Windows 7 Classic Start Menu (getting it back)
If you get one of these things from your credit card provider (mine was from my BestBuy MasterCard), destroy it IMMEDIATELY!!!! Call them up (using the number on the back of your credit card, NOT the “activation” number on the Tap&Go; sticker) and tell them to cancel the Tap&Go; PayPass chip ASAP and make sure it NEVER gets activated on your account, then destroy it again!
This is the WORST piece of bad security ever pushed on the public. Here’s how Tap&Go; works:
- You’re making a purchase at a retailer that supports the technology.
- You have the sticker (which has a micro-chip in it) on the back of your cell phone (for convenience only).
- You tap the retailer’s Tap&Go; pad, which automatically sends out a wireless, digital signal, which is received by your chip in your sticker, which then confirms the purchase, wirelessly.
- No signature required.
Sounds convenient, right? Well sure, but if (uh yah, not “if”, but “when”) a criminal walks past you in the subway, in the mall, on the sidewalk, THEY can then charge up to $50 on your card and you never even took the card out of your wallet!!!
Sure, they claim you’re not liable for any unauthorized charges, but you are required to examine each of your credit card statements for suspicious charges and actively notify your credit card company within a given time limit, otherwise they WILL charge you.
Save yourself the trouble and NEVER activate this.
This is just an online, public bug report about bugs in Quicken 2010. I’m hoping that publishing them will quicken (pardon the pun) Intuit into fixing them.
Here are the bugs I’ve found so far:
- Upgrade Notification Bug: [added this entry 2012-01-15] Upon starting Quicken Home & Business 2010, I’m presented with this ugly window that IS NOT RESIZABLE!
- Online payments lost: [added this entry on 2011-05-20] Sometimes, as soon as you enter a new, repeating online payment, as soon as you hit save, it goes nowhere. You have to set it all up again.
- Online payment amount changed: [added this entry on 2011-05-20] Enter an online payment by entering the amount first, then choose the payee, and it will replace the amount you entered with whatever the last amount was you sent to that payee. If you don’t notice it, THAT’s the amount of money that’s sent. This can cost you A LOT!
- Repeating payment schedule changed: [added this entry on 2011-05-20] While entering a repeating payment, enter the schedule (weekly, every 2 weeks, monthly, etc…) and choose something other than monthly, then mark it as “repeating online payment” and it will CHANGE it to MONTHLY, regardless of what you had before. This can cause you in late fees or it can cost you by sending it out too often by not having enough for your other payments.
- Super Slow Downloads: [added this entry on 2011-04-16] Ever since an update a few months ago (around the time Quicken 2011 was introduced), Quicken 2010’s download transactions went from mere seconds to several MINUTES. There are a LOT of complaints about this. There is speculation that they introduced this bug on purpose to entice people to spend money on Quicken 2011.
- [Updated 2012-03-03] I timed it today. It took ELEVEN MINUTES!!!! on a 50mb/s data connection! This is completely unacceptable! It’s only downloading data measured in KiloBytes. There’s no reason for it to take 11 minutes. In that amount of time, I could download 4.1 BILLION bytes of information… That’s almost 2 DVDs worth. For comparison, let’s give Quicken the benefit of the doubt and assume that what it downloaded was a full megabyte (that’s a gross over-estimate). With my data connection, that should take 6.25 seconds… Let’s even grant it a ridiculous 10 seconds of delay for each bank it needs to connect to and another ridiculous 10 seconds for each account. With my setup, that’s 4 banks and 7 accounts. So that’s an extra 110 seconds we’re granting to it, plus the 6.25 seconds for the actual 1 megabyte of actual data makes 116.5 seconds as an unreasonably high allowance… about 2 minutes, yet it’s taking it 11 minutes!
- 1st download NEVER works: [added this entry on 2011-04-16] This goes along with the super slow downloads mentioned above. At the same moment the slow downloads happened, this new bug happened. After waiting several minutes on the downloads, it never works and pops up the download window again, forcing you to go through the process a second time. It’s only after the SECOND download attempt that anything ever gets transmitted.
- Sometimes, accepting a downloaded transaction causes Quicken 2010 to crash. First though, when clicking the “Accept” button, the register flickers for about 1000 milliseconds (about 1 full second), then the program crashes (this is on Windows 7 Ultimate with all the latest service updates). Quicken version = Quicken Home & Business 2010 Release 5.
- No Sound: Quicken has several sounds for different events like startup (a short tune), accept transaction (cha-ching), and others. All of a sudden, Quicken 2009 (yes, 2009) stopped playing sounds. Yes, the play sounds option is indeed checked and yes, sound works in all other programs (this is not my first time messing with a computer, BTW I upgraded to Quicken 2010 at the first of the year. The upgrade involved uninstalling Quicken 2009, then freshly installing 2010. The sounds worked… for about a week or two, then they stopped again.
