Accounting And Getting The Numbers Right

aagtValuable business info is trapped inside your accounting files–set your data free and gain new insight with spreadsheet analysis

HAS YOUR ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE TAKEN YOUR data hostage? If your only insight into your financial status has been via your bookkeeping program, you’re in for a surprise when you break your data free. Once released, you can use the data every day for business analysis, and display it in an easy-to-read and attractive report format suitable for use in a business plan, loan application, presentation, or even for publishing on your office intranet.

Of course, your accounting package can handle invoicing and payroll tasks that your office productivity suite can’t touch, but when it comes to keeping track of how well your business …

Staying On Top Of Your Contacts Is Critical For Contractors

sotoycWHOEVER SAID, “THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, the more they stay the same,” never ran a home office. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, freelance or contract-based worker, or work remotely full or part time for a firm someplace else, your contact information is your lifeline to clients, vendors, partners, and coworkers. Change it, and you’ll render entries in hundreds of Rolodexes and Palm organizers obsolete. A simple change of address or phone number can snowball into a loss of business, or even call your professionalism or your company’s stability into question. At the very least, it can annoy and inconvenience the very people with whom you’ve worked hard to establish relationships.

Like many home-based workers, Marilyn Milne has dealt with changes of all kinds. …

Need To Know About An App Or Language? Read Something!

aaaSelf-help books should be required reading for software and systems designers. All such books advocate self-knowledge, and self-knowledge is precisely what today’s computers need.

Programs and data should know what they are and what they can do and with what they can do it. PC programs and data files are woefully ignorant about themselves. As is often the case, Macs are ahead of PCs, but even they have a long way to go.

Let’s start with the basics: Every data file should recognize which application was used to create it and which format governs Continue reading

Remember Floptical?? If You Say You Do, You’re Lying

rmbftlFor corporations seeking more storage space in a non-networked environment, floptical technology clears a new path.

This technique of high-density magnetic recording on special floppy disks with optical servo tracks frees up 20M bytes of storage space on a single disk. Optical tracks, which support more accurate seeks than magnetic tracks, are used on floptical disks as alignment guides for the magnetic tracks on which the data is stored.

Because a laser places the optical tracks on the disk in a factory preformatting process, conventional disks cannot be formatted to the 20M-byte capacity. However, because floptical drives can also Continue reading