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Gskibum reviewed on 28 Mar 2014
Does what is says it'll do - perfectly.

I love that on machines that are getting rather old this will block the Flash ads that bring these machines to their knees.
[Version 2.9.2]



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Gskibum reviewed on 14 Aug 2013
So today I get a call from an infrequent client. Turns out she had installed MacKeeper and it erroneously notified her that her hard drive was almost full, and MacKeeper offered to free up space. This in spite of the fact that her hard drive is only about 25% full.

Wow did MacKeeper ever delete data! It went so full-on crazy that most of her personal data was deleted, and it deleted most of her mail.

The OS is now showing obvious signs of MacKeeper deleting things that should not have been deleted. The most obvious thing being that Finder windows can no longer be sorted by Name Date, Size, Kind etc. It's utterly broken.

Go MacKeeper! Keep on making me money! I love getting paid to fix the messes this software makes!
[Version 2.6.1]


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Gskibum replied on 16 Aug 2013
What's amazing is the seemingly random impact the asverse cleaners and cutters have with the data on a hard drive. Sometimes user data is deleted, sometimes it's system files, sometimes both. And it's never the same effect on different systems. Each MacKeeper induced system-hosing is unique. I do tip my hat toward them for that.
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Gskibum reviewed on 09 May 2013
Was presented with yet another Mac that was running very poorly. Before long I noticed several System Preference panes missing. I then decided to take a look in the Applications folder to see what I may find.

I found MacKeeper.

I deleted MacKeeper and reinstalled the OS.

No more problems.
[Version 2.5]



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Gskibum reviewed on 19 Dec 2012
I decided to give this a whirl earlier this week.

I made several attempts to do a scan of my hard drive. Every single time Sophos would quit long before completing the scan. I tried several ways of doing the scan; by doing the Scan Local Volumes option, targeting specifically my boot volume, logging in to a different user account, and more.

All failed.

And that stupid InternetCheck process was a total CPU hog. So it made this Mac crawl.

Uninstalled. Moved on. Done.
[Version 8.0.6]



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Gskibum reviewed on 11 Dec 2012
I agree that these things are made of nothing but fail. I was wanting to buy a 5 drive RAID enclosure for an enterprise client of mine. And due to the monstrous bureaucracy I had to settle for this.

So I find that I can't chose the type of RAID to create. There is only one available RAID type, and I have no idea what it is. I was wanting something along the lines of JBOD or RAID-0 because this was intended to just be a backup destination. But I'm stuck with less capacity than what the drives would otherwise provide since I have no option other than to use whatever RAID it is this thing uses.

Then it comes time to create the volume. I have five 500 GB drives installed in the unit, wishing I could get close 2.5 TB (of course allowing for the lost capacity when formatted) .

Whatever RAID level it is using indicates that I have 1.8 TB of storage. Yet it wants me to create a 16TB volume. I don't want a volume that is in excess of or less than what the drives can provide natively. I do not want any silly pseudo capacity. I want only the real capacity that would be provided by the drives that are installed or the JBOD RAID I wish I could create.

The Dashboard is a silly GUI that is big on eye candy but low on features. It reminds me of Kai's Power Tools from long ago. It's just plain silly. But I guess is will be great for the crowd that's easily impressed with shiny objects.

I had low expectations with the thing before purchase. After months of use I can say that it even fell short of that.
[Version 2.2.1]


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Gskibum replied on 11 Dec 2012
I left one thing out. The silly pretty GUI wants me to create a volume that is 1-TB, 2-TB, 4-TB, 8-TB, or 16-TB. On a RAID that is 1.8 TB in size.

Utterly stupid.

Fine, provide silly pseudo volume space for those who want silly pseudo volume space. But don't go and impose it on the users.
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Gskibum reviewed on 12 Sep 2012
Well well well lookie here.

Today I was doing a google search to find Onyx. As I was typing in my keyword "onyx" google offered up "www.onyxmac.com" as the top hit, so I clicked on it to open it up.

I saw a page that looked quite suspicious. So I went to a crash-test-dummy Mac I have to see how it played out. I have included screen shot links below.

Lo and behold an app other than Onyx was downloaded, this one called "SpeedUp Mac."

This was a decoy, bogus site set up to promote SpeedUp Mac.

This is a deceptive developer that deserves nothing but shame. What a disgusting display of slime.

I wonder how many other such sites there are lurking out there. I called to task Zeobit for doing the same with MacKeeper using a decoy, bogus site.

It would be circumspect to stay away from anything this developer touches.

http://s709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/gskibum/Tech/?action=view¤t=ScreenShot2012-09-12at71527PM.png

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/gskibum/Tech/ScreenShot2012-09-12at71546PM.png

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http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/gskibum/Tech/ScreenShot2012-09-12at71745PM.png
[Version 1.0]



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Gskibum reviewed on 13 Jul 2012
I first bought DevonThink several years ago. But the single open-database limitation was a deal breaker for me so I just couldn't bring myself to use it.

But a few months ago I bought the upgrade along with a Fuji ScanSnap and I am now very impressed. I use DevoThink every day and my organization and efficiency has increased by leaps and bounds. This is a great product.

Developing databases takes time. Not because of a deficiency in DevonThink, but because it opens up so many possibilities I've never dreamed of before. I'm still refining my ways of organization, and thinking of new ways to use it. This is a good thing. I use it to organize many kinds of information in both my personal and professional lives.

I gave it an overall rating of 4 stars. Which I was torn over. Really I would like to give it 5 stars but there are a couple of significant warts in the iOS versions that I did not expect when I made the purchase. One cannot do much with the iOS versions without having the desktop version. So they are all part of an overall product.

