Problems with Neat Receipts Cloud Scanning Software

After 14 years of building a very dedicated customer base and the world’s most successful and popular scanning platform, Neat has decided to scrap everything and start over with a new scanning solution. So far, reviews have been less than enthusiastic. Top company leadership are leaving and many employees are being laid off. (source)

This document lists some of the design problems with their new product as it relates to Apple users. This document will be updated over time with any new developments or discoveries.

  1. Apple Version Not Native. Rather than create an actual OS X application, the Apple version seems to have been developed on a non-standard emulator platform similar Adobe Air in the way it looks and feels. To find the program, you’ll look for it in Applications under the letter ‘N’ for Neat, but you won’t find it there. It’s in a folder named The Neat Company. To find it, look in The Neat Company > Neat Smart Organization System > Helium-shell > HeliumAppShell > and there you’ll find the familiar Neat program icon. This is where you’ll have to go if you need to drag the program icon to the Dock again, but don’t touch any of the other exposed program files because the entire fragile system will break down if you do.
  2. Columns Not Adjustable. The new program is broken into three primary columns. The left column shows the folders. The middle column shows the folder contents or the specifics of a particular entry. The right column is a preview window. These columns aren’t sizable or adjustable.
  3. Database Change. The database files are individually stored as PDF files in Documents > NeatScan > your name. Presumably if you mess with any of these files, the database index will be thrown off.
  4. Drag and Drop. In the previous versions of the Neat scanning software, it was possible to drag PDF files into the program and have them added, being scanned for OCR. In the new version, you must manually add files from the file menu.
  5. Item Type. When you change the item type from Document to Receipt (for example) the software goes through the ‘Processing’ step again.
  6. Slowness. To adequately test the speed of the Neat cloud-based scanning software, use a 100Mbps Internet connection, and a quad-core computer with 8 virtual cores, running on a solid state hard drive. When you test with this blazing fast computer, you’ll notice the system is slow to load receipt images — even with a database of only a dozen receipts.
  7. Zoom Issues. When you try to zoom in on a receipt using two finger zoom, the viewer zooms too fast.

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Important Travel Planning: Mobile Phone Voice and Data Service Coverage Areas

Problem Summary

Something to keep in mind when traveling with a non-Verizon phone is that there may be times when you have only voice services or no signal at all — meaning, you’ll be without even the ability to make an emergency phone call. With no signal, if you misplace your phone, you can’t call it to hear it ringing, and it can no longer be located using the ‘find my phone’ features available from most companies. With voice services only, the GPS mapping images won’t download and update. Even if you have data services available on your non-Verizon device, the slower remote service typically can’t keep up with map reloads. Most people don’t discover these things until they are already traveling

So, if you’re traveling to someplace other than a big city, and aren’t a Verizon customer, plan on being without Internet during your travels and when you get where you’re going.

Hotel Wireless Isn’t Reliable

Don’t expect to rely on your hotel’s WiFi service because it will probably be very slow or inaccessible (as shown below).


Need to meet a deadline or catch up on important emails? Sorry. Better luck next time.

Best Verizon Mobile Hotspot

Your best option is to travel with a Verizon MiFi 6620L Jetpack 4G LTE mobile WiFi hotspot (shown below). This will allow you to get data services such as GPS mapping updates and look up important information on the internet. You’ll also be able to make phone calls using Skype, Hangouts, or a similar VOiP (voice over IP) service.


Here’s Why Verizon Costs More

Companies like AT&T and Sprint offer lots of shared data and typically lower monthly prices, with relatively good signal coverage in most cities, but they don’t cover rural or remote areas well. This is because they’ve not invested in the additional tower placements (therefore the lower monthly bills). Verizon costs more because they provide service in bigger cities as well as in rural and remote areas. They’ve invested in more tower locations nation-wide.

Hybrid Service Model

A hybrid service model will save money while giving you the services you need when you need them. In other words, rather than paying higher monthly fees for Verizon’s amazing national coverage year-round, pay for it only when traveling (unless you travel all the time or live in a rural area). Then, for your year-round phone service, get a lower priced local service provider.

Cost of a Mobile WiFi Hotspot

The cost of a mobile hotspot is a $200 one-time purchase price (with no contract) and then $50 for 5GB data during any month you’re planning to travel. Other data plans are also available. When you’re not traveling, you can set your Verizon service to dormant and not pay anything until your next trip. There are other lower cost mobile hotspot devices, but they work only with 4G and won’t provide service in 3G areas. Also, they don’t have the large color screen with buttons for navigation and system configuration.

