da: (bit)
I ran across a site with some non-intuitive iDevice tips.

http://www.todaysiphone.com/2010/01/vid-iphone-101-%E2%80%94-how-to-set-up-multiple-emails/

If you use gmail, gmail address book, and google calendar, they will all link two-way with your Touch/Phone. I never set up the address book and calendar, so I gave it a go. It works, quite well! Now my non-phone is good for two more things, offline! (I had set up gmail, previously. But I really rely on google calendar.)

All it requires is setting up a new email account with "Microsoft Exchange" (instead of the "gmail" choice) and supplying 'm.google.com' as the server. The link above has a video demo/instructions.

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I remain a neutral observer on the iPad release. It certainly isn't billed as a do-everything device. Which is ok; maybe that will happen with v.2 or v.3. v1's success will depend on how people react to actually having it in their hands. I was fairly "meh" about the Air until I saw one in person. (And then [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball notes that it isn't really a full laptop replacement either).

I'm unconvinced that it will be a credible business device, unfortunately. Could it be a traveling laptop display extender? It's exactly the same height as my 15" macbook. I've seen displays that work over ethernet; if it's fast enough for full-screen video, it's probably fast enough to handle display extending over wifi. ...so then you have a little monitor you can carry around the room and connect to different machines at once. Hey?

It might be an OK device for creating things. [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball suggests that it's apparently been constructed as a device to buy and consume things created by others. I am not so certain that's a hard limitation; if text input isn't too clunky, and their iWork applications aren't so clunky, and the developer kit makes it possible to DESIGN good creative apps... I'll just say if I had a lot of free time, I would enjoy trying to develop for the platform (casts jealous eyes at the iPhone devs around).

This and That

Sunday, 13 December 2009 07:45 pm
Last night I went to see my friends Jason (aka [livejournal.com profile] mrwhistlebear) and Karen perform at the Registry Theatre, as Gaedelica (named from a Gaelic book of poetry, Carmina Gadelica). They are both quite talented. One of their pieces was an original arrangement of The Huron Carol, which I hope they record. Great job guys!

They were followed by a Celtic band, Rant Maggie Rant, which I knew nothing about, other than the evening theme was "Celtic" and "Christmas music". If you know me well, you might know this pairing might make me apprehensive. It did, but I'm glad I stuck around. The Registry Theatre was packed to the gills; they were turning people away when I got there (20 minutes before the show). The band was talented, very energetic, and their two lead singers were attractive, too. One sort of looked like a slightly more fey version of Sting. The other singer made me want to start wearing vests- he wore his well- black vest, black dress shirt, purple tie, gray slacks. Porkpie hat.

And home by 10:30.
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This weekend's main project was cleaning my home office floor. I rented a carpet vac, followed the instructions, and hey, the carpet is clean! ...-er, at least. I'm worried about the off-gassing- my last attempt to clean carpet in this house resulted in a severe reaction from dan, and while it didn't smell like anything yesterday, today there was something like new-car smell, so I went over it again with the vac with just water instead of soap. And there was a distressing amount of dirt picked up the second time around, as well. I suppose this is a cost of dog ownership. Yeah. I'm blaming the dog. She's the main reason we still have one room with carpet- it would make her unhappy if we took it out, because she uses it as her towel when she comes in from the rain and snow (after she's already been dried off).
--

Also yesterday I made fudge for today's Christmas Desert Potluck at Quaker Meeting. I was, once again, apprehensive (it's been years since I've made fudge), but it got a number of accolades, including people coming around asking who made it, so I'm happy. Meeting was good, too.
--

My desk is a disaster area. I haven't gotten back on top of the scattered papers since getting back from two weekends away, and we're reaching critical density. Ack.

At least the house is otherwise clean. Except for the furniture from my office which I moved out to clean the floor. Hm, I guess I should put that back when the floor's dry, or dan will be surprised.
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Dan comes home on Tuesday! Yay!

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I finally upgraded my laptop to Snow Leopard; the "family pack" DVD has been sitting on my desk since dan did his upgrade. It wasn't as painless as I'd hoped, because when I last swapped drives, I apparently used the wrong default partition map (Apple Partition Map instead of GUID) so Snow Leopard said I had to wipe the drive. So I babysat a reformat/recopy/upgrade (in the process discovering that my backup was not, in fact, bootable as I had thought; whoops.)

