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iBank 5 Review

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My review of iBank 5 is now up at

I don’t use anything like this to manage my finances anymore, but if I did, iBank 5 would be the ticket. Great application.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 20th, 2014 at 11:10 am

Pete Seeger

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No possible reason I’d want to overtalk this other than to simply say that Pete Seeger has passed and that he was a regular contributor to the life of my son from the 4th grade on. What a remarkable man and what an amazing experience for my son. Incredible how accesible Mr. Seeger was. What a joy to have met and known him.

Good night sir, and Godspeed.

Pete Seeger’s NYTimes  Obituary.



Pete Seeger

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 28th, 2014 at 8:34 am

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Yup, iWork ’13 Sucks! Or not…

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Remember all those concerns about the cheesy new version of iWork? Remember how Apple was moving backwards. Remember how much crappy these apps were supposed to be?

Now, try to remember how often Apple updated those old versions of iWork when they were on a DVD and you maybe saw new features added to the app once every 2–3 years.




As Dan Moren notes in his Macworld article on these updates, this update does not mark the complete return of all the features available in the previous version of iWork ’09, but it is an indicator of things to come. Which appear to be many and good.

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January 23rd, 2014 at 10:39 pm

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VIPOrbit Review

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My review of VIPOrbit is up at

Great little app created in part by one of the original developers of ACT!. While it’s definitely a first gen product, meaning I saw a few glitches here and there, overall it’s a fantastic app that, as it grows, should become an amazing tool for managing your relationships. I highly recommend it.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 17th, 2014 at 10:06 am

QuickBooks for Mac 2014 Review

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My review of QuickBooks 2014 for Mac is now up at

This, sadly, is still the same-old same-old from Intuit. It’s not a bad product, it just doesn’t add anything of super-duper value to the product.

And nope… no file level compatibility with the Windows product… Although it is a little better at getting your accountant’s changes updated to your live data without having to send the entire data file back and forth between you and your accountant.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 2nd, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Zombie Apocalypse

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The Ruins of Detroit is a sad, but beautiful photo essay about the city of Detroit created by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. Hard to imagine that Detroit was once a city of such amazing architectural beauty.

Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension.

The state of ruin is essentially a temporary situation that happens at some point, the volatile result of change of era and the fall of empires. This fragility, the time elapsed but even so running fast, lead us to watch them one very last time: being dismayed, or admire, making us wondering about the permanence of things.

Photography appeared to us as a modest way to keep a little bit of this ephemeral state.

Crazy thing about these photos is how they all look like every building was abandoned in the middle of the day due to some sudden, catastrophic event.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 4th, 2013 at 9:01 am

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Et Tu, Bento?

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Bento is gone, so what can you do with all that Bento data you’ve collected? Turns out, not too much. Check out my comparison of some Bento alternatives and recommended options for where to move your Bento data.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

November 26th, 2013 at 7:41 am