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NHS Staff DiscountOften viewed as the envy of the rest of the world, the UK’s National Health Service celebrates its 70’s birthday today!

To celebrate this milestone, throughout July we’re offering NHS staff £70 OFF our MIDAS Room Booking & Resource Scheduling Software!

..and best of all, this discount can be used to purchase MIDAS on behalf of ANY business or community organization!

NHS staff can claim this special discount right now at https://mid.as/nhsdiscount

So if you know someone who works within the NHS, please feel free share this very special limited time offer with them.

Don’t work (or know anyone who works) for the NHS? Well, make sure you follow us on Social Media as we run special offers and discounts through our social media channels from time to time (in fact, we ran an offer just last month!)

We care about privacy, which is why we’re introducing “Do-Not-Track” support in our forthcoming update, MIDAS v4.16.

“Do-Not-Track” is a setting present in most modern web browsers, which if enabled instructs web servers not to track you (i.e. not to track your visit, or not to tailor advertising based on your browsing habits, etc).

More and more web sites are increasingly respecting this user privacy preference – but its fair to say that many still don’t.

Now, Ordinarily, the “Recent Activity” log in MIDAS – which records all user activity taking place in your scheduling system – also logs each user’s IP address.

Do Not Track (dnt) Support in MIDAS

For v4.16 we’re introducing a new “Honor user’s Do Not Track preference?” setting. If enabled, MIDAS won’t log user’s IP addresses in its Recent Activity log if the user has enabled the “Do-Not-Track” setting in their browser.

MIDAS v4.16 is coming soon! To be notified when it becomes publicly available, please join our mailing list, or to be among the very first to try the v4.16 “Beta”, why not join the Beta Test? (We reward our Beta testers too!)

One of the things we’re really proud of is the extensive sources of self-help that we make available to our customers.

This includes complete online help documentation, downlodable/printable manuals (in PDF format), a host of easy to follow, step-by-step video tutorials, and an extensive Knowledgebase containing answers to common questions our customers have.

In the addition to this wealth of self-help resources, for the forthcoming release of MIDAS v4.16, we’re also adding an optional “Quick Tour” of the user interface within MIDAS itself:

Optional Quick Tour upon first login

Upon the very first login by a user to MIDAS, they’ll be presented with an option to take a quick tour.

Quick Tour of the Booking Information Panel

The Quick Tour will outline all the key elements to their MIDAS screen, which they can step through at their own pace.

Quick Tour of the Manage MIDAS settings

The tour will also describe the function of each toolbar icon that’s available to the user.

Additional Sources of Help

The Quick Tour can be closed at any point, and won’t be shown again the next time the user logs in.

Initially, the Quick Tour will only be available to new users running MIDAS under one of the English language variations, and will only be shown on Tablet, Laptop, or Desktop devices (it won’t be shown on very small mobile device screens).

MIDAS v4.16 is coming soon! To be notified when it becomes publicly available, please join our mailing list, or to be among the very first to try the v4.16 “Beta”, why not join the Beta Test? (We reward our Beta testers too!)

If you’re still accessing our web based room booking and resource scheduling software MIDAS via a Windows XP or Windows Vista machine, you’ll want to read this!

As you should be aware, Windows XP and Vista are now considered obsolete operating systems which are no longer supported or maintained by Microsoft.

As a result, over the past few years major browser vendors have been slowly dropping support and updates for their products in these operating systems.

For instance, the most “recent” version of Internet Explorer that can be run on Windows XP is IE8 (MIDAS requires at least IE9). For a while this wasn’t a major issue as XP/Vista users could simply switch to either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox instead (both of which were still being actively updated by the respective vendors on these operating systems).

However, Google announced back in November 2015 that Chrome would no longer be supported or receive updates on Windows XP or Windows Vista after April 2016.

Since then, Firefox has been the only major browser to continue supporting and providing updates on Windows XP and Vista.

Firefox on Windows XP/Vista This week, Mozilla have now announced that Firefox 52 (due for release in March 2017) will be the last version of their browser to receive updates on Windows XP and Vista.

Whilst Firefox 52 will still work on XP/Vista after March 2017, it will no longer receive updates. At this point, none of the modern major web browsers that are supported in MIDAS will continue to be updated on these operating systems.

We are therefore advising the handful of MIDAS users who currently still access their scheduling systems via Windows XP or Vista to upgrade their operating systems as soon as possible to ensure their web browser(s) are kept up-to-date and they’re able to continue using MIDAS in the future.

Mozilla Corporation

You’ve probably heard of Mozilla – they’re the folks behind the well known and popular Firefox web browser, and as you may know, we develop a powerful browser-based Room and Resource Scheduling System, MIDAS, which we support in all major browsers, including Firefox.

In fact, ever since we first began development of MIDAS back in 2005, the primary browser we continue to do the bulk of our development and debugging in has been Firefox! It’s been our browser of choice, and we’ve long since been admirers of Mozilla’s open and inclusive approach to the development of Firefox and the web, and their company ethos, that:

“Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality”

However, today Mozilla have demonstrated that this ethos is in fact untrue, and that they no longer believe in equality and freedom of speech for ALL.

Here’s a brief outline of what’s happened:

Mozilla Firefox Last month, Mozilla appointed a new CEO, Brendan Eich. Eich was the inventor of Javascript (one of the programming languages that our software utilizes!) and co-founder of mozilla.org.

Six years earlier, in 2008, long before he became CEO, Eich made a personal donation to a campaign for “California Proposition 8“, a bill which, rightly or wrongly depending upon your view, opposed same-sex marriage taking place in the state of California.

Following his appointment to CEO of Mozilla last month, a number of Mozilla employees, board members, and members of the global L.G.B.T community expressed their unhappiness with his appointment to the role of CEO, as they felt that because he’d previously supported a campaign opposing same-sex marriage this made him unsuitable to be CEO of a company that had equality and freedom of speech at the very heart of its core values.

For the past several weeks, since Eich’s appointment, there has been a sustained and vicious campaign targeted against Mozilla, Firefox, and Eich himself, with pressure from all sides for Eich to stand down/be removed from his role as CEO.

Today, following this sustained pressure, Eich has stepped down as CEO.

Many are celebrating this, however, regardless of your view of Brendan Eich or your position on same-sex marriage, Mozilla as a company promoted “equality and freedom of speech” for ALL. By this token, Eich (along with every other Mozilla employee, regardless of position, gender, religion, or sexual orientation) has the same right to express his views without fear of censorship or persecution – whether you agree with his views or not.

No one should be denied the right to express their PERSONAL opinion or view on any subject, and remember, this was only a personal view of Eich, not an official Mozilla/Firefox view/policy/position.

In pressuring and forcing their CEO to step down because of his *personal* view on a subject, Mozilla have denied Eich his right to equality and demonstrated that they no longer stand for true equality and freedom of speech for everyone.

We used to believe that Mozilla were promoting an “open web for all” – we are now struggling to reconcile this ethos with Mozilla’s actions and stance today.

Many Firefox users have since taken to Twitter to vent their anger & disappointment at @Mozilla and @Firefox‘s stance on this matter, with many previously loyal users uninstalling and boycotting their products in protest.

Our web based Room and Resource Scheduling Software MIDAS is supported in Firefox, but also supported in Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera browsers as well – as we believe in giving you the choice over which browser (and company) you choose.

UPDATE 6th April:
Two days later, and Mozilla’s own customer feedback site (https://input.mozilla.org) clearly shows the amount of negative feeling towards the company as a result:

Mozilla Customer Feedback Site