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Melissa Virus on the Loose Again

Anti-virus software provider Sophos, has issued an alert that they have received several reports of the Melissa-X virus (alias W2001MAC/Melissa.W-mm, WM97/Melissa-X, Mid/Melissa-X, ANNIV, ANNIV.DOC) in the wild. This is a variant of the MS Word macro virus that hit the headlines a year or so ago.Melissa-X is an infected Microsoft Office 2001 file (Office 2000 for Macintosh). It appears that this virus variant came about when a Macintosh user who had a file infected with WM97/Melissa-X, saved it using Office 2001.
Tax

File W-2s and 1099s Online - Quickly and Inexpensively

You can file Federal and State W-2, 1099, and 941 forms online at filetaxes.com. For the low fee of $3.49 per form, filetaxes.com you can prepare these forms online and file them with the proper tax authorities completely over the Internet.
Technology

Find Out Easily How Your Word Document is Formatted

Have you ever found yourself struggling to figure out the formatting in a Microsoft Word document? Those of us who are former WordPerfect users remember the Reveal Codes feature that allowed us to view the codes that control the formatting in a document. Perhaps you think Word doesn't provide this feature.
Technology

Software Giant, Microsoft, Says, 'Do It Yourself!'

In any other walk of life, a company that tried to market a series of do-it-yourself troubleshooting guides to its products would would be criticized for not providing adequate customer service. Not so in the IT world!Microsoft Press has just published the first seven titles in a new Troubleshooting series, covering topics such as Windows and Windows 2000, MS Office applications and PC hardware problems, and featuring step-by-step instructions and checklists to enable the average home user to solve most problems.
Technology

QuickBooks Offers Training Course via the Web

Intuit and DigitalThink, a provider of e-learning solutions, are now offering a QuickBooks and QuickBooks Pro training program via the Web. "QuickBooks training on the Web is one more way Intuit is making it easier for small business owners to learn more about all QuickBooks has to offer - anytime, anywhere," said QuickBooks spokesman, Peter Karpas.
Technology

Automatically Delete Unwanted E-Mail Using Outlook

Do you remember the ILOVEYOU Virus? By using the Outlook Rules Wizard you could have deleted any and all of those unwanted messages.
Technology

More Excel Tips with Gail Perry

More Excel Tips!Presented by: Gail Perry, CPA,Managing Editor of AccountingWEB and author of Excel 2000 Answers!January 11, 2001Visit the AccountingWEB Workshop Calendar for upcoming workshop sessions.SummaryHere are some of the tips discussed in Gail's Excel workshop on January 12, 2001. Look for more of these tips in future stories on AccountingWEB.
Technology

PCPS 2000 Member Survey - Top MAP Issues

Partnering for CPA Practice Success (PCPS) has just received the results from its 2000 Member Survey. The survey was distributed to the full PCPS membership — about 6,500 firms.The goal of the survey was to gather information about management and practice issues facing firms in the profession.
Technology

MS Office Clones Provide Web-based Productivity

It's no secret that more and more of our software applications and suites will be Web-based, even before the new year is up. Microsoft already has turned its Office suite into a Web-based application, and is working on improvements so that the next version will be ready by mid-2001.Still, Office may not be everyone's solution. There are clones of some of the most popular productivity suites already on the Web.ThinkFree Office has positioned itself somewhere in between Web-based software and the kind that all of us are familiar with on our PCs.
Technology

Secure Your E-Mail Messages on the Internet!

The Internet makes it easy to send information almost anywhere around the world, but e-mail messages travel through the Internet in a format that anyone, anywhere can read. If you send confidential e-mail on the Internet you run the risk that your information may be intercepted en route. You may get numersous bogus e-mails asking for information. The e-mailer requesting the information may not be on the up and up; it may be sent by a hacker who forged the name and e-mail address and sent you a fake message in order to get confidential information.
Technology

IRS Web Site is Quick Source for Forms, Publications

The IRS Web site, www.irs.gov, performed up to five times faster during the 2000 tax filing season than it did in the previous year.
Technology

AT&T Glitch Supports Security as #1 Issue for CPAs

A mistake by AT&T that violated security to many of the telecommunications company's small business customers supports the finding that Information Security and Controls is the number one concern among the issues affecting the profession in 2001.Billing and account information for about 120,000 could be viewed by customers, according to the story on MSNBC.com.
Technology

AICPA Releases Top Technology Issues For 2001

Technological advances over the last ten years have become so interwoven with the accounting profession that it's hard to conceive how we could or can function without them. The AICPA just released the 2001 Top Ten Technology list."We're not surprised that security emerged as the most critical technology issue," said Alan Anderson, AICPA Senior Vice President - Technical Services.
Technology

Use MS Outlook to Get Detailed Map Directions!

Next time you're getting ready to leave the office on an engagement or a marketing call, make sure you have accurate directions to the client’s office. If you use Microsoft Outlook as your contact management tool, try this nifty feature. Outlook and Expedia.com Maps provide you with detailed directions to the contact's address. You may need to install this feature if it has not been installed on your computer already.
Technology

K-12 Education Now Available on the Internet

WASHINGTON, DC (December 28, 2000) - Citing intensifying public concern for access to high-quality primary and secondary education and the burgeoning alternative education market, William J. Bennett and Knowledge Universe Learning Group (KULG) today announced the formation of the first Internet-based school for kindergarten through twelfth grade. K12 will offer a full curriculum as well as supplementary learning and assessment tools over the Internet. K12's first education products will be offered, and enrollment will commence, in the fall of 2001.
A&A

Human Resources IT Roadmap

Small-business owners and human resources managers who are shopping for information technology usually don't have the luxury of corporate-size budgets. But they still need software and systems powerful enough to handle today's complex HR demands and able to grow with their company's needs.For a growing number of businesses with one to 100 employees, the answer lies with application service providers (ASPs) and their Web-hosted business tools.
Technology

Business 2.0's 21 Resolutions for 2001

It was a volatile year for the dot.coms. The world of cyberspace experienced failures around every corner, CEOs abandoned their start-ups in droves and no one could second guess what the business and public wanted next.Business 2.0 has compiled List of 21 Resolutions for 2001, grouped into four areas: customer service, timing, business plans and actions.
Technology

Take a Test Drive of New Web Audit Software

Last June we reported the formation of an agreement between Deloitte & Touche and Intacct Corporation to produce a web-based accounting service that would be offered to accounting firms.The service, which combines the accounting knowledge of Deloitte & Touche and the software engineering skills of Intacct Corporation, is now live, and it will allow accounting professionals who work with small- and medium-sized enterprises the opportunity to use sophisticated auditing techniques on the web.
Technology

Three Free Voice Portal Services

Have you ever wished you could access the Internet when you don't have a connection handy?Welcome to Voice Portals - a new generation of technology that enables a user to access the Web over a telephone.
Technology

Send a Document Via E-mail Without Opening Outlook!

If you need to send a document via e-mail, here’s how you can do it without even opening your Outlook program.While you are in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, go up to the File menu, point to Send To, and then click Mail Recipient (as Attachment).Fill in the Receipts, Subject, and message boxes and click Send.Or if you have Word 2000: On the Standard toolbar, click E-mail.In the To and Cc boxes, enter the recipient names separated by semicolons.By default, the name of the document appears in

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