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Ashkenaz reviewed on 15 Feb 2014
@ MacUpdate-Jess (see below) It is absolutely unacceptable for site administration to alter a legitimate member's rating *for any reason*. The explanation of how you checked the questionable reviewers' originating locations was helpful and demonstrates due diligence, which is admirable.

Your argument for reduced standards is unfortunate, since it diminishes—perhaps negates—the utility of the MacUpdate subscription I have had since 2006. Yet this is an issue on which people of good will may agree to disagree.

By contrast, your meddling with ratings awarded by legitimate contributors is, well, contemptible and demeans both yourself and your employer. I am effectively restoring Donmontalvo's half-star rating. If MacUpdate wants to throw away a subscriber who has purchased more than fifty applications through this site, remove my rating as well.

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Ashkenaz replied on 15 Feb 2014
The half-star rating was quite intentional ("I am effectively restoring Donmontalvo's half-star rating"). My own evaluation is irrelevant; the goal was to restore a half-star rating summarily deleted by MacUpdate. (For the record, I have never communicated with either Donmontalvo or Jess.)

Ashkenaz rated on 02 Sep 2013
[Version 2.7.1]


Ashkenaz reviewed on 30 Dec 2012
I've found iTeleport to be the best of several alternatives of varying efficacy. LogMeIn works well but requires a Web interface: the Mac application sets up but does not actually make the connection. By contrast, iTeleport (and its companion on the remote computer, iTeleport Connect) eliminates the intermediation of a browser, which I somewhat prefer. Neither Slink nor ShareTool work at all for me. The (very responsive) tech support in both cases concluded that my particular setup makes remote connection with any application impossible, which is clearly not the case. iTeleport has indeed proven magical, pulling rabbits out of hats on both my iMac and iPad. [Note that I was unable to change the Features rating to 5 after initially clicking 4.5.]
[Version 6.1.0]

Ashkenaz rated on 08 Nov 2012
[Version 5.0]

Ashkenaz commented on 07 Apr 2012
The developer should be commended for not compelling the user to purchase via the App Store. This tipped the balance for me.
[Version 2.2.2]


Ashkenaz reviewed on 29 Jul 2011
And the Bohdan Khmelnytsky Award for relentless cyberstalking of anyone daring to voice a negative opinion of MacKeeper goes to . . . Sanapaul. His main weapon: endless smarmy cookie-cutter responses which serve only to impede the lively exchange of information and ideas. A less flawed product and marketing strategy would have no need of such diversionary tactics.
[Version 1.0.5]

Ashkenaz rated on 05 Mar 2011
[Version 1.4.4]

Ashkenaz commented on 08 Nov 2010
I'm surprised MacUpdate supports the cheesy self-promotion of the developer "poll" or that the developer stoops to it. Why-do-you-think-our-product-is-wonderful "polls" are nothing more than advertising devices; a genuinely interested developer would query existing users directly. This demeans the product and, more importantly, polling in general, desensitizing us to its valid impartial use. MacUpdate itself is all the poll we need here.
[Version 5.7.0]


Ashkenaz reviewed on 27 Sep 2010
For those many of us who deplore the piling-on of unwanted "features" which send us out foraging for undocumented methods of removal or undoing, it's time to pool our voices to outshout Steve Jobs' tin inner ear. Apple's cross-advertising within the app itself is more Windoze- than Apple-like. I want to *use* iTunes, not be marketed to by it. Perhaps enough complaints in public for a will have some effect. Probably not, but it's worth the try. I really would hate to find a replacement app and, as others have pointed out, replacing iTunes is not even a possibility for many.
[Version 10.0.1]

Ashkenaz commented on 06 Mar 2010
On its own terms, this modest incremental upgrade warrants neither a full version bump nor an upgrade fee of nearly a third of the original price. I prefer to think of this as a subscription fee to help ensure that the engaged developer remains so. As such, it's worth giving in to the gentle extortion.
[Version 11.0.1]

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