Robotank
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Robotank commented on 23 Oct 2013
CCC has been rock solid for me for years. It's fairly straightforward to use for the technically inclined. For the less inclined, CCC includes thorough documentation that covers every aspect of the app and the backup process.

When I found myself with an unbootable system, my CCC backup performed precisely as expected, and quickly got me back up and running with no data loss. No one should be without a proper backup, so if your situation is not conducive to Time Machine, CCC is probably worth a look.
[Version 3.5.3]



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Robotank commented on 15 Oct 2012
Just a heads-up: It would appear that the price of OmniFocus, for both MAS and direct download versions, has returned to $79.99.
[Version 1.10.3]



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Robotank commented on 21 Sep 2012
Bark 1.1, with support for Growl 2, is now available on the developer's website. Bark handles Notification Centre integration in a far better way than Growl does (or can, due to MAS restrictions). Thank you for this great freebie.
[Version 1.0.1]



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Robotank commented on 18 Sep 2012
There doesn't appear to be a demo of this app available for download. Am I missing something? If not, that's an instant deal breaker, not to mention highly unusual for something sold outside of the MAS.
[Version 1.2.1]



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Robotank commented on 15 Jun 2012
Another great extension from Canisbos. For me, there are three main reasons that CustomReader beats Safari Reader: 1) it's highly customizable; 2) extensions don't work on tabs where Safari Reader is active, but CustomReader doesn't interfere with them; 3) CustomReader meshes very nicely with the uber-useful Pickpocket extension by the same developer. Also, the default reading view of CustomReader uses left-aligned text rather than Safari Reader's awful justified text.

To tweak CustomReader you have to modify its CSS and/or HTML. However, it's quite easy to make some basic changes to the CSS, even with little or no pre-existing knowledge. Here are a couple quick examples.

1) Change font/size/line spacing of the main article text by editing the #story element in the CSS. You can set font size by pixel (px) or point (pt), set normal line spacing or line height in pixels, etc:

#story
{
margin-top: 32px;
font: normal 15px/1.5 Helvetica, sans-serif;
}

#story
{
margin-top: 32px;
font: normal 12pt/20px "Times New Roman", serif;
}

2) Change the colour of link text and/or make it underlined:

#story a
{
color: blue;
text-decoration: underline;
}

#story a
{
color: #006666;
text-decoration: none;
}

It's pretty easy to figure out how to make these sorts of changes just by browsing through the default CSS and seeing how properties are set.
[Version 1.0.2]



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Robotank commented on 15 May 2012
Gameplay seems solid so far, but I haven't managed to get much playing in. The process of levelling up and selecting skills has been greatly simplified, making the game more accessible to casual gamers but severely reducing the possibilities for character customization (i.e., no skill trees to choose from, and attribute points are automatically assigned on level up). I haven't played enough yet to have an opinion on the new system, but a lot of early adopters seem very disappointed (though I suspect that much of this is latent frustration from the server issues). So far D3 has been a disappointing overall experience. I really hope Blizzard gets its act together and gets the game running smoothly very soon.
[Version 1.0]



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Robotank commented on 28 Apr 2012
Just a quick heads up: Path Finder 6.0.1 is now available, sporting two bug fixes--one for a crash and one to do with buying Path Finder. MU admins, feel free to delete this post once the update appears here. Thanks!
[Version 6.0.0]



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Robotank commented on 19 Apr 2012
Like another word processor that appeared on MU a couple months back, this looks an awful lot like the open-source Bean 2...
[Version 1.0]



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Robotank commented on 19 Apr 2012
I won't assign a star rating to Bartender while it's still in beta, but I am, so far, very happy with it. I simply place my less-used menu bar items in the Bartender bar and keep the visible menu bar nice and clean. Also, apps whose menu bar icons I previously kept hidden to save space now sit unobtrusively in the Bartender bar, making these apps' menu items easily accessible without taking up needed space. Like a poster below, I had to log out and back in to get some apps to show up in the Bartender bar, but everything is working fine after doing so. A note about the beta pricing: you can use Bartender for free while it's in beta, and you can purchase a licence during the beta for half of what the retail price will be upon Bartender's release. Anyway, I'd recommend this app without hesitation to anyone with an excessively busy menu bar.
[Version 0.9]



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Robotank commented on 19 Apr 2012
Since 10.8 is still a developer-only preview of an unreleased OS, it makes little sense to assign it a star rating, or to gripe about its features. The good news in any case, for those of us testing 10.8, is that DP3 seems to correct many of the more annoying glitches in DP2. DP3 feels much snappier in general, and Safari in particular is much improved from the rather laggy build in DP2. BTW, make sure you read the seed note before installing DP3, as one of the known issues pertains to installation.
[Version 10.8]



