Surely for a few tens of thousands of pounds, it would have been better to publish and API for storing and modifying the info on (secured) web servers locally in a way that could be indexed and catalogued separately. Then, incentivize private firms to make and sell software to surgeries and hospitals that provide the API. Why do people always go for monolithic top down solutions for these things?
http://www.clearbooks.co.uk/ - Completely cloud/web based accounting.
Sorry, I have no idea if there is a US version, and of course it it quite specific about taxes and so on. But it was the best day of my software experience life when I switched from SAGE to Clearbooks. Not only does it do everything we need, but it is the first accounts package I have ever seen that anticipates your needs - "this account isn't really suitable for this transaction, your probably want to use x instead". "This is a large capital purchase, so it's been added to your asset register pending approval". OMG it's wonderful!!!
Yes, I'm an evangelist. Most accounting packages are so bad that it's like night and day when you see a good one. It includes...
- PAYE (uk equivalent of withholding)
- VAT (EU equivalent of sales tax)
- automated monthly importing of bank statements direct from bank websites
- automated matching of statement items with purchases and vendors
- automated asset management and depreciation
- automated filing of govt tax forms for VAT, corporation tax and others
- multicurrency, + international transactions in line with tax rules
- quicky stuff like small business flat rate VAT, agricultural taxes, partnership tax rules, etc etc
I may no longer actually need an accountant. I could never say that with other software. With this, I am beginning to think that he adds no value whatsoever.
Tell you what I always wanted in a remake of Élite... nerd tools. An extension API, allowing scripts, GUIs/HUDs and possibly external connectivity. And the same facility to trade code and attachments that you see in something like Second Life.
- The universe really IS newtonian, but you can develop and trade control systems that make it appear otherwise and apply directed power to compensate for unwelcome inertia
- Bots, autopilots, combat aids
- Buy extra ships, develop swarm/formation flying control systems
What? Is this a desirable mash up? To me, it's the logical conclusion of real trading and real newtonian physics. Give the society the real ability to develop and create.
The challenge is to make sure that automated things don't dominate, and to create a playing society that can police the worst renegades. Rules are enforced by players, with bounties etc..
There's a lot of clap trap in these comments trying to sum out Ron Paul by his financial policies. It completely misses the point.
Ron Paul is a constitutionalist.
He believes that the federal govt overreaches. Financially, yes, but also militarily, socially, and almost every other sphere of influence. I'm sure he'd be fine about individual states offering loans - or transport systems, or healthcare, or abortions, or ID cards, or gay marriage or whatever. But these are not the job of the federal government. It's not rocket science - he is simply the only prominent politician who takes the limitation to legislate only over "commerce among the several states" seriously.
In practise, this all means that he has the only plan that can save the USA, being as the first step to solving the financial hole is to stop digging. And that means cuts to spending. I personally hope that he would do it in such a way that individual states can take over whichever programs they want in a clean and managed way. But this man is your only hope. Vote for him.
My own AFP experience with QNAP was terrible, due to the dodgy FOSS stack - I forget which one - that was included. There was no useful way to authenticate (no OpenDirectory, no Kerberos, no way to automate user import). I ended up with iSCSI between the QNAP and the Mac OS Server (ATTO iSCSI) and serving AFP from there, with a 5x speed improvement.
Was I doing something wrong? It doesn't seem to match the AFP figures in the article. Anyone else have similar awful real-world AFP performance?
Of course, it IS still just about possible for one of us to fix USENET. If we cared enough.
- A distributed ratings system that works, and allows matching of your preferences to people with similar preferences.
- A better standard for signing articles, and ownership of virtual websites where threads or subforums can only be started by the owner
- Standards for structured documents and so on.
- Incorporation and acceptance into multiple CMS's so that you can actually read existing forums through NNRP
So far, in the 15 years since this has been an issue, noone has cared enough to fix it. Pity.
A dream not interpreted is like a letter not read. - The Talmud, Tractate Berakoth 58a
From the article's opening paragraph: "Major automakers and the Department of Energy are pouring money into research on plug-in hybrid vehicles... Although critics have warned that the vehicles could put too much pressure on an already strained electrical grid, experts are now arguing that rather than being a strain on the grid, plug-in hybrids may actually help prevent brownouts, cut the cost of electricity, and increase the use of renewable energy."
Also from the article, according to the DOE's Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory, "there is enough excess generating capacity during the night and morning to allow more than 80 percent of today's vehicles to make the average daily commute solely using this electricity. If plug-in-hybrid or all-electric-car owners charge their vehicles at these times, the power needed for about 180 million cars could be provided simply by running these plants at full capacity.""
A recent search on Monster.com reveals that in New York City there are 103 jobs for the keyword "C#" and another 22 jobs for the keyword "vb.net". Searching on "Java" returns 197 Jobs. Hmmm... Perhaps New York is an anomaly. Perhaps there's a link between financial institutions and Java. The obvious next choice to query is Silicon Valley/San Jose. This is much closer to Microsoft's turf, so it's sure to be a Microsoft world, right? Nope. In the valley there's only 4 hits on "vb.net". C# brought back 28 hits, for a combined total of 32 hits. A search on "java" brought back a whopping 122 hits. Just for kicks and grins, I tried a search in Seattle. There yielded 13 "vb.net" hits, 75 "C#" hits, and to my absolute shock, a healthy 137 hits on "java".
What this all means, I have no idea, other than that java is a safe career path, assuming comparable salaries. Anybody up for an average salary comparison survey? I bet Computer Week already did one."
I was just reading about this oncoming banana disease, and flowing through my tiny little head were questions about how bananas will be handled by U.S. law.