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Duane D. Tinsley, President
Simply Computer Software, Inc.


Duane D. Tinsley is the President of Simply Computer Software, Inc. and has been involved with affordable housing since 1982. Duane is the creator of FHA Software which is currently being used to automate over 5,500 RD, HUD, and LIHTC projects nationwide. Duane continues to be involved with software development and attends industry vendor meetings to stay on top of required changes. Duane also attends and speaks at numerious management association conferences throughout the year which includes sponsor/exhibitor display participation. Most of the SCS website pages provide information about FHA Software for potential clients, as well as existing users. This blog page is a way for Duane to chronologically document ongoing industry related events that he feels are of interest.

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Just reposted the 2011.04.30 Update Release to our ftp site with the new HUD-50059 & HUD-50059-A form revisions. Running or rerunning this update will provide our users with these new form revissions. .. DT.
Just posted the 2011.04.30 Update Release to our ftp site. Broadcast Email Messages will be sent out Thursday. .. DT.
Severe storms in our area left us without phone and internet service for most all of Tuesday. Service was finally restored this morning. We are making every effort to catch up with emailed support requests and appreciate your patience. .. DT.
Just posted the 2011.03.31 Update Release to our ftp site. Broadcast Email Messages will be sent our shortly. 1st Quarter Update CDROM's will be placed in the mail this week. .. DT.
HUD's iMAX System is having issues today. If you are getting an "Unauthorized" error when attempting to send or retrieve messages through the iMAX Communications feature, don't change anything in your system. Everyone is getting this error as it is an issue within the TRACS system. Be patient and try sending your MAT files periodically throughout the day. Monitor the TRACS Discussion Forum and Announcements website for submission status. .. DT.
Our Annual 2-Day FHA Software Training Seminar was held earlier this week and appreciate all those who attended. It's always nice to meet our users and really value your use of FHA Software. Thanks again. .. DT.
Our Annual 2-Day Training Seminar will be here in Rockford, IL the next couples days which will shorten the number of support staff available during this time. We'll be back at full strength on Thursday. We also had phone line trouble early today, but it seems to have cleared in the afternoon. If you had diffuculty reaching us by phone today, please try again or email your support issues. .. DT.
The Multi-Property Checks option will be reinstated in the next Update Release ( 2011.03.31 ] which allows our users to print MICR checks for multi-properties in one check run. Check Factory was able to revise their new version 5 Visual Series software to allow this ability and has posted a v5.00.67 Update to their website with this revision. If you print MICR checks from FHA Software and want to use the Multi-Property Checks option to print checks, make sure you download and install the v5.00.67 Check Factory software update before the end of March 2011 when our FHA Software Update becomes available. .. DT.
Just posted a PDF file copy of our newly revised FHA Software - User Manual to our DOWNLOADS page. If you would like to be sent a printed copy, let us know and we'll send it to you with a $12.00 per copy invoice. All attendees at next weeks 2-Day FHA Software Training Seminar will be given an updated User Manual. .. DT.
Just posted the 2011.02.28 Update Release to our ftp site. Broadcast Email Messages will be sent our shortly. Seats are still available for our Annual 2-Day FHA Software Training Seminar scheduled for March 22 & 23, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford, IL. Seminar information and registration form is available on the Training page of our website. .. DT.
Our Annual 2-Day FHA Software Training Seminar is scheduled for March 22 & 23, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford, IL. A seminar brochure and registration form will be sent by mail to all registered users by the end of the week. The training page of our website has also been updated with seminar information and registration form. Hope to see you there. .. DT.
Just posted the 2010.12.31 Update Release to our ftp site. Broadcast Email Messages will be sent our shortly. 4th Quarter Update CDROM's will be placed in the mail this week. 2011 AMFEE's are due by the end of January 2011. If you purchased FHA Software prior to 01/01/2010 and did not get your 2011 AMFEE Invoice in the mail by now, call Michelle at ext.#3 to get another copy emailed to you. Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. .. DT.
Just sent a Broadcast Email Message to all our Accounting feature users with a refresher on how to create a Chart of Accounts for the new 2011 year. .. DT.
The main office will be closed December 24th - 26th which includes the toll-free support line. Emails sent to Support@SimplyComputer.net will be monitored and responded to throughout the Christmas Holiday weekend. Have a Merry Christmas. .. DT.
