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November 2013


Customize the Icon Bar 


QuickBooks comes with a default icon bar at the top or left of the screen. You can add, remove, or modify the icon shortcuts to best suit your needs. (It's a good idea to remove icons you do not need first.)

To remove an icon: from the View menu > Customize Icon Bar... select to delete the icon you want to remove.

To add an icon: from the View menu > Customize Icon Bar... click Add and select the desired item from the list; you can even change the label and description if you wish. If the item you want to add is not on the list, you can add any function to the Icon Bar (any transaction, list, and report, including custom reports); here is how: make the desired function the active window (transaction, list, or report), click on View menu > Add [Window] to Icon Bar... 

To modify an icon: from the View menu > Customize Icon Bar... select the item you want to modify, click Edit to make your changes and click OK.

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Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
-- Oprah Winfrey
If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.
            -- W. Clement Stone

If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get.
-- Frank A. Clark
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Speakers, ignite!


Just returned from another successful Accounting Solutions Conference in Las Vegas.  I was invited to facilitate several sessions during this Sleeter Group national event at the Caesars Palace, along with other top speakers in our Industry. I was honored to take the stage at the same grand venue where great artists perform and spectacular events take place.


My sessions included: Connecting Online Applications to QuickBooks Desktop and Online (special thanks to my friend and colleague Charlie Russell for the participation), Inventory and Order Management Solutions, and one of my personal favorites, QuickBooks Data File Management (special thanks to another friend and colleague, Matt Clark, for the contribution). I was also a panelist on the QuickBooks Desktop Deep Dive expert session led by Charlie Russell. 


One of the most engaging sessions I participated was Sage's Ignite Insights -- where the top figures in the consulting world shared in five minute segments what they believe has made the most significant impact on their success to date. 


So what do I have in common with other artists like CÚline Dion, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain, and Jerry Seinfeld?  If you think it's that we all headlined an act at the Caesars Palace, think again...



Ignite session at Sleeter 2013
Mario during Sage Ignite Insights Session
Mike's Tech Corner

New Level of Malware Scourge is Born...  
Ransomware If you could take over 100 million computers' data and hold them hostage until each victim pays $300, would you do it? What if only 10% paid and the rest lost their company data permanently, putting many out of business, would you do it? There is a vicious underground that does not think twice -- THEY DO IT!


This year a particular brand of malware (CryptoLocker) is starting to spread, all because people are paying up.  Specialists are saying this kind of "ransomware" will pull in many more times the normal 5-10 million. Other brands will copy. It is the ultimate evil feedback system. You pay, they get stronger and make more.

This type of malware will grow because:
1. They do restore your data (most of the time) if you pay. Once word spreads about this fact, more companies will pony up. 
2. It might be cheaper to pay $300 to restore your company data within an hour than to have a tech come out and restore you data from backups.  Heartbreaking as that seems. 
3. Although this malware can be removed, there is nothing that can be done to restore data other than from backups.  
Like I have said many times, bots are taking over the world -- We have little time left...


...MIKE R.
How the Turkey Got its Name
It may have come from the noise a wild turkey makes when it become frightened: it sounds like 'turk - turk - turk.' The original inhabitants of America called the bird a 'firkee.' Christopher Columbus, the explorer, took some of the wild turkeys of North America back to Europe. People enjoyed eating the meat. It is possible that traders along the Mediterranean coasts, known as Turkes, may have brought some of these birds hence they came to be called 'turkey birds.' In Spain, the turkey was often referred to as Indian fowl, an allusion which is repeated in the French 'dindon' formed with d'Inde which means 'from India'. Some say Columbus thought the turkey was part of the peacock family. So he decided to call them 'tuka' which is the word for peacock in Tamil, a language spoken in southern India and Sri Lanka.


In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, 
Mendelson Consulting and Mendelson Academy 
will be closed on Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29.








QuickBooks Deep Dive

Thursday Dec 5, 2013
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QuickBooks Action Reporting

Tuesday Dec 10, 2013
9:00am - 12:30pm ET