John Sawyer
Downloads: 10
Posts: 153
Smile Score: +55
About Me
I am a Free member
Gender: Male


Visit Stats
Last Visit: 8 days ago
Member Since: 01 Oct 2008
Profile Views: 3,876

John Sawyer's Posts
Average Rating from John:
(6)

sort: smiles | time
burypromote
John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 01 Mar 2014
I'm confused by the "What's New" list for version 1.1.9. Instead of being a "What's New" list, it seems to contain an odd mix of a couple new features, along with several bugs (some major), and things the developer wants to add.
[Version 1.1.9]


1 Reply

burypromote

+55
John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 01 Mar 2014
Though I guess the "What's New" list is an appropriate place for the developer to notify users not just of new features, but also of new bugs, or remind them of existing major bugs.
burypromote
John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 16 Nov 2013
For people not running Mavericks, it would be nice for this listing to have a link to the immediately prior version of KeyRemap4MacBook, version 8.4.0--as it is, the "Download Older Version" link will download 5.1.0, which is for versions of OS X through 10.4.11. With the posting of KR4MB 9.0, we can no longer download versions for OS X 10.5.x-10.8.x.
[Version 9.0.0]


1 Reply

burypromote

+55
John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 16 Nov 2013
…except by going to the developer's website linked here, which is fine, but it might also be handy to have a link to those download files here.
burypromote

John-Sawyer-CJS reviewed on 03 Nov 2013
This is a less resource-intensive way of seeing memory usage in the Dock than using Activity Monitor. I prefer a pie chart, but then again I prefer pie anyway.
[Version 1.2.6]


1 Reply

burypromote

+55
John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 03 Nov 2013
Not sure why my comment shows only 3.5 stars when I gave it five stars for each characteristic.
burypromote
+2
John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 11 Jul 2013
I found a bug with Fan Control under Lion (OS 10.7) and presumably later versions of OS X: it will generate error entries every few seconds that you can see in Console by viewing the "All Messages" option, and this excessive error reporting will dramatically slow down the Mac. The error will state:

kernel: SMC::smcReadKeyAction ERROR F1Mn kSMCBadArgumentError(0x89) fKeyHashTable=0x0xffffff80119c8000 [the specific fKeyHashTable figure will vary]

The problem still occurs with the last version of Fan Control (1.2)--note that it hasn't been updated since Oct 2007, and Lion was released in summer 2011. I did an Internet search on this problem, and found that other people are seeing it too, with Fan Control being the cause. The fix is to use Activity Monitor to force-quit the process named FanControlDaemon, then trash the folder named "FanControlDaemon", which of course contains the daemon file itself, at /Library/StartupItems, then trash the "Fan Control" System Preferences pane at /Library/PreferencePanes. You don't have to restart the Mac to make the change take effect. Fan utils that don't cause this problem, and are still being updated, include Macs Fan Control and smcFanControl.

I started seeing this problem yesterday when I updated my Macbook2,1 (Mid 2007) from OS 10.6.8 to 10.7.5. The Fan Control software remained in place through the OS update. I notice that someone in the Troubleshooting tab for Fan Control's entry here on MacUpdate reports that the Fan Control installer won't even work under Lion and later, requiring you to manually open its package and move its files where they're normally installed, but you shouldn't even do that.
[Version 1.2]



burypromote
+1
John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 15 Apr 2013
The Requirements section says "Intel", but Glims 1.0.39 also works on PPC processors.
[Version 1.0.39]


1 Reply

burypromote

+55
John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 19 Apr 2013
I see they've fixed the listing now.
burypromote
+2
John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 22 Mar 2013
I notice that on the developer's web page for Fan Control, it says this:

"Please note that the use of FanControl is only recommended for first generation MacBook (late 2006) and MacBook Pro (early 2006) machines."

