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Web-Based Accounting Services Rated and Reviewed

The Ziff-Davis Smart Business Labs rated and ranked Web-Based accounting software as part of a longer article examining the ins and outs of companies outsourcing accounting functions to a Web-based service.Accounting services reviewed include NetLedger, Flagship, Sage's MAS 90 and Intacct.
Technology

A Focus on the Secret Service Cyber-Crimes Unit

With more and more CPAs and their staffs specializing in fraud-related engagements, especially forensic accounting investigations, a look inside the Secret Services' cyber crime fighting division is a fascinating study in high-tech surveillance.Known as the Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program (ECSAP), the division itself has grown over 900 percent in the last three years.
Technology

Columbia Law Professor Offers Auditor/SEC Compromise

"The contemporary auditing firm has moved from providing a single service at relatively modest cost to becoming a multi-faceted vendor of business advisory services," according to Professor John C. Coffee, Jr. of the Columbia Law School who testified today in the auditor independence hearings before the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Technology

Clear the Decks! I've got too Much Email!

Employees in companies, those working from home or anyone ... anywhere else for that matter, are screaming in protest of too much email!All of us agree technology is a good invention, but sometimes, too much email is a real time-waster, and a way to remain truly unproductive. You think you've got it bad? Take a look at a few examples. The Washington, D.C.
Technology

Is That a New Hat, or a Computer that You’re Wearing?

The desktop computer on which you are probably reading this story may soon become an unwieldy artifact of the past as computer developers are coming up with more and more ideas for changing the way in which we look at and use computers today.Handheld computers are only the beginning. Look for computers to appear in the guise of mobile phones, watches, in the guts of cars and household appliances, and even as an add-on to your wardrobe. Not only will computers be everywhere, but they will be networked.
A&A

Tips for Maximizing Home Office Phone Lines

Telecommuting and the home office are popular staples in today's business marketplace, but how wisely are you using your telephone lines? Chances are, you're not being as productive as you could be when it comes to the ins and outs of home wiring and line details.Here are some tips for productivity: ISDN is Possible - ISDN isn't only for the standard office environment. However, you'll need two lines to make an ISDN connection to the Internet.
Technology

Does Your Boss Read Your Email?

To date, courts have upheld an employer's right to monitor an employee’s email because the employee is using the employer’s computer equipment on the employer’s time. Employers are not required to inform employees of their intent to monitor email, voice mail, and other communications which may include personal content. However, members of Congress are considering legislation that would require employers to advise employees of their intent to monitor such communications.
Technology

AICPA Loses Peck to Dot-Com

Charles Peck, the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Product and Organizational Development at the AICPA, has been tapped to become Chief Executive Officer of TheGlobe.com, an online community network and service provider, effective August 1, 2000.While at the AICPA, Peck led the re-engineering program that helped the Institute realign itself into a performance driven team based organization.During his tenure at the AICPA, Peck was also involved in spearheading several strategic acquisitions, initiating process improvement programs, and forming over
Technology

Get that Junk Mail Out of Your e-Mailbox!

The House has passed H.R.3113, “Unsolicited Commercial Electronic Mail Act of 2000,” which may cause junk e-mailers to look for a new way to make a living. The bill nearly passed almost unanimously (427-1), and so should have an easy ride through the Senate. The dissenting vote was cast by former Libertarian turned Republican Representative, Ron Paul, of Texas.The provisions of the bill require that anyone sending an email message will be required to provide a valid return address, so that recipients may request that their name be removed from the mailing list.
Technology

KPMG and Microsoft Find New Way to Hold Hands

The Bill Gates prophecy is for a world where all computers can communicate easily with one another, fueled by the vision that that the electronic language computers will use will be a common language.
Technology

Is a PDA In Your Future?

A recent report by the Giga Information Group indicates that Personal Digital Assistants, the most popular of which is the Palm, are still considered a luxury rather than a necessity in the business world.Although some individuals, such as sales professionals, can benefit greatly from use of the devices, most companies find it difficult to justify the expense of acquiring, supporting, and administering such devices for the majority of employees.But that doesn't mean there isn't
Technology

Cisco, Conexant and Hughes Join to Speed Dial-up Downloads

Cisco Systems and Conexant Systems have announced their support for the new V.92 dial-up modem standard that was presented last week to the International Telecommunications Union for determination. Cisco Systems and Conexant each contributed key technologies to the new V.92 dial-up modem specification, which significantly reduces the time it takes to establish a dial-up connection, improves upload rates, and adds the ability to receive and initiate phone calls during a dial-up modem session.
Technology

Dot.com, Dot.net, Dot.whatnext?

All Internet site names end with a period and an extension. The most popular extensions are .com, .net, .org, .edu, .gov. There are actually seven extensions available (can you name the others?) for web sites, but that doesn't seem to be enough.Just as big cities outgrow their area codes, the Internet is outgrowing its domain name extensions, and the International Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers is about to do something about that problem. All extension names must be approved by the ICANN, a California-based group.New extension names will be announced some time next year.
Technology

Browser Wars Heat Up with Release of IE5.5

If you've ever tried to design a web page, you're already experienced with the frustration of creating features that are readable in a variety of browsers. What plays in Netscape, may not play in AOL. What plays in Explorer may not play in Netscape. And effective immediately, what plays in Explorer has programmers excited enough that they may no longer care if the features don't play in other platforms.As a general rule, the makers of browsers have agreed to stick to a specific set of standards, know as the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) recommendations.
A&A

Warnings for Participants in B2B E-Commerce

In the good old days, no business deal was complete without a handshake.
Technology

Internet Startups May Face Stiffer Reporting Rules

A panel organized by Jeffrey E. Garten, Dean of the Yale School of Management, is hoping to encourage Internet startup companies to provide information that will help investors better evaluate the companies. It is hoped that new companies will embrace the guidelines that the panel creates. In lieu of total acceptance, the panel may request the SEC to enforce new disclosure regulations or at least provide incentives for companies to disclose additional information.
Technology

Show me the Hyphen!

We've all heard about this or seen it in the news. With the ever-increasing speed of more and more dot.coms invading the Internet every day (not to mention intranets and extranets), the choices for good domain names for a Web site are becoming more and more scarce.People with an interest in building Internet traffic, from techies to CEOs, spend untold hours cooking up names that reflect their business or philosophy, when the choice is often a matter of 'what's left?' rather than 'what fits?'The choice of a web site name has become a matter of letter placement and grammar.
Technology

Word/Excel Tip: Resize Toolbar Text Buttons & Boxes

If you need to make room for additional buttons, you may want to decrease the size of some of the toolbar boxes, such as the Zoom, Font or Style boxes. Or, perhaps you'd like to increase the size in order to see the entire entry of each option in a dropdown list.To change the width of a toolbar text button, text box or list box, choose Tools/Customize to display the Customize dialog box and enable toolbar editing.Next, click on the toolbar box you wish to resize to select it.
Technology

Accountant's Face Brave New E-Business World

Several participants in our e-business workshop presented interesting questions and raised issues about creating and consulting in the e-business arena. What questions should you ask if you are considering getting into the world of e-business?
Technology

Hacker Insurance Provides Security, Peace of Mind

Anyone stung by the ILOVEYOU virus this past Spring knows how devastating the loss of data can be to business or personal records.

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