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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

New Firmware For Polar Vantage V — v. 1.2.3 As Of November 8, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

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I got the download when I connected it to my Windows PC, via USB, to charge it up.

I can’t find anything about this update on the Web — BUT it is on my watch.

So, just wanted to give you a heads up.

Download and install was pretty fast. Had to restart the watch.

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by Anura Guruge

Setting Up A ‘Polar Vantage V’ On A Windows 7 PC With ‘Polar FlowSync’ App.

by Anura Guruge

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Polar gives you THREE options for setting up a new Vantage 5 Sports Watch:

  1. On a phone (iPhone or Android) with the ‘Polar Flow‘ App.
  2. On a computer (Windows or Mac) with the ‘Polar FlowSync‘ App.
  3. On the watch itself.

I had both Apps. loaded — on my Google Pixel 2 and my main Windows 7 Professional PC.

I opted to do the initial setup, USB-connected, on my PC because as Polar points out you can be charging the watch at the same time — and because I knew that the inevitable firmware upload that would be required would be quicker via USB. I was right.

When I had installed Polar FlowSync on Windows it claimed that it had downloaded and pre-installed the necessary USB driver. Nonetheless, when I plugged in the Vantage V Windows went through the process of looking for the requisite USB software online and installing it. Didn’t take too long and it installed, without issue, right-off-the-bat. That was good and reassuring. That said, the Vantage V does NOT show-up on my Windows USB-list. That means you can’t eject it. You just unplug it.

FlowSync had also installed without issue. I had invoked it before I plugged in the Vantage V. As soon as the USB software was activated it started to synch. It was pretty fast. Then, of course, as I had anticipated, it wanted to do a firmware update. Downloading that was pretty fast too. But, it failed to install the first time around. Suggested that I retry. I did. Installed fine the second time.

The watch was about 76% charged when I got it. To top it up to 100% took about 45 minutes.

But, overall, including that firmware install failure, it was fairly painless and fairly quick.

So, that was it. I now have the Vantage V on my wrist in place of my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus which is being temporary RESTED.

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‘FastStone Capture’ — Super-Duper Screen Snipper.

by Anura Guruge

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Click here to access the ‘FastStone’ Website.

The ‘Snipping Tool’ that came with Windows 7 was by far my most treasured and used feature of Windows 7.

I use it multiple times a day. I could NOT function without.

But, it has severe limitations. Other than snipping per se, it has very few tools. So, I invariably end up using PowerPoint in conjunction with it to get the highlighting and annotations I desire.

Then I heard about ‘FastStone’ through the DPReview forums. They were actually endorsing FastStone’s ‘Image Viewer’, a freeware image editor. It sounded quite intriguing. When I visited ‘FastStone’, a freeware developer, I saw ‘Capture 8.6‘. That appealed to me much more than the image editor — given that I do very little of that, and TONS of screen captures on a daily basis.

A few days ago I downloaded ‘Capture 8.6’ on the 3–day trial basis.


It has everything I want. You have already seen its results over the last few days. My screen captures now have a professional look.

I will definitely buy it. There is NO QUESTION about that.

It is BRILLIANT. I LOVE IT. Did I already say that. It deserves to be said again.

If you use ‘Snipper’ try this out. It is like chalk and cheese.

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Replacing Intel i7-920 CPU Stock Fan With A Zalman CNPS9500A Cooler Fan.

by Anura Guruge

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The old Intel i7 stock/kit fan.

My workhorse computer, which I used for all my daily work, is over 7 years old!

I had it built to run Windows 7 and it was built on the day that Windows 7 was made generally available, viz. October 22, 2009. I had pre-ordered Windows 7 Professional from Microsoft and received a DVD the day prior to the G.A.

I hate to jinx it but this PC has done well by me. In addition to the 10,000 or more posts I have done with it, I have written (and published) 20 books on it. Yes, 20 books.

It was a top-end PC when I had it built, i.e., Intel i7-920 (4-core), 12GB of memory etc., and it is plenty fast enough for what I do.

So I am not motivated at all to upgrade.

But, over the last few years it has required work. The power-supply blew, quite spectacularly, about 4-years ago. I put in a new EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB graphics card last year. I now clone and replace the ‘C’-drive twice a year.

Though it has 7 fans, yes, 7 — heating has always been a concern. But, until 2 weeks I never had a real heating issue.

But, one morning the CPU heat hit max. and the PC shutdown! That was scary. It started to run hot. My computer guy, who I trust, Shane Selling, recommended that I ditch the stock cooling fan that came with the Intel i7 and get an upmarket one. For $45 for the cooler it was crazy to refuse.