I looked for explanatory documentation from the developer on this, but it doesn't come with the download, and it's not posted on the developer's download page. I notice some people posting reviews here say they're using Fan Control with other models--could this be why some people are seeing unexpected behavior with it, like the left fan RPM readout showing zero RPM, and the right fan reading -1 RPM? That's what I'm seeing when I run this utility on a MacBook2,1, which is a later model.
[Version 1.2]


1 Reply

burypromote

+55
John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 11 Jul 2013
The problem with Fan Control reporting that my MacBook2,1 fan (turns out it has only one) was at zero RPM, was because the fan really wasn't spinning, which explains why it was getting so hot (and shutting down). I was planning on opening the Macbook to see if the fan was clogged with dust, unplugged, had something jamming it, bad connector that attaches the fan to the logic board, etc., but just before I was about to do this a few days ago, the fan started running, and Fan Control began reporting proper RPM figures for it. Of course, my Macbook then began running cooler. The problem with the fan not spinning apparently started about a year ago, before I installed Fan Control, but I didn't realize the fan had stopped, so my first attempt to deal with this was to buy a laptop cooler that has its own fan, onto which you place your laptop, and that helped a lot, but the Macbook still overheated when watching even low-resolution YouTube videos for a few minutes, since video causes the processor to work harder, and once it got too hot, the Macbook would shut itself off. Then I installed Fan Control a little over three months ago, and I didn't see a change in this behavior because of the non-spinning fan. Since the problem was something that Fan Control couldn't do anything about, I guess I didn't get a chance to really evaluate Fan Control, but it's nice to have the Macbook's own fan running again. I don't know why the fan suddenly started to spin again, but I doubt if Fan Control had anything to do with that. I still plan to open the Macbook to check if there's anything about the fan that should be fixed, and if it happens again, I might replace it with a new one.
burypromote
+1
John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 19 Nov 2011
The description says FaceTab is "absolutely free", but the "Price" line in the Information area says $1.99.
[Version 3.3]



burypromote
+4
John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 25 Oct 2011
I'm guessing this utility and its price are a deliberate joke on the part of the often-criticized programmer, to annoy people--note also the absurd version number: 4.2.-2147483648d-2147483648
[Version 4.2.-2147483648d-2147483648]



burypromote
+1
John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 23 Sep 2011
The developer says, at http://hoyois.github.com/safariextensions/clicktoplugin/

"Safari may crash when updating to ClickToPlugin 2.5+ on 32-bit Macs. If that happens, (re-)install version 2.4.1, uninstall it, and then install the latest version."

I found this to happen on my Mirrored Drive Doors dual G4, and the developer's suggestion fixed this. The only issue I noticed when I did this, was that the version number of ClickToPlugin reported in Safari > Preferences > Extensions didn't get updated until I quit and re-launch Safari.
[Version 2.5.1]



burypromote

John-Sawyer-CJS reviewed on 16 Sep 2011
This app appears to have disappeared. The link downloads nothing, and the developer's website has also moved, to http://obfuscated.co.uk/, but there's no sign of Notification Center there either.
[Version 1.1]



burypromote
John-Sawyer-CJS had trouble on 09 May 2011
I'm not clear about what conditions under which some people are seeing SLCC slow down their Mac, eat processor time, etc. If this is happening while the SLCC app itself is performing certain tasks, it's normal for anything (including issuing commands directly in Terminal) that executes some of these tasks, to eat up a lot of processor time, memory, etc. Are some people finding that SLCC is using more resources while performing some tasks, than some other methods of executing those tasks? Are some people setting up SLCC to tell OS X to perform background tasks of various kinds, and that's what's eating the resources? Same often applies there. I just checked my Login Items, and I don't see anything there related to SLCC, though I seem to recall SLCC has options to do that (correct me if I'm wrong)--have people experiencing problems, removed these SLCC-installed Login Items to see if there's any improvement?
[Version 5.0.18]



burypromote
John-Sawyer-CJS had trouble on 02 Nov 2010
Can't download this--getting a message when I click on the main download link here on MacUpdate:

