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Survey Shows Boys Spend More Time At Computer

A recent survey conducted by the Orange County office of Deloitte & Touche shows that 64 percent of boys ages 6 to 17 spend more two hours per week using a computer while only four in ten or 44 percent of girls do.A survey of more than 145 local kids showed that computers are used for playing games, typing schoolwork, and earching the Internet.
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Email Follows You EVERYWHERE!

Let's face it: email has made our lives easier, especially those of us who travel, because we can remain 'in-touch' while on the road. But if you're like most everyone else, establishing a wired connection in some places sometimes can be very difficult.The introduction of the Palm VII and its wireless connection to the Internet was a step in the right direction ... but that is first-generation in an industry wide open for expansion.Take, for example, the ability to use other Palm devices to connect to the Internet and retrieve email.
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WYSIWYG With Online Security Companies

Everyone knows that labeling a transaction 'secure' over the Internet is a sure thing, right?Wrong! Not all online security companies are alike, and as financial professionals, it is up to us to advise our clients on the why and how of online security if the client conducts any kind of e-Commerce transaction.Education is the best policy.
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CompensationCenter.com Launched

Hewitt Associates LLC just launched an online information resource site for compensation professionals. The site, CompensationCenter.com, allows registered visitors to access Hewitt’s survey library and browse an information bank of industry news and trend information. The site also features market pricing capabilities and a variety of compensation tools.For registered participants of Hewitt compensation surveys, the new site will give them easy access to survey results online.
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ePeachtree: Accounting Software For $10 Per Month

US accounting software vendor Peachtree is the latest and probably most significant entrant in the application hosting market.The Atlanta-based subsidiary of the Sage Group this week launched ePeachtree, a Web-based accounting suite that users can rent for $9.99 a month.The software rental model allows small businesses to get accounts and business reporting systems up and running with no capital outlay and none of the headaches associated with software and network configuration.The system lets customers access their financial applicati
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Stock Advice From CFO Michael Jacobs

The recent demise of many dotcoms, along with a drop in technology stocks over the last month has made even the most liberal investor cautious of today's market.
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Microsoft Split Probably Will Happen

According to industry sources, the Justice Department is very close to recommending that Microsoft be split into two entities in order to avoid running a monopoly in operating systems. The rumor has been confirmed by several of the nation's leading newspapers, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.Under a new scenario, the first company would only manufacture Windows, as well as the browser technology for the Internet.
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Bullet Mania For Microsoft Word

You’ve seen them. Bullets. Little characters that appear before a list of paragraphs that are designed to draw attention to the following text. Maybe you have used the arrow or the basic black dot, but have you ever wanted to expand your selection to something that may follow a theme? For example, using a gun for a proposal for a gun manufacturer?
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Yahoo! CFO is Industry Wunderkind

What's going on at Internet portal and search engine maverick Yahoo! these days? Quite a lot, thanks to CFO Gary Valenzuela.The company has made a profit for over four years in the face of dotcoms that can barely scratch the surface of seeing any black. What's the secret? A conservative stance by Valenzuela on most everything, according to industry experts.Some credit needs to be given to a savvy marketing approach and the fact that Yahoo! doesn't have any inventory attached to it ...
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Justification for Technology Projects

Written by Tom C. Davis, CPA -Davis Nichols and Associates (reprinted with permission)There is good news and bad news for accounting firms. Business has been great. The economy has been excellent and looks to remain good for the foreseeable future. Clients are requesting more services and there are many opportunities to offer new services to new and existing clients. The bad news is that staffing resource is in short supply.
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Integrated Process Model Increases Efficiency By 50 Percent

The guys over at PricewaterhouseCoopers have just teamed up with the folks at Micrografx.com to jointly offer a process modeling software that will increase efficiency by as much as 50 percent.The Micrografx software, iGrafx Process with iGrafx IDEFO, will work with PwC’s Performance Improvement Approach, Ascendent (TM) PI.
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Katie Couric, Watch Your Back

Broadcast news will never again be the same, as Ananova, the world's first computer-generated virtual newscaster, made her somewhat-shaky debut on the Internet yesterday from her home in the United Kingdom.A year in the making, this virtual broadcaster is a technological marvel, "reading" the news headlines with all of the head and eye motions of today's top news anchors.
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PWC Creates VeriSign Competitor

PricewaterhouseCoopers has developed its own digital certificate system to compete with market leader VeriSign.The new company is called 'beTrusted,' and is based in Columbia, MD with 120 employees.
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Andersen Signs on With Telemate.Net

Arthur Andersen just announced that it has signed on with Telemate.Net to beef up the Big 5 firm's technology and e-Business risk consulting services.Telemate.Net offers software that tracks Internet usage.
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Four Prominent Consultants Join Forces

Four of the most experienced and knowledgeable consultants in the accounting and financial services industry have joined forces in a collaborative new venture called The Advisory Board.Founding members of The Advisory Board include:L. Gary Boomer, CPA, CEO of Boomer Consulting in Manhattan, Kansas, email: lgboomer@boomer.comAllan D.
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Postal Service Creates New Bill Paying Service

Long lines, one clerk serving all windows, and spending untold amounts of time may quickly become icons of the past as more and more of us use online bill paying services, electronic postage and other services for which we usually go (and still are, for the most part) to the neighborhood post officeEven though first-class mail continues to increase, the U.S.
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Voice Mail While You're on the Internet

If you've got a computer at home, don't have the luxury of two phone lines, and are worried about missing important phone calls, a service called Pagoo Call Catcher could be your salvation. For $4.95 per month, the service will allow people who call you while you're online to leave a voice message, and that message is then stored in your computer and you are notified by email or your pager that there is a voice message waiting in you in your Pagoo Mailbox.
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AICPA Considers Massive Restructure, IPO Options

The Electronic Accountant is reporting that the AICPA is finalizing plans to massively restructure itself into three business divisions - one of which would be an Internet portal that would be positioned as an IPO.The divisions would include:A corporation co-owned with the State CPA Societies to focus on membership services and administration;The traditional AICPA professional association focusing on regulatory, standard setting and ethics activities;A publicly held for-profit Internet por
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Competition Reigns! EY Tapped for Extranet

Who says you shouldn't conduct business with competitors? In the 'new economy,' nothing could be further from the truth as evidenced by a UK consortium of oil and gas companies known as Logic.Extranets are hot commodities, and Ernst & Young has been asked by Logic to develop services related to its external Internet system.Logic is an organization of British oil and gas companies.
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CPA Software Giants Join XBRL Effort

A number of prominent accounting software companies have signed on with Big 5 firms, the AICPA and international organizations to step up the push for XBRL.XBRL is short for Extensible Business Reporting Language, and is the brainchild of a consortium seeking to establish an international language to report financial information over the Internet.A few of the software companies participating in the effort include Navision, Best and Sage.

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