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In computer maintenance, it pays to be cautious

Here, then, is must-know advice for PC and Macintosh users from Rochester-area service providers. Train your employees Are your employees trained and competent in the programs they need to operate, or do they know just enough to be dangerous? asks ...

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Cyberphobic employees
need training, empathy

Cyberspace. E-mail. The Internet and World Wide Web. The information highway. Cyberphobes tremble at the words. Nervous about programming their VCRs–much less ramping onto the infobahn–they quake when their companies go online. It’s not for me, they think, as their ...

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Debunking the mythology
of the Net bit by bit

Since January, when my husband began a six-month stay in San Diego, e-mail has served as our primary mode of communication. I’m no technophobe, but this is not the greatest way to nurture a relationship. Yet my dismay at the ...

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Foul indoor air harms health, triggers lawsuits

Local engineers and indoor-air-quality experts say many local companies fall short of providing safe and adequate indoor air quality. They explain that government inspections of indoor air quality rarely occur. Experts blame that lack of enforcement –along with the cost ...

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Environmentalists fight moves to ease regulatory enforcement

Moves to streamline environmental regulations are only in the beginning stages. Still, Stouffer says the rhetoric, budget proposals and bills that have surfaced so far are cause for concern. For example, this year’s budget proposal includes substantial cuts for the ...

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Relaxing the rules
in pollution control

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, pumped with new blood under Gov. George Pataki’s administration, last month indicated that it wants to make friends with business. Eastman Kodak Co. and the DEC are negotiating to remove or change the roles ...

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Organized labor looks back at productive year

The local labor community provides a strong and vibrant voice for Rochester’s working men and women. This voice is heard loud and clear due to the hard work of the rank-and-file membership and leadership of the 120 union locals affiliated ...

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Strikes no longer
weapon of choice

“You won’t want to put the company out of business, yet you want the best possible contract you can get,” says Frank Posato, president of the Teamsters union Local 118. “You’ve got to negotiate wisely; you’ve got to negotiate smarter.” ...

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New generation of labor leaders
grapples with issues of ’90s

The guard is changing for organized labor in Rochester. Over roughly the past 12 months, several of the Rochester area’s most prominent unions have seen aging leaders bow to younger ones. Some that have chosen 40-something heads to replace retiring ...

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Involving adult children
can help clarify wishes

Are you going to get a pension? Will you act as a paid consultant? Does the child who has never been involved inherit a share, get part of the profits and have a say in a business? Or does the ...

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Pros advise careful look
at revocable living trust

Proponents say the revocable living trust saves thousands of dollars in legal fees and avoids costly, time-consuming probate. Others say the benefits are overstated and oversold. As with all things legal, there are no simple answers, attorneys, financial planners and ...

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Protecting principal
Asset transfer proves unstable shield from savings spend-down

For even a hard-working, hard-saving person to roll through retirement with financial assets intact never has been an easy trick. Factor in the expenses of long-term care–along with the legal requirement to spend down assets to qualify for Medicaid–and it ...

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Monitoring agent
gets best value

Romolo Celli of Re/Max Wharton Associates says buyers and sellers should interview at least three agents on an employer-employee basis before entering into an agreement. “Don’t let fate choose your real estate agent for you,” Celli cautions. “Shop around and ...

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Some see new possibility
for alternatives to MLS

For two months, Michael and Jennifer Donoghue have had a for-sale-by-owner sign planted in front of their 877 S. Goodman St. home. So far, they have had a few lookers but no serious offers. If the Donoghues do not get ...

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