Welcome Awab, our new Linux Systems Engineer

Awab - our new Linux Systems EngineerDogsbody are happy to announce the addition of Awab, our new Linux Systems Engineer.

Having successfully accomplished a degree on Biological Sciences (he is a Co-author of an abstract published to an issue of Allergy Journal, in relation to his 3rd year dissertation) he immediately started his career in technology. Keen to learn more about Linux and Cloud he joined us at Dogsbody! Awab is a fan of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and Badminton, we have challenged him to combine the sports 🙂

Awab has now started to help with customer work and is having fun developing his Linux and AWS knowledge.

We’re about to start recruiting again so join our recruitment mailing list if you want to be the first to know when we open up new positions.

 

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Staff pick our charity giving 2021

Every year, around Christmas time, Dogsbody Technology gives back. This year we let each member of staff pick a charity for Dogsbody to donate too. Each one has received a percentage of our profits. Here is what they selected…

Dan

Younger people are more susceptible to mental health as they haven’t yet gained the tools they need to deal with these issues as they come along. YoungMinds want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health.

Rob

The naked truth project helping improve sex education resources, talking about porn addition and having those awkward difficult discussions with school kids.

Claire Hope Hub Logo

As the really cold weather kicks in I cannot begin to imagine what it is like to not have a safe and warm space to call your own. The Hope Hub provides practical support (cooking and IT courses) as well as helping with emergency accommodation.

Ashley

I’ve known many people who have been helped by Home start Hampshire who have needed supplies after leaving home in an emergency with children.

Josh

I chose Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team as they came to the rescue when on an early December mountain hike I discovered two walkers, one with a leg injury, around 900 meters high up on the flanks of Scafell Pike (between Broad Crag and Ill Crag to be precise). I sheltered the walkers and ensured they stayed warm, dry and safe but there was no way I was going to get them off the mountain by myself. Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team got up to us within 5 hours, which is a very quick response time given the location, severe weather conditions and darkness. They then took the casualty back down the mountain for a safe and happy outcome. Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team also attended the rescue and I’ll be donating personally to that team to ensure their efforts are also recognised.

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Cancer cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot conquer the spirit. Thank you, Cancer Research UK.

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Unfortunately, due to the most of the worlds reliance on China, nothing much is really being done to help the Uyghurs in China right now. This project has been helping to give relief to the refugees who left the country and raise awareness about the genocide that’s happening there. I have donated to them before and know they do good work.

We hope you agree these are all wonderful charities to support.

WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY CHRISTMAS, HOLIDAY AND 2022

 

Dogsbody Technology 2021 Christmas Holiday

2021 went in a blink of an eye and its that time again for Dogsbody Technology 2021 Christmas holiday.

Our Christmas 2021 holiday covers:

  • Fri 24 Dec 2021 – Office closed after 13:00
  • Mon 27 Dec 2021 – Public Holiday
  • Tues 28 Dec 2021 – Public Holiday
  • Wed 29 Dec 2021 – Office Closed
  • Thur 30 Dec 2021 – Office Closed
  • Fri 31 Dec 2021 – Office Closed
  • Mon 03 Jan 2022 – Public Holiday
  • Tues 04 Jan 2022- Normal office hours resume

During this time, response to emails maybe slower than usual and any issues will be dealt with on an emergency out of hours basis. We will only be supporting customers who are experiencing a situation where business cannot function without a resolution such as site / server down and inability to trade online.

Emergency issue

Contact us as normal. All calls and support emails will be routed to our on call engineer who will prioritise work as required.

Maintenance customers

Customers on our maintenance plans will not notice any difference. Systems and infrastructure will continue to be patched, maintained and monitored.

Hosting issues

Our status page will advise of any known internal and hosting server issues. Please do check this page before raising any tickets as the chances are we are already aware.

 

Normal office hours will resume on Tuesday 04 January 2022.

We hope you have a safe and healthy Christmas and a Happy 2022

 

Welcome Josh – Linux Systems Engineer

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Dogsbody are happy to announce the addition of Josh to our award winning team.

Josh joins us as a Linux Systems Engineer. Joining us with a lot of Linux skills that just need honing and expanding.

