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Review Previously Sent Internal Messages

One of the feature of the built-in “Notification Center” in MIDAS booking software is the ability to send internal messages to other users.

A user’s internal messages are shown to them when they next login, and they may also optionally choose to that have sent as an email as well. This allows them to receive messages from other users even when not logged into their booking system.

For MIDAS v4.30, we’re providing a way for you to see, review, and delete (“expire”) messages you’ve recently sent to other users in your booking system.

Review Sent Internal Messages To Other Users
Review Sent Internal Messages To Other Users

The new “Active Sent Items” panel shows all internal messages you’ve recently sent to other users that have yet to expire. You can view each message, or immediately expire (remove) it.

There’ll also be an indication of each message’s “Status”, to help you identify whether the recipient has received/viewed your message.

We Stand With Ukraine

MIDAS Stands With Ukraine

As governments around the world sanction Russia and its allies, like many software vendors, we here at MIDAS HQ are appalled and horrified by recent world events, and we want to play our part to show our support and solidarity with Ukraine.

As more and more companies and businesses take it upon themselves to withdraw their products and services from Russia, we’re doing the same.

To that end, we’ve conducted a thorough review of our business operations in light of Russia’s abhorrent invasion of Ukraine.

As you may be aware, MIDAS is a UK based business, but we have customers in dozens of countries across the world.

We are pleased to report that our review found that we don’t currently have any active customers in either Russia or Belarus.

Now, whilst our administration resides in the UK, much of our network infrastructure is geographically located in US. (See: Where is MIDAS based?)

However, we have no physical or virtual presence, operations, or infrastructure in Russia, Belarus, or Ukraine.

That said, our network does utilize Cloudflare, a US company who provide CDN (Content Delivery Network) and website security services. Cloudflare do have network infrastructure in these countries. You can read more about Cloudflare’s stance in their blog post: “Steps we’ve taken around Cloudflare’s services in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia

Whilst we’re helpless to stop the atrocities occurring in Ukraine, there are some small actions that we can take in response.

Actions we’ve taken:

  • Blocked access to our website and our customer’s cloud hosted MIDAS systems from Russian and Belarusian IP addresses.
  • Blocked Yandex (Russia’s equivalent to Google Search) from crawling our website.
  • Halted sales of MIDAS to organizations located in, or with close connections to, Russia and Belarus.

We believe the above measures will be widely supported by our customers, and they will remain in place until further notice.

We stand united with the people of Ukraine, and post-war we will look to further support Ukrainian organizations and businesses rebuild their operations and get back on their feet, by offering free licenses for our MIDAS scheduling software.

No, we’re not based in American Samoa!

Occasionally, folks reach out to us and ask us if we’re based in American Samoa, as our domain name ends in “.as”.

“.as” is the domain extension for the country American Samoa – knows as a Country Code Top-Level domain (or ccTLD). Every country in the world has been assigned a ccTLD. For example, “.fr” is the ccTLD belonging to France, “.au” is the ccTLD assigned to Australia, and so forth.

Typically, ccTLDs are used for individuals, organizations, and businesses based in that country. For instance, a UK-based business may choose to have a “.uk” domain name.

If MIDAS isn’t based in American Samoa, why use an “.as” domain?

This is what’s known as a “domain hack“. A “domain hack” is a domain name that suggests a word, phrase or brand by combining two or more adjacent parts of the domain, which usually ends by incorporating the letters from a ccTLD to complete the word.

Here’s some common Domain Hack examples:

  • goo.gl (using the .gl ccTLD of Greenland)
  • instagr.am (using the .am ccTLD of Armenia)
  • youtu.be (using the .be ccTLD of Belgium)

Because our room booking software is called “MIDAS”, we chose the domain name “MID.AS”.

So where is MIDAS based?

We’re actually based here in the UK

So whenever you see a domain name ending with a ccTLD, don’t assume that the website or business is specific to the country indicated by the ccTLD. It may well be that the business is global or located elsewhere in the world and is just using a ccTLD as a “domain hack” to form part of a word.

MIDAS v4.29 Out Now!

Merry Christmas! Even though 2021 has been another challenging year for many, we hope you’ve all been able to enjoy a better Christmas this year compared to the previous one.

Over the festive period, we released a new update to MIDAS, which we’re pleased to share details of with you here on our blog.

Highlights of MIDAS v4.29 include:

How To Get MIDAS v4.29…

New Customers:

You can try MIDAS v4.29 for yourself with no obligation to purchase!

We offer both a functional public demo, as well as the opportunity for you to try MIDAS free for 30 days.

If you’ve decided that MIDAS is the right solution for your scheduling needs, then you can securely purchase online here.

“Self Hosted” Customers:

Self-Hosted customers with active Support Subscriptions will shortly be able to update to v4.29. It only takes a couple of clicks – simply log in to your MIDAS system and go to MIDAS Admin Options → Manage MIDAS → Update.

If no update is available, please check back again in a few days time, as we are staggering updates for self-hosted customers over the next few weeks.

“Cloud Hosted” Customers:

Cloud-Hosted customers don’t need to do anything! – All our active Cloud-Hosted MIDAS customers have been automatically updated to this latest version of MIDAS.