Jay uses a budget program called "You Need a Budget" because he wasn't happy with Mint. But it doesn't have the features he wants. He heard that Excel can now connect to his bank. True? Leo says Google just announced that as a new feature, importing bank information. Leo says that there's a subreddit at reddit.com/r/personalfinance. There's a good topic of discussion there. Another option is an app called Personal Capital.
Stan is having a computer display issue. He has issues when he plays video. But when he uses Linux remotely, he has no issue. But when he's on Linux directly, he has an issue. Leo suspects that there's an issue with the video card. Maybe an incompatible video driver. You could remove the driver, and reinstall it. Or, get an inexpensive video card and see if it fixes the problem. Leo says that using a different flavor of Linux, like PopOS could also solve it.
Jeff wants to use Mint online, but he's concerned about putting his data online. Leo says that Mint is very secure and he uses it for his business at Tech Guy Labs. Does Mint work with 2 Factor Authentication? Leo says yes, and it does support password vaults like LastPass. But all the security in the world doesn't protect him from a data breach.
Greg would like an alternative to Quicken. He doesn't like the subscription service, and is tired of buying upgrades. He would prefer a Mac option that Turbo Tax will support. Leo says that he thinks Intuit wants everyone to move towards Mint, which is free. Mint automatically imports bank and credit card information. It does a great job categorizing as well. There's an open source app called Money Manager EX, which Leo says is designed for those looking to leave Quicken.
Dan wants to know if there's an app that will automatically look at his bank account and divide up his expenses to categorize them for taxes. Leo says that spreadsheets were designed with a database feature which will certainly do that. All he needs to do is set it up. There are also spreadsheet templates for Excel and others which are likely available to do what he wants. Leo also says that it may be worth doing with Mint. It's free and has a lot of automatic features.
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Antonio wants to use Linux Mint. Is it safe? Leo says yes. It's very Windows-like or even Mac-like, and it's very easy to install. Some complain that Mint isn't kept up to date as much as it should be. Antergos is one that is, though.
Roy has been playing with Linux Mint and wants to know if Wine is safe to use with it. Wine duplicates the Windows Programming Interface, so that he could run a Windows program in Linux. Leo says it's plenty safe to use. Wine tends to work best with more popular programs, so a smaller program may not run on it.
Phil has been using Microsoft Money and he knows they don't support it anymore. Leo says that Money used to use features that are no longer supported, so they released a "sunset" version that doesn't support those features. Phil uses it on his Mac in Parallels, but it's pretty slow. Leo says that there are three virtual machine apps that work well -- Parallels, VMWare Fusion, and Oracle's free VirtualBox.
Mint is a website and app that was bought by Intuit, the makers of the popular Quicken program. Instead of having to enter in every transaction manually, Mint can automatically categorize your transactions and show account information. It's secure and safe, but sometimes Mint's notifications are late. Bennie doesn't have to worry though, Mint is secure.
Frannie is looking for an app that can keep track of every charge she makes so she can pay everything off at the end of the month. What's an easy way to check and reconcile charges with a phone?