Adrian pearson is A VETERAN UK CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT AND the founder of ledgerscope - A SOFTWARE COMPANY MAking great tools for accountants in practice.

I want software that just works - or I wont use it

I don't use any desktop software nowadays; I can easily get everything I need done using cloud software.

That said, Ledgerscope and Movemybooks both interact with Sage and QuickBooks desktop software, so I have to get my hands dirty with those occasionally, for development purposes and testing. And it's often a real reminder of how frustrating it was in the "old world".

Oh the joys of working with desktop software. Take me back to the cloud!

Oh the joys of working with desktop software. Take me back to the cloud!

I encountered this pleasing little message when trying to upgrade a QuickBooks file to the 2012 version. The link took me to this help page, which lists 7 potential steps to go through to (hopefully) resolve the problem.

Frankly, I couldn't be bothered.

Enter the age of the £25 set of accounts? Not quite (yet)

HMRC imposes fines of over half a billion and nobody really notices?