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Two days left for developer submissions.

8/29/2007 in ClearCheckbook News
That's right, there are 2 days left to submit your information if you're interested in developing for We've had a lot of good applicants submit their information to us already, but the more choices we have the better.

If you missed the previous post, please check it out for more information:

I look forward to hearing from you!

Site Update Complete

8/23/2007 in ClearCheckbook Updates
We made several behind the scenes updates to the site tonight and the result should be extremely noticeable. The speed of pretty much everything should be improved. This includes the reports, balances, Google Gadget, Dashboard Widget as well as many of our other features.

If you happen to notice any issues, use the contact form at the bottom of the page to let us know.

Site Maintenance Tonight (August 23)

8/23/2007 in ClearCheckbook Updates
We're finishing some updates that we're going to roll out tonight which should help greatly reduce the amount of stress on the site and really help to speed things up.

This update affects the Balance Overview and the balances that appear at the top of the Accounts and Jive pages. These two features of the site draw a lot of processing power the way they're currently being processed. In the new method, things will be much much quicker and won't rely on the database nearly at all to calculate the balances.

In addition to fixing the balances you see on the site, it will also help tremendously speed up the time it takes for the Google Gadget and Dashboard Widget to calculate your overall balances.

The updates will start around 10:00pm EST and could last up to a few hours. During this update, the site could run slower than normal, so be prepared.

I'll make another post once the update has been successfully completed.

10 Days Remaining for Developer Submissions

8/21/2007 in ClearCheckbook News
That's right, there are 10 days left to submit your information if you're interested in developing for We've had a lot of good applicants submit their information to us already, but the more choices we have the better.

If you missed the previous post, please check it out for more information:

Interested in Developing for

8/9/2007 in ClearCheckbook News
ClearCheckbook opened for public use on May 20, 2006 and has since grown to around 6,500 active users who have entered over 600,000 transactions. Up until now, there has only been one person coding/maintaining/answering questions/troubleshooting/running the site, and that's been me.

What started out as a personal project for myself has grown far bigger than I ever could have imagined. I thought I had the time and energy to keep the site updated and evolving as the demand came in. Recently I've come to the realization that I simply have too many projects on my plate and can't keep ClearCheckbook updated as needed.

This has made me decide to ask for some help and look for someone who has a great knowledge of PHP/MySQL/Javascript and a good eye for design. This position would mean you helping with site updates (mainly the completion and release of V2) as well as future projects such as building an API for the site and improving and evolving the site as needed.

Unfortunately, this will have to be an unpaid position as the site doesn't actually make any money. The donations we receive are used to cover the costs of hosting and everything that goes along with it.

The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys seeing other people benefit from their work and wants to help people stay on top of their finances by providing the best site out there for just that. Being a user of the site is also a great plus, but not a requirement.

If you're interested, please email me a brief resume and some sites you've worked on or currently work on as well as a little bit of information about yourself. You can send all information to brandon [at] clearcheckbook [dot] com (modified to prevent spambots).

I'll be accepting resumes until August 31st. I look forward to hearing from you!

ClearCheckbook Mentioned in Money Magazine

8/1/2007 in ClearCheckbook News
ClearCheckbook was mentioned in the August edition of Money Magazine in a segment about cutting your spending with free tools. We were mentioned along with two other software alternatives.

The segment reads:
"Pros: Info is stored online so you can access it anywhere. You can add expenses as they happen via cell phone or IM. The program also reminds you of recurring expenses.
Con: Budget resets every month, so if you've underspent on groceries, say, the balance doesn't roll over.

Here are images of the cover and story.

For those of you who found the site from this article, welcome! Please let us know your impressions and any comments you have by posting here in the blog or sending us a message.

If your publication or blog would like to talk to someone about ClearCheckbook, please use the Contact Us form and we'll be happy to point you in the right direction.


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