Tracking Expenses The Old Fashioned Way

teThe best hint anyone ever gave me for keeping track of my business expenses was decidedly low-tech. A writing buddy, complaining about how disorganized she was with her records, mentioned that she just threw all of her receipts into a cardboard accordion file and then took the mess to her accountant in January. The proverbial light bulb went on over my head: “Aha! An accordion file! Why didn’t I think of that?”

Until that point, I had fancied myself on the cutting edge of expense record-keeping: I had designed a spreadsheet that kept a running tally of business expenses, and I always knew at a keystroke how much I was spending on subscriptions and fax paper or what my total deductible business expenses were on a year-to-date basis. But my receipts and cancelled checks were just piled in a shoe box. If I ever got audited, it would probably take me days to sort through all …


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Radiation: Sometimes Scary, Sometimes Not

The electromagnetic force is with you. It surrounds you with its power. Radiating from the sun, it brings you warmth, light, and color. From the center of the earth, it seeps through soil and into water and the air. From radios, computers, and other electronic devices it brings you sights, information, and sounds. Electromagnetic energy, or radiation, fills the environment. Studies have been completed on radiation. Some is vital to your life. Some is harmful.

All electromagnetic energy consists of vibrating electric and magnetic fields that spread out in all directions. Each kind has its own wavelength or frequency that gives it unique properties. You can see, for example, the colors of visible light, and you can feel the heat of infrared radiation. Other rays, such as radio waves and X-rays, cannot be seen or felt.

Non-ionizing radiation, which is emitted as electricity flows, includes microwaves; radar; UHF (ultrahigh frequency) and VHF (very high frequency) …


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Saving $23 Billion Isn’t Easy

fotnComputers haven’t given us a paperless office yet–but maybe telecommunications will help to take some cars and trucks off the highways. After all, America’s transportation infrastructure is facing a crisis, with demand far exceeding supply. What it we–the people using computers, phones, fax machines, modems, overnight delivery services, and airplanes to conduct business–reduced the demand? What if we substituted telecommunications for transportation?

One of the country’s most respected think tanks recently asked that question, and came up with a surprising answer. Arthur D. Little, the Cambridge, Massachusetts–based research firm, concluded that if Americans could substitute telecommunications for transportation 10 to 20 percent of the time, it would

* Allow six million automobile commuters to work at home.

* Eliminate almost three billion shopping trips annually.

* Eliminate nearly 13 million business trips annually through teleconferencing.

* Eliminate more than 600 million truck and airplane delivery miles annually through electronic transfer of paper documents.

What would this …


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Are You Looking For A Mouthpiece For Snoring?

If you were to look up mouthpiece for snoring on the internet, you will find not only enough long explanations as to why you are snoring but also scientific theories on how to stop snoring. That is the advantage of having access to the internet. You can go from site to site and page to page just to gather data.

You cannot help but see these advertisements flashing on your screen and it is easy enough to go on to those pages. You may find that there is a huge list of devices that are supposed to magically stop you from snoring. Some of these lists may include a mouthpiece for snoring.

While it is true that some of the snorers have taken to ignoring the fact that they snore rather heavily, there are still those that sense the discomfort of their partner and would like to find a solution for their snoring habit. It may be for purely selfish reasons; however, it adds value to the relationship when you get on to using a mouthpiece for snoring. If only more and more people get on to the bandwagon and make a commitment to improving their sleeping patterns. It is just a matter of will power.

Does The SnoreRX Work? Yes, It Does.

What will help you understand snoring and its effects completely? Does the SnoreRX work is another question that needs complete understanding. While it is true that you can find anything you want by simply using the internet, you may want to go further into the research mode and talk to medical professionals. When you are able to understand all about snoring you should be able to see if there is a solution too. Many people swear by the new device called SnoreRX.

Now, if you want to ask, you should be able to find out from various testimonials. Your doctor would be the best person to answer as he would have been the one to recommend the product. Of course, the effect may vary from person to person. So, if you asked a person if  the SnoreRX mouthpiece works effectively, you would hear yes. You could say that it may become a purely subjective opinion. However, it is still worth trying and judging Read the rest of this entry »


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Marketers Take The Baton

mttbAs the era of cost-cutting to raise profits draws to an inevitable end, companies are starting to cast about for new ways to boost the bottom line.

The result: A renewed focus on marketing-driven top-line revenue growth, say executives at E.I. du Pont de Nemours, United Parcel Service and others, both through traditional marketing methods as well as emerging, non-traditional means.

“From 2000 to 2005, Du Pont was mainly driven by cost metrics; now we’re driven by growth metrics,” says George Cattermole, director-corporate marketing for the Wilmington, Del.-based conglomerate, which had $43.8 billion in sales in 1996.

