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‘Intuit’ ‘TurboTax’ ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed Refund Policy’ Is A Joke, A Scam — Totally & Utterly Sleazy.

by Anura Guruge

I will NEVER, EVER have anything to do with Intuit TurboTax again. Wow. I am in shock.

I bought the CD/Download “TuboTax DELUXE” for $120. I downloaded. Went to install it. It would NOT install since I run Windows 7. TurboTax requires Windows 10. I do NOT have a Windows 10 machine.

I thought getting a refund, giving the circumstances would be easy. A piece of cake. WOW. Not so. Took me over 2-hours just to reach a person. They could NOT do anything over the phone. Well, READ the image at the top. 5 to 7 business days JUST to review the request. Then UP TO 6-weeks to make the REFUND.

6 FRIGGING WEEKS! To refund $120 that they got from me.

That is NOT right. That is WRONG.

I never would have thought that Intuit was that scammy!




I am going with H&R Block. They couldn’t be any worse. Yes, their software doesn’t run on Windows 7 either. So, I will have to use the ONLINE version. Not happy.

As regular readers of this block know, I am a HUGE & long time fan & supporter of the IRS ‘Free Fillable Forms‘. I have been doing my own taxes, without ‘tax software’ for at least the last 7-years. I can do it again, all on my own, without ‘TurboTax’ (equivalent), this year too. But, I could do with some CALCULATION help NEXT YEAR (i.e., 2021 taxes). Due to some ‘exceptional’ Capital Gains, that I could not really delay for any longer, I will have to do some major calculations next year. Yes, I could do it by hand — & I probably will. But, it would be nice to have software on hand to check my calculations — rather than getting a letter from the IRS that I screwed up. Every time I get a letter from the IRS I am sure I lose 10-years of life expectancy — hence why I am already living on borrowed time.

Well, I like to plan ahead. Belts & braces. I don’t want to jump straight into using tax software in 2022 without ANY experience of how it works. Next year’s taxes are going to be complicated enough without having to contend with new software.

So, I was going to do a TRIAL RUN this year. Try & get familiar with the software.

Well Intuit SCREWED ME. Not happy.

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by Anura Guruge

Calling The Next ‘Xbox’ ‘All-Digital’ Is Stupid — What They Mean Is ‘Solid State’.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the original ‘Yahoo Finance’ post.

I have never owned or even used an Xbox. Though I started programming in 1969 — or maybe because of that — computer games have never held any appeal. Yes, sure I have played a few and maybe written some rudimentary gaming code, in the 1970s, just to make sure I could do it. But, that is the extent of I and my intersection with computer games.

But, I do KNOW that all Xboxes, from Day 1, have all been DIGITAL. No, no part of it was ever analog — i.e., the opposite of digital.

CD/DVD drives maybe mechanical BUT they are 100% digital — as the ‘Ds’ in their names signify. ‘D’ for digital.

What these folks are trying to say is ‘SOLID STATE’. No moving parts. Everything electronic — no mechanical components bar the BUTTONS.

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by Anura Guruge

‘The Brigadoons’ ‘Live @ Loon’ 2018 Music CD.

by Anura Guruge

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My friend, Canadian music maestro Paddy Kelly of the famed “The Brigadoons” — my all time favorite Celtic group — sent me this CD in the mail today.

Wow. I was so excited and grateful.

I have, alas, only heard the “The Brigadoons” @ Loon — albeit 50 to 60 times over a 20-year period.

So ‘@ Loon’ is what I associate with “The Brigadoons”. I have heard them play multiple times at the “Governor’s Lodge“. I might have even been in the audience when this was recorded. Wow.

I just listened to a bit of it. Brilliant. Authentic sound. You can definitely get in the groove.

You will enjoy this.

I will forever think of this as THEIR ‘White CD’. The Beatles had a white album, this is their white CD — as meaningful.

Thank YOU, Paddy. You remain THE MAN. The MAESTRO.


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Dylan Thomas, The Quirky Welsh Poet, Died This Day, Age 39, 64-Years Ago; November 9, 1953.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dylan_Thomas

Though he died when I was but 3-months old, I in my late teens felt I had a special connection to him in that I lived in Uplands, Swansea — in “Uplands House“, no less — across the road from where he was born.

I outlined much of that in this December 7, 2015 post. I don’t see a point in rehashing it again. You can just read it in the older post. {Thank You}

First song from the “The Boy With A Note” CD shown above ()

Here is his very-Welsh voice.

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Cambridge Christmas Revels 2016, “Acadian – Cajun Celebration” CD — Definitely Worth Getting.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the “Revels.org” online store page.

I definitely, wholeheartedly recommend.

The show was outstanding.

This CD captures as much as you can within the bounds of a CD.

We bought one BEFORE the show. I have already listened to it 2.5 times and it hasn’t even been 22-hours yet.

Brilliant. Wonderful. Definitely worth the $15. {SMILE}

Merry Christmas.

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by Anura Guruge

The Paddy Kelly (Of ‘The Brigadoons’), Christmas CD (2016) — Blinking Brilliant!

by Anura Guruge

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The CD that I ordered, from Paddy, arrived today, in the mail.

I knew it would be good, but Paddy Kelly (yet again) managed to exceed to all expectations.

It is not just good, it is BLINKING BRILLIANT.

It is really Master Class.

I have, consistently, referred to Paddy as a Maestro and this CD affirms my belief.

He has such a rich, powerful and melodious voice. I think it is a Baritone but I am not good on that stuff.

