David Emery
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Deemery reviewed on 09 Jan 2014
The Mac versions of Civilization have never really been very Mac-like in their interface. Stability has been a problem in the past, but Civ V has been pretty stable. Civ V introduces new wrinkles, some of them are a bit strange, but I respect their intent to add more than just 'discovery', 'conflict' and 'resource planning' to the game.

The problem is STEAM, which is a total piece of fertilizer! I will not buy any game that requires Steam, and I'm sick-and-tired of what feels like daily/weekly updates to something I didn't want in the first place.


Deemery reviewed on 24 Oct 2013
Do not Install Mavericks if you need VPN! There are substantial problems with VPN running on on this. Installing base Mavericks will (not surprisingly) disable previous Server product.

I'm also having problems with mobile account synching.

This was NOT ready for release. Someone wrote on an Apple support forum, "I paid $19.95 to Apple to beta test Server 3." I have a lot of sympathy with that perspective.
[Version 3.0]


Deemery reviewed on 26 Jul 2013
There are two items I've installed on every Mac I've owned for the last 20 years, Default Folder and Graphic Converter. Both items have 'stood the test of time' in terms of software quality, utility and value for the price.

I use maybe 10% of the features of Default Folder, but as someone else commented, a Mac feels crippled without it. I really wonder why Apple hasn't taken this functionality into the core of Mac OS X.
[Version 4.5.10]

Deemery commented on 27 Mar 2013
I wanted to configure Chrome to only go where I wanted it go go, and nowhere else. I disabled a lot of the Google add-ons (blocked via firewall). Then when I tried to go to www.cnn.com, it sent me to www.cnn.com.vtgf.net

[Version 26.0.1410.43]

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Deemery replied on 29 Mar 2013
OK, this is not a Chrome problem, but a CNN.Com problem. Apparently DNS says "www.cnn.com" is an alias (CNAME) for "www.cnn.com.vgtf.net"

The other thing I noticed with Chrome is that it read my Safari browsing history. This is unacceptable, Chrome should mind its own business (or at least Ask First if I want to share bookmarks, browser history, etc.)

Deemery replied on 29 Mar 2013
(I transposed 2 letters in the URL in my original posting...)
Deemery commented on 24 Oct 2012
I liked (and contributed to) the previous iStat widget, and I'm not happy they discontinued that. So I thought I'd try this, even though I really don't want stuff junking up my menu bar.
But when the application insisted it had to be in /Applications (I wanted it in /Applications/Utilities ), that's a sign to me of a poorly written application. So frankly I didn't install it..
[Version 3.27]


Deemery reviewed on 04 Oct 2012
Well, my Server installation got 'confused' after applying this update. Apparently not all of my settings were converted/rolled over. I -think- going back and updating/changing the system name fixed things (afp:// mounts weren't working, and that was a real problem! ftp:// mounts worked OK, and DNS records were configured.)

I must have done something right, because a few hours later afp:// mounts started working. I -hate it- when something breaks and fixes itself, and I don't know why.

The intent is good, the potential is there, but Server is NOT READY for SOHO use. In my case, I have some Unix SysAdmin experience and a lot of Unix user experience, so I can do some digging under the covers when things start to break.
[Version 2.1.1]

Deemery commented on 17 Aug 2012
EVERY TIME I install a Flash update, it -changes- the default to "Allow Adobe to automatically install updates."

And there's no way to permanently disable Flash data storage.

It seems that "no" is not part of Adobe's vocabulary.

Next time, I think I'll just remove Flash altogether.
[Version 11.3.300.271]

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Deemery replied on 22 Aug 2012
this? http://sources.gentoo.org/cgi-bin/viewvc.cgi/gentoo-x86/www-plugins/adobe-flash/files/mms.cfg
Deemery commented on 25 Jul 2012
Documentation on Apple's ML Server page points to Lion Server documentation.

Anyone have info on what's changed/added/deleted?
[Version 2.0]


Deemery reviewed on 18 Jul 2012
This was really annoying:
1. I got a popup when I launched the older version asking if I wanted to load the new one. When I clicked "yes" it immediately reported failure.
2. I had to enter my 'FIPS password' 5 times before the application would display the browser window.
3. When I did load and install FF, it promptly launched me to a page advertising an Android version. WTF? I don't own an Android device!

Overall the installation has the "upmarketing" that I remember from installing Internet Explorer on the Mac many years ago. And that is NOT A Good Thing.
[Version 14.0.1]


Deemery reviewed on 18 Apr 2012
I tried this again, and still rate it as "Fail". Until Apple squares away its Apple ID self-inflicted mess, providing (a) a means to merge old and new Apple IDs (those with and without an email address) and (b) easy ways to handle passwords/credentials for same (damnit! If I want to repeat a password on my account, it's -my business-), I won't be using this, under any version of the OS.
[Version 6.1]

Deemery had trouble on 18 Sep 2013
I'm getting an error from "Profile Service", but that's not something I depend on.

Anyone else seen that? Anyone got a fix/workaround?
[Version 2.2.2]

Deemery had trouble on 07 Mar 2012
I think you need to update iTunes before grabbing iOS 5.1 At least I can't get my current iTunes to connect to the update servers.
[Version 5.1]

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Deemery replied on 07 Mar 2012
Not the case... I was able to install iOS 5.1 on my wife's iPad from her computer, but not on my iPhone from my (updated) computer. Must be some other problem.
Deemery had trouble on 06 Apr 2011
If you can't install updates of things you've already purchased through the App Store, it's possible the Spotlight indexing the store depends on has gone bad. Open System Preferences -> Spotlight, click on the Privacy tab. Add your hard drive (e.g. "Macintosh HD"). Close that window and reboot. Then open System Preferences -> Spotlight, click on the Privacy tab, and remove "Macintosh HD". Let the index rebuild, and then re-launch the App Store. I had 2 updates that would not load, this fixed one of them. (I'm still trying to figure out how to fix the other update.)
[Version 1.0.1]

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