Kind of off-topic for this blog, but since it is tax day, I thought I’d share this handy tax tip that I found at the IRS website in a document titled “How long should I keep records?”
For all of you folks out there that file fraudulent returns — if you want to do it strictly by the book, you ought to hang on to that return indefinitely. You know, just to comply with IRS recommendations:
The National Security Agency (NSA) has a video about their polygraph testing, which was critiqued by AntiPolygraph.org, and recently reported about on Slashdot. In 1991, while still a college student, I applied for a summer internship with the NSA, so I got to take one of these tests myself. The official results were “inconclusive”, but I think they suspected that I was secretly gay.
Despite the fact that I earn a living with technology, and that even many of my leisure hours are spent in front of a computer, I’m feeling especially consumed by technology lately. By “consumed” I mean more of the “waste or burn away” sense.
Antivirus System Pro is an irksome piece of malware that holds your computer hostage until you pay a ransom. It is nothing short of extortion. I just spent a few evenings removing it from a friend’s computer, and the dozens of articles on the web (and even YouTube videos) were all wrong about how to get rid of this instance.
If you say “segue” while attempting one, you’ve already blown it.
I’m a man of few words. Well, vocally anyway. My wife has teased that I must have a fixed daily allotment of spoken words, and on evenings when I’m particularly quiet, I must have used them up already. I’m not sure if she buys the “still waters run deep” explanation, but not being much of a talker comes in handy for getting cheap cell phone service.
On December 3, 2008, Logitech (my employer) announced that it had shipped its billionth mouse. While I didn’t contribute much to that as an employee (I work in a non-mouse division), I have helped as a consumer: I think I personally own four Logitech mice.
As part of the company internal celebration, there was a video contest with fairly liberal rules: One minute in length or less, something to do with mice.
Here is my prize-winning entry:
The current stock market makes the title generally appropriate, but I’m specifically talking about Microsoft Money here. I used to use Quicken pretty heavily, but I got tired of forced upgrades so I’ve been using Microsoft Money for a little while. Now I’m happy to be done with both of them.