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Friday, November 30, 2018

Quicken 2019 Billpay

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Go to tools-->online payee list --> new

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Quicken changeover to subscription-based on Windows 10

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Friday, November 30, 2018

I'm one of those folks that settled into a routine of upgrading Quicken every three years. It worked fine. Until today, I was running Quicken 2016 Deluxe and am now ready to upgrade to Quicken 2019 Premier.

I'm aware that from now on, it's an annual subscription. That's fine with me. And the reason I went with Premier is that I theoretically will get quicker support. That can't hurt, although in the past few years, since Quicken slipped out of Intuit's hands, it's been much better. Not much breakage.

So here I sit, wondering if I should uninstall my Quicken Deluxe 2016 before installing my new Quicken 2019 Premier. I can't seem to find advice, but there's no harm. I'd rather be safe than sorry, as I've seen some reports of difficulties installing.

I used this advice and here it is adapted for my needs.


  1. Backup your Quicken data
  2. Close Quicken
  3. Uninstall Quicken using Add/Remove
  4. Reboot your computer
  5. Run ccleaner
  6. Download and save QcleanUI.exe and MSICLEAN.exe to the same folder. 
  7. From that folder, double-click QcleanUI.exe.
  8. Select Clean all versions, and then click Clean.  
  9. Select Quit to close QcleanUI.
  10. Make sure you can see all hidden files.
  11. Find any remaining Quicken or Intuit folders, and rename them. You might find them in C:\Program Data, C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming and C:\Program Files (x86)
  12. Restart your computer and install Quicken again.

   More Notes
  1. I bought it from the quicken site with a discount. Total was 44.99 plus tax for the Premier 2019 version.
  2. From now on I will pay annually on 11/30
  3. Autorenew is on

  







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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Quicken connect info from the Citi card

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Web Connect is a feature of QuickBooks® and Quicken® that lets you download account information into your QuickBooks or Quicken register via .QBO or .QFX files. Using Web Connect is easier, faster and more accurate than downloading .QIF or .CSV files, because Web Connect keeps track of transactions that have already been imported. It gives you the opportunity to avoid duplicates by matching downloaded transactions against those already in your register. For more information on this feature, click on Web Connect within the Help menu of your QuickBooks or Quicken software.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Replaced keyboard for HP Pavilion DM4 laptop

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  1. I wasn't able to get any info about the exact model because this laptop has a replacement hard drive that I put in a few years ago.
  2. I used this youtube video to learn how to do the replacement.
  3. The hardest part was getting the keyboard out. It really did require lifting it out with a thin tool.
  4. I bought it on amazon
  5. It was the MACHENIKE Replacement Keyboard for HP Pavilion DM4-3000 DM4-3100 DV4-3000 DV4-3100 DV4-3200 DV4-4000 DV4-4100 DV4-4200 DV4-4001xx DM4T-3000 DV4T-4000 DV4T-4100 DV4T-4200 Series Black US Layout


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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tom's Guide has a lot of how-to's for Alexa

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Here's the page

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Can I use a Phillips Hue Bulb without a bridge AND without the dimmer switch

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The Questions:


  1. I got a Phillips Hue Bulb bundled with my new Echo Show.
  2. Can I use it without the Hue Bridge (also called a Hub)?
  3. Can I use it without a Hue Dimmer Switch?
  4. In other words, can I use it standalone?
  5. What can I do if I have Echo, a Phillips Hue Bulb, but no Bridge?

The Answers so far:

  1. So far, I couldn't find this information online. But I figured out that indeed, the answer is yes if you have an Echo Show.
  2. The new Echo Show has the Zigbee bridge functionality built in.
  3. The Philips Hue SmartHome skill functionality is only compatible with the Philips Hue Bridge V2 (square shape). Basic lighting functionality (on / off / dimming) is available without the Smarthome skill and is compatible with Philips Hue V1 (round) and V2 (square) bridges.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Smartplugs and devices for Alexa

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  1. First I tried the Phillips Hue lightbulb. It came free with my Echo Show. That's an easy setup, and because I have an Echo Show, there's no other hardware needed.
  2. Then I tried a smartplug Amazon Smart Plug, works with Alexa Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. which was 24.99. The setup was simple.
  3. Then I tried a Wemo Mini Smart Plug, WiFi Enabled, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant & Apple HomeKit which I got from Amazon for an astounding ten dollars with a promo code. The setup was confusing.
Update: I found slightly better instructions for Wemo.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Use the paintbrush tool in Paint Shop Pro to circle something

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I couldn't find a way to circle something in Paint Shop Pro. So I used the paintbrush tool with a size of 1.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Echo Show

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Youtube Special Instructions

I want the desktop version of youtube to show on my Echo Show because it has playlists and stuff on the left side
  1. Say Open Silk or Open Youtube. It will work either way. (You need to have Youtube bookmarked in Silk for it to come up when you say Open Silk.)
  2. The first time you do this, you'll see a notice saying they opened the app for you. If you like the desktop better, you can open the youtube settings and change to desktop. It will stay that way so the next time you want youtube, it will default to the desktop version.
  3. Close Youtube. It doesn't seem to understand Close Silk

