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We encounter many statements and reports in our day-to-day lives. Phone bills, utility bills, bank statements, and investment account statements are a few examples. More and more, the companies that produce these statements are making them available online, on demand through the Web. Some companies now offer incentives for customers to accept online statements in lieu of printed statements delivered through the mail; customers who want a printed record must print it locally. The problem with printing locally is that statements produced as HTML don't print well. The page breaks don't occur in the right place - table footers appear at the top of the page following where they should appear, and lines of text split from one page to the next. The edges of the reports get truncated on the printer such that all of the account detail on the right-hand side is lost. A much ... (more)

Favorite FLOSS Applications

I often make recommendations on the applications I use daily while sharing my perspective on the Linux desktop. However, recently I've been getting feedback from users on what they feel are the most valuable open source desktop applications and why. Don't take my word for it...take theirs. In this article users discuss their most useful desktop applications. Maybe you'll want to give them a try - if you already use some of them, you may discover features that you were unaware of. Evolution www.ximian.com Contributed by Jon Carnes, Network Guru, Featuretel My favorite desktop application is without a doubt Evolution by the folks at Ximian (now a part of Novell). Evolution is one of those killer apps that integrates a lot of basic applications: E-mail client Contact manager News gatherer Scheduler It was written with the idea of replacing Outlook. In fact, with the ad... (more)

Five Reasons to Start a SOA Technology Company Now

I know, the economy is rough these days.  Myself, I'm unwilling to look at my mutual funds until we're through this.  However, when times are tough, markets normalize, and while the stock holders and venture capitalists out there are crying in their beers, now could be a great time to start something new for those innovative and resourceful few. The idea is that when it does not seem like a good time to start a company, typically that is the best time to start a company.  In this case you’re looking to bring in second generation technology, or technology created out of the lessons learned in the first.  Thus, you have a better understanding of the problems at hand, and how SOA technology can solve those problems.   There are huge opportunities here, as long as you make the right moves. So, here are five reasons why you should start a SOA technology company now: The c... (more)

Bob Reynolds & Putnam Lead Industry to Twitter

Today's announcement that Putnam twitter.com/putnamtoday, and their CEO, Bob Reynolds twitter.com/robertlreynolds will begin to twitter advisors and shareholders to keep them informed of events at the firm and with their investments should be roundly applauded by the investment management community.  At a time when the industry is in need of senior leadership to blaze a trail to earning back advisor and investor confidence this certainly sends a positive signal. The move signals to the industry and Putnam shareholders and advisors that their interests come first.  It also says that Putnam fully grasped the situation they were in, and set-out to craft and execute on a plan that would restore shareholder and investor confidence while protecting those shareholder assets they had been entrusted with. And what a great way to signal your back then by signaling the indust... (more)

How to Avoid Investment Scams

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) has just published an article on Avoiding Investment Scams which is available below: FINRA Avoiding Investment Scams This article is six pages long, and depending upon your perspective, either teaches you how to run an investment scam or how to recognize one. It however, does not teach you how to avoid one in the first place. Here is a reprisal of the earlier piece we did on how to AVOID an investment scam: This is what you have with The Barfield Group and what you can tell your friends: It is very simple, but oh so effective: 1) Have the assets held in custody at an independent, well recognized custodian (Ameritrade, Schwab, Fidelity, E-Trade etc). 2) Make your checks out to the name of your account and make certain you have a segregated account titled in your name (i.e. Tom Jones IRA or Tom Jones Brokerage Account) 3) Mak... (more)

Rapid Revenue Breakthrough for Scottish Companies

Abingdon, United Kingdom, 23rd July 2009 - Conduit Partners Limited, the UK's leading specialist in early stage business-building for technology-based companies, today announces that it has completed a successful one-year programme to secure rapid revenue breakthroughs for early-stage businesses in a programme co-funded by participating businesses and Scottish Enterprise, Scotland's enterprise, innovation and investment agency. As a result of its success, Conduit's "Commercial Breakthrough Service" contract has been extended by Scottish Enterprise, with the aim to put at least ten companies per year through the programme. Working in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Conduit Partners helped a number of Scottish companies to generate additional sales revenue and build their product Marketing and Sales capabilities. The companies enrolled in the programme included ... (more)

