Nerdwallet.com is not the site I have been looking for

I’ve been using mint.com for years now but every month I hate it a little bit more. It’s too big, too slow, and too buggy. But it’s solving a problem that I need solved which is a comprehensive cloud based personal finance tool that covers banking, investments, credit cards, reporting and analysis. I can’t say that their decline corresponded exactly with when Inuit bought them but… it didn’t help either.

I’ve wondered why no one is tackling this space. I try them all and they all are lacking in one key way or another. Here’s a review from the New York Times From those, I’ve been test driving BillGuard and it seems to have potential but I am not ready to switch yet. So when I read about NerdWallet I thought, based on the name, that I had another candidate. I had to search their web site high and low before I could find a summary of what they do:

We create user-friendly tools, crunch numbers and give you all the results, unfiltered. Across banking, credit cards, education, health care, insurance, investments, mortgages, shopping and travel, we offer data-driven tools and impartial information to help you make solid decisions about the money you work hard to earn. In short, we do the homework so you don’t have to.

Nope. Keep looking.

[GEEKY] Full Applications that run in the browser

Sproutcore is a JavaScript framework for writing powerful web applications with less code. It looks to me as a way to write a lot more of your application in JavaScript running in the browser. And this involves moving the logic of the application’s own logic there.

Sproutcore is a big complicated system that I have not fully investigated. It comes with a good pedigree though and is very nicely documented and designed. Worth a look if you want to have a super responsive browser based app that will continue to work even when the network connection is gone.

Here is their own blurb: “SproutCore applications move business logic to the browser so they can respond to your users’ taps and clicks immediately, avoiding an agonizing roundtrip across often intermittent network connections.

As web application users go increasingly mobile, applications can no longer depend on reliable connections to a remote server to do the heavy lifting.

At the same time, web browsers continue to radically improve their ability to quickly process data and deliver polished user interfaces—a perfect opportunity to rethink the architecture of modern web applications.”

 

Mint being acquired by Intuit: Good or Bad?

I am a fairly avid fan of Mint.com. So it’s with mixed emotions that I read that Mint is being acquired by Intuit. Intuit is a bigger, better known, and so in theory, more reliable vendor for something that is quickly becoming mission critical for me. But on the other hand, Intuit’s software has become uglier and harder to use over time. I tried Quicken Online, twice, and found it to be far inferior to Mint. We shall see.

By the way, why do aquired companies insist on saying something like: “What’s not going to change: Mint.com will stay the way you like it: free, easy-to-use and constantly improving.” (this was from their email to users.) It’s never really true, and it worries me because it shows the naivete or dishonesty of the writer.