Open Source Password Manager – KeePassXC Version 2.2.4

I have decided to quit using web based password synchronization tools like Google Chrome saved passwords. This is risky for multiple reasons. Your passwords are synchronized across multiple devices potentially.

You must have a Google account for this to work. Also, if for some reason Google terminates your account, guess what, you lose all your passwords because they are actually synced with your Google login. I thought perhaps I would give Mozilla.orgs' similar free password storage system.

I came to my senses and I found a FREE open source password manager called KeePassXC. KeePassXC is actually a port of KeePass. However, KeePass has not been updated since two thousand sixteen. KeePassXC is cross platform compatible with Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.

This open source password manager supports both x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit architecture. I was not able to find out what exact operating systems this program supports. There is a portable version for Microsoft Windows.

I ran the portable version on Microsoft Windows 10 without any problems. Your passwords are encrypted with Secure Hash Algorithm 256. KeePassXC saves your passwords in one database file.

You can store this file locally on a hard drive, flash drive, and even on a network drive. Also, you can use access your passwords database on a cloud service. Although, I have not tested via cloud based computing.

You can download the most current version of KeePassXC open source password manager from a static web link. Also, you can install this application instead of using a portable version. KeePassXC is NOT developed for Google Android or Apple iOS.

There are add ons for both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers. Also, other web browsers should work with KeePassXC. You can import your passwords from other programs using a Comma Separated Values file.

Once you create your database and add some login accounts, you can then export this to a comma separated value file for importation into other programs. Finally, you must create a master password with this program in order to secure access to your database.

Small Business Accounting – Software GnuCash 2.6.19

As a small business owner I have used exclusively a small business accounting software titled GnuCash, for many years. GnuCash is free and open source accounting software. Version 2.6.19 is available.

GnuCash supports Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, Apple Macintosh Intel as well as PowerPC, Linux, Sun Solaris, and Berkeley Software Distribution operating systems. I have used GnuCash on both Linux and Windows operating systems. GnuCash is both individual and small business accounting software.

There is no web based interface that I am aware of. Also, you cannot have multiple users on a network access the same GnuCash database at the same time. However, you can install multiple instances of GnuCash and point them to the same database, just as long as one person at a time makes changes.

GnuCash is easy to backup and restore. You just save the QIF files. You can import this database into another installation.

If you lose this QIF database your pretty much fucked. You can download the most recent version, along with older versions from this GnuCash 2.6.19 small business accounting software static link. GnuCash features these principles:

* double entry accounting system
* stock, bond, & mutual fund accounting
* small business accounting software
* reports and graphs
* qif, ofx, and hbci importation
* transaction matching verification
* schedule transactions
* financial calculators
* online banking

GnuCash is a double entry accounting system, with a general ledger and chart of accounts. I have used it to help me file my federal and state income taxes. I have used this software to track stock trades.

This free small business accounting software will track most individual and business expenses. You can even create invoices. Also, you can create graphical reports to track expenses, revenues, etc.

I highly recommend this software to track your individual money. Finally, I have used this software before to keep track of my small business money.

Card Reader Installation – in Desktop Computer

This blog post will describe a card reader installation in an average desktop computer. You will need a screw driver, most likely a phillips type. Open up your computer case by taking off one of the side covers.

Quickest way to know which door to take off is to take the door off opposite of the input output ports ie. video, ethernet, USB, HDMI, etc. Now you will most likely need to take off a front cover. Many front covers on personal computers are NOT screwed on, but it just depends.

There will be some plastic tabs that you just pinch together with your fingers and push out. Once you loosen enough of these, then the front cover will come off. Now you want to look for a 3.5 inch slot.

Multi card readers are the same width, 3.5 inches, as desktop hard drives. Also, the older school 3.5 inch floppy drives also fit in this same slot. You may need to remove a 3.5 inch cover.

Many times these covers are NOT screwed on. From inside the case you will notice two pieces of plastic on each side that are actually releases. Press in on both plastic releases and then push the cover out.

It is usually easier to install a multi card reader from the front. Slide in the card reader from the front of the computer case. You want to make sure that you have it front side up.

You should be able to read the print on the front. Now most current contemporary card readers are connected to a Universal Serial Bus. They can be USB 3.0, USB 2.0, etc.

