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[15 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

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What does the law say about electronic documents?

In the UK, the issue of digital records is dealt with primarily by two pieces of (now quite old) legislation:

The Civil Evidence Act 1995
The Electronic Communications Act 2000

The first talks (in particular) about digital copies of paper documents and how they might be authentic and robust depending on your IT system. And, the second recognises that digital documents …

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[8 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

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London Wiki Wednesday

A twofold, big “thank you” to @osmosoft who hosted @londonwikiwed on 7 Jul 2010 at their offices by St James Park. Firstly, the team at London Wiki Wednesday is always grateful for help and support with the regular meetings.  And secondly, it made me realise that the world is not flat.
Oh? You knew that already?
Well yes, most of us do! But until that upstart Galileo …

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[25 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

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Self publishing your own book?

My book The Paperless Expert was printed on 19 May and went on sale on 21 May 2010. This is the first book I have ever written. It took two and half weeks to write the 184 pages and it has taken a further two and half months to get in published.
And to do that I needed 6 people:

Author
Illustrator
Typesetter
Publisher
Printer
Distributor

And being keen to learn about the …

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[11 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

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Cate Trotter highlights the trends

This morning, whilst looking around for London events on Eventbrite, I stumbled across a talk at The British Library which has two different titles, depending on which web site you’re looking at:

Eventbrite Profiting from Green – How to Make the Most of Key Future Trends
The British Library The cutting edge of green – For all businesses wanting to capitalise on the growth of green

Luckily both …

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[3 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Technology Thursday
I have had a computerised to do list for a long time now. However, at work there has still been a lingering feeling that you can judge how much work has to be done, by the amount of paper lying around.
Where I work we went paperless on 1 Jan 2008, that’s nearly two years ago. However, we still receive paperwork from lots of clients, and our hybrid system …

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[26 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Friday Feedback

There are two types of people in this world. The people who group people into two types of people, and the people who don’t.
For many years I belonged to the group of people who preferred to use paper – at work – for reading the news – for making notes. However, following a change of rules in 2007, my business was going to be compelled to submit government documents electronically. And that’s why we took the decision on 16 Nov 2007 to go totally paperless. We implemented our system …

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[11 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Technology Thursday

Our HP printer died last week. It was a nice one, for the whole workgroup, a £400 HP 3005D. We bought it 3 years ago when duplex printing was important to us. To be honest is didn’t completely die, it just needed a new fuser. We know what that means, because we go through printers from time to time.
Anyway, since going paperless 18 months ago, we are not keen to spend another £225 on a fuser unit, when nowadays you can buy a cheap HP laserjet printer for £99. …

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[8 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Friday Feedback

In the old days, before Proactive was a paperless operation, we used to have paper files labelled:

Corres
Accounts
Tax
Payroll

We first tried going paperless in Aug 2005, when the hardware and software really didn’t do what we wanted. For a start it was slow and cumbersome, and it did not resemble our paper system at all! It was abandoned after just a few weeks.
Then, in Nov 2007, we took the plunge again and designed our own paperless system. The trial worked, because we relied on no proprietary product and built our own …

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[14 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

How many of you have a “to do” list? Yes, I thought so! And, how many of you have a “not to do” list? A what?
The thing which characterises great businesses, and distinguishes them from good businesses, is the stuff that they don’t do . . . the stuff that they have conscientiously decided not to do. Since going paperless, we have continued to send out traditional letters in one or two cases. We have conscientiously decided not to do that any longer. We still operate a hybrid system to …

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[9 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

Does your IT system deliver what it promises? When Proactive went paperless in August 2005 it took eight weeks before the system was shelved. It took a further two years, and required newer, better hardware and software before the paperless system was relaunched. It became fully operational on 1 Jan 2008. We have never looked back. It’s great, and it has revolutionised the way we work!
The next big thing is happening now, it’s Cloud Computing. Since mid 2008 I have been exploring the Cloud. And, on 1 Feb 2009 …