I like Quicken, a lot, I have been using it since the 1990's. It is a solid piece of software. But their business practices is what is driving me up to the wall. Last week I tried to download an OFX file from the bank to upload it into Quicken. All of the sudden, Quicken complained that it could not verify my institution.
Ok, fine, I did a sync in which the program reminded me… Well, I would you that synchronization was going to be removed and you have to upgrade now
Ok, fine, so I cannot upload OFX files and I cannot synchronize. I can understand the synchronization piece because it uses their servers, but the inability to load OFX files is inexcusable. In Quicken 2011, checking accounts lost their ability to load transactions via QIF, although I think OFX is a lot nicer than QIF, the program now cannot load transactions through batch files.
This was the last drop…
I am not going to upgrade Quicken, I'm moving to GnuCash.
I am very familiar with GnuCash, so it is not that I need to learn a new program. I have been dabbling with it for a long time, probably since the earlier versions in Gnome 1.X. Getting it up and running on my PC was not hard, but importing files took some doing. I'm now at the point that all accounts are loaded. I just need to start doing automatic synchronization to the ones that I can.
I will keep Quicken running on a parallel run, but I expect to move out very shortly.
It was a nice run.
The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Brian Merchant at Motherboard examines the March 26th House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's 2015 budget request hearing. White House adviser Dr. John Holdren addressed the committee to defend funding for science programs. Video clips show comments that are difficult to believe, when you hear them. From the article: '"So, when you guys do your research, you start with a scientific—what do they call it—postulate or theory, and you work from that direction forward, is that right?" Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) said. "So, I'm just wondering how that related, for example, to global warming and eventual global cooling." He paused to make a joke about getting the scientists' cell phone number so he could call to ask when to buy a coat, before concluding that science just isn't up to the task.'"
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How bad was it? I do remember an instance of a friend of mine in which she saw in the notes from the hiring manager:
Must be Hispanic female.
I'm all for having diversity in the workplace, but I have not been a believer on quotas or shoehorning people in positions just because of their race.
Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity
New submitter wyattstorch516 writes "San Jose Mecury News reports that Jesse Jackson will lead a delegation to HP's next board meeting to discuss the hiring of technology companies in regard to African-Americans and Latinos. 'About one in 14 tech workers is black or Latino both in the Silicon Valley and nationally. Blacks and Hispanics make up 13.1 and 16.9 percent of the U.S. population, respectively, according to the most recent Census data.' Jackson sent a letter to HP, Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others about meeting to discuss diversity issues."
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Americans kick their kids out of the house at 18, while in Puerto Rico you get kicked out when you get married.
The news hit the New Jersey and the Puerto Rico media generating a ton of comments about it. The whole situation is sad, but it is not unexpected if you observe the way society has been evolving and the sense of entitlement that some of these children have.
Legally (and biologically) you are an adult at 18. This young lady can legally
work 40 hours a week at minimum wage.
- join the armed forces.
None of these which may suit her current lifestyle of living at an affluent neighborhood in New Jersey. Considering that the parents are not against the idea of her return, as long it goes under their rules, it is not that she's out on a limb either.
It is up to her to decide, as an adult, what she wants to do.
All teenagers (and adults should remember) are caught between being an adult and a child. The desire of assert your independence is strong during the late teens. However, the realities of the modern world will put a damper on those dreams of doing it on your own, because of the way society values higher education that is usually completed sometime in your early 20's. In the early days of being a trades person, the children would have been already way into their education by the time they reached 18. If she was studying in a vocational/technical school rather than a catholic school, she would have completed enough skills to be an independent person. (Many of my friends that graduated from vocational/technical schools were business owners by the time I was in mid to late college).
So who's at fault? The current educational system? The way parents raise their children? The society pressure of having a bachelor's or higher degree? All of the above?
Something to think about.
NJ teen suing parents would have better chance if it were a divorce case, lawyers say
In a child support case, “The state has an obligation to not put someone out on the street,” Raso said. The court could appoint a legal guardian for Canning, which she might not like.
In Puerto Rico up to the mid 1970's, power generation was in charge by the municipalities. However this became a cash cow for the township that had control of collecting fees for electricity and power varied from township to township. Eventually the whole system was consolidated into a single authority that promised economies of scale and the PREPA was born.
However the Puerto Rico Electric and Power Authority (PREPA, AEE in Spanish) has become a debt ridden unsustainable government corporation that still relies heavily on oil for power generation. How bad? According to an audit done by Deloitte and Touche, about 50 cents of each dollar goes to pay for oil for power generation.
Today the PREPA has been moving (very slowly) into projects of renewable energy. The first successful step has been the wind farm in Santa Isabel. Hopefully the next big step (assuming that it's not a pipe dream) is the the solar power generation plant at the old Commonwealth Refining Company (CORCO) grounds in Penuelas.
Although these projects are good steps, there may still be room for localized power generation that serve a given community, specially those in rural areas in the central mountain range.
It is interesting how this German town did it. It may be worth to see if it can be replicated in other parts of the world.
The tiny village of Feldheim, some 60 kilometers southwest of Berlin, was catapulted by chance to the forefront of the renewable energy movement. Now visitors from around the world are flocking to this otherwise unremarkable rural community to see if they can replicate its success.