Look on the motherboard of your computer for a spare USB connector. They should be marked in visible lettering. For example this computer I installed a multi card reader into, had "USB 2.0" labeled right above the USB port.

USB ports on motherboards are actually just pins. You do NOT want to press too, hard because these pins can break off. Before you connect your multi card reader to a motherboard USB port, look at the end of the cable that connects to the motherboard.

Sometimes these connections have a blank on the cable that would not fit over a pin. The connection on the cable will be female and the connection on the motherboard will be male. For example the motherboard I attached this cable to had four pins on the bottom row of pins.

The top row had 5 pins. The cable attached to the multi card reader had four pins and one blank. Line up this cable and connect it to the pins on the universal serial bus cable.

Most multi card readers do NOT come with drivers. Most modern Microsoft, Linux, and Macintosh operating systems have drivers that will suffice. Now all you have to do is put the front cover and side covers back on your computer as well as boot into your operating system and then test out your card reader.

How to Make Money With CryptoCurrency – by Using MinerGate

I am going to walk you through how to make money with cryptocurrency by using MinerGate. MinerGate.com is a legitimate crypto currency miner. Crypto currencies are created by hash transactions.

This type of currency is NOT like printing pieces of paper like the United States Federal Reserve does. There have been bitcoin and other crypto currency miners since this type of money system was created. However, for whatever reason some people frown upon crypto mining.

If you support crypto currencies, then you can help to contribute to this possible new economy by mining crypto currencies. Also, you can actually make money by using either your hard drive, computers' central processing unit(s), and even graphical processing unit(s). My first attempt at trying to mine crypto currency was with Nicehash.

However, their mining software did not detect either my CPU or GPU. I am using computer hardware that is not brand new. I then found MinerGate and their software successfully detected the central processing unit.

Minergate claims that most older hardware is supported. However, some older graphics processing units may not process fast enough to mine cryptocurrency. Minergate software is free to download and use.

This software supports Microsoft Windows 7 or newer, Apple Macintosh 10.9 Mavericks or newer, and Linux Ubuntu 16.04 or newer operating systems. MinerGate also supports Fedora Linux 25 or newer operating system. Also, you can mine cryptocurrency with a command line tool Claymore.

You may not become a millionaire over night, but you may be able to make some extra money. What you want to do is download Minergate to all computers that you want to mine cryptocurrency with. You will need to create a Minergate account first.

You will then log into Minergate from each computer with the Minergate client. There are two ways to mine crypto currency with Minergate. You can use the Smart Miner or just Miner tools.

Smart Miner will automatically choose which currency to mine based upon profitability. You can certainly use the standard miner tool and mine which ever currency Minergate supports. Another important point is that there are two different types of payment models that Minergate uses.

Pay Per Last N Shares and Pay Per Share. PPLNS charges 1% while PPS charges 1.5%. You may want to use PPLNS since it charges less.

However, I recommend you study on your own and come up with what suites you best. Once you login to the Minergate client software, you click on either Smart Miner or Miner. If you choose Miner you will have to choose which currencies to mine manually.

Minergate allows you to choose how many cores to dedicate to mining crypto currency. For example I have a quad core computer that I am using. I select the drop down next to a currency under "CPU Mining".

You will see "CPU Cores". I can choose to dedicate either 1, 2, 3 or 4 cores on my quad core computer. I recommend that if you are going to use this same computer for other tasks that you leave one core for those tasks.

You can then dedicate 3 cores for crypto currency data mining. I have two machines set to 3 cores and was still able to use these computers like I normally do. You can certainly dedicate all 4 cores if you are not using this computer.

A dual core machine would only detect 2 cores that you could use. A six core machine would show 6 cores that you could dedicate and so on. Once you have picked how many cores to crypto currency mine with then you click on the "Start mining" arrow next to the currency you have picked to mine.

One other important caveat, some crypto currencies might not be very profitable or no longer being used or supported. You do NOT necessarily want to mine crypto currency that nobody is using. However, I recommend that you study each crypto currency on your own so that you make the right decision for your best interests.

If you select the Smart Miner tab, all you have to do is choose how many cores to dedicate to crypto currency mining and then click on a "Start smart mining" button. You can always pause the smart mining. Smart mining will choose the currencies that get mined for you.

You can install the Minergate client on multiple computers. I do NOT know if there is a limit to how many computers you mine from. However, each computer that is mining will show up as a "worker" in the Minergate dashboard.