Limitations and Problems

Even if you use a Verizon mobile WiFi hotspot as described above, you’ll still have some limitations with your non-Verizon phone. For example, although the data will work, and you can make outbound calls with Skype, any inbound phone calls or SMS text messages won’t come through (although, Apple iMessage still works).

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a Verizon Mobile WiFi Hotspot.

UI Partners Offers Web and Tech Consulting for Iowa Small Businesses


UI Partners is a program through the University of Iowa that offers website and technology consulting to Iowa businesses. This page offers some general information about the program. To learn more, visit the UI Partners website or contact UI Partners to get started.



UI Partners was created by the University of Iowa specifically to help small Iowa companies innovate and grow. UI Partners works directly with businesses to solve their information technology (IT) challenges, using practical insights and ideas drawn from University faculty, staff, and students.

UI Partners consults with small businesses throughout Iowa on their IT needs, such as creating websites, managing databases, e-commerce or general tech support, as well as general business planning. This translates into projects that student interns or apprentices could work on, allowing UI students to build their resumes while also connecting with innovative Iowa businesses.

UI Partners is working to create a statewide network of integrated engagement centers to assist small businesses.

To support Iowa’s entrepreneurs, targeted technology training is available through the University of Iowa’s Dev/Iowa programs.

IT Assessment

UI Partners provides FREE Technology Needs Assessments for small businesses. Their staff and students work together to find business and technical solutions that help small businesses remain competitive and work more efficiently.

Business Strategy

UI Partners can provide leading edge informatics expertise and business training to organizations, startups, and established businesses. The group uses advanced entrepreneurship and business training to help find innovative solutions for your business.

Technology & Business Survey

The UI Partners Business Survey helps gather the essential information about a business to provide the best services possible.

Student Experience

UI Partners has a student employment program to assist college students in obtaining real world technology experience. Students get to work with multiple businesses to assist with IT and business strategy projects. Learn more or Apply Now.

Technical Training

UI Partners offers resources and training to help new and established business thrive with the technology solution that’s developed for their needs.

Innovate & Grow

UI Partners was created by The University of Iowa specifically to help small Iowa companies innovate and grow. They work directly with businesses to solve their information technology (IT) challenges, using practical insights and ideas drawn from University faculty, staff, and students. They are working to create a statewide network of integrated engagement centers to assist small businesses.

Workshops and Events

To support Iowa’s entrepreneurs, targeted technology training is available through the University of Iowa’s Dev/Iowa programs. Training opportunities include guest speakers, weekend workshops, one week programs and the intensive Dev/Iowa Bootcamp. Below is a video from the Dev/Iowa Bootcamp 2014.


Engagement Centers

UI Partners currently has three Engagement Centers located in Iowa City, Council Bluffs, and Sioux City. They plan to open more UI Partners locations across the state of Iowa.

Direction & Leadership

UI Partners is a division of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Click here to visit the UI Partners website.

Cloud Synchronization May Be Slowing Down Your Computer

If you’re using services like,, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive, you likely have the synchronization software installed and enabled.

Like most people, you probably have hundreds or thousands of files stored.

If you setup a new computer, depending on the speed of your Internet connection, you’ll need to wait hours (or maybe days) for all your files to synchronize again.

Even after that waiting period, you’ll likely find that the synchronization software running in the background tends to slow down your computer at startup, and while you’re using it.

AntiVirus software will want to scan every file that’s being synchronized, making the process even slower.

If you’ve been having trouble with your computer running slow, disable or close the synchronization software and see if that makes a difference.

Something else you can consider is to have one cloud service for your current files (keep that synchronized) and another service used as an archival backup of old files that are two or more years old (not synchronized).

Keep those thousands of files backed up in the cloud and also on a local removable hard drive. By doing this, you’ll free up disk space and speed up your computer.

You can always go to the website to get to your older archived files, but at least they aren’t taking up room on your local hard drive.

Many portable computers these days use solid state drives with less storage capacity. So, it’s important to only be carrying around the current files that are most important.

You Can’t Copyright Your Facebook Content

Contrary to urban legend, you can’t copyright your Facebook content or otherwise unilaterally change your user agreement. This applies to other similar services, software, and agreements. The following excerpt from Snopes elaborates on this.

Messages about protecting your copyright or privacy rights on Facebook by posting a particular legal notice to your Facebook wall are similar to an item which circulated several years ago positing that posting a similar notice on a web site would protect that site’s operators from prosecution for piracy.

