Wednesday, 14 December 2005
|1419 - Another coaster, and not from AOL|
One of the things that landed in my mailbox while I was in NYC was a copy of H&R Block TaxCut Deluxe+State. I used TaxCut for the Mac the past two years, and plan to do so again this year. Needless to say, I was pleased by the advance delivery.
Then I opened the package. Guess what? Yes, it's the Windows version. At least the case is completely reusable.
I still plan to get TaxCut for the Mac...but good grief, people, can't you check your registration records enough to see that I have never bought the Windows version, and either save yourself the expense of sending me the coaster, or send the Mac version instead? They don't even have any info on the CD as to how to get the Mac version instead.
current mood: irritated
current music: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wizards in Winter
Damn damn damn. I'd sworn off TurboTax after their activation fiasco a few years ago...and I'm not at all fond of doing my taxes on the web. Now what? Grumble.
Confirmed. I just called the TaxCut sales line, and was told they aren't doing a Mac version. Since I refuse to run that collection of security holes masquerading as an OS known as Windows, that means I have to decide if I want to reward Intuit with my business for still producing a Mac product - even with their brain-dead activation crap - or go back to doing it manually.
I'd be hard pressed, personally to use Turbo Tax again. Granted, they have since removed it, but if their upper management is dumb enough to have actually allowed it in, well... then again, doing it by hand is kind of a PITA too.
Yeah. Exactly. I can't help but wonder what kind of idiotic crap Intuit will try to pull next, and what kind of damage it might do to my system's integrity.
Couldn't you just hire an accountant?
I could, but that's more expensive, and there's the minor matter of having all of one's documentation gathered up before on ever talks to the guy - which a tax program avoids. (If you find, or think of, something later, you can go back and re-do it.)
What's this activation business you speak of?
A few years ago, TurboTax for the PC had to be activated before it would run. This meant that you had to contact Intuit and receive an activation code. The process was implemented in a way that meant that you could not install it on more than one PC. Even if the first PC you installed it on died, you had to buy another copy of the program; Intuit would not give one person more than one activation code. The activation process also wrote to an area of the hard disk that no application should ever touch, and that caused problems with some drivers.
There was a lot of consumer outrage over the whole deal, and Intuit eventually backed down. I don't know what other idiocy they've perpetrated since then, though.