Complicated

For the last year and a half or so I have been using Quicken Quickbooks for managing the finances of my home-based business, Asheville Technologies. I bought the software originally thinking it would take care of all the stuff I’m bad at: remembering to send recurring invoices, preparing taxes, and keeping track of my checking account.

Last night, after Quickbooks crashed for the umpteenth time, I decided it was time for a change. The program was just too complicated and obfuscated for my needs, and I found myself not even wanting to open it when I needed to.

I searched high and low on Google, and finally discovered a gem of an application. It is called CG Invoicer, and is produced by a company called Chicken Girl Software. Being a fan of barnyard animals, I knew it was the app for me. The simplicity and ease of use is exactly what I was looking for.

  • Create a product
  • Create a client
  • Generate an invoice
  • Send invoice via email

It’s unfortunate that Quicken doesn’t offer something that is watered down for those of us who don’t need to generate projected earnings in 10 years with customizable bar graphs. Quicken comes with a 200 some-odd page manual and has volumes of books written about it. CG Invoicer was so simple to use and easy to figure out, no manual or help file was included.

The point of all this is that these big companies spend all this money to pack a program with features, while a small outfit can make something simple and functional and charge a fraction of the cost. This concept translates into many other areas too.

The ‘kewl’ news of late for me is that my employer is buying me a G4 Powerbook. That’s a Mac laptop for all you moms and dads 😉

Oh, the mobility!

The bad news is that the fender bender my wife had in a parking lot last week was her fault and totalled the other person’s car.

Grrr…mobility can bite you in the butt!

Made in 1998

Even though Allmusic.com’s new web site was released this week, by taking a look at it, one would think it was created in 1998. A warning message to users of non-Internet Explorer browsers is at the top:

Notice: You are accessing allmusic.com with a browser that is not currently supported. The appearance and functionality of the site could be impacted. allmusic.com is optimized for Internet Explorer 5.5 and above for Windows.

It makes one think they took a time machine back to 1998 to find a web development team. This one wins the “Missed The Bus to 2004” award.

Pickin’ & Grinnin’

Last night marked the first time in nearly 4 years that I played music with Ty and Lance, both of whom were in the bang-tango Second String Bluegrass Band with me. We met up at Asheville’s Shindig On The Green, a weekly pickin’ party and bluegrass concert attended by a couple thousand people.

It took a few songs for me to dust off the cobwebs from my fingers, but I quickly found myself back into the flow of playing my Banjo. We were graced by the presence of Wayne Erbsen, old-time/bluegrass musician extraordinaire, who accompanied us with his award-winning fiddle playing. It was a great 3 hours, and made me want to start getting back into the banjo again.

We were asked to get onstage and perform for the crowd, but we all felt a little iffy about that, so we declined. Maybe next week 😉

For those of you who wish to check out some infamous Second String recordings, I have them posted at my free Mp3 page, Hober.tk.

Importing Undoable

It looks like importing all of my posts from Geekamongus will be difficult, to say the least. Really though, I can live with that, as this gives me a chance to start fresh. Much of the Geekamongus content wouldn’t have made much sense here anyway.

Now the tasks left at hand are setting up a new image gallery and making this place look better.

I gotta say, I am highly impressed with this WordPress software so far…

Brand Spankin’

I have finally turned this site into a blog. The infamous Geekamongus will soon be archived and moved here for your historical pleasure. However, don’t count on seeing my fingernail clipping collection, as I have moved past that stage in my life. I recently started collecting my son’s fingernail clippings instead.

Yes, this page looks crappy so far, but I’ll get it down to something more enjoyable shortly.

The big news of the day is that my article on Mozilla Firefox 0.9 went live today at Digital Web Magazine. I am excited to be published for the first time, especially next to people whom I consider gods and goddesses in the Internet realm, and look forward to continuing my writing endeavors. Read the article and let me know what y’all think.

Now…I’m off to convert 3 years worth of B2 posts to WordPress…wish me luck 😉

Once again, the masses have spoken

I got enough email about bringing back the toenail and fingernail collection that I did it. What the heck…I will wave my freak flag high. If people don’t like the fact that I collect my fingernails, there is something wrong with them, not me.

So enjoy them once again. It’s all in the name of fun.

Edit:
Due to some of the remarks I found on some discussion forums regarding my nail collection and what people would do to me if they ever saw me on the street, I decided to remove the pictures. Some people seem to take the fact that I collect my fingernails way too seriously and have no sense of humor. Because of these people, the pictures are gone. Threats on my life are not worth it.