I highly recommend you get familiar with the dashboard. You can convert your crypto currency coins via the dashboard by selling your coins. Also, you can trade your coins for different crypto currencies.

Keep in mind the afore mentioned services require fees. You get a free private wallet with Minergate. However, you may want to get a more public wallet like what Coinbase offers.

This is so that you can transfer your money to perhaps a banking institution checking or savings account. These decisions are entirely up to you. These are all the currencies that you can mine with Minergate as of the time of this blog post creation:

* zcash
* bitcoin gold
* ethereum
* ethereum classic
* bitcoin
* litecoin
* bytecoin
* monero
* digitalnote
* aeon coin
* fantomcoin
* quazarcoin
* monetaverde
* dashcoin
* infinium-8

Finally, you want to secure your Minergate, Coinbase, etc. credentials. Anyone that has access to this information can transfer your coins else where.

Antivirus and Security Software – AVG Version 17.9.3040

Antivirus and security software AVG version 17.9.3040 has been released. I could not find mention of this newest version of AVG antivirus software anywhere in a blog post or technical article on AVG's official website. However, I found out that two issues were resolved in AVG beta version 17.9.3040.

* avg service crash during computer shutdown
* 17.9 new features added to localization

There was one bug fixed in this version of AVG antivirus and security software. Also, there was one change in AVG version 17.9.3040. I assume that these changes were rolled out into the official version of 17.9.3040 released to the public but I do NOT know that for a fact.

AVG is one of my recommended anti-virus software programs. I am both an AVG reseller and affiliate. I use it in my computer repair business and also recommend it to my customers.

AVG has an auto updater and notifier. Also, virus definition updates are released quite regularly if not everyday. You can try AVG antivirus for free with a 30 day trial.

You can always download the latest version of AVG antivirus and security software from a static link. AVG antivirus is compatible with Apple Macintosh operating system mountain lion or newer, Microsoft Windows XP service pack 3, Vista, 7, 8, and 10, as well as Google Android version 2.2 or newer operating systems.

Filezilla Latest Version – 3.30 Available

Filezilla latest version 3.30.0 is available for download. This version includes some bugfixes and minor changes to this program.

* .xrc files ran through xmllint
* change working directory failure removing directory
* compiler did not print warning
* autoupdate logging on failure

Filezilla latest version 3.30 is free open source software used for transferring files. You can use Filezilla to transfer tiles to a File Transer Protocol server for exmaple. This tool is productive for system administrators, webmasters, etc.

Filezilla supports Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, both x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit operatings systems. Apple Macintosh 10.9 Mavericks or newer operating sytems are supported. Also, Linux distributions in both x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit are supported.

The Filezilla latest version can always be obtained via this static link. This free and open source file transfer program ha an automatic updater that will notify you if there is an update available. Also, you can browse to "Help" then choose "Check for updates".

You may see a "New version available!" top menu item if an update is available. Filezilla supports the following file transfer protocols:

* file transfer protocol
* secure shell file transfer protocol
* storj cloud storage

Filezilla latest version supports many operating systems besides Mac, Linux, and Windows.

* unix
* virtual memory system
* disk operating system
* multiple virtual storage system 390 mainframe
* z operating system
* vxworks
* z virtual machine
* hewlett packard non stop
* cygwin

After perusing FileZilla's documentation, Windows Vista is listed as still being supported. However, their static download page does NOT list Vista as being supported. I have not personally tried using Filezilla on a Microsoft Windows Vista computer.

Google Chrome Support – Release Version 63.0.3239.132

Google on January eight two thousand eighteen, officially released Chrome web browser version 63.0.3239.132. This latest version does not include any google chrome information pertaining to whether or not any new features, bug, or security fixes were released. This latest version of Google Chrome affects Google Chrome web browser on Linux, MAC, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

I could not quite ascertain what was changed to this version of Google Chrome version 63.0.3239.132. Perhaps one change? I am NOT one hundred percent certain how Google Chrome's change log works.

Someone over at Google Chrome support incremented the version of Chrome to 63.0.3239.132 on January third two thousand eighteen. Shorty after the following change was added.

* chromium dependencies published

By default Chrome is supposed to automatically update. You can install Google Chrome version 63.0.3239.108 manually by selecting "Help" then select "About Google Chrome". In about Google Chrome, if an update is available, that update will begin downloading.

