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New Program Now Available To Help With Accounting Software

Firms looking to offer more software assistance now can partner with the leading PC-based accounting software company. Sage Software Inc. just launched the Sage Accountant Alliance (SAA) program to better serve the CPA community. Members of the new alliance will receive:- BusinessWorks and MAS 90 software- Discounts on training and other products and services offered by Sage- Software update newsletters- Access to the SAA web site- Toll-free telephone support servicesThe alliance should help CPAs better serve their clients.
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Technology Tip: Better Method For Copying Disks

Did you ever want to copy one entire floppy or zip disk onto another, but were frustrated by having to load it onto the hard drive first and then retrieving it? To save the hard drive step, open Explorer (right mouse click) and highlight the drive you want to copy, then right click again and click on "Copy Disk." Simply click on Start and follow instructions. Midway through the process, you'll be prompted to insert the destination disk and then you'll be done. Voila! No hard drive copying!
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Andersen Consulting CEO Shaheen Leaves To Join New Online Company

George T. Shaheen, a thirty year veteran of Arthur Andersen and CEO of Andersen Consulting since 1989, announced his retirement from the firm to join a new online grocery and drug megastore as President and CEO, effective immediately.The Webvan Group Inc. operates a fleet of vans to deliver a wide range of groceries ordered through its website. It currently operates exclusively in the San Francisco Bay area. Webvan is backed by CBS Inc.
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Free E-Mail Service Creates Security Scare

Could you have a Web-mail account and not know it?
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Electronic Signatures and Records Gain Validity

Electronic signatures and records are now valid according to the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA). The UETA was approved at the recent National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), and will go into effect January 1. But don't give up manually signing your name just yet.
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E&Y Named to Prestigious List for Internet Efforts

Industry Standard magazine has named Ernst & Young to its list of the top 100 Internet-savvy companies based on the Big 5 firm's technical and consulting efforts.The Standard considers E&Y and its $650 million in revenues (up $250 million from last year) to be an "I-Builder," or a champion in providing Web design and consulting services for a company's Internet clients. Named as one of the innovations is "Ernie," a mechanism by the company to provide service to clients who want to find help on their own.This is the first year for the publication's list.
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Happy Birthday Internet!

Wow! The Internet turns 30 years old this week. But even as the Internet gains in popularity, the numbers don’t lie. Almost 75 percent of the U.S. population doesn’t have access to the Internet.So, even at a hearty 30 years old, the Internet has a long way to go to adulthood.
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Mirroring WebTrust, Seal for Online Shopping Sites are More Popular

Just as the AICPA has enacted the WebTrust seal to demonstrate to the public that financial transactions over the Internet are secure, online shopping sites also are adopting various "seals of approval" for the sake of the public.A Harris poll found that less than 20 percent of online shoppers purchased goods or services over the Internet because they didn't want their credit cards exposed to unknown parties.
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Security is Hot Issue in Online Banking

Ensuring transactions are secure over the Internet is a chief concern for those who want to bank online. This and other observations were gained from a recent CNNfn poll on virtual banking.Just over 27 percent of respondents hailed security as their chief concern over other issues, such as a bank's financial stability and even ATM banking fees.
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Newest IT Solutions to be Showcased at the Financial Technology Expo

Trade-show goers be advised. More than 225 leading information technology companies in the banking, securities and insurance industries will showcase their products and services at the 8th annual Financial Technology Expo. The Expo will take place Nov. 16-18, 1999 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City and will feature separate conference programs.The most innovative IT solutions will be featured in pavilions designed specifically for financial services, banking, securities and insurance professionals.
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Practical Joke Aimed at Microsoft Products

Just when you thought you were turning the corner on Y2K compliance, some practical joker has initiated an email hoax that may make it to your staff before it gets to your IT department.The joke centers around Y2K compliance of Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT. The email starts out something like this: “Every copy of Windows will fail on January 1st unless you fix it now, to fix it…” The email then walks the reader through what looks like a fix.
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Help Your Site Get Noticed at Submit-It.com

Technology consultant Roman Kepczyk offers this tip on a free and easy way to boost visibility for your website and get a technical evaluation of it in the process. Go to the free trial for www.submit-it.com and submit your web site address. Not only will you get assistance with listing your site on the most popular search engines, but you will also receive tips on how to speed up the loading of your pages, as well as a list of any problems with the coding of your pages.
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Leasing PCs Enables Enhanced Capabilities Without Buying the Ranch

We lease cars, so why not PCs? The computer is said to depreciate faster than a car and become obsolete as soon as it is hooked up and ready to run. Business owners and others who replace their computers every two years or so may want to consider the leasing option.Some of the world's largest computer manufacturers are banking on this idea and pushing this arrangement.
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Broadband's Intensity Hits Business and Homes

Like a freight train going 90 miles an hour, broadband access is going to revolutionize the amount of content, as well as the way electronic files, video and other technologies are delivered to our businesses and homes. This and other observations about delivery speeds were delivered at an address by Broadcast.com Chairman and Founder Mark Cuban at the eTV conference in New York City.Among other predictions, Cuban said that there would be one source in the home that would serve as a digital entertainment center-with a computer-at a cost below $2,000.
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Ernst & Young Issues White Paper Focusing on E-Commerce Strategy

What type of e-commerce strategy does your company need to move its Internet presence from basic to highly profitable?
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Timberline Publishes First Biztalk Compatible Schemas

Newly available software links construction companies to project suppliers, subcontractors, owners and other construction players, allowing cost estimate information to flow freely along the Internet.Construction companies can now harness the power of the Internet with two new schemas for construction estimating created by Timberline Software Corporation.
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Powerful Tool Now Available For Finance Professionals

For accounting professionals working as a company's Chief Financial Officer, the offering of services provided in the new and improved Thomson Corporate Finance's WG&L Corporate Finance Network may prove to be a powerful resource tool. But could this new resource be another "Turbo Tax" for accounting services offered by accounting firms?The new web network offers interactive checklists that guide professionals through key activities such as SEC filings, merger and acquisition investigations, forecasting cash flow, and maximizing collections.
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Test The Way Your Email Looks

Do you ever wonder what your email looks like to a recipient? Is the format right? Does it contain all those #@%*! email tags at the bottom? To test your email, compose a short message and mail it to test-format@allrealgood.com. Once sent, go to http://www.allrealgood.com/format.txt to see your message on display (If you don't see it, hit reload or refresh on your browser).
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Study Reveals Web Sites are Only 19 Mouse Clicks Apart

The medium is the message, and interconnectivity is key to the technology. A study released Thursday in Nature says any two randomly selected pages on the Internet are only 19 mouse clicks apart from one another.The study was led by physics professor Albert-Laszlo Barbasi at the University of Notre Dame, who, along with his team, had a robot collect and follow all links found on one Web page.
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To Tax Or Not To Tax

A Note From Tina Kersen, AccountingWEB ContributorThe other day I hopped online to order some Ray Ban sunglasses. I was pleasantly surprised when I signed onto Shades.com to find the exact pair of shades I admired in the mall for exactly half the price. Prior to ordering at the virtual "check out," I figured my total savings· $60.00 ($120 retail vs.

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