Small Business Accounting No Outsourcing Required

Posted on 29th August 2017 by in Management Software

Submitted by: Alvis Brazma

A small business will generally mean an organization that is managed by a few people with a small number of employees. The number of employees is usually under hundred. Small businesses are very beneficial in nature because they run on lower costs and are easy to maintain. They are also relatively easy to maintain and can adapt to the changes occurring in the market faster. Therefore, the element of risk is relatively lower. Moreover, over the years, small business ventures have earned a lot of credibility for themselves and now are seen as the answer to many complexities of big bulky businesses.

Accounting is one of the most major processes in any business. It is the act of recording, verifying and reporting all the assets and liabilities of a company. It is of great use to decision-makers because it helps them take steps in order to reduce their costs and increase profit. Accounting is also a proof of a company s goodwill and is referred to by auditors monitoring the financial dealings of a company. Small business accounting can be maintained and regulated in varied ways. If there is the need to divert all intellectual resources to other processes, then the business of accounting can be outsourced to companies that specifically deal with it. Again, accountants can be hired to look after the department of accounting. Accounting software makers like Quick Books and Famous Software also offer small business accounting software, which effectively reduces the cost of maintaining an accountant in the company.

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Many are of the opinion that the small business accounting can be handled within the company itself and there is no need to outsource it. For this purpose, the market offers books like Streetwise Small Business Start-Up, which is primarily a book of guidelines on how to manage the accounts of a small business. Also many business specific websites are on offer on the Internet, which provide essential tools for successfully running a particular venture.

When going about the business of small business accounting, it should be kept in mind that things like the method of accounting (cash flow or accrual), business records, issues of tax, internal control, employee benefit policy and financial assistance should be kept on the mind. Moreover, because small business accounting can be handled with the organisation itself, it is important to know the basics of things like the balance sheet, the income statement, cash flow control and accounting software.

Small business accounting might require less effort than the mammoth task of managing the accounts of a big company, but it is in no way less important and it should not be dealt with a callous attitude. If there any problem with the accounts of a company, then it will invariably run into trouble. Because any business runs on capital and if that is fudged then it cannot work smoothly. This is true especially for small businesses because financial credibility is of importance to them. A transparent and cohesive system of accounting will earn them respect.

About the Author: Alvis Brazma gives advice to business owners about how to manage their business efficiently without any hassles. To know more about Accounting firm USA, accounting outsourcing, accounting outsourcing services, Small Business Accounting and accounting help visit


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Computer professionals celebrate 10th birthday of A.L.I.C.E.

Posted on 29th August 2017 by in Uncategorized

Wednesday, November 30, 2005


More than 50 programmers, scientists, students, hobbyists and fans of the A.L.I.C.E. chat robot gathered in Guildford, U.K. on Friday to celebrate the tenth birthday of the award winning A.I. On hand was the founder the Loebner Prize, an annual Turing Test, designed to pick out the world’s most human computer according to an experiment laid out by the famous British mathematician Alan Turing more then 50 years ago. Along with A.L.I.C.E.’s chief programmer Dr. Richard S. Wallace, two other Loebner prize winners, Robby Garner and this year’s winner, Rollo Carpenter, also gave presentations, as did other finalists.

The University of Surrey venue was chosen, according to Dr. Wallace, not only because it was outside the U.S. (A.L.I.C.E.’s birthday fell on the Thanksgiving Day weekend holiday there, so he expected few people would attend a conference in America), but also because of its recently erected statue of Alan Turing, who posed the famous A. I. experiment which inspired much of the work on bots like A.L.I.C.E. University of Surrey Digital World Research Centre organizers Lynn and David Hamill were pleased to host the event because it encourages multi-disciplinary interaction, and because of the Centre’s interest in interaction between humans and computers.

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Dr. Wallace gave a keynote address outlining the history of A.L.I.C.E. and AIML. Many people commented on the fact the he seemed to have moved around a lot in the last ten years, having lived in New York, Pennsylvania, San Francisco, Maine, Amsterdam and Philadelphia, while working on the Alicebot project. The A.L.I.C.E. and AIML software is popular among chat robot enthusiats primarily because of its distribution under the GNU free software license. One of Dr. Wallace’s PowerPoint slides asked the question, “How do you make money from free software?” His answer: memberships, subscriptions, books, directories, syndicated ads, consulting, teaching, and something called the Superbot.

Rollo Carpenter gave a fascinating presentation on his learning bot Jabberwacky, reading from several sample conversations wherein the bot seemed amazingly humanlike. Unlike the free A.L.I.C.E. software, Carpenter uses a proprietary learning approach so that the bot actually mimics the personality of each individual chatter. The more people who chat with Jabberwacky, the better it becomes at this kind of mimicry.

