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QuickBooks is Driving Me Crazy!

Tuesday afternoon, AccountingWEB hosted Gail Perry, CPA, and author of several books including "The Complete Idiot's Guide to QuickBooks" in a return engagement as a workshop presenter and facilitator in solving many of QuickBooks' thorniest problems.In addition to problem-solving, Perry presented some of her favorite QuickBooks tips, including:Adding favorite reports to the Navigation BarMemorizing recurring transactionsCreating a General Ledger report for one account Making adjustments to 1099 vendorsCompressing dataChanging account balan
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KPMG Points Out the E-vil of the New Economy

KPMG Consulting has warned businesses to steer clear of the seven deadly 'e-sins' that could cripple their online operations.E-business partner Paul Baker says that the path to 'e-virtue' lies in avoiding the following:Sloth - the key top e-business is speed;Envy - don't simply copy the successes of other companies;Greed - Don't be afraid to collaborate;Pride - Share your data;Gluttony - Delivering online grub can be complicated;Lust - The proliferation of porn sites makes a clearly defined policy on permissable personal browsing a must;
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ILOVEYOU Suspect Goes Free

Here's a riddle for you: who causes $10 billion worth of damage and walks away, Scott free?The alleged author of the ILOVEYOU virus, of course!Charges were dropped Monday against Onel de Guzman because the Justice Department claimed the charges did not apply to computer hacking, and there was not enough evidence to back them up.de Guzman claims he may have released the virus by accident, but denied that he had anything to do with actually writing the virus.
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Touchy, Feely Mice are on the Horizon

All of us have morphed with the mouse. We've evolved from the archaic mouse of yesteryear that was a basic, point-and-click device to a mouse that has a left thumb button. And, of course, there's the remote, wireless mouse.In an effort to continue with mouse innovations, Logitech has unveiled their new iFeel Mouseman, a interactive device that actually makes the user feel a part of a Web page.For example, if the mouse were to roll over an image of an ice cube, the effect would be very smooth to the touch.
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Word Tip: Displaying the Filepath in a Word Document

A recent tip regarding the placement of the file path and name in an Excel worksheet header or footer sparked some requests for a similar tip for Word documents.If you need to display the path and filename in a Word document, either in the text or in a header or footer, here is the technique:1. Click in the spot where you want the path and filename to appear -- either right in a header or footer, or somewhere in the text of your document.2.
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The Password is ... 'Aggregator' - and it's Risky!

Convenience is great, especially on the Internet, but familiarity breeds insecurity and invasions of privacy when it comes to putting all your eggs in one basket.Aggregators is the newest wave to hit cyberspace, and is basically one portal in which you can control all your finances, purchases and other buying decisions from a single source. Examples include AOL Finance, Microsoft MoneyCentral and iVillage.com.So what's the problem? Keeping one source isn't a good idea, say analysts who research online security and privacy for a living.
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Life After the PC: Diverse Solutions are key

Pricing wars between large PC manufacturers and clones or alternative machines, along with a decrease in demand by consumers, has hit the industry right where it lives ... and derives most of its profits. So what will IBM, Compaq, Dell and Gateway do now that the luster of buying a PC has worn off?Get into the service business, naturally.
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E&Y Adds to the Flock of Big 5 Start-Up Companies

The latest entry in the Big 5 divestitures arena comes to us from E&Y.
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It's a PDA World: BYU e-Business School Goes Paperless

A pilot program at Brigham Young University's e-Business Center is supporting a paperless environment. The pilot kicked off this summer with one class testing the concept; the school hopes to expand the program this fall.Students use a PDA (Palm Pilot, for example) and laptop at their tools, and submit or retrieve class work totally over the Internet.
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Outlook Tip: Create Backgrounds in Email Messages

If you use the HTML message format, you can use stationery to add a nice background to your messages.To do this, choose Tools/Options from the menu bar and click on the Mail Format tab. Make sure HTML is the selected mail format and, if necessary, deselect the Use Microsoft Word To Edit E-mail Messages check box.Then click the Stationary Picker button. In the Stationery Picker dialog box, select a stationery then click OK twice. Now create a new message and your stationery is changed to the one you selected.
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Chat the Friendly Skies

