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Download This Computer Usage Policy

Does your firm have a policy for staff use of computers or the Internet? If not, you need to implement one sooner rather than later. Info Tech Partners North America, a leading technology consulting organization working with CPA firms, authored a sample policy that was used in the MAP handbook and has weathered the test of time. Please send your comments (or thanks) to Roman Kepczyk for making this sample policy available to the profession.
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Is Your ISP Working For You?

Let's face it: as small business owners, our reliance on the Internet is only going to increase over time. As we work to expand our client base using the Internet to transport those important financial documents, the Internet Service Provider (ISP) we currently use could literally make … or break us.So, how do we find the ISP that best serves our business needs?There's no perfect answer, but these guidelines may help you determine if your current ISP is a keeper, or if it's time to go shopping for a new one.· Search for an ISP that provides reliable customer service.
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You Can Protect Yourself From Being Spammed

Being spammed seems to have become a part of everyday life in this age of e-mail. While we were once bombarded with "paper spam" in our home and office mailboxes, e-mail has transformed these paper direct mailing advertisements to electronic messages that appear in our e-mail boxes without warning or solicitation.A recent study conducted by GartnerGroup Interactive revealed that 90% of people who use the Internet are spammed on a weekly basis. 50% of these people receive spam mail daily.
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CCH TAXESSENTIALS DELIVERS CRITICAL TAX INFORMATION, VALUE ON THE WEB FOR SMALL FIRMS, GENERAL PRACTITIONERS,

CCH TAXESSENTIALS DELIVERS CRITICAL TAX INFORMATION, VALUE ON THE WEB FOR SMALL FIRMS, GENERAL PRACTITIONERS, ENROLLED AGENTS(RIVERWOODS, ILL., October 7, 1999) – CCH INCORPORATED (CCH), a leading provider of tax and business law information has introduced CCH ®TaxEssentials™, a new Internet-based research and productivity product designed to meet the special desktop needs of small firms, enrolled agents and the general tax practitioner.
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CCH POWERS UP INTERNET WITH MORE NEW FEATURES

CCH POWERS UP INTERNET WITH MORE NEW FEATURES FOR ITS INTERNET TAX RESEARCH NETWORKFaster Starts, More Effective Searches, Greater Customization Through CCH Innovation(RIVERWOODS, ILL., October 7, 1999) – In response to the continuing rapid adoption of Internet services by accounting and legal professionals, CCH INCORPORATED (CCH), a leading provider of tax and business law information, said today that it has added a number of valuable new features to its CCH Internetsm Tax Research NetWork™ (CITRN).
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Is There a $200 PC In Your Future?

We've all seen the retail price of personal computers (PCs) drop in recent years, but could they possibly fall to a low of $200 by the end of next year? Industry analysts are divided on this issue.Some analysts believe companies like eMachines Inc., who already sell computers for less than $400, will make this prediction a reality.
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Guru.com Provides Services and Support for Business Consultants

Freelancers and small business owners, this one is for you! If you're looking for an electronic support site, check out Guru.com. The site, which went live in June, is slated to offer a host of services for the nation's 25 million self-employed professionals when it is fully operational later this fall.Site creators Jon and James Slavet refer to independent professionals as gurus, and plan to provide everything from vendors for health insurance and bill collection, to expert advice. But the site's biggest draw may be the new job-matching service.
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Internet Tip: Brush Up On Your Techno-Glossary

The techies in your office are constantly bringing you information about ISPs, LANs, WANs, bump mapping, P3P, DSTP and other terms that most people don't know and don't want to know about. Luckily for the majority of us there is a technology encyclopaedia available on line, which defines this alphabet soup of today's technical lexicon.
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Ten Steps To Build Web Stickiness

Research has shown that around 80 percent of first time surfers tend not to return to a web site once they have made their initial visit - yet building a strong brand and a loyal customer base, ensuring repeat visits, and ultimately repeat sales, is critical to ensuring a company's online success.According to Nvision, the ten areas which businesses must concentrate on include:Easy access - Start by getting the basics right. Registration is a great way of getting to know who is visiting your site and capturing some key details.
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Microsoft to Offer Software for Rent

