DPS Computing – Update – 09/04/2013

DPS ComputingDear Customers, Members and Visitors,

I would like to take this opportunity to give a quick update to you all regarding DPS Computing and future plans.

As many of you will have seen in one of our previous posts, I recently took the decision to revert DPS Computing Limited back to a sole trading company (as we were prior to 2012).  The decision behind this was for a number of reasons, including to reduce overheads on the business (with regards to admin, time and extra expenditure that I am no longer able to expend now due to other commitments) which has been diverting my attention away from the products and services that we provide.

Some of you may have noticed that the DPS Computing website came back online on Sunday and you may have had intermittent access between then and now due to server maintenance which we decided to undertake during this transition phase to minimise disruption.  The website has now been fully restored and partially rebranded to reflect the businesses’ change of legal status.

Orders of products and services through DPS Computing remain suspended still pending the complete relaunch of a new billing system for DPS Computing.

Please note, any and all references to ‘DPS Computing Limited’ are now to refer to ‘DPS Computing’.  It’s taking us a little while to find all the references and change the necessary content to reflecting our new trading status and we anticipate that to be ongoing for a couple of weeks – thanks for bearing with us!

Our products and services are going to be relaunched in a staggered manner.  The first items, which we hope to begin selling again by the end of the week, will be the DPS Drive – Interactive Theory Test application.

Some products and services originally offered by DPS Computing Limited are to be restored fully, while others will be removed from our portfolio.  The current status of our product and service lines is as follows (and is subject to change).

DPS Drive – Interactive Theory Test – CONFIRMED RETURN

DPS Drive – Case Study Examples – CONFIRMED RETURN

DPS Drive – Learner Driver Multimedia – DECISION PENDING (POSSIBLE CANCELLATION).

Web Design – PARTIAL RETURN (PENDING)

Web Hosting – CANCELLATION

Web Application Development – PARTIAL RETURN (PENDING)

Website Updates – PARTIAL RETURN (PENDING)

Website Maintenance – PARTIAL RETURN (PENDING).  

Thanks for bearing with us throughout the transition!  Please remember that although the main DPS Computing website is now back online, some parts may be factually incorrect or out of date while they are updated to reflect the recent changes – thank you for your patience.  Looking forward to the relaunch of DPS Drive – ITT and some new products on the way soon.

Thanks for your ongoing support as always!

David Smith

(PS. I’m going to try and get a bit more active on the blogging front as well 😉 ).

New Youth Police & Crime Commissioner In Twitter Row

The new Youth Police & Crime Commissioner Paris Brown, who only started the job a matter of days ago has been blasted for tweets posted on her old personal Twitter account which appeared to show underlying racist, homophobic and abusive views while condoning drug usage and detailing her sex life.

The Mail decided to run with an article detailing tweets sent by Paris Brown on an account which she has now deleted.

Some of her tweets included complementing a fellow Twitter user on their top which was covered in cannabis leaves while another stated her love for the prescription pills that she was on at the time.

In another tweet she stated that she was either “fun, friendly and inclusive” but more likely to be “antisocial, racist, sexist, embarrasing ******”.  She also detailed tweets of how she was going to get “oh so unattractively drunk” at the weekend, despite her being in her early teens at the time.

On the issue of sex, she commented that she wondered whether it was “owls” that she could here or whether her neighbours “just didn’t know how to **** quietly”.  In addition, she claimed that the worst part of coming home from a party single was that she was “horny as ****” and had to sleep alone.

On the topic of violence and bullying she tweeted that she didn’t condone violence but that she’s “so pleased that my brother punched the fat little **** …. that gave him a black eye”.

In a number of other tweets she appeared to make blatantly racist remarks regarding people who dont speak English and homophobic remarks referring to people as “faggots”.

Despite calls for Miss Brown to resign she has the support of Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes and has so far remained in her post.  She has taken to Twitter on her new @YouthPCC account and apologised as well as issuing a statement of apology through the media.

On social networking site opinion appears to be divided over whether Miss Brown should remain in her role or step down – many stating that they do not believe she deserves the £15,000 per year tax payer funded role.

Conversely, it has been pointed out that most of the offensive tweets are not recent and can be attributed to a phase that the teenager went through in her younger years and that her response to the scandal has shown her maturity.

Once again, this issue has brought to the forefront the need for restraint when using social media and the importance of correct usage of privacy settings as well as remembering that everything that you say online is in a public forum and could come back to haunt you, even years later.

Of course, everyone makes mistakes and “grows out of” tweets and statuses they have set in the past, however, while they still remain on a public social networking profile they can and will still be attributed to you.

Today, the Youth Police & Crime Commisioner spoke to the media regarding the tweets:

What is your opinion?  Are the tweets a sign of underlying racist, homophobic and unacceptable views or was it just a teenager being a teenager?  Should she step down from her job or does it make us realise that she’s only human like the rest of us?  Is sorry enough and will she be able to move on from this and make a success of her new role?