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E-Postcard friendly-looking, but damaging

A computer virus masquerading as a digital postcard could install a Trojan, or worm hijacking software on your computer, allowing others full access to your PC. Simply clicking on the link contained in the e-mail message launches the malicious software (malware). "The bad thing is it opens what they call a back door and what that will do is allow someone at some point to exploit your computer in any number of ways," computer technician Dan Blanchard told NBC News.The e-mails look innocent enough.
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New strategy for building online communities

By Lynn Sheehan Building online communities for stakeholders including employees, staff, customers, and partners to increase communication, collaboration, and learning is a crucial strategic program to attract and retain the next generation of employees. Generally, it takes a catalyst to push stakeholders to interact online—especially the over-30 crowd.
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The secrets of effective Web marketing

By James PenningtonAt a recent seminar with the Chartered Institute of Marketing at UK's Warwick University, National B2B Centre consultant James Pennington presented some pointers on how to make your website a more effective marketing mechanism.First things first - plan your websiteSo many people sit down and start working on their website, then they stop and never get started again, because they haven't thought about what they are trying to do.
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Thomson Tax & Accounting launches OneSource Tax

Thomson Tax & Accounting, a segment of The Thomson Corporation, has released OneSource Tax, a portal interface designed to help corporate tax departments easily access tax tools, manage workflows, and track key information."The vision behind developing the OneSource Tax platform was driven by the need to create a tool that would allow our customers to better manage their workflows through the integration and utilization of the entire Thomson Tax & Accounting portfolio of software and services for the corporate tax market," said Michael Knighton, vice president of Corporate Workflow Tools fo
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'Reports of VBA's demise have been greatly exaggerated'

Over the past few weeks, Microsoft has tried to reassure user-programmers that it would continue to offer Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) within Office applications. Rumors and controversy have swirled since last month's release of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, which did not include support for VBA.
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Excel flagged as corporate security weak spot

Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet program has become a primary target for hacking attacks, according to security experts recently interviewed by Redmond magazine. In the last 12 months, for example, Symantec has identified at least six Excel vulnerabilities for which there were no patches.
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Accessing the World Wide Web from the comforts of the world

There are numerous buzzwords floating through the world of business today, but recently it seems that wireless fidelity access has been tossed around more than others. Places like restaurants, train stations and airports, libraries, hotels, hospitals, coffee shops, bookstores, and many other public places are opening their networks to the public, either for free or for a small cost, giving laptops, Wi-Fi phones and other suitable portable devices instant access to the Internet.
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Far from remote: The risks of mobile working

As many as 81 percent of hiring managers have policies in place that allow employees to work remotely, according to a study performed by Yoh, a talent and outsourcing services provider. And the results of a study released by study released by Cisco and Insight Express, an independent surveyor, which polled 1,000 remote workers in 10 countries, found that teleworkers frequently hijack neighbors' wireless networks, share computers with non-employees, and open e-mail from unknown sources.
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Business on the move

Love it or hate it, modern mobile technology means we're always on demand. Sometimes you have to know when to switch off. Recent news states that some airlines are making preparations to allow the use of mobile phones in flight, signaling the end of being "uncontactable." Now no one can leave their work at the office. Of course, being able to work at will, almost anywhere and anytime, has radically changed the way we do business. But it's a double-edged sword. On the one hand, mobile communications means workers have more flexibility and can be more productive.
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New gadgets ease the pain of traveling

So much about traveling is beyond your control: delayed flights, too-small seats, poor service, annoying passengers, traffic jams, pre-packaged meals (or none at all)... the list is endless. Why not tune out some of the aggravation with some of the newest gadgets?
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Internet disruptions a 'close shave' for India

Internet speeds slowed for several days after three Internet cables in the Mediterranean Sea were sliced, disrupting service in the Middle East and India, but observers say major outsourcing operations adjusted to the crisis well.India has attracted a huge volume of data processing and back-office work, and the largest western businesses felt few effects, FinanceWeek reported. Infosys, for example, India's second largest business process offshoring provider, said its service was unaffected because of redundancies built into its system.
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10 tips to avoid spam

Spam is a fact of Internet life. According to recent figures from the security software industry, more than 80 percent of e-mail traffic is made up of spam. To fight the spam menace, McAfee published following suggestions to help prevent your e-mail address from becoming a target to spammers.Do not post your e-mail address in an unobfuscated form on the Internet.
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Microsoft warns of new 'Zero day' Excel 2003 vulnerability

A Microsoft Security Advisory note issued on January 15th revealed that Excel 2003 had been targeted by attacks on a previously unknown vulnerability. The advisory provided few specific details, but explained that hackers would need to place a specially crafted Excel file on a Web site to launch an attack.
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Excel 2008 and MacBook Air debut at MacWorld

If all that comes to mind when you think of a MacWorld is a burger-based theme park, then you're lagging in the fast-moving world of technology. Following hard on the heels of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, last week's Apple's own MacWorld conference and expo in San Francisco was the biggest yet with 485 exhibitors and marked a shift of emphasis for Apple.Apple's recent strategy has concentrated on the groundbreaking iPod, iPhone, and AppleTV, leaving the world of business to Microsoft.
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Spreadsheet blip adds $140,000 to Arizona school payroll

A story emanating from the accounts department of the Tucson Unified School District is on its way to the spreadsheet hall of shame after teachers were paid an extra $141,114.38 at the beginning of January, 2008. According to a report in the Arizona Daily Star, the trouble started when the district agreed to back-dated pay raises and retroactive pay for teachers in December.
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DaaS joins SaaS and PaaS as latest buzzword

Software as a Service provider Salesforce.com is adding another string to its bow in the form of Development as a Service. First there was SaaS; then there was PaaS; now it's DaaS that's being pushed by Salesforce.com. Development as a Service is being touted as part of the firm's wider Platform as a Service initiative. DaaS essentially is a set of development tools and API that can be used to development applications that run on the Force.com cloud under the PaaS model.
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ExcelZone's Five Minute Pivot Table Tips - Index

ExcelZone's series of Five Minute tips aims to develop your skills at using Excel pivot tables. If you want to try out each tip for yourself, Excel expert David Carter takes you through a worked example on a small sample database of sales invoices.In the worked examples you will analyze the invoices to show sales by product, sales by customer, gross margins, margin percentage etc. The series is therefore relevant to sales and marketing people as well as accountants.
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AICPA announces top ten technology initiatives for 2008

Information Security Management will be the most important initiative affecting IT strategy, investment, and implementation in business organizations over the next 12-18 months, according to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' 19th Annual Top Technology Initiatives survey.
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Google Desktop Search slows Excel

As reported recently on the Daily Dose of Excel site, Charles Williams of DecisionModels.com tried to find out what was causing the delays on certain versions of Excel when he tried to clear a large range of cells. Following further discussions on VBA news groups, it was found that problem could be linked to the EnableEvents property.
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Social networking breeds new wave of 'Trojan 2.0' attacks

The great Facebook boom of 2007 has been accompanied by a new generation of phishing and trojan horse virus attacks, according to security experts.In its review of the year, MessageLabs noted that websites such as Facebook, Linked-In, and Plaxo presented rich pickings for identity thieves looking to gather personal information.

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