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#873: Quicken: How To Get It To Work For You, Deciphering Code, Make a Custom Ringtone

 
     
 

Happy Tuesday everyone!

A lot of big things have happened lately! Apple recently has passed 50 billion app purchases from the App Store which is a huge accomplishment. It shows that when people say things like, “there’s an app for that” they’re really not kidding.

Small Dog was at the Palace Theater’s 6th Annual Wine Tasting & Auction Event last week in downtown Manchester. It was the perfect day for the event and there was a great turnout as well. We are so lucky to be a part of a great community that lets us sponsor such great events!

We have a lot of info to throw at you this week so be sure to dive in. David answers a question we get a lot here at Small Dog. How do you set up Quicken on your mac and/or PC? Jeremy gives us one of our deeper more advanced articles with an article about deciphering your Console. Finally, RJ Murphy shows us how to custom make a ringtone for your iOS phone.

I hope you enjoy your week and make sure to come visit us!

Barry
barry@smalldog.com

 
   
     
  Quicken: How To Get It To Work For You  
   
 

These are the current versions of Quicken available for sale for the PC:

  • Starter Edition 2013
  • Deluxe 2013
  • Premier 2013
  • Home & Business 2013
  • Rental Property Manager 2013
  • And these for the Mac:
  • Quicken Essentials for Mac
  • Quicken Mac 2007 OS X Lion compatible

Intuit has 16 versions that are still supported and equally as many that are retired. With that many versions it can be difficult to determine what to do when you are trying to switch from a PC to a Mac. The first thing to understand is that you can maintain the same experience on your Mac by setting up a virtual machine running Windows and your choice of Quicken.

If you do decide to migrate from a Windows version of Quicken to a Mac, Intuit does provide some knowledge base articles that can help with the process. First, it may be necessary to upgrade your version of Quicken on the PC. In the event that your version of Quicken is rather antiquated, you can download a fully functional version of Quicken (up to 2004) for free here: Quicken 2004.

With two versions of Quicken for the Mac to migrate to, it’s important to understand what might be gained or lost. If you’re coming from Windows to Quicken 2007 for Mac, check out this guide: Quicken 2007 Guide.

If you’re coming from Windows to Quicken Essentials: Quicken Essentials.

Quicken Essentials does have some limitations, namely:

  • Investment account transactions
  • Custom reports
  • Online banking passwords (Quicken for Mac and Windows)
  • Data from the more advanced features in Quicken for Mac and Windows

For example, the following data is not imported: business data, rental property data, lifetime planner data, cash flow forecast data, budget data, spending plan data, debt reduction data, emergency tax records data, tax planner data, and home inventory manager data.

For most users, I would recommend Quicken Mac 2007 for $15, available here: Quicken Mac 2007 Download.

In the event that you are migrating data and experience an invalid QIF header error, follow this: Invalid QIF Header Error.

For a recent client, I ended up having an error related to “tags” which I resolved by opening the QIF file and deleting the first several lines of the file beginning with !Type:Tag and ending just before !Type:Cat. This allowed me to continue the import process, even though I did have to click “Stop” during the process but from what it looked like, the majority of the data was preserved.

 
   
     
  Deciphering Code  
   
 

Checking in a computer for a variety of issues as described by a customer can provide more issues than potential resolutions. I’m certainly not suggesting to discredit customer’s claims on what they may perceive to be the issue, it’s just that they tend to have a limited technical vocabulary. This is where consulting a system’s Console log can be invaluable because it notes problems in absolutes, which can pin point issues more effectively.

Considering the immense insight that Console can provide when diagnosing an issue, there is just too much code to cover in this article. For the sake of time, I’m drawing focus to the ever so helpful “previous shut down code” logs.

To locate these — if present — you simply open up Console in the utility folder. This can be found by selecting Go > Utilities > Console, or by simply typing “Console” into Spotlight in the top right corner. Once open, there is a very helpful search field to help narrow one’s research into a specific issue. I often find “shut down”, “sleep”, and “fail” to be great modifiers.

