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QuickBooks app for Mac Review

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My new review of Intuit’s QuickBooks app for Mac is now live at

QuickBooks app for Mac is a standalone application that lets you manage your QuickBooks Online account using an app on your Mac rather than a Web browser, which is the way you’d normally manage QuickBooks Online. In terms of appearance, there is no difference between the online and app-based versions of QuickBooks Online, but in the future Intuit promises offline access to your QuickBooks Online data, which could be hugely beneficial.

If you’re using QuickBooks Online I highly recommend QuickBooks app for Mac.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 19th, 2014 at 9:26 am

Tony Gwynn

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Tony Gwynn died today.

Gwynn’s love for the low-key atmosphere in San Diego and his devotion to the Padres may have been costly. He shunned free agency in favor of multiyear contracts, and in April 1997, after having won seven batting championships, he signed a three-year contract extension for $12.6 million. In its final season, 104 players earned more than his $4.3 million salary, according to The Times.

But he told The Times during his final season: “Twenty years in one place, one city. It looks good.”

To my mind Gwynn was a player like Jeter is today; a humble, sweet, hard working, lover of the game.

Sad day…

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 16th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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Moneydance 2014 Review

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My Moneydance review is up at Nice little java-based Mac financial app that does a fine job of helping you harness your personal financial info. Not perfect, but still good.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 12th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

RIP, Zim

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That was a pretty long and illustrious cup of coffee…

Don Zimmer, former Dodger, and big-league manager, dead at 83

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 4th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

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Daylight 5 Review

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My review of Daylight 5 is now live at Daylight 5 is a great CRM tool for keeping track of all your contacts and the business you plan to do with them.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 23rd, 2014 at 7:44 am

Michelle Obama Cites View of Growing Segregation

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Michelle Obama Cites View of Growing Segregation

Today, by some measures, our schools are as segregated as they were back when Dr. King gave his final speech.

—Michelle Obama

Interesting that this should appear in the NY Times this week as I was just making mention of this to my wife and my mother.

Just this past week I had the pleasure of meeting the young man I’ve spent time corresponding with this past year. He is a student at a school west of Atlanta, where a friend of mine teaches 5th grade. The population breakdown of the community is about 50/50 black to white, but what I found most interesting was that the school where my friend teaches, based on my totally unscientific observation, has a white population of less than 5%.

According to my friend, who has been teaching in this district for quite some time now, the school district lines have been drawn and redrawn over the past several years so as to keep all the poorest children and children of color in the school where she teaches.

If you don’t think segregation is alive and well in the US you are greatly mistaken. It may not be as obvious as it once was, but it exists and it is, perhaps, more insidious than it ever was.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 18th, 2014 at 10:39 am

OneNote for Mac Review

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My review of OneNote for Mac is now available at

OneNote for Mac is a great app, although not yet as feature-rich as it’s Window’s counterpart or as capable as Evernote, it shows promise. Perhaps enough promise to make it your note taking app of choice.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

April 14th, 2014 at 10:07 am