Cannonier Solutions

Ian Cannonier

Head of IT

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

This is probably the best media player out there. Check here for the latest version. Note: If you are going to use VLC please only get it from the official site as this is the only way you can guarantee it will be virus / spyware free.

Tight VNC

Got to be one of the best VNC type tools out there. Click here to visit the site. Note: If you are going to use Tight VNC please only get it from the official site as this is the only way you can guarantee it will be virus / spyware free.


This is probably on of simplest FTP tools out there. Check here for the latest version. Note: If you are going to use Filezilla please only get it from the official site as this is the only way you can guarantee it will be virus / spyware free.

Office 365

I’m not a lover of online video tutorials as they have a habit of disappearing. However, Microsoft have provided these links on how to administer your 365 installation. Training Courses for Office 365 for business Manage user accounts in Office 365

Internal eMail Server

Many businesses still use a copier or multifunction device that has the ability to scan to email. Some units also allow a fax to email forwarding service. Unfortunately, many of these devices rely on some form of internal SMTP service to enable them to relay emails to recipients. If you have moved your exchange server […]

Forgotten MacBook Admin account

You will need to create a new admin account to access the MacBook. Follow the steps below. Creating a new Admin on Mac Os X: Here’s how to reset your OS X password without an OS X CD. the Working solution for me was to create a new admin you can create new admin like […]

Kodi (aka XBMC)

I’ve recently stumbled across this Open Source Media Centre tool which allows me to access both content on my NAS box and online. I no longer have to download anymore, I simply just stream it in. Click here to access the site and all the various platforms it supports.

Windows 8 & 2012 Authentication

When you try to change the product key in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012, you cannot find a “Change product key” link in the System item in Control Panel. Use this to enable the “Change product key” Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are […]

Forgotten Windows 7 Password

The following should help you if ever you forget your windows password. Insert either your Windows 7 installation DVD, or a Windows 7 System Repair disc, into your optical drive and then restart your computer. 
Note: If you don’t have original Windows 7 media and never got around to making a system repair disc, don’t […]

Child Protection

I’ve been using this software for a while now to protect my kids from landing on undesirable sites, it’s free and easy to use.  

Georgina Pay School of Dance

Having a website seemed a very daunting project as I was unsure where to begin.  Fortunately Ian guided me through the process, spending many patient hours working with me to get it just how I wanted it.  He now looks after all of my computers and websites and when I don’t know what to do about […]

Retrofit UK ltd

The new web site for retrofit UK LTD was designed and implemented by  Cannonier Solutions. The ideas that he came up with were exactly what we needed, he took time to understand our business and its needs, working within our time constraints. The end result being a professional, clear easy to use website which sums […]

Marian Brown

Ian is my knight in shining armour as far as my very old computer is concerned! I first asked for help when my poor old machine was so slow and clogged up with photos and teenage down loads. He cleaned it up fitted extra memory and reassured me that I really didn’t need a new […]


Ian was highly recommended to me as a web designer when I was looking for someone at very short notice. Not only did Ian over deliver but suggested what initially appeared as small yet strategic changes that have made a big difference to the site and my business. These changes, amongst many things, have enabled […]

Marianne Scrope

Ian is always very efficient and so helpful, providing different cost alternatives where necessary, and sorting out all my computer problems, from the smallest niggles to really big problems – he was able to retrieve everything from a seemingly dead laptop which had been drowned by my husband! I thought I had lost everything, but […]

Lawnside Lower School

Working with Ian to build a web site for our school has been great – our web site looks fantastic and is really easy for parents to use, more importantly its really easy for us to keep up to date. Clare Neish, Chair of Governors [thumb link=true][/thumb]

Michelle Greer

Ian is an unusual techie! He can work miracles  with my computer and not make me feel like an idiot as he calmly explains what he is going to do. He is efficient, friendly, reliable and is able to see outside of the box when finding solutions.


Ian is always available and takes the time and trouble to make sure you are looked after. I would thoroughly recommend him. [thumb link=true][/thumb]

Jenny Scrope

I first met Ian when my computer was slow and in disarray.  He transformed it very quickly.  Since then he has given invaluable help whenever complications have arisen.  If I needed informed advice I would certainly consult him.  He is trustworthy and responds quickly.