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Announcements / Broken SSL with Mobile App
« on: March 21, 2019, 04:37:36 PM »
Looks like I didn't quite prepare for some SSL changes that were coming from Let's Encrypt. The mobile app is not secure and may not work until I can resolve things. Our new human arrived last week so I should have some time between all the feedings and pooping. Stand by...

Other / Mobile App UI Update
« on: February 18, 2019, 10:32:52 AM »
After a number of false starts over the last few months, I finally sat down and put about 8 hours into the mobile app over the weekend. About 1/3 of that time was trying to figure out where I left off and what I was doing back in July. Right now I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel, but I'm going to try to put about 2 hours per evening into the app until the entire app UI code is cleaned up. After that I can finally get back into to working on some of the bells and whistles that I've wanted to add for a long time, as well as some other larger project ideas that I've been kicking around.

We're only a few weeks (or maybe days) away from adding a new human that will be sharing our living space. Most of my time over the last several months has gone into preparing for that, but I think we're finally coasting into the home stretch. I should have a week or two off work to deal with things, so I'm hoping to squeeze some side project development in between child maintenance sessions.

Announcements / Mobile App Server Maintenance
« on: February 04, 2019, 02:15:27 PM »
It's been a while since I updated the Digital Ocean droplet that hosts the mobile app. I'm doing that today, and hopefully future-proofing it against some coming changes to the LetsEncrypt SSL certification system. There should be no major interruptions in service, but you never know...

I'm getting a little rusty. :P

Other / Financier Mobile v1.2.X
« on: July 21, 2018, 02:37:17 AM »
v1.2.0 released: BAM, payee management. You can rename and combine multiple payees into one. All transactions and split sub-transactions are automatically updated when combining. Upgraded from "font awesome" 4 to 5, so some of the icons are going to look a little different (maybe better? maybe not?).

I fought with making this work for hours upon hours upon hours, and found that the core library had a few simple but significant bugs. Nothing damaging to the data integrity, but objects that were supposed to go away (payees that were combined) would stick around annoyingly. After hammering that out, everything that was added looks much simpler than the effort that went into it.

After opening your budget, the payee manager can be accessed through the menu button in the top left of the app. Selecting a single category will allow you to edit it, which only allows for changing the name (for now). Selecting multiple payees will give you the option to combine them into one. I would explain more about how this works, but it's 4am and I'm half asleep.

Other / Financier Mobile v1.1.X
« on: July 15, 2018, 06:33:15 PM »
v1.1.0 released: Added calculator functionality (math!) to the transaction amount editor. This is in preparation for improving the split transaction editor.

Other / Financier Mobile v1.0.X
« on: July 08, 2018, 05:28:33 PM »
Alright, it's been a while, but I finally had some down time to write a little code and get back on track with separating the core data/syncing code from the mobile app. And with that, Financier Mobile v1.0.0 is officially released. The core code has been separated into a library called 'financier-core-unofficial' and its version currently sits at v1.0.2. I will have some more info and/or actual documentation once I'm sure everything is stable.

Well, as I'm typing this... after pushing the update and testing successfully on my phone, I found that syncing is not working well on my wife's phone. I think it may be a browser issue (need to clear the cache or something), so I will continue testing. If anyone else has any issues including what I just described, please let me know. I have the previous mobile app site backed up and should be able to downgrade quickly if needed.

There are zero new features added, since I wanted to look for differences after ripping the app in two pieces. I'll probably start working on a few small things if the app looks stable enough.

Feature Requests / Cover Overpspending
« on: February 02, 2018, 01:43:59 PM »
Hey, @Alex... What do you think about adding a "Cover Overspending" (or is it"Cover Overbudgeted"?) option when clicking on a positive category balance when ATB is negative? See Financier Mobile for a working example. ;)

Other / Financier Mobile (Unofficial)
« on: May 02, 2017, 12:11:26 AM »
Since @Alex doesn't care about us anymore, I'm taking over Financier. We thank him for his services, and wish him well in his new position as 'janitor'. With him out of the way, we can start making progress again. First order of business: a functional mobile application.

