Author Archives: Dan TheMan

Importing Quicken Data into gnuCash

Before I went the the procedure of cleaning up my quicken data I attempted an import which failed, of course. Worse, there was no indication of what caused the failure. But I knew my data file was a monster, so … Continue reading

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Cleaning out Your Quicken Data File: Deleting all Historical Transactions, Securities, and Accounts

[Note: please DO NOT ask me questions about this procedure. I did it twice myself and never expect to do it again. I will not remember any details and will not be able to provide any more help that what … Continue reading

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I’m So Done with Quicken, Maybe gnuCash?

I never really had a high opinion of Quicken from the early days (I’ve been using it since the early to mid 90’s). It seems every mandatory upgrade generally brought enough problems that I would have preferred to stay with … Continue reading

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HP3000/XL Series 918 Startup and Shutdown Procedures

Quick video to remind me the proper way to start / stop my HP3000 – a procedure I do very infrequently.

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Can Canned Fuel (Sterno) Boil Water?

Short answer: Yes, but slowly. I have a small electric inductive burner I can run from my generator and a similar propane burner with a converter that allows it to run from either small green propane tanks or a larger … Continue reading

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Windows Update Blocker, WUG

One of my biggest issues with Windows 10 is the fact that it updates itself whenever the heck it wants. Yes, there is some control, but not enough. I have multiple Win10 systems that are left off for months and … Continue reading

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Using FPCUPDELUXE to Create (Free Pascal) Lazarus Compilers of Different Versions

I use stable versions of the Lazarus/Free Pascal compiler for my production projects. Decades of experience has left me very leery of the latest and greatest of any software. For Lazarus, that means going to SourceForge ( and using a … Continue reading

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Watch Dog Timer (WDT) for ESP8266

While messing with an ESP8266 for the past couple of days, I decided I should look into how the watch dog timer operates. Turns out the WDT is enabled automatically for the ESP8266. Most of the library routines reset it … Continue reading

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ESP8266 Temp Sensor Monitor Lab Notes

I recently set up an ESP8266 to monitor 3 Dallas DS18B20 temperature sensors and act as a web server to allow viewing of the data on a smart phone. This was an experiment to try a few things: How can … Continue reading

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Raspberry PI (RPI) USB Drive Performance

Several years ago I put a USB hard drive on my development RPI using procedures like this: I knew it helped, but not really to what extent. Today, I had to upgrade the RPI from Wheezy to Jessie to … Continue reading

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