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Bytesmiths rated on 23 Jun 2012
[Version 1.7]



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Bytesmiths reviewed on 25 Feb 2012
Integration with MySQL is poor. It won't work with the standard MySQL that comes with Snow Leopard Server, because it has a local interface at /var/mysql/mysql.sock, but Tcal insists it be at /tmp/mysql.sock.

So I fixed that with a hard link, but then Tcal can't find the user "@localhost," which is not a proper user name. The documentation says to make a user called "Admin" with NO PASSWORD -- THIS IS A NO-NO!

Typically, a MySQL application would have a config file somewhere that has the server, user, password, and database listed, but these are apparently hard-compiled into Tcal -- yuk! (After a lot of digging, I used the "strings" utility to find '/tmp/mysql.sock hard-wired into TcalServer.app/Contents/MacOS/Externals/database_drivers/dbmysql.bundle/Contents/MacOS/dbmysql -- double-yuk!)

I had high hopes that this would be a nice way of integrating calendar info into other MySQL apps, as the developer's website claims. But there seems to be no documentation for doing so.

Finally, US$110 seems very steep for something so inflexible. Perhaps that comes with a lot of hand-holding, but that's a lot of money for me to take a risk that support will be a lot better than the documentation.

Having spent several hours trying to get this to work on my stock MacOS X Snow Leopard Server, I'm still looking for a good MySQL calendar app.
[Version 1.3.8]



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Bytesmiths reviewed on 16 Jan 2012
Default Folder is the FIRST third-party item I add when I get a new machine! I can't live without it! Apple should buy St. Clair Software out and add this to the base functionality of MacOS!
[Version 4.4.8]



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Bytesmiths reviewed on 21 Jun 2011
This is an outstanding and versatile tool. It is dead simple to do simple things, but I dinged it a bit for "Ease of Use" for doing some complicated things.

Case in point: I use it to randomly access my database of over 7,000 quotes, stored in MySQL. It took a bit of sleuthing, guessing, and contact with the developer (who was VERY supportive) to get it to work. Here's how it went:

I have a signature like this:

{script:nopre:"/Users/jan/bin/randquote"}

The script that fires up is this:


#!/bin/bash
echo -n `/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql --user=**** --password=**** --host **** --database=**** --raw --silent --batch < < -EnDoFcOmMaNd
SELECT
CONCAT(Quote, " -- ", AuthorFirst, " ", AuthorLast)
FROM Quotes
WHERE ${*:-UseInEmail = 'yes'}
ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 1;
EnDoFcOmMaNd`

(The parameters marked "****" are site-specific.)

What I would REALLY like would be a way to pass a parameter into the script, so I could pick a random signature from among those with a particular keyword, for example.

The script thing sometimes times out or says NULL, but overall, this is a wonderful free utility and I highly recommend it to both novices and graybeard UNIX script junkies.
[Version 1.5.9]



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Bytesmiths commented on 18 Apr 2009
I recommend stating that it is for gmail only very prominent in the description. I got too excited when I thought it was a general SMTP client.
[Version 1.1b3]



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Bytesmiths reviewed on 17 Dec 2007
I have been using this off and on for several years

It is great for "standard" stuff like INT and VARCHAR, but BEWARE using it for BLOB and TEXT types!

I used it to add some images to a database in BLOB format. It hex-encoded the data in the BLOB field for some strange reason, which itself wasn't any great loss, but what makes it totally unacceptable is that it also hex-encoded all the TEXT fields in the same record! This is BAD NEWS!

Luckily, I discovered this before it went very far, and I found a Service that translated hex-encoded text back to ASCII, and fixed the fields that CocoaMySQL broke.

For those who want a freeware MySQL client that will not corrupt TEXT and BLOB fields, I recomment YourSQL, which has served me well in such an application.
[Version 0.7.1]


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Bytesmiths replied on 05 Jul 2012
My new favourite native MySQL client is Sequel Pro -- five stars, and doesn't corrupt BLOBs!
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Bytesmiths reviewed on 03 Dec 2007
I can't get it to read files from Readerware. It keeps saying "I suggest trying another text encoding," but I'm sure it's a UTF-8 file, and I'm not about to go down the list, trying encodings from Arabic to Zulu to see which works.

In addition, when I first got this message, I tried the prefs to read a TAB file, but it froze on me.

The notion of an arbitrary donation amount is admirable. I might send the developer $1 out of sympathy and encouragement.

Needs work.
[Version 1.0.5]


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Bytesmiths replied on 08 Jan 2008
Sorry you took offense and chose to call me rude.

When a program doesn't work at all and crashes when I feed it reasonable data, I feel justified in giving it one star.

"Why didn't you contact me first," while admirable, is not good enough. We're all busy people. I am not your QA department. You could have called it a "beta," or asked people to help you debug it. Instead, you call those who have problems "rude."

And MacUpdate calls it "unethical" when you post star ratings for your own products.
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Bytesmiths replied on 08 Jan 2008
Please excuse that last line. In looking at the comments, I thought you had given yourself stars after complaining about my one star, but I was looking at a different review.
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Bytesmiths had trouble on 08 Jun 2010
WARNING! Cosmopod 4.4.1 breaks Safari 5.0, such than no website will load.

Remove /Library/InputManagers/CosmoPod, and Safari 5.0 works fine.

I sent CocoaMug Software a note to that effect, and they replied within five minutes that an update was on the way...
[Version 4.4.1]



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