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July 2012
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QuickBooks Tip
Quotable Quotes
From the Desk of...
Tablets Replacing Laptops?
2012 Olympics

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QuickBooks Tip


Online Banking

If you haven't synchronized QuickBooks with your bank account through online banking, it's time to get out of the stone age... QuickBooks allows you to import transactions from the bank account and QuickBooks can remember transactions so you don't have to enter them every single time they come in (big time saver). If your bank offers Bill Pay, then you can even pay your bills through QuickBooks!  No more need to print checks and mail them (another big time saver and money saver), Quickbooks will do it for you when you sync your file with the bank. If you need any help setting up online banking in QuickBooks, give us a call...

Quotable Quotes


"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."

-E.B White


"Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out."

-Anton Chekhov

"You don't get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour."
-Jim Rohn


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From the Desk of... 


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Summer Phishing Fun...


It is not a misprint on the title.  In computers, "phishing" is the phrase used to describe email that falsely claims to be from an established legitimate source in an attempt to lure the reader into disclosing confidential information.  In a typical "phishing" scheme, "phishers" send out mass emails which purport to be from an official source-usually an online vendor or financial institution.  The ultimate purpose of this scam is for users to surrender personal information (such as account numbers, social security information, or worse, login credentials) to be used for illegitimate purposes.  "Phishing" is today the most prevalent kind of internet fraud.  It is one more useless nuisance that can become ever so dangerous, all the way to our pockets.


To tread safely on the email world, it is important to recognize the signs of phishing.  Such emails usually contain an urgent message in an attempt to bait unsuspecting readers into submitting sensitive information.  The messages contain links that direct the recipient to fake websites created just to collect information.  These phony websites may look and feel similar to that of the legitimate entity they are trying to portray (eg, a bank or insurance company).  Usually, however, there are some small but sure signs that things are not all right.  Among them are misspellings in the body of the message or a sloppy-looking logo.  Having said that, some phishers have become better grammatically and more skilled in their graphic (copying) talents.


To protect yourself, follow some basic guidelines: Be extremely wary of emails that ask for confidential information; financial institutions and any responsible entities do not request personal information via email.  Do not be pressured into providing sensitive information; phishers usually resort to scare tactics, threatening to disable an account or services until you provide or confirm certain information.  It is best to err on the safe side: contact the supposed company by other means if you are not sure of the authenticity of the request.  One more technical preventive measure: never submit information in a form embedded within an email message.


Knowing how to recognize the signs of phishing is the key to keeping safe.  So, next time you want to have a relaxing fishing outing, make sure it's the one with an "f" and not with a "ph"(!!)  




Tech Corner


Tablets Replacing Laptops?


With so many new tablets floating around nowadays, one begins to think... Are tablets going to replace laptops? The answer is probably not. But with technology moving ahead so fast, tablets may already be a better alternative for some.

On just the merit of convenience, tablets are the way to go. Tablets provide nearly instant start up, which means quicker emails, quicker research, and more productivity. In a world where every second counts, that adds up to a lot of time saved. Tablets are generally lighter and have better battery life than laptops. So not only is a tablet going to give you a boost with productivity on the go, they are also easier to travel with. Tablets free you from the hassle of carrying around a heavy laptop and the worry of always needing to find somewhere to plug in your bulky charger. 

Tablets may never fully replace laptops because of the full funcionality you have with a computer, but if you use a laptop mainly for the convenience of working on the go, then a shiny new tablet may just make your life a whole lot easier.


2012 Olympics





The whole world will be watching when in a few days the 2012 London Olympics kick off. Here's some random facts to show off with when you attend Olympic parties over the
next few weeks...



  • The 1956 Summer Olympics were held in December (It was the first Olympics to be held in the southern hemisphere)
  • Tug of war (yes, tug of war1) was an Olympic event from 1900 to 1920
  • The United States has hosted more Olympic games than any other country, with 8 (4 Summer Olympics and 4 Winter Olympics)
  • The last Olympic gold medals to be made entirely of gold were in 1912
  • Racewalking is an Olympic sport (seriously)




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.