Apple did an excellent thing with this release, by the way- I was still running 10.4, and the upgrade DVD jumped me up to 10.6. They didn't have to make it this easy, and in Windows and Linux, I would be looking at either a sequential two-step upgrade, or wiping the disk and reinstalling my software and data; both probably a more fault-prone process than whatever Apple had to do to make this upgrade work in one step.

And I like Snow Leopard.

(Although, chatting with dan in iChat, we discovered the graphic for :-P looks like a big smile-and-tongue, which is just wrong. I don't know if it was that way in 10.4, but NOW IT IS WRONG.)

Ahem.

Grrr

Wednesday, 17 June 2009 06:46 pm
My laptop is once again making a chirp sound every 60 seconds like the HD is trying to die.

I bought a new drive to fix this, just a few months ago. :P
da: (bit)
Check out the video for a new painting and sketching app for the iPhone/Touch. Very neat looking. It's got: infinite zoom (vector graphics), free rotation, a clever palette, and brushes that seem to work very much like real brushes (blending, washes, translucency.)

If I had an iPhone, I would be all over it, even though I, um, don't really draw; and not just because I know the author. Who happens to have an art studio in town AND a long history with writing software for artists. So I know the next version of Paintbook is going be even more sophisticated.

Anyhow, happy Monday!

Spinning Wheels...

Monday, 23 March 2009 11:39 pm
Not figuratively, literally. My bike has developed a (dangerous) tendency to lose its gear, often when I'm starting up from still, and also when I'm coasting. Not the chain, but likely the freewheel, according to [livejournal.com profile] elbie_at_trig, who was conveniently going home at the same time as me, just as I was thinking, "if only I could ask someone to jog along next to my bike..."

So, yeah. Tomorrow morning, cycle shop is my first stop on the way to work.

Otherwise, I feel like I'm not spinning wheels, quite the opposite.

Work is going, and the three active projects are interesting, if potentially long. But the structure of things allows me to interleaving the work, and I can't imagine getting bored with it. Really, this still feels like perfect job for me. And hey, I missed my boss, who was gone a week on vacation, but I can hardly fault her for that.

Life feels adequately social, these last weeks. Care and feeding of my introverted self- it sometimes feels like I need a push, but I'm getting most of what I need.

This Thursday evening is the third and final Quaker Seekers at Laurier session we have planned; we're speaking on Equality. I think there's an LJ post sitting in my brain, to help me organize what I'm saying in my two 6-minute pieces.

Last week I had a conference-call with co-organizers for the Quaker Quest Traveling Team. A month from now I'll be one of two presenters to a regional Quaker gathering, and in early May they're sending me to Pendle Hill for a weekend conference with other trainers. This work feels both like something I'm pulled to do, and a big side-order of "what the hell was I thinking when I said yes?" Where it goes nobody knows, but I am loving the finding out.

In late May [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball and I are taking a vacation to Nova Scotia for my birthday; it's our first time to Atlantic Canada and I am already having dreams about rocky shorelines and whale-watching.

This week has featured two meals with duck (breast; and burgers), and two meals with pesto. It is a good life, my friends.

I'm midway through installing linux on a mac mini. I'm in love with this hardware; it's so quiet, runs cool, and is barely bigger than my hand. I'm putting Xen-enabled debian onto it, so alongside the web and email services it can run virtual servers such as Asterisk, or possibly freePBX. Anyhow, my coder.com server will move over some time in April, I hope.

Also in April, my geek crew of Perl Mongers are doing a hardware hacking workshop with Arduino microcontroller boards. So far, I've tested sample programs that play a simple tune; flash LEDs; and (sort of) replicate a Clapper but send a signal over USB to computer. My goals are to control a 600x200 pixel LCD display, and to precisely control a stepper-motor to... well, it'll be cool if it works, that's all I will say for now.

So, all you folks who haven't posted about yourselves recently- what's up with you?
da: (bit)
Apparently, cron is deprecated in OSX 10.5.

K, fine. But its replacement, launchd, is a crappy replacement. It has no concept of time ranges (Or does it? Any mac folks with insight to share here?)

I want to replicate this crontab:


0,20,40 8-17 * * * /users/drallen/bin/thing.sh


So, run every 20 minutes between 8am and 5pm 5:40pm.

