Archive for December, 2007

¡Libertad!

4 December 2007

I’ve been reluctant to ditch Quickbooks Pro because, outside of full-blown accounting/bookkeeping programs, there are no open-source equivalents that allow me to track my time. But I finally figured out that, since I don’t have to worry about payroll, I can make the switch to GnuCash and just enter my hours as invoice items.

Not that I’m completely comfortable with that, mind you; my obsessive-compulsive record-keeping implant is screaming at me that something is missing if I do it this way. I’m the guy who can’t discard 16 year old phone bills because, well, you never know when you might need ’em.

So today I sent out my last Quickbooks-generated invoice.

That means that, as of today, I am officially Windoze-free!

I started my move away from Windoze when I turned the old computer into a dual-boot machine and then found that I was seldom booting to the Windoze side because the Linux side never crashed and didn’t require hours of labor every week just to keep it from being infected with malware. Lately, I’ve only been firing up Old 98 about once a month, just to do my books. It’s taken me a while, but I’ve managed to find applications to replace every program I needed the Windoze box for. Quickbooks was the last one.

Not that I’ll get rid of the faithful, if flawed, computer I built in December of 1998. It’s only 9 years old, and even though every component in it is obsolete and it’s kind of noisy, it still runs every time I power it up.

And it’s sitting there. Silently waiting for me to press the “Power” button. How can I just ditch it, when we have so much history together?

Besides, I might need it. You never know.