Technology news January 2008

Technology

10 tips to avoid spam

Spam is a fact of Internet life. According to recent figures from the security software industry, more than 80 percent of e-mail traffic is made up of spam. To fight the spam menace, McAfee published following suggestions to help prevent your e-mail address from becoming a target to spammers.Do not post your e-mail address in an unobfuscated form on the Internet.
Technology

Introducing AccountingWEB's IT Zone

Things are getting a little out of hand here at AccountingWEB. Our site is growing by leaps and bounds. Every day we add more news, tips, and resources to the site, and yet, once the news scrolls off the main pages and once the e-mail news wires have been processed and have left the inbox, where does all that information go?In an effort to organize the material on our site and make it more convenient for you to find what you're looking for, we've introduced several topical zones to AccountingWEB.
Technology

Microsoft warns of new 'Zero day' Excel 2003 vulnerability

A Microsoft Security Advisory note issued on January 15th revealed that Excel 2003 had been targeted by attacks on a previously unknown vulnerability. The advisory provided few specific details, but explained that hackers would need to place a specially crafted Excel file on a Web site to launch an attack.
Technology

Excel 2008 and MacBook Air debut at MacWorld

If all that comes to mind when you think of a MacWorld is a burger-based theme park, then you're lagging in the fast-moving world of technology. Following hard on the heels of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, last week's Apple's own MacWorld conference and expo in San Francisco was the biggest yet with 485 exhibitors and marked a shift of emphasis for Apple.Apple's recent strategy has concentrated on the groundbreaking iPod, iPhone, and AppleTV, leaving the world of business to Microsoft.
A&A

Why Intuit helps you with more than just your books

Intuit, the maker of QuickBooks, hosts an online community named JumpUp.com. This community was created to assist new and existing business owners in networking and promoting their business. JumpUp.com offers free resources that are available to help you grow your business. Our featured guest in this episode of Small Business Trends Radio is Kira Wampler, Marketing and Community Leader at JumpUp.com.
Technology

Spreadsheet blip adds $140,000 to Arizona school payroll

A story emanating from the accounts department of the Tucson Unified School District is on its way to the spreadsheet hall of shame after teachers were paid an extra $141,114.38 at the beginning of January, 2008. According to a report in the Arizona Daily Star, the trouble started when the district agreed to back-dated pay raises and retroactive pay for teachers in December.
Practice

Thinking about a home office?

by Linda L. Heineman, CPA I must confess, I love my home office. Over the years I have continued to fine-tune how my office works so I can stay home as long as possible.There are some great benefits to a home office. First, it's economical - no rent, no landlord. And, living in a traffic-clogged city like Los Angeles, it's wonderful not having to face a daily commute. You can work whenever you want. That flexibility is another reason why having a home office is so attractive.
Technology

DaaS joins SaaS and PaaS as latest buzzword

Software as a Service provider Salesforce.com is adding another string to its bow in the form of Development as a Service. First there was SaaS; then there was PaaS; now it's DaaS that's being pushed by Salesforce.com. Development as a Service is being touted as part of the firm's wider Platform as a Service initiative. DaaS essentially is a set of development tools and API that can be used to development applications that run on the Force.com cloud under the PaaS model.
Technology

ExcelZone's Five Minute Pivot Table Tips - Index

ExcelZone's series of Five Minute tips aims to develop your skills at using Excel pivot tables. If you want to try out each tip for yourself, Excel expert David Carter takes you through a worked example on a small sample database of sales invoices.In the worked examples you will analyze the invoices to show sales by product, sales by customer, gross margins, margin percentage etc. The series is therefore relevant to sales and marketing people as well as accountants.
Technology

AICPA announces top ten technology initiatives for 2008

Information Security Management will be the most important initiative affecting IT strategy, investment, and implementation in business organizations over the next 12-18 months, according to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' 19th Annual Top Technology Initiatives survey.
Technology

Google Desktop Search slows Excel

As reported recently on the Daily Dose of Excel site, Charles Williams of DecisionModels.com tried to find out what was causing the delays on certain versions of Excel when he tried to clear a large range of cells. Following further discussions on VBA news groups, it was found that problem could be linked to the EnableEvents property.
A&A

