Wandsworth Green Business Awards 2009

Winners of 2009 Wandsworth Green Awards
Winners of 2009 Wandsworth Green Awards

The Wandsworth Green Business Awards were held yesterday at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel. Unfortunately we didn’t win this time for our green server hosting, but it was a popular event. I’d say around 250 people attended and it was very well organised.

Linebyte A1
Linebyte A1

The winners included Hakan from Linebyte, an IT company. Hakan was demoing a nifty little micro-computer (pictured) for which he’s been rewriting the linux kernel, drivers and all sorts. Unlike the VIA/Atom boards, everything on this board is low power and ultra small. Power consumption for the whole unit is just 2W. Power is from USB. All it needs now is an application or two…Any suggestions, please comment below!

Another worthy entrant was Technology Solutions, who are bravely punting Linux based desktops for small businesses. All application software is Open Source based so no licence fees.

Reservation fees at Wandsworth libraries

bookwormI am really disappointed that Wandsworth are introducing fees for book reservations. I think it will reduce the amount of people using the library system.
If there were problems of abuse of the system, there are other ways of
dealing with it, such as banning those that don’t play fair, not all the innocent people who do not abuse the system.

Plus, the fee itself is so high.
Many supermarkets sell books outright for as little as £3, and Wandsworth are charging half that just for reservation!

Why is the fee is so high compared to other libraries in  the same london libraries consortium?
e.g. Richmond 60p adults, 30p concessions
http://www.barking-dagenham.gov.uk/4-libraries/reservations.html “You
can only reserve items in stock that are available for loan. There is no
charge for reserving in stock items.”

The latter is not introducing a charge for items in the Library consortium as far as a I can see.

Why not have a consulation with local people to see if they want the reservation fees to come back?