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Finding A Lost/Misplaced Cellphone 5

I have not had a landline telephone for over five years. Five years ago I was very poor and the luxury of two phone services was not affordable. The cell phone was a necessity for my job. The landline was canceled. Five years ago people gave me an odd look when I told them I ...

What If Windows Was FREE?

The holiday season is approaching. For several weeks Kim Komando will air her annual radio contest. I have no doubt that due to Microsoft’s generosity, she will have several copies of Windows 7 to give away to some ‘lucky’ listeners. I ask myself “What would I do with a free and legal copy of Windows ...

Ubuntu Bittorrent Issues

The default bittorrent client in Ubuntu is Transmission. Some will argue that Deluge is a better choice. Quite some time ago I tried both and decided on Deluge. It seemed to be faster and seemed to use less system resources, allowing other programs to run concurrently. All that changed a few weeks ago when an ...

Staying With Ubuntu 1

I have read numerous posts in other blogs advising Linux ‘newbies’ to install install Ubuntu as their first Linux distribution. The reasons are many, including that it installs (and uninstalls) easily, it’s easy to use and it recognizes most hardware peripherals. I do not disagree with any of this. What I do find annoying is ...

eBooks are Catching On

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, reports that sales of electronic copies of Dan Brown’s latest best seller “The Lost Symbol” are exceeding print copies. This announcement is obviously a promotion for both the book and Amazon’s book reading Kindle device. I don’t have a dedicated book reader, but I do have both a computer ...

Credit Cards and Money Manager Ex 12

In an earlier article I demonstrated how to get started with Money Manager Ex, a versatile budgeting and checkbook managing software from Codelathe. I showed how to handle transactions involving “cash back”, that are a little less than obvious. This article will demonstrate a similar technique for handling credit card transactions. While I am using ...

Getting Started with Money Manager Ex 3

While I have some knowledge of double entry accounting, GnuCash is simply too complex for managing a checkbook and performing simple budgeting. In June, I published a post on HomeBank criticizing its inability to support split categories. At that time I installed Money Manager Ex. For a few weeks I ran it side by side ...

Opera 10 is NOT Friendly to Bloggers 1

Although Firefox is my preferred browser, it is wise to have another available. Sometimes items stop displaying correctly and switching to a different browser clarifies whether a problem is due to the browser or to the coding of the web page. Also, as a blogger, I want to see how my page appears in different ...

Help In Finding A Lost/Stolen Laptop

No-IP provides a dynamic DNS service. When you connect to the Internet your ISP assigns an IP address to your computer (or router if use one). The technical term for the process is Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol usually abbreviated as DHCP. The easy way to determine your IP address is to visit a web page ...

The WordPress Learning Curve

I have several criteria in choosing the software I work with. Really good software should work “out of the box” and not require an instruction manual. It should be customizable (which may require some instruction) to meet the end user’s expectations and requirements. Finally, it should be free (gratis), and if it’s open source (libre), ...