Sep. 26th, 2014 11:46 pm

I do not understand what is this big broohaha about Ello. It's not that I have anything against those guys but, I am already in not one, but two ad free, easy using, simple looking social networks that do not require having an apartment in Park Avenue to get an invitation. Those are Diaspora* and Pump.io

So, if you are tired of Facebook and too poor for Ello, why don't you try?
Some of the previous addresses will ask you to join a public server being that they are just providing the software. Therefore, if you are not planning to install these in your computer, you can go to one of these and start using these fine services without the need of wishing, hoping and praying for an invitation.


I like Quicken, a lot, I have been using it since the 1990's. It is a solid piece of software. But their business practices is what is driving me up to the wall. Last week I tried to download an OFX file from the bank to upload it into Quicken. All of the sudden, Quicken complained that it could not verify my institution.


Ok, fine, I did a sync in which the program reminded me… Well, I would you that synchronization was going to be removed and you have to upgrade now

Ok, fine, so I cannot upload OFX files and I cannot synchronize. I can understand the synchronization piece because it uses their servers, but the inability to load OFX files is inexcusable. In Quicken 2011, checking accounts lost their ability to load transactions via QIF, although I think OFX is a lot nicer than QIF, the program now cannot load transactions through batch files.

This was the last drop…

I am not going to upgrade Quicken, I'm moving to GnuCash.

I am very familiar with GnuCash, so it is not that I need to learn a new program. I have been dabbling with it for a long time, probably since the earlier versions in Gnome 1.X. Getting it up and running on my PC was not hard, but importing files took some doing. I'm now at the point that all accounts are loaded. I just need to start doing automatic synchronization to the ones that I can.

I will keep Quicken running on a parallel run, but I expect to move out very shortly.

It was a nice run.

... or my job will be outsourced to Elbonia...

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Harry Styles
Short girls look perfect doing this job 😍😍

Somindblasting: 2014′s highest paying jobs list

1- Software Developers In 2013 there has been over 1.4 million jobs available and another 104k jobs has been added in 2014. This is a very high demand job and the medium hourly wage is $45 an hour. Thats very good anywhere in the world, so it's worth the 4 years diploma.
Florida becomes the first state to file charges of money laundering involving bitcoin could be the digital currency's

Dailymail: Florida first state to file money laundering charges involving bitcoin

Two police officers burst through a hotel room door with guns drawn, yelling

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Por si las moscas... ;)

El Vocero de PR
Usuarios de Twitter son más propensos a la infidelidad | El Vocero de Puerto Rico:

Elvocero: Usuarios de Twitter son más propensos a la infidelidad (ElVocero.com)

Según un estudio

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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "As Whoever57 pointed out, there are some who will still get support for Microsoft Windows XP pointed out, there are some who will still get support for Microsoft Windows XP — the 'haves'. However, most will be the 'have nots.' Anytime you have such market imbalance, there is opportunity. Since Microsoft clearly intends to create a disparity, there will certainly be those who defy it. What will Microsoft do to prevent bootleg patches of XP from being sold to the unwashed masses? How will they stop China from supporting 100 million bootleg XP users? And how easily will it be to crack Microsoft's controls? How big will the Windows XP patch market be?" There are a lot of businesses still on Windows XP; if you work for one of them, will the official end of life spur actually cause you to upgrade? (And if so, to what?)

Read more of this story at Slashdot.



Apr. 7th, 2014 12:14 am
This is why you should be careful with those selfies.Businessweek: Interactive Graphic: The NSA Spying Machine (Michael Riley)

How the NSA sees the world. I mean, really <em>sees</em> the world

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Jim Cramer
Hackers are Draining Every Bit of Cash from Bank ATMs - @MainStr

Mainstreet: Hackers are Draining Every Bit of Cash from Bank ATMs

One raid plundered $40 million with only 12 debit cards.

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Australian universities are weighing up whether they start using Box

Zdnet: Australian universities weigh up the benefits of Box

Australian universities have been trialling Box as part of a local deal struck with Australia’s Academic and Research Network.

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Agence France-Presse
Turkey bans YouTube after Syria security talk leak, by @FulyaOzerkan http://news.yahoo.com/turkey-bans-youtube-twitter-154018281.html @YahooNews @ozannkosee


Yahoo: Turkey bans YouTube after Syria security talk leaked

Turkey banned YouTube on Thursday after the video-sharing website was used to spread damaging leaked audio files from a state security meeting that discussed possible military action in Syria. The recordings purport to show senior Turkish government, military and spy officials discussing plans to stage an armed clash in Syria or a missile attack that would serve as a pretext for a military response. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- already ensnared in a corruption scandal and hit by a series of street protests ahead of crucial local elections on Sunday -- angrily lashed out at his political opponents for leaking the recording. "They have leaked something on YouTube today," he told a campaign rally in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

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There are many advantages, but there are also pitfalls, of working at home. However, I'm not surprised that it is increasing as corporation look for ways of cutting cost.

