Smart Stops on the Web


Open a New Window
CPAs looking for Microsoft Windows troubleshooting advice can get articles, discussion forums and links to detailed guidance here. Users can find out the difference between various Windows versions, see a road map of their operating systems, learn how to customize their PCs and improve their performance and reduce e-clutter. Take a break from the high-tech talk with the Humor section to read “The Night Before Startup.”

Get a Checkup
If your computer acts like it has gremlins in it, sign up for a free account at this Web site and get to the heart of the matter. Run privacy and virus scans and download software to optimize your PC’s performance. Visitors can find out the five user behaviors on which spyware companies prey and get a monthly newsletter with PC performance tips.

CPAs looking to maximize their computer’s performance can subscribe to one of four free e-newsletters at this home page. : The Office Letter is devoted to the Microsoft Office suite. It offers tricks, tools and techniques for Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. : Jim Boyce Software Tips and Tricks concentrates on Windows and Office applications with helpful hints on such subjects as how to back up or move Outlook Express from one computer to another. : Karen’s Power Tools newsletter offers plain-language explanations for technical questions, such as what to do when backup-disk data go bad and a discussion on error-detection strategies. : Mike’s List, subtitled “The Silly Con Valley Report,” takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to technology with news on Apple and iPods and the “Lists o’ the Week,” which include Mike’s picks for gadgets to get, including a combination computer mouse and phone, or “gotta forget” ones, such as a laptop bag made of simulated human skin.

One Step Beyond
Find free help, hints and tips here on digital cameras and photo processing, audio players, printers and scanners. Learn how to remove adware and spyware from your computer, sign your e-mails and recover deleted messages. Go to the index of links for start-up business resources, such as how to accept credit card payments online, and get graphics to spice up your desktop publishing. Sign up for free e-mail notices for the latest PC tips on applications from Adobe Reader to WinZip.

The Global View
CPAs interested in international accounting and investment topics should bookmark this e-portal to get analysis and commentary, daily market data, news and research about the economies of the Americas, Asia/Pacific and Europe. For the United States, for example, users can find links to charts, data and daily quotes for favorite stock picks, overviews from Marketwatch and CNN Money, news on mutual funds, stocks and options and futures.

Money Matters
CPA/financial planners can find tips at this e-stop to help themselves and their clients create personal budgets, find credit counseling, consolidate and manage their debts, and retire early and live comfortably. Find out whether your investment strategies are up to date, take note of frequently overlooked tax deductions, access national finance news feeds and point clients to free life insurance quotes. The Financial Calculator Center offers dozens of calculations to help with college funding, debt consolidation and retirement planning.

One-Stop Job Shop
Looking for your dream job? Take the free career test at this e-stop and then search for your ideal position by job category, keyword or location. Sign up for any of three newsletters to get expert advice on job searching, lists of “cool jobs” and career fair information. Go to the Advice & Resources section for links to career path advice and strategies, continuing education, interview tips and resume and relocation services. Also read eight tricky interview questions and practice 10 ways to stay confident during your job search.

EP Phone Home
Are you an entrepreneurial parent (EP)? If not, become a free member and access this Web site’s articles and essays on child care solutions, home-office tax deductions and work/life balance. The EP Resource Center has links to help you manage your home business, including a link to UPS tracking information and free contact directories searchable by phone number or snail or e-mail address. Also find e-stops for advertising your business services online and information for work-at-home dads.

—Vince Nolan


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Black CPA Centennial, 1921–2021

With 2021 marking the 100th anniversary of the first Black licensed CPA in the United States, a yearlong campaign kicked off to recognize the nation’s Black CPAs and encourage greater progress in diversity, inclusion, and equity in the CPA profession.