The two problems I have with the iOS version is that they really do lack features. They are very basic and are really nothing more than windows into my desktop databases. The other problem is with the buggy syncing. I can get things to sync just fine with the Internet Sharing work-around. However, recently a problem has cropped up on my DevonThink system that won't allow my wi-fi to function again after having enabled Internet Sharing until I reboot. So that adds some pain to syncing my DevonThink databases.

If the syncing just worked as one would reasonably expect, my Internet Sharing problem would not be an issue because I have no reason to use Internet Sharing other than to sync my DevonThink Databases.

In no way would I suggest that anyone considering DevonThink Pro Office hold off their purchase due to the syncing issue with the iOS versions. Definitely buy it and learn to use it! It will make you a more productive and organized person. The developers are working on a new sync engine and hopefully before too long it is released. Things will only get better when the sync engine is updated.
[Version 2.3.5]


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Gskibum replied on 13 Jul 2012
Adding a bit of clarification, two things will raise my rating to 5 stars:

1. The new sync engine for iOS devices.
2. A few more features with the iOS devices.

$15.00 per iOS device is a fair price for what they do now (except for the sync problem). Adding more functionality to the iOS apps I think would deserve a higher price.

I'm not raising the bar so high as to expect a full-featured iOS app on par with the desktop app. Just enable a few basic tasks and I'd be a happy camper.

I'd like to be able to quickly save URLs. Wandering off into dream land, a built-in table app for all platforms would be super cool. RTF tables don't cut it.

I have looked at the Devon user forums. It seems OmniOutliner support is in the works. Getting that working full-on would be totally cool.
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Gskibum commented on 12 Jul 2012
Isn't it about time for a dozen pages of paid reviews to appear? We can all spot them; most are very brief and vague. And written by people that appear to be overseas. Ukranians I'd be willing to wager.
[Version 2.3.1]


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Gskibum replied on 12 Jul 2012
/ pouty lower lip.

So does this mean you (Zeobit) aren't again going to pay people to come here to leave positive reviews?
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Gskibum replied on 12 Jul 2012
It appears I have touched a nerve by doing my part to present the truth about the dangers & uselessness of MacKeeper, and Zeobit's slimy marketing methods.
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Gskibum replied on 12 Jul 2012
Mike101, I put considerably far more effort into my community than the vast majority of others.

I spend little time here, only a few minutes per week.

Speaking of community, as a member of the Mac community since 1985 I do feel the need to expose the Zeobit fraudsters for ehat they are. I do it out of a sense of the civic duty you falsely claim (like all your claims) I lack.

Now if you were to spend the amount of time you spend defending the underhanded ways of Zeobit you might make a difference. But we all know you're a paid troll of Zeobit.

It took me just under 2 minutes to write this post.

Wow. I in that amount of time I could have rid my entire zip code of trash. /sarcasm
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Gskibum replied on 14 Jul 2012
Here's my contribution to the posting of wikepedia links :-)

I'm not posting this for the benefit of Zeobit. They masters at the use of FUD in marketing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear,_uncertainty_and_doubt.
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Gskibum replied on 17 Jul 2012
The valiant GoodOldNeon repeatedly comes to the rescue of a product he admits is overpriced and useless, and crap - and that Zeobit uses slimy marketing.

And yet we're supposed to believe that he's OK with all that while he's innocently concerned about people calling out Zeobit for what they are and what they do.

Like we're supposed to say "pretty please" to Zeobit? A company that (as one mere example of their slime) would set up a fake-decoy web site as a review for ClamXAV, with the only goal in mind being the tricking of readers into installing MacKeeper instead.

Talk about fantasy land.

Better look away now GON. This screenshot of what I describe above may offend your delicate sensibilities. Zeobit has since taken down this fake web site so obviously we are being effective.

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww97/gskibum/Tech/clamxav.jpg
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Gskibum reviewed on 26 Jun 2012
Ha ha. Yet again, yesterday I took in a Mac whose owner was complaining about beach balls and sluggishness. It was so bad my initial instincts were of hard drive failure.

But upon closer examination, lo and behold sitting right there in the Applications folder was MacKeeper. I removed it and the problem went away.

Thank you again for the revenue Zeobit!
[Version 2.2.1]



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Gskibum commented on 14 Jun 2012
This really is a great article:

http://themacfeed.com/2011/06/17/mackeeper-a-rather-slimy-tale/

I liken the Zeobit marketing methods to junk mailers that send emails through the USPS in envelopes designed to trick the recipient into thinking the information inside is important financial info.

When I see an envelope that's marked something like "Urgent Financial Documents Enclosed - Open Immediately" I open it so I know who NOT to do business with. The way I see it if someone is so desperate that they feel it necessary to mislead potential customers in such a way they aren't getting my business.

Zeobit is doing very much the equivalent in the electronic world.
[Version 2.2.1]


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Gskibum replied on 15 Jun 2012
Is there someone named Derek around here?
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Gskibum replied on 15 Jun 2012
Mike101, as I have posted here several times I have found MacKeeper to be the cause of problems with many client Macs.

Installing MacKeeper would be like adding sugar to my gas tank. Now why would anyone with half a brain want to go and do that?

Hey look!

https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3027

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3858860

https://discussions.apple.com/message/16056085#16056085

https://discussions.apple.com/message/18234420#18234420

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3952819

I can find & post more if you'd like. This is just a small sample of what's posted at Apple's forums.
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Gskibum replied on 15 Jun 2012
Um, if you look at the user profiles of the people recommending against MacKeeper, most of them have very high status levels with post counts in the thousands, or tens-of-thousands, and have been long standing members of the Apple Support Community.

You obviously are oblivious to how difficult it is to gain increased reputation levels at the Apple Support Community.

https://discussions.apple.com/static/apple/tutorial/reputation.html

You fail. Yet again.
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