Career Opportunity – Web UI Developer Opening at Zoho

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Here is an opportunity to work with Zoho. We are currently looking for a candidate for the role of Web UI Developer.
Please note : This opening is for local candidates in and around Chennai, India.

Job Description:
- Will be working in rapid development environment along with User Interface Design team and the developers.
- Translating image prototypes of GUI to HTML pages (using standards compliant HTML and CSS) compatible with IE, Firefox, Opera and Safari.

Skillset Reqd:
- Upto 3 years of relevant web experience
- Good knowledge of HTML , DHTML, CSS (experience in hand-coding is a plus)
- Good working knowledge in tools like Macromedia Dreamweaver, Photoshop
- Knowledge about browser issues and Cross-browser compatibility techniques are must.
- Should have an impressive portfolio.

Following skills are considered as a plus:
- Knowledge of Javascript (DOM)
- Knowledge about W3C standards
- Knowledge of AJAX
– Good aesthetic and design sense

Other requisites
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Candidates can send their resume, along with their portfolio to the below mentioned email id. If you find this requirements fit for any of your friends, please refer them.

Email your resumes along with details like CTC, ETC, Time required to join etc, to : sohail at adventnet dot com with a CC to ranjithdsm at adventnet dot com. Please keep the subject as “For Web UI Developer : Ref Zoho Blogs”.

- Dharma

Demo account in Zoho Writer removed

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Many users unintentionally leave sensitive data in Zoho Writer’s demo account without realizing that it can be viewed by others. So we have removed the demo account of Zoho Writer.

Our intention in having a demo account was to allow a new user to know what Zoho Writer has on offer before he/she signs up. And we didn’t want to force those users who just wanted to give it a try into registering. The Quick Create option should come to the new users’ rescue now (though it doesn’t have all the features offered by a Zoho Writer account)

Addressing the Downfalls of Online Applications

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Chris Gilmer from Web Worker Daily raises some valid concerns in his post on The Downfalls of online applications. As he says…

Everything is all good, and these companies do offer valuable online services, but what happens when disaster strikes? Storage servers do go down. Companies do go bankrupt. Companies get bought over, and liquidated. Where does our information go? Is it still secure? How do we recover our lost files and information?

Two important points he raises are Disaster recovery and Security. These are very valid points and here is my take on it.

All these online services are in very early stages of their evolution and are currently used by early adopters. As these apps evolve, these concerns will slowly diminish. The concern for availability of our information when disaster strikes will be addressed in multiple ways based on service. As an example, online storage vendors are providing sync of documents between their servers and users desktop making sure the user always has a copy of his content. There are vendors like OmniDrive, Sharpcast who already do this.

On the security side, control will be given to the user. When you create or store a document online, you’ll be given the option to specify your own encryption key when stored on third party servers. This way, only the user will have complete access to the content.

As I said, we are still in early stages of moving our life online. The pace at which the industry is moving, all these concerns will be addressed in very near future.

New OSes Vs Web-based Programs

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Stephen H. Wildstrom at BusinessWeek has a good article on how web-based programs will be a big story in 2007. He writes how they will make news along with the new OS releases scheduled for 2007, Vista & Leopard.

For the past quarter-century, there has been a trend toward ever more complex software running on ever more powerful computers. In 2006, Web-based programs that can run on less powerful computers and simpler software began to emerge as serious contenders. In place of Microsoft Office, we may soon see people adopting productivity suites from Google (GOOG), startup Zoho, and others—at least for use in homes and schools.

Web programs need only a browser to work. The more popular they get, the less relevant Vista and Leopard, with all their fancy new bells and whistles, become. And because the new Web programs are all based on industry standards, even the choice of a browser is less important.

Though there are a lot many web-based applications available, we consider it our honor that Stephen chose Zoho as the example along with Google alone (Microsoft Office Live is mentioned elsewhere in the article). Thanks, Stephen!

Zoho is up again

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The internet link to our data center was down and hence Zoho experienced a downtime of about 30 minutes. Everything is fine now and all Zoho services are up again. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

Play more Griddles on Zoho Sheet

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Users would recollect reading this recent post , where we’d first mentioned Zoho Sheet user and puzzle enthusiast David(Millar) – who’d had put up his Griddle game ‘Loop-de-Loop’ as a public sheet on our web service.

We’re happy to note that David’s been busy ever since, creating more games for all of us to enjoy testing our wits against.

A selection of some of the ‘Loop-de-Loop’ series Griddles :

Loop-de-Loop 6

Loop-de-Loop 5

Loop-de-Loop 4

Loop-de-Loop 2

If you’d like to play other such exciting puzzles created by David, do visit his website. If you want to pass on your feedback regarding the games or have any other requests for puzzles, you can get in touch with David, or just drop us a line and we’ll pass it on to him.

And do stay tuned to Zoho Sheet for more great puzzles from David!

People using Zoho

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Shailendra at ‘ApniTally’ has a good demo for Tally 9 created in Zoho Show, explaining users how to create a payslip.

Miriam at ‘illuminea blog’ is using Zoho Planner and notes that it is a cool tool. More at her blog.

Helene Blowers at Learning 2.0 has a nice podcast titled “Web Applications – Taking Productivity beyond the Desktop”. To quote her, “With Zoho and web-based applications, the possibilities are endless”. Thanks Helene. Click here for more.

Friends at Jambav are using Zoho Sheet and Zoho Creator for their checklists and surveys.

How are you using Zoho?