Commands and skills

Many of these commands apply to other Amazon devices as well, but I didn't flesh that out.
  1. Turn off the display
  2. For email there are some skills such as Email Assistant and Astrobot. There are others too. I don't need to have my email read to me. I have gmail.com bookmarked in Firefox instead.
  3. Open Firefox (in either browser there are bookmarks, and also you can click on the address bar and then speak the url or type it)
  4. Open Silk
  5. Open Streamplayer (which is a skill)
    1. Tell Stream Player launch ABC News
    2. Tell Stream Player launch channel 1
    3. Tell Stream Player next channel
    4. Tell Stream Player previous channel
  6. Open NBC
  7. Open CBS
  8. Open Prime Videos
  9. Watch ABC News
  10. Start Plex
  11.  Play my video flash briefing
  12. Discover My Devices (when you have a device in pairing mode)
  13. Turn down the bass
  14. Take a photo (selfie uploads to Prime Photos)
  15. Open videos (third party video providers)
  16. Show me my video library (searches Prime Video library for movies and tv)
  17. Show me [title]
  18. Search for [name of TV series]
  19. Show me [actor] movies
  20. Show me [genre] 
  21. Announce dinner's ready
  22. Check into Mike's office Dinner's ready
  23. Check into Dwight's room The Dryer's Beeping
  24. Create a music group (such as Dwight's room and Mike's office)
    Devices-->Add Group-->Add Multi-Room Music Speakers-->Dwight'sroom and Mike's office

Background General Stuff

  1. Amazon put a Zigbee smart hub inside the new Echo Show, allowing users with Zigbee-compatible smart home devices to connect them to the Echo Show without needing another hub. 
  2. Watching TV on Echo Show is mainly done through the Stream Player skill. Stream Player supports a large number of live, streaming TV shows already, but more are promised. 
  3. I have the living room lightbulb (Philips Hue) connected through the Echo Show, which means it's using the Echo Show's Zigbee smarthub. Happily I can turn the light on or off using any of my Amazon devices, regardless of their wake word. 
  4. As for the Amazon Smartplug, that isn't connected through the Echo. It's connected through the wifi network. That too, can be controlled from any Amazon device. 
  5. It won't run apps. Echo Show might look like a tablet, but it's not one. It runs Alexa skills, not apps, just like the Echo and Echo Dot. You can't download apps from the Amazon Appstore or Google Play on Echo Show.

Background Remote Access

I found out that I cannot currently open Plex on my Echo Show because
  1. The plex software for Echo Show forces a need for the setting for remote access to be on
  2. I cannot get remote access in my Plex settings because it seems to require changing a router setting, and I do not have direct access to my router
  3. Plex is aware of this and is saying they will fix it

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Logitech Options was using Crashplan's port 4244

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My Code42 Crashplan Pro sometimes stops. I have to restart it in services.msc

  1. I'm on Windows 10
  2. After some research, I guessed it may be a memory problem. I've tried fixing it before, but could never the .ini file that Crashplan wants me to find and edit. Here's the link I found this time, but still the same problem: http://crashplan.probackup.nl/remote-backup/support/q/keeps-stopping-and-starting.en.html
  3. Then with more reserach, such as looking in the Crashplan log, I see it may be a port conflict. When I run netstat -abno from the command line, I see that LogiOptionsMgr.exe is using the same port that Crashplan was trying to use, which is 127.0.0.1:4244
  4. This is my bluetooth mouse. I found out that I have the Logitech Options Software installed, and I don't need, and that's what's using the port.
  5. So I uninstalled it. Hopefully, no more stopping.


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Amazon unknown charge

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I started investigating the charge at 6:30 this morning. First I scoured my email, then I scoured my amazon account, then I had a 45 minute chat with Amazon who evenutally sent me to billing, who found your name on the charge. All in all, my total time was 1 and a half hours. Amazon is not easy to contact.

 

Me:Unknown charge of $4.32
You are now connected to Shubham from Amazon.com
Shubham:Hello, my name is Shubham. I'm here to help you today.
Me:hi
Shubham:May i know the date of charge and the last 4 digit of your card
Me:last 4 digits are 0060
and date is October 31
Shubham:Thank you
Please stay connected
Me:ok
Shubham:I am sorry it is taking longer than expected
Please stay connected
Me:ok
Shubham:thank you for your patience
I have just checked and as there is an unknown charge i need to connect a call for you
COuld you please help me with the order ID
Me:I don't have an order ID. That's why I'm contacting you.
Shubham:Sorry
I needed your contact number
Me:do you mean my phone number?
Shubham:Yes
I need to arrange a call for you with our billing team
Me:xxxxxxxxx
Shubham:thank you for your patience
No need to worry now you will be receiving a call from our billing team regarding the charge and surely get this sorted
Please be rest assured just answer the call when it rings
Me:ok
Shubham:Is there anything i can help you with
Me:No
Shubham:Thank you for contacting Amazon. Please click on the "End Chat" to close this window.

 

 

 

 

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