Reviews

A 14-post collection

Battle of the Clouds - Rackspace Cloud vs. Amazon EC2

You can’t pick up a technical magazine, hang out on Twitter, or read an article on a technology blog without hearing the phrase:  Cloud Computing.  What is cloud computing?  Wikipedia defines it as “Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand“.  That definition is pretty good, but what does it actually mean? Cloud Computing provides businesses and consumers the ability to create on-demand resources and pay only for what you’re using. In the case of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Rackspace Cloud servers (or Instances as they call them) you can very quickly provision yourself a server, meeting your personal requirements, use it for a period of...

Quicken Essentials for Mac - The Bare Minimum

Update – 20120712:  I was wrong, this is still a great article, but I gave up on Intuit and any and all of their Macintosh software, see my latest post here. As I mentioned in my last article, iBank – Your Quicken Alternative, I’ve entered my last transaction into Quicken 2007 for Mac. I haven’t deleted it off of my system yet, but I will shortly. This is my review of Quicken Essentials for Mac (QEM as as my fellow bloggers seem to have dubbed it, I don’t think that rolls of the tongue, so I’ll just use Quicken Essentials). This article will be the culmination of my adventure into Macintosh personal finance software. I didn’t set...

iBank - Your Quicken Alternative

I’ve entered my last transaction into Quicken 2007 for Mac. I’m tired of the interface, it’s the last PowerPC application I have on my Macintosh (I want to uninstall Rosetta), and it’s clear to me that while no alternative solution is perfect, I have to move forward. The two leading candidates for me to move to are Quicken Essentials 2010 for Mac and iBank. This will be my review of iBank. Both products will be reviewed from the perspective of a Quicken 2007 for Mac user, so bear that in mind as you read them. The Quicken Essentials 2010 for Mac review will be published after the February 25th launch of Quicken Essentials, at Intuit’s...

Quicken Essentials 2010 for Mac. Why bother?

I’m upset with Intuit and I’m not sure what to do about it. First and foremost, let me get this out of the way. I love Quicken on the Macintosh. I’ve used Quicken since at least 1995 (those are the oldest entries in my register in Quicken today, but I think I’ve used it longer than that) and I have over 6000 entries. That’s 15 years of use and loyalty to a piece of software. You don’t often find that. In fact, I’m pretty sure the only other piece of software I’ve been using as long on my Macintosh is BBEdit (I was a beta-tester for BBEdit back in the day). So,...