The Financial Times reports that Microsoft is believed to be about to offer software for rent over the internet as early as the first quarter of next year. This is expected to be a major growth area next year and Microsoft, the dominant player in the Office suite market is keen not to be left behind.Microsoft’s rival, Sun Microsystems, plans to offer a competing range of software products for free on the Internet later next year.
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PWC Survey Reveals E-Commerce is key to Economic Growth in Asia Pacific

Small- and medium-sized companies' use of electronic commerce is key to economic growth in Asia Pacific, according to the results an international survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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DON'T DOWNLOAD AOL 5.0 WITHOUT READING THIS!

Stop press. New features abound in the new AOL v. 5.0, but you may find that in downloading the new version you will lose your connection to the Internet. If you have an AOL account and a separate dial up account with another Internet Service Provider, the new AOL 5.0 may disable your Internet connections. The culprit appears to be the AOL TCP/IP adapter installed by AOL 5.0. In some instances, it may establish itself as the default network adapter and disable any DNS settings required to connect to an ISP.
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Ez401k.com is a Fast, Inexpensive Alternative to Setting up Plans

CPAs who provide consulting services in retirement planning take note: employers can now set up a 401(K) retirement plan on the Internet at ez401k.com.Ez401k.com markets itself as an efficient and inexpensive alternative to traditional 401(k) planning. With the cost to set up a company retirement plan at $401, ez401k.com gives businesses a savings in fees of $1,500 or more. A watch on the ez401k.com home page lets an employer see exactly how long it takes them to design a plan and print out announcements for employees.
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Support For XML Available

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has developed an initiative that will encourage standardized digital financial statement formats using extensible markup language (XML).
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Another Big 5 Exec Lured To the Internet

Hot on the heels of Andersen Consulting CEO George Shaheen's retirement to head up Internet startup Webvan, Jeffrey Hirschberg today announced his retirement as Vice Chairman of Ernst & Young to become a director of visitalk.com, a web-based telecommunications start up company.At visitalk, Hirschberg's role will be to help facilitate the company's attempt to build a global directory that allows online voice and video calling.
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Internet Taxation Panel May Delay Report

Following up on a story we published last month, it appears as if the Congressionally appointed Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce may not complete its much anticipated report in April 2000, as originally expected.The U.S. Senate's primary sponsor of the panel, Sen.
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GAO Issues Report on Risks in Computer Networks

Overprotective or not, the General Accounting Office today issued a report citing the unstable environment associated with computer networks and the associated fallout related to national defense, taxation, law enforcement and air traffic control.Part of the report focused on statistics compounded by the risky networks, including the number of times the federally funded emergency response team at Carnegie Melon University's CERT Coordination Center responded to security problems.
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IBM Joins Apple and Others in Adding Color to its Hardware Palette

Color is the key with IBM ThinkPad I-Series 1400 notebooks. Purchasers will soon have a choice between seven covers that snap on to the notebook computers. Colors range from a metallic green to the corporate "big blue."This particular line of notebook computers is only 12 months old, but IBM believes the color choices add to the personalization associated with today's computing needs.
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Delays For Windows 2000

Microsoft promised Windows 2000 and a whole lot more, but hasn’t delivered – yet. Microsoft announced a new release date in November which means many IT professionals may not get the new operating system until January. So much for ringing in Y2K with Windows 2000.Beta testers of the software complain that the ongoing delays have affected their maintenance plans and their budgets. For example, one company budgeted training money for the new operating system for a certain quarter.
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New Internet Job Sites Offer More

Employers looking to snag twenty-somethings know they have to look at the Internet to get in front of these technology-driven whiz kids. The good news is that today it could cost a lot less.A few years ago, a leading job search site like monster.com was the only place to go. Today, so-called “second generation” job search sites are offering more services at a lower cost. Capitalism is alive and well on the Net today.Veteran job search sites charge companies more than $200 for a job listing; new sites charge as little as $39.

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