to the island. We really enjoyed our stay in what has to be one of the most unusual and interesting places I've ever visited.

I couldn't help thinking about our own recent experiences of dealing with the oil slump - although it's almost embarrassing to compare what we went through with losing your house to burning lava. Nevertheless I did ponder on my own attitude - optimism and gratitude are easy to overlook, as we appear to have come out of the other side am I taking it all for granted ?

On 15 June 2018

Ok – thats a little harsh – I might find your idea interesting, amusing, even inspiring.

But… to turn that idea into a business takes time, effort and resource – and guess what, I’m using a lot of that developing the dozens of ideas I had on my own without adding yours to the mix. (more…)

On 14 June 2018

It was a marketing role and my big mistake was to reveal my passion for ‘excellent written and spoken English’ – if only I wasn’t such a stickler for spelling and grammar I would probably have had someone in post by now – it’s only marketing after all, what do a few typos matter here and there. (more…)

On 14 June 2018

I was sitting in a meeting with my business partner this week and we were pondering the good old days when we were both able to spend concentrated periods of time focussed on a single task. (more…)

On 14 June 2018

Since 1996, the Wayback Machine has been archiving cached pages of websites, unfortunately for Pisys this means that we can’t pretend that we never tried to launch an online food delivery service about 15 years before online food ordering was a ‘thing’ – in the interests of full disclosure here’s the evidence: (more…)

On 14 June 2018

I always harboured a desire to work in a music shop.

Music shop guys were cool – especially the ones who could make a £50 guitar sound like the most beautiful thing in the world. As I got older I started wondering if I could make a living from music which was one of my key passions – it was a romantic dream which seemed infinitely more attractive than slogging through a computer science degree. (more…)

On 14 June 2018

Dongles and parallel printer ports – not words you often hear together these days. Back in the 90’s dongles were quite different to the tiny easily lost flecks of plastic we’re used to using with bluetooth devices etc. They were great big chunky boxes which attached to the printer port ( remember when PC’s had those). (more…)

On 25 January 2018

1988 was an interesting year – here are a few of the highlights (more…)

On 25 January 2018

Taking on a bespoke development project can be an adventure (more…)

On 23 February 2017
When I started my IT career in the 80’s there were a few different programming languages to choose from. There was no Lynda.com or code academy – just books and our two friends trial and error. (more…)