Category Archives: Projects

Current and past projects

Conservation and Charity work

I have long been wanting to become more active in conservation, environmental and other animal charity causes. They are all fundamental causes I believe deeply in.

It’s hard to find paid work in this area though, unless you have very specific skill set. Just check out the Greenpeace or WWF job ads… so for a long while I found myself demoralised as could not figure out how I could do spend my day doing good in the world, but still pay the bills at the end of the month.

So I embarked on a journey, a bit of a social experiment I guess.  I wanted to have the ability to live anywhere in the world, travel as needed but also have the time to help others. To this end I’m in the process of re-building my website design business. It allows me the flexibility to live and travel anywhere in the world with a decent Internet connection. My hope is that the business will continue to do well and grow to the point that I’ll be able to take on regular pro bono work for organisations doing good and great things in those key areas I care about.

H.O.P.E Website
H.O.P.E Website

So it’s with particular pleasure that I can announce the completion of the first of these projects, a new website for H.O.P.E – Hands on Paws Everyday.  H.O.P.E is an animal rescue charity working in Cape Town and surrounds.

The HOPE team are committed to making a lasting difference in the Ocean View and Mountain View areas (South Peninsula, Cape Town, South Africa) both in regard to education in animal welfare and support with regards to donations of food, kennels and general needs to better the lives of abused or neglected animals. We focus on education as well as rescue and have some amazing success stories because of YOUR support. Thank you!

Visit the website to check it out and do help if you can with a small donation for this very worthy cause.

Website address:  hoperescueanimals.org

Sarah from H.O.P.E sent me a lovely message in thanks which I’d like to share.

I just needed to drop you a line and say a huge HOPE thank you for donating your time and doing our website for us.
Having this website has made us feel more official and people are taking us seriously because its smart, clean, easy to use and looks professional.
Thank you so much for the time and patience you spent on getting it just right. Your methods and systems to get us up and running efficiently worked so well and I can honestly say you took all the stress out of this task. I could tick that off on my massive list of to do’s for our launch and know with peace in my heart that you wouldn’t let us down and you didn’t. You just nailed it and we are so grateful for your kind offer and professional service. Thank you thank you thank you.

Catch up with you soon
Sarah (HOPE – Hands on Paws Everyday)

Round up of the year so far and future plans

Writing a blog post seems a rare event for me these days. Apologies folks. I thought I’d get back in the swing of things by updating you with what I been up to this year so far and plans for the rest of the year.

My primary focus has been on leading the Arctic Online project which offers web design services. With some great projects completed I’m very pleased with what’s been achieved so far. Here a couple highlights:

A Witch in Time

I worked with Alice to deliver the vision for her website, to provide an online store where folks could purchase products for their home that would help them to get the feeling of bringing a bit of outdoors indoors.

The site is fully e-commerce enabled and I’m very proud of what we achieved.

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Trayl Body Work

Trayl is a highly trained manual therapist and lecturer at the famous Sunshine Massage School in Thailand.

Trayl offers a huge amount of knowledge in the form of videos on his site, accessible to all. It’s been a honour to provide Trayl with the tools to share his wonderful and in-depth knowledge so others can benefit.

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There been many more development projects, but those are the highlights for me.

 

With web-development work comes server administration, well if you a geek like me that is. I been looking after a few Debian based servers for some time now and have enjoyed the challenge of being a Systems Administrator. I don’t have the pressure of likes of Google’s SysAdmins for sure… which is probably why I enjoy it still 🙂

Some additional projects I’m involved in include a Bitcoin venture, publishing of a book (more news on that soon) and a few others at various early stages of progress.

 

On a personal level, I been focused on spending time with my family and my dogs and really moulding the way I want to live my life for the next 10+ years.

My Dad has not been well for some time now. As they say, you can’t get time back and I been fortunate to be able spend more time with him since returning to South Africa last year. My Dad is a great man and gave me a childhood a boy could only dream about. My Dad is a pineapple farmer, will be till he passes, and although he no longer has his farm, he was the largest producer of pineapples in the Southern Hemisphere in his day. More important than that, he would give the shirt off his back if it could help someone and I’m very proud of him.

Noonie and Bono
Noonie and Bono, click the image for more pictures

My dogs are perhaps one of my greatest loves. We been working hard on training and on some quality fun time too. We been hitting the beach, swimming and doing some long walks.

 

Looking ahead, I’m working on merging my passion for conservation and technology by finding work with conservation organisations that require help with Internet technology or IT in general. To be honest, I’d do pretty much anything as I want to get more involved, but that’s where my strengths are I feel and how I could benefit an organisation like that most.

I’ll be launching a website to help further this end soon and will post more about that when it’s ready. In the interim, if you know of a position or organisation that could use my help, get in touch please.