Archive for July 19th, 2008

Zoho for the Soho business Sector

I have just come across a company who have actually gone one better than Google in the area of “Cloud Computing”. In fact they are so good I have a feeling Google may try to buy their company. Their name is Zoro.

The following applications have been set up for small businesses, especially those on the move a lot, to run their businesses from their laptop in the four corners of the world. I have several friends and contacts who I think could take advantage of this in a big way.

The applications are as follows:

  • Zoho Writer Online word processor
  • Zoho Sheet Online spreadsheet service
  • Zoho Show Online presentation tool
  • Zoho Planner Online organizing tool Todos, Appointments, Notes
  • Zoho DB Online Database & Reporting
  • Zoho Meeting Online Meeting Web Conferencing
  • Zoho Wiki Online Wiki with public, private & group permissions
  • Zoho Notebook Online Note Taker
  • Zoho Chat Online Instant messaging and group chat tool
  • Zoho Projects Online Project Management
  • Zoho Invoice Online Invoicing. Quick and Easy
  • Zoho Creator Online web applications creator

These are free to use unless you need large capacities. Apart from Invoicing where you only get five free invoices a month, most business of up to five people should find it otherwise free of charge.

I will be exploring more possibilities and be writing about the applications in greater detail over the course of the next week or so.




The Land Registry

Sub-titled: Rules and Regulations

I heard of a recent case of bureaucracy recently and found it rather amusing. I went to see this person and have changed his house number to avoid embarrassment. In fact, there is no number twenty-four in this small street.

He lives in Western Court. This is not a block of flats, therefore he does not live in a flat. Western Court is the name of the actual street and is in the London A2Z as a proper street in its own right.

He decided to change the name of his property to include his daughter as he was getting on a bit. To save a solicitor’s fee, he thought he would do it himself.

He put his correct address down on the form as “24 Western Court, London N3 1NN”. The document when it came back had “Flat 24, Western Court, Huntley Drive, London N3 1NN”. He wrote back and said he didn’t live in a flat, that Western Court was a street in its own right, and that Huntley didn’t have an “e” in it and was the next street North of Western Court.

The reply he received stated that, although they could spell Huntly correctly, they couldn’t make the other alterations as the address is taken from and coordinated with the Royal Mail’s description of the area.

On further research, it seems that the Royal Mail rely on local councils for the description. Barnet Council got the information wrong, passed the wrong information on to the Royal Mail, who entered this into their CDROM database they sell on. The Land Registry are powerless to alter any errors the Royal Mail make so have an incorrect address, presumably on every document relating to all the other residents in Western Court.

As a political animal, this did not depress me, as I find such goings on extremely humorous. Fortunately the resident concerned took an identical view of the matter.

Eagle eyed readers of this will wonder how the Land Registry could change the spelling, and that this was allowed, but couldn’t either drop the”Flat” from the address or, if they had to include the next street north’s address, couldn’t add the word “off” next to it?

Hey Ho and it’s off to the fair!


PS, had a lie in this morning – after all it’s my birthday 🙂

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