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Robotank had trouble on 24 Feb 2012
A tip for anyone who may have installed this app on Lion (initially there was no warning against doing so): If MacLaunchpad (formerly Launchpad) replaced your existing Launchpad.app with its own app, don't panic! The functionality of Lion's Launchpad remains intact. Like Mission Control, Launchpad actually runs as part of the Dock process--Launchpad.app only activates it. That's why Launchpad and Mission Control appear in the regular Applications folder, while the application bundles for the Dock, Finder, and other system essentials are located in /System/Library/CoreServices. You can restore Launchpad.app from a backup (or Lion install external disk/DMG if you have one; this method requires using Pacifist to dig into the installer packages and extract the individual app), but if you have no means of recovering it, you won't actually lose anything other than the ability to activate Launchpad by opening its app bundle (i.e., clicking the Launchpad icon in the Dock). You can still activate Launchpad using a gesture, screen corner, etc. Obviously, it would have been better if MacLaunchpad had included a warning from the start to prevent this issue. But I think it's worth understanding exactly what the loss of Launchpad.app entails because, if your only way of recovering it is to reinstall Lion, you may decide it's not worth the trouble given the minimal impact Launchpad.app actually has.
[Version 1.2]



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Robotank had trouble on 17 Feb 2012
Quick tip for people trying VLC 2.0 RC 1. I experienced some very bad glitches initially. Deleting VLC's preferences cleared these up. Perhaps VLC 2 doesn't like something written to the preferences by VLC 1.x in some cases. There's a script included on the VLC disk image to delete prefs. To do it manually, you'll find the preference file at ~/Library/Preferences/org.videolan.vlc.plist.
[Version 2.0.0-rc1]



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Robotank had trouble on 21 Apr 2010
This is rather annoying. I have a TechTool Pro 5 license from a MacUpdate bundle a while ago, but this includes access to a 5.0.4 version of the TechTool Pro DVD, the installer from which will not work, presumably because I'm on Snow Leopard. So, I have no way to install the program and update to a new Snow Leopard compatible version from within, and of course it's not possible to do something as simple as download the installer from the Micromat website. What a bunch of crap. I understand that they don't provide free updates to the DVD, which is fine, but all I want is the little installer app, which I think I should be able to get without having to register on the Micromat website and contacting technical support.
[Version 5.0.7]



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Robotank had trouble on 15 Apr 2010
The 64-bit version of this pre-release version of VLC 1.1.0 has the same problem I've experienced with every other 64-bit version of VLC: it almost invariably crashes on quitting. I guess it's best to stick to the 32-bit builds at least until the Lunettes project releases something.
[Version 1.1.0-pre1]


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Robotank replied on 15 Apr 2010
Thanks for the feedback. I'll have a look at the console log and perhaps pass a bug report on to the VideoLAN folks.
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Robotank had trouble on 06 Nov 2009
CopyPaste Pro used to be great, but lately it's been very unstable for me. It's prone to frequent crashes that seem to occur most often when I'm accessing the clip browser. The real problem is that after the crash, all clipboard history since the last time the app was quit is lost. I'd love to wait around for this to be fixed, but the constant risk of losing all of my clips at any moment is more than I can live with. I'm currently looking at alternatives to CopyPaste. PTHPasteboard Pro seems to be the only one with comparably advanced functionality.
[Version 2.1.2]



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Robotank had trouble on 29 Oct 2009
I quite like MPlayer OS X Extended, and I use it as my default video player. For some reason, though, I've never been able to get its DVD playing feature to work properly. After opening a VIDEO_TS folder, MPlayer invariably hangs or just doesn't do anything. I'm wondering if it's because it's not capable of reading encrypted DVDs, but I can't find any documentation on this either way. If this is the case, it might be nice to be able to direct MPlayer to an existing copy of libdvdcss so it could decode encrypted VIDEO_TS. I would appreciate any feedback on this matter.
[Version rev12]



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Robotank had trouble on 28 Oct 2009
Transmission 1.76 does not correctly report uploaded and downloaded data amounts to the tracker. It's already been banned by at least one private tracker that I'm aware of. I strongly suggest that anyone using private trackers, where accurate data measuring is important, stick with 1.75 or revert to it if you've already upgraded.
[Version 1.76]


