Gary Kellogg
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Gary30 commented on 09 Mar 2014
I think it may a sort of cat and mouse game with API's as we see apps in this class working perfectly and then with a browser upgrade, a tweak to YouTube, etc. and one of them breaks. That is the present status for me with iTubeX 9.6 running in Safari 7.0.2 (latest public version) on Mavericks. Hoping for a fix soon. Thanks.
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Gary30 reviewed on 26 Feb 2014
This is a definite 5 star app except for the business issues. Looks to me like two strong minded people had a misunderstanding and neither saw it in their interest to back down. This is a real pity.

I think that Tinker Tool may offer as many tweaks, but am not sure. I do know that when I want to see if I can tweak something then MacPilot is my go-to app and I usually go no further. I also have Onyx, iTweaks and have used Secrets in the past but am not sure of the present support status.
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Gary30 commented on 23 Feb 2014
This was in a recent bundle so I decided to check it out to see if it was worth anything to me. It is not worth a penny; others may feel differently. I use encrypted sparseimage volumes for this sort of thing. Thy are fast. You can use aliases or symbolic links to files within encrypted sparseimage volumes (when you click on the alias, the sparseimage password dialog box comes up, type the password and the document opens normally). To close a sparseimage, just select it and hit Command + E. Could not be simpler. Plus, the sparseimage is completely portable, password and all.
[Version 1.6.7]



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Gary30 commented on 25 Jan 2014
I liked the recent 50GB offer from Box so I have given it a good try. However there are too many obstacles to happiness with this service at this time. First, it is all Java based and requires some Java security and browser settings that are more risky than I care for; plus Java is strikingly fugly on modern computers. Second, file size is limited to 250mb. Third, you cannot use Symbolic links or aliases as you can with Dropbox and Copy. There are also apparently related problems with recursive folders. Finally, file naming limitations are not something I encountered but I would run up against them soon if I continued. All in all, thanks but no thanks for now.
[Version 3.4.25]



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Gary30 reviewed on 25 Jan 2014
I have spent a lot of time with Copy and am delighted. I have been using Dropbox and was happy with it despite the 2GB limitation. Performance-wise I see no difference between the two; upload and download speeds are similar. I don't do a lot of sharing but what I have done has been seamless. The only "problem" is that there are fewer iOS apps that support Copy directly. That is very minor for me and I suspect that API's will allow developers to work with Copy anyway. We shall see. Finally, from visiting the support forums Copy seems to be very responsive to user requests, honest about problems, and diligent in working with folks.
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Gary30 reviewed on 14 Jan 2014
I spent the nineties acquiring the skills to optimize a photo and was once considered an expert in Photoshop--at least in the Pacific NW and made a great living from that and related skills. Apps like Intensify/Intensify Pro incorporate all of this hard won knowledge and much more, and put it at our fingertips. I am particularly impressed with Intensify Pro, having tried Topaz and Nik products which are also very good. Very fine grain control, well thought out user interface and very attractive price (in my case as part of a bundle) make Intensify Pro the best of breed in my experience.

These days our only limit is imagination. The technology is so very well thought out and so compelling.
[Version 1.0.1]



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Gary30 commented on 05 Jan 2014
Too early for a review, but signup including the 5 GB bonus was seamless. Suddenly I seem to have 20 GB of free cloud storage that is organized in a way that is similar to Dropbox--maybe even simpler. Will throw some serious data at it next week to see what happens. For now, why not?
[Version 1.41.0253]



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Gary30 reviewed on 24 Dec 2013
Having just embarked on a DVD to ISO backup project, I feel vindicated that I kept one (1) PPC machine around so I can run 2.6.6 along with a couple of other old, dead apps. I am sure there are some newer protection schemes that it does not support, but for my small library of DVD's, creating ISO backups is a snap with this old app.
[Version 2.6.6]



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Gary30 reviewed on 24 Dec 2013
I feel like a complete idiot. I purchased this app by mistake. It failed to convert or copy any DVD I tried including my own homemade DVD's from past projects. It seems to me that this is deceptionware to be sure.
[Version 4.4.4]


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Gary30 replied on 06 Jan 2014
I felt very lucky to have just received a full refund through their merchant processor, Avangate, who offers a 30 day refund guarantee. My attempts to contact the developer directly resulted in "Delivery Failure" notices. I see that there are other MacX prefix products that get better ratings here although there are not a lot of ratings for the other products. Those good ratings make me wonder who is writing the reviews. Caveat Emptor
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Gary30 reviewed on 20 Nov 2013
With the upcoming demise of critical API's that have supported Entourage for years, I have been looking far and wide for a solution to calendar and reminder functions that enables me to control snoozing. I like to set a date for, say, a quarterly tax payment and then get an advance reminder which I can then "snooze" on--getting prodded on it from time to time--until it is actually due.

It appears to me that SnoozeMaster, integrating with Apple's own Calendar and Reminders apps will fit the bill. Not perfect but better than any other combination I can find. So far the app has been stable and because its function is inherently simple it is very easy to use. Just make sure that the Notifications are set to "None" for Calendars and Reminders or things will get confusing.
[Version 1.4]



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Gary30 had trouble on 27 Jan 2014
I have never trusted these cloud services, particularly with big files. For my acid test of Copy I uploaded a 12GB encrypted sparseimage containing a complex folder structure and a huge variety of files.

