Quicken 2007 For Mac To Be Discontinued, Replaced By Quicken 2017

Quicken 2007ScreenSnapz001As a long time user of Quicken for Mac I have been stuck using Quicken 2007. Intuit came out with several version of Quicken after 2007 but they all lacked the most important features that I used Quicken for.

Intuit was apparently aware at their own incompetency at producing a quality Mac quicken app becaue they continued to make Quicken 2007 compatable with the latest OS.

Quicken was sold in 2015 which is resulting in a updated version of Quicken.

The Quicken team is committed to delivering a great Mac product to our customers.  We are in the midst of doubling the size of our Mac engineering team, and our engineers are hard at work on improving Quicken for Mac 2016 (including the recent release of 12 month budgets) and building a robust Quicken for Mac 2017 that will launch later this year.

In order to focus our Mac engineering efforts on products that are built to run on Apple’s latest computers and operating systems, we will be ending support of Quicken for Mac 2007 with the release of Quicken for Mac 2017, later this year.

One way or another Quicken Mac users will be forced to upgrade whether the 2017 version is feature complete with 2007 or not.

More Intel Layoffs In New Mexico

KOB reported that 215 or 11% of the Rio Rancho plant would be laid off bringing the total workforce to under 1700. With voluntary separation and forced retirements that number will probably be significantly less.

It was interesting to watch the local media reports expecting that this time, the Rio Rancho F11X site would close down. Later it was revealed that the site will not be “on the chopping block“. There has never been any comment from Intel on the situation but I can’t imagine the Intel site management is enjoying the speculation.

KOB reported that 215 or 11% of the Rio Rancho plant would be laid off bringing the total workforce to under 1700. With voluntary separation and forced retirements that number will probably be significantly less.

The the continued shrinking of the workforce and lack of upgrades at the site is not helping with the speculation, not to mention not a single word of communication from Intel on the future of the Rio Rancho site. I would not be surprised if the current IRB will run out at the same time the Rio Rancho workforce hits zero.

Anecdotally, people still working there have been telling me how more equipment is being moved out than in. That there is still work to be done and there aren’t enough people to cover it, in particular engineers. I still hear about the “suits” that tour the factory every once in a while as if they are showing it off to be sold.

What has been the response from Governor Martinez about the Intel news? On the day of the Intel announcement she was talking about DWIs. Probably, Intel had already briefed New Mexico leadership that the Rio Rancho site would not be shutting down which I’m pretty sure resulted collective sigh… not this time. It doesn’t seem like the Governor cares at all about the New Mexico economy, unless it can somehow help her move on to the next thing.

Edit: I forgot to mention the convenient timing of the $15,000 that Intel donated to the Food Recovery In Excellent New Directions program. $15k is like petty cash to Intel, who no doubt was looking for something to give them a positive spin.

New Mexico Subs For Arizona In Sicario

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Sicario has become one of my recent favorite movies. The story mostly takes place in Phoenix, Arizona but it was filmed in New Mexico.

The film starts in Chandler, Arizona where I grew up. Seeing the image of the west side of Albuquerque, with the Sandia mountains in the background, substitute for Chandler was funny. I thought Chandler was a odd choice, as it’s a much bigger town than what they are trying to portray. Maybe farther east like Florence would have been a better choice.

None of this bothered me. I wish I would have been able to work on Sicario in some capacity but I was just starting out in the film business when this was being made.

Goodbye To The Maverick

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In 1991 I was in high school and a neighbor brought home a 1972 Ford Maverick Sprint and parked it in front of his house. I fell in love with it and eventually bought it.

I could go on about what it meant to to me but the short story is it sat in my garage for almost the whole 20 years I’ve been in New Mexico. It’s pretty clear that I will never have the money to finish working on it and it’s just clutter at this point.

I sold it. It was hard but it’s better at this point.

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GE Chooses Boston Over Rio Rancho

In August of 2015 Albuquerque Business First reported “GE turns down Rio Rancho relocation proposal“. Now we know that GE had chosen Boston as the location of it’s new headquarters “G.E. Is Moving Headquarters to Boston and Itself Into the Digital Era” according to the New York Times.

Now, in its latest step to remake itself — and its public image — as an industrial company for the digital era, G.E. said it was moving its headquarters from its longtime sprawling suburban home in Fairfield, Conn., to the high-tech environs of Boston.

I would have very much liked to have General Electric headquartered in Rio Rancho. But if I’m thinking of a high tech company, Boston seems like a better location than Rio Rancho.

Goodbye And Fuck You 2015

While a change in the calendar year has no real meaning to the universe, it’s not hard to track one’s life milestones by the change in the year.

2014 was bad after being laid off from Intel. 2015 continued being shitty with poor job prospects and the death of my sister among many of my problems.

I have become a cliche at the age of 40 with major life changing events and being in the situation where I don’t know what to do with myself. I hope next year brings some improvements but honestly I am not very hopeful.

Amazon TV Show “Edge” Filmed In New Mexico – Available Now

If you have a Amazon Prime account go watch “Edge“. It was filmed in New Mexico.

Missouri, 1865. Josiah Hedges aka “Edge” returns home from the Civil War to discover his closest comrades-in-arms have betrayed him, sparking a bloody reign of vengeance. A mysterious beauty crosses Edge’s path, and together they will uncover a dark conspiracy that extends to the highest ranks of American power. From Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3).