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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Microsoft account - warning about updating billing info

I posted before about the mess caused by updating your Microsoft account on OneDrive, and this has now affected me on a new PC tablet I bought. To listen to music or download games and many other things; you must sign into your Microsoft account, so now the tablet is much less useful and fun because my account got locked for a month, because I updated my OneDrive billing info. Why does Microsoft do this?


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Do not waste time on low-quality people

There is a lot of bad and/or stupid people out there, so you just have to know the people you are associating with. I am a person of active life disposition, I try to spend every moment of my life doing something that I like and enjoy.  I like to train my body and lead a healthy style of life.


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Birds Eye Southwestern Style Protien blend rocks

Birdseye gets it right - their frozen veggie mix is awesome, high protein, very high fiber, amazing nutrition; tastes great, and it's the perfect rice and veggie mix for an awesome burrito - just add salsa, protein and a burrito wrapper and bam, perfection, better than most restaurants!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

AppleCare rocks!

My laptop Mac MacBook Pro was crashing and still was covered by Applecare. I moved to a place 120 miles from an Apple Store, and I was very happy when I found by chatting with Apple, that I could fedex it to them, and they even pay for shipping and send you a box to put your Apple product in, and schedule a Fedex pickup. In 3 days I had my laptop back, I am glad I use Apple products and bought AppleCare.

Mark D. Shapiro of

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Microsoft OneDrive Billing Problem

I use Microsoft One drive for my cloud backup solution for several computers and recently moved to wonderful Colorado. When I changed credit cards and moved, I tried to update my info with Microsoft and they restricted my account so I could not update my credit card. Of course they email me often bugging me to update my CC info. So I am using Time Machine daily until a month passes and Microsoft lets me get into my acount.


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Friday, June 19, 2015

PDF Converters

Many people appreciate the power of the full Adobe PDF product, however do not need all the features, and do not want to spend over $400 for a PDF editing solution. In this blog, post I cover a few cheaper alternatives.

Alternatives include Nuance for PDF, and Wondershare. Wondershare gets excellent reviews, and it can edit PDFs without transferring the file to a new type of document, and has many other features.

On the Mac, Combine PDFs is an inexpensive program that combines pictures and PDFs into one PDF, and I use it every day.

NitroPDF has many fans, some consider it to be the “poor man’s” Adobe Acrobat. It has all most the functionality of the full Adobe acrobat software, for a fraction of the price.

NitroPDF allows you to do many things that the free programs cannot. It makes any PDF editable. It can convert nearly any document type into PDFs, and PDFs into nearly any document type. With NitroPDF, you do not have to convert files to Microsoft WORD documents. (Converting to WORD sometimes causes formatting problems.)

NitroPDF includes OCR (Optical Character Recognition). This means you can take a picture of a document and create a searchable PDF.

With any PDF-related software, you can usually save money if you poke around the web a bit.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Judges in California have 30 days to render a decision

Q: The judge in my case is taking it "under consideration" for 39 days after saying his decision would be posted in 3 days. Should I ask a judge for a decision, or is better to just keep quiet? (I sent an email to their court clerk 10 days ago asking if a decision had been made since nothing has appeared on the online docket. The clerk said, no decision had been made.)

A:  I am not a lawyer however my opinion is to just wait for the answer. In California there is a statute in the California Constitution that states judges have 90 days to issue a ruling after submission. If they do not, their paychecks can be delayed. Judges need to make a declaration that there are no outstanding decisions pending beyond the 90-day window for each paycheck period, and presumably you can seek judicial misconduct sanctions if they lie about this.


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