In another interesting presentation, Dr. Hamill related present-day research on chat robots to earlier work on dialog analysis in telephone conversations. Phone calls have many similarities to the one-on-one chats that bots encounter on the web and in IM. Dr. Hamill also related our social expectations of bots to social class structure and how servants were expected to behave in Victorian England. He cited the famous Microsoft paperclip as the most egregius example of a bot that violated all the rules of a good servant’s behavior.

Bots have advanced a long way since philanthropist Hugh Loebner launched his controversial contest 15 years ago. His Turing Test contest, which offers an award of $100,000 for the first program to pass an “audio-visual” version of the game, also awards a bronze medal and $2000 every year for the “most human computer” according to a panel of judges. Huma Shah of the University of Westminster presented examples of bots used by large corporations to help sell furniture, provide the latest information about automotive products, and help customers open bank accounts. Several companies in the U.S. and Europe offer customized bot personalities for corporate web sites.

Even though Turing’s Test remains controversial, this group of enthusiastic developers seems determined to carry on the tradition and try to develop more and more human like chat bots. Hugh Loebner is dedicated to carry on his contest for the rest of his life, in spite of his critics. He hopes that a large enough constituency of winners will exist to keep the competition going well beyond his own lifetime. Dr. Wallace says, “Nobody has gotten rich from chat robots yet, but that doesn’t stop people from trying. There is such a thing as ‘bot fever’. For some people who meet a bot for the first time, it can pass the Turing Test for them, and they get very excited.”

Atlantic storm Danielle strengthens to hurricane force

Posted on 29th August 2017 by in Uncategorized

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tropical Storm Danielle is now a Category 1 hurricane, with winds up to 130 km/h (80 mph). The storm is headed towards Bermuda and forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida expect it to strengthen over the next two days. Hurricane Danielle is the second hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season.

North America is simultaneously threatened by Tropical Storm Frank. The 80 km/h (50 mph) storm in the Pacific Ocean is about 210 km (130 miles) south-south west of Acapulco, Mexico. Mexico has issued a tropical storm watch in the area.

Hurricane Danielle formed near the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of West Africa, being classified as Tropical Depression Six. It then developed into a more organized cyclone.

Meteorologists predict that Danielle will be the first of several storms to form within the next two weeks, as the Atlantic hurricane season is currently at its peak. “There are signs that the Atlantic is acting like it should in August and September. We’re seeing more activity than we did earlier in the season,” said Rick Knabb of the Weather Channel.

Even though the 2010 season seems to be one with low activity, emergency officials are still stressing safety and awareness to residents in hurricane-prone areas. “It only takes one storm to cause a loss of lives and devastating property damage,” Lauren McKeague, Florida Division of Emergency Management, says. Hurricane Andrew was a catastrophic Category 5 storm that came during a year when it was a lower-than-average season.

BBC announces pay freeze and no bonuses for managers

Posted on 28th August 2017 by in Uncategorized

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More than 400 senior managers within the United Kingdom’s BBC, which employs around 28,500 people, have been told that they face a real-terms pay cut as bonuses and pay rises are scrapped this financial year.

Tuesday’s announcement said that bonuses will not now be paid and pay rates will stay fixed until 2010. The BBC’s executive management board, including Director-General Mark Thompson, his deputy Mark Byford and the Director of BBC Vision Jana Bennett did not take their bonuses for 2009 and have already had their pay frozen. Senior staff will have their bonus plan abandoned whilst junior staff have been told to expect any pay increases to be modest.

The BBC is under budget constraints after receiving a licence fee settlement below the amount management felt it required. Coupled with the effects of the credit crunch, the BBC is believed to need to find £1.7bn in savings between now and 2013 but has seen a further £450m shortfall develop. Initial plans to sell important BBC buildings have been put on hold since the falls in the property market in 2008. The planned pay freeze could save £20 million but risks angering unions who are seeking a general increase of £1,800 per person. Gerry Morrissey of BECTU, the broadcasting union, has already mentioned the possibility of industrial action. He told Sky News, “We have never been in favour of bonuses being paid so believe this should happen every year, and the money go towards eradicating low pay.”

The Press Association quotes Mark Thompson as telling staff “A strategic contingency exercise, led by a senior group of managers, has been looking at what additional funds are needed should we need to put aside additional funds to cover our current estimate of the financial risks we face… We need to be in as strong a position as possible if we are to deliver distinctive content and meet our key strategic projects, such as moving to the new Broadcasting House, moving network production to the nations and funding our broadband future.”

The pay freeze will not affect the Corporation’s highest paid on-air talent, who are on individual contracts.

You Can Get A Bad Credit Auto Loan, But What Then? Know Your Stuff Before You Start Shopping!}

Posted on 7th August 2017 by in Car Sales

Submitted by: Leslie Kearney

You need a bad credit auto loan. Here’s your options:

Go from dealership to dealership hoping for the best, usually settling on whatever vehicle they push you into?

