TMS newsletter - Dec 2016

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Happy Christmas to all of our friends and customers!

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to help you all out with your technology over the past year and I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all the very best for the Christmas holidays and the year to come. I hope everyone gets some exciting new tech in their stockings which might mean we get the honour of seeing you all again in 2017!

Best wishes

Lead Trainer
Technology Made Simple



Christmas school holidays are starting now so Chris will be off until January the 5th having the standard family Christmas of eating and drinking too much whilst fending off the complaints of a child who doesn't have enough batteries for his new toys (there's always something missing!).

If you do need help over the holidays however fear not, because Leigh will be working most days over the next three weeks... Just don't expect a speedy reply if you call during Christmas dinner! As always you can get him on 07903 377100 or email

Travel costs

So it's fair to say that so far the travel costs charged by TMS have been anything but simple... and that's not what we're all about!

So starting in the new year travel costs will be simplified and standardised to make life easier for all involved. They will be charged at 50 pence per mile travelled from your trainers home. The miles will be determined on any online route checker based on the shortest route (not the fastest) and if you find a shorter route than we do we will lower the costs accordingly!

As this is a new way of doing things for us, we will review travel costs after the first few months on 2017 so if you have any comments or suggestions on this just let us know and we can factor them in to our decisions.

Bookings (online and otherwise)

We are trialling some changes to the online booking system, so if you are booking with Chris you should get a text message reminder of your session shortly before it happens. This is new however so we would be interested to know that this is working as expected for everyone... let us know if you get a text reminder or more importantly if you don't receive it! Bookings for Leigh remain the same as they have been whilst we work through the trial, but if it goes well we will upgrade his booking system too.

The reason we have online booking is to make life easier for our customers and to take the element of human error out of the booking process. I (Chris) must apologise for the couple of people who have booked sessions via text message only to find that they did not end up in my calendar, through my own absent mindedness!

I strive for perfection so this sort of thing really bothers me

We realise that online booking is not right for everyone so we will continue to take bookings via email, phone calls and text messages but be aware that if you have not received a confirmation specifically saying that you are in the calendar, you may not be in the bookings calendar.

I plan to make a tutorial video in the new year which goes through the online booking process to make it as simple as possible so that everyone can benefit from its convenience.

Interesting technology

This section is for looking at technology ideas that I think are ingenious. It's important to know however that we haven't tested any of these technologies and are not recommending them, just found them interesting! Click on the pictures to be linked to the relevant video.

Motion stabilised eating utensils

Stabilising technology can make mealtimes more independent for folks with motor skill difficulty. A lovely idea.

Robot suitcase

This one seems faintly ridiculous and I'm not sure how well it will work in real life but still... Robot suitcase!


As we enter a world where social networks gain ever more popularity the users of these networks need to realise that spreading fake news causes all sorts of problems in society. This video highlights the issue in an easily digestible short animation.
Fact checking online is more important than ever
Fact checking needs to be done by all social network users, otherwise bad stories gain traction and can spread fear and hatred in society.

So long, farewell auf wiedersehen, adieu


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With best wishes to you all,

Chris Smith
Lead Trainer
Technology Made Simple

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