Disaster recovery, backup, and restore: Big challenges for small businesses

All too frequently, fires, local flooding, and human error threaten computer systems, communications, and the ability of a business of any size to sustain continuous operations. Small and medium sized businesses, accustomed to protecting inventory or paper records, are expected to invest more in "resilience and backup" in 2008 according to cio-midmarket.com. "Most are on the edge where a couple of bad events could shut down business," says Gary Chen an analyst at YankeeGroup.
Practice

Social networking breeds new wave of 'Trojan 2.0' attacks

The great Facebook boom of 2007 has been accompanied by a new generation of phishing and trojan horse virus attacks, according to security experts.In its review of the year, MessageLabs noted that websites such as Facebook, Linked-In, and Plaxo presented rich pickings for identity thieves looking to gather personal information.
Technology

Microsoft Office Accounting to challenge payroll providers

Notes from across the pond...The Payroll for Microsoft Office Accounting module - one of the less obvious features of Microsoft's new bookkeeping application - could be just as disruptive to the business software industry, according to a report on our sister site, AccountingWEB.co.uk.Microsoft offers a 30 day free trial and thereafter the service cost starts at $13.95 a month.
A&A

Intuit to award $50,000 to small business winner

For those who can't wait until November to cast a vote, here's a more immediate alternative. Intuit Inc. is asking Americans to select a budding entrepreneur to win a $50,000 business startup package as part of its Just Start contest.The voting is free of debates, caucuses, and primaries, with polling places open online. The winner will be the entrepreneur who voters believe offers the clearest, most feasible business idea. The victor receives $40,000 in cash and $10,000 in products and services.
A&A

Why hackers love small businesses

As a small business owner, you may believe that hackers have no use for your small network. Think again! Understanding what these hackers are truly after will help you to understand why your network is at risk.Our featured guest on Small Business Trends Radio is Thomas Raef, founder of e-Based Security.
Technology

It's open season for electronic tax filing

Most taxpayers may file their 2007 tax returns electronically beginning January 11 as the Internal Revenue Service opens the e-file program.Benefits of E-FileThe IRS states that taxpayers who use IRS e-file and who choose direct deposit can receive their refund in as little as ten days. With e-file there is no paper return going to the IRS, and with direct deposit, there is no paper refund going to the taxpayer. Tax return information received electronically is protected through encryption.
Technology

SEC releases new XBRL analytical tool

XBRL US, Inc., the nonprofit consortium dedicated to the adoption of XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language), a technology standard for the reporting of financial and business information in the U.S., strongly supports the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) launch of an online, interactive tool that allows investors to instantly extract, compare, and analyze executive compensation for the largest 500 companies in the United States. This tool relies on the power of XBRL for the compensation data and underscores the flexibility and usefulness of "tagged" data.
Technology

CPA Technology Advisor announces annual Readers' Choice Awards

The following announcement was issued by the CPA Technology Advisor on the occasion of their annual Readers' Choice Awards presentations.With the changing of calendars from 2007 to 2008, it's also time to announce the results of the CPA Technology Advisor 2007 Readers' Choice Awards, an annual insight into the minds of tax and accounting professionals. The Awards, featuring more than 25 categories of professional applications, hardware, services and other technologies, give those in these professions a way to express appreciation for the systems that help them in their practice.
Technology

"Accounting Chicks" win $100,000 Minnesota raffle

Four Minnesota accountants, calling themselves the "Accounting Chicks," teamed up to purchase Minnesota Millionaire Raffle tickets and ended up winning $100,000 in the lottery.Lacey Amundsen of Brooklyn Center, Laurie Burbank of Columbia Heights, Deb Connell of Andover, and Lora Pyka of Fridley, work together at a Minnesota Credit Union. This isn't the first time they have joined forces to invest in lottery tickets, but it is their first win.The Minnesota Millionaire Raffle Game launched on October 30, 2007 with only 500,000 tickets available for purchase.

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