In both cases the claims were erroneous, an expression of the mistaken belief the use of some simple legal talisman — knowing enough to ask the right question or post a pertinent disclaimer — will immunize one from some undesirable legal consequence. The law just doesn’t work that way.

Facebook users cannot retroactively negate any of the privacy or copyright terms they agreed to when they signed up for their accounts, nor can they unilaterally alter or contradict any new privacy or copyright terms instituted by Facebook, simply by posting a contrary legal notice on their Facebook walls.

Moreover, that Facebook is now a publicly traded company (i.e., a company that has issued stocks which are traded on the open market) or an “open capital entity” has nothing to do with copyright protection or privacy rights.

Any copyright or privacy agreements users of Facebook have entered into with that company prior to its becoming a publicly traded company or changing its policies remain in effect: they are neither diminished nor enhanced by Facebook’s public status.

Further, the concerns about copyright ownership which these types of notices are intended to address are unfounded.

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Disruptive Trends on the Technology Landscape

Disruption in Technologies and Services

It’s difficult these days to get any kind of assurance for the longevity of the hardware, software, and services we rely on.  Companies announce new products and services with great fanfare. Consumers buy in, and over years, begin to heavily rely on those new products and the processes we develop for them. They impact our relationships and work life. Then one day, those services or products are discontinued or dramatically changed. This pattern is disruptive to our personal life and work life. What’s sad is that these business decisions aren’t made based on what’s best for society or individuals, they are based on profits. A great product that’s helping people and society will be discontinued if something more profitable comes along (even if it’s not so helpful to society).

Apple’s Track Record

On November 5, 2010, after over 8 years of sales and promotion, Apple abruptly announced that their Xserve line of servers would be discontinued on January 31, 2011.


Providing less than a 3-month notice for this change was a shock to those in the industry who generally plan 4 and 5 years in advance. Server farms built on the Apple infrastructure were now at a standstill with regard to hardware continuity. Often facilities are setup and new equipment is phased in over several years rather than all at once. So, this left large installations only partially setup with hardware that would no longer be available. Nobody wants to have a room full of servers that are different platforms.

Another wonderful enterprise-class solution that Apple pulled the plug on was their Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Server video production solution. Again, as with their rack mounted servers, this was another example of a sudden change that would have a huge adverse and disruptive impact on many professionals.

An additional blow to professionals and high-end computer users was the choice to discontinue the Apple Mac Pro computers that provided high-end graphics card options and up to four internal hard drives that could be set to RAID configuration and upgraded easily.

Websites are another complex long-range endeavor. Those who trusted Apple and jumped on the iWeb bandwagon were unpleasantly surprised to learn that Apple would no longer be updating or supporting iWeb.

Another ongoing problem with Apple is the introduction of standards for cables and adapters. Whether power cords, video cables, or hard drive interfaces like Firewire, Apple is constantly changing their mind on what standard to use. New ‘innovations’ result in tons of non-recyclable toxic consumer waste being released into the environment.

True to Apple’s demonstrated corporate practices, there is usually little or no advance notice before these abrupt changes take place. This has caused many people to switch away from Apple and move toward more ubiquitous hardware and software choices (like Linux running on whatever piece of hardware happens to be available).

Yet, Apple isn’t the only company that rolls out long-term innovative solutions, that slowly gain thousands of followers, just before the projects are terminated.

On September 2, 2011, Google announced that they would be discontinuing numerous products. This announcement included blatantly misguided and incorrect statements designed to appease consumers:

  • Google Desktop was a very useful tool for people wanting to search their computer for files. Google discontinued this amazing tool claiming that “In the last few years, there’s been a huge shift from local to cloud-based storage and computing.” Years later, people are still buying computers with massive internal storage, they are still storing files on those computers, they are still buying external hard drives for storing their files. Cloud storage simply is not a replacement for local storage. Google may have wished that this might nudge consumers into using their Google Drive product, but despite such services being readily available, they don’t work for everyone in every situation. Even as a staging area, we need local storage to quickly organize huge collections of files.
  • Google Pack was discontinued and Google provided this explanation, “Due to the rapidly decreasing demand for downloadable software in favor of web apps, we will discontinue Google Pack today.” What Google wishes to be true isn’t necessarily true. One need look no further than the Apple App Store. By 2013 there had been 50 Billion software downloads. Google wishes the entire world would have a high speed internet connection and use their web dependent browser apps, yet wishing it to be doesn’t make it so.

