GeoProf
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I'm a professor of Geography at a Southern California university. I study the political economy of natural resource development — especially water and fossil fuels — and most of my research and publications have focused on Turkey in particular and the Middle East in general. Early in my career this led me to spend two years as a visiting prof in Istanbul and another year in Turkish Northern Cyprus — very nice people there.

An interest in Geographic Information Science (G.I.S.) has led me to a second Ph.D. and research agenda in software engineering. Though G.I. Science theory was originally developed within the American academe, its contemporary evolution is now the focus of scholarly research at institutions around the world. However, Southern California is arguably the most productive locus for the development of open source and proprietary Geographic Information Systems software. The concentration here of so much interest and talent in the field has undoubtedly contributed to my own interest in G.I.S. research, spurring me to develop a number of software applications and techniques for the acquisition of geographic data and the normalization of remotely sensed data to other layers of locationally referenced data within a G.I.S.

My wife is also a professor, but at a different university nearby. We have a son in elementary school and a daughter in middle school.

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GeoProf reviewed on 19 Apr 2014
Nice free app. No frills, but does just what I want it to.
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GeoProf commented on 10 Apr 2014
V. 4.21 still has a major problem: The Network menu item still shows both upload and download speeds as zero on OS 10.7.5. The Network bar graph works as expected, but the network speed menu item option is stuck at 0 KB/s. V. 4.20 was the same, so I'd really hoped it would be fixed with this update because the DL/UL speed menu item is really important to me. Oh well.

Anyone else having this problem?
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GeoProf commented on 04 Apr 2014
I love this app and have used it for several years with no problems. However, yesterday I installed it on a Late-2006 2.16 GHz Intel iMac running OS 10.7.5, and now the menubar's numerical download/upload speed indicator (as opposed to the DL/UL graph shown in iStat's 'Network' menubar icon are ALWAYS listed at 0.0 -- even while something is downloading at high speed at that very moment.

Is anyone else having this problem?
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GeoProf commented on 30 Mar 2014
Version 2.1 still does not work on OS 10.7. On my Late-2006 Intel 2.16 GHz iMac, after I've selected an interface (there's only one option -- en1) and clicked 'Next,' then clicked 'Scan' I always immediately get the error message "Parameter error."
[Version 2.1]



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GeoProf reviewed on 27 Mar 2014
I’ve had a high opinion of DiskWarrior since I bought it many years ago, and I felt that TechTool Pro’s directory optimization was inferior. However, I’ve recently become convinced that TTP’s directory optimization has improved to the point of being very nearly on par with DW’s.

This used to happen to me, my staff, and our allied universities' labs all the time (literally monthly): A problem with either the operating system (OS 10.5-to-10.8) or a software application that could not be fixed by TechTool Pro’s ‘Volume Rebuild’ tool was handily fixed by DiskWarrior’s ‘Rebuild’ routine. And to Micromat’s shame, I’ve never encountered the reverse scenario and have heard of it secondhand only twice. But since the introduction of TTP 7.0, DW’s superiority became less pronounced, and with the release of v. 7.0.1 and 7.0.2 it almost disappeared.

Since the introduction of TTP 7.0.2, I have not encountered or heard reports of ANY directory problems that could only be corrected by DW after TTP failed to do the job. This is in a very large Geographic Information Systems lab that I manage, in my own large cluster, and in the several state, county and city GIS organizations with which I have a close relationship. We haven’t gone so far as to replace DW with TTP as our directory utility of choice, but that’s not far off because TTP comes with a large set of additional capabilities that is absent in DW even though they are nearly identical in price.

So in my world, DiskWarrior’s dominance over TechTool Pro has ended. Were TTP’s directory rebuild function to improve over v. 7.0.2 in any way, it could claim parity in that category and become the de facto leader due to its extensive other capacities.
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GeoProf reviewed on 27 Mar 2014
I’ve had a high opinion of DiskWarrior since I bought it many years ago, and I felt that TechTool Pro’s directory optimization was inferior. However, I’ve recently become convinced that TTP’s directory optimization has improved to the point of being very nearly on par with DW’s.

This used to happen to me, my staff, and our allied universities' labs all the time (literally monthly): A problem with either the operating system (OS 10.5-to-10.8) or a software application that could not be fixed by TechTool Pro’s ‘Volume Rebuild’ tool was handily fixed by DiskWarrior’s ‘Rebuild’ routine. And to Micromat’s shame, I’ve never encountered the reverse scenario and have heard of it secondhand only twice. But since the introduction of TTP 7.0, DW’s superiority became less pronounced, and with the release of v. 7.0.1 and 7.0.2 it almost disappeared.

Since the introduction of TTP 7.0.2, I have not encountered or heard reports of ANY directory problems that could only be corrected by DW after TTP failed to do the job. This is in a very large Geographic Information Systems lab that I manage, in my own large cluster, and in the several state, county and city GIS organizations with which I have a close relationship. We haven’t gone so far as to replace DW with TTP as our directory utility of choice, but that’s not far off because TTP comes with a large set of additional capabilities that is absent in DW even though they are nearly identical in price.

