October 2007


It’s the name of a piece of U.S. compliance legislation, with global implications, which was signed off in 2002. A key section, Section 404, went live on Nov. 15. It’s designed to prevent financial malpractice and accounting scandals such as the Enron debacle. It’s also known as the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act. The shorter moniker comes from the names of Sen. Paul Sarbanes, a Democrat from Maryland, and Rep. Michael Oxley, R-Ohio, who are credited as the main architects of the Act. It’s becoming known as SOX or SarbOx or SOA.

The Act covers a whole range of governance issues, many covering the types of trade that are allowed within a company, with an emphasis upon keeping everything above board. For example, the Act forbids personal loans to officers and directors. Former WorldCom boss Bernie Ebbers had taken considerable loans from his company shortly before it became the center of a corporate scandal. Other measures regulate the responsibilities of audit committees sent in to check the health of companies’ compliance. The Act also offers protection to whistleblowers.



Positive people are happier, period. Tapping into your bright side is easier than you’d guess !!!

We all know people whose engagement with life can only be described as joyful. Fittingly, nature rewards these happy-go-lucky types: Being optimistic in middle age increases life span by at least 7.5 years — What’s behind their hardiness: They minimize the destructive effects of stress. Of course, optimists get stressed, But they automatically turn the response off much more quickly and return to a positive mental and physical state.

Here are four habits that longevity experts say are at the heart of a sunny disposition—and that you can adopt, too: (more…)

1. Have fewer than two alcoholic drinks a day

2. Watch less than 1 hour of TV daily

3. Read novels

4. Do crosswords

5. Eat fish

6. Drink tea or coffee

7. Keep a journal

WebSmart, like it’s green screen predecessor, is not a case tool. It’s a program generator.

When a new program is created in WebSmart the user runs a wizard that in which the user selects which existing files to use in the program, how the files are related and what the program should do by choosing a template. A full featured program is then generated that includes PML and HTML. After that, the user is on their own to customize the HTML and PML (Program Macro Language). (more…)