what are cookies
Cookies are small files that get put on your computer by websites as you surf them. These cookies can store lots of information which can have privacy implications. We like to think all the cookies used on this site are fairly innocuous but that's for you to judge.
anonymous tracking software
We use Google Analytics (just like virtually everybody else) a service provided by Google. They gather anonymous data of how people are using this site and then provide us with visitor statistics, details of page views etc etc. You can think of it as being a bit like CCTV but one that automatically blurs your face so we can see what people have done, but not who. If you are anti-Google you can opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout (we'd prefer you didn't though as this data is seriously helpful to us in improving our website)
There are many great widgets and badges available for websites these days – anything from Twitter or facebook buttons to software that power's blog comments. Sadly most of these come with cookies – that's the "price of free". So hand's up, there are more third parties tracking data on this site than we would like and each of them are setting cookies as you surf this site. They are: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter. We are working hard to work out what they all do but we are pretty confident that they all collect data anonymously unless you are already logged into their service. They probably just collect details of pages visited, anonymise it, aggregate it with several thousand or million others people's anonymous data and then look at pretty graphs. In many cases the cookies are used to generate identical information to Google Analytics (see above) and indeed use Google Analytics, so opting-out of Google Analytics will also opt you out of these cookies too. We are working to find out more about each of the cookies used.
don't want any cookies ever?
While we'd love to offer a cookie-free version of our site we are a small company and simply don't have the resources to provide and maintain one. Unfortunately if you are really anti-cookie then there is no option except to not use our site. You can remove any cookies we have already put on your machine within your browser settings – pressing Ctrl+Shift+Delete may work in many cases.We will be sorry to see you go!