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 The new website for the Henley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society has now gone fully live. The new site features an exciting Joomla template which matches the fun character of the society. The site is easy to modify ensuring members can submit/change the content themselves. We have trained key personnel in the Society to modify the content.
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Sugar Clothing

A retail clothes shop using Joomla and Virtuemart ecommerce to sell products to the youth fashion market using online payment and SSL


An antique furniture shop using Joomla and Virtuemart ecommerce to sell champagne racks to discerning collectors, using online payment and SSL and multi-currencies.


A modern ecommerce site using Joomla and Virtuemart to offer high-quality designer mirrors to discerning and style-conscious home owners, using secure online payment.

Reading Search

A commercial style CMS website for a organisation that is the leader in relocating families and individuals into the Reading area.


A traditional style cms website for a leading and long-established amateur operatic society which prides itself on the excellence and professionalism of its operatic productions.


NVPs Anti-climb paint site. New Venture Product has a range of anti climb paints and warning signs. NVP offers one of the largest range of anti climb products in the UK.

New Venture Products

New Venture Products specialise in offering paints and coatings designed to enhance safety, security or protection. Included in our range are a large selection of anti slip paints designed to cover a large range of substrates with many different finishes.

Just Tickets

The site features a modern and stylish design which is intended to appeal to a technical sector of the theatre and leisure industry.

Henley Operatic

A traditional style cms website for a leading and long-established amateur operatic society which prides itself on the excellence and professionalism of its operatic productions.


Goroots are a Specialist Contracting company working in the Landscaping, Landfill, Arboricultural and Civil Engineering industries. We provide Hydroseeding, Hydraseeding, Hydromulching, Grass seeding, Soil Erosion and Environmental Coatings services. With Posishell we offer a product for coating landfill and industrial waste.

Jewel Training

A modern company website with its own unique look and feel reflecting the corporate colours of the organisation. Jewel Training offers its services via the web.

The Creel Inn

Situated in the historic fishing village of Catterline, perched on cliffs overlooking the bay and harbour, The Creel Inn is set among some of North East Scotland's most beautiful coast line, yet only 25 minutes drive from Aberdeen (4 miles from Stonehaven.
LightQuick Web Design

Lightquick provide quality web design for local companies & organisations in South Oxfordshire. We provide web design services for Didcot, Wallingford, Oxford, Abingdon, Reading, Henley-on-Thames and surrounding areas. We provide search engine optimisation services. We also specialise in pub web design for local Oxfordshire hostelries and some even as far away as Catterline in Scotland

Lightquick will create and design your website using state-of-the-art CMS technology. We will optimise your site to increase your ranking in the Google listings. We will build your on-line shop using industry standard Virtuemart or OSCommerce shopping carts. We can even help maintain your computer systems with advice on web-based backup strategies.

Lightquick Web Design services can be obtained by contacting us here and discussing your web needs. We have three flexible packages which can be tailored to suit your needs. Bear in mind the extent of the requirements will be the major factor in determining the cost.  As a guide a simple one-paged website will start at just £150, four or five professional pages would be £500 whilst a 10-15 paged, database-engined online shop with a theme and complex graphics would cost approximately £1,500.

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Version 1.0.7 of the Steampunk Weather Widget is released

In the latest Steampunk Weather Widget, version 1.0.7 the following changes have been made: main features are full Romanian(!) translation (as an example) the ability to add ICAO metar codes manually so if you know your own ICAO location just type in the code. You can increase the size of the widget, lots of bugs fixed, reskinned the location selection box, added many new graphical elements, reduced the overhead of running the widget, improved the code in general and documented it with full online help.

weather-gauge-metal.jpgNewest version,

// .07 location selection background - added cogs and wheels to the underside to make it more 'real'
// .07 corrected the help text on the glass cover
// .07 change the font on the location finder
// .07 moved the location menu from the top of the page (windows) to the top of the pushbutton
// .07 add method for handling language files that aren't handled by the YWE! by default
// .07 create language files for Romanian
// .07 create language files for English
// .07 added language option to preferences
// .07 improve the clarity of the numbers on the mini gauges
// .07 organise and sort the code, remove unwanted functions
// .07 fix the romanian translation bug on tooltips
// .07 sort the % on macs bunching, changed it to a popup
// .07 fix missing resizing of two elements
// .07 added the option to increase the size of the widget
// .07 sort the language text on the prefs
// .07 use an additional input box to select the alternative language file
// .07 sort the language text on the prefs
// .07 rejigged the main context menu to allow translation to occur
// .07 allow meta codes to be typed in directly
// .07 add slider switching from codes to locations
// .07 add final translations
// .07 images on the groups in the preferences
// .07 Added uppercasing to the ICAO code input
// .07 fix the double run of get-metar-data
// .07 add delay to preferences save and restart to help fix mac crash


There is full help for the widget here:  Visit this page first before asking questions on how to install it.

You can download the new version of the widget here:

Please, if you like the new widget, leave a comment, it is really appreciated.


Instructions for uselocation_search_help.png

The weather indicators and controls of your widget are as shown above. The widget has a number of graphical controls. You can identify the function of each working component by hovering the mouse over each. A pop-up will show giving you a description.

Choosing the Metar data location

When you select to change your location a pop-up will appear giving you the option to type your location. Choose a location near to you that will be providing METAR weather data. For example in the South Coast of the UK you might choose Gatwick Airport. If you choose a local airport or aerodrome you are most likely to find a METAR weather feed.  If you know your nearest ICAO code then flick the location/ICAO switch to allow you to enter the four-letter code manually. Once you are done click the SET switch to close the location selector.


