Archives for: March 2010

03/31/10

  07:47:04 am, by The Dreamer   , 480 words  
Categories: Software

update on Quicken Premier 2010

Well, I guess I've fully embraced and converted to using Quicken Premier 2010 to manage and monitor my finances...from MSMoney Plus.

The conversions kept crashing, but resulted in a file that seems to have most of my data. I had contacted support, which first got an email telling me to repair my MSMoney file and later suggested I create a new quicken file (with a short 8 character name and no special characters) and import the MSMoney...instead of direct convert.

Doing direct conversion had caused it to create a file named "Lchen's Quicken Data File.QDF", 'lchen' being the username I'm logged on as. Created a QMoney.QDF file, but it still crashed....in the same spot. Somewhere after Payee data.

So, I stayed with the "Lchen's Quicken Data File.QDF" result and ran Quicken in parallel with MSMoney, adding in daily updates etc. And, later migrating data that didn't convert over....my frequent flyer and reward accounts. (I didn't used to track reward accounts, until I discovered that there's an extra box on the reconcile dialog easily record the points...and after I finally used my points for stuff....search back on my shopAMEX experiences)

I have since renamed my Quicken Data File to a short, no space or special character, filename.

Meanwhile, Quicken support came back saying that they can't help me by email.... so I needed to use phone support to resolve the issue. Not seeing how talking to someone while trying things was going to be any better than email exchanges on trying stuff. I concluded that I couldn't really be helped any further on this.

So I mentioned how MSMoney was being annoying when I exit. And, back on the 21st, it was saying I had 10 days left to my service. Well, shortly after that a day disappeared moving my expiration up to March 30th. And, then yesterday when I started MSMoney, it announced that my service had expired...so another lost day.

So now, I've stopped using MSMoney Plus and relying on Quicken. I was liking that it checked more of the accounts that I check daily, there's one daily account that it doesn't get (daily) updates from (even though it supports it)...but it didn't work in MSMoney either. The only download option that I've seen on the site is to download my monthly statement in Quicken or MSMoney format...so I'm guessing that's all I'll get through one-click updates using Quicken.

But, I have email notification for cleared transactions turned on for the credit card, so I'll go by those to track what charges have cleared, etc. Plus it is no longer my primary card.

Hopefully there won't be any other surprises in Quicken as I continue to figure out the things I miss about MSMoney (the big one being cash flow reporting)...and maybe start to use other features of Quicken (some that existed in MSMoney, but I never got around to using either)....

03/28/10

  07:25:27 pm, by The Dreamer   , 5 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Surrogates

03/21/10

  04:42:08 pm, by The Dreamer   , 688 words  
Categories: General, Software, Computer, BOINC

trying to switch to Quicken Premier 2010

This is the second last weekend that I can make the switch to Quicken Premier 2010, before my copy of Microsoft Money Plus Deluxe expires.

It had been kind of annoying the last couple of weeks, with Microsoft Money warning of impending expiration and asking if I want to renew....where the renew doesn't do anything because Microsoft has discontinued the product, etc.

I'm sad, I've been using Microsoft Money since 98 (the version, I started using the software in 1997) to manage my finances.

I had originally intended to learn about Quicken and purchase it in December and start using it in the new year. In parallel to Microsoft Money and slowly migrate to it. Because I had heard horror stories about the conversion process (import/export and lose lots of info/detail)....but then I heard that there was going to be a direct conversion process available. Though the intent of the timing was still there....but other things came along and I got busy, so it got put off...and put off.

But, I had envisioned that I would finally purchase the software and make the conversion after I did my taxes (and hopefully before Microsoft Money Plus expires.)

I had never actually seen the expiration message before, usually upgrading to the latest version of Microsoft Money before well before then. Though I usually skipped a version here and there. Namely the progression was like 98, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, Plus...I'm pretty sure that's right, vaguely recall having 2001 and making the switch from even years to odd years. There was something that was a bug in Microsoft Money, that was finally fixed in the 2001 version. Or it was some online download data format change, or both.

At the time it was one of the main reasons I was resisting the abandonment of Windows and switching to a Mac. Unfortunately, I've acquired a bunch of other things since then that are Windows only. Though VMware or VirtualBox was a consideration...there is a new wrinkle in why I'll likely go with a Windows box as my next host. That's CUDA projects in BOINC are mainly for Windows systems. There are a few Linux ones, but then only 64-bit Linux.

Anyhoo....I decided that this was the weekend to make the start. I had been moving the software in and out of my Amazon.com cart trying to decide on when I would finally get it. But, then I decided that I would opt to getting via Amazon Download. Part of me wanted the warm fuzzy of having a physical CD, that I can then lose when it comes time to reinstall...not sure what I'm going to do with all my apps when I finally get around to buying that new computer to replace my old circa 2003 computer.

I bought it and downloaded it yesterday, and figured I'd get to doing it today (Sunday).

Well, so far it hasn't gone so well. Everytime I start, and select conversion....it goes for a very long time, and then crashes. I worry about whether things are right and don't really want to go through the 12+ years of records to see what's missing. The initial screen doesn't look right to me, so that doesn't help....though who knows.

I then tried running file repair, still crashed. Removed my password (even though it did seem to have an issue), still crashed. Repair again....