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Robotank replied on 28 Oct 2009
I can definitely file a bug report if the devs are unaware of this problem. My own experience with 1.76 in the short time I used it confirms the issue--multiple private trackers were reporting substantially different data amounts (that is, in the hundreds of megabytes) for me than Transmission was showing, an issue i didn't have with 1.75, where data amounts were spot on. I'll pop over to the Transmission website today and report this if it hasn't already been done.
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Robotank replied on 28 Oct 2009
Sorry to post again--MU won't let me edit that post even though it's been less than five minutes. I just wanted to assure you that I'm not making anything up here to slander Transmission. I think Transmission is the best Mac torrent client, and I've used it almost exclusively for several years. I'm simply giving fellow users the heads-up on an important issue by posting a comment (not a review!) containing information I've confirmed to be true.
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Robotank had trouble on 02 Oct 2009
This latest beta is having a curious side effect for me. When MondoMouse is active, TextEdit repeatedly opens, over and over again. I can quit it or force quit it or whatever, and it will relaunch again within a few seconds. Deactivating MondoMouse causes the problem to cease. Snow Leopard 10.6.1, Intel Core 2 Duo.
[Version 1.4.4b1]


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Robotank replied on 31 Dec 2009
Yeah, I also informed the developer directly about this issue. It's now been close to three months since the release of 1.4.4b1 and no update, or even new beta version, has arrived, and there's no word on the developer's website as to when one might. I have about a week left in the trial period of Zooom. If there's no MondoMouse update by then that fixes the TextEdit bug, I'll be buying Zooom and saying goodbye to MondoMouse for good. I try to be patient, but there's only so long I'm willing to wait. Neither version 1.4.3 or 1.4.4b1 are usable on Snow Leopard for me (strictly speaking, 1.4.3 works, but it's very flaky on SL). At this point I'd suggest that new users looking for this type of utility check out Zooom due to the recent lack of development on MondoMouse. It's very frustrating to pay for a piece of software, and then be left for months without the ability to use it, so I can't recommend MondoMouse to anyone at this point. Zooom has all the same functions and a little extra to boot. There are some nice touches to MondoMouse that Zooom lacks, like coloured borders around windows that are being moved or resized, but nothing major.
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Robotank replied on 03 Jan 2010
I realize that I was unfair with my language--neither version of MondoMouse (1.4.3, 1.4.4b1) is unusable strictly speaking. However, 1.4.3 is too flaky to be reasonably used (it doesn't respond to key presses about half of the time) and so is way more trouble than it's worth. As for 1.4.4b1, I think that the TextEdit bug is a more substantial irritation than a user should be expected to put up with for very long. So, what I should have said is not that the current MondoMouse incarnations are unusable, but that they are not _reasonably_ usable.
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Robotank had trouble on 28 Sep 2009
I'm having a major issue with version 4.01. After upgrading, my mouse doesn't respond to left clicks about half of the time. This gets annoying really quick. I've emailed a bug report to the developer. SteerMouse is great, and I hope they're able to help me resolve this. I'm using a Logitech MX Revolution on Snow Leopard 10.6.1. Anyone else experience a similar issue?
[Version 4.0.1]


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Robotank replied on 02 Oct 2009
Well it turns out this issue has nothing to do with SteerMouse. After extensive troubleshooting, I realized the problem occurred even when SteerMouse wasn't installed, and it happened with the trackpad as well as the mouse. Something is wreaking havoc with my system, and I can't figure out what it is. Too many strange things are happening these days. I think it's about time for a wipe and clean install, which I should have done with Snow Leopard the first time. I'm sorry to initially pin this problem on SteerMouse, but it did start immediately after I installed 4.0.1. Some coincidence.
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Robotank had trouble on 23 Sep 2009
I've been having quite a bit of trouble with ReduxEncoder. At first I was experiencing the error noted below on Leopard ("illegal comparison or logical"). Now on Snow Leopard (10.6.1), the old problem is gone away, but new issues have popped up. First I tried converting an XviD AVI file to DVD. The conversion to the MPG file went fine, but it would not proceed past that point to authoring the DVD structure. Whether I selected burnable image, VIDEO_TS folder, or burned DVD, after the conversion was done, "Authoring DVD" (or something like that) would pop up for a about a second above the progress bar, then it would claim the process was finished, leaving only the MPG file. Next I tried converting an H.264 MP4 file. With MEncoder decoding, it ran for about 5 minutes, then claimed it was finished. The result was a 400 MB partial MPG file. Trying the same conversion with VLC decoding never got past the "Starting conversion" phase. I know that ReduxEncoder is a work in progress, but I do hope that it reaches a fairly stable and usable state in the near future. It looks promising in many respects and is free, so I'm optimistic that it will turn out to be a worthy successor to the venerable VisualHub.
[Version 1.2.5]



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