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Technology News YOU CAN USE!February 2012
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QuickBooks Tip
Quotable Quotes
New Habits?
Mike's Tech Corner
It's a Leap Year!

QuickBooks Solutions

QuickBooks Tip


Advanced Inventory


Inventory can be a hassle. Advanced Inventory and QuickBooks Enterprise 12 can help. Here are some features offered by Advanced Inventory that can make inventory a lot smoother:

- No more need for a separate inventory software, Advanced Inventory is built inside of QuickBooks

-Track items by serial number or lot number

-Use FIFO costing

-Track Inventory in multiple locations

Quotable Quotes


"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us."

-Alexander Graham Bell


"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences"

-Eleanor Roosevelt


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Founded in 1992, Mendelson Consulting specializes in QuickBooks Solutions and Information Technology consulting services.  Mendelson Consulting was recognized with 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.  We were also 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 served 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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New Habits?


When learning any new activity -- be it eating a piece of fruit with lunch, doing a 30-minute run every day, or using a new computer application (with a particular emphasis on accounting software!) -- we find that people need to form new habits.


Forming a new habit is a process, and a frustrating one as you wait for results to take effect, for behaviors to become more automatic, for habits to form.


How long does it take?  Research shows that it takes at least two months or about 66 days on average between practice and automaticity ("World of Psychology", John M Grohol, PsyD).


So when we want to develop a simple habit, it could take over two months of daily repetitions before the behavior becomes a habit.  This means that the best way to get accustomed, familiar, and well-versed in computer applications that we implement is to use them every day, without fear of "messing things up" (knowing that we are just a phone call away for any help!  In a little over two months down the line you'll have the expertise that you did not know you had on day one!


See you in 66 days... 




Power Outages
Mike's Tech Corner 


UPS for power outages

All computers need to be plugged into an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).  This is a battery backup for your computer when the wall outlet power drops off or below a certain amount.  This will keep your computers running for a few minutes when the power is out.  This will give you time to properly save the data that you're working on.  Once your work is saved, you should turn off your computer and wait for the power to come back on.

Most people are worried about lightning storms that Florida is famous for, but power can flicker on and off several times during a clear calm day.  These types of power spikes can be very damaging to electronics.  To protect your data, all your computers should be plugged into a UPS.  And remember to replace the batteries at least every five years...

It's a Leap Year!


In case you didn't get the memo, this is a leap year (!!) Meaning instead of the regular 365 days we have in a year, we have 366. "Leap Day" is February 29th, the extra day we get every 4 years. The reason for the extra day every 4 years is because it does not take Earth exactly 365 days to go around the Sun. It actually takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds. So in order to keep our calendar year in sync with the solar year, we have an extra day every 4 years. Here are some other interesting facts about the Leap Year...
  • Ancient Egyptians were the first to come up with the idea of adding a Leap Day every 4 years
  • Romans eventually adopted the idea and designated February 29th as Leap Day (February was the last month of the year in Ancient Rome)
  • Since a solar year is not exactly 365 1/4 days, 3 leap years are omitted every 400 years. A century year (1800, 1900, 2000, 2100) is only a leap year if it is divisible by 400
  • February 29th is not accepted on most websites as a valid birthday, most people have to accept March 1st as their birth date

Leap Day