Three Quicken Tips for Former MS Money Users

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I recently made the switch from Microsoft Money to Quicken 2010 Deluxe.  While I had expected to go through a personal finance armageddon, it turned out to be a much smoother experience than I originally thought.  It really wasn’t as bad as you may have read about in the … Read more

What's a Conficker?

Below is a transcript of a conversation I had with a Mac user: Me:  Have you heard about Conficker? Mac User:  What’s a Conficker? Me:  Conficker is a malicious super-virus that can cause severe damage to your computer.  The complexity of the code behind the virus has worried technology experts around the world.  Reports have … Read more

Top 10 Productivity Boosts of Using Two Monitors

In a corporate office, having two monitors has always been somewhat of a luxury.  And with today’s economy, I’d think that most workers would feel a little wasteful having this setup.  I personally have always avoided installing a second monitor because I didn’t think the advantages were that compelling.  I knew the extra real estate … Read more

Computer Purchases Over Time

Year 1998 2005 2009 Price $3,000 $2,000 $500 Hard Drive 40 Gb 80 Gb 250 Gb RAM 128 Mb 1 Gb 3 Gb Attached is a quick and dirty chart of all my computer purchases over time.  I still think it’s amazing how quickly computer prices have dropped in my lifetime.  Some important things I … Read more

New PC Install Guide

I know, I should’ve purchased a Mac.  But given my current cash flow situation, the Mac purchase really wasn’t an option for me.  I spent about $500 on a Toshiba that came with a free HP Deskjet printer.  I’ll stow away the $500 I saved and invest it towards buying a Mac in a few years.  Below is … Read more