Scripting Has Never Been More Powerful

The days of writing NLMs are all but gone. Those beasts had a cryptic API, confusing documentation and scarce support from Novell. But starting with NetWare 4, Novell has opened its API to developers through the NetWare Developer Kit. Using the NDK, developers can code in ActiveX, C/C++, Java and various scripting languages. NetWare 5 has full support for JavaScript, NetBasic 6.0, Novell Script, PERL 5, REXX and ScriptEase.



Universal Component System

Novell’s UCS (Universal Component System) exposes NetWare services to the scripting engines regardless of the underlying scripting language. UCS is a scripting-language interpreter Read more »

Even The Accountants Are At It!


The American Institute of CPAs has joined with the Big Five and several technology companies to develop Internet-based program code that promises to revolutionize financial reporting.

The XFRML Consortium is developing “XML-based financial reporting markup language,” also known as XFRML, a programming language that formats financial reports for transport across the Internet and viewing on browser-equipped computers. The tool is a derivation, or “specification” of extended markup language, which is fast supplanting HTML as the language for Web-based documents.

The group’s members expect their language to evolve into “the digital language of business,” by first establishing itself as the business community’s standard for preparing financial reports, and publishing Read more »

Be Gone, Vile Skin Tags!

Skin tags, or skin-flappies as we call them in my family, plague a vast number of people. They like to crop up in the folds of skin so the neck, armpits, groin area and under breasts are their most favourite places to live. Sometimes people will even discover they have some in the folds of their eyelids!

Now these skin tags are generally harmless. They tend to be very small and they are not cancerous. But the fact of the matter is that they are not attractive. A single person can have anywhere from one to one hundred of the little devils growing somewhere on their bodies at any given time. This can lead to some embarrassment and potential lowering of self-esteem, which is not a good thing.

The good thing that does exist is the fact that you can remove these little pests in a variety of ways. All of the removal methods I’m about to talk about can be done in your own home but they will depend on your personal comfort-zone and possibly your pain threshold.

One of the more popular and easier methods of removing skin tags is by cutting them off. You do not need to go to the doctor for this if you don’t want to, unless of course the skin tag is by your eye. I would not recommend bringing sharp instruments close to your eyeballs as you don’t want to make a mistake and lose one. But if you have a skin tag on your neck or under your arm you could take a pair of sharp scissors, nail scissors are good for this or a scalpel, and remove the offending protrusion at the base. It may bleed a little bit but you should be fine. If you do not do well with blood, or if even the tiniest prick hurts you, do not do this yourself.

Another method of removal that can take some time is tying the skin-flappy off at the base with a piece of thread or dental floss. The nerves at the base of the skin tag will slowly die and the skin tag will eventually fall off. The downside of this method is that it can take weeks and if you have the skin tag on a very visible part of your body you probably won’t want to do this one.

A discreet method that a lot of people are enjoying is using a removal cream. This process can usually take about 2-3 weeks before the skin tag falls off but it is virtually invisible. Most of the creams are made of holistic ingredients or are very gentle on the surrounding skin. This may be a good option if you have the skin tag on a very visible part of your body such as your neck or face.

There are some great skin tag removal cream reviews here.

A final method that has been gaining popularity is using a home removal system that employs a freezing liquid to remove the skin tag. This method has been available Read more »

Get It All Sorted!

gdstWould the appearance of your home office make your mother smile with pride or cringe in embarrassment? Either way, the business value of organization goes far beyond what meets the eye. An office that looks neat may be a nice place to work. But an environment that’s structured for efficiency will help you earn more money. Think about all the time you spend looking for things during a typical workday. From pens to notes to computer data to payments, it all adds up to lost productivity. Here you’ll see how organizing expert Lisa Kanarek helps Wendy Badman, the grand prize winner of our Third Annual Most Disorganized Home Office Contest, build an effective system that suits her needs.

Badman was in denial. Unlike Art Shay and Clive T. Miller, the grand prize winners of our first two contests, Badman didn’t believe that her office was a wreck. But she admitted that she feared that her disorganized work habits would begin to erode her bottom line. She referred to her domain of Read more »

California Totally Rules

mnThe day was long. I was tired. And boy, did I need a vacation! But what’s a hardworking freelancer to do? Assignments were piling up. Clients were calling and giving me more work. Great! But again, I needed some time off.

Then a client from Los Angeles called and asked if I could fly out to give a presentation on Thursday. Let’s face it–what freelancer ever feels comfortable turning down work? And then it dawned on me: Why not take advantage of this sojourn and combine business and pleasure? After all, my client is even springing for the airfare.

Lala land. L.A. The possibilities were endless. Hop a flight on Wednesday, present on Thursday, and take a few well-needed days to recuperate and refresh. With a fresh cup of Read more »

Make Your Workspace A Place For Genius

mywBlending work life and home life can be a test of both functional design and family cooperation. Homeowners may find that a den, spare bedroom, or attic is an ideal location for an office. But these options are usually unavailable to the average apartment dweller confined to limited space and a less compromising layout. A home office tucked into an alcove off a living room or behind pocket doors in a dining room may be a good solution for some apartment residents because these rooms function well for greeting visitors or holding meetings. New York City literary agent Richard Curtis and his wife, author Leslie Tonner, hired interior designer Joan Halperin to create an elegant and efficient Read more »

Government Did Seize Tech, Albeit A Little Early

gdstAfter three years of Vice President Gore’s cheerleading for a higher tech government, we decided to find out how easy it is to find government material online. After all, those rules and regulations flowing out of government agencies are adding several days a year to our business lives. Wouldn’t you prefer to fill out and file forms online instead of wasting time trying to find them? And while the veep can exhort the federal government, he has little control over the state and local bureaucracies that conceive prodigious amounts of their own material. We set out to get a snapshot of how extensive online support is at all three levels of government.

Leading by Example One thing to keep in mind about the federal government’s online presence is that most businesspeople need to find information coming out of the executive branch. Congress passes legislation and the courts interpret it, but only the president (through various departments and agencies) actually Read more »