Monthly Archives: January 2016

An Old Piece of Cinematic History

I really hate it when media goes out of print. I’ve run across my fare share of books and music that goes out of print, but the biggest annoyance is movies going out of print. There is a really old movie that I wanted to see once, but I couldn’t find any copies of the movie on any online stores. I check at my local library to see if they had the movie, but they didn’t. Even the online movie database had no way I could get the movie. I could only find the movie on the Pirate Bay in digital form.

Not being able to find the movie in the database was the most surprising thing to me, because they usually have every movie, regardless of how old it is, or whether it has been out of print or not. I was starting to get suspicious that the movie that I found online wasn’t the actual movie, but simply a fake. I downloaded it and scanned it to make sure that there was nothing wrong with it. The file was fine, so I popped some popcorn and watched it. The movie was exactly what I was looking for at all of those places.

I made a backup copy of the movie onto a DVD for safe keeping. If something ever happens to the copy that is on my hard drive, I’ll always have the DVD copy to watch. If something happens to that, then I guess I’m just out of luck. I’ve written a letter to the director of the movie regarding the availability of his movie, but he hasn’t responded to me. He’s gone into seclusion for many years, and no one has really been able to find him. Maybe one day he’ll resurface and make the movie available to everyone again.

Switching from Written Records to Quicken 2016

Every year I say the same thing. I am going to stop writing down all of our checking information and other account details and just switch to an accounting software. My wife and I have our own business, but we just contract out a service from home. We do not have to keep track of inventory or anything. However, I still think that Quicken 2016 will make keeping track of who is paying us what a lot easier. Now at tax time I have to go through a ledger and tabulate every cash sale versus everything we get paid by check or electronically for. It is tedious to say the least.

I have been looking at Quicken 2016 to see how configurable that it is. I like how it integrates with their tax software too. Plus, most other tax software will let you import Quicken information if I am not mistaken. I am looking to see if it can access accounts live to get balance information. I imagine it would depend on the banks used. Another cool feature is the ability to run off checks by computer for payments. That would be more useful to businesses with a lot of vendors to pay. Continue reading