By March of 2013, Google made another surprise announcement and brought the number of discontinued services to 70.

When Google discontinued their Google Video service in favor of YouTube, this left thousands of consumers with videos in their cloud and very likely no local copy of those videos from years ago. They had the option to download them before they would be deleted, but for people with many videos stored, this was a huge undertaking. No option was offered to migrate those videos seamlessly to YouTube.

Another example of “wishing it to be true doesn’t make it so” (like Google’s examples above) was Apple’s declaration that they days of the DVD drive are over. Apple discontinued having DVD drives in their desktop and later laptop computers. They imagined that everyone would buy videos from their iTunes store. Yet, consumers have purchased millions of Blueray discs because of the sense of ownership and due to the fact that downloading and storing such high resolution movies would be problematic.

When explaining why their laptop and desktop computers don’t have touch screens, the statement from Apple was that consumers won’t want to reach up and touch a screen. In reality, Apple was ensuring that consumers wouldn’t find all the features they were looking for in an individual product. For example, a MacBook air with touch screen would impact their iPad sales. An iPhone with a larger screen might impact sales of the iPad Mini.

In their iMac computers, Apple introduced an amazingly popular feature — the remote control. Now consumers could watch videos on their computer as an alternative to a television. Ooops! Apple realized that to pull consumers away from their computers, and get them to purchase an Apple TV device, they’d need to discontinue the remote control for their iMac computers, and that’s what they did.

Best Practices in Disruptive Environments

The point of this article is not to bash on Apple or Google, but instead to raise awareness about the state of technology and services we rely on. Consumers and businesses should always have an ongoing plan for how to mange computing and data storage.

Use Standard Programs

One approach to consider is the following. Let’s say you have found an amazing program that let’s you enter your home inventory, or track your weight lifting, or keep track of some other kind of information. If you use a specialized program, your data may end up in a system that won’t let you easily migrate to another when that system is no longer around. If instead you use a spreadsheet, you can later transfer the information to another spreadsheet program if the one you’re using is no longer available.

In other words, look for the simplest effective solutions to your technology needs. This will reduce your risk of disruption from industry changes and abrupt business decisions.

Choose Long-Term Support

With an operating system like Ubuntu, for example, you get 5-years of long term support guaranteed. The operating system can run on just about any hardware (new and old). So, your’e not dependent upon a certain hardware vendor (like Apple) when you need to find a replacement.

Similarly, if you grow dependent upon a mobile phone operating system like Android,  you can choose from a wide variety of vendors and phones, rather than being locked into a specific hardware vendor who, knowing you’re dependent upon their ecosystem, can charge you top-dollar for what might not be the best product on the market.

Dell offers the Latitude series of laptop computers with a guarantee of long-term support for parts. They also make an effort to have parts such as batteries and CD/DVD drives be interchangeable from one model year to the next. This is helpful for larger enterprises as well as small businesses and individuals.

Remove Complexity

If you find that you’re increasingly dependent upon complicated systems and software, consider simplifying your life or business rather than letting things grow more complicated and dependent upon expensive proprietary solutions.

These are a few suggestions for better navigating the changing technology landscape. Media Server Users Guide


This page offers a brief introduction to the Media Server system. There is plenty of support online for Plex. However, for the beginner it isn’t quite clear how to navigate around the interface, so that’s primarily what this document is for. Some of the instructions on this page are specific to Linux computers, although the Plex Media Server can run on Windows or Apple as well.

Setup Plex Server

The Plex server software can run on just about any computer (Windows, Apple, Linux), but ideally you would pick a computer that isn’t being used for something else. That way you can ensure it will stay up and running all the time, and be dedicated to video services — without taxing the CPU by performing other tasks. Follow these instructions to setup a computer as your Plex server:

  1. On the computer that will be used as your Plex server, visit the website and click the Download menu button.
  2. Under the Plex Media Server heading, click on Computer. This will take you to the download page for computer-based servers.
  3. The website should automatically detect the correct software for your computer. The minimum recommended system specifications will be listed.  Click Download.
  4. With an Ubuntu (Linux) computer, the software installation should begin automatically Install the downloaded software.

Here are some documents with further reading about installing Plex Media Server:

Connect the Server to Your Account

  1. Login. Login to your Plex account (while on the Server computer).
  2. Launch. Click the Launch button in the top right.
  3. Settings. Click the tools icon in the top right for Settings.
  4. Connect. Click the Server menu link and then click the Connect link to get to the login screen. Provide your login information. This will connect your server to the outside world and make it accessible to authorized users.