A former British Army officer (Royal Logistic Corps) and professional photographer, he is also a member of local disaster response charity RE:ACT (formally Team Rubicon UK) and has been deployed delivering lifesaving aid to stricken communities affected by devastating hurricanes/cyclones…so Linux sysadmin should be a breeze!

Josh has now started to help with customer work and is having fun developing his Docker and Kubernetes knowledge.

We’re about to start recruiting again so join our recruitment mailing list if you want to be the first to know when we open up new positions.

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Being an Apprentice at Dogsbody

Hello, I’m Ashley and I’ve just completed my apprenticeship here at Dogsbody Technology and I want to tell you why it was AWESOME!

When I came to Dogsbody I was finishing my first year at University studying Maths & Physics. I chose being an apprentice with Dogsbody rather than continuing with University and have now finished with a distinction, a full-time job and some amazing colleagues.

IT and Linux were completely new to me, but I quickly knew I had made the right decision. I’d be able to use my problem solving, organisational skills and passion for learning whilst working towards my Level 3 Infrastructure Technician qualification. I really grew to love, enjoy and appreciate technology.

Going this route wasn’t without risk but I chose it for the three main reasons, all of which have paid off…

  1. Long days with working and studying separately
  2. Student loan debt
  3. The ability to progress through a career faster and choose the qualifications.

 

Working and Study Time

Being an apprentice meant I was able to plan my time more effectively. Having evenings and weekends free, without work and study played a large role in looking for an apprenticeship. I didn’t wish to give up education and really enjoy learning but planning time for university studying, lessons, reports & exams was becoming increasingly impossible. Not forgetting time for work, children and a social life.

After joining my apprenticeship I found planning my time a lot easier. I was able to start and finish work at the same time each week. Exams were booked around or in work times and I was able to book more solid childcare.

Student Loan Debt

Instead of paying for education with work (and parenting) on the side, I would be paid to work and learn at the same time!

My income was a set amount each month. Comparing this to variable part-time work wages alongside my university studies, it was much easier to keep track of my finances. I felt much more financially secure with the apprenticeship, even when the monthly wage was sometimes lower than part-time work for the first year.

It is important to check the current minimum wages for Apprenticeships and the National Minimum Wage to check if an apprenticeship will work for you.  It’s safe to say that now I’ve finished my apprenticeship I no longer need to worry about this 😉

Progressing through more personalised qualifications quicker

Learning from home using the Open University suited me at the time of applying but it quickly became obvious that it is a difficult way to learn long term.

Most of the jobs I was applying for were asking for practical experiences over qualifications. This meant I had less physical experience to gain whilst at university.

As an apprentice, I was hands-on, working day-to-day and learning through active means to achieve the tasks set. I was able to get advice and lessons from tutors, management and fellow colleagues.

Post Apprenticeship

Since finishing my apprenticeship I’ve been able to use the  skills I’ve gained, to progress further and become a full-time Linux Systems Engineer.

I’m excited to continue my further education, system administration training and career with Dogsbody Technology.

For more information about Apprenticeships visit https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

 

Fancy getting a qualification, pay and a very high probability of a permanent job at the end of your apprenticeship? Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know when we open application for our next intake.

 

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Congratulations Ashley – Infrastructure Technician

Congratulations to Ashley on completing her Linux Systems Apprenticeship, gaining a distinction and qualifying as a Infrastructure Technician level 3.

We are even more pleased that Ashley has chosen to continue her career with Dogsbody Technology as a permanent member of staff.

Ashley joined us 18 months ago with zero Linux skills, proving an apprenticeship really can teach you the skills required for the work place!

Ashley now plans to continue her learning exploring programming as well as deciding her next qualification steps.

Fancy getting a qualification, pay and a very high probability of a permanent job at the end of your apprenticeship? Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know when we open application for our next intake.

 

Ashley

Infrastructure Technician

 

Merry Christmas

2020 Christmas hours

As 2020 draws to a close (a year we are all happy to see the back of), we are taking our usual Christmas break as, quite frankly, everyone deserve it more than ever this year.

