Hot Disks 10/01

Building an online storefront, preventing disk crashes before they happen and more
This story first appeared in the October 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
  • Host With the Most: The new Website Trader Service from release 2002 of Peachtree Complete Accounting ($270 street; $600 for the Multi-user Value Pack) provides templates to let you build an interactive storefront and stock it with up to 25 items for free. Add $20 per month, and it will also clear your credit card receivables, depending on volume. Unfortunately, Peachtree still doesn't integrate online banking, bill-paying and small-business payroll services.

of IT professionals say e-mail software causes the most IT support problems.

  • Change Is Good: Linux may be gaining in popularity, but it remains a rarity on the desktop. If you're thinking of switching, try MandrakeLinux ProSuite 8.0 from MandrakeSoft-it features the stability and security of Linux as well as a graphical interface similar to Windows. The $69 (street) OS includes software as well, including a Web browser, an e-mail client and the StarOffice office suite.
  • Paper Is So Passé: Transform paper documents into digital files and convert PDFs into Microsoft Office documents with OmniPage Pro 11 from ScanSoft. Street price: $500; volume discounts available.
  • Red Alert: Prevent disk crashes before they happen with DiskAlert from Software Shelf International. This application monitors hard-drive performance, warning you of potential problems via e-mail, phone, pager or onscreen pop-up messages. Two-user licenses cost $99.95; volume discounts available.

Liane Gouthro, a former technology reporter at, freelances from her home in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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