All I know is that this CD is extremely conducive to the ear.

Love it.

You really need to get it.

And a Video

Oh Come All Ye Faithful” is my all time favorite Christmas song.

I am, per my own admission, quite the connoisseur when it comes to “Oh Come All Ye Faithful“.

If it isn’t good, I can tell.

And, let me please assure you that Paddy’s rendition is World Class.

So, I tried, MY BEST, to try and share it with you. Some caveats. I don’t like shooting videos. I rarely shoot video and this is THE FIRST video I have shot with this camera. So, please excuse all the limitations. I know I don’t do Paddy justice and I probably have exploited his copyright (but I know he will be cool with that).

Listen, watch, ENJOY. It is MUCH BETTER in ‘person’. This video is poor. Sorry.

YouTube Video

Order from his Website.

You can pay with PayPal, US $20.


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by Anura Guruge

Paddy Kelly (Of ‘The Brigadoons’), Canada’s Celtic Music Maestro, Has A Christmas CD For 2016.

by Anura Guruge

CD Cover


Song List


Order from his Website.

You can pay with PayPal, US $20.


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by Anura Guruge

Pope Francis’ “Wake Up! Wake Up!” CD — Here Is The Official Music Video.

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by Anura Guruge

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Click here for the
“Para que todos sean uno”
(“So We Can All Be One”)

single released on Palm Sunday, 2015.


Click to access YouTube official music video.

Pope Francis does NOT sing on this CD (or ‘album’).

Instead it is his words, sometimes in heavily accented English and other times in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, from homilies he has delivered, set to very catchy, high-energy, electronic music by composers Dino Doni and Toni Pagliuca — and complemented with hymns and Latin chants. Got that.

Basically Pope Francis’ words set to music.

You can hear the ‘Wake Up! Wake Up!’ in English at the 2:46 minute mark, as shown below.


Dylan Thomas & Ralph McTell — “The Boy With A Note”: In Preparation For Cambridge Revels.

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by Anura Guruge

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“The Boy With A Note” CD by Ralph McTell. Click to access Amazon listing. A musical biography of Dylan Thomas.


YouTube video of Ralph McTell singing “Summer Girls”, from the CD — one of its many evocative, very easy on the ears, songs.

Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet (who died young at 39), best known for Under Milk Wood, is due for a resurgence of fame, at least in New England, because Cambridge ‘Revels’ (the ‘mothership’ as I call them) is doing a “Welsh Celebration” as the theme of their Christmas (Solstice) show — whereas ‘Revels North‘, (Dartmouth as I call them) are doing a ‘”Scottish Bash“. So two very British, very celtic shows by the two NE ‘Revels’ powerhouses. The “Welsh Celebration“, as I immediately knew it would be even before I read the ‘blurb’, invokes Dylan Thomas — since he is BEST known in the States for A Child’s Christmas In Wales.

Well Dylan (as well known for his dipsomania as for his classic words) and I have a connection. I know that most of you don’t fully appreciate my Welshness and have no idea that my distinctive accent has very Welsh undertones. Well given this connection I wanted to do a few posts about Dylan ahead of the ‘Revels’.

This magical CD, by Ralph “Streets of London” McTell, was a good place to start. I have had a copy of it for 23 years and still listen to it! It is one of my favorite CDs, and if the truth be known I have two copies since I like to have one in the car.

Watch the above YouTube and you will understand. Ralph McTell is an amazingly gifted musician.

There is also a story as to HOW I ended up with that CD.

In 1992 I was in London doing a seminar. In those days, from 1986 to 1998, I used to go back to the U.K. 2 to 3 times (sometimes more) a year to do seminars. So this was anothre one of those trips. The seminar was at the Holiday Inn, in Swiss Cottage, London — one of my preferred venues for London seminars. As was always the case those days I had a rental car since I liked to drive around my ol’ stomping grounds in the evening. And that is what I was doing one evening, listening to the BBC on the car radio, when I started to hear these songs. I was captivated. Loved them. I wanted that music. But for the world of me the BBC never told me who it was and where the music came from. Aaahhh!

I lucked out. All the UK seminars were invariably done for the UK IBM Consultancy firm called Xephon. Xephon and I went back a long time. My primary contact at Xephon was Mark Lillycrop, a giant of a man in many ways, and not just because he was 6′ 7″ and as such qualified per the British definition for a ‘giant’. I explained my dilemma to Mark. I begged him to find out where the music came from and to get the music for me. Mark did! He contacted the BBC. Tracked down what the program had to have been. Mark is resourceful. Today, via Facebook, where he is a ‘friend’, I thanked him for this AGAIN. He smilingly pointed out that it was NOT easy in 1992 — when there was no Web or Amazon. He is, of course, right.

So that is the story of how I got the CD.

You don’t have to jump through those hoops. You can just order it from Amazon.

Trust me. Great CD. Tells you the whole story of Dylan Thomas, graphically, with music. Basically every other track is a genuine song with short narrations, by Ralph, in between. Listen to “Summer Girls”.

More on Dylan this week.

In the meantime try saying Cwmdonkin Drive. Yes, Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea.

“Cantate Domino” by Sistine Choir, Now On CD, Recorded Inside The Sistine — The First Ever Time.

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by Anura Guruge

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This, from ‘Vatican Radio‘ tells it all. Click here for the original.


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The CD, available worldwide, from Amazon.

Cantate Domino = To Sing for the Lord


Here is a track (i.e., #7) from the CD, Allegri: Miserere’
on YouTube from the CD producer.


Click to access YouTube video.