Microsoft Money with the Nationwide Bulding Society

As a Microsoft Money user, I’ve recently discovered the need to convert CSV files into OFX files. My bank, the Nationwide Building Society, ended support for Microsoft Money online services in October 2009. You can still download your statements as CSV files, but Microsoft Money is not able to import them. After a spot of Googling, I stumbled across MT2OFX. So far, it seems to have been able to convert my statements without any trouble, although I have only been using it for a short time.

You can find it at the following website:

http://www.xs4all.nl/~csmale/mt2ofx/en/

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O2 PAYG Mobile Broadband

Having Googled unsuccessfully for the settings needed to use wvdial or a Solwise 3G router with O2 Pay-As-You-Go Mobile Broadband, I thought I would share the correct settings here. In order to connect you need the following details:

APN: m-bb.o2.co.uk
Username: o2bb
Password: password

The URL to visit to buy credit is:

https://mobilebroadbandaccess.o2.co.uk/

Happy surfing! 🙂

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Better image quality from UMTS using Privoxy

If you are a mobile broadband user you will notice that your image quality is degraded by UMTS. Firefox can overcome this problem by virtue of the Modify Headers plugin. Essentially you need to add two headers to your outgoing request:

Pragma: no-cache

Cache-Control: no-cache

The same effect can be achieved for Internet Explorer and other Windows applications by running Privoxy and adding the following rule to the actions file:

{+add-header{Pragma: no-cache}\
+add-header{Cache-Control: no-cache}}
/

More details here: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=2913535&group_id=11118&atid=211118

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