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Written by: Jasna Sýkorová
Courier services seem made for the
internet. Advanced functions such as shipment tracking, interactive
price lists, and on-line ordering simplify the lives of many customers.
But operators sometimes forget that, on the internet, more information
is usually better than less.
DHL is one of the best-known international couriers, so not
surprisingly, its web site is one of the best you'll find online
for this type of service. It contains comprehensive, up-to-date
information - how to become a client and how to fill in the
forms (which can be downloaded from the site), descriptions
and pictures. There is no search function, but a "Table
of Contents" shows the site's structure, including subsections.
There is also a free application for downloading, in order to
facilitate the sending of packages. Prices vary according to
destination, package dimensions and weight. Transport can be
ordered online, as can package tracking.
This is an international courier whose website seems like it
hasn't been updated since September 2001, judging from the "effective"
price list. Nevertheless, it covers all the basic services:
you can order shipments online and calculate their costs. SMS
messages and e-mail tracking are additional services. Also,
you can determine your package's location simply, without logging
on to the internet. The site also allows you to download forms,
even in English, or display maps and locations - which is useful,
since there isn't any information on services and payment methods,
so it will be hard for you to avoid visiting or calling.
The introductory page leads to three services: the Prague service;
express intercity transport; and refreshment deliveries. On
the right of the tool bar there is a price calculator, but internet
ordering is possible only for registered customers. Ordering
refreshments over the internet is conducted as ecommerce, and
you can make purchases online or over the phone from more than
ten Prague restaurants. Delivery within 60 minutes is the site's
claim, but it took a full hour to receive an answer to a test
This is a cheerful site of a Prague courier that covers the
Czech Republic and foreign destinations. Although a more sober
design befits these services, this site's colors and cheerful
balloons serves its purpose. Another nice feature is the option
to order business cards online, and the fact that the owner
offers references from existing customers, an important and
unfortunately lacking feature with other operators. The price
list isn't as well done, it isn't interactive, and is rather
difficult to navigate. There are no additional advanced internet
The service unambiguously presents itself as exclusive on its
web site. Nice design, flowery information, and an emphasis
on reliability, even in non-traditional fields such as pharmaceuticals
and comestibles, but little specific information. For example,
there isn't any price list. The only advanced function is package
tracking. The Czech link at www.worldcourier.com is a bit more
informative, but even at this address it's evident that the
site serves more as a business card than as a full-value tool
for marketing transport services.
The finance ministry has launched a project for declaring road and
property taxes, as well as VAT, online. The application that is authorized
by a paid electronic signature can automatically scan for mistakes
in the declaration.
This is a news and general education magazine focusing on digital
photography. It includes reviews and a directory of firms in the field.
Digimanie is a part of the ProMon publishing house family, as is Hardware
This full-text search engine has been online for some time now. What's
new is that it's started using the Atlas.cz portal instead of the
earlier WebFast technology that was developed by NetCentrum. Search
results on the three largest Czech portals (Seznam, Atlas, and Centrum)
are all finally different.
This consists of internet news broadcasts for the Hradec Králové and
Pardubice regions, and in time it should expand to include other areas
as well. The reports (which are unfortunately undated) can be viewed
in the commonly accessible MediaPlayer program.
|word of the
- An Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line is a method for transmitting
data over a telephone line that is markedly faster than an ordinary
telephone connection. In most cases the connection is asymmetric,
making it possible to transmit data in one direction at speeds
up to 1,544 mbps, with a speed of 128 kbps in the other direction.
Thanks to this asymmetry, a high-speed connection can be maintained
at a lower cost. This can be used, for example, for downloading
or watching a video from the internet. In this country this
service is brand new, and for now it isn't priced very competitively.
The monthly fee of CZK 1,500 is a bit higher than either a cable
or an ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) connection,
which also provide high-speed internet connections.