Just posted the 2010.12.15 Update Release to our ftp site with revisions that mostly affect our Accounting feature users. .. DT.
Just posted the 2010.11.30 Update Release to our ftp site and will be sending a Broadcast Email Message announcing this update shortly. 2011 Annual Maintenance Fee ( AMFEE ) invoices are also being mailed out this week. Had a great time at our 1-Day FHA Software Training Seminar in Eugene, OR a few weeks ago and really value our northwest coast users. The tornado that went through Caledonia, IL the week of Thanksgiving just missed my house by a quarter mile and left our office without power for a day. They are still replacing four or five towers that support major power lines in the Rockford, IL area. We finally got our first snow of the year and it was 7 degrees out when I came to work yesterday. Burrrrrr. Winter's here! .. DT.
Just posted the 2010.10.31 Update Release to our ftp site and will be sending a Broadcast Email Message announcing this update shortly. This update includes a new QuickBooks - Payroll Transaction Detail import feature that will automatically import payroll checks entered in the QuickBooks program as A/P entries in FHA Software. .. DT.
Just posted the RRHA Texas Lease - 2011 Update to our website and will be emailing an update announcement Thursday morning to all users that have an email address on file. Update announcement letters will also be placed in the mail to all users by Friday. .. DT.
Finally posted the 2010.09.30 Update Release to our ftp site and will be sending a Broadcast Email Message announcing this update later this week. This update had some revisions made to the Check Printing Process which affects all custom check layouts. If you are using our Accounting features and have a custom check layout, you will be emailed specific instructions for retrieving your revised custom check layout file after you've successfully updated to the 2010.09.30 Update Release. .. DT.
For our RD Project users that are getting INVALID SECMENT CODE errors on their RD 3560-7 Proposed Budget submisions to MINC, this is being caused by carraige returns in your Budget Narrative. Copy & pasting your narrative from a Word Document will create this issue. Remove all carraige returns and unecssary spaces so that the narrative is one continuous paragraph of sentences. This will solve this submission issue. .. DT.
We're getting quite a few calls from our HUD Project users who are getting 402 Error messages when attempting to send MAT files through the iMAX System. Awhile back, when you logged into HUDís SECURE SIGN-IN to access EIV or SAVE, you agreed to complete a Security Awareness Training course provided by HUD and have not done so. Your WASS ID is now not able to electronically submit through iMAX until you do. Go to [ http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/mfh/trx/trxsum.cfm ], click-on the Security Training Requirements link and print this 4 page document. Follow the instructions provided to complete the Security Awareness Training course. Make sure you print the Certification of Completion document that is available at the end of the course. When completed, your WASS ID will be reinstated for iMAX Submissions. This may take a few days however. In the meantime, if you need MAT files submitted to TRACS, email them to me along with who you submit them to and Iíll send them for you. .. DT.
Just posted the 2010.05.19 Update Release to our ftp site for the RRHA of Texas Lease program that includes an updated RRHA Approved Lease and Rental Application form. A Broadcast Email Message will be sent later this afternoon announcing this update. A letter will also be sent to all RRHA Texas Lease users by mail, as well. .. DT.
Just posted the 2010.03.31 Update Release to our ftp site and will be sending a Broadcast Email Message out announcing this update on Monday. First quarter Update CDROM's will be placed in the mail on Monday, as well. We held our Annual 2-Day FHA Software Training Seminr here in Rockford, IL and would like to thank all that attended. It's nice to meet with our users and have lots of great suggestions for future updates. TRACS also held a meeting in Washington DC a couple weeks ago that will effect WASS ID use with iMAX submissions. I'll send a separate Broadcast Email Message in a couple weeks with more details about that. Have a safe Easter Weekend. .. DT.
Just posted the 2010.04.30 Update Release to our ftp site and will be sending a Broadcast Email Message announcing this update later this afternoon. Still waiting for HUD to post the 2010 Income Limit Schedule. As you may already know, HUD's EIV site is down and they have delayed implentation of the Security Training acknowledgement procedure that was suppose to be prompted when you login to HUD's Secure System on or after May 1, 2010. .. DT.
The main office will be closed today ( Martin Luther King holiday ). .. DT.