Sheldon Furst
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Sfurst reviewed on 18 Sep 2013
While it may run on Snow Leopard 10.6.8, the iTunes Radio feature requires 10.7 or later. Boo!
[Version 11.1]




Sfurst rated on 14 Mar 2012
[Version 2.0.2]



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Sfurst commented on 26 Feb 2012
So I'm confused. The MacUpdate page says the program is free while the App store lists it for $1.99. While this is a reasonable price for one of the few Mac utilities that can do encrypted 7-Zip archives, I'd like to know that the correct price is...
[Version 1.0]



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Sfurst commented on 06 Dec 2011
Lousy customer service.

Sizerox uses an odd licensing system: when you purchase the application you get a link to download the "full" version. Subsequent updates come by way of an updater to this original. There is no license key and no way to re-download, so if you lose your original "full" version you are screwed.

So, when I accidentally deleted my (paid) copy of Sizerox, I wrote the developer and asked for a link to get my original back. Instead they wanted me to pay for an upgrade to the current version. I declined and said all I wanted was the original version that I had paid for.

And THAT'S the last I ever heard from the developer.

Look somewhere else for a developer that actually cares about their customers.
[Version 1.4.3.3b1]



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Sfurst reviewed on 28 Sep 2010
If you like the Windows 7 task bar preview, you will love this application. I can easily get lost among all my open windows by mid-day, especially if I'm in the process of answering multiple Emails at once, while digging for information for my response. This application is clean, quick, with tons of features to allow for customization for even the most picky (like me).

Developer is extremely responsive and helpful. At this price it is a no-brainer. My only fear is that Apple will see how great it is and steal the idea.
[Version 1.38]



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+5

SFurst reviewed on 22 Mar 2009
This is yet another backup-to-cloud client in the same vein as Mozy, SpiderOak, and JungleDisk. A 2GB account is free, while a whopping 150 GB can be had for $49.50/yr.

Unfortunately, the Mac client serious lags behind the Windows client. As pointed out by numerous reviewers, there is no data encryption available for Mac, leaving your files unencrypted on the servers. While the web site claims versioning, this is only available for Windows; a poor substitute "Snapshots" is available for Mac, which makes you go through the last ten backups searching for a previous version. In my experience, Snapshots were unreliable as well as tedious (think Time Machine, only very limited). If I want a previous version of a file, I want to see what versions are available, not have to dig.

Unlike SpiderOak and JungleDisk, the same storage cannot be shared between a Mac and a PC client. A web interface is available.

Support from the developer is responsive but unhelpful. "Encryption is being consider in the future and we will notify our customers when it is available".

I suspect this is quite a nice program on the PC, but it has a long way to go for us Mac users.
[Version 1.2.9]



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+8

SFurst reviewed on 24 Dec 2008
This program has real promise. Similar to Mozy, with cross-platform clients (Mac, Windows, Linux), you get 2 GB free and 100 GB for $$$. It has the unique feature of having "zero knowledge encryption", which means your files are encrypted at the client with YOUR KEY, stored encrypted on the server, and not even the names of the files can be determined by SpiderOak or anyone else. This is true security.

In addition to the OS client, there is web-based access where you can download a file, and a neat sharing facility that allows you to share some or all of your files with others.

In my testing I've found the program very fast to upload, with good block-level hashing to upload only the "changed" portion of your files (great for those big files, especially your Entourage database).

There are still things to fix, and the Mac interface isn't too Mac-like (as noted by other reviewers), but the developers are very responsive and interested in making things better.
[Version 1.6005]



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+5

SFurst reviewed on 20 Apr 2008
Keeping a home inventory is critically important. It makes a big difference when you have to fight with your insurance company, and just helps you know what all your "stuff" is. (Could you make a list of what's in your house if it burned down tomorrow?)

Enter Home Inventory. Quicken used to include a home inventory as part of Quicken for Mac (and PC for that matter); they dropped it completely for the Mac, and issued it as a stand-along product for the PC (at $30). Binary Formations' Home Inventory is a great replacement -- faster, more flexible, universal binary, and actively developed.

It's this last part that's really important. I had over one hundred items trapped in Quicken's Home Inventory. It's no longer supported. No way to export, and the program crashes under 10.4 and 10.5. You don't want to invest hours of data entry, only to be stuck with an unsupported program.

Binary Formations is REALLY responsive. Find a big? Got a question? Fast, helpful answers and fixes. There's a version 2 under development as well. Uses SQL for the underlying database, so you'll never be orphaned (plus there's an export function).

I really recommend this program. Sure there's room for improvement, but new stuff is getting added all the time. There's nothing out there that even comes close.
[Version 1.7.1]



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SFurst reviewed on 02 Oct 2007
This is a great, unique piece of software designed to back up your Boot Camp partition. It runs from the Mac side of your computer and backs up the entire Boot Camp partition. Because of the unique nature of the way the Boot Camp partition is handled, classic Windows disk imaging programs like Norton Ghost and Acronis True Image won't work. This little gem allows you to make an image copy of your partition(think how long it took you to install windows and then the 100s of XP updates) that can be easily reinstalled if you somehow mangle your PC partition. It also allows you to resize the PC partition (in case you need to make it bigger). It compresses your data as well, so the image doesn't copy the free space. My 5GB Boot Camp Partition backup was only 2GB.

I know of no other program that will perform these tasks. The program is effortless, speedy, and free. What more could you ask for?
[Version 1.5]



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SFurst commented on 24 Sep 2007
While it doesn't quite solve the problem of "mushy" keyboards, the audible feedback really does help one's typing. As the author suggests, set the volume at just barely audbile. Especially nice on my G4 iBook.

Damned thing is rather addictive, actually -- I really notice its absence when I use my PC at the office.
[Version 1.1.6]



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