Companies such at Virgin Atlantic Airways and Boeing have been working diligently to create a flying experience that will allow passengers to conduct business as usual. Since having access to the Internet and a phone is such a huge part of doing business, mobile communication is their main focus.Virgin Atlantic Airways is positioning itself to be the first airline to allow passengers to receive phone calls in-flight on their own personal mobile phones.
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10-4 Good Buddy! Online Bankers Target Truck Drivers

Online banking isn't new, but one bank has elevated the concept to a new level: online banking has taken to the highway.This week, National InterBank announced that it has adapted its Internet-based banking service for big-rig truck drivers who want to access their accounts while actually sitting in the cab of their trucks (but presumably not while they're driving...).Banks and lending institutions have discovered that truck drivers represent a niche market to which services may be targeted.
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The new CFO: Beyond Salary and Benefits in a Start-Up

Jumping ship to a dotcom is commonplace in today's online marketplace, but in a time when jobs are plentiful, what is the real attraction to go work for one of these start-ups?It's certainly not salary - many salaries are below what typical CFOs and finance professionals have been paid. It's certainly not the stock options either.
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FEI Posts PwC PowerPoint on Risk Management

The Financial Executives Institute has published a presentation by PricewaterhouseCoopers addressing issues related to risk management and e-business privacy. The presentation is being offered in conjuction with a teleconference on August 10.The presentation is available for download.
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Microsoft's .NET Strategy Boosts Service Approach

While the Department of Justice waits to deliver its final decision to Microsoft regarding the software giant's fate as one or more companies, the company has unveiled its .NET strategy, a new effort at delivering services through a bundled approach to doing business.A general manager for one of the districts says that the company's number one priority for the .NET strategy is ensuring the privacy of all users is kept strictly confidential.
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It’s a Woman’s Web

Jupiter Communications and Media Metrix released the results of a new study and it shows that women have passed men as the dominant users of the web. 50.4 percent of users are female which just edges the men out of the running.It seems that site selection is the same across the board in all the adult age groups. In fact, the list of top sites for women was very similar to the entire population with America Online’s Web properties being the most popular for women over 18. Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc.
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Employers Who Read Employees’ E-Mail Face Risks

Employees have a right to e-mail privacy, as long as “there is a subjective expectation of privacy and that expectation is objectively reasonable,” or if the employee commits “an unreasonable intrusion upon the seclusion of another,” according to Dr. Steven Abraham, J.D., Ph.D., university professor, and legal advisor.
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Netscape Users Vulnerable to New Security Breach

A new hole has been dug and Netscape users are falling in. A little java applet called Brown Orifice, named for a hacker utility called Back Orifice, is out there lurking in cyberspace. The applet can reside on any web site and you can’t see it if it’s there. If you access a web site containing the applet, the applet will run in the background, providing access to the files on your hard drive.The applet was created by, Dam Brumleve, a security expert who chanced on the programming code last week. Brown Orifice is not all bad.
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D&T Resigns after Dotcom Difficulties

The Big Five firm told its client, Financialweb that its "lack of adequate systems, controls, and personnel necessary to timely prepare internal and external financial statements" for the past three years was a reportable condition, and it was resigning immediately.The auditors also recommended that the firm conduct an internal investigation into allegations that its stock was the target of manipulation, as raised in a federal indictment concerning a shareholder and consultant connected with the Internet firm.Financialweb
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AICPA Portal, CPA2Biz, Names Management Team

The new Internet portal created and now run as a separate company by AICPA--CPA2Biz--is closer to opening for business.Information on the management team was posted on the web site this week, which includes Chair of the Board Barry Melancon, CPA; Chief Executive Officer Brett L. Prager, Senior Vice President, Strategy & New Product Development John F. Hudson, CPA; Senior Vice President, CPAs and State Societies Gideon Malherbe; and Director of Business Development Wayne Harding, CPA.The team includes some AICPA staff, along with outside consultants.

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