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Write for Dropbox Review

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My review of the Write App for Dropbox is now up on

Write, which is designed to help you make quick work of creating Markdown formatted text on your iPhone or iPod touch is the best Dropbox text editor I’ve used on my phone. Intelligently designed and amazingly easy to use, Write adds a keyboard extension that not only makes Markdown easy to add to your text, it also simplifies cursor movement and text selection.

Check out my review then go pick yourself up a copy of the app.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 28th, 2013 at 8:37 am

QuickBooks Online for iPad

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Pretty nice app, but what I’m really surprised by is how much I now like QuickBooks Online. For the first time EVER, I may be considering a move from my old faithful to QuickBooks Online. 

My review of the iPad link to QB online here:

Review: QuickBooks Online for iPad a limited app with potential | Via

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 20th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Can You Believe That After This My Taxes STILL Aren’t Done?

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As of this morning I have six new reviews up at, all of which are for tax programs.

You will find a brief overview and links to all the reviews here: Review roundup: Tax software for iOS and Mac. Or, if you prefer, you will find individual reviews for each program at the following links.

TurboTax 2012

H&R Block At Home 2012 

TurboTax 2012 for iPad

H&R Block At Home for iPad

TurboTax 2012 for iPhone or iPod touch

H&R Block At Home for iPhone or iPod touch

And now… time to finish my taxes.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 28th, 2013 at 8:57 am

OfficeTime 1.9 Review

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My review of OfficeTime is now live at It’s a great little time billing app that has a lot to offer, but which doesn’t yet rise to the level of apps like Marketcircle’s Billings app.

You can read my review of OfficeTime here: Review: OfficeTime 1.9 time tracking and billing app shows promise

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 21st, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Hemingway was an Interesting Bird

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Interesting little bit in a letter Hemingway wrote to a friend after he had to put an injured cat down:

A car must have run over him or somebody hit him with a club.

Not quite sure how you make the leap from, “A car must have run over him,” to “somebody hit him with a club,” but I guess Hemingway knew his neighborhood better than I do.

Saddest line of all is the final paragraph. Even his letters were amazing.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 14th, 2012 at 11:54 am

Mac Gems: Koku Personal-finance App | Macworld

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Fading Red’s Koku is a is a clever little app that allows you quick and dirty access to your banking information. While it’s a great entry level tool, and a v1.0 app to boot, it would benefit from a few more online banking options and better/more traditional reconciliation tools. Otherwise, great little app.

My review of Koku is now up at

Written by Jeffery Battersby

November 15th, 2012 at 11:12 am

Dennis Lehane Aims for Something Bigger

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If you do this job right, there should be days that are really hard. When I wrote the scene in ‘Mystic River’ where I had to become somebody who’s sexually attracted to a 12-year-old boy, holy God, that was horrible. I shut down for a week after that.

Hands down one of my favorite writers ever.

Dennis Lehane turns the page on hardboiled crime fiction, aims for something bigger | via the Boston Globe

Written by Jeffery Battersby

October 25th, 2012 at 11:47 am

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