The declining value of TurboTax and Quicken

I’ve been a TurboTax user for about as many years as I’ve had a computer at home. I’ve traditionally loved the great deal I got at the start of each year by purchasing a copy of TurboTax with a copy of the new year’s version of Quicken. In the past, there has always been a good discount when you purchased both products in combination. This year, I have found reference to the $30 discount on Intuit’s Rebate Site, but I haven’t yet seen much rebate promotion for the combo.

It seems Intuit is no longer happy with keeping its low end users in this state of free upgrades. This year, they’ve chosen to alter the names and features of their Quicken product. Instead of the “Basic” version, which has had all the support I ever needed, they’ve downgraded the lowest version of Quicken to something called the “Starter Edition”. I’m pretty sure the Starter Edition has most of the same features the basic edition had with the exception of the most important one: You can’t import your existing data. That’s right. The Starter Edition is only for new users. If you’re an existing Quicken user, you’re going to have to fork over another $30 and pay for the “Deluxe” version.

Here is how the costs break down. Continue reading “The declining value of TurboTax and Quicken”

A Few Latex Tips

I’ve been finishing up the final formatting for my thesis this last week at Utah State University. Latex is great when you are provided a style file beforehand. If you have to modify or create your own style however, beware. That is a more time consuming process. I haven’t yet switched back to a traditional word processor (heaven forbid) but I have had a few mornings of pulling hair.

I thought I’d add a few of the things I discovered here: Continue reading “A Few Latex Tips”

An Interview about MyDrawings.com

Scott and I were contacted by a group of MBA students studying Marketing Management at MGSM. They were asked to prepare a short presentation about a web 2.0 company and chose to present on MyDrawings.com. I thought others would be interested in the response to their questions.

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My new dumping ground

I need a place to dump all the stuff I work on from day to day. I was sitting thinking one day about what something like this would be called and the domain AllMyBrain.com popped into my head. I thought, “That’s perfect, exactly what I mean to do with this.” To my pleasant surprise, the domain was available.

So here it is. I hope to soon populate this with all things having to do with code, technology, games, funny things I run into, or just simply, whatever I decide is worthy of a blog post.

Until later…