You will need to relaunch Chrome for that update to install. You can download instead and install Google Chrome version 63.0.3239.132. chrome://settings has a new look.

How to Install OS X – Leopard 10.5.4 on G5 PowerPC

I recently acquired three Macintosh G5 PowerPC's. None of them would boot up properly. I was able to install Random Access Memory correctly in these three computers and they all booted up properly.

I am going to describe to you how to install OS X Leopard which is version 10.5.4. First, you will need either a Digital Optical Disc or Universal Serial Bus flash drive. You can install OS X via USB flash drive but it requires more technical knowlegde beyond this blog post.

Apple allows you to buy and sell used Macintosh operating system discs. You can obtain them from websites similar to Craigslist, Amazon, and Ebay. If your missing a hard drive you can install a new or used one and partition it using Mac OS X install DVD.

If you cannot get the DVD optical tray to open you can power on your Macintosh while pressing and holding your left mouse button. USB mice designed for PC's are supported by Macintosh hardware. Also, standard USB keyboards are supported by Macintosh hardware.

You do not have to use official Apple Macintosh keyboard and mice. The G5 PowerPC will eventually boot off of the DVD disc. After you choose your language, you click the right arrow down below at the initial screen to begin the installation.

You will see a welcome screen where you click "Contine". You will then be presented with a software license agreement screen. Click on "Agree" to continue the installation.

If you have a used, refurbished, or new hard disk then you will need to create a partition. If you do NOT create this partition now, the MAC OS X Leopard 10.5.4 install will fail. However, you will not get notified why the install failed.

Many times it is because you have not created a partition yet. To create a partition click on "Utilities" from the top menu and then choose "Disk Utility". From within disk utility you will be able to create a Macintosh partition.

You will see your hard drive on the left hand side. Click on your hard drive and then click on a "Partition" tab. In partition you will be able to create a new partition.

I recommend you create a MAC OS X journaled partition. Also, if you have an existing hard drive with a MAC partition created, you can go ahead and erase this partition instead for a clean install. There are two types of erase options, a quick simple one where your user data is preserved and not written over until that portion of the hard drive is used.

The longer erase is called "Erase Free Space" and can take an hour or more depending on speed of your Apple G5 PowerPC. Once you create a partition you can now exit out of disk utility. You will be asked to select the destination hard drive for your install.

Select whichever hard drive or partition you want MAC OS X Leopard 10.5.4 to reside on and click "Continue". You will be presented with an "Install Summary" screen. Click on Install to begin the installation.

You will see a "Checking Installation DVD" popup window. You can click on "Skip" to skip this step. I recommend you allow the installation to check your installation DVD if it is the first time you are using this particular DVD disc.

It will add possibly another 15 to 20 minutes to the install time. Finall, you will see an installation progress indicator. It took MAC OS X Leopard 10.5.4 approximately one hour to install on this G5 PowerPC.

The installation will automatically reboot the computer. It will not dismount your DVD but will NOT boot off of it. If you see a blank screen during the installation it is most likely the screen saver, so you do not need to panic.

Your keyboard might not get detected so you just need to press two keys to get the operating system to detect it. Follow the instructions on screen to perform this task and click "Continue". You can choose the default keyboard detection or change it and then click "Continue".

You will see a welcome screen with country or region information. Select the default or change it and then press "Continue". Next a "Do you already own a MAC?" will be presented.

You can transfer data from another Macintosh computer, another disc volume on this computer, or from a Time Machine backup or not transfer any data. Click on "Continue" to move along the installation. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID.

You do NOT have to enter your Apple ID to continue with the installation. Click on "Continue". A "Registration Information" screen is displayed.

You do NOT have to enter any registration information in order to continue the installation. Click on "Continue". You will be presented with a "Create Your Account" screen.

You ONLY have to enter in a name and short name fields. You do NOT have to enter a password. You will automatically be logged into your Macintosh OS X Leopard 10.5.4 desktop.

You can create a password for your account later. Click continue to see the last screen titled "Thank You". Click on "Go" to finalize the installation and be taken to the Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.4 desktop. I just described how to install OS X on a PowerPC G5.

