Technology, Testimonials


Said I: “Personally, managing pictures is one of the three things I do with my Windows computer. (The other two are games and Quicken.)”

Asked another: Quicken? Have you looked into gnucash?

I replied:


I managed to get it compiled once. I believe gnucash has about 300 dependencies or so … more than even Mozilla or OpenOffice. And it is written in C, but needs Perl modules, IIRC. Very scary.

The interface is completely different. Like it was written for an economist.

And the “import data” interface choked on my data. It wouldn’t tell me which data it was choking on …

… so I had to import the data files one by one. It turns out it was choking on the 401k accounts, even though it says that it could import those data.

I love Open Source Software, but in this case, I’m far more comfortable with the devil I know — Quicken and its quirks, and about $20 / year is a small price to pay for, not peace of mind, but sort of reassurance that my records should manage to not eat themselves maybe.

Hopefully when I upgrade to the new version of Quicken, it will finally allow me to “back up my data” to something other than a floppy disk. And maybe it will have a mechanism to stop complaining about how it doesn’t believe that my past has been reconciled every time I reconcile an account. If I can back up my data and reconcile my accounts, I might actually start to like Quicken.

The new version also tries to suggest that it comes with technical support. The last time I tried to get technical support from them it proved frustrating and unedifying. At least with Open Source software you can usually find a mailing list to summarize your problem to before being ignored.

ObCheckThisOut: I used to use CBB to balance my checking accounts. Works great. It had a minor y2k bug, but for anyone who wants to get basic finance software in Unix, I vouch for CBB.

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