Note that if you’ve reinstalled the Plex software, mobile devices on the same network may be able to still play content, but computers going through the web interface won’t be able to play content until the server has connected to Plex as described above.

Plex Account

You will want a Plex account. The paid account will let you stream video outside your home for access from mobile devices and sharing with friends. There’s a lifetime membership level at $75 (as of 17 September 2014).

Creating Videos

Software programs like Handbrake let you mobilize your physical video media, so you can have DVDs converted to video files viewable on a computer. So, you can convert your DVDs and Blueray media to computer video files (the same video files like those created by a video camera). You can also put your personally created videos on a Plex server for sharing.

About Media Libraries

Media Libraries are collections of Movies, TV Shows, Music, Photos, or Home Videos. These categories determine how Plex will index and display the media. TV Shows are organized by season and episode. Movies are listed with visuals of their cover art and other information.

  • Prior to creating a media library, you’ll want to organize your content into folders on your hard drive. For example, one folder for Movies and another folder for TV Shows.
  • You can also create folders for groups of Movies, such as all the Lord of the Rings movies. This makes it easier to share just that collection.
  • Plex lets you sort and search on many things, but presently it doesn’t allow organizing movies by genre, so creating genre folders could be helpful.

Creating Media Libraries

When allowing others to access and view media on your Plex server, it’s possible to allow access to all content or only certain Media Libraries. This is why it’s a good idea to use separate folders for Media. For example, it would be possible to group movies by their rating and allow access to different libraries by age group and maturity level. That way your entire video collection isn’t accessible to anyone regardless of age. If you have separate folders for videos by a certain category, rating, sequels, or genre (for example) you can share those as Media Libraries individually. You can also create a Media Library that combines several folders into a single Library listing. Follow these basic steps to setup a Library:

  1. Login. Login to your Plex account (while on the Server computer).
  2. Launch. Click the Launch button in the top right.
  3. Add Library. Click the plus (+) link next to your server name.
  4. Media Type. Choose the type of media.
  5. Name. Give your Media Library a name, such as Movies, or Sci Fi movies.
  6. Folders.  Choose one or more folders to be included in the library. Click Add Library when done. If you’re unable to view folders on your hard drive(s) then follow the instructions below under the heading When Plex Can’t View Folders.

TV Shows Are Different

Because television shows have seasons and episodes, they are managed differently by Plex.

It was suggested above that movies could be grouped into different folder and libraries. For example, putting all Star Trek movies in a single folder. However, in the case of television shows, Plex uses the folder structure and folder names to properly determine the series.

If you point to a television series folder, and within that folder you have Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, etc. Plex won’t know what Season of what show it is so you might get a mismatch.

Since television shows are automatically grouped and organized, there’s no need to have separate television show libraries. Instead, create a single folder with all television shows each having their own folder, and then sub-folders for each season. Then, Plex will automatically setup the library structure and show the proper cover art and other details for each show and season.

When Plex Can’t View Folders

Sometimes in the process of adding folders to your Library, Plex won’t be able to see folders that exist on your drives. Follow these steps to correct the problem:

  1. Run Terminal.
  2. Enter the following command to bring up the settings editor:
    sudo nano /etc/default/plexmediaserver
  3. Use the arrow keys to move down to the bottom of the settings file.  The last setting entry is PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_USER=plex. Change this to your user account name. Then press Control+X to exit, then Y to save. Notice in the example below, the user account is maintenance. Click the image to enlarge.
  4. Open your Internet browser and enter the following address to initialize the Plex server:
  5. Exit your Internet browser.
  6. Return to the terminal and enter the following command to stop the plexmediaserver process:
    sudo service plexmediaserver stop
  7. Enter the following commands to add plex to your usergroup:
    sudo addgroup plex yourusername
    sudo addgroup yourusername plex
  8. Enter the following command to start the Plex Media Server service:
    sudo service plexmediaserver start
  9. Return to your Internet browser and go to then login with your Plex user account and launch your server window.

When Plex Can’t Play Content

You may get a message stating, “Please check that the file exists and the necessary drive is mounted.” Click the image for a larger view.


The drives on your computer exist, and they probably appear to be mounted. This can happen on Linux computers, and with Windows computers that have mapped network drives. Once you click on the drives (on the server), and they open, and you see their contents, then other programs can use them. Until you do this, software will assume the drives aren’t available.

In the window below, you can see several drives are listed under Devices. They have been mounted on startup. Otherwise they wouldn’t be listed here. However the eject symbol is missing on the right. Click the image for a larger view.