My preferred answer is to get my crontab entry working, but /var/log/system.log is reporting errors such as Mar 6 10:20:00 scsmac21 com.apple.launchd[1] (0x1000000.cron[64942]): Could not
setup Mach task special port 9: (os/kern) no access
.

Googling finds reports of this same problem and error-message with no solutions offered.

[Edit to add: that error was actually a warning; hiding a $PATH problem that wasn't emailed to me as cron-job errors should be. :-P But it's working now, no help from the OS...]

Google also finds a pile of howtos for launchd from 2005-2006, saying "well, it's not as flexible as cron, but give it time, it's only 1.0." Apple, fix your software!

...I guess I'm stuck with dropping the "8am-5pm" part of it, and writing a launchd plist:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
        <key>Label</key>
        <string>scsmac21</string>
        <key>UserName</key>
        <string>drallen</string>
        <key>ProgramArguments</key>
        <array>
                <string>/usr/bin/some_program</string>
                <string>param1</string>
                <string>param2</string>
        </array>
        <key>StartInterval</key>
        <integer>300</integer>
</dict>
</plist>

There, isn't that so much easier?... :-P

Bleh.

weekend wrapup

Monday, 27 October 2008 01:55 pm
It was a good weekend.

Not too social, not to solitary.

I did some doing, did some thinking.

Plusses and minuses:

+ getting some human-interface issues thought out.
+ following a long chain of "what-if..." to come up with a good idea for an addition to software I use
+ making steps forward on a few non-work projects, with clear(er) next steps.
    -- ignoring one project for months
+ seeing 12 Angry Men with [livejournal.com profile] chezmax & [livejournal.com profile] the_infamous_j
    + great show
+ Art Walk- bought stained glass from [livejournal.com profile] quingawaga for the office
+ [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball, just 'cause.
+ good Quaker Meeting. I spent some of the Meeting considering whether I'm still led to keep working on a project. The answer's "yes, but..."
- Public Library is closed until 1pm on Sundays. F, WT?
+ dim sum with [livejournal.com profile] bats22, [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball, [livejournal.com profile] the_infamous_j & [livejournal.com profile] chezmax. 12 dishes was exactly right. (mmmm turnip-cake.)
+ [livejournal.com profile] bats22 as houseguest
+ afternoon watching [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball & [livejournal.com profile] bats22 in the kitchen
    + apple pie
    + roast veggies and squash soup and excellent company
+ dog walk
    -/+ surprise hail?! Those were big pellets!
- wet hair on cold mornings
- waiting for MEC order to arrive
da: (bit)
I want my work mac to lock, with password, when I'm away from it, but I'm not too keen on typing in the password when I come back. I've gotten my home desktop to do The Right Thing. The tricky part is unlocking without password, since that's not a standard feature of OS10.4 or 10.5.

To replicate, you need: mac with bluetooth, phone with bluetooth, BluePhoneElite (shareware, $25, boatloads of features I find useful [edit to add: if you don't want the other features, this free donationware script will do the trick], and Mac Development Tools installed.

Steps:
1) Open Script Editor, start a new script, and paste in this script )

2) Compile the short C program here, with the provided instructions. I stashed the executable in ~/bin/notify

Now's a good time to test the applescript, perhaps with this code. )

3a) If you don't want BluePhoneElite's other features, follow the rest of the instructions here to install the freebie proximity script.

3b) If, like me, you wanted to download all your text-messages off your phone when the memory filled up (instead of deleting them), you'll probably want BluePhoneElite. Give it an install (the trial is free for two weeks). Do the install-related tasks, such as pairing it with your phone. Next, handle the proximity detector: go to Preferences->Triggers and select "Bluetooth phone in range". On the right-hand side, hit the plus, add an "applescript reactor" (in the Notification sub-menu). They have a docs page which shows pictures of the general process.

Click the gear on the right; provide the filename for the AppleScript you previously saved.

It's a good idea to check the "filter" box at the bottom, and Edit Filter to choose the phone you just added. I don't know what happens if someone else's phone comes into range, but you don't want just any phone unlocking it.

And that seems to be it. I've done a bit of testing, and it seems to work consistently. I am curious whether this bluetooth activity will suck my phone's battery much faster, though.

Shippy Shippy

Friday, 12 January 2007 09:50 pm
Tracking packages is addictive.

The (ebayed, seriously discounted) SoundStation speakerphone I ordered for the Quaker Meeting is on a truck in Sacramento. ETA 5 days.