Mistakes People Make With Bankruptcy Attorney Fees and How to Avoid Them

Personal Bankruptcy on Ulitzer There are different attorney fees for filing bankruptcy for chapter 7 and chapter 13, but they can be waived off completely if a financial hardship has been proven. The best advice in evaluating the attorney fee is to check upon the efficiency of the attorney or by getting an attorney by a favorable referral cause as this proves to be the best rule applied so far. The most common mistake that a customer does is to pay the attorney's fee with the help of their credit cards assuming that the credit card debts had been wiped out and even though if he is successful the creditor can claim that the customer had no intention to pay the creditor and this in return might lead to all sorts trouble and financial problems for the customer. The best thing suggested would be to arrange a payment plan with the lawyer one should bear in mind the whole ... (more)

What FINRA Doesn’t Want You to Know About Social Media

New Media on Ulitzer Topic A at the recent Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Annual Meeting (SIFMA) was what to do about the fastest-growing communications phenomenon since the invention of the Internet: the explosion in social networking. Whenever compliance and communications come together there is sure to be a tussle and this meeting was no different. Chairman and CEO Rick Ketchum cited the current policy as “currently constructed, these sites would not permit you to easily supervise these communications. For that reason, most firms prohibit their employees from using these sites for their business.” Still, trying to hold back the social media communications tsunami is not likely to last. The cost of not communicating to advisors and clients through their preferred vehicles does not make a lot of long-term business sense. Mr. Ketchum readily a... (more)

Real-World Cloud Computing Applications

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer In this article, we will see some examples of real-world Cloud Computing applications: • Coca-Cola Enterprises uses a Cloud-based system to streamline operations with merchandisers in the field. • Nasdaq uses Amazon’s S3 Cloud Service to deliver historical stock and mutual fund information, rather than add the load to its own database and computing infrastructure. • Animoto, a small start-up which decided to use Amazon's Cloud Services, was able to keep up with soaring demand for its service and scale up from 50 instances to 3,500 instances over a three day period. • Times wanted to place scanned images covering a 60-year period (15 million news stories) online. After being repeatedly turned down by the CIO for the use of six servers, the newspaper moved four terabytes into Amazon’s S3, ran all the software over a weekend on EC2 for $25, and t... (more)

Moffat’s & Other Indictments Delayed

CEOs in Technology on Ulitzer Raj Rajaratnam, the billionaire ringleader of the Galleon insider-trading mob, and Danielle Chiesi, the ex-beauty queen who allegedly charmed ex-IBM SVP Robert Moffat and ex-AMD CEO Hector Ruiz into telling her valuable company secrets, were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on 17 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. They are expected to be arraigned Monday, December 21, and plead not guilty. A lawyer for Roomy Khan, the ex-Galleon, ex-Intel employee who's one of the government's star informants, reportedly told Rajaratnam's lawyer he better listen to the wire taps first. Khan pleaded guilty in October and will be sentenced May 17. Rajaratnam is looking at a possible 145 years in jail, Chiesi is looking at 155. Rajaratnam will also make a bid Monday to get his $100 million bail reduced to $20 million, roughly the amount of ... (more)

Used Car for Sale on Eurodb

When do you plan to put your used car for sale ? Were you not, since long thinking of replacing it with a preferred brand car or a fuel efficient automobile? Didn’t the added costs to replace to be added to the likely realization from sell your car prevent you from making a decision to put your car on sale? How vary are you of making a deal and more worried about getting the right value you perceive for your used car? Putting a sedan or SUV on sale after having it bristle you for years is really a difficult choice. You value its services and upkeep. Your emotional attachment does not allow you to settle for less than what you value it. But markets seldom work on sentiments attached by the seller and are ruled by functional utility value of the car for the buyer. Buyer value consciousness bar is rising day by day. Marginal utility value of a used cars is seldom given d... (more)