Once you click on a drive, or all the drives, the eject icon will show up and then you know that they are accessible to programs as shown below. Click the image for a larger view.


When Old Plex Servers Are Still Listed

Sometimes after a Plex server has been deleted it will still show up in the Plex player client. The problem may very well be that your browser cache is retaining the old server information.

Removing and Reinstalling Plex

There’s a support article about this topic and in that article it is suggested that the Plex Media Server software be completely removed and reinstalled as a first step. However, in testing the above steps, it wasn’t necessary to do this to fix the problem. However, each situation is unique, so removal and reinstallation may help in your case. Here are the instructions to do so.

  1. Run Terminal.
  2. Enter the following commands to remove the old installation of the Plex Media Server:
    sudo apt-get remove plexmediaserver
    sudo apt-get purge plexmediaserver
    sudo rm -r plexmediaserver/
  3. Download the appropriate software from the Plex Media Server Downloads page. The installation should start automatically from the Ubuntu Software Center. If not, you could try entering this command:
    sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_installation_filename.deb

Here are some documents with further reading about installing Plex Media Server:

Sharing Media Libraries

Follow these instructions to share content from your server with others:

  1. Click on the Servers menu option (top right).
  2. Click the Edit Sharing button.
  3. Anyone you’re currently sharing with will be listed and you can click Edit to select and change what Media Libraries (folders) they have access to.
  4. Under the Share with heading, you can add people using their Plex username or login email address. If you remove the checkmark next to Share All Libraries, a selectable listing of your libraries will show up and you can pick which libraries the person has access to. Click the Share or Save button to finalize.

Deleting a Media Library

If you’re removing or reorganizing folders, you may want to delete a Media Library. Follow these instructions:

  1. Login to
  2. When you hover your mouse to the right of a Media Library name, a pencil (edit) icon will show up. Click the pencil icon.
  3. From the Edit Library menu, you can change view and change many things, including deleting a library. When you delete a library, you’re not removing all the videos. You’re only removing them from the listing.


Using Coinbase API for Bitcoin, Intuit Mint and Other Services


To make a secure connection between your Coinbase Bitcoin account and third-party services such as Intuit Mint, you’ll need to configure an API (Application programming interface).

Each API you create can have different levels of access to your Coinbase account. This is similar to when you authorize Facebook or similar services to have limit access to other services you use.

The following steps assume you already have setup your Coinbase account.

  1. Visit the Coinbase API Settings page.
  2. Click on the +New API Key button.
  3. Before creating an API, you’ll need to provide a secondary method of authentication either by SMS message, phone verification, or an authenticator token (using the app for your mobile device).
  4. When creating the new API Key, choose the following options:
    • Type: HMAC (Key+Secret)
    • Accounts: My Wallet (Primary)
    • Permissions: balance, transactions, transfers, user.
  5. Then click the Create button.
  6. You’ll need to enable the new API. An email will be sent to your account on file. Click the link to enable the API.
  7. The API use/access by third parties requires a Key and a Secret password. To view these, click on the blue text under the Key heading. You’ll be asked to authenticate again.  Then  the Key and Secret will be revealed. Provide these to the third party when asked.

IMPORTANT: Because the API key gives someone else limited access to your account, be careful to only use an API with a trusted third party service provider.

Dell Joins Google, Intuit, Bing, and Others Now Accepting #Bitcoin Via #Coinbase

20140802sa-coinbase-bitcoin-merchant-online-stores-vendors(Source: “ Partners With Coinbase to Become the Largest Ecommerce Merchant to Accept Bitcoin,” Coinbase Blog, 18 July 2014)

Dell is now accepting bitcoin payments from consumers and small business shoppers across the U.S. for all items available on, including the Alienware line of products. To date, Dell is the largest ecommerce company to officially accept bitcoin, with nearly $60 billion in annual sales. Head over to to view this video guide on Dell’s bitcoin splash page and see the bitcoin payment process in action.

With the Coinbase integration, Dell is able to provide its customers with even more flexibility when it comes to payment options. Coinbase partnered closely with the Dell team to implement bitcoin payments on in just two weeks, and we look forward to continuing to support Dell in the coming weeks as they implement additional bitcoin features. For more information about this integration, visit the official blog here.

To celebrate this partnership, Dell will soon be offering a special Alienware promotion where customers can save 10% off a new Alienware system purchase (up to $150 limit) when checking out with bitcoin. Visit to learn more.