The (pleasantly affordable) 160gb disk upgrade for my laptop is in Vancouver. ETA also 5 days. 7 days from now, I should have 90gb free and a 100gb external drive in a tiny case.

*refresh* *refresh* *pout*

Now if only I had a tracking number for my briefcase. I haven't seen it since Sunday, and it's not in any of its usual storage-places. Anybody seen it?

Nicely done, Apple

Tuesday, 9 January 2007 09:45 pm
This article from Time has a hands-on description from a reporter, and makes it look that much more appealing. If you're interested in such things, and are willing to shell out the money, that is. I bet lots of people are.

"To Jobs's perfectionist eyes, phones are broken. Jobs likes things that are broken. It means he can make something that isn't and sell it to you for a premium price."

That seems about right. As an example: apparently, they've borrowed the multi-touch gestures that I first saw last autumn where pinching your fingers together on the screen zooms out and drawing your fingers apart zooms in.

I wonder whether the revisions they required Cingular to make so all their network features would work, will filter down to other cellphone companies as well. And I like that this "phone" is actually a sneaky reimplementation of the ideas behind the Newton. Apple has 200 patents for this little device. I'm looking forward to seeing a writeup of the more interesting ones.

But personally, unless I can see one hands-on and decide it's going to change my life in a real way, I can think of better things to do with $500 US.

Incidentally, lost in the news from Cupartino, is news of a real full-size Macbook Tablet, made by Axiotron. (Yeah, who?) Oh well. It's got GPS built in. (I wonder if I can get that as a PCMCIA card for my Mac Book Pro yet?)

Two mysteries solved

Thursday, 2 November 2006 05:08 pm
da: (bit)
Putting Macintoshes into Hibernation Mode solves two mysteries.

1) when a mac laptop is asleep, is it "suspend to ram" or "suspend to disk"? The answer for recent macs is "both." But you can make it suspend to disk only, which leads to:

2) can you make it stop throbbing? I think this means the answer is yes: just tell it to go to "deep sleep" and it will turn completely off once it's suspended to disk.

interview (1 of 2)

Thursday, 2 November 2006 04:49 pm
Right, we're due for an update.

This morning Dan's mom left after two nights at our place. It was a good visit. I'll probably have more to say on it later.

Bright and early, I had the first half of the interview for the University position I mentioned. The title's "Software Technologist" for the Kinesiology Department. The HR person ran out of qualifying questions really quickly, making for a super-short interview. The additional information she could tell me about the position was very interesting and positive as far as I'm concerned. I think I'm good for this job. :)

Over the last few days I've learned a bit about kinesiology: it's a science that seems to be rooted in biomechanics, or how people move, based on the constraints of the human body. Kinesiology includes anatomy and physiology and has applications into ergonomics, physical therapy and other fields. It's, frankly, a field I'd never have approached, as itself.

This position, though, looks great: writing and maintaining software to interface with hardware interfaces in labs; plus advising people on Matlab, CAD, LabView and a mish-mosh of other 2d/3d modeling software; and maintaining computers for students and faculty. You know what? I could do this. I've used most of the software they're concerned with, when I was an engineering student; I like playing with hardware interfaces, and helping researchers figure out how to sample tricky data sounds like a dream.

Also, with the connections to ergonomics and software, I could possibly start taking classes in Human Computer Interaction, something I've had in the back of my mind for a while. Lest that seem like it's out of left field, I've always had an interest in making computer interfaces more sensible, useful, and educational; it's just been sidelined by... y'know... paid work. The mac UI stuff I've been thinking about recently has brought me back to that a bit, even though it's had little to do with my day-job. And I think it's really funny that a monochrome mac interface I used in 1995 for simulating circuits, which was written with this programming system called "LabView", might help me get a job today.

...I just checked and my undergraduate advisor is now in charge of the HCI lab, re-using the course numbers from when I was there and it was called the "Interactive Media Group".
I'm noodling with Automator, investigating the best way to do some webby things on a mac. For a while last night I was a bit frustrated, as it looked like the only best way to do this was call out to a perl program. Which I've done before, in Linux; but I thought there might be more macish ways too. I'm also trying to convince myself that Automator isn't a gimmicky glitzy fake-programming tool.

I just wrote my first Automator script; it opens safari, logs into my credit-card account, and downloads all my activity in .qif format.

