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Registering Domains Heats Up

Early Internet adopters remember when registering domain names was EASY and the cost was FREE.Just a few years later, the Web invaded our lives like gangbusters, and registering a domain cost money. Still, there was only one place to register at the government-approved company known as Network Solutions.There is good news in the fact that $70 still is the going rate for an annual fee, but times have changed. Network Solutions needed help and the government finally granted other organizations the same rights as the original provider had.
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Internet Appliances Emerge Without Windows OS

Imagine a computer without a Windows operating system (OS), and you either think of the new Linux or something totally random built in some far-away, little-seen garage or basement.The gauntlet has been thrown down, and in an effort to take away market share from Microsoft, other well-known computer vendors, including Gateway, Dell and Compaq, are reportedly beginning to build "appliances" that will deliver the Internet without relying on the Windows operating system.Think of the po
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Web Trust Evolves: Consumer Reports Begins Evaluating Web Sites

Perhaps this is the next step in the much-discussed WebTrust program that enables CPAs to verify the security of e-commerce Web sites.Consumer Reports has announced it will begin evaluating Web sites in much the same way the magazine always has been a primary source of consumer information for hard goods. The observations will be listed on Consumer Reports Online.Consumer Reports also will verify security much in the way WebTrust does.
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Why Web Sites Fail

Now that your firm has an online presence, you may think it’s time to sit back and watch the prospects roll in. Think again. Your marketing efforts are more important than ever.According to the Ecom Advisors, the biggest problem with web sites is unrealistic expectations. They say that businesses think if they spend $100, they will earn $150 the next quarter. They caution owners that it doesn’t work that way; you may not see results for 12 to 24 months.The reason sites fail is equally as simple.
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Search The Web Like A Pro

It’s a big Web out there. When you want to search it quickly and effectively, follow these tips:If you are short on time, consider using a multiple search engine to "grab" results from the leading search engines. Try multiple search engines like Mamma – The Mother of All Search Engines or Dogpile.com to get fast results.Don’t go back and forth. Instead of using your browser and the “back” button, consider opening a new window to view your results.
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Levi Strauss Throws In The Internet Sales Towel

Selling online is difficult – and costly. Clothing giant, Levi Strauss, confirmed last Friday that it will discontinue selling its products via the web.
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Internet Tip: Looking For Images? Check Here

It's 7:00am. You're getting ready to give a PowerPoint presentation to a client in two hours, and just realized you really need to enhance your presentation with some graphics. But where can you find a picture of a construction site to add to that one critical slide? Or a picture of the Eiffel Tower to pitch a prospective client looking to expand overseas? Check out and bookmark http://www.ditto.com, a wonderful search engine that looks for images across the Web.
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Windows 2000 set for Release

Microsoft has announced a release date of February 17 for its Windows 2000 operating system catering to network and company computers. The software will be available to manufacturers by the end of 1999, enabling them to make-ready their systems by the February debut.Windows 2000 is the new operating platform that follows the company's NT product line. In fact, companies who are running NT 3.0 should know that Windows 2000 will only run on NT 4.0.
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Melissa-like Worm Discovered

Computer Associates International announced that a new worm-type of virus. has popped up in the Netherlands. The worm is named “Badass.”As with other global viruses, it’s only a matter of time before it reaches the U.S. This worm is similar to the devastating Melissa virus.
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Trojan Horse or Virus – Do you know the difference?

They inherit names like Melissa, Thursday and Chernobyl, but what are they? These three were viruses. Another popular cyber warfare tactic is use of a trojan horse program.Trojan horses operate by pretending to do one thing (obvious to the victim) while really doing something else (unknown to the victim). Trojan horses work because they send the victim a “gift” to keep the victim occupied while they perform their cyber terrorism.
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E-Commerce Solution For The Construction Industry Released

AEC Connect is PurchasePro.com’s browser-based e-commerce solution for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. PurchasePro.com is a leading provider of online “business-to-business marketplaces.”The new software will electronically unite architects, engineers, contractors and suppliers. Linking the parties will offer operational efficiencies.
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Renting Applications: Is the Market Oversaturated?

CPAs and accounting professionals have heard much over the past few months about ASPs, or Application Service Providers, and the business of renting software applications that more closely fits their needs instead of buying entire packages.Industry leaders like Microsoft are finding it difficult to come to terms with hosting options because projected revenues are difficult to determine based on the needs of small- to medium-sized businesses.Recently, the GartnerGroup reported that the market will reap $2.7 b
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A "Colorful" Future for the Palm Pilot

Palm aficionados can expect a color display for the hand-held information devices sometime during the first six months of 2000, according to an announcement made at the PalmSource 99 Conference in Santa Clara, CA.Up to now, Palm Pilots have had an LCD display, a disadvantage in convenience and readability compared to some of the models by popular manufacturers with the Microsoft-based Windows CE operating system.A drawback to a color display for the Palm, according to industry sources, is that the display will draw
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Earn Your Estate Planning Certificate Online

A two-part program called, “Estate Planning Certificate Program,” is now available through OnlineLearning.net.The leading online supplier of continuing adult education has teamed with the California CPA Educational Foundation to offer the program to accounting professionals. Estate planning is rapidly becoming a “hot” consulting area. This program will help accountants compete as they offer more expertise.The comprehensive study is offered in two eight-week modules.
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Postal E-Competition Could Change the Way You Conduct Business

How much does your business rely on the U.S. Postal Service? According to government research scheduled for release at a congressional hearing today, the Internet could threaten the Postal Service’s ability to provide universal service in the future. As we turn to the Internet as an alternate means of sending documents and conducting business with our clients, the Postal Service is expected to experience the impact of this e-competition. Although the Postal Service reportedly achieved record earnings during the fiscal year that ended Sept.
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Technology Planning Tips You Won't Want To Miss

AccountingWEB (AW) recently sat down with Technology Consultant Roman Kepczyk (RK) of InfoTech Partners North America to discuss successful ways that CPA firms can navigate through the confusing waters of technology planning today.AW: Roman, thank you for joining us today.
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Banner Ads are Five Years Old: Are They Already Dead?

Believe it or not, the banner ad you see on many popular Web sites is five years old ... but have the candles all blown out on this advertising medium, once touted as the newest way to reach mass audiences?Experts at the eretailing '99, a conference sponsored by shop.org, believe there are better ways to reach consumers and steer traffic to the Web.
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PWC Expands E-Business Services With New Partnership

The buzzword in today's marketplace is "e-business," and PricewaterhouseCoopers knows it.The Big 5 firm has announced a partnership with methodfive to provide customers an expanded portfolio of e-business services, including Web design and development, integration with a customer's other services and back-end processing.To solidify the arrangement, PWC is an equity owner in methodfive.
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Use Computer Presentations Like A Pro

Remember slides? Those transparent things we used to use with an overhead for presentations? Chances are you can remember this kinder, gentler technology. Today, we live in an age of PowerPoint and computer projectors. Technology is a wonderful thing, but it must be respected. To make the most of it, use these simple tips.Keep It Simple. With the font libraries and color spectrums available today, you might be tempted to use a little of this or a little of that to “spice” up your presentation. Don’t. Use no more than six colors on each slide.
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Run a Client Business Plan By This Expert System

Do you have clients who come to you with a business idea or a business plan and ask you to review it for feasibility? You can now get some additional expert feedback to blend with your own insight by logging on to http://www.businessinsight.org and quickly get a forecast of how the business may fare down the road.

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