- This has been a bug since at least Quicken 2009.
- Quicken is aware that this is a bug in Quicken 2010.
- File corruption: This is a serious issue. EVERY TIME I call Quicken support with a problem, they claim the file is corrupt. This seems to be their excuse for all bugs in the software. They want to dismiss any issue as a bug and claim it’s a corrupt file. Fine, it’s a corrupt file. Now, fix Quicken so it STOPS CORRUPTING my files! This has been going on through at least 3 versions of Quicken (2007, 2009, 2010 (I skipped 2008)). A bug this serious requires a complete rewrite of their file access data layer routines.
- Renaming Rules: This is quite an annoying bug. I personally do not want Quicken to rename my payees, yet there seems to be NO WAY to prevent Quicken from doing so. I participated in 3 online tech support chats and 2 call-back phone support incidents in the last week. NONE of their suggestions worked AND they refuse to accept that this is a bug. Here’s the problem: When you download transactions using PC Banking, then go and accept your transactions, Quicken will suggest renaming rules… actually, it will DICTATE renaming rules. You cannot tell it “No”. Furthermore, the dialog box that pops up informing you of the new dictatorial renaming rules being forced on you, has a check box that says something like “don’t inform me of renaming rules again”. There are 2 problems with this.
- I believe that checking it only causes Quicken to not inform you of new renaming rules, but it’ll still make new renaming rules.
- You only have 2 buttons “Apply” and “Cancel”. If you click “Apply”, it’ll apply the rule(s) that it’s showing you. I think that’s the only way to enforce the checkbox for “don’t tell me anymore”. If you click “cancel”, you’re canceling the dialog box and therefore canceling your check box “don’t tell me anymore” which means it’ll continue to tell you. Also, canceling the dialog box does not prevent it from enforcing the rule.
- This has been a bug since at least Quicken 2007.
- I’ve reported this problem at least a dozen times to Quicken support since 2007. It wasn’t until early to mid 2009 that they finally acknowledged that this was a bug and I was told that this was being fixed. Well, many Quicken 2009 updates later AND a major new version (2010), this bug still remains.
- Update (2011-01-29): After building a new machine, installing Windows 7 Ultimate, and installing Quicken 2010… Below is my bug report to Intuit:
- I’m on tech support with Pankaj right now who is directing me to enter the bug report here. Note that I’ve been reporting this since Quicken 2007 and nothing has been done about it.
- Bug: “Renaming Rules” always apply.
- When installing and setting up Quicken, I told it to NOT use renaming rules (it’s really important that I’m able to distinguish between the different walmart stores I shop at and not have them all renamed to “walmart”, losing all info about WHICH walmart (same for any other chain store with multiple locations).
- When I downloaded transactions, automatically added them to my register. Fine. But after a few weeks of using my fresh install of Quicken 2010, it stopped showing transactions as cleared and my paycheck didn’t show up, so I went to edit->preferences->downloaded transactions.
I unchecked “Automatically add downloaded transactions to register”. I did pay VERY CLOSE attention to the 3 check boxes relating to renaming rules. The 1st and last checkboxes were UNCHECKED and the middle one was checked (but disabled). I changed nothing relating to renaming rules. I clicked OK.
- Immediately, the downloaded transactions showed up in a list at the bottom of the screen (this is good). When I clicked on the first one and clicked “Accept”, a box popped up “Quicken has created a renaming rule for USAA”?!?!?!?!? WHY? This is a BUG! There was no option to tell it “NO”. I was on tech support and he told me to click “OK” and that it wouldn’t apply the rule. We went back into quicken preferences and the 3 check boxes for renaming WERE ALL CHECKED!
- We unchecked them, clicked OK and went back to the downloaded transactions at the bottom of the screen and accepted the next one which did not pop up with renaming rules. BUT, with Quicken 2007 AND with my prior machine with Quicken 2010, this always happens again after my next download.
- Again, I’ve been complaining about this since Quicken 2007 when this feature was introduced. It’s NEVER worked right for people that doe NOT want renaming rules.
- Please see my blog post where I discuss this bug as well as many other Quicken 2010 and 2009 bugs:
- Check out the comments at the bottom of the blog entry. Clearly this is a bug that many people have been frustrated with since 2007.
- Update (2011-05-24): This bug just reared it’s ugly head again! I’ve not changed ANY preference, yet I was just prompted for renaming “Wendys”:
- Again, there’s no way to tell it no as clicking the “Don’t offer to rename my payees again” and then clicking “cancel” (so that it won’t rename) will ignore my option on the check box, since that’s what “cancel” buttons do.
- This time, it didn’t force the renaming rule, but it should never have suggested it at all.
- Here are my renaming preferences as they existed immediately after clicking “cancel” in the dialog above:
- And here are the existing rules (there should be NONE!):