Buck Meadows
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Libcrypt reviewed on 14 Jan 2010
Machinarium is hands-down, the best game I have played in a decade. I just finished it a couple days ago, and I am seriously jonesing for more of the same -- I'd already played Samorost 1/2. This game is stunningly GORGEOUS. The art is meticulously done, the characters are insanely cute, and everything about the game is pure eye-candy. However, the only thing perhaps better than the art is the soundtrack, which I find unequaled in any other game I have ever played. Even the little "jazz trio" in the middle of the game plays a perfect notion of "robot jazz": Not swung, yet also not dry. Although the soundtrack is the perfect atmospheric accompaniment to Machinarium, the fact that an "improved" version is sold with the game is a testament to its high quality.

The puzzles are complex, but not impossibly so, as long as you have enough patience to truly immerse yrself in them. In terms of difficulty, I'd say that they're a bit easier than the puzzles in the original Myst or Riven. I enjoyed Machinarium more than Myst in part because I could survey each scene without losing my orientation in first-person navigation.

I have a couple of extremely minor quibbles with gameplay: Dragging the robot's head up and down gets tiresome on the mouse-finger, and there is actually one dead-end in the game (so be sure to save!) It would also be nice to have the ability to transport saved games between computers. These points are very minor, though, and shouldn't deter anyone.

In sum: The puzzles are very good if you are a patient person, and the music and artwork are second to none.
[Version 1.0.1]


Libcrypt reviewed on 13 Nov 2009
I hate to say it, but there's no ad-blocking proxy out there that won't significantly slow down browsing. After a few months of GlimmerBlocker, I've had to switch back to Safari Adblock. Pages now load far, far more quickly.
[Version 1.4.2]


Libcrypt reviewed on 27 Mar 2009
I've been using Edgies for about 4 months now, and while the features are very nice, the stability is poor. I lose notes that don't appear until I restart the app. Edge action doesn't always work. When note color is changed, very odd behaviors can result, e.g., the entire note turns black. There are also some behavior "quirks" that need to be smoothed out, such as how the title updates when dynamic updating is enabled.

I like the app, so I hope the developer spends some time improving it.
[Version 2.6]


Libcrypt reviewed on 16 Nov 2008
I'm not sure why I gave CCC a second chance, but it failed spectacularly for the second time (in 3 years?) in an attempt to perform a very simple single-disk clone: The result was not only an unbootable disk, but an unbootable Mac. Avoid CCC at all costs.
[Version 3.1.2]

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Libcrypt replied on 30 Dec 2008
For those uninterested in googling fixes for a piece of software that doesn't "just work", Super Duper does what CCC promises, and for free. Bonus: No angry nerd recriminations.
Libcrypt commented on 08 Dec 2007
WARNING: This app stores your unencrypted password in its preference plist.
[Version 1.0b]


Libcrypt reviewed on 05 Aug 2007
This is the worst piece of crap ever. Not only did it continually relaunch my dock after install (and reboot), but when I finally managed to get the preference pane activated, it kept greying out the uninstall option! Avoid at all costs!
[Version 2.3.2]


Libcrypt reviewed on 10 Mar 2007
Version 1.0.5 is still incredibly unstable. I get unexplained popup errors about "wrong numbers" when Inbox decides to misnumber things. Work "contexts" don't always show up, and sometimes they show up incorrectly. And inappropriate text appears where it ought not. This product is simply worthless. Save your money and wait for Omnifocus.
[Version 1.0.5]

Libcrypt had trouble on 19 Aug 2009
The latest version of Safari (4.0.3 here) pops up its own search suggestions on top of Inquisitor's. Anyone know how to turn off Safari's suggestions?
[Version 3.2v61]

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