Personal Finance Software

Lately I've been playing with PocketSmith.

I started out using the Quicken version we bought a couple years ago, planning on updating it if it worked out... but it's become pretty obvious that Quicken is being grossly neglected in favour of Mint. I absolutely adore Mint, particularly the ...

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Boxing Day Sales: Hell no

In to JB Hifi this morning in search of a new mouse. There was a fair few people in there, but it wasn't packed  by any means, so after a few minutes of looking, found one I thought I wanted.

Looked at the line for the checkout, it extended ...

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Christmas!

We left Horsham to head to my parents' place on Christmas Eve, which is probably not the smartest time to be out driving. We stopped in at Coles in Horsham on the way out and it was bananas - just way too many people. The highway itself wasn't too bad ...

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New high beams for the Van

The other two relays I ordered last week showed up, so I installed them before leaving for work last night. Tonight, I decided to replace the high-beam bulbs with the new ones I bought months ago. It's too early to tell if they'll be any better, but I ...

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Electrician Paid

Baz, the electrician, finally came by today to pick up the pittance he charged us for replacing the ADSL socket. We had a bit of a chat to him about more work he's going to do to the house on behalf of the landlord at some point in the ...

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Windows Licensing still sucks

Sabriena's laptop that we bought her a while back just doesn't perform like I reckon it should, even after a few tweaks.

I decided that reinstalling to cure it of the HP installation would probably be the best bet, so I went and found a download for an ...

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Sprinter Fun - p1610

Did a short job today out to Kalkallo, and on the way home I made it most of the way through the Pentlands before the van abruptly gave up.

Fuck.

Whipped out my laptop and the diagnostics gear (this thing's saved my arse so many times now!), and I ...

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First rental inspection

The property manager of our (rental) home came by today to inspect the property. We've known about the inspection for a few weeks, but we weren't really too panicked because we tend to keep a rather tidy house anyway.

For some reason though, I was compelled yesterday and ...

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That was quick...

EnergyAustralia have already emailed the amended bill after cocking up the first one. Hopefully their customer service is that effective for any future problems we might have.

I'm still not 100% sure about how they adjust their prices for the blocks, which makes keeping track of the costs less ...

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Gas bill discrepancy

We got our first gas bill in the mail today, a whopping $120! How is that possible? We've used the heater for maybe six hours before summer started to kick in, there are no other gas appliances and the supply tariffs only account for about $25 of the bill ...

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Visit from the electrician

A while ago I arranged to have the electrician who works for the landlord come by to replace the phone outlet and any wiring inside the house because of our problems with the internet. Unfortunately, by the time I'd gotten around to ringing him, he was on a long ...

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New Toy: Samsung EVO SSD

For Christmas I really wanted an SSD for my laptop - I really like my laptop but I feel that the hard drive was slowing it down, and an SSD would obviously help performance. I ended up opting for the Samsung EVO in 500GB, but it had to wait until after ...

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Melbourne Central

Tower and cone in Melbourne Central Our last night in the motel spent, we packed everything into the car and headed in to see what else we could see in the city. I was hoping to catch the Santa's workshop if Melbourne Central still did it, as well as the Myer Windows.

It turns out ...

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Melbourne Zoo

Oh how my feet ache.

Elephants! We saw almost the entirety of the Melbourne Zoo today, starting at about 9:30. Again, skipped the lines by prepurchasing tickets, only strangely for a Saturday on the school holidays the lines weren't big at all - we skipped perhaps 10 people.

Lunch in ...

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ING Reprieve?

After emailing back and forth with the various reps at ING, it appears they've decided to give me a reprieve. My wife's name isn't on the account, and my only ties to the US at the present time are a US phone number accessible only through Google ...

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Christmas Again

This Christmas turned out pretty good really - Christmas is a lot easier when you've got money.

Duncan got just about everything he wanted, including a skateboard which we found at an op-shop for $5. The majority of his other Christmas wish-list consisted of things for Disney Infinity, which serves ...

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More Superannuation Agony

I thought I'd found a match made in heaven six-odd months ago when I found ING Direct's "Living Super" - as someone who doesn't spend a lot of time in Australia, I don't particularly care if the pittance I have in super doesn't grow, I just ...

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Grampians: Halls Gap, Lake Bellfield

Had a short trip out to Lake Bolac, and we had to be back west of Horsham for Monday morning at day break. We decided it wasn't worth going home for one night in a bed we hate, so we cruised back through Halls Gap instead - mainly to avoid ...

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Bauhn Android Tablet 44809

This morning I picked up a dash cam (NavMan MyVue 358, more on that another day) but I didn't really feel like buying a new micro SD card when the huge one from my Motorola is still kicking around... but where?

Then it dawned on me, it's in ...

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Aussie merit badge: Rebuild a Carburettor

When complaining on social networks about my carburettor troubles, my cousin Rodney asked if I was going for an "Aussie merit badge" or something, because rebuilding a carb isn't something that most non-mechanic types are wont to do in this day and age. Even his brother, who is quite ...

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!It doesn't really feel like Christmas, but we're having a pretty good one. I think we're chomping at the bit to get back out on the road, and that's taking the magic away.

Things were starting to look pretty rough, financially... but thankfully some payments came ...

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Trying to avoid the Steam sales

It's that time of year again - Steam Sales. Prepare your wallets, et cetera.

I'm trying to avoid it. Why? My desktop motherboard died on the flight to Australia, so we made one PC out of two with Sabriena's. Unfortunately, it really needs a reinstall - I bought Warhammer ...

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At Mum's Again

We're back at Mum's house again for a little while, then it's up to Sydney and back out west again before Christmas.

We got the electrical problems sorted out at least, even though it was quite expensive. We needed a new alternator it turned out, so we ...

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