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Excellent utility. Dragging a window through a portal works as expected, so the portals are indeed able to accommodate objects much larger than they are. The only issue I had were some graphics problems after letting go of the command key while dragging a portal, which is needed to drag one portal through the other portal.
The portal I'm dragging flickers between normal and just not being drawn, and the other portal flickers back and forth between its normal color and the color of the one being dragged. If I pause dragging, sometimes the one being dragged won't be there for that frame/at that position, so it looks like the portal is actually getting rendered in the wrong place every other drawing cycle. This only happens if I let go of command while dragging, but keep the mouse button held down the entire time. If I press command again, the portals go back to gray and render properly.
I will say this again: this is a simple GUI to smartmontools (http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/). Only it costs $25, just as a GUI wrapper on otherwise-free software. On top of that, this utility does NOT use the included smartd to proactively monitor drives. (Nor does it poll them itself in any useful fashion.) No SMART utility is going to protect you against all drive failures, but you may get a warning of impending failure. This just isn't a good utility to watch those warnings, due to a poor polling setup. (Not to mention the price; I imagine others can point at various utilities that also use smartmontools.) But $25 for a utility that took many hours to build for free, just wrapper in a GUI that gives you text output? Ridiculous.
I'll say this again: no one is forcing you to read my comments. Should only users who want to praise the software post comments? I can certainly say that no SMART utility will protect you against all failures, yet also complain about the polling frequency. The software says to run it manually once a week. Having it run self-tests automatically on, say, a daily basis is pretty reasonable. Where exactly did I suggest running SMART tests hourly? Half your comment is based on putting words in my mouth. (Though, hey, setting the frequency is always a nice option, so it's good if it does include that now.) And where did I suggest that people should be using smartmontools and the Terminal over software like this? A GUI is appropriate for most people. I was simply pointing out that this is based on the free smartmontools, and is just a very simple GUI wrapper around that software (yet costs $25.) Noting that the price is excessive does not imply that I think the average user is better off trying to get smartmontools working from source. That would be silly. There are similar utilities for free or around $5. Some of them probably use smartd correctly, etc. (Who knows what this program will do if you set it to something like polling a drive at 1-hour intervals when it has a 4-hour long self-test cycle...perhaps just keep interrupting the test! Using smartd, since it's just using smartmontools anyways, lets me know it's polling "correctly.")
Yes, I understand the difference between polling the current SMART data and running a self test. (You forget to mention running offline tests, sector range tests, and other things which this doesn't even support.) Those are all part of the base functionality of smartmontools. My main point here, yet again, is that you are paying $25 for a GUI wrapper (and not a great one, from what I've seen; and yes, I've tried prior versions, out of curiosity) around a free tool. With cheaper (or free) GUI wrappers available for the same. But hey, if you want to consider informed comments as "mouthing off", well, go ahead. If I HAD tried the current version, I would have written this as a review rather than as a comment. Again, nobody's forcing you to read comments. (Oh, and I'd completely disagree that a SMART short self-test is something you shouldn't run frequently. Most drives take 2 - 3 minutes to do a short self-test, and is something worth running daily at least.)
Herald is really so much better than Mountain Lion Notifications... Herald lets you read and flag messages from its popup, instead of having to switch to Mail.app as with Notifications. This means much less time wasted switching back and forth between apps. Using Notifications simply gives you a preview, and requires you to switch to Mail.app to do anything more. For things like reading brief messages or marking spam, Herald is a huge time saver over Notifications. (Also, Notifications won't clear after you've read a message in Mail.app...you have to clear the notification manually, yet another step.)
Hmm, so over 1GB, mainly to get pushed higher-res stuff for Retina-display MBPs it seems...the new localizations are probably some of that, but I imagine the main thing is retina display support. Anyone notice how much extra space it takes up after actual installation? Never having actually launched iMovie, I'd be a bit annoyed if it was just 1GB of extra high-res retina display stuff. If it's replacing lots of stuff and isn't anywhere near 1GB, that's much better.
Okay, 6.1 has SOME IPv6 support back...but still not all the same options that 5.x had. For example, there's no option to configure the netmask in host mode! I tried sticking /48 on the end of my address, but that didn't take; apparently, they assume that any end user will be using a /64. Note that they still provide 5.6.x for "advanced users" or whatever. Unfortunately, the 5.6.1 version currently linked on MU is only for 10.5/10.6, even though the text says it's for 10.7. (There doesn't seem to be a 10.7-compatible version of 5.6.1 on Apple's site at all. Just 5.6.) I cannot give this a higher rating until they restore full IPv6 support in 6.x.
I'm amused that the screenshot shows Tribler quite obviously being used to pirate movies. :) (Might want to take a screenshot of a random free torrent...)
Funny, the one five-star rating appears to be from the developer. (Only comment/rating from that user, and the website on that user's profile is listed as http://tuneupmymac.com/.) Developers rating your own software: at least have the sense to not put your URL in your profile... (And I can't even tell what this software does, other than some vague things that will help make my Mac "stronger.")
Seriously? While the idea of of a streamlined menu bar activity monitor is interesting, it seems like more effort has gone into trying to make the user feel "oh no, my computer will blow up if I don't install this!"
It's still "Chromium.app" with 17.0, even though it shows up in the Finder as "SRWare Iron.app." (Get info on it or do an "ls" and you'll see "Chromium.") Still appears to use default Chromium folders in ~/Library and so forth, so even if you rename it, you're going to have issues if you did want to use both! Honestly, there's no reason to use this over Chromium; the links Popguru posted below are worth reading. While I'm all for more developers contributing to open-source, like Chrome derivatives, this particular one appears to be more of a marketing tool for the developer, providing pretty much nothing over Chromium, other than a different name. (And even that part isn't done right!)
More buggy update fun...just when I thought 4.3.1 had cleanly updated, I noticed that the *documentation* for the iOS 5.1 SDK didn't install, with an error icon instead. (It gives me an "access denied for download" error if I retry.) The rest of my components and documentation updated fine after entering my login info... This isn't even the SDK (that's included in the base update), but just the documentation for it! Guess I'll try installing that package again in a day or two and see if it works then. I bet someone at Apple just screwed up the permissions on their servers, since it's a new package and not just an update.