Keep Track Of Stuff With A Free Cloud-Based Database


Internet-based services mean that it's no longer essential to install apps on your own PC in order to do common tasks.  And if you want to store information that can be accessed from just about anywhere, cloud-based computing can make a lot of sense.  

I've recently been trying out a service called WizeHive Current, which is a general-purpose online database application from a company called WizeHive.  You can create common business-oriented database applications with just a single click, for tracking things like expenses, travel, recruitment, customers and so on.  But if you spend half an hour designing your own forms, you can use the system to keep track of anything you like.  All in a web-based database system that you can access from home, work, public PCs, your smartphone, or wherever you happen to be.  

While there's actually quite a few similar systems available, WizeHive is one of the rare examples of companies that offer a free pricing plan.  Store fewer than 2,500 records in your online database and there's nothing to pay.  And that's plenty for, say, your contacts, music, club membership, and so on.

All you need is a web browser and a bit of time, so head to to try it out.  


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Anyone who relies solely on cloud storage deserves what they get...

Really, rob, you should add a large and prominent cautionary about ALWAYS controlling your own data on your own hardware (with backups too). Especially if you also use cloud storage.

See Livedrive link above for an example of how wonderful cloud storage isn't.

I totally agree with you. This move to a cloud-based world is going to cause a lot of people a lot of problems. Except the intelligence services, of course, whose job suddenly becomes much easier. I think cloud storage services are great, AS LONG AS you understand how to use them properly. I pay for Dropbox, and I sync all my stuff (around 200 GB) to it. But anything sensitive is encrypted first, before it leaves my premises. And Dropbox (and Facebook, and Flickr, and the installation CDs in my filing cabinet, and my iPad, and my smartphone, etc etc) are all classed as expendable copies. The definitive version is a particular computer in my office, and it contains everything. So I know that I can safely lose or delete any of the other copies with safety. It's all about managing things properly. I have around a quarter of a million files in my definitive collection. A library with that many books would have 6 full-time staff looking after them. With the move to digital we lose the will to look after assets properly. We trust the technology, and the people who sell it, where we really shouldn't. I had a problem with one of my computers the other day. As it happened, I managed to fix it and everything was OK. But I was aware that, if the PC proved to be unrepairable, it really wouldn't matter. And such peace of mind is worth a lot to me.
I agree with Aninnymous. To be truthful I get fed up with the constant stream of folks in my real life moaning about how they lost this that or the other to some cloud service. Most prominent now are those complaining about the demise of Ubuntu One. Cloud storage is OK for non sensitive stuff you might want to share, or don't mind losing, but IMO important stuff should always be kept as a hard backup. MC - Site Manager.