After listening to Marketplace Money on NPR this morning, I decided to try CreditSesame.com after they discussed tools to managing your finances. I decided on CreditSesame because I’ve tried Credit Karma and I don’t like to use anything Intuit (i.e. Mint.com) if possible. After 15 minutes, I’m thoroughly unimpressed.
- During the registration process, there is a place to set your financial goals. CreditSesame seems to forget that I just want to sign-up. I don’t want to have to set goals to just get in for the first time. The only way I could proceed was to make some dummy goals (which defeats the point). This needs to be rethought!
- The UI of the website is less than impressive. For example, entering or confirming expenses like PMI on our mortgage is very unclear — do you want the monthly or annual amount?
- On my Dashboard, it recommends that I enroll in their free credit monitoring despite the fact that I enrolled during registration. Why must you nag more about something I already did?
- On the My Credit page, I get a badge for using my credit wisely and then a warning that “Your credit card balances may be getting close to your credit limits”. Strange warning when the same page reports my credit usage at only 2%. I guess that is too much!
- It seems the main point of anything I do is to sell me a $9.95 credit report. Yes, I know their service is free however
- I get random errors using the site like this. One thing that bothered me was that the Java stacktrace is publicly visible. This is a security no-no in the web world and this place has my SSN!
My Rating: I deleted my account!
Micro Python: Python for Microcontrollers
I backed this Kickstarter for £28 (includes £4 for shipping to the USA). Sounds like a bunch of fun over Arduino.
Micro Python is a lean and fast implementation of the Python programming language that is optimized to run on a microcontroller. The Micro Python board is a small electronic circuit board that runs the Micro Python language. The aim of this Kickstarter campaign is to make Micro Python open source software so you can use it in your own projects, and also to fund a small manufacturing run of Micro Python boards so that you can own one for yourself!
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Rather than leave things in an uncertain state, we feel it is best to announce that the current team behind Mach-II will no longer be working on or supporting Mach-II moving forward.
Peter, Matt, and Kurt have all moved away from CFML to other technologies: Peter and Matt to Python and Django, Kurt to C#. Since we are no longer doing CFML development and our time will be filled working in and contributing to projects in our new primary languages, we are no longer able to effectively develop and support Mach-II.
Mach-II is a stable, mature framework and is used — and will continue to be used — by a large number of organizations for their most mission-critical CFML applications. Current Mach-II applications will continue to run just fine of course, and if Mach-II does everything you need it to do there’s no reason to stop using it. The code will remain in its current state on GitHub (https://github.com/Mach-II/Mach-II-Framework) permanently, so it will always be available for you to use.
The beauty of free and open source software is that just because the current team supporting Mach-II is stepping away from the project, that doesn’t necessarily mean Mach-II dies. In addition to being able to continue to use Mach-II, you are also free to fork Mach-II and improve and evolve it as you see fit. Since we will no longer be maintaining Mach-II we will not be responding to pull requests back to the main repository, but if anyone is interested in taking over active maintenance of Mach-II please feel free to contact us.
Finally, we would like to express our extreme gratitude to everyone who contributed to Mach-II over the years. Contributions large and small — from minor edits to documentation, to helping by testing your applications on new versions of Mach-II, to major code contributions — were all vital to the success of Mach-II over the years. To all Mach-II users and contributors, our deepest and sincerest thanks.
Peter, Kurt, and Matt