Posts from October 2007

Mmmmm … Empty Inbox

Every once in a while, people write about e-mail bankruptcy. After a fair amount of blood, sweat, and toil, I’m now, officially, e-mail debt-free. I don’t owe anybody any e-mails. My Inbox is completely empty. I can’t remember the last time it’s been totally clear like this.
Now I just need to stop checking it to […]

The coffee’s too strong; the website’s too weak

Okay. I get up early. I know that. What I want to know, with little work, is what coffeehouses are open early, too. I find that I just work better when I get out of the house and get over to a third place.
So I hop over to to see what the hours of […]


Consider two scenarios:
One: You see something that a friend would enjoy (a book, a CD), and you buy it for them. Rather than do anything special, you just give it to them. The response: gratitude.
Two: You see something that a friend would enjoy (a book, a CD), and you buy it for them. Rather than […]

Work Music (x 4000)

So I’m in my new office. Part of getting set up was to hook up an older iMac that Sarah’s family wasn’t using anymore. I’m sure I’ll be an Apple fanboy soon enough (I’m halfway there), but the real asset here is my brother-in-law’s music collection on iTunes. 4,000 songs. I’ve got Catch 22 on […]

Potential Hiccups

I’m going to be messing with the PearBudget server over the next 24 hours or so. Hopefully, nothing noticeable will happen.
That means … something crazy bad is going to go down. Don’t freak out.

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I Liked Facebook More Before It Became Myspace

PearBudget’s not really going to be a social application. I know “social” is the new(ish) hotness, but it’s not what we’re going to be focusing on (Wesabe does it well, though.) Our single-minded purpose: help people who are new to personal finance to get a handle on their spending.
One danger faced by “social utilities” that […]

Getting Down to Business

Just had a stellar meeting with PearBudget’s tax advisor, Ryan Ellis. He maintains a great tax info blog, called … wait for it … The Tax Info Blog. He is sharp, sharp, sharp. I’m really glad we found him.
Then, I got our EIN from the IRS (pretty easy, really), and set up a meeting to […]

Working the Story

Preamble: Alright. So I can’t imagine that this idea is wholly original, but I don’t have time to look it up right now.
I’m in Arlington, visiting my parents and getting ready to celebrate my dad’s birthday. In his retirement, he’s taken up (or re-taken up) painting — specifically, oil painting. At dinner (kebabs), I asked […]

The Pies Have It (Bad)

Something I referenced earlier today in a conversation, which I’m sure I’ll be referencing many, many times in the future:
“Tables are clearly the best way to show exact numerical values, although the entries can also be arranged in semi-graphical form. Tables are preferable to graphics for many small data sets. A table is nearly always […]

Starting Up (For Real)

Big changes are underway.
I’ve been working on PearBudget for the last several years. It’s been awesome, but I haven’t been able to commit as much time to it as I’d like. As a result, the program hasn’t evolved much past the initial Excel spreadsheet in that time.
As you know, I’ve been working on a web-based […]