Heather Schuck
Working From Home On the Rise (Don’t Tell Marissa) http://workingmommanifesto.com/working-from-home-on-the-rise-dont-tell-marissa/ #WorkLifeBalance

Workingmommanifesto: Working From Home On the Rise (Don't Tell Marissa) (Heather)

Despite the devastating blow Marissa Mayer of Yahoo dealt work-life balance, working from home is on the rise. To increase productivity, she had other options.

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Rachel Thompson
Why people quit Twitter - Quartz

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Quartz: Why people quit Twitter (John McDuling)

  In short, it comes down to not knowing who to follow and not having enough followers. On Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, people are increasingly concerned about Twitter's slowing user growth, and signs that those who do use the service are using it less. This week, Deutsche Bank released a survey of 1,100 people who...
The following is an article from Forbes on the subject.

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Forbes Tech News
Turkish prime minister Erdogan hasn't done a very effective job shutting down Twitter in his country

Forbes: Streisand Effect Takes Hold As Turkey Bans Twitter (Emma Woollacott)

In an attempt to halt widespread allegations of corruption, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shuttered Twitter - but so ineffectively that the number of tweets sent in the country has remained unaffected. Last night, Erdogan announced that, following a court order, Twitter was now disabled in the country.
After all the broohaha of the past few months, I would guess that everybody is darned worried about it!

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The Verge

Theverge: The White House wants to know how worried you are about data privacy (Dante D'Orazio)

Big data isn't just the domain of the NSA. Corporations mine information about customers online to do everything from targeted marketing to fundraising. This kind of information harvesting is...

#software #news

Wimp: Computer program reveals invisible motion in video.

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory opens a whole new line of sight with their Eulerian Video Magnification process. This computer program puts videos through an algorithm which allows researchers to detect invisible motion.
A former Microsoft employee has been arrested for allegedly stealing Windows 8 trade secrets

Cnet: Ex Microsoft staffer arrested for allegedly stealing Win 8 trade secrets (Mary Jo Foley)

A former Microsoft employee has been charged with passing on Microsoft trade secrets involving Windows 8. Read this article by Mary Jo Foley on CNET News.

I read it this morning. I'm a diaspora user and I'm quite happy with it.

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Christine Hall
Why Not Diaspora?
“Why we don’t all switch to Diaspora I will never understand.”My friend Ross made this remark on Facebook Thursday as introduction to a link to a petition by Demand Progress, a progressive political action site. The petition addresses Facebook and privacy issues, making some rather disturbing accusations. Although the text is short on siting sources, the accusations still ring true. The claim is that every time something is typed into a comment box but then not posted, Facebook keeps a record.
SXSW: Edward Snowden Swipes At NSA
Nerval's Lobster writes "In a Google Hangout with an auditorium full of South by Southwest attendees, government whistleblower (and former NSA employee) Edward Snowden suggested that encrypted communication should become more ubiquitous and easier to use for the majority of Internet denizens. 'The way we interact with [encrypted email and communications] is not good,' he said from somewhere within Russia, where he resides under the conditions of a one-year asylum. 'It needs to be out there, it needs to happen automatically, it needs to happen seamlessly.' For his part, Snowden still believes that companies should store user data that contributes directly to their respective business: 'It's not that you can't collect any data, you should only collect the data and hold it as long as necessary for the operation of the business.' He also couldn't resist some choice swipes at his former employer, accusing high-ranking intelligence officials Michael Hayden and Keith Alexander of harming the world's cyber-security—and by extension, United States national security—by emphasizing offensive operations over the defense of communications. 'America has more to lose than anyone else when every attack succeeds,' Snowden said. 'When you are the one country that has sort of a vault that's more full than anyone else's, it makes no sense to be attacking all day.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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I do not think that there is an open source version of Vine or the now defunct 12 seconds tv. Probably mediagoblin can do that.

Is this an opportunity? (Do not look at me... I have no time to code it).

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violet blue ®
New, by me - exclusive - Porn ban: Twitter talks about Vine's new 'no porn' policy

Zdnet: Porn ban: Twitter talks about Vine's new 'no porn' policy (Violet Blue)

Twitter changed its popular six-second video sharing app Vine to a strict "no porn" policy and answered our questions about the change.


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