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Yet another embarrassing tech error – sending a text message to the wrong person

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Double check who is getting your texts.

We’ve all heard the stories of hitting ‘reply all’ instead of ‘reply’ when discussing something in an e-mail that shouldn’t go to ‘all’.

Here’s a new oopsie I learned about personally but at low cost. (Cross posted from Nonprofit Update.)

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January 15, 2015, 7:49 am at 7:49 am

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More good stuff for auditors – 11/10

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A few articles of interest to auditors. Uh oh – perhaps IFRS isn’t completely dead. A couple of ideas on social media.

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November 10, 2014, 9:20 am at 9:20 am

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35 people for CPAs to follow on Twitter

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Twitter is a valuable tool for CPAs. Don’t know where to start on finding someone to follow on Twitter that will give you some worthwhile info?

Check out Bill Sheridan’s article The people CPAs need to follow on Twitter.

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August 13, 2014, 7:33 am at 7:33 am

11 bloggers you really oughta’ be following

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In his New Year column, Jim Peterson gives a list of writers on accounting who you really should add to your RSS feed so you can read all they have to say:  Re:Balance – Welcome to a Happy New Year – Or Is It?

Before giving you the list, I’d like to summarize his first post of the year.

He begins by bemoaning the same-o same-o in accounting stories for the last few months of 2013. Seems like it is the same foolishness and silliness we’ve seen the whole year. Another multi-billion settlement from JPMorgan.  More blithering on accounting convergadoption. Blah, blah.

His knowledge of human nature leaves him optimistic the New Year will be brighter. It won’t take long for accounting & finance bloggers to have fresh examples of folly, mischief, break-downs, malfeasance, manipulators, and miscreants enough to keep everyone’s fingers dancing on the keyboard.

Alas, I agree.

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January 10, 2014, 16:29 pm at 4:29 pm

It is amazingly easy to create video content

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Tech tools available today make it easy for a novice to create usable videos. No one will confuse what you create with what comes out of Hollywood or Madison Avenue, but it won’t cost thousands of dollars per minute of content either.

To show how easy it is, I’ve accumulated several of my videos and briefly discussed them on my other blog, Outrun Change:


Here is my most popular video, with over 3,600 views:



Making videos is incredibly easy. I hope my simple efforts will encourage you to try it yourself.

Keep in mind I’m working with a point-and-shoot camera, have zero editing experience, and possess a level of creatively that is only slightly higher than the average accountant.

Equipment that is not cheapest on the market, some minimal experience, and measurable levels of creativity combined with the astounding tools available today would result in great video for your organization.

Jump in, the water’s fine!

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December 19, 2013, 9:04 am at 9:04 am

Get started blogging. Do it for yourself, even if nobody ever reads anything you ever post.

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Just the process of putting into words what you are thinking will produce tremendous growth. Actually thinking about what is going on around you, in your industry, or in the wider world will stretch you like nothing else.

Do it for yourself!

I have grown tremendously from writing on my blogs. Check out Seth Godin and Tom Peters making that point:



A few great lines: 

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December 4, 2013, 8:06 am at 8:06 am

Setting up a simple website on a blogging platform

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If you need to set up a simple website, consider using blogging software to do so.

I have found that using a blog as website is cheaper to run and far easier to maintain with better statistics available than my previous platform.

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October 27, 2013, 16:33 pm at 4:33 pm