Smart stops on the Web.





GENERAL INTEREST

Web on Web
http://www.webcompare.com
This site provides in-depth information on server software for the Web including reviews of the top five servers, comparisons of products and weekly news items concerning online and Internet issues.

Almost there
http://www.visc.vt.edu/succeed/videoconf.html
Learning what's available for desktop video conferencing makes this useful for comparison shoppers who can find detailed product descriptions and a list of pointers to other Web pages.

Information Highway Service Station
http://www.tuneup.com
To keep PCs "tuned-up" and protected from crashes and viruses, this site features antivirus and hard-drive diagnostic software and plug-ins. Self-designated as a one-stop, online PC service station, the site offers a frequently asked questions page as well as customer service and technical support staff to help with PC care questions.

Whom to See, How to Get There
http://www.city.net
This City.Net Travel site helps users reserve airline tickets and gives detailed Web tours of all available cities. Another useful feature is "People Finder," which lists the names, addresses and phone numbers of any person or business in the phone book.

A Century of Insurance Data
http://www.nuco.com
National Underwriter, providing information on the insurance industry since 1897, is now online with a searchable database of articles on insurance, a catalog of products, a list of industry meetings and a custom e-mail system designed to provide notices of key topics

All About Mutual Funds
http://www.ici.org
The Investment Company Institute, the national association of the investment company industry, provides fund facts and figures, references to congressional testimony and educational information.


BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY

Be our Guest
http://www.lodgingresearch.com
This site, from Coopers and Lybrand, provides a wealth of information on the hotel industry including industry news, a database of industry transactions and financial data

Order!
http://parli.com
Anyone who ever has to lead a meeting will want to check out Robert McConnell Productions' online guide to parlimamentary procedures. Download free meeting tips, read an advice column and order videos and books.

Hire a Free Bookkeeper
http://www.champbiz.com
Like many software companies, Champion Business Systems describes its products on its Website. However, it also offers a free bookkeeping program with general ledger, financials, payables, receivables, payroll and a report writer. Champion even promises free updates.



NEWS

IRS sets start date for tax season

The IRS announced that tax season will start in late January and that it will issue refunds to taxpayers despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.

PODCAST

Why CPAs can’t wait on automation tools

What do accounting firms waiting on others to develop AI, automation, and data analytics tools have in common with a baseball fan sitting in a stadium filling with water at an exponential rate? The answer could determine your firm’s fate.