Reasons to Stick With QuickBooks for Windows

quickbookswindowsYesterday, I looked at QuickBooks 2009 for Mac and while the new version is an improvement in many areas, it does not replace the Windows version in all situations. In fact, there are a number of good reasons to continue to use the Windows version of QuickBooks despite your desire to switch completely over to the Mac. Here are the major reasons to stick with QuickBooks for Windows.

Multi-user QuickBooks

If you have multiple people in your company that need access to QuickBooks (maybe AR, AP, controller, CFO or CEO) then you have to use the Windows version. The Mac version simply does not support multiple users. Period. You could also consider using the online version of QuickBooks, as long as you can live with the limited feature set.

QuickBooks Premier

QuickBooks Premier is really five industry-specific flavors of QuickBooks: Contractor, Manufacturing & Wholesale, Nonprofit, Professional Services, and Retail. If you need the extra features to support these industries, then you will only find them on Windows. Some of the features are pretty compelling, so I would recommend you take a hard, long look at the product description before you pass on Premier.

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AT&T 3G Network Ready for Faster Speeds

If you’re like me, sick of the double-crossing, bandwidth-capping ways of the in-the-red Sprint, it’s time for you to start thinking about other mobile broadband options. Of course, you can sign up for Verizon and pay premium dollars for the same 5 GB-a-month download cap and restrictions over their EVDO network. Or simply switch technologies and go to AT&T’s 3G Network, which is getting speedier and is as widely available as those offered by Sprint and Verizon.

AT&T said today that over the next month it will deploy High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology in the six remaining markets across its 3G footprint, leaving it able to deliver 1.4 Mbps down and 800 Kbps upstream speeds. This will be an improvement over HSDPA technology (High Speed Downlink Packet Access), which is slower.

HSUPA puts AT&T on near-equal footing with EVDO-based mobile broadband sellers Sprint and Verizon. And it’s not stopping there — the company also plans to graduate to HSPA+ and then to LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology to offer even higher speeds for mobile broadband.

MobileTechRoundup 129: maximum Q&A on HP’s Mini

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HP introduces the Mini-Note. Thoughts, questions and comments.Dell plans to join the low-cost, small notebook market. Do they need to differentiate their product?Does Matt pull the trigger on a Mini-Note while “on-the-air”? 🙂QWERTY or T9 on a handheld? The answer requires more thought than you’d think. 😉

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Mobile Broadband Competition is Good News for Web Workers

cell phone tower Last week, AT&T Mobility announced a major expansion of their 3G broadband mobile network (as covered by Om). In summary, they are planning on expanding their 3G network to 80 new cities, are going to a technology called HSUPA this year, and are looking at Long-Term Evolution (LTE) in long term planning for their wireless network.To sort out all this alphabet soup, lets take it one point at a time… Read More about Mobile Broadband Competition is Good News for Web Workers

AT&T’s 3G Plans Reflect Reality Of Voice

AT&T’s decision to aggressively push its 3G wireless services in 2008 is further proof that U.S. mobile operators are now banking on growing demand for wireless broadband to overcome slumping/stagnating voice revenues.

uplink_data_rates.gifAT&T plans to expand its network to another 80 cities this year, bringing the total number of markets on their 3G network to 350. As part of the plan, the company will roll out its first High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)-enabled network by the middle of the year. “We’re also planning for the future by establishing a clear path to a 4G network that will meet the needs of our customers for years to come,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T’s wireless unit, in a press statement.

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Is Web Video Ready for an HD Upgrade?

Anyone who has watched YouTube — and who hasn’t — knows that the short-form video that currently breaks up the monotony of a work day simply sucks. The quality of the video shown in tiny windows is maybe okay for giggles, but can get quite tiresome after a few minutes.
Enter HD web video. While some companies, like DivX, have tried to their hand at offering higher resolution web videos, it is still an exotic curiosity. However, that will soon change, mostly due to technical progress being made either in the labs or by some start-ups.
Over the weekend, the news broke that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Clear Communications co-founder Red McCombs invested in a start-up called HotSwap. For now full of car videos, the site was started by UC Berkeley students, and demonstrates their digital compression technology for boosting the quality of online videos.
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New To Mac: App Install and Uninstall

I’ve got a lot of friends who have recently purchased their first Macs. I’m always more than happy to help them get up and running and answer questions whenever they have them – I mean, I do that here for you people and I don’t even know most of you! But I’ve found that quite often I’m asked by Mac Newbies, about installing and uninstalling programs.

Over at Noodlesoft, Paul Kim has penned some interesting thoughts on the topic, and it’s clear he sees the problem that ‘Switchers’ are up against. It’s worth a read if you’ve got some minutes to burn. But until Paul’s ideas take the OS X software world by storm, here’s a rundown of how you handle the installation and uninstallation of programs if you’re new to the Macintosh platform.
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200 Gig IPod?

Not anytime soon, but some day in the near future one could expect IPod with a massive 200 GB drive, and one would have to thank PMR for it.

Perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) will be the next big leap in the hard drive storage technology, and while it is too early to predict its long term business implications, the hard disk drive makers are banking on this new technology. Why? because it changes the current status quo of profitless prosperity in the HDD industry. From 1990 through 2002, HDD makers have given customers more of the same. HDD capacity increased by a compound growth rate of 93% per year, with equally spectacular price declines.

The reason it was made possible was due to industry’s move from oxide media to thin film media. Then, in the early 1990’s, in quick succession, the readback heads – which were inductors akin to miniature electrical transformers – were repand then by giant magnetoresistive (GMR) heads.

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