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 …


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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, according to the Shippers Council. 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 …


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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 setup. 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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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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