The upload took a few hours, and seemed to take up about 60% to 80% of our upload bandwidth which was fine. The upload stole very little from the CPU and did not seem to affect web browsing for others in our family. Today, I downloaded the sparseimage. Performance was excellent and the downloaded file was bit-perfect. So I am gradually becoming more enthusiastic about cloud syncing. Step by step.
[Version 1.41.0253]


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Gary30 replied on 27 Jan 2014
I didn't "have trouble." I just happen to have posted in the troubleshooting section. Oops.
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Gary30 had trouble on 19 Sep 2013
As of 9/19/13 links for Trim Enabler 3.1 resulted in a zero byte file download. The download through MacUpdate Desktop was a correct dmg file. I guess if that makes me a shill for MacUpdate, so be it...
[Version 3.1]



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Gary30 had trouble on 09 Aug 2013
This is a great System extension and has been working for me since earlier this year. Today I downloaded the updated files and noticed that the installer silently failed to update the existing (older) files. The tipoff was that the installer completed without registering the new components, which it would normally do before it quits. If you have this problem the fix is easy: Just delete the old ones manually before installing the new ones.
[Version 0.6]



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Gary30 had trouble on 28 Feb 2013
Is Netshade a Java application?
[Version 5.3.1]



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Gary30 had trouble on 13 Jan 2013
I managed to get v8.4.2.9 working on my MBP Core 2 Duo running Mountain Lion and connected via USB. Main problem was that the installer would run satisfactorily, then in the OS X Printers and Scanners Preference Pane, I would try to Add (+) my Dymo 400 printer and the Name and Location of the printer were shown, but the driver could not be found. Also, the Dymo Label app could not find the printer and advised reinstallation. This did not help. Using EasyFind, I removed all Files containing the string “Dymo” in them except for the cups Dymo 400 Labelwriter.PPD and a cups filter “rastertodymo.” I had to enable EasyFind to look for hidden files and folders and iTweax to make hidden files appear in the Finder. By the way, the Dymo uninstaller is a joke. Fuggetaboutit. I then installed v8.4.2.9 with the Dymo unplugged and plugged it in only at the end as recommended. I still had no luck with the Add Printer Preference Pane and the Dymo Label app. On a hunch (or last gasp), I restarted the machine and suddenly everything worked. The Dymo 400 was there; I didn't even need to “Add” it; it was already there. The Dymo Label app worked. I restored my “DYMO Label Software” folder to my Documents folder as that is where my custom labels are stored. Seems to me that this company has terrible documentation which leads to a terrible experience. However the software, once installed, seems to work well enough. Apologies for the long post.
[Version 8.4.2.9]


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Gary30 replied on 15 Jan 2013
I am a Mac user since 1985 and consulted during the 90's. It is always vexing to make something work but to have no idea how you got it to work. No console logs, nothing. I suspect a cache needed flushing and that happened during the restart. Or a kext needed to be touched, noticed or loaded. Because of the cost of labels and labor, we have moved largely to double window envelopes anyway.
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Gary30 had trouble on 16 Dec 2012
From Dumb Question Corner: I am running Mountain Lion and see that latest compiled FFMPEG versions are not shown as being compatible with anything beyond 10.7 (Lion). So I wonder if these are descriptions that need updating or if the current versions really are not compatible with Mountain Lion? TIA...
[Version 3.4.2]



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Gary30 had trouble on 03 Jul 2010
After installing HoudahSpot 3.0.2, the HoudahSpot Helper process (Global Menu Item) no longer loaded at login. I tried trashing preferences, etc. and could not get it to run. When HoudahSpot.app is run, then the HoudahSpot Helper process is started. There is no way to add HoudahSpot Helper to the list of Login items. Similar problem a few updates past was solved very quickly. Great app. Any help welcome on this issue.
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Gary30 had trouble on 05 Jun 2010
When I upgraded to 2.7.3 from 2.7.1, the HoudahSpot Helper process (Global Menu Item) no longer loaded at login. I tried trashing preferences, etc. and could not get it to run. Reverted to 2.7.1 and restored old preferences and all was well again. Looks like a couple of similar reports on Dev's forum.
[Version 2.7.3]



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Gary30 had trouble on 12 Dec 2009
On my MBP 5,2 the installer launches and just sits in the dock with the little white dot. That's all. Nothing. I don't need to "Force Quit." I just Quit from the menu. But no installation action either and nothing written to any console logs. The installer writes Seems to be a benign problem, but you never know...
[Version 2.3.1.2]


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Gary30 commented on 16 Dec 2009
Well, I've tried all the usual voodoo with no luck. This is the only issue I have with my well-maintained system. I am tempted to just open the packages and put all the bits where they are supposed to go. However, that method would not leave a receipt behind so permissions could not be corrected if they were wrong. Installer problem seems to occur regardless of user account under which it is run, so something is likely amiss in the Library or System folders. I am not having problems with the older version and just installed this latest one on a Snow Leopard installation that I am building from scratch on an external hard drive. In general it has become really hard to recreate a new system from scratch, remembering the settings, getting the printers installed, etc.
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