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Finding a Replacement Program for Microsoft Money

Posted in: Technology by Steve on November 22, 2010 | No Comments

Microsoft Money

Microsoft Money has been my main software for managing my finances since I can remember.  I think the first version I used was Money 95 for free back in the day.  I had tried Quicken, but was unimpressed and went back to using Money.

I have mostly used Money as a way to track accounts (checking, savings, loans & investments) and used as a calendar for upcoming bills.  I wasn’t using any of the advanced features since I really had no need for them.  I really just needed reminders to pay bills since I am really bad at remembering what needs to go out and when.  My wife can attest to that.

When I heard the announcement that Microsoft was discontinuing updates to Money, I was rather disappointed.  I am so used to the interface and has become a part of my nightly routine to monitor my financial situation.

So now, I have to find something that can take it’s place.  I’d like to use something for the Mac, but I’ve not heard good reviews on Quicken for Mac, but I have yet to evaluate it.

Here are some that I am looking at using:

  • MoneyWell – I already have purchased this software, but it does not have a very good calendaring system to notify you of upcoming bills.
  • You Need a Budget – looks pretty intense and could have a lot of awesome features, but I don’t see a lot on bill scheduling and reminders.
  • MoneyDance – haven’t heard much about it yet.
  • Mint.com – I have been using a mint for a long time, but it doesn’t have a nice register or a way to remind you of bills that it’s not signed up for (such as ComEd, Nicor or other local bills).  It’s one of the most requested features on their forums, but they haven’t set up a way to add a manual recurring bill yet, so this ends up not working for my purposes.

Right now, I’m leaning toward trying out Quicken for Mac and You Need a Budget to help wrangle our finances once Money goes away.

 

Another piece to the Home Entertainment Network

Posted in: Technology by Steve on November 21, 2010 | No Comments

After so many different posts about Comcast and their horrible service and inability to help my with my bill, I’ve been slowly building up my entertainment devices and different things that will allow me to get rid of cable.  The next thing is trying to link up my upstairs network with my downstairs TV.  Unfortunately, I can’t run a hard wired ethernet from upstairs to downstairs because I don’t know what’s between the floors to get it through.  So wireless-N is the solution I need.

I already have a D-Link dual band router running my wireless network so getting another one of their products seemed like a good idea so I’m not worried about different product issues. I decided to get the D-Link DAP-1522 Xtreme 4-Port GigaBit Selectable Dual Band Draft 802.11n N Duo Wireless Bridge/Access Point

I’ll be keeping my Xbox downstairs and hooking it up to the wireless bridge because I’ve heard bad things about the Xbox wireless adapter.  I think this is one of the last pieces to allow me to break free of cable.  Once I make a full transition, I’ll have a full blog post on the entire setup with pictures.

Now the last thing to do is to stop watching sports.

Writing from My Android Phone

Posted in: Technology by Steve on October 2, 2010 | No Comments

I love my phone. It’s so convenient to just open your phone and look up information. Android makes it a lot easier when you can use voice to text to create a post.  In fact this entire post has been created by voice to text with minimal punctuation and a grammatical corrections.

It’s very convenient to just pull your phone out and start talking to it, and your post comes alive.

I’ve tried to upload a photo too

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