Financial Software Drives Me Crazy

quicken-2016-mac-icon-100637636-gallerySo I have a MAC so I can benefit from the enhanced security aspect of keeping my business private. I purchased Quicken to learn that it isn’t so easy to simply convert my Quicken Windows files to Quicken Mac files. I had to start from scratch. After hours of setup I learned that Quicken for MAC and TRowe Price don’t get along, so I can’t add my investment accounts. WTF!

Anyway that was many months ago and since then I found that MINT was the answer until recently. I had everything running like a clock when all of a sudden a few days ago it stopped updating my Credit Union Accounts. You know, like checking and savings. Unable to find out an answer from MINT I turned to the Google. Many people are having the same issues and it seems that the problem is the “Secret Answer”. When signing into my bank occasionally I am asked to answer one of the secret questions I selected when I opened the accounts. With MINT there is no option to answer this question. Ahhh!

icon256I ended up spending most of the morning setting up a program called Banktivity 5, which is a MAC banking program that works pretty solid. It isn’t as attractive to the eyes as other financial programs but it gets the job done. I know that having all of your finances in one place on a computer program is more of a privilege than a right, but I have grown accustomed to the simplicity.

On a more pleasurable note I am spending a great deal of time outdoors working on the backyard. I made a trip to pick up more garden soil to add to the raised bed gardens, cut the grass for the first time this season and did some general yard clean up. I will continue this venture today some weeding and trimming. This is the type of workout I love rather than lifting weights or walking on a treadmill. We have no access to our back yard so carrying 12 large bags of garden soil through the house was no easy task.
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Blood Sugar- 110, Weight- 194.0

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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9 Responses to Financial Software Drives Me Crazy

  1. evanlaar1922 says:

    Could relate to everything – except – YOU HAVE NO ACCESS TO THE BACKYARD – seriously – will pray for you…

  2. jncthedc says:

    I can relate. I have used Quicken for 15 years. Before I open the program, I sing love songs to the computer screen while using a microfiber cloth and gently massage the CD disc. I follow this with 10 positive affirmations. The program is still temperamental, but this practice has prevented me from throwing my laptop out the window! πŸ˜€

    • From what I understand Intuit is going through new management with a new owner. And with all of the banks new security update features if Intuit is not paying close attention the users suffer.

  3. James says:

    It’s something of a fallacy that Macs are more secure than Windows. Macs can be hacked (the FBI just hacked the San Bernadino terrorist’s iPhone, much to Apple’s chagrin). There has been some thought that the UNIX OS kernel, upon which the Mac OS is based, is more secure than the Windows NT kernel, but the main reason Windows is hacked more often than Macs is because hackers go after Microsoft far more often, usually because of their dodgy business practices, and everyone loves to pick on Microsoft.

    I keep a Windows 7 computer around because I write books and the publishing industry universally uses Microsoft Office. While a version of Office is available for my Mac, I’ve been told it doesn’t operate quite the same as Office on Windows, and publishing templates are highly specific.

    There are ways to run a virtual instance of Windows on a Mac, either with open source or closed source (you pay for it) virtualization software. But of course, you’d still have to purchase a valid Windows license so you could load Windows into a virtual environment. However, doing that would allow you to run software in a native Windows environment while still using a Mac for other purposes.

    • Yea, I have been a Windows user since it was still DOS. One of the reasons for switching was because I got so tired of the blue screen of death. As I am not so intensely involved in the field anymore I switched to MAC because I just wanted more simplicity. I have thought about working in a virtual environment as I do each day at work, but I am rather forcing myself to come up with better solutions for things like finances. It hasn’t been difficult but there certainly is a learning curve.

  4. Jess says:

    I love doing daily activities as workout, instead of hitting the gym to work out. I go on a bit of a rant about how ridiculous it is that our society is now so privileged we outsource so many tasks and buy things for convenience and simply don’t do enough to get enough physical activity that we pay the money and time costs of going to a gym. Seems bizarre!

  5. New Journey says:

    I miss playing in the dirt…. 😦 all I have is sand and pokey plants…..kat

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