On Second Thought


Several readers questioned my suggestion about using a USB flash memory thumb drive to add zip to a computer’s operating system (“Boost Your System Memory With a USB Flash Memory Stick,” June 09, page 86). On further investigation, I am scratching that suggestion.


I’ve since learned that not only doesn’t the addition of flash memory live up to Microsoft’s claims about significantly boosting operating system speed by increasing RAM, but also, as pointed out in the above item, the use of a solid-state memory device in a task that is constantly accessed is unwise because those memories have a finite read/write cycle life, and its use in a RAM function means it will be cycled every time RAM is accessed.



Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.