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By Margaret Berkland, Published on November 15, 2001

Margaret Berkland is the president of Data Vision Design, Inc., which specializes in providing IT solutions to the legal community. Founded in Fredericksburg, VA in 1989, Data Vision Design, Inc. provides services that include: applications development, business process design, applications integration, electronic file tracking and, access expedition. Prior to becoming the president of DataVision Design, Inc., Margaret was the Info. Resources Technology Specialist for McKenna & Cuneo.

ATM Locators

At this VISA web page, you select a region and country to begin your search. Once that selection has been made, you are presented with fields for street address, cross street/building, city, state/province, and postal code. You can also add the qualifiers for Braille, handicapped access, 24 hour access, or airport location. There is also a display qualifier to select the number of hits you wish displayed. Once you click on “Find ATMs”, the search results are displayed. The results include a map, bank name, street address, location and include the qualifier you requested. The site covers ATMs that accept VISA, VISA Electron and PLUS.

http://mastercard.com/cardholderservices/atm/ 

This MASTERCARD page works is similar to the VISA ATM locator, but does not offer as many options to qualify your search. The maps are not as nice either. It shows ATMs that will accept MASTERCARD, CIRRUS, and MAESTRO.

National Compensation Survey

“The National Compensation Survey (NCS) provides comprehensive measures of occupational earnings; compensation cost trends, benefit incidence, and detailed plan provisions.” “The NCS is a BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) establishment survey of employee salaries, wages, and benefits.” This site provides access to a wealth of information. There is a link to faqs about NCS and the information it provides. There are indices, tables, economic news releases, publications, and links to other BLS programs. There are special sections with the “latest numbers” and “regional resources”.

PriceSCAN.com

PriceSCAN bills itself as “your guide to finding the best price on thousands of computer hardware and software products.” (They actually list many items other than computer hardware and software such as home appliances, movies, office equipment and sporting goods to list a few categories.) Their searchable database (PRICE GUIDE) consists of publicly available product and pricing information gathered form magazine ads, vendor catalogs, web sites, etc. Search results are listed with the lowest price first. They also offer a STORE DIRECTORY that allows users to find stores that sell the products they wish to purchase. PriceSCAN is updated daily. A search result lists the basic information about the product, store name and link to website, source of the information and date, price, and a link to a photo of the product.

Recommendations for choosing a cellular service plan

It is a challenge to select the best cellular phone plan. This webpage provides some guidance in making the selection. There is also a link to a listing of cellular service plans in major U.S. markets. The listing can be searched by zip code. This page is part of the ConsumerReports.org website. To obtain more detailed information, you must subscribe.

Telephone Directories on the Web

This web site has links to 400 links to Yellow Pages, White Pages, Business Directories, Email Addresses and Fax Listings from over 170 countries all around the world. It is owned by Infobel of Brussels, a leading European company publishing telephone directories on the web, mobile platforms and cd-roms. Six regions of the world are covered with a variety of ways to search in North America and the Caribbean.