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  1. Seriously, thank you Judy.
  2. Can everyone take a look, maybe refresh the page, and let me know if any weirdness they noticed before has been resolved? If you still have issues, try logging out and back in again, or clearing cache and logging in again and re-checking.
  3. There has been a maintenance release for the forum software since the last update, so I'm going to apply it in a little bit. I usually try to keep from running updates during tax season unless they're security related or unless there are problems that people notice. There will be some brief downtime, but shouldn't be more than 15 minutes.
  4. I'm sure the only reason this exists is so they can add some AI buzzword bullet points to the marketing materials.
  5. There's a Donate tab at the top with a number of different options, including payment by check if that's something you would prefer to do. Going through that whole process allows me to know who's donating. Before, it wasn't always easy to know which member was making which donation.
  6. Hi folks, Just a reminder for those who may have recently transitioned to a new tax software provider from ATX--we have vendor-specific forums for questions related to non-ATX software. If you use some software not covered by these forums, please let me know and I'll consider adding them! Thanks!
  7. Lately, part of the normal Windows update process is a chance that your OS will no longer be in a bootable state upon completion (or half-completion) of the installation, with potential for data loss. Keeping your system updated is important, but it's hard to blame the average person for being leery of updates given Microsoft's recent track record.
  8. Eric

    Merry Happy

    I've got alotta problems with you people.... and now, you're gonna hear about it!
  9. Thank you! I think all that's left is improving the automated emails that go out. And if anyone can think of a better group title than "Donors" then suggestions are welcome.
  10. ...But I wanted to mention that I had removed the Donate tab at the top of the site for a few days while I worked on a new system for collecting donations with an option to support recurring donations (suggested by @Catherine and @JohnH) The primary goal, though, is to finally be able to associate every donation with the person who made it. Before I usually had a good guess based on name or email address, but since the whole PayPal process happened outside of the website, there was no definitive way to make the connection between donation and donor, especially if a check was mailed. So now, no matter what method of payment is used, as long as you go through the checkout process, the site will create a record of that donation and associate it with your account. This also allows me the flexibility to add some minor benefits to the accounts of those who donate, like increased file attachment quotas, inbox size, etc, which is more of a gesture of gratitude than something of any actual value. If the ability to pay with PayPal is requested, I will look into implementing it as an additional payment option. Recurring donations can be cancelled at any time from the Donate > Manage Donations page. Card info can be updated/removed from the Donate > My Details > Cards page. Please let me know if you find anything confusing about the process or the way things are set up. Fine print: This is all PCI compliant. No credit card information is stored on my server. All transactions are processed by the Stripe payment gateway, and transmitted over an encrypted connection. I have implemented similar systems for hospitals around Maine--this is all up to industry standards.
  11. I had considered adding the feature. From the development angle, it's the kind of thing I'd have fun building. I'm a big fan of automating tedious/repetitive/boring tasks, or just things I would tend to forget. And from a user perspective, it's something I would take advantage of too. But I don't know how I would communicate the addition of the feature without making it sound like I'm asking for money. So the anxiety of that situation is the reason I haven't added anything like that. I think I will now, and blame @Catherine for its implementation
  12. You can still write down some numbers and check them against the winning pick, though. That way you can still experience the thrill of participation and the disappointment of not winning, but without paying for it.
  13. I don't mind building computers, but I would feel badly if a component were to fail. I think you're better off buying from someone local, or from Dell so that you can get service if something goes wrong. For the laptop, if the requirements are 17" and Dell, you have a couple options. XPS doesn't come in 17" which is unfortunate because the Dell XPS laptops are really high quality and feel great to use--great keyboards, great trackpads, quality materials and finish. In my past experience, the Inspiron laptops feel like cheap flexy plastic crap, but maybe they're better now. You could also get Alienware, which has been owned by Dell for a while. They're obnoxiously styled to appeal to Gamers, but it's what's on the inside that counts and a computer that's good for gaming is generally also good for heavy workloads of any kind. It seems unimaginable that you wouldn't be able to configure a laptop with an SSD instead of an old spinning disk. If you have trouble configuring the laptop the way you want online, then maybe it's worth calling them to order over the phone.
  14. On my own computer, I use VeraCrypt for encrypted drives, but I've heard Windows 10's built-in Bitlocker works well too. My feeling is that the antivirus software from the major companies is so bloated and intrusive that it often causes more problems than it prevents. Whatever you do for encryption, make sure you learn about what is available for recovery methods and implement them before enabling the encryption.
  15. Eric

    Scam of the day

    Haha that's messages stored per inbox
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