Finally Gave Up on Colligo Briefcase for Mac on OSX

December 31, 2014

I have taken too much time trying to make Colligo Briefcase work on Mac OSX. It gets partially through the sync then fails with a “server error 500”. The logs are impenetrable. Can’t see any resources on their support forum to give me guidance. I emailed Colligo support, but they want me to pay them for their support. From here it looks like a flaw in their product, or at least a misleading error message.

Good news. The uninstall app seems to work.

Update 2015: Colligo changed to a “new” product called Engage. It is no better. Crashes on my machine. I contacted their support on this and they would not help as I did not have a support contract. Humm. Bought the product. Does not work. They won’t help without extorting more money. Bye.

Value of Engineers and Engineering

December 22, 2014

Awesome Dilbert from on 18th December.

In a world where in the media recognises only “scientists” (whatever that means) to have a voice on issues related to science, technology, and it’s impact on and use by humans, this is awesome. Chartered and Professional Engineers have legal obligations related to their work that no “scientist” I know has.

Engineers are responsible for so much more than fixing washing machines.

Domain Migration

December 18, 2014

We just completed migration of the domain for to a new domain registrar, Hover ( Very impressed with their service. I heard of them via Leo Laporte on

We also re-hosted the web site onto a simple web server hosted by I like simple web sites. it’s static. There are no server side scripting, e.g. PHP, ASP.Net, etc. or any databases involved. Simple.

The purpose of these changes was to save some money (not insignificant), and to make things simpler.