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Keeping It All Straight: Personal Finance Software

My wife does a really good job keeping track of all of our assets and liabilities on some pretty complex Excel spreadsheets but it takes a lot of time.  We track  our larger expenses but there are a lot of expenses that escape the spreadsheet and preventing us the opportunity of analyzing our spending patterns […]

Fantasy Football 2009 – Many questions at RB after Peterson at #1

Since I started playing Fantasy Football about 5 years ago I can not remember a pre-pre-season where I have been so disconnected to the rankings of the players in the league.  I’m not sure if I just was too busy with too many other things last season and didn’t pay as much attention as I […]


I’ve started a kaChing community on the kaChing application. What is kaChing? According to the Yahoo application site kaChing is

“The web’s most realistic trading environment—and biggest investing community. Manage a virtual portfolio. Compete with friends. Follow some of the world’s smartest investors, their trades and their ideas—or prove you’re one of them to earn […]

Bogle on Buy and Hold and the “Long” of Long-Term Investing

Excellent and very timely article over on Motley Fool

John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group, was named one of Fortune magazine’s four “investing giants” of the 20th century. Bogle launched the first low-cost index mutual fund in 1975 and has long advocated indexing for everyday investors. We recently had the pleasure of speaking with […]

New Cool List of Linux Must-have Programs

Have you ever wanted to try out Linux but hesitated because you weren’t sure the available programs would do what you want/need to do on your computer? Or are you a Linux user always on the look out for the best software (that’s why you use Linux, right)? Either way, this extensive list from Dedoimedo […]

What Does Monty Know About Investing

A little bit more than yesterday….I hope.

A couple months back I came to the realization that although I had bought a few stocks and I had put a little cash into a mutual fund, that even though my degree had “Business” in the title I really didn’t know anything about investing.  Following a pretty […]

So How Did We Get In A Mortgage Crisis

The headline from the article sums the cause up quite nicely,

Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending By STEVEN A. HOLMES Published: Thursday, September 30, 1999

You really need to read the whole article but a few excerpts.

In a move that could help increase home ownership rates among minorities and low-income consumers, […]

Dell Introduces $299 Ubuntu Laptop

Dell last week introduced a 15.6 ” notebook with Ubuntu 8.10  installed by default.  Base specification of the new Dell 15n are

Intel® Celeron® 585 (1MB cache/2.16GHz/667Mhz FSB) Ubuntu Desktop Edition version 8.10 Jet Black 1Yr Ltd Warranty and Mail-In Service Glossy, widescreen 15.6 inch display (1366×768) 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz 160GB […]

Tax Free = Tax Expenditure

Reviewing a Bloomberg article on the “health-care overhaul” (how come they don’t call it “Universal” anymore?) I ran across the following paragraph that I had a little problem reconciling?

Lawmakers have a plethora of proposals to raise the hundreds of billions estimated to be needed for an overhaul, including new taxes on soda, beer, and […]

Highly Recommended Free or Open Source Software

Any computer user that isn’t aware of and doesn’t take advantage of the available free and/or open source software is really missing the boat.  There are some real software gems, they are free and in the case of open source, if they don’t do exactly what you want them to do you are free to […]