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Operating Systems for Really, Really Old Computers

05/05/2011 1 comment

I have a very old computer at home: GateWay, G6-300, Pentium II, 300mHz, 128M, 5G. Originally, it runs Windows98. I tried Linux Ubuntu. It did not work. Now it is running Windows XP, but very very slow.

Any light Operating System for the old computer? The only desired function would be a web browser that can connect to internet, and the rebooting is not too slow. So, I found the following links:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=575456
http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/hardware/archives/page9667.cfm

I should find some time to test it – recycling old computers for education!

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Service at Edventure Children’s Museum

From Kymm Hunter, Communications and Marketing Director
Benedict College

Kudos to the fourteen Upward Bound students who brought smiles to many children’s faces as they volunteered at the Edventure Children’s Museum during the Farmville exhibit on Saturday, April 9, 2011. The students helped children prepare home-made ice cream, plant flowers, make arts and crafts, and engaged in various other activities geared towards helping children learn about life on a farm.

The students who so graciously volunteered for this activity include Khadesha Barnes, Desmond Boyd, Shantae Broome, Asia Coardes, Alliyah Corde, Shaquan Dawkins, Jazmine Earvin, Christopher Edwards, Princess Holloway, Jamie Jacobs, Derialle Mundine, Tanisha Washington, and Sammarra Wigfall.

You have served Upward Bound well and we are proud of you!

Categories: Student News

Seattle Mountaineers Sign Kennie Eberhart

From http://oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4194710:

The Mountaineers have signed Kennie Eberhart, 6-4 guard from Benedict College for the 2011-2012 ABA season. Eberhart was a Pre-season All SIAC D-II conference selection. He averaged 13 points, 5 rebounds,and 3 assists for Benedict College(SC). Benedict has played in the NCAA D-II playoffs the last 2 years.

” What we get in Kennie is a very solid player that does more on the floor than his stats indicate. Benedict’s Coach Fred Watson was so high on Kennie and his abilities I made a special trip to South Carolina to see Kennie play and was impressed. Kennie is not only an outstanding basketball player but is also a solid person of character. He will do well in our program”, stated Mountaineer Coach Sims.

The Mountaineers is a federal non-profit organization. Their mission is to use basketball to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through prayer, testimony and Christ-like behavior. Their goal is to help build spiritual and moral character based on biblical principles. The Mountaineers will be role models for youth, non-believers and the community. There are 60 teams in the ABA in nine different regions of the United States. The teams also travel outside of the U.S. The Mountaineers recently returned from playing in China.

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iPod Touch -> Free Phone

05/03/2011 1 comment

Using Google Voice and gmail phone call service can turn the computer to a phone. In the workplace with internet access, it’s very convenient. Now, I’m considering if it’s possible to make the phone call work in any PDA, some small devices. For example, simple iPod touch, with only wifi access.

And the following are some solutions:
1. Talkatone http://www.talkatone.com/
Talkatone helps you to make unlimited FREE calls, send text messages and share locations using data connection on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Talkatone uses WiFi or 3G connection only and doesn’t use your cellular minutes. GTalk (gmail chat) and VoIP Google Voice work in it.

2. Textfree http://www.pinger.com/content/home.html
– FREE unlimited text and pic messaging
– Earn FREE calling minutes
– Receive FREE incoming calls
– It’s available on Android too.
2.1 Forward Google Voice calls and text messages to Textfree
2.2 Google Voice without Textfree Number

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Personal Finance Manager – OSS Solution

Several years ago, when we purchase a computer with Windows Operation System, there is a free personal finance manager software: MS Money. And we can download online bank statements, and import them to the software. It’s nice to put all our life expenses in one place, and track and manage personal finance.

Recently, the online bank system doesn’t support MS Money anymore, and we can only download the statements for Quicken.

Quicken is one of the best money management software available in the market today. It promises to balance your personal life as well as your financial life. It is a very intelligent software which predicts a budget for you to maintain and also helps you to stick to it. It will automatically download information from all the accounts you have and save your time of visiting several sites to check your finances. With one quick glance you can know what’s going in, what’s going out, which bills you need to pay and the ones lined up in future. It saves your time a thousand times and embarrassments of one more late fees of bills.[1]

How to solve this problem? It’s impossible for us to import everything manually … And then I find out the following alternatives.

GnuCash

GnuCash is the best free alternative to Quicken. On the internet, there are many free money management softwares available out of which the best alternative I found is definitely GnuCash. GnuCash is the most complete and also the closest alternative to Quicken. Not only can it be used as a personal finance manager, it also functions well as a small business accounting package. The features which make it a complete winner are its surprisingly simple yet truly sophisticated accounting tools. An in-depth analysis tells us that its major skills include double-entry accounting, schedule recurring transactions and support for Quicken files (OFX/QFX) import/export. Overall I give this software a thumbs-up for replacing Quicken.[1][2]

Grisbi

Grisbi is another good free alternative to Quicken. The most impressive feature of Grisbi is its simple, intuitive and clean interface that enables maintaining your finances a cake walk. It comes with a very easy to get accustomed with user interface with all the options mainly arranged in tabs. On one hand this software is so simple and easy to use, but on the other hand there is also no dearth of features. Reconciliation, scheduling transactions of future and creating a budget are just some of the many features found in Grisbi. The default currency used in Grisbi is Euros, but you can easily change that to other currencies. If the exchange rate is supplied, it can even adjust the currency to the base value automatically. The power of Grisbi lies in its magic to fabricate visually appealing reports and cater the need of user’s different representation of data. [1][3]

HomeBank

HomeBank is a good replacement for Quicken. HomeBank is a free financial management software. HomeBank is a small and lightweight money manager. It is so simple in its design and demands no availability of plenty of resources when it fires up on your system. One good point of this software is that it works in multi-platforms. You can use it to manage your personal accounts. It is designed to be very easy to use and get through. You can analyze your finances in detail with the aid of intuitive and powerful filtering tools and visual representations in the form of graphs. HomeBank comes with more than 14 years of user experience and feedback. I can guarantee you that if you are looking for a free software which can manage your finances well as well as cause you no financial tension of buying a software for it then this is the perfect software of choice.[1][4]

By checking above related features, I prefer GnuCash and HomeBank. Another free trial is considerable – Moneydance [5]: the only limitation is a maximum of 100 manually entered transactions, the downloaded and imported transactions are unlimited.

References:
[1] http://www.3alternatives.com/free-alternatives-quicken
[2] http://www.gnucash.org/
[3] http://www.grisbi.org/
[4] http://homebank.free.fr/
[5] http://moneydance.com/

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