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Just Like Apple’s MobileMe, But Free

by Smithee

For the purposes of this article, the term “iPhone” includes “iPod Touch”, and I’m assuming that your operating systems are up to date. Along with new firmware for existing iPhone owners, and the new iPhone 3G itself, Apple is releasing this week a new service called “MobileMe”, succinctly described as “Exchange for the rest of ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken 2009 Beta Open to Volunteers for Testing

by Luke Landes

August 25 update: Quicken 2009 is now available for purchase. Consumerism Commentary readers get good discounts here. I’m a heavy user of Quicken, so I’m considering signing up for the “beta test program” of the new version that will be released later this summer. If you’re approved for the beta test program, you will receive ... Continue reading this article…

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Financial Management Software: What are Your Needs and Wishes?

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned briefly, I was in San Francisco for a few days to meet with software developers and strategists from NetworthIQ, ExpensR, and MyStrands. The companies are working together to develop web-based personal finance management software, with the intention of meeting customers’ needs that are not met by Mint, Geezeo, Quicken Online, and others. ... Continue reading this article…

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The New Quicken Online: A New Direction for Money Management Software

by Luke Landes

The other day, I participated in a preview of the new Quicken Online product, scheduled to launch on January 8. This new product is intended to compete with some of the existing money management web tools currently existing, like Mint, reviewed by Sasha here, Geezeo, and Wesabe. Intuit has spotted a need for a more ... Continue reading this article…

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Responses to Your Thoughts and Questions About Quicken

by Luke Landes

On Wednesday, I announced the release of Quicken 2008 by hosting a giveaway. As of yesterday evening, more than 60 people have entered the “contest” for a chance to win one of five downloadable copies of Quicken Premier 2008. Some wrote in with interesting comments, so I’d like to address a few. Rue asked, “The ... Continue reading this article…

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Intuit Quicken 2008 is Here! And Here’s a Giveaway!

by Luke Landes

I’ve been beta-testing Quicken Home and Business 2008 for the past few months. Despite common sense, I’ve been using this development version for managing my real, active financial data. I have found the 2008 version to be an improvement over last year’s. I particularly like being able to download PayPal transactions for easy reconciliation, at ... Continue reading this article…

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Reader Question: Ignoring Reconciliation in Quicken

by Luke Landes

Here’s a question about reconciliation and running reports in Quicken from a reader: I have quicken and would like to use it to run reports (net worth, where I’m spending, etc.). But it seems to be forcing me to do “reconciliation” which from what little I understand is to make sure there aren’t mistakes that ... Continue reading this article…

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20 Pounds of Mints

by Luke Landes

A while ago, I participated in a little contest sponsored by the fine folks at Mint, and for some strange, cosmic reason, I was selected to be the recipient of 20 pounds of mints. I was trying to move, yet people still wanted to send me boxes. I’m not complaining, though; the mints came in ... Continue reading this article…

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Wachovia Charging Monthly $5.95 for Microsoft Money and Quicken

by Luke Landes

Wachovia Bank April statements are now arriving in customers’ mailboxes. Some customers are in for a surprise. The bank is now charging a $5.95 service fee for many account holders who use Microsoft Money or Intuit Quicken’s “direct connect” feature to download transactions directly into the software (without visiting the website). The fee is listed ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken Giveaway, One More Day

by Luke Landes

If you’re interested in a free copy of Quicken Property Rental Manager, you have one more day to enter for the chance. Just leave a comment on this post after reading the other comments and reviews, and leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. I’ll be holding the “drawing” ... Continue reading this article…

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ShareBuilder Now Supports Quicken Direct Connect

by Luke Landes

I recently logged into my ShareBuilder [affiliate] account to check to see if there were any tax forms I needed to consider. I was greeted by a new message describing ShareBuilder’s new support for direct downloading of account data into Microsoft Money and Intuit Quicken. These days, with the fees that the software makers charge ... Continue reading this article…

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Giveaway: Free Quicken Rental Property Manager 2.0

by Luke Landes

This giveaway is now over. I have a copy of Quicken Rental Property Manager 2.0 to give away. I’ve never used the software before, so I can’t provide any reviews. I don’t see owning rental properties in my near future, so I’d like to send the CD-ROM off to someone who will be able to ... Continue reading this article…

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Congratulations to Erin, Winner of Quicken Basic 2007!

by Luke Landes

Last week, I asked for Quicken tips and hacks in return for the chance to win a free copy of Quicken Basic 2007. The random number generator selected Erin and her comment as the winner. Here was her tip: Quicken 07 no longer supports QIF imports for most account types, but it DOES support them ... Continue reading this article…

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Wachovia to Start Charging for Direct Access to Quicken

by Luke Landes

Along with my monthly checking and savings account statement, I received the following notice in the mail: Important Message for Personal Account Holders Who Use Quicken, QuickBooks, or Microsoft Money Beginning April 1, 2007, a monthly fee of $5.95 will be assessed if you access Wachovia Online Banking directly from within your personal financial management ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken Hack: How to Track Airline Miles or Points

by Luke Landes

One of the features I liked when I used Microsoft Money was the ability to track airline miles or points. I didn’t accumulate many, but it was good to see what I had available in one place rather than going to the individual airline websites. I switched to Quicken and I was disappointed to find ... Continue reading this article…

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Congratulations to Bluntmoney, Winner of Quicken Basic 2007!

by Luke Landes

The random number generator selected Bluntmoney‘s comment as the winner of a free copy of Quicken Basic 2007, provided to us by the Quicken Product Manager. Congratulations! Stay tuned because I’ll have more to give away, including different Intuit products. I’m happy to be able to provide free stuff to readers. Here’s a hint for ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken: Schedule This Payment?

by Luke Landes

You know you’ve been ordering take-out too often when Quicken believes it’s a bill and wants to schedule a regular recurring transaction to Sultan Wok Chinese and Japanese Restaurant. By the way, I have a copy of a free copy of Quicken Basic 2007. Comment here with the strangest thing you’ve ever entered into Quicken ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken 2007 Upgrade to Release 4

by Luke Landes

I was greeted this morning, while doing my financial update in Quicken, by a notice that an update was available for the software. This brings all versions of Quicken 2007 up to “Release 4,” and the fix includes changes to registration at quicken.com and “minor improvements” to the “Compare to Register” function. The update still ... Continue reading this article…

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New Quicken 2007 Update Available

by Luke Landes

While updating my accounts tonight, I noticed Intuit is offering a new patch to update Quicken 2007 to “Release 3.” Here is what they say is included with the new software. * Taxes. Incorporated 2006 tax rate changes. * Toolbar. Fixed an issue where newly added icons were not being retained on the toolbar. * ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken 2007 Revisited: A Little Better But Far From Perfect

by Luke Landes

A few months ago, after using the software for some time, I came to the conclusion that Quicken 2007 Home & Business was horrible. There were too many bugs distracting me from using the software the way it was intended. Downloading transactions through Direct Connect for my 401(k) no longer works… Quicken 2007 introduced a ... Continue reading this article…

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