So why was I so reluctant to leave the house for extended periods of time this weekend and doing all that handwashing instead of a big laundromat expedition? Because I don’t have a laptop with a wireless internet connection.
I was working on two projects. One fun one which has a ways to go. Announcements later. One tedious one which I think may have worked out okay.
I’ve given up on buying Intuit software for the Mac. Quicken 2002 was a deep disappointment – buggy, crashy and, I hear, missing features available in the Windows version – and from the reviews Quicken 2004 for Mac is no better. Lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth out there. It’s a damn shame, really. I’ve been using Intuit products for almost a decade and a half. The started out on Mac and set the standard for personal and small business software. It’s clear, though, that they’ve forgotten their roots and aren’t about to rediscover them.
Intuit – if you think dropping Mac sales mean lowered demand, you’re just in denial about the crappy products you’ve been putting out. You used to be good; hell, you used to be far and away the best. What happened?
I don’t know, man; it’s like some great musician going on the skids and losing his chops. Now he forgets the words, fumbles over the chords and he smells like he hasn’t taken a shower for weeks. There’s still time to clean up the act, but I won’t be at the shows until I hear things have gotten a whole lot better.
So where will I be? Well, I spend the weekend trying some things out and there’s this new act called Liquid Ledger I’ll be giving a try. It’s a bit heavy in the financial management terminology and it’s missing autosave (argh!), but the planned features look right and it’s a native Mac application. Best of all, it’s built by Canadians. Must be good, right?