Forbidden

Your client does not have permission to get URL /files/SafariBlock22r1.dmg from this server.
You are attempting to perform an activity that you have insufficient permissions for.
[Version 2.2r1]



burypromote
John-Sawyer-CJS had trouble on 08 Sep 2010
Even the link to Safari 5.0.2 in the "Related Links" section doesn't give you a Leopard/10.5.x version--it goes to a "page not found" page. To get Safari 5.0.2 for Leopard, use Software Update. If you just want to download the Safari installer so you can install it later at your leisure, select Software Update's 'Update > Download Only' option.
[Version 5.0.2]



burypromote
John-Sawyer-CJS had trouble on 23 Feb 2010
ThemePark 4.1 isn't downloading from MacUpdate tonight, because the link goes to the www.geekspiff.com website, which isn't coming up tonight, so I got it from CNET. But that copy won't launch on my G4 running OS 10.5.8--it says doesn't support my Mac's architecture, implying it's for Intel Macs only. I've seen people have this problem before, and the developer says he's fixed it, and the system requirements posted everywhere ThemePark is available for download from, say this version is supposed to work under OS 10.5 on a PPC, but it's not working for me. Any suggestions?
[Version 4.1]


1 Reply

burypromote

+55
John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 25 Feb 2010
Answer found, on this page. ThemePark 4.1 is for Intel only, as shown in the description in the right-hand column. I was looking only at the column on the left, which says just OS 10.4 compatible. Problem is, most other download sites flat-out say ThemePark 4.1 is PPC compatible. Go figure. www.geekspiff.com has disappeared anyway.
burypromote
-1
John-Sawyer-CJS had trouble on 23 Feb 2010
Same here with a Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-112D, in a Mirrored Drive Doors Power Mac G4 Dual Processor--"Fatal Error" when DVDRipper tries to do its initial look at any DVD. I suspect this is an issue between DVDRipper, and the ATA bus in PPC Macs--I suspect DVDRipper would work fine with this drive if I were to remove it and place it into a Firewire drive enclosure.
[Version 1.5.2]


2 Replies

burypromote

+55
John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 23 Feb 2010
My comment was supposed to be appended to the last comment thread, started by Jazzyguy, in which problems with Pioneer DVD drives in PPC Macs were discussed.
burypromote

+55
John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 09 Jun 2010
Thanks, dev.
burypromote
John-Sawyer-CJS had trouble on 06 Feb 2009
My mistake: MoreCamino isn't supposed to be placed in your OS X user-level System Preferences' ~/Library/PreferencePanes folder--as the directions on this download page say, it's supposed to be placed in ~/Library/Application Support/Camino/PreferencePanes. But it takes the form of a regular prefpane, which if you double-click on it, asks if you want to install it into OS X's System Preferences. The programmer shouldn't have let it do that, but the thing is dead now anyway, so it's a moot point.
[Version 1.0]



burypromote
John-Sawyer-CJS had trouble on 06 Feb 2009
More on the MoreCamino prefpane not loading: its copy in OS X's System Preferences won't load, but its copy within Camino's preferences, does. Go figure. I don't know why the author had it appear in both locations--to me, it doesn't make sense for it to appear in OS X's System Preferences.
[Version 1.0]



burypromote
John-Sawyer-CJS had trouble on 06 Feb 2009
Under OS 10.5 (at least 10.5.6), the MoreCamino prefpane doesn't load--an alert appears saying "Preferences error. Could not load com.hoopyfrood.morecamino preference pane."
[Version 1.0]



burypromote
+1
John-Sawyer-CJS had trouble on 14 Jan 2009
PlaintextPaste doesn't appear to work under OS 10.5/Leopard--its SparkPlug prefpane doesn't appear in System Preferences, nor do its additional paste commands appear in Cocoa application Edit menus.
[Version 0.2]



burypromote
John-Sawyer-CJS had trouble on 05 Apr 2008
This doesn't seem to be working under OS 10.5.2.
[Version 2.0.5]



Displaying 1-10 of 52
1 2 3 4 5 6 >
Displaying 1-10 of 16
1 2 >
Please login or create a new
MacUpdate Member account
to use this feature


- -