Not sure what I'm going to do now. Wonder if I can take a couple weeks off from work to go through everything and see if things are right, etc.

:##

Or maybe I'll just accept no more online services and stay with Microsoft Money Plus. Though its going to have a big impact on my daily routine, and not sure what it'll do to my account tracking. There are accounts where the only updates I get are through online services, missing statements every now and then, etc. Plus the online service downloads have helped me catch fraudulent activity on my cards much sooner than if I had to remember to check the card sites manually or review statements.

Hmmm... :hmm:

Plus there's still that whole, what do I do when I finally upgrade to a new computer....

  01:43:58 pm, by The Dreamer   , 2292 words  
Categories: General, Home, Appliances, Amazon Kindle

I got an Actifry

Link: http://www.t-falusa.com/All+Products/Cooking+Appliances/Deep+Fryers/Products/ActiFry/ActiFry.htm

Supposed to be a deep fryer without all that oil....which is what drew me to it.

Over the years, I have played around with deep frying.

When I first moved out, I lived in this neat apartment with a gas stove. And, I tried the open pan of oil and a basket method. And, I had reasonable success at deep frying stuff like shrimp chips and making fries. But, the fridge in the apartment wasn't so great....and dropping a pile of frosty frozen fries into a pot of hot oil isn't something one should do often....

And, being a gas stove....is made for quite the fireball. Good thing the place had high ceilings....

So, I decided that I might buy a deep fryer appliance at some point in the future, but it wasn't going to be in that apartment...since things were challenging enough running everything on the single 20 amp circuit that powered the entire 1 bedroom apartment. Would be impossible with the number of computers and home theatre components I have now.....not to mention all the appliances. Like no way would I go with turning off the TV, so I can microwave some popcorn...etc., now.

I forget why...but I think there was this craze of home buying around that time....but I eventually bought a home of my own....while the apartment was WWI era, the house I bought was a WWII build. It was better, but not much. Like only one 15amp kitchen counter plug circuit, which included the dishwasher...for some reason the washing machine, bathroom outlet and the side entrance outside light. That was fun when I got the high power motion activated spot light.... But, I got eventually got a deepfryer, I can't remember if it was from Eaton departure from Medicine Hat, or the demise of Woolworths (one of the locations that Walmart didn't convert).

It was nice, not as messy as open pot of oil and safer when using the second half of a bag of fries. But, it was this big awkward appliance that wasn't used often, and it was a pain filtering the oil and changing filters and replacing the oil. Plus it started getting hard to track down filters and stuff for it. This was before the Internet was what it is like today. I was doing online shopping by this point, but it was through Compuserve.

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03/20/10

  09:54:32 pm, by The Dreamer   , 18 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: 2012

Link: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/2012/70108779?trkid=226870

I rated this a 4 stars; because there's no half stars on NetFlix, but their estimation was right.

:rs::rs::rs::rs::ys:

Tags: 2012, dvd, netflix

03/16/10

  02:07:41 pm, by The Dreamer   , 116 words  
Categories: Software

Firefox 3.6 changes where new tabs are put

I make use of the middle mouse button to open new tabs off to the side/background for later reading.

Especially useful with reading forums...I can go down the list of updated threads and middle click the new messages on each thread of interest off to a new tab. Especially useful on forums that clear the new message marker based on time rather than when you have actually gotten around to reading those messages.

But, Firefox 3.6 changed where new tabs go, and I couldn't find in the preferences where to change it back. Finally, found that I had to go into about:config and change this:

browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent

to false.

Wonder what other 'bug' Firefox 3.6 has waiting for me.... :**:

03/14/10

  07:20:19 pm, by The Dreamer   , 180 words  
Categories: Home, Safety & Security, Amateur Radio

Start of DST 2010

Posting about having done my taxes for another year, after finding that I had blogged about having done so last year....made me remember another thing I blog about doing.

Which reminded me that I had forgotten to do the last step of my bi-annual daylight saving ritual.

I had pretty much tackled move clocks forward an hour and checking a few things when I got up this morning...but I had intended to wait until later in the day to test smoke detectors. But, starting into my taxes after returning from the grocery store...it slipped my mind until I was searching my blog for whether I had previously posted about 2008 taxes.

So, I jumped up and went and took care of each smoke detector and made it scream a little &#59;D

Once again, the updating the clock on my vx-7r stumped me ... some day I'll have that process remembered. At least this time I didn't have to hunt down a manual to finally do it.

Oh that reminds me, I didn't update my watch....even though I did wear it today.... :lalala:

  06:53:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 147 words  
Categories: General, Software, Quicken/TurboTax

Did my 2009 Taxes

I kind of knew that I would go all the way this time, much like I had done last year....the exception might be if TurboTax did something strange again. It didn't, so I went ahead and e-filed.

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03/01/10

  06:55:56 am, by The Dreamer   , 72 words  
Categories: Networking, Cox HSI

Will I get a new router or not?

Well, this is interesting....

The best I was getting after the latest Cox speed upgrade was:

But, with Wondershaper(QoS) turned off, I'm now getting speeds like these:

It might be acceptable to stay with my current set up, rather that seek out a new router and learn dd-wrt.

I did add a Hawking Broadband Booster (HBB1) that I got off of eBay to at least try to do some QoS.

Hmmm... :hmm:

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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