Monthly Archives: September 2005

Quicken Vs. Money

I’ve been a Microsoft Money user for over 10 years now. Upgrading religiously every year. This year, I had the misfortune to have to use Intuit’s Quicken 2005 to manage my parent’s finances due to the illness and subsequent death of my father. I’ve been using it at least twice a week for the past 9 months. I can honestly say that Money is hands down the better personal finance software. And it’s not because there are any great features Money has that Quicken doesn’t. They are pretty much equally matched as far as feature set goes. It’s actually the little things that make all the difference in the world to me. For instance, you cannot cut text from some external program and simply paste it into the register. And CTRL+V inexplicably voids the transaction you are working on! What the…!? Another thing that bothers me is the auto-completion when entering in a payee. It has to do with capitization. If you type a “w” into the field and the match is “WALGREENS” and you select it, it will actually write “wALGREENS” into the field and save it as a seperate entry! It’s minor, but like I said, it’s the little things.

More Great IE7 News

At the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference 2005 in Los Angeles, Chris Wilson announced some great new web developer platform features:

“we’ve continued to fix CSS and other web standards bugs, but we’ve also rebuilt the <select> element as a windowless control, so it can be visually layered under other elements. IE 7 implements a native XMLHTTPRequest object for Javascript applications, instead of requiring an ActiveXObject to be created. This also means XMLHTTPRequest will function on machines that have ActiveX disabled. We’ve providing support for International Domain Names we’ve also done some thoughtful work to prevent spoofing of URLs by using similar characters from other languages.”

No more <select> element madness! Oh, happy day! Happy, happy day!