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Free Schedule D generator with Wash Sale Calculation 2015

February 12th, 2015 No comments

Updated Schedule D 2015 Generator

Once  again thanks to Jatin for coming out with Free version of Schedule D for 2015 with wash sale calculations.

You can earlier versions of Schedule D here 



**** DISCLAIMER ****
This excel program to generate Schedule D and form 8949, is provided “as is”
with no warranty of any kind.   This program is an attempt to automate
Schedule D and Form 8949 preparation in accordance with IRS forms and instructions.
Jatinkumar Thakkar is not a tax adviser and will not be liable in any event
for direct or indirect damages resulting from the use of this program.
The user must assume responsibility as to the correctness and
appropriateness of any and all amounts entered and results produced.

Dear Readers

Jatin has been maintaining this excel sheet from 2010 . If this wash sale has been helpful to you, donate some amount to his paypal id at this email id

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New version of Skill-Guru Launched

May 8th, 2012 No comments

We started migrating a major bug fixes and enhancements to our site Skill-Guru on night of 7th May. We had a really bad time y’day as most of our services are down.  This morning, all of our services have been restored and site is back and functioning 100%. Thank you for all your patience.

We took this opportunity to fix some long awaited bugs and added few enhancements. Some of the changes are

1. We now support Internet Explorer 8 & Internet Explorer 9. Some users had experienced difficulties when taking the tests on IE 8 & 9 and this update should fix their problem

2. Remembering you after you have left : While this is no means to intrude your privacy , but the site now supports a remember me function which helps you to com back to site and continue your tests and quiz, without having to log back in.

3. Transaction fees on paid test : We will charge a transaction fees of $0.40 every time you make a purchase. This is paypal transaction fees and we had been bearing this charge in most cases till now.

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Apologize for the downtime

January 6th, 2012 No comments

Dear users, we have been down several times in last 1 week and are still experiencing downtime. Our service provider has changed the configurations at their end and ever since we are experiencing consistent outage.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused especially those users who bought the test and would like to practice .

While we are working to resolve the issue, we appreciate your patience.

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Implementing Design by Contract

June 14th, 2011 No comments

Design by Contract essentially mean that a class has to fulfill certain responsibilities and are inside a boundary. This is done by use of interface. If you have a class which implements an interface (as is done in Java) , it has been designed by contract. The contract here is the methods which this class has to implement.

Going further down , if a class method getMyDetails(long ssnId)
we can put a assert statement like
assert ssnId != null;

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Difference between salary of PM and truck driver $8000 ?

April 6th, 2011 6 comments

Y’day I was going through glass door and I saw some job openings posted on site.

To my amazement the salary of a Project Manager (PM) for a reputed company was $81ooo and below that was the salary of a truck driver which was $73000

salary of project manager

I do not say that the tuck driver should not earn high salaries but the PM should also not get paid so low.

If you look at the one below, the business analyst gets paid less than a truck driver .  The salary of business analyst is $53000.

business analyst salary
business analyst salary

Makes me wonder what the future of software is …

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Check the location of server of any domain

December 5th, 2010 No comments

You want to check the physical location of the server on which any domain is hosted

Go to

Enter your domain name and it will tell you the physical location of the server on which site is hosted.

I have found it to be very accurate.

Want to see the hosting provider

Find IP address of website

on Windows do ping  on command prompt and it will show you the IP address of the site.

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Check A Website For Malware With Google Safe Browsing Tool

December 3rd, 2010 No comments

If any time you had faced an attack on your site My site has been attacked , make sure you check out your website with google safe browsing tool and also verify with Norton.

Google Safe Browsing tool You would see something like this

For verifying with Norton you will have register and place a html document in root folder.

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Which VPS options to chose from ?

September 23rd, 2010 No comments

A very nice comparison of several VPS performance including Amazon EC2.

The user has compared the costs and performance of Linode, Slicehost, Prgmr, Rackspace and Amazon.

You can find the results here

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