To view the widget in operation, click here:


The Steampunk Orrery goes Linux!
At last someone has created a version of the Steampunk Orrery for Linux. It wasn't me I am afraid - so I can't claim responsibility for the coding. The developer 'joker' has used my graphics and my design but enhanced the javascript functionality in respect of the planetary movement and the co-ordination of the various components to take adavntage of the increased levels of animation available to plasmoids.

A very good job I say...

calendar.pngThe Steampunk Orrery requires the Plasmoids widget engine and the Marble Virtual Globe plugin is required for the widget to function. At the moment the instructions to install and operate are very sparse. Howver, if you are a linux user then you are generally more technically aware than a standard Windows user so hopefully you will be able to make this work for yourself. As I test the new widget (if I am able) I will create some documentation to allow more naive users to attempt the installation. Have a look at the widget instructions here. Download the widget from here.

The video is available to view here now at Vimeo : and at youtube

If any of you are Linux users and use the KDE desktop, please can you help me test the recently published Steampunk Orrery Plasmoid?
Let me know how you get on and what you had to do to get the thing installed. I have not yet been able to test as I am on my hols in the sunny IoW and when I get back the only machine I have available to test will be a Linux Mint 1ghz single core laptop. Such Unix/Linux skills that I have are also very rusty...

Any help testing would be really appreciated. 

Steampunk Volume XWidget finally out...

I've just completed the Steampunk Volume XWidget and dropped it into my gallery, submitted it to a few groups. Now time to sit back and see if anyone likes it. It is a straight conversion from the Yahoo widget code keeping the two as similar as possible so they can both be updated/debugged in parallel. The code is remarkably similar and the two widgets work in a very similar fashion, though the code I have written is not necessarily the correct way of doing things for a Xwidget. The main problem seems to be that the Xwidgets lack any real documentation so it is a real pain to figure out how to do things. Also a lot of nice functionality is missing in Xwidgets that I am used to in the Yahoo Widget Engine/Konfabulator. The GUI for Xwidgets is slick in parts and bleedin' awful in others. I often found that the GUI simply got in the way and I ended up using my text editor of choice 'Context' to make the changes I needed. In my opinion the GUI has a long way to go before it can be considered usable for serious development of widgets.

These are some things that Xwidget engine currently lacks the ability to do:

Creating modifying menu items within javascript
Forcing a widget to reload in code
Including external script - not possible
Changing the dock icon dynamically
Making the GUI code editor fonts much smaller/configurable
Playing a sound continuously and asynchronously is not possible
Transparent areas of PNGs have no mouse click-through
Highlighting long lines causes phantom code duplication in the IDE

xwidget-popup.pngIn reality though, I am really impressed with the amount of work that the two (?) developers have done. The product works - it creates real desktop widgets and provides an environment in which to create them. The list of functions that the language supports goes on and on, and you can use VBscript or Javascript notation in the code. I may have sounded critical but I am in awe of the quality of the product that they have delivered. It is usable - it just needs a lot of tidying up.

The Xwidget engine is under continuing development so it feels nice to be working with a tool that isn't out-of-date and obsolete for a change.

My only concern with Xwidget development is that the documentation has been created as a an afterthought and due to this there are great big gaps in the user group's knowledge that can only be filled by getting responses from the developers. While the devs are out coding for new platforms they don't always have the time to answer all the many questions on the forums, often leaving us poor users in the lurch when we have questions to be answered... Hopefully things will improve here.

Steampunk WOTW Thunderchild Desktop Render

An imagined steampunk desktop. This uses a new image created by my alter-self Orlok, the image is the Torpedo Ram Thunderchild from HG Wells' marvellous book "War of the Worlds" plus a few typical desktop items to create a theme of sorts.

















You can download this here at Rocketdock:


The protaganist's desktop is covered with items that indicate that he is about to flee. The necessary money is to hand and reports of the Martians indicate that their technology is superior - and that they are winning the War.

The Thunderchild image is taken from a forthcoming CGI rendered video that will be ready to display soon. Imagine, if you will, the scene zooming in upon the photograph and the thunderchild coming to life in the photo frame. Zooming further in we are transported into the actual battle itself.

You can see a quick 'n dirty render here:

or simply click on the youtube play button below:

 There will be updates soon so keep an eye on the same channel.



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Steampunk Yahoo Widget

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LightquSteampunk Stamp Widgetick have a nice little Yahoo widget for you to download. Click on the image above.

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Download the Steampunk Underwidget here

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Download the Steampunk Moon Phase Widget here

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Download the Widget Vault - A Steampunk Widget Appstore here

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Download the Steampunk Rotating Earth Widget here

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Download the Steampunk Orrery Rainmeter Skin here

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Download the Jupiter Planetary Desktop Widget here

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Download the Steampunk Orrery Calendar Clock Yahoo Widget here

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We are thrilled to have our brand new website, courtesy of Lightquick, to showcase our products and services. Only a few days after going live the level of sales enquiries started rising so we expect to be very busy soon. Lightquick were focussed from the start on creating an efficient sales tool: less wasted pages rambling about our history, but concentrating on attracting potential customers via a professional presentation of the information they need to buy from US! Everything was explained, in as simple terms as possible, with the main objectives of becoming extremely Google friendly and allowing us to maintain an easily edited, dynamic presence on the web. We stumbled along with a static, dated site for over a decade so are very excited about how things will develop after the Lightquick Revolution. The site is central to our sales effort and after targetting and creating leads, will allow efficient follow-up, plus developing loyalty in our existing customers. Thankyou Lightquick: were now in a position to run the site ourselves, but know that you are responsive and available for tweaking the more advanced features. Next up: integration with Twitter, and a shopping cart for our more consumer-oriented items.

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