In the case of a particular unit that was checked in today, the symptom as noted by the customer is as follows: “MB is ‘screaming’ at random times during use. Loud noises coming from the machine.” As a technician, ‘screaming’ is a term that isn’t widely used, and without more specifics, can pertain to just about any hardware component that has moving parts (i.e. hard drive, fan(s), and optical drive).

Upon booting the system, I was not able to replicate the issue, but by digging through Console, I did discover that the system reported a -60 previous shut down code multiple times. -60 indicates a bad master directory block, which helps isolate the issue to a potential software corruption on the drive. In turn, this informs me to proceed with a split-half search of the drive by running diagnostics to check the integrity of the operating system, and to determine if the issue is either software or hardware related. Although this isn’t a precise point of failure, without console I would have been trying to fish out the problem without a fishing pole.

I’ve included a file with a list of negative error codes (0 to -261) with brief descriptions that may be helpful to reference. You can grab a copy here.

 
   
     
  Make a Custom Ringtone  
   
 

This is a neat little tool I’ve been using for a while. You can essentially turn any song in your iTunes library into a ringtone for your iPhone.

First, you’ll want to pick out the song you’d like to use, and find a good 15-30 second duration that you would like to specifically use for your ringtone. If it’s not the beginning or end of the song, you’ll want to make a note of the start and stop time of the part.

Next, click on the song and press Command + I on your keyboard. Click on the “Options” tab and plug those recorded times in the Start and Stop Time fields (i.e. if you would like to use the first 30 seconds of the song, you would leave the start time at 0:00, and input 0:30 for the stop time). Make sure both check boxes are checked next to “Start Time” and “Stop Time”, and hit “OK”.

With the song still selected in iTunes, click on Advanced > Create AAC Version in the menu bar. You should now see a duplicate of that song in your library, one of which has a 30 second duration. Click the newly made AAC version of the song and drag it onto your desktop. Click the file once, then press enter. Now, you’ll need to change the .aac file extension to .m4r (the standard iTunes ringtone file). You should receive a prompt asking if you would like to use the .m4r extension (yes). Your ringtone should now look like: “[song title].m4r”. Drag the file back into iTunes, and it should populate under the “Ringtones” section of your library.

Now, when you plug in your iPhone, you’ll want to check the box next to “Sync Ringtones” (if it’s not already checked) under the “Ringtones” tab. The next time you sync your phone with your iTunes, this ringtone will be uploaded to your device. Lastly, you need to select the song in your iPhone as your ringtone. You can do this under Settings > Sounds > Ringtone.

Turn up the volume and enjoy your new ringtone!

 
   
     
  Garage Sale 2013!  
   
 

This summer’s Garage Sale promises to be the biggest EVER. We have listed the most items we have ever added that are bargain-priced for your viewing pleasure.

Look for top brands (such as Edifier, Griffin, Timbuk2, iHome and more) and top products like speakers, cases, headphones and more for your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod or other device!

Since that’s a lot of stuff (literally), here are some featured lots that we know you’ll want to check out. Some “highlights of the haul,” so to speak.

Lot A002 New – Edifier Bric IF330 Plus – 1 $55.00
Lot A003 New – Logitech S315i Rechargeable Speaker system – 1 $29.00
Lot A084 New – White Apple logo stickers – 8 $1.00
Lot A136 New – Apple 80GB Raid Hard – 1 $75.00
Lot A160 Used – AT&T Mobile Hotspot – 1 $150.00
Lot J015 Demo – STREET by 50 Cent Wired Over-Ear Headphone, Blue – 1 $50
Lot J136 New – Belkin Messenger Bag for Notebooks – 4 $23.00
Lot L033 New – Trexta Snap On Classic Series – 4 $3.00

And much more — check out the full spread at Smalldog.com/garagesale!

Remember that all items are first come-first served, and all orders are online only.