Steve Jobs 1955-2011

October 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Posted in Macintosh, People, Technology | Leave a comment

The world lost a great man today, one who made a “dent in this universe” and leaving it better for future generations.

Thank you Steve for being a part of my life, even if only through the products you have created. See you on the other side.

Macworld Expo 2011 Loot

January 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

This is all I got from the show. Probably the least amount of money I’ve spent on the show floor. Nevertheless, the show was noticeably larger and crowded than last year. The shock of Apple’s withdrawal is wearing off and the event organizers, exhibitors, and attendees now know what the show will look like without Apple being the center of attention.

It was fun attending and seeing old friends, some who haven’t been to the show in 5 or more years. There is enough inertia for a 2012 show, but attendance may slowly drop unless more exhibitors show up or more interesting events are scheduled.

 

No Frills Phone

November 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Technology | Leave a comment

Since the iPhone can pretty much do anything except make phone calls, this might be my next phone:

We Rule Weekend

July 5, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment
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Here’s what I’ve been wasting my time on the last couple of weeks. My goal is to get all the buildings and then stop playing as much.We Rule Promo

iPad Accessory Unboxing

April 9, 2010 at 2:59 am | Posted in Fun Indoors, Macintosh | Leave a comment
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I ordered an iPad with the 3G chip a few weeks ago. I was excited when Apple informed me that a package was on the way via FedEx. However, it only weighed 1 lb, and when I took it home, I was rather disappointed:

Come on Apple, send me my iPad ASAP!!!

Too Much Twittering

January 30, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated), Macintosh | Leave a comment

Panic Grips Amazon.com

January 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Rants, Technology | Leave a comment
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Amazon.com is in full-on panic mode as the anticipated announcement of the Apple JesusTablet draws near. First, they reduced the royalty split from 70/30 in Amazon’s favor to 70/30 in the publishers favor. Then they announce a beta version of a Kindle Development Environment to get third party applications. Finally, they announce a money-back guarantee for selected Kindle customers, as long as they buy their Kindle by January 26th.

These developments wouldn’t be bad if they were spread out over months and or announced earlier in the Kindle’s life in response to customer complaints, but the timing and spacing of these events indicates that Amazon is greatly worried about their ability to compete with an unannounced Apple product, and rightfully so – their pricing and the fiasco over copies of Orwell’s “1984” deleted from their customers Kindles has earned them the distrust of many users, including myself.

Sorry Amazon, I’ll be waiting until January 27th to decide if I want an ebook reader.

Word of the day : rage-quit

October 20, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated), Macintosh | Leave a comment
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rage-quit (v.) – To publicly announce your disgust at a company, boycott its products, and come back with your tail between your legs.

QuickTime Pro Upgrade

August 28, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

For the price of a QuickTime Pro upgrade, I also got an improved operating system 🙂

Snow Leopard

I will be installing this on my Macbook in the next couple of days.

Bye Bye Quicken

August 9, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Last month I migrated two decades of email to GyazMail. The only remaining PowerPC software running on my Intel Mac is Quicken 2006, and two days ago, my migration process started. First of all, the next version of Quicken for Mac is running into some “troubles“, exacerbated by Intuit’s general lack of Mac support and focus for the past couple of years. I saw nothing good from Intuit in the next few months and decided to find a product with better Mac support.

I looked at financial software alternatives and most were lacking in terms of tracking investments or were not Mac-like enough. I evaluated Liquid Ledger, Moneywell, and GNU Cash and they either lacked features I needed or were hard to use. It was down to Moneydance or iBank and I chose the latter, as it seemed to have been evolving quickly over the last year.

Importing 15 years of Quicken data proved relatively painless – I exported my data from Quicken to a QIF file and both products read it without crashing. Although Moneydance was much faster than iBank, it had more trouble with my accounts – duplicate entries and closed accounts with non-zero balances is a lot of work to correct. iBank’s QIF import took 10 minutes (versus 1 minute in Moneydance). However, all but three of my accounts showed the same balances as Quicken; there were some problems related to split transfers that took a few hours to resolve in the three problematic accounts (since I decided not to RTFM beforehand).

I am concerned about iBank’s slow performance, but I do have a speedy iMac and telling iBank to only show this year’s transactions made the program fast enough. I suppose that at the beginning of every year, I’d have to switch to a “Recent” view that shows transactions going back 30 to 90 days. I do like iBank’s interface and use of the latest MacOS technologies, though the charts are more eye candy than useful. It would be more useful if the user can control chart parameters like date ranges and accounts to show.

To fully appreciate iBank, one has to unlearn Quicken behaviors and muscle memory. Using Smart accounts is a great way to generate reports, although I’m still trying to figure out a way to show account and portfolio balances as a function of time. I’m still not fully sold – I’m using iBank and Quicken in parallel for the next two weeks to see if there are any showstoppers.

What is interesting about my experience is that the software I ended up choosing were commercial products, not Open Source. Even though I use a lot of Open Source and GNU software in my professional and personal life, I put priority in polish and user interface when it comes to my email and personal finances. As a Linux friend of mine once said – sometimes, after working on Linux all day, you just want to come home and use low-maintenance software that looks good and is a pleasure to use. Quicken for Mac was once like that, but iBank has taken its place.

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