Had to share it, and wish everybody else a peaceful night.
Had to share it, and wish everybody else a peaceful night.
I've been using the desktop app now for over a year, and I credit this app for saving my bacon over that time (I've been laid off twice, had my boiler break down and need replacement, and been dealing with a family emergency that has drained me financially and emotionally, and I'm still in better financial condition than before I began using it). There have been a few features I've wanted for YNAB over that time, but nothing that was remotely a blocker for me.
I've become so attached to the application that I recommend it to people, and even pay for them to have it. I've been considering giving it to some family and friends this Christmas who I know need it and would appreciate it.
A web app, though, can kill that attachment. If my options are "use software that is getting outdated and no new features" or "go to a model where I'm paying every month", then I might have to use my own personal third option: write my own.
* If the price is too high, then I can't tell people to go for it, and I can't give it to them because of that (desktop version I can do a one time expense and give it).
* If the internet is not reliable enough or fast enough for the user in the specific location, then it becomes a dead product for the time the user is in that location. I've seen noticeable chunks of the US where I had no cell signal at all. Couple that with the desire to enter things while on the road, and that could be a problem.
* If the servers are not reliable enough (regular downtime), then that will preclude getting the data that's needed when it's needed, too.
* Security issues with hosted data turn a lot of people off from the cloud entirely. YNAB will present an interesting target for attackers since that data will show who has money, and should then be targeted more specifically. Some users will decidedly avoid any web hosted app for just this reason.
How are these concerns going to be addressed? Again, I love this app. But going to web and subscription based is giving me pause for concern.
The technical concerns, though, along with the social concerns (storing sensitive financial data in the cloud is not something everybody is comfortable with at all), make me worried a great deal.
And some of the features I've been thinking of, coupled with the vagueness of this announcement, are making me think maybe I should just go ahead and make my own app. It's a tempting thought.
I'm looking for a service (free or pay, both are acceptable). The idea is that I would be able to send snippets of text to this service, and those snippets will not ever be deleted, not even by me. I can request a list of them at any given time, but I can't actually delete any of them. In my case, I'm looking to provide sha1 message hashes, and have them recorded indefinitely for possible reference years later.
Operation: Gamma Burst
As we said in our private event, we've been wanting to do a starburst op for a while. So, a couple months ago, we settled on the portal, farmed up some keys for it when we could, got half a dozen people together on Saturday night, and made it happen finally.
In the end, we topped out at 172 links. And we were up late enough that we just plain didn't wake up in time to Ada the center. Fortunately for us, Resistance agent StoneGnome did that for us.
For a rural, portal sparse area, we did pretty well. WolfShade and I even wound up making some 40km links to it.
Many thanks to WolfShade, darthnugget, ToeKnee2, TheDrifterMan, and GIJOE2014 for all your help. We couldn't have done it without you.
Also got way too much sun, and really badly cut up from thorns (including spots inside of clothing that I chose not to take pictures of). Ow. I hurt. A lot.
But my house hasn't been this clear of this crap for years. It feels good.
In a related question: Anybody want to buy some wood chips? I know of a place to get a bunch of them, super local to me...
AsciiDoctor makes it nearly impossible to make a custom theme. They've got no documentation on it that I could find, and the only "examples" seemed to require me to dig into ruby in order to make something. Since I don't know it, I don't know what I can do for/with it.
AsciiDoc, being Python, is more my speed. However, they don't have any docx/odt support, which is a feature I need. The one backend I could find that supports it at all doesn't handle tables well enough for my needs. I can't have tables with variable width columns in that backend, so all my columns are exactly evenly spaced. This results in a lot of wasted space, and some things going on 3 or four lines when they should be on one. And changing that backend requires in-depth knowledge of ODT XML that I simply don't have, and really don't want to have.
PanDoc doesn't support page breaks. I'm now trying to figure out enough of Haskell (yet a third programming language) to be able to add what amounts to a custom tag, so I can add some custom XML, and thereby get a single stupid feature that I shouldn't have to struggle so hard with.
Is there a format and toolchain out there that lets me write my resume using text, and transform it into html and odt (I can do the rest from there), supports page breaks, supports tables, doesn't require me to learn at least one more programming language, and actually documents how to create custom output html (even better if it also supports styling the ODT while creating it)?
Gah, I love the concept. But the tools suck for this.
Then, in response to the approximately 80 bajillion reviews which called them for it, said "email us at <email address> to be notified when we add it." So, I emailed them for it.
The response to that was an email saying "Yep! We're releasing it soon! Thanks for asking!" and a closed trouble ticket.
Then they follow up with a survey to say "So, how did we do with answering your issue?" However, the survey has no questions on it. No joke, I tried the link on both Firefox and Chrome. Blank survey that says "We appreciate your interest in our survey. Simply answer the questions on each page and click on 'Next', just below the question, to move to the next page. When you have reached the end of the survey, click the 'Submit' button to submit your answers." and a submit button.
I'd ask if they could possibly screw this up any more, but I really don't want to find out that they can.
All of this, just so I can finally watch Game of Thrones Season 5 legally. If they would just release it the way they did the other four (into the Play Store), they'd have my money, and I'd be watching.
Why am I not pirating it again?
So I plug the tracking number into FedEx, and see that my package got on a truck in San Diego last Wednesday. Since then, it hasn't been scanned anywhere. Maybe it'll update tomorrow, and I'll see it's already better traveled than I am :)
Anybody out there that's willing to share?
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