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Cairn is migrating to a new data center

Cairn Applications has just signed a 2 year lease on a new data center!  This new facility gives Cairn significantly greater computing resources and will enable us to provide better performance to all our clients!   

In addition, web application clients can now be hosted on private servers within the data center.  This will significantly impove application performance by providing dedicated database instances, CPU and RAM for resource intensive projects..    

We look forward to providing all of our clients with improved performance in the comming months as we migrate the platform to the new data center.



Container Tracking in Staten Island, NY

Container Tracking Client

Cairn is pleased to annouce that Circle Line Carting of Staten Island, NY is now tracking their containers with Box Tracker from Cairn Applications! 

The client was impressed with the application's capability to move information from the dispatch office to the drivers in the field, significantly reducing radio and phone traffic, while simultaneously getting a hold on their busy container business.

Welcome Circle Line, we look forward to working with you!





New Web Design Client in Manchester, NH

Web Design Client

Cairn Applications is please to announce a new web design client right on Elm Street in Manchester, NH.  The cafe serves desserts and confections baked in the classical French style.  

The firm hired Cairn to upgrade their look and feel.  The project will soon include an ecommerce integration and secure log in area where the firm will be able to better serve their larger institutional customers.

This project incorporates  some interesting design challenges and it represents our first presence on Elm Street in Manchester, NH. 

Thank you to the Erikson's for hiring Cairn Applications to put a public face on their family business.  We look forward serving them in the years to come. 



Domain Services Email - Scam

EmailI got a couple of emails this morning with the title "DOMAIN SERVICES."  The emails had the following content:

As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it's time to send in your registration and save.

Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.

Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.

Similar to the Domain Registry of America scam, the email is formatted to look like an invoice.  By passing themselves off as an existing vendor, they hope that you will simply add your credit card information and fax it in with your signature on it.

Clearly, someone is trolling domain names that have been recently renewed or registered as fodder for this scam. Don't fall for it.



New Container Tracking Clients

Cairn is pleased to announce 2 new container tracking clients on the Box Tracker platform!  

Capital Dumpster provides waste hauling services in and around Albany, New York.  Bin There Dump That of Central New York is a new hauler working under the Canadian franchise.   Both firms have chosen Box Tracker to manage their dumpster fleets.  

Cairn would like to thank both of these firms for their business.  We look forward to working them!



Cairn moves to 1 Tara Blvd in Nashua!

1 Tara Blvd, Nashua, NH

Cairn Applications has moved to 1 Tara Blvd in Nashua, NH.  The new space is 100 yards from Rt 3 ( Everett Turnpike ), off exit 1 and just minutes from the Massachusetts border.  

We are nestled in the high tech district off Spit Brook Road which also is home to such firms as BAE Systems, Oracle, HP and AutoDesk. We are also right across the street from the Radisson Nashua.

If you get a chance, come by and see the new space!





New Roll Off Container Tracking Client!

We are very pleased to announce that Box Tracker, Cairn's web based dumpster tracking solution has just won a new client, Minibins of Vancouver British Columbia.  Minibins provides waste removal and mini bin rentals in the Vancouver area.

The client is moving from a paper based solution to Box Tracker, which leverages cloud computing to manage their work orders, roll off containers and drivers in the field. 

Welcome Minibins!



Web-Based Container Tracking Client!

Cairn Applications has been working for some time to bring our legacy container tracking solution, Box Tracker, onto the web!  Box Tracker has been quietly tracking customers, work orders, dumpsters, and tipping fees for nearly 10 years as a Visual Basic application. Now it's time to bring this work horse of an application to the web!  

This week, Box Tracker got it's first exclusively web-based client,  Budget Disposal, who provides dumpster rentals for residential and commercial junk removal in Nashville, TN.  They test drove the application for a week and signed on!  

They are now using the web to manage their container fleet and dispatch to their employees in the field.  It's an exciting time for Cairn Applications and Budget Disposal!

Contact Cairn Applications to learn more about Box Tracker, or other  web applications for your business.





Questions regarding the Marketplace Fairness Act

The US Senate on Monday passed the Marketplace Fairness Act which seeks to empower states and territories to collect sales and use taxes on products purchased over the internet and shipped into their tax jurisdictions.  

Leaving aside the politics, here are some key points:

Small Seller Exemption   

Section 2, subsection C of the Senate bill exempts remote sellers with "...gross annual receipts in total remote sales in the United Stated in the preceding calendar year..." of less than $1 million.  There has been some discussion that this number will be raised to $10 million, though the text bill does not reflect that.  

Will I have to collect, file, and remit taxes in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories?

Maybe. States are not obligated to collect sales taxes from remote sellers.  Section 2 of the act states that "A State may exercise authority under this Act beginning 90 days after the State publishes notice.." of their intent to do so. Non-member states ( D.C. and the territories ) are forced to wait 6 months before they can begin to enforce the Act.  Several states do not have sales taxes, and given that this is optional on the part of those that do, the number of states that require collection and remitting will change over time.  

How can I deal with 9600+ separate tax rules?

That's going to be challenging for your E commerce provider but not for you, though will still have to write all of those checks.  The states must do 3 things before they publish their intent: 

  1. They must "...provide a uniform sales and use tax base among the state and local taxing jurisdictions within the State.."  That means that each will effectively have a homogeneous taxing algorithm.  
  2. Provide ( free of charge ) software to calculate tax liability for each transaction in real time  this software must also be capable of filing sales tax returns. 
  3. Provide a mechanism for certifying software providers and keeping them informed of rate changes in a timely manner.  

What if there are mistakes?

The Act protects sellers from liability incurred due to errors made by certified software providers.  It also protects certified software providers from bad information given them by the remote sellers.  

What is Cairn Applications doing about the Marketplace Fairness Act

Many of you will be aware that Cairn has been building a new proprietary E Commerce solution called myStore. The Marketplace Fairness Act has been in the works during most of the this development cycle and as such we have built in a tax calculation module.  At present, the module is little more than a placeholder, given how little is known about this Act and it's viability.  

This tax module will be activated by a user option on myStore and it looks like periodic ( monthly, yearly ) reviews of the trailing 12 months sales will be necessary in order to tease out our client's  small seller exception status.  

We have a number of questions regarding the implementation of the law and have been in contact with U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte's office for Clarification.  Mr. Thomas DeRosa at the Senator's Office is looking into our questions but was able to give the following: 

  • While the Bill did pass the Senate on Monday, it has yet pass in the House of Representatives.
  • Speaker of the House John Boenher is adamantly apposed to the Bill as are a number of representatives.
  • Mr. DeRosa was clear that we are a long way from this bill becoming law. 

Should the Marketplace Fairness Act become law, Cairn Applications will be seeking certification as a software provider in order to give our customers' customers the best possible e commerce experience with the least hassle over taxes.

Here is a copy of the Marketplace Fairness Act gleaned from marketplacefairnessact.org/bill-text/



Miss New Hampshire at the Cairn Applications Booth!

Miss New Hampshire and Miss Stratham FairThe Made in New Hampshire Expo  kicked off today and Cairn Applications was honored to have Miss New Hampshire, Megan Lyman, and Miss Stratham Fair, Samantha Massahos, light up the booth for this photo!  Both of these ladies were extremely gracious to lend their celebrity to Cairn Applications.  My kid got a kick out of it too!

Thank you both.  

See all of the pictures from the Made In New Hampshire Expo







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