Our Christmas 2020 hours are:

  • Thurs 24 Dec 2020 – Office closed after 13:00.
  • Fri 25 Dec 2020 – Public Holiday.
  • Mon 28 Dec 2020 – Public Holiday.
  • Tues 29 Dec 2020 – Office Closed.
  • Wed 30 Dec 2020 – Office Closed.
  • Thur 31 Dec 2020 – Office Closed.
  • Fri 01 Jan 2021 – Public Holiday.

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Support

During this time, response to emails maybe slower than usual and any issues will be dealt with on an emergency out of hours basis. We will only be supporting customers who are experiencing a situation where business cannot function without a resolution such as Website / Server down and inability to trade online.


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Emergency issue

Contact us as normal. All calls and support emails will be routed to our on call engineer who will prioritise work as required.


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Maintenance customers

Customers on our maintenance plans will not notice any difference. Systems and infrastructure will continue to be patched, maintained and monitored.


Hosting issues

Our status page will advise of any known internal and hosting server issues. Please do check this page before raising any tickets as the chances are we are already aware.


Normal service will resume on Monday 04 January 2021.

We hope you have a safe and healthy Christmas and a Happy 2021

Giving back in 2020

Whilst, I am sure, a lot of us would like to return (give back) 2020 for a full refund, this is about us giving back to others in 2020, working to look after our local community and beyond. This year is no exception.

We are very happy to report that our local foodbank is not accepting donations at this time due to the generosity of other locals; we have therefore looked at other core requirements of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to see where we can make the most impact.

So, as usual, rather than buying corporate gifts, we are contributing that budget to supporting three wonderful charities that help with shelter, clothing and a warm bed…


Step By StepStep By Step Logo

Step by Step passionately believe in supporting local young people who are going through hard times.

Taking a unique step by step approach, providing accommodation, personal development opportunities, and specialist support services, helping young people to realise their aspirations and reach their full potential.

Find out more at: https://www.stepbystep.org.uk/


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RE:ACT is a humanitarian charity that provides direct action in emergencies and crisis, serving the most vulnerable people in need by deploying highly trained RE:ACT Response Teams.

Most are military veterans, many come from blue light services; others are simply people with a burning desire to make a real difference.

In March 2020, with the world gripped by the Covid-19 health pandemic, they mobilised their resources and deployed their largest operation to date, this time on home soil.

Find out more at: https://www.re-act.org.uk/


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Working to prevent and end homelessness in Surrey Heath Borough and surrounding areas.

The Hope Hub supports the vulnerable, those affected by homelessness issues and poverty in there community.

During Covid 19 they helped source and negotiate temporary (and at best, permanent) accommodation for all homeless folk within Surrey Heath Borough.  In the period April -September 2020, there services were accessed 4,704 times.

Find out more at: https://thehopehub.org.uk/


There are many worthwhile charities and this year, more than ever, charities are struggling as fund-raisers were cancelled and people started to struggle themselves due to job lose or reduced hours. We hope you agree these are great charities to support at Christmas.

We wish all our customers, suppliers and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021.

 

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Open for Business during COVID-19

There has been a lot of noise regarding the current coronavirus outbreak and I’ve been trying hard not to add to the volume.  That said, we’ve had a number of customers come to us this week asking what we were doing and what has changed so I wanted to address that…

Dogsbody Technology are open for business as usual. I could write paragraphs on how our business continuity plans swung into action but for now just know that: Our contact details remain the same and our services continue as normal.

We are all safe (thanks to everyone that has asked) and all working remotely without any issues.

Existing Customers

As above, you should see no difference in the service you get from us.  We are continuing to patch, secure and maintain your infrastructure.

Some of our customers will find themselves in a tough spot financially as a result of COVID-19. If you are having trouble keeping up with payments, please do get in contact with us, and our team will see what we can do to help. I urge you not to abuse this offer, please allow it to be used by those who need it most, who are otherwise unable to pay.

New Customers

We feel people need a bit of space right now. As such, we have shut down all our outbound marketing to try and reduce the noise.

If you need help then do get in touch. We’ve had some wonderful messages from existing customers saying that we are allowing them to get on with running their business while we ensure their infrastructure stays up and secure.

Be kind; stay safe

During these it’s important to know that we are all in this together. I feel that Martin Lewis has summed this up best talking about forebearance:

We’re all in this together.