Firefox Software Updater – Mozilla Version 57.0.4

Mozilla Corporation on January four two thousand eighteen officially released Mozilla web browser version 57.0.4 which they have named Quantum. This latest version includes one security fix via Firefox software updater. There are no new features or improvements with Mozilla Firefox version 57.0.4.

* spectre side channel attack

This version of Mozilla Firefox includes multiple operating system processes, which is supposed to increase speed of this web browser. You can install Mozilla FireFox 57.0.4 manually by selecting "Help" then select "About Firefox". In about Mozilla Firefox you will either see that your web browser is up to date or click on an "Update to 57.0.4" button.

You can download and install Mozilla FireFox version 57.0.4 Quantum. Another way to upgrade Mozilla FireFox is with automatic updates. Click on "Tools" then select "Options".

Click on "Advanced" tab. Select an "Update" tab. In update you have three options:

* Automatically install updates
* Check for updates
* Never check for updates

Ths brand new Mozilla Firefox Quantum web browser version 57.0.4 was developed for Microsoft Windows, Apple MACintosh, Linux, Google Android, and Apple iOS operating systems.

Install Linux Mint From USB – on Dell Inspiron 530

I have decided to try out Linux Mint for the very first time. I am going to go through the steps involved to install Linux Mint from USB. Universal Serial Bus is normally faster than Digital Versatile Disc. You will need a spare computer and USB flash drive.

You then need to download Linux Mint from the link above. Currently there are four different variations of Linux Mint 18.3 that you can install.

* Cinnamon
* KDE
* Mate
* Xfce

There are x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit versions available for download. I choose to install Linux Mint 18.3 Xfce because I have used this window manager before and it is quite lightweight compared the other three window managers. Once you download the .iso file then you will need to burn it to either DVD or flash it to USB.

You will need a program like Rufus or Etcher. I was not able to flash successfully a Linux Mint 18.3 USB drive with Rufus so I used Etcher instead. Etcher is recommended on Linux Mint's website.

Now once your flash drive is ready, then you can attach it to a USB port on your computer. Any laptop or desktop computer will work. I would recommend a computer with at least 1 gigahertz processor, 1 megabytes Random Access Memory, and 20 gigabytes hard drive space.

Also, recommended is to connect your computer to the Internet before starting the install. You do NOT have to have Internet connection to complete the install. Another tip is that you can test Linux Mint 18.3 on your hardware before installing.

The USB flash drive boots a demonstration version of Linux Mint 18.3. On my Dell Inspiron 530 I had to make sure that the Basic Input Output System detected the USB flash drive. Also, I made certain that I enabled "Removable Media" as a boot choice.

On Dell computers you can press F2 to enter the BIOS and F12 to enter a boot menu. This boot menu allows you to choose what device to boot from. Your computer might detect this USB flash drive as a USB HDD.

This is normal and you would select this device to boot from. Once you boot off the Linux Mint 18.3 media, you will be logged into a desktop. You can test Linux Mint 18.3.

Double click on an installation icon on the desktop to begin the installation. You can accept the default settings, which is what I recommend if you are new to Linux. You will be asked to choose your language, keyboard type and city location.

Then you will be asked to choose your type of installation. I recommend that you choose the top one which is choosen by default. All of the partition settings will be chosen for you.

You do NOT need to know how to partition using Gparted in order to get Linux Mint installed and working. However, you can choose to encrypt your hard drive, configure Logical Volume Management and even choose a custom install. I have been using different Linux distributions for over 15 years now and I rarely fuck with partitioning, logical volume management, encryption, and custom installs.

Finally, you will be asked to enter in a name, username, password, verify password, and computer name. You do NOT need to enter in a name. You must enter in a username, password, and computer name I think.

You can change your password later or even blank it. You can also choose to have Linux Mint 18.3 automatically login each time. You can change this later.

Linux Mint 18.3 will download some updates from the Internet if you connected your computer to an Interne connection. If not it will begin to load files from the media you created. It took around ten minutes to install Linux Mint rrom USB on my dual core Dell 530 Inspiron with 4 gigabytes of memory.

Once Linux Mint 18.3 installation is finished it will warn you to remove your installation media. Remove your installation media ie. DVD, USB flash drive, etc. and then hit enter. Now Linux Mint 18.3 will boot for the first time.

Depending on how you decided to enter your desktop, you will either see your desktop or have to login with your username and password. Now that you are finished with your installation you deserve to enjoy a mint, a Linux Mint.