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Savings Bond Wizard and Mac

Postby hollowcave2 » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:35 am

I have a Mac laptop. I wanted to download and install the savings bond wizard, but it seems like it only runs in Windows.

I'm a bit surprised that there's no Mac version. Is it possible to install Wizard on a Mac?

I would think that with the popularity of Apple products, they'd have something for Mac users.

Anybody know how to do this?

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Re: Savings Bond Wizard and Mac

Postby sscritic » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:42 am

hollowcave2 wrote:I have a Mac laptop. I wanted to download and install the savings bond wizard, but it seems like it only runs in Windows.

I'm a bit surprised that there's no Mac version. Is it possible to install Wizard on a Mac?

I would think that with the popularity of Apple products, they'd have something for Mac users.

Anybody know how to do this?

Steve

You know the answer.
hollowcave2 wrote:it only runs in Windows

Another answer: Boot Camp
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Re: Savings Bond Wizard and Mac

Postby tetractys » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:20 am

hollowcave2 wrote:I have a Mac laptop. I wanted to download and install the savings bond wizard, but it seems like it only runs in Windows.

I use this instead: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/BC/SBCPrice.

It's nice because all you have to save on your computer is an html file. You can open as a list at any time without going online, or go online to update it.

You can enter the serial number of your I-bond like this, "IAAAE 1.40," to show the serial number plus the fixed rate.

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Re: Savings Bond Wizard and Mac

Postby Fletch » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:26 am

hollowcave2 wrote:I have a Mac laptop. I wanted to download and install the savings bond wizard, but it seems like it only runs in Windows.

I'm a bit surprised that there's no Mac version. Is it possible to install Wizard on a Mac?

I would think that with the popularity of Apple products, they'd have something for Mac users.

Anybody know how to do this?

Steve


Try "Virtual Box" on your Mac; it is free virtual machine software. I use it to run Quicken (or any other Windows program for which there is not a suitable Mac equivalent).

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Re: Savings Bond Wizard and Mac

Postby nisiprius » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:32 am

tetractys wrote:I use this instead: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/BC/SBCPrice.

It's nice because all you have to save on your computer is an html file. You can open as a list at any time without going online, or go online to update it.

You can enter the serial number of your I-bond like this, "IAAAE 1.40," to show the serial number plus the fixed rate.

Best regards, Tet
This is exactly what I do, with one exception that I save as "Web Archive" rather than "Page Source". Not sure if it actually makes much difference. "Web Archive" generally saves "more" (images, etc.) This procedure seems to do everything I need. Never felt the need to find out whether the Savings Bond wizard does anything more.
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Postby tetractys » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:51 am

Nisiprius,

Try saving just the source. I think it will look the same, with the same links etc., because the formatting is styled by the html, and there aren't any images anyway.

Also I believe TD's SBC does everything the Windows program does, except take up the extra file space. Personally even if I had Windows, I would still use TD's online program because of the added convenience. There's no need to download and store data updates, and no need to do upgrades, transfer files, or wrestle with program bugs.

Best regards, Tet
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Re: Savings Bond Wizard and Mac

Postby JupiterJones » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:54 am

sscritic wrote:Another answer: Boot Camp


I'll second that. Boot Camp itself is free, and works like a charm. You do have to buy a copy of Windows, but you can go online to save money and avoid being seen by anyone you know. I bought an OEM version, for example.

I'm not sure if it's worth doing it just for this "wizard," but there will probably be other times when you'll want to boot into Windows for something random, so it's a handy purchase, IMHO.

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thanks

Postby hollowcave2 » Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:44 pm

Thanks for all of the help. I'll try these ideas. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something. I was getting spoiled thinking a Mac can do everything.

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Re: thanks

Postby tetractys » Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:34 pm

hollowcave2 wrote:Thanks for all of the help. I'll try these ideas. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something. I was getting spoiled thinking a Mac can do everything.

There's also the Spotted Snake savings bond software. I'm not sure it's being upgraded any more, and once when I tried it it was buggy. -- Tet
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Re: thanks

Postby leftcoaster » Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:25 am

tetractys wrote:
hollowcave2 wrote:Thanks for all of the help. I'll try these ideas. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something. I was getting spoiled thinking a Mac can do everything.

There's also the Spotted Snake savings bond software. I'm not sure it's being upgraded any more, and once when I tried it it was buggy. -- Tet


It is indeed being upgraded as necessary. If there are bugs you can report them to support@spottedsnake.net.

We have quite a few happy users....
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Re: Savings Bond Wizard and Mac

Postby stevewolfe » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:05 am

I don't run Windows, but use the Savings Bond Wizard to keep track of my paper bonds on my linux laptop. I've done this by first installing WINE and then installing the Savings Bond Wizard with WINE. I've used this set up for years with no issues (at least 5 years if not more).

WINE is an open source implementation of a subset of the WIndows API. It's available for Mac OS X and would save you the cost of a Windows license and booting into boot camp for checking your bond prices monthly.
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Re: Savings Bond Wizard and Mac

Postby nisiprius » Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:25 pm

WinOnX is available for $4.99 in the App Store and is some kind of version of WINE. I downloaded it mostly out of curiosity. I don't know how it compares with going straight to WineHQ, or with buying CrossOver for $60.

I downloaded and installed Savings Bond Wizard using WinOnX. I'm afraid I didn't do anything more than verify that it does seem to run.
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