New developer introduction

John Ralls jralls at
Sat Jun 23 16:49:06 EDT 2012

On Jun 23, 2012, at 3:48 PM, Mac Michaels <BitPit at> wrote:

> Howdy,
> I am a retired software developer living in Texas USA.  I only understand 
> English.  I started programming on a computer built with vacuum tubes.  I have 
> a BS-EE from SMU and have been writing software all my career. When I started 
> college there were no CS degrees.
> I worked for Texas Instruments, Hewlett Packard, MCC, and several small 
> startup companies.  I know C, C++, Pascal, Lisp, Perl, Forth, assembly 
> language on several mini computers, and internal microcode for the TI-990/12. 
> I contributed a driver for the DViCO FusionHDTV 3 and 5 ATSC television 
> receiver PCI cards to the Linux kernel.  They are still there, but maintained 
> by someone else now.  I use them daily.
> I run KDE-4 on gentoo Linux.  I know gnucash is a gnome application.  Gentoo 
> builds the parts of gnome needed for gnucash to run on KDE 4 and all is well.
> MythTV (a digital video recorder) and Kdenlive (a media editor) are my 
> favorite applications.
> Bug 658382 is of interest to me as I am trying to get off of Quicken 2003 
> Premier Home & Business.  I need to QIF import invoices for my wife's small 
> business to gnucash.  
> Years ago I thought Intuit was a trustworthy company, then they got greedy.  
> Intuit locked down Turbo Tax to a single computer and made me mad.  Now Intuit 
> is a real pig as the Quicken to bank link breaks after 3 years in order to 
> extort more money from existing customers.  Since Intuit seems to somehow be 
> in the loop between your bank and your computer (Intuit can shut 
> communications down), I do not trust them at all.
> </FLAME>

Welcome! We look forward to seeing your patch.

John Ralls

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