Most of this is thanks to OttoMate. It's a free set of four Automator actions: to click links or buttons, fill in form fields, check whether the page has certain contents, or call arbitrary javascript against a page.

The puzzling thing to me is that OttoMate is only billed as a Website Testing tool; it's a bit more than that. And it only has 200 google hits. It's not perfect, but it does the job, and well. Totally bizarre. I couldn't find any other macish tool that was better. Why is that?

If I can figure out how to share Automator scripts, I'll put up a tutorial somewhere. (So far, I've seen a lot of people sharing Automator scripts by doing a screen shot of their code. Screwy!)

Mac UI Design Rocks

Thursday, 5 October 2006 08:00 am
da: (bit)
Mac's design for "Accessibility" features are awesome.

First, I use screen-zooming all the time. alt-mac-equals to zoom in, alt-mac-minus to zoom out. But for some reason it's turned off by default: (Preferences -> Universal Access -> Zoom -> turn zoom on)

Second: speech recognition. It's a fun toy, at least; It can navigate screens and windows reasonably, though I'm too impatient to rely on it.

This morning's discovery, the reason for this post: any application can be apple-scripted; the GUI can be worked via programming. This includes reading or setting the values of any user-editable field on the screen.

In more practical terms, even if (say) I can't convince the developers of Cha-Ching to add an applescript interface, I could write a simple Quicken import right now. Using features which were built into the OS to provide accessibility for people who can't use the regular GUI. Thank you Apple.

More details about GUI Scripting here.
I got this today in response to an email to the originator of the My Dream App project, who just wrote a glowing review of Cha-Ching (which looks a heck of a lot like the app I proposed). Fair 'nuff. He said they got dozens of quicken-killer apps. I guess I get a funny story out of the deal. And, of course, the app.

On Wed, 4 Oct 2006, Phillip Ryu wrote:

> I can tell you without a doubt in my mind that the Cha-Ching creators
> created the app on their own track. (I know this because the app has
> its roots in a stalled project suggested by a friend of mine a few
> months back involving the same people.) I remember one idea being
> thrown around very early on was a tagging system, which is pretty
> much the thing to do these days, as I'm sure you're aware. The name
> is an unfortunate coincidence but I'd write it off as such... it's a
> nice name, but not obscure enough to blame them for ripping it off.
> (In my mind there's a great chance they came up with it themselves
> along with you. Great minds think alike.)
>
> If you'd like to pursue this further with the Cha-Ching developers,
> that's up to you, but this is the insight I can offer into the
> situation. At the least, you definitely have solid ideas for this
> type of app, and I would think you could potentially make a great
> beta tester for the app and get some credit that way as an alternative.
>
> Glad you enjoyed the contest as a whole!
>
> -phill

My Dream App

Thursday, 28 September 2006 11:02 pm
Well that's pretty neat. I've given it a run-through and Cha-ching got it right. At least, as far as a beta version 0.1 goes. I emailed and hopefully they'll tell me what's up their sleeves. I also registered my copy; since I believe in putting my money where my mouth is. I like what they did with tags, and the "drawers" metaphor is well-thought-out, especially the "smart drawers" that act like smart folders elsewhere on the mac. But it doesn't (yet) do any automated entry, or importing.

To revise my last post: I don't feel it's like Christmas, it's more incremental. But it starts off with a real bang (unlike Chanukah or Advent). It's like the Tooth Fairy left a $100 bill.

Yeah.

I shouldn't complain at all; I'm sure I'm the first person to get their dream app constructed, out of all 3,000 applicants. :)

The 24 18 that made it to the next phase will probably have to wait 3-6 months at least.

I'm impressed what these three guys knocked out in three weeks.

Hope they reply to my email. :)
Holy cow. It's possible that someone thought My Dream App (Quicken, but more intuitive) was worth building.

Exhibit A:

My Dream App description: Ka-Ching. I put this up on August 27th.

Exhibit B:

Cha-Ching. The domain name was registered September 2nd.

It got announced on some entrepreneurship site yesterday. The guy says they wrote the app in three weeks. ...and I know that at least one of their devs, Jakob Wells, knew about MyDreamApp.com. Awesome.

It's going to be tough to wait until 5ish to go home. It feels a bit like Christmas!

I wonder if I get a free copy.

[edit: August, not April.]
The first round of My Dream App is closed, as of Noon PST today.

