Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Installing Quickbooks Premier 2016 on Mac?

by Haresh Karamchandani

Image from: link.

We got a call from a client to install Quickbooks Premier 2016 on 5 computers. After installation of the Quickbooks software the client wanted to be able to back up the QB data on the networked server. 

That was not a problem at all. We paid for and downloaded the 590 MB QB software on an external drive and proceeded the next day to carry out the installation.

After installing on 4 windows computers we were told that the 5th computer was a MacBook Pro!!??!!

We knew that the QB Premier 2016 version we had was meant to work only on Windows OS and therefore we had to think of a solution for it to work on the MacBook.

The client sought advice from his IT specialist in Washington and was told that there is no tested solution and that he should purchase a new Windows PC for himself in order to access QuickBooks.

We were not satisfied with this advice and decided to call up QuickBooks tech support for a solution.
Enter, “Windows Parallels”. 

This software from Windows costs US $ 79.99 and when installed on a MacBook computer, allows one to load Windows compatible software’s on a Mac. 

We loaded the Windows Parallels software on the MacBook, and then loaded Windows 7 Pro OS on the MacBook. 

Then we loaded the QB Premier 2016 on the windows 7 platform and the client is able to switch between Windows OS and Mac OS without restarting his machine.

He can also backup and access the QuickBooks information and data on the Network Server from his Mac.

One more happy client.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Season Freebies

By Farzana Rasheed

We have received some corporate gifts recently, mostly from the Banks we deal with but one gift came all the way from the Far East! It included a blue tooth speaker.

The great thing is that one gets a lot of calendars at this time of year. There should really be no excuse for not being able to plan one's year.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Welcome 2016

By Farzana Rasheed

We had our first staff meeting for 2016. Despite the stresses, ups and downs, loss of some clients, financial crunches and banging heads with our Banks, we perked ourselves up for a first staff meeting. 

When running a business, there is no space to be pessimistic. You may have lost a deal, screwed up and lost a client and, struggle to pay bills and keep the engine running. Despite losses and the stress, one has to keep one's spirits up and re-engage with one's team, strategise, analyse and plan. 

I suppose it is all catching up with me and, I don't feel shy in describing the exhaustion in running a company in Liberia, of all places. 

So, here we were, getting together to welcome the new year in our hearts and minds and, encouraging ourselves to not give up and keep marching ahead. We have a good number of contracts and if we manage to retain them, we'll keep bagging more business. 

I am really quite happy with the team I have and, promise to keep nurturing, support and developing them. 

2016 will be an awesome year for NATC. I just know it!

Thursday, 7 January 2016


Harmattan came quite early.  In fact, there have been concerns in Ivory Coast that the unusual timing of the Harmattan winds would adversely affect the cocoa crops.

For the past couple of days, we have started feeling cool Harmattan winds and, rain! This is highly unusual.

See some photographs of a wet Monrovia in January.

Long view of Center Street

Traffic pile up on Benson Street
Camp Johnson Road

The sun breaking out in the evening on South Beach

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

New Lamp

by Farzana Rasheed

If you know me, you know I love my desk and lamps. I recently got a new elegant lamp which adds a graceful touch to my room.