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I have been running Little Snitch and Hands Off! side by side for several months on 10.6.8. Hands Off is becoming my top choice, to the point I am ready to uninstall LS.
@Kzx72 You mean, why is HO! becoming my top choice, or, why am I ready to uninstall LS?
@Cgc So, which of the two (2) options above did you find to be the obvious one?
Little Snitch has dropped the ball big-time. Rules that I disable, keep getting re-enabled without any alert on restart. This issue was apparently noted since January 2014, and yet nothing so far has been done to correct it. See: http://forums.obdev.at/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8283&p=24742&hilit=+disable+protected#p24809 I have happily used LS for several years, till now.
If done right, this could rival Little Snitch and Hands Off. I am particularly interested in the per-site access control, i.e. cutting Google.analytics cookies for some sites but not other. To my knowledge (and I could be wrong) this control is still lacking in both LS and HO, which are rather application-oriented, instead of site-oriented. I'll be watching development for this tool with interest.
@Aadams77 Didn't know about DoNotTrackMe. Thanks, I will download it. I upgraded Little Snitch under the false impression I could now set access preferences for each site. I agree LS is great, but Hands Off (which I recently got as well) has a great feature LS is missing: file-level protection. I don't think HO is inferior to LS. In the past couple of months of using both, I am spending more time in HO than LS.
The $50 entry-level for Accordance probably offers less than many free, open source bible programs (i.e. MacSword). The often touted advanced search features mean little if the modules that use it will cost hundreds extra. I have been interested in purchasing Accordance for a while, but whenever I looked at what I was getting I always came away disappointed. I have been using MacSword, and Online Bible Deluxe which I bought on CD for $100, with tons of add-on modules. Still looking for a good, fully tagged Original Languages Study program under $150.
Here's my little rant: I hate it when System support is dropped mid-version. I only recently bought Espresso 2.0.5, but now I cannot benefit from any bugfixes because my system version is no longer supported. Dear developer, don't be unethical. Please, maintain support for the system you begin a version with, or else tell us upfront you'll be dropping support so we don't invest in a dud.
I have finished my 2-year subscription with VirusBarrier today, and the app ceased from running altogether, locking me out from the web using Safari (I am using Firefox as I write this). If I recall correctly, in my previous subscription VB stopped updating the virus definitions - which I thought was fair enough - but now, the application is greyed-out and totally disabled, all configurations are deactivated, and worse, it interferes with my web surfing, holding me hostage until I renew my subscription. I was going to upgrade at my convenience, but, I have just decided I will not. I realised its value is much less than I thought at first. The application should at least have allowed access to the web with the previous settings. Very poor user experience, Intego!
I don't know if this is related, but one of my email accounts was also disabled at the same time I lost Safari access to the web. It may be that I clicked on the wrong button on a warning dialogue in my mail browser, but with VB being now inaccessible I cannot find what caused it, or correct it. I wonder whether trashing VirusBarrier will fix the problem or make it worse. Any help is appreciated.
All things are now back to normal. Safari web access is back, as well as my lost email account. The culprit was VirusBarrier, as I suspected. I write this for those who might have the same problem: If, after VB expires, you click on a VB threat warning dialogue by mistake, you permanently loose access to the link using that URL (in my case, about 90% of all my links, including MacUpdate). The problem is that although VB is no longer functional or accessible, you can still disable URLs that may be perceived as threats, but you have no way to reverse this action. This virtually turns VirusBarrier - as already mentioned on the web - into malware. The way I returned to normality was to find the old installer, run it again, and from there to uninstall the application. Then, I rebooted. All seems to work fine now.
As an organizational and archival tool, DevonThink Pro would be a fantastic application, if it would work right. But, several problems prevent it from being that. Capturing a page from a web-browser (whether as Text, Webarchive, or PDF) is useless, because, except for tags and folders designated as favorite, not all paths in the database are available from the save panel. The same issue is encountered when saving a page via the scripts from the script folder. Equally frustrating is it's inability to make hyperlinks in a page, because, again, not all paths are available. This was true in Leopard, and it continues to be true in Snow Leopard. I have for a long time refrained from rating DTP because I really like what DTP does, waiting update after update to see this resolved, but time is up. I will revise my rating as the developer corrects the problem.
The developer's website states: "Edit any website's CSS and see it update in real-time. No need to save, publish or reload." Does anyone know where and how this feature can be invoked?