I've gotten a number of tips (here; and from other people on that site) for other money-management software. I will be trying out a few of the programs, but... I still have a teensy bit of hope that they'll chose my app for development, since I think my idea's cleaner and less annoying to use than other stuff available. But, regardless of the outcome, the process has been fun; and the forums there have had some interesting conversations about other apps that might not exist yet. (here's the forum topic I started about my app). I expect the 24 they choose to make will be interesting.

In case anyone is interested, here is the application I submitted. ) ... thanks to your feedback on helping me make the application better.
People on my friends' list have given me a helpful critique of my idea for My Dream App, which I'm quite grateful for, and I am looking forward to seeing how my idea does in the first round of the contest.

Something's bugging me, and it partly goes to the core of my belief in open-source development as a workable system.

This contest, of course, isn't open-source; it's an idea competition to generate shareware. Winning ideas get prizes, and the winning three ideas get 15% of whatever proceeds get made. I've said the biggest prize for me would be the development of this application. Because I really need something like it.

But. My ego's involved. I want my version of it to be made. Of course, right? But how much do I want my version instead of a version?

Open-source reasoning goes that good ideas will bubble to the top, and interested people who can implement them, will do so. Everyone wins. At the same time, there's a letting-go involved; accepting that your idea may be shot down by the project manager; or people will laugh at your code; or other semi-rational things. I've contributed code to various projects, but I sit on a lot more code, for all of those reasons. I also sit on ideas I think are viable, just because I don't want to lose the control.

The contest site is set up with a forum so people can share their ideas and drum up support in advance of voting. And a fair number of people have; it looks like 355 out of 2000 ideas submitted. A few of them look somewhat similar to mine, though I think mine still has lots they haven't talked about publicly.

Of course other people will take ideas from the public posts, for their own app. So I wonder whether I should go public with the good parts of my idea. If my ideas are as good as I hope they are, they will be spread into everyone else's apps, guaranteeing a spot in the second round (when the field is narrowed from 2000 apps to 24, when everyone who's submitted an app can vote). And maybe the added ideas will improve the chances for lasting the 3rd through 5th rounds.

But only three apps will ultimately be made in this contest. The others will revert to the author. I think parts of my idea could be commercially viable. But what are the chances I'd end up using them anyway?

Aren't I better off trying to make a version of the idea get completed?

P'shaw. Ego makes things complicated.

[edit: and indeed, isn't this a bit navel-gaze-y and don't I have better things to do? Oh wait, yes I do. Hm.]

My Dream App

Wednesday, 23 August 2006 09:31 pm
[edit: unlocked b/c round one is over and I didn't make it; maybe someone will take the ideas and make this anyhow?]

Yesterday I entered My Dream App, a contest to propose a new Macintosh application, judged according to its novelty, use of Mac OS features, feasibility, and marketability. Three winners will get to see their applications developed commercially, plus they get royalties. In a week, the contest closes to new submissions, and they weed the bids down to 24 semi-finalists. (Go check it out; I'd love to see what my friends come up with as their ideal applications! Plus, I'd love to bounce ideas off everyone, and help come up with something else as your bid!)

The initial bid is limited to 800 characters (eek!) and they're up to over 1,500 submissions in the first 48 hours (eek!!) So
I don't suppose I'll make it to the second round. But who knows.

People who've read my fuming about Quicken on Mac may guess where my thoughts were this week. So sue me, my dream app is... a Quicken-killer. Yah, boring. How many people would use something like this?:

Title: Tweek or Ka-ching. (Maybe something else. I've got a week to decide.) [Edit: how about 'Reggie' short for Register?.. ]

Description:


A modern money-tracking program. We've got email receipts, paypal, bank and card transaction downloads. Checkbooks are 20th century. Automate!

Default interface presents eye-candy for your chosen important items (budgets, recent transactions, balances).

Use spotlight to find emailed receipts. Attach web receipts and web proofs-of-purchase. Download .qif and OFX data. All automatically, & via task scheduler.

One goal: minimize manual entry. OCR paper receipts via scanner/iSight. Automatically reconcile where possible. Learns your behaviour well enough to make money-tracking effortless.

Another goal: use the network. Open scripting API for plugins (IO/storage/control). What if it worked with billmonk.com? What if joint expenses carried to other person's view on their mac?


---

(Please don't share this beyond my friends-list; I locked it b/c I don't want someone else to submit the same idea.)

Critiques welcome. After all, I have 12 characters to spare. ;)

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