OR get pre-approved and walk onto the car lot empowered and ready to do business on the vehicle of YOUR choice?

Obviously getting pre-approved is the best way to go! Bad credit auto loans are available through some very good lenders.

FACT: If you need a bad credit auto loan then getting pre-approved can save you an average 2% – 5% AND thousands of dollars in payments!

A Pre-Approved Bad Credit Car Loan Puts You In the Drivers Seat!

A pre-approved auto loan from a lender who specializes in bad credit auto loans, might save you between 2% and 5% (I know this because I used to sell cars in Phoenix Arizona).

Regardless of your credit score, being pre-approved for an auto loan gives you more options when you walk onto the car lot. Once youre approved for a car loan you are in the drivers seat! You are free to shop for the BEST vehicle in your price range!

Before you start shopping for loans though. Here’s some helpful advice.

Know Your Credit History

Rates and terms will vary depending on your credit scores. This can mean the difference between a new vehicle or a used one; a vehicle with a lot of equipment or one thats a little scaled back. Before you assume you need to deal with a creditor who specializes in bad credit, check your credit score.

Leave Room For Warranties and GAP

With all the computer equipment on cars nowadays what used to be a simple fix is now very complex. The average mechanic bill on a vehicle today can be over $400. And thats for something simple like a window motor! So negotiate a warranty into your purchase!

GAP insurance pays off the difference between what you owe on the vehicle and what the insurance company gives you if your car is totaled. This is a must have for any financed vehicle today!

Most bad credit auto loan lenders will give you “room” to put in these items. For instance, if they approve you for $10,000 they will really give you about $13,000 (as long as you are covering tax, title and fees and/or purchasing an extended warranty or GAP).

HOWEVER, each lender is different so you’ll want to ask if they are allowing for this kind of bump up before you start shopping. If they won’t then you will need to shop for a vehicle that is about $2,000 to $3,000 less than your approved-for amount so that you can purchase an extended warranty and GAP insurance.

Take Your Time And Find The Vehicle YOU Want At A Reasonable Price

Just because you have bad credit doesnt mean you should be forced to buy the worst vehicle on the lot! If youre shopping for a used vehicle ask them for a Car Fax report. If they wont give you one then dont buy the car. Always be an informed buyer!

Dont shop for more vehicle than youre approved for and think youre going to negotiate it down to your pre-approved amount! The best way to know a good value on a used vehicle is to ask for a Kelly Blue Book sheet. A good price should fall between wholesale and retail price. Dont let the lender sell you a vehicle for more than its real value! Make a reasonable offer of between wholesale/retail value and if they wont do it then move on. Also, if they wont share Kelly Blue Book information with you then leave and go somewhere else. Thats the power of pre-approval!

Another great feature to pre-approval is that the bad credit auto loan lender won’t let you have a car that falls outside the Kelley Blue Book “book value.” So if a dealer is trying to hustle you once he finds out you’re pre-approved (and won’t let him pull your credit to get you a loan himself), he’ll help you to find a vehicle that is safe, reliable, and not an overpriced rip-off!

Know Your Trade-In Value

Most bad credit auto loan banks will give you an estimate on what you’re vehicle is worth as a trade-in. Also you can check it out for yourself on But remember, Kelly Blue Book is just a tool. Car dealerships also look at auction reports to see what your vehicle is selling for on the open market in your area. Dont let the dealership trick you into a low trade-in value, but dont ask for the max either. Kelly Blue Book fair trade value is a fair price. If you can get more from a local source then by all means, go that route. But if trade value ranges fro $4,000 to $8,000 dont ask for $8,000 (unless your car is a museum piece thats never been driven its probably not worth the max amount).

So, if you’re ready to get shopping get yourself pre-approved for that car loan and have fun shopping like a pro! Good luck and good shopping!

About the Author: Leslie Kearney is a web author and owner of

. For the past 3 years now she has been providing expert advice and resources for people with bad credit that need credit cards, car loans, credit counseling and debt consolidation help. Yes, banks are not lending like they used to, but there are still solutions for people with bad credit!


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Gay Talese on the state of journalism, Iraq and his life

Posted on 7th August 2017 by in Uncategorized

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gay Talese wants to go to Iraq. “It so happens there is someone that’s working on such a thing right now for me,” the 75-year-old legendary journalist and author told David Shankbone. “Even if I was on Al-Jazeera with a gun to my head, I wouldn’t be pleading with those bastards! I’d say, ‘Go ahead. Make my day.'”

Few reporters will ever reach the stature of Talese. His 1966 profile of Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, was not only cited by The Economist as the greatest profile of Sinatra ever written, but is considered the greatest of any celebrity profile ever written. In the 70th anniversary issue of Esquire in October 2003, the editors declared the piece the “Best Story Esquire Ever Published.”