I haven't been able to break into the web server he set up, so I will be hosting a new mobile website on my own server. He left the door wide open on the database, so we should be able to access our data easily enough. I will be using a newer version of Angular to build the site, so pretty much all of his code is totally useless.

So far, the basic login/logout logic is working. Next up is figuring out how to sync data to provide something to work with. I plan to start simple with account/category balance views, and a simple mobile transaction entry form. I'm going to hold off on posting a link until I have something that's somewhat functional and stable.

I think the future of Financier will be bright under this new regime ownership. I look forward to the mandatory loyalty that you will all bestow upon the company.

Disclaimer: Do not take this post seriously. ;)

Feature Requests / Go To Today
« on: January 04, 2017, 11:10:13 AM »
Would it be helpful enough to have a "Go To Today" button on the budget screen, which would reset the view to default? It only takes a few clicks on the calendar months at the top to get back to where you want to go, but a single button to reset the view to now might be nice.

Feature Requests / Setting Multiple Flags
« on: December 26, 2016, 07:37:58 PM »
When multiple transactions are selected, clicking the cleared button causes all of the selected transactions to become cleared/uncleared. Can this functionality be applied to selecting the flag color as well?

Other / It's Official
« on: December 08, 2016, 01:58:38 PM »
As of 2:40pm, December 8th, 2016... nYNAB has received its final transaction entry.

Feature Requests / Last Suggested Category
« on: November 10, 2016, 07:20:51 AM »
Would it make sense to change the category suggestion so that it suggests the last non-split category when entering a transaction?

Off-topic / Happy U.S. Voting Day
« on: November 08, 2016, 09:28:04 AM »
May you get through it without barfing on your ballet.

General Discussion / Budgeting Acronyms
« on: October 31, 2016, 10:22:37 AM »
The following is a list of common budgeting acronyms and their descriptions. New users are often confused by some of the terminology when following budget conversations. I plan to keep this list updated, so let me know if you are aware of an acronym that is missing from the list.

  • AOM   - Age Of Money: Joel's favorite metric. Ask him, and he'll tell you all about it!
  • APR   - Annual Percentage Rate: The annual rate of interest without taking into account the compounding of interest within that year.
  • APY   - Annual Percentage Yield: The annual rate of interest which does take into account the compounding of interest within that year.
  • ATB   - Available To Budget: The amount of money you have available to budget in Financier.
  • FICO  - (F)air (I)saac (CO)rporation is the largest and best known of several companies that provide software for calculating a person's various credit scores. (FICO Scores)
  • IANAE - I Am Not An Expert: Disclaimer when offering advice.
  • PF    - Personal Finance: Should be self explanatory.
  • PIF   - Paid In Full: Refers to a credit card that is paid off every month to avoid accruing interest charges.
  • PMI   - Primary Mortgage Insurance: An insurance policy that pays the lender if the borrower defaults.
  • TBB   - To Be Budgeted: The amount of money you have available to budget in YNAB, similar to ATB in Financier.
  • WAM   - Whack A Mole: The act of shifting money from one category to another to cover overspending.
  • YMMV  - Your Mileage May Vary: Extremely true with financial advice as everyone's circumstances are different.
  • YNAB  - You Need A Budget: Another budgeting software company.

Off-topic / PC Gaming
« on: October 26, 2016, 12:50:16 PM »

Why not fire up a post about PC gaming.

The only console I own is an older XBox 360 that only functions as a DVD player and is occasionally used for some Red Dead Redemption. I spend most of my time on the PC when it comes to games. Minecraft, Kerbal Space Program, Cities: Skyline, Civ V, etc. I stick to games that require thinking and planning. Lately, Factorio has been sucking up my time like no other. I find myself daydreaming about automation layouts during the day. I've been asked why I spend my whole day engineering at work, only to come home and engineer in my free time.  ;)

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