Author Archives: Dan TheMan

The Ultimate Electronics Toolbox

In the early 80’s I stumbled across a Plano 757 tackle box and purchased it to store my small assortment of electronic tools and parts. It quickly ended up at my office where I was constantly having to make cable … Continue reading

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Installing Vino (VNC) on Linux Mint 19.2

I wasted too much time figuring this out so I’ll document it here for future use and if anyone else hits the problem. As of Linux Mint 19.2 (or maybe a little earlier), they stopped including the simple Remote Desktop … Continue reading

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Installing gnuCOBOL on Windows

7 years ago I did some testing with Open COBOL. I wanted to see how well it implemented COBOL and do some performance testing as well. As I recall, the implementation was lacking a bit, but I was still able … Continue reading

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MoneyDance: First Impressions

I did a little testing of MoneyDance and I’ll share what I saw. This is by no means a ‘review’. Installation When I attempted to install MD, I immediately encountered problems. The most recent version is 64bit only. The system … Continue reading

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Playing Old Interactive Games (Adventure, Warp, Mystery Mansion) Online

I made a copy of my setup of the simH HP3000 emulator available for download a couple of years ago. There are several downloads of that file every day. Evidently there are a few that really enjoy playing these old … Continue reading

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gnuCash and Online Banking: A Complete Failure for Me

I have several bank accounts that quicken downloads transactions for on a daily basis. Every morning, I do a sync and check transactions to make sure everything is legit. I don’t want to loose that ability. One of my accounts … Continue reading

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Decontaminating N95 Masks

I have a coupe of N95 masks I purchased a few years back for sanding projects. I have to assume all paint in my old house contains lead. As of last night, the latest recommendation is now that everyone wear … Continue reading

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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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