So in my world, DiskWarrior’s dominance over TechTool Pro has ended. Were TTP’s directory rebuild function to improve over v. 7.0.2 in any way, it could claim parity in that category and become the de facto leader due to its extensive other capacities.
[Version 7.0.2]



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GeoProf reviewed on 27 Mar 2014
Poorly written, delusional pricing, deceitful marketing — a halfassed port of old Windows rubbish. Seriously, this is pure junk.

Don’t believe a single consonant uttered by this “developer” (a laughable term in this context). Even if you ignore his −4 rating, he’s a bloviating scammer chock full of marketing-speak who has never actually addressed (let alone fixed) anyone’s problems.

There are literally dozens of FREE converters/transcoders available that are vastly superior to this lump, including some that actually work. For instance, HandBrake, MPEG Streamclip, Hybrid, Burn, ffmpegX, Adapter, MakeMKV, VisualHub, Media Converter, remux, even VLC is more capable than this POS. Then there are the many $8-$30 FFmpeg front-end apps, like iFFmpeg (my favorite), VidConvert, etc. Anything (including nothing) is better than SproutConverter.

Shame on MacUpdate.com for posting such dreck.
[Version 1.0.4]



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GeoProf commented on 23 Mar 2014
Now it requires a minimum of OS 10.8? Crap, I’ve been using it on 10.6.8 since the beginning, but now it’s only for newer machines, I guess.

Just as well, iFFmpeg is much easier to use and produces output that’s just as high quality.
[Version 201401.22.1]


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GeoProf replied on 25 Mar 2014
No, I didn’t look at the website — I read Hybrid's MacUpdate page, which says that it requires "OS X 10.8 or later.” And, there is only one version downloadable from there (did YOU look?!)
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GeoProf commented on 23 Mar 2014
Here’s a new issue to add to the litany for v. 2.82 + (14215): In addition to crashing just about every time I click either of the Pause buttons, now it can’t seem to accurately measure the percentage completed. Every time it gets around 96-99%, just before it’s about to “complete” it suddenly reduces its estimate to around 95%, and it does that several times before it gets it right and finally completes. Very annoying.
[Version 2.82]


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GeoProf replied on 23 Mar 2014
Forgot to add that I’m running OS 10.6.8.
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GeoProf commented on 20 Mar 2014
A quick but important question: Can the permissions for an installation of OS 10.7.5 on a portable USB or FireWire drive be accurately fixed by Apple’s Disk Utility from an OS 10.6.8 startup disk? In other words, are permissions OS-specific, or can one OS’s Disk Utility accurately fix the perms of a different OS?
[Version 3.31]



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GeoProf had trouble on 20 Mar 2014
Hmmmm, I cannot get Wi-Fi Crack 2.0 to start up on a brand new Mac OS 10.7.5 installation on a Late-2006 iMac with an AirPort Extreme card. I installed OS 10.7 on a portable USB hard drive JUST so I could run Wi-Fi Crack (I just changed the startup disk in the System Preferences from the onboard 10.6.8 drive), so I'm flummoxed that it won't work. I double-click on Wi-Fi Crack, and after the icon expands ....... nothin'.

Here's the console entries, in case anyone can help:

3/20/14 6:17:42.991 AM Wi-Fi Crack: Unable to load nib file: MainMenu, exiting
3/20/14 6:17:42.997 AM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501: ([0x0-0x67067].com.ColemanCDA.Wi-Fi-Crack[333]) Exited with code: 1

Any ideas? It's still impossible to contact the developer, so I must rely on the community here :)
[Version 2.0]



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GeoProf had trouble on 17 Nov 2010
Keka 1.4.1 has a major bug that keeps it from closing - not just when it's finished compressing or extracting, but all the time. The only way to shut it down is to force quit. This is one of my favorite must=have apps, but this version is a bit sickly. I'll alert its developers.
[Version 0.1.4.1]


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GeoProf replied on 18 Nov 2010
Today I emailed the developer about the problem of Keka not shutting down, and tonight a fixed version was released. What a responsive developer!
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GeoProf replied on 25 Nov 2010
Running 10.6.5 on a fairly modern 2.4 GH Unibody Aluminum MacBook and a 1st gen Core2Duo 2.16 GH iMac. The problem manifested the same on both. Thanks again for your quick response, not to mention keeping Keka free!
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GeoProf had trouble on 27 Sep 2010
Still shows the "QuickTime Player 7 cannot be detected" dialog even though I do have QuickTime 7.6.6 on my OS 10.6.4 MacBook, though I moved it from the Utilities folder to the Applications folder. I opened, ran, and even changed some preferences in QT 7.6.6, but that didn't help.

An app this mature should have a more sophisticated method of determining if QT 7 is present than simply looking for it only in the Utilities folder, especially since 1) that has been this app's biggest source of trouble from the beginning, and 2) a heck of a lot of Snow Leopard users have moved QT 7.6 to the Applications folder in a misguided attempt to make it the default QT app instead of QT X.
[Version 6.0.3]



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GeoProf had trouble on 25 Sep 2010
Does anyone know what the new "Combined" menu extra does? The dev's website/Online Help says almost nothing about it, nor does this MacUpdate.com post.
[Version 3.10]



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