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Old 09-20-2010, 10:21 PM   #5581
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:54 AM   #5582
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Mowed grass early this morning. Then cleaned up and drove out of town to try a new dermatologist. I like this one better, seems to be a more concerned type. Dug out a small spot on my face that he said had to be skin cancer, but felt the procedure would take care of it. Also froze a couple of spots. He is 50 miles away, but not a bad drive. Dropped by Petco on the way home for some mutt food. Forty three dollars for a bag of dog food. What is this world coming to? Oh yes, started a new round of antibiotics for a lung infection I didn't shake during the summer. Which means I will have to lay off my normal med's for a few days.

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I went for lunch with a group of women who I met on meetup.com. It was a nice enough lunch, not sure if I see any life long friendships for me forming out of the group, however will probably go to one of their lunches again. The problem with moving as much as we do means we constantly have to look for new friends. I must admit as I get older I am less tolerant of BS so that thins out the potential friends pool rather rapidly.
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North Shore surfing-- in September!

Dawn patrol was too quiet at Pu'a Ena point so I went up the road to Kammies, which came in at 6-10. I would've been better off with my bigger, slower (and softer) board but I'm getting the hang of the shorter one.
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Dawn patrol was too quiet at Pu'a Ena point so I went up the road to Kammies, which came in at 6-10. I would've been better off with my bigger, slower (and softer) board but I'm getting the hang of the shorter one.
Woo-hoo!!! Sounds like the North Shore is getting some waves early this year.

This evening we moved a lot of my stuff, which is all crammed in the bedrooms so that the painter can paint in the living room, den, and kitchen. We moved it from my guest bedroom to my living room, since the painter has finished the walls in the common spaces and is half finished with the trim. Just a little more and that bedroom will be emptied out, and ready for painting too. What he has finished looks great!! I'll take a photo once he is done with the trim.
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Is it still like 400F in Texas? It's still so hot here, my timer just popped up... I could use a frozen daiquiri.
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Is it still like 400F in Texas? It's still so hot here, my timer just popped up... I could use a frozen daiquiri.
Oooooh....mmm, hmmmm...it's rather warm in TX..

...as for your timer, well now.....

...hmmm...just got a tad bit warmer, ummm...here in TX.
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I've spent the last two days rasslin' with my computers. I bought a new one with Windows 7 and the "Easy Transfer System", but it still takes a lot of messing around to go from old to new.

I have been using Outlook Express for years, and suddenly realized I had lots of old emails that I'd like to keep (digital packrat ) and no new Outlook Express program. The good news is that Thunderbird pulls in all your old OE stuff automatically, but it took some doing to figure out how to move the Tbird data from old computer to new. Answer is Mozbackup.

Next hurdle is to replace Microsoft Money. Any hints?
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Getting ready for Rice Families Weekend in Houston.

I'm planning to spend today packing (only six hours left!) and then I'm going to spend eight hours overnight breathing recycled air with hundreds of my new (*cough-cough HAAACK*) best buddies while hurtling through space at hundreds of miles an hour... and wearing earplugs.

Sure hope I can get caught up on my sleep.

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Thanks. It turns out that Mr. Gates just couldn't let Money die and now gives it away. Click, click, I'm back in business.
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I struggled with this question for about a year and finally -- the month before my Money subscription (license?) expired -- just picked (out of frustration mostly) Moneydance as the replacement. It has been three months now and I find it an acceptable substitute.

I had used Money since v1 (1995?) and was very disappointed with MS's decision to abandon it -- so, perhaps, my learning curve was steeper than it should have been. Nevertheless, I find that, as a pure accounting tool, Moneydance is more in line with how it should be done. Probably the biggest difference, however, is in Moneydance's support system. They have, for instance, an extremely active Forum and, I believe, that they, eventually, will build a very powerful financial program for us non-accountants -- although it is "as good as" Money now. (Money's support, as you know, was best described as non-existent.)

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I had used Money since v1 (1995?) and was very disappointed with MS's decision to abandon it -- so, perhaps, my learning curve was steeper than it should have been. Nevertheless, I find that, as a pure accounting tool, Moneydance is more in line with how it should be done. Probably the biggest difference, however, is in Moneydance's support system. They have, for instance, an extremely active Forum and, I believe, that they, eventually, will build a very powerful financial program for us non-accountants -- although it is "as good as" Money now. (Money's support, as you know, was best described as non-existent.)YMMV
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I just got through a horrible week trying to convert over from MS Money to Quicken for Rental Property Owners or QUICK BOOKS -- After hours of frustration I cancelled both of them & removed the blood suckers from my hard drive. Their "support" was not helpful or nonexistent.

Whodathunk that the underdog MSMoney would be so much more flexible & superior than Intuit's products?

All I want to do is go directly into a Checking account - pay a bill & categorize it by Property and Expense Category & maybe a little more detail like invoice# - Unit #, etc.(notes would be OK). I don't want to go thru other accounting vehicles/icons to get there either. I need to be able to produce reports with those elements broken out.

Maybe I am just too stupid. I tried, I failed, I tore me hair out!

Currently sticking to MS Money and double entering it into my Banks Bill Pay system. IF anyone has found a workable EZ solution to that, LMK.
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Maybe I wasn't clear. You can download the new version of Money (Money Sunset) for free. It automatically finds the last backup from your old Money program and is good to go in seconds. I just use it to balance my checkbook.

Download details: Money Plus Sunset Deluxe
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Currently sticking to MS Money and double entering it into my Banks Bill Pay system. IF anyone has found a workable EZ solution to that, LMK.
The main reason I picked Moneydance was its ability to automate things through the Internet. Specifically, its ability to give me "real-time" (well, there is that nine minute thing) updating of my Portfolio. The online banking is also fairly well developed.

I didn't take advantage of it but Moneydance is "try before you buy" software. (I just jumped in with both feet.) You should be able to test what you are asking with no cost other than time. And, in any event, their helpful support people will hold your hand through the whole procedure if asked -- again, I am very impressed with the staff of this company. In addition, there will be many users that will add their voice to the solution to your problem if it is more complicated than usual.

(Disclaimer: the above is based on only three months experience with this company.)
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