So, on Wednesday, Shane installed this bronze work-of-art on my PC. Wow. Quite the cooler.

It has made a HUGE difference. The PC is running at 1/2 the temperature! Wow.

Just wanted to share this with you. I will keep you posted.

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Do NOT Attempt To Repair Microsoft Office 360 or 2016 Using Microsoft Instructions!

by Anura Guruge


This is from Microsoft. Click on image to access the page at “support.office.com” though I do NOT recommend it.

Do NOT follow the above Microsoft instructions.

At least on Windows 7.

It will automatically result in ALL Office 360/2016 apps, i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel etc. being removed from your computer — without you being asked or told.

It is not funny.

It is bloody diabolical.

Satya Nadella is such a bloody FRAUD.

Another scheming, money-grabbing FAKIR of the worst type,
with no shame.

I hate Microsoft. 

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by Anura Guruge

Short Microsoft (MSFT) — Windows 10 Is Riddled With ‘Critical Errors’.

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Deanna ‘upgraded’ from Windows 7 to Window 10 and it proved to be an unmitigated DISASTER! Windows 10 is absolutely riddled with SERIOUS — nay, CRITICAL — errors and it is slower than frozen molasses.

Basic things like the START menu stop working or sometimes JUST DISAPPEARS. Yes, the START MENU goes away. I found a fix for that on YouTube and that worked.

Then two days ago, about a week after we fixed the missing START menu problem, she started getting the above CRITICAL message. We spent many hours, to no avail, trying to fix that. I gave up. She, quite rightly, detests Windows 10. So I gave her the restore disk for her laptop and within about an hour, while we watched family TV, her ASUS laptop was back running Windows 7 — and everything is noticeably faster.

Check the Web. Windows 10 has serious problems. Lot of folks are doing what Deanna did. Reverting back to Windows 8 or Windows 7.

This is bad. It is a disaster. I, from day one, had a sneaking suspicion that we would start having issues like this with Satya Nadella. I don’t think he will last long BUT it looks like that he will drive MSFT even further into the ground before they boot him out.

I don’t understand WHY this is NOT getting reported in the financial media, e.g., CNBC and MarketWatch! Definitely looks like a coverup. Are they getting paid by Nadella to keep this under wraps. But, trust me, this is NOT good news for Windows 10. This debacle with further sully the MSFT brand and convince even more people to ditch PCs and go with Apple or Android.

So, YOU have been warned. Do your due diligence. Google. Yes, Google.

This Blog, My ‘nhlife.wordpress.com’, My Personal Eclectic Musings On The Thousands Of Things That Interest Me Crosses 200,000 Hit Mark.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> 100,000 views … — Aug. 24, 2013.

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This is all time … including last year which is when I started posting on this blog.

Of the 200,000+ hits, 165,800 are just from this year.

29,370 just from November 2013.

And to think that some people think that I only get hits from Alton!

But, this is NOT, of course, my only blog.

I own at least 20 … and I am afraid to count.

For the last 19 months this has been my the blog that I spend most time on.

But, my ‘Popes-and-Papacy‘ blog is by far the one that gets most traffic.

That has had 229,803 views for the year.

Since its inception in 2010 it has had 620,179 hits!

And I had a TypePad version of it prior to that … which I deleted one day in a fit of pique.

My ‘Windows 7’ blog, which has been dormant since 2010, has had 194,143 hits.

My ‘Papam’ blog, which I haven’t touched since March this year, is at 187,149.

So lets add it all up:
nhlife = 200,104
Popes-and-Papacy = 620,179
Windows 7 = 194,143
Papam = 187,149


And I have at least 4 other blogs that I could use to
bolster this count.
But, I won’t.

It doesn’t matter.

Has NOT made me rich or famous — as Deanna points out near daily.

But, it amuses me and that is all that matters.

One person, without any help, and without spending a dime on marketing,
1 million hits
spanning popes, Windows 7, astronomy, N.H., Alton, trains, brains,
red wine, restaurants, Poppy Day and sex …

I Replace My ‘4 Year Old’ C-Drive With A Clone — Both Western Digital (WD) Blacks, Though I Went Up To 1TB.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access NewEgg product page for this 1TB Western Digital (WD) drive.

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My main PC, on which I write this, is, indubitably, my most prized of possessions — not because of its intrinsic value (which isn’t that much) but because of its familiarity. I will readily confess, and Deanna will gleefully concur, I spend more time with this 4-year old PC than with anything else! I can’t help it. That I baby my PCs is well known within the family. IF I am having PC problems, I am not a happy camper. So, Deanna is more than happy for me to spend money to keep this computer humming since it stops me from mopping around. Now, it is not as if I don’t have backups. I have two, one more or less a plug-and-play replacement — but it is never the same.