“We want to increase the value of our stock 15% per year and we don’t think you can get that through cost-cutting,” Mr. Cattermole adds. “You have to start to grow your revenue. As markers continue to expand, if you don’t grow you lose market share.”

The profit growth of recent years has often come from major cutting and …


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Manual On RAID 5 Recovery

Anything done manually takes longer time than anything done automatically does. This is because a lot of process is usually involved to complete everything that needs to be done. A manual RAID 5 recovery will require a process for you to get to the end. When you visit a RAID 0 recovery page, you are usually able to determine the array parameters manually at any given time.

A raid 5 being a redundant array, it stores parity data unlike a Raid 0. For you to understand the full configuration of your array, all that is needed is to find out the parity position and rotation. With all these, you are good to go. Manual RAID 5 recovery is often simple for those who have done it several times and succeeded.

Determining the parity position is usually controlled by two parameters which are parity position and parity rotation. On the array block, looking over them usually finds out the parity position.hat block when looked at keenly and looks most unlike the data is what is referred to as the parity block. Manual RAID 5 recovery might be somehow confusing but when done keenly, the process works out very well than expected. Always get some guidelines from anywhere and make sure to have the best out of the rest.

There are some facts that should be at hand always as you recover data. First it is always good to have a back up your data to prevent loss. It is always vital to replace a failed hard disc when you detect any malfunctioning. Whatever device you replace with it should be functioning in order and if it calls for a pre-testing, it should be pre tested. One should go through the RAID 5 server manufacturer’s documentation and distinguish between the other implementation levels of RAID and RAID 5. It is worth noting that if more than one hard drive has failed it will be hard to recover the lost data and in this case, an expert may come in handy to assist. Never attempt to recover data in such a situation but immediately consult an expert.

On the other hand don’t think that the services of a RAID 5 recovery specialist are the outright solution right away. It is wrong to try disc drives in different slots unless you are sure of the order and you should be double sure that the system will accept the changes. It is very wrong to apply the trial and error method when you’re dealing with this kind of failure. 

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Registering Users Can Mean Solid Profits

nurBefore you start registering users of your company’s Web site, experts say you should ask two questions: What do you want to know, and how can you help your prospects by knowing it?

The result of the Web registration process is a registration database. This can be a valuable tool, said Seth Goldin, president of Yoyodyne, an Irvington, N.Y., company that runs contests aimed at collecting such databases for marketers, but only if you follow the rules.



The first rule, he says, is request only what you can use, then use it. Second, scale the back-end that houses the database so it can grow as your customer base grows.

“It’s easy to maintain a database of under 10,000 people. But when databases grow past that point, many companies have been hurt by being unable to respond, via e-mail, to market demands from the database,” Mr. Goldin says.

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Get Yourself Telecommuting!

gytImagine that your employer has just said you can work from home two days a week, or two weeks a month. That is, you can try such a work arrangement and later make it permanent if there aren’t any problems. What can you do to abet your chances of success?

You have two goals. The first is to show that you can be more productive than you are in the office. The second is to make your absence from the office as trouble free as possible. Coworkers should be able to reach you easily, and you should receive information and deliver work to the office without causing unusual disruptions of work patterns.

It will not be hard to show a productivity gain; since you’ll have fewer distractions, you’ll produce more. But trying to set up a smooth communications system has been my bane since I began telecommuting in 1985. It will probably be yours too. So …


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The Magic Of Happy Living

In 1978 I started a form of group therapy for people with cancer, called Exceptional Cancer Patients, or ECAP. I began this work after a long period of unhappiness and pain, during which I had to confront my limitations as a physician. I learned that patients do sometimes die, a reality not taught in medical school, where success is defined in terms of making people better. Because people often don’t get better and everyone eventually does die, I and many other doctors are made to feel like failures. We do not know what to do with these and other feelings, so most physicians choose to stop feeling. I, however, couldn’t do this.

I was brought up to share and express my feelings. I knew it was self-destructive to put a lid on all of one’s emotions. So I went to workshops to learn how to deal with my pain. At one of them I sat


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Keeping Your Anger Chilled

Each of us from time to time experience so-called negative emotions. One of these is anger. Often persons become distressed with others and consider taking drastic action on the spur of the moment to correct what they think is an unfair circumstance. But, wait a minute. Does anger really pay?

There are two ways this emotion can affect you: physically and psychologically. Anger can bring about high blood pressure, ulcers, indigestion, and headaches. Individuals, in this state of mind, tend to think unclearly and make irrational judgments. Often criminals plead insanity because they were intensely angry when the offense was committed.

Anger can also have an influence on personal relationships. Few of us enjoy communicating with anyone who is angry. It is alright to have a disagreement with another and to express that in a civilized manner. Debate is healthy. But, it is quite different to physically or emotionally abuse those who oppose you. After all,


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