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“Since you enjoy www.bobsfridge.com/skew.htm, may I suggest The Onion, www.theonion.com? It is also a parody news site, but adds editorials, reactions from ‘the man on the street,’ and may be a little funnier. It is ‘R’ rated for language at times, but seems to be an equal opportunity basher, no one (or party) is safe from their satire. Has a bit of advertising clutter, but the price is right – free.” – Chuck McDannald
AOL 4.0 — Much Better
I know you will think I’m a feeb for using AOL — me and 13 million other technologically challenged souls. Yes, it’s cheaper and faster to use any of a myriad of ISPs (Internet Service Providers), but … well, it’s a long story. So, while I certainly would not suggest you switch from a cheaper, faster service to AOL, I did want to let you know that AOL 4.0 finally gets it right — or sufficiently right that I’m happy using it a lot more than I used to. In case you’re an AOL user who hasn’t bothered to upgrade (which you can do online — get it started before you go to bed, then wake up and finish), do it. It’s much better than the old AOL, both for e-mail (finally, a fairly decent address book function) and for the Web.
From Dr. Steven Rubin: “It’s clear from today’s column that you’re not a New Age music fan. The music you’re referring to is a track called ‘Adiemus’ from a CD called ‘Pure Moods’ (Virgin Records); not only are the rest of the cuts not nearly as irritating, but I look for that CD for ‘relaxation music.’”
Does Anyone Remember MYM?
“I would like to get an updated version of Managing Your Money for Windows 95. I have been using version #11 on DOS. I once tried the Windows and it really screwed up my whole program. Things I didn’t even have were listed. Please e-mail some info!!!!” – Bev Wertheimer
A.T.: MECA is out of the retail software business, and I am five years out of MECA. (When the company was bought out, one condition — sadly — was that my contract be bought out, too. Mope, mope.) I happily use the DOS version 12 of MYM which, like version 11, is far superior (in my mind) to the Windows version. I plan to keep using it (with lots of backups, etc.) until Bill Gates does something that makes me finally switch to Quicken. But MYM DOS runs fine under Windows 95.
I do print out all my data each year, alphabetically and by date and by budget category, and might do it more frequently if I ever felt my data were threatened.
If I ever do switch to Quicken or something, I imagine I’d do it January 1 of some year and keep all the old stuff on a DOS-compliant computer. Surely there will be some of those for a long time.
Note to non-MYM users: As good as MYM DOS is, you would be nuts to switch to it (and it’s not available, in any event).
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Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.~Teddy Roosevelt, 1902
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