TOPThe Mendelson Solutions Digest
Technology News YOU CAN USE! May 2010
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QuickBooks Tip
Quotable Quotes
From the desk of...
Health in the News
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QuickBooks Tip

Tracking QuickBooks 24/7/365 -- we are referring to the "always on" audit trail. 
The QuickBooks audit trail is considered  the "insurance" feature of the QuickBooks application. When mistakes are made, they can be traced back to aid in correcting the errors.  Like a well-trained scribe, it tracks all transactions changes, including additions, editions, and deletions.
This function also helps in the discovery of fraud, as entry changes are stamped with date/time and username that made the change.
To access the audit trail, go to REPORTS > ACCOUNTANT AND TAXES > AUDIT  TRAIL.
Quotable Quotes

I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow. 
-Woodrow Wilson 
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
-Dale Carnegie
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
-John Dewey
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Mario Nowogrodzki to present at Joe Woodard's "Scaling New Heights" conference
May 2010 - Atlanta, GA:
Mario Nowogrodzki to lead several sessions at this advanced training conference for QuickBooks advisors.  Topics will include:
- QuickBooks Data File Management - Best Practices
- Networking QuickBooks - Best Practices
- Advanced QuickBooks Networking
- Two 'Ask the Expert" Panels

Mario Nowogrodzki, CPA/CITP
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After our discussion on productivity killers over the last three months, I thought it appropriate to discuss one more:  the deluge of email that we are delivered every single day.  So, with tongue in cheek, I am happy to say this is the fourth in a three-part series of a discussion on productivity killers.
The advent of the computer was to provide us with increase in productivity and a better quality of life.  To that extent, computer technology has been successful.  However, something unforeseen was the exaggerated use of most areas of technology.  Take electronic mail, for instance.  While it has shortened and eliminated geographic and time differences, the barrage of electronic correspondence that would follow the invention of email could not have been predicted.
Because of its detriment to workers' productivity, many companies are requiring their employees to reduce email volumes in order to cut down on interruptions.  Some experts are horrified at findings of workers behavior rooted from emailing -- people not saying hello to one another in person, some rarely getting up from their seats to discuss problems with others, and many spending time during in-person meetings or meals emailing others.
Instead of email delivery, the technology probably could be more aptly called 'email interruption'.  The distraction caused by the sudden ding or flash of a newly arrived email message is one of the least talked about productivity detractors.  Luckily, much of the problem can be solved by proper education of workers on how to set limits with regard to email usage.  A smart practice is to allocate certain time of the day for responding to email.  Another simple thing is to disable the automatic notification of new messages as they arrive; this way, you will not be tempted to open that newly arrived message until it's time, thus eliminating the time-wasting distraction.  From another perspective, to reduce the number of messages coming into your mailbox (not even counting spam email), do not give out your primary address to just anyone; be smart and selective when filling out inquiry forms or when responding to offers online.  If an email address is typed on a form on the web, it is likely to be used for some type of email campaign.  So be cautious in sharing your email address, unless you enjoy lots of email.
The over-reliance on email as a communication form can be handled well as long as we don't let it distract us.  Email is convenient.  Email is great.  A lot of email is not.

Health in the News
Stay sharp with stronger muscles.
Here's a surprise, there's a link between muscle strength and brain health. One study published in the Archives of Neurology, shows that muscle strength is actually linked with a lower risk of cognitive impairment. In older people, lack of strength is an early indicator of Alzheimer's disease.
That doesn't prove that weak muscles cause Alzheimer's, but it does support the idea that there is a real link between physical health and brain health. It also suggests that keeping strong is important at all ages.


Founded in 1992, Mendelson Consulting specializes in QuickBooks Solutions and Information Technology consulting services.  In 2008, Mendelson Consulting was recognized with two prestigious distinctions awarded by Accounting Technology magazine: 'Killer VAR', acknowledging our commitment and character as a value-added-reselling (VAR) organization, and 'Technology Pacesetter', recognizing our reputation among peers and participation on advisory boards and speaker panels at industry events.  In 2009, we were recognized as part of Bob Scott's Insights 'VAR Stars' for our accomplishments in mid-market financial software.

We were the first charter member of the Intuit Solutions Provider Program.  Mario Nowogrodzki currently serves on the Intuit Solutions Provider Program Advisory Council--the only consultant in the nation to serve since program inception, for three consecutive terms.

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