Talese helped create and define a new style of literary reporting called New Journalism. Talese himself told National Public Radio he rejects this label (“The term new journalism became very fashionable on college campuses in the 1970s and some of its practitioners tended to be a little loose with the facts. And that’s where I wanted to part company.”)

He is not bothered by the Bancrofts selling The Wall Street Journal—”It’s not like we should lament the passing of some noble dynasty!”—to Rupert Murdoch, but he is bothered by how the press supported and sold the Iraq War to the American people. “The press in Washington got us into this war as much as the people that are controlling it,” said Talese. “They took information that was second-hand information, and they went along with it.” He wants to see the Washington press corp disbanded and sent around the country to get back in touch with the people it covers; that the press should not be so focused on–and in bed with–the federal government.

Augusten Burroughs once said that writers are experience junkies, and Talese fits the bill. Talese–who has been married to Nan Talese (she edited James Frey‘s Million Little Piece) for fifty years–can be found at baseball games in Cuba or the gay bars of Beijing, wanting to see humanity in all its experience.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with Gay Talese.


  • 1 On Gay Talese
  • 2 On a higher power and how he’d like to die
  • 3 On the media and Iraq
  • 4 On the Iraq War
  • 5 State of Journalism
  • 6 On travel to Cuba
  • 7 On Chinese gay bars
  • 8 On the literary canon
  • 9 Sources

Want Guitar Hero 3 For Wii?}

Posted on 2nd August 2017 by in Amusement Park

Want Guitar Hero 3 for Wii?


Guy O Scott

Nintendo’s Wii blasting Rock Music video game, Guitar Hero III, raises the bar for guitar rock fun and musical challenge battles. This updated version takes in all the thrills of its predecessors and has improved every aspect of the rock experience. Jam with the best, harmonize with Guns N’ Roses, Sex Pistols, the Rolling Stones, Metallica and more as you work your way to the rock top.

New graphics and dynamic characters put the Wii guitarist in the middle of wild arenas with plenty of excitement and all the commotion and star power of a real performance. The Les Paul (by Gibson) wireless guitars for the Wii system are awesome. Guitar Hero III players can now hone their skills and pick their way to the top in arcade styled battle blasts or jamming rock sessions with stellar sound tracks.

Crank to level 11 is near the top of the GH3 menu. 40 years of spectacular rock has been compiled into the game’s stirring sound track. This is the finest set list ever assembled and has all the most prolific American and European rock standards.

Veterans Slash and Tom Morello were recruited to help present the battle riffs. If that doesn’t get the player going, nothing will. As an added feature, Living Colour has provided their Grammy winning Cult of Personality.

All this music is ready. All the player has to do is get over pre-performance nervousness and take the visually enhanced stage. No detail has been spared in creating this version’s authentic feel and surrounding characters. Grunge, punk, metal outfits and more are on stage and when the player takes the stage, the well-choreographed light shows begin. Try not to get distracted by the show and the vivid animations of your accompanists.

Guitar Hero III brings on the new arcade-inspired guitar battles. Players succeed by striking the most correct notes in battles of style and rock power. The conventional Star Power sequences are replaced by the awe-inspiring Battle Power sequences that have power-up rewards for scoring points. If the player beats the Boss, the challenge level increases with a new boss at a new level.

Guitar Hero III provides dual controls for two players for selected songs. Unlike earlier versions, this feature can also be used in the in your face Battle mode. Whether playing with a friend or battling it out, this interaction is a real bonus.

The Les Paul Guitar controllers are state of the art and the interchangeable faceplates let players show their own style. The wireless capabilities allow freedom of movement and expression as guitarists rock their way to glory.

Nintendo has done it again with Guitar Hero III. The player will experience many thrills and excitement. Do you know your rock star potential? Nintendo’s Wii Guitar Hero III is here to let you discover the music and yourself.

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Cyclist Sean Finning last competitor named to Australia’s 2012 Paralympic team

Posted on 1st August 2017 by in Uncategorized

Friday, August 3, 2012

Yesterday, the Australian Paralympic Committee finalized the country’s Paralympic team by naming 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist and sighted guide cyclist Sean Finning to the team. Finning will be compete in the men’s tandem track and road events where he will serve as Bryce Lindores’s pilot.

Finning was not originally to be on the team, and is a last-minute replacement for Mark Jamieson who found himself unable to acquire a visa to compete at the Games because of a criminal conviction on his record.

The pairing is not a new one, as the duo had competed together at the 2010 Road World Cup and 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships. Finning had stepped away from tandem cycling for a while in order to pursue his own individual cycling ambitions, which saw him compete in February at the Ararat Classic Track Carnival and in March at the Bendigo International Madison and the Oceania championships in New Zealand.

Finning and Bryce’s 2012 Paralympic campaign gets underway on August 30 at the Velodrome for track events and September 4 at Brand’s Hatch for road events.