Now I hate Quicken and I hate Intuit. Eat dirt and die!
Long ago, I liked Intuit's money-management software Quicken Basic. It came at a reasonable price and helped me control my peculiar financial situation.
I "upgraded" to Quicken 2005 when I got it practically for free at tax-time and was disappointed: it was buggier than my previous version and bloated with many features I didn't want, while things that had previously worked well worked less well than in the earlier version.
Intuit has a diabolical Planned Obsolescence program for its software: all users of Quicken 2005 are being forced, as of April 30 (today), to "upgrade" to Quicken 2008 if they want to continue using its online features.
Intuit does not allow any penetration of its corporation. Unlike almost any other company, according to gethuman.com) (fabulous website, by the way): Intuit does not support inbound calls. Go to www.quickendirect.com/phone and request a callback. 5 AM to 5 PM PT, M-F only. 800-811-8766.
I did call this number, I wanted to ask: "Isn't there any way I can pay to continue my on-line access per se and not have to "upgrade" to a new version of your product, which, I expect, will be even slower and more bloated than the last?"
I tried twice on two different days. Nobody at Intuit ever called back.
As it turns out, one cannot buy Quicken Basic 2008, because there is no such thing. The cheapest program one can now buy is Quicken Deluxe 2008. This surely must be to justify the gigantic jump in price. (The tag on the box I bought says $64.99. I got it cheaper but not by enough.)
So here it comes in the mail, and it overwhelms me with its excessive packaging (no doubt to justify its huge price and huge shipping/handling fee).
I put a nice little Netflix mailer in the picture for comparison.
The two packages - (1) the Netflix paper mailer and (2) the Quicken box, plastic tray, advertising, huge cardboard box, and huge plastic bag - each contain precisely the same thing: one cd.
Another win to institutional greed in all its glory. Another unnecessary conglomeration of egregious detritus.
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