This computer, give its workload, is getting old. It is 4 years old now and I have written 14 books on it! It is not a super computer. It is very much middle-of-the-road, though it has an quad i7, 12GB of memory & a high-end graphics card. I just like it because I know it — well, given that, on average, I spend at least 10 hours a day on it. I am a creature of habit. So, I have exact replacements of my keyboard and mouse — at all times. If one goes bad I replace it with another that is identical — and the first thing I do is go to Amazon and order a replacement. You can laugh. You can scoff, but how many PCs do YOU know on which 14 books have been written.

I have had LOTS of problems with this PC this year. Yes, these problems have shortened my life by at least 5 years, though that is not a big deal. None of the problems, though intensely traumatic to me, were serious. I had to replace my main 27″ monitor, three (yes, 3) cooling fans, a mouse and the power-supply. Given the age the next most vulnerable component was my C-drive — the boot disk with Windows 7 Professional. I have a D-drive too, which I use for data backup.  So it was agreed that I should clone my ‘C’ with a new drive.

So that is what I did today — with Shane Selling of Laconia, yes, the Hexacopter flyer, doing all the work.

I like Western Digital (WD). I have been familiar with them for 3 decades.

I had WD Black 750 GB drives. Now I got another BLACK, 1 TB drive. [It always has to be black. Do NOT bother with any of the other red, blue or green WD drives. In this instance BLACK is always the best.]

Shane cloned the 750 GB C-drive onto the 1TB new drive. Since it was block-to-block copying, the new 1TB still comes across as a 750GB. That is not an issue. I have lots and lots of free space. When I need the additional ’20GB’ I can extend the drive.

So, I write this using my new 1TB cloned drive.

So far, so good. Yes, of course, I have my old C-drive, literally in cotton balls. So, I can go back to that if something happens to the new ‘C’.

Yes, I know I might be tempting fate. Drives are fickle. I know that.

But, I am hoping I have some protection. As long as a I have a bootable-backup I am set.

Never worried about data. I have multiple backups — including ‘in the cloud’, online with Google’s amazing ‘Google Drive‘.

Of course you will be the second to know if I encounter any problems. The first will be Shane.

Newegg Rather Than TigerDirect Might Be Better Option For PC Components. Check Both Out.



 ..by Anura Guruge

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Over the last few years when it comes to computer and peripherals I have been going directly to TigerDirect. They have been good. Really no problems. They tend to have a good selection of refurbished machines and that has been a major draw. But, because of this automatic gravitation towards TigerDirect I have been remiss about checking out Newegg.

I discovered today that Newegg can definitely out do TigerDirect on certain items — in this case a 750W power supply.


Since I might have blown my power supply last night, I have no choice but to have a replacement unit in hand before Dave Nix comes to take the ‘dead’ PC apart. I spoke with him, of course, this morning. It is possible that it is not the power supply. It could ‘just’ be the momentary on/off power on button or the printed circuit board (PCB) underneath. I am getting a dreadful feeling that it is that PCB. I spent 90 minutes today trying to locate a spare PCB for that 3.5 year Thermaltake Element S case. No luck. So if it is the PCB I will have to get a new case. It will NOT be another Thermaltake! That is for damn sure. They did not impress me today.

Dave reckons that given the brawn of the ‘dead’ system even 700 Watts (which is a lot) might have been pushed to its limit! So he suggested I get an even bigger P/S. 750W. Think about. You know how bright and hot a 150 W light bulb is. This is 5 times that! Fortunately, even though it is rated 750 W it is not burning 750 all the time. 750 is what it can deliver.

Anyway, by habit I went to TigerDirect. There prices are OK. They offered free shipping (and P/S are heavy) but you had to sign-up (as with Amazon) for a ‘$79’ prime account. Screw that. Decided to check Newegg.

3.5 years ago I bough ALL the components for the now ‘dead’ PC from Newegg. They were good. Gave me 12 months of 0% interest credit. So, I have an account and all of that with Newegg.

Newegg, of course, had comparable 750W power supplies (with modular design to boot), ‘a bit cheaper’ but with genuinely free shipping. So I ordered through them. Henceforth I will check both Newegg and TigerDirect out though I now have an idea as to how it works: TigerDirect is better on built/refurbished system, Newegg, per their original claims from decades ago, excels when it comes to components.

Just wanted to share with you.