Rant against desktop accounting

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Computers and Internet, Data Management

I’ve been critical of accountants and business managers who have not adapted to online hosted accounting platforms. Their logic in using local desktop-based accounting software programs just does not make sense to me because almost all the sources of accounting data are already hosted online and almost all the output of accounting data are already hosted online. Why […]

It’s time for a fresh look at computer backup

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Data Management, Security, Small Business

I revisit this topic of data backup occasionally and I think you should too. The simple question is ‘What’s the best way to keep my digital data safe from disaster?‘ The conversation involves several steps. First, it is important to recognize the range of risks. It does no good to have a backup system that […]

Keep the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Independent

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Banking, Data Management, government, News and Politics

In 2008 the United States suffered a previously unimaginable financial blow stemming from negligence, scandal and fraud at multiple levels of banking, Wall Street investment firms and government. We suffered but survived it by coming together, accepting the major financial setback to our lives, and taking steps to ensure that it did not happen again. One […]

Short review of Windows Fax and Scan

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Computers and Internet, Data Management, Small Business

Windows Fax and Scan is a utility program built into all modern versions of Windows operating software. I did not use this utility program until recently when I became discouraged by my lack of ability to maintain my earlier version of an Abobe Acrobat program in a Windows 10 operating system without switching to a […]

Soaring cellular data costs

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Computers and Internet, Data Management

I live and work in an area 50 miles south of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and 20 miles east of Dover, Delaware in a rural part of New Jersey not served by cables or phone wires. We used to have regular telephone wires that were used for basic internet in the 1990s but service was always spotty and […]

Nonprofits and small businesses lack security measures

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Computers and Internet, Data Management, nonprofit, Security

I started the week by reviewing IRS’s publication about guarding taxpayer data. The publication is meant for tax firms but the concepts apply to all organizations that handle sensitive data. Last week I reviewed an accounting firm’s operations and, for the second time this year, declined to work with a service provider solely on the […]

How to deduct 98% of your cell phone bill

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Computers and Internet, Data Management, Small Business, Taxes

A few months ago during tax season I wrote about how changing wireless phone billing practices are having an impact on income tax preparation practices. But I did not realize the extent of that change – and how it directly applied to me – until now. I concluded that I can legitimately deduct 98% of […]

Disaster Recovery as a Service for small businesses

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Computers and Internet, Data Management, Small Business

Disaster Recovery as a Service  (DRaaS) can be a cost effective insurance policy for small businesses. Instead of having to buy and maintain separate servers, SAN, storage, network, firewall, rack space,  the business can store copies of data and backups of that data on remote cloud-based services. This offers redundant methods of recovery  from a wide range […]