Monthly Archive for April, 2015

Spend less than you earn

The mantra to good finances is simply “spend less than you earn.” You want to increase the gap between income and expenses, obviously. The more you have left at the end of the month, the more you can save. How else are you going to get rich, right?

So how do we do this? You can earn more, or spend less, or both. Spending less is the simplest and gives you immediate results, so let’s take a look at some ideas.piggy-bank-accountant

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“The felt is worn”

I can’t take credit for the recent story about emails not going more than 500 miles. I want to make up for it by posting this completely true story that I personally experienced.

This story takes place in 1996, way back when mice still had balls. At the time, I was working at Microsoft, fielding calls from Microsoft partners, retailers, and customers. The calls ranged from simple customer questions about where to buy some Microsoft product, to extremely complicated licensing questions from major partners. It was generally interesting and often challenging. And once in a while, a question came along that had me in tears.

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How to recover from MD5 mismatch

If any of the following is gibberish to you, it’s better to stop reading. Not everything I post is useful to the general public ;-)

If you’re trying to restore a backup of your Android and you get the error message “MD5 mismatch”, then here’s the solution. I was searching for this and found so much bad information. I feel that the correct information needs more publicity, so here’s my contribution to this.

First, here’s the typical problem that you’d experience:

ClockworkMod Recovery v6.0.4.7
Checking MD5 sums…
MD5 mismatch!

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“I tried to remember if someone owed me a practical joke.”

“We’re having a problem sending email out of the department.”
“What’s the problem?” I asked.
“We can’t send mail more than 500 miles,” the chairman explained.
I choked on my latte. “Come again?”
“We can’t send mail farther than 500 miles from here,” he repeated. “A little bit more, actually. Call it 520 miles. But no farther.”

This is how odd computer problems can be. Read the rest here! Yes it really did happen. Hat tip to Yonathan Zunger for reminding me of this great story. Continue reading ‘“I tried to remember if someone owed me a practical joke.”’

Did I ever mention that I don’t like spammers?

Well I don’t – but they seem to love me. On most of my sites, I’ve been testing different anti-spam plugins for several years. One thing is for certain: if I turn off those plugins, my sites are absolutely flooded with spam comments, spam user registrations, and other unwanted noise.

I am fiddling with those plugins again because my recent setup might have been too strict – it might have prevented real people from posting legitimate comments. With luck, my new setup strikes a better balance between catching spam and allowing real content.

Wish me luck – using the comment form below, if you like :-)