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Handymac commented on 28 May 2010
I had an older version of Chrome installed, so when it said it wanted to update, I told it to go ahead. It seemed to take quite a long time to download the update; why became apparent when it was done: the new version of Chrome was 125MB! For an Intel-only Web browser. (By contrast, Safari is 11MB when stripped down to Intel, other browsers are 25-30MB, iCab is all of 6.4MB.) So I went directly to the download page (which wasn't easy to find; Chrome's homepage isn't listed anywhere on a menu, nor linked on Google's home page) and tried again. This time the browser (expanded from the .dmg) is "only" 70MB. Guess I'll be coming here for future updates.
[Version 5.0.375.55]


HandyMac reviewed on 02 Jul 2009
Well, I like it. I've been using WeatherDock for the last couple years, and it's great, but it's really more than I need (with a really huge menu, even on a 17" MBP display), so I was happy to find WeatherVane, which provides the basic info in a small menu (and looks tasteful in the menu bar). If I need more, I can go to a weather service's homepage. WeatherVane does what it does well; if it doesn't do what you need, there are alternatives, but don't pan it just because it isn't as huge as other weather apps.

The only thing that puzzles me is that WeatherVane, which accesses its info from AccuWeather, consistently shows temperatures for my city up to 5 degrees higher than WeatherDock, whose info comes from (Don't have a thermometer at my house, so I don't know which is closer to my actual situation.) Of course, this discrepancy isn't the developers' responsibility, but it does seem odd.
[Version 2.1.1]

HandyMac commented on 18 Feb 2009
Note: this is NOT a draw (vector graphics) program (like the original MacDraw, Illustrator, EazyDraw, etc.); like "Draw"It, it is a paint (bitmap graphics) program (like the original MacPaint, Photoshop, etc.).
[Version 3.0]

HandyMac commented on 08 Jul 2008
AppleJack's developer deserves a BIG round of applause from the Mac community for this great utility, which has saved many of our bacons over the last several years.

Unfortunately, making AJ work with 10.5 ('Leopard') is going to require some serious work, due to significant internal changes in OS X; and at the moment the developer just doesn't have the time to put into it (go to the Forums on the AJ home page -- "More Information" link above -- to see the discussion).

However, AJ *is* Open Source, so anyone can pick up the code and give it a try. I don't have the skills, but maybe someone will....
[Version 1.4.3]

HandyMac commented on 21 Apr 2008
One change between v.1.3.7 and 1.3.9 (I haven't seen 1.3.8) is that the Preferences window in 1.3.7 listed only "Directories which contain language files" with the option to uncheck any of them; while v.1.3.9's Preferences also lists directories for Architectures, with System unchecked by default. Thus if v.1.3.9 is run without changing the default settings, it WILL NOT remove PPC architectures from a Universal System on an Intel Mac, which addresses the complaint in recent posts.

As a Mac support tech I set up a lot of older Macs, and find Monolingual very useful for stripping out unneeded materials on smaller hard disks. It may not be for use by rank amateurs, but the ReadMe does cover all the necessary points, and it's not the developer's fault if people don't read it -- or run the utility when they really don't know what they're doing.

CPRAGMAN, the release notes are in the ReadMe.
[Version 1.3.9]


HandyMac reviewed on 06 Dec 2006
As noted, there are no-cost ways to do this, and the authors of TrimTheFat and Monlingual are to be praised for their services to the Mac community. However, XSlimmer does it more elegantly, and safely (the Blacklist -- which prevents slimming apps which might no run if altered -- is an inspired feature), and is an excellent example of well-crafted Macintosh software. I look forward to seeing what these folks will come up with next.

The new version works fine on my iBook with 10.3.9; thanks, guys.

[Version 1.1.3]


HandyMac reviewed on 04 Nov 2006
Many thanks, M. Barrière, for another great OS X utility.

As a previous poster commented, Maintenance packages the essential, er, maintenance functions of OnyX in a simple, one-step window.

While awaiting a Universal version of AppleJack, its capabilities can be nearly duplicated with Maintenance: (1) Start in Safe Boot mode (press shift key while starting up), which will force a Disk Repair, and (2) Run Maintenance. Then be sure to restart in normal mode before doing any work.

(AppleJack's genius is that it runs in the command line, so can be used even if the OS X GUI won't load; however, Safe Boot will also often work when normal booting won't.)
[Version 1.0.8]

HandyMac tipped on 24 Jun 2006
For non-tech Mac users who may be mystified by the X11 requirement: X11 is a windowing environment which allows OS X to run a multitude of GUI applications available for Unix-based systems (of which OS X is one), including such excellent open-source apps as Inkscape, OpenOffice, GIMP, and others. See FreeSMUG for more examples and information.

X11 is an Optional Install on 10.4 (Tiger) Install Discs; see How to install X11 on OS X 10.4 (Tiger).
[Version 0.44]

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