Sgt_Bilko
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Sgt_Bilko commented on 17 Dec 2013
I used to really like NewsBar but under Mavericks it's been reduced to a bug laden mess. It fails to remember appearance preferences and the window keeps disappearing until you quit the app and start again. It has been like this since the day I installed Mavericks and the latest update to NewsBar has changed nothing. Unfortunately it's unusable under Mavericks.
[Version 3.4]



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Sgt_Bilko commented on 09 Nov 2013
It's a great application but rather a pity how slow the App Store updates are compared to downloads available from Agile. Through the App Store I'm stuck on version 4.0.5, while here we see version 4.0.9. The developers aren't responsible for delays caused by Apple but going forward I'm not sure it makes much sense sticking with the App Store version.
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Sgt_Bilko commented on 26 Oct 2013
This is a question rather than a review because I haven't used this plugin yet. Under Mountain Lion if I sent a jpeg attachment to a Windows user and particularly to somebody with Outlook the images seemed to be embedded and couldn't be saved properly by the recipient, however I tested this a couple days ago under Mavericks and the problem was resolved. I therefore wanted to know why we might need this plugin?
[Version 2.0.1]



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Sgt_Bilko commented on 20 Jun 2013
Does anybody know if we should be using this or the software updates in OS X? There seem to be two "current" versions of Java for OS X these days. Are they different things?
[Version 1.7.0_25]


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Sgt_Bilko replied on 12 Sep 2013
Thanks for the explanation. I've tried disabling Java in my browsers before but been surprised at the number of websites that then appear to become inoperable. I can't stand Java apps on the computer that rarely appear to function well on OS X, quite apart from the security risks you mentioned.
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Sgt_Bilko replied on 13 Sep 2013
@B. Jefferson Le Blanc I don't know why Macupdate doesn't allow me to post replies directly under yours but thank you for the detailed response.

You are correct that I was confusing Java with Javascript and I should have thought that through myself but Java has now been disabled inside Safari with no problems, though I didn't spot similar options in FireFox or Chromium. I also ditched Adobe reader quite a while back.

Regarding Flash I did install a blocker a couple years ago in Safari but found it was crashing constantly on sites like YouTube, so I ended up removing it, however I've just installed it ClickToFlash now and I'll see if matters have improved. I've never liked Flash anyway.

I do actually have Java installed on my system and I seem to remember it was related to Photoshop. I don't believe it's causing any kind of problem in this context and I'm now sticking with Apple's Java updates.
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Sgt_Bilko commented on 20 Jun 2013
Perhaps somebody else knows the answer here but why are there two current versions of Java these days and which one should we be using?

I have an OS X update this morning telling me I can install version SE 6 to 1.6.0_051 but inside the system preferences control panel I have the Java menu, which says I currently have Java 7 installed with 1.7.0_25-b15, which sounds like it is more up to date.
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Sgt_Bilko commented on 15 May 2013
It's free to download but then you pay for each exported recording lasting more than 60 seconds. I tried a quick recording lasting 2 minutes and Adobe would have charged £1.49 (roughly US $2.30), so I cancelled and deleted the app. Back to ScreenFlow.
[Version 1.0]



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Sgt_Bilko commented on 15 May 2013
I recently purchased GarageSale, which I like so I was curious to try GarageBuy. I like the interface but for me there was one major problem that had me deleting this app after 5 minutes. Towards the end of the auction it doesn't show the countdown in seconds when most of the action really happens, so it seems to be fatally flawed. I don't understand why it's like this.
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Sgt_Bilko commented on 15 May 2013
I'm not a professional eBay seller by any means and hadn't sold anything for years but recently I decided it was time to clear out a lot of old photo gear that is no longer in use and when I logged into eBay I was mildly horrified at how much the layout had changed. It just wasn't a place where I wanted to spend a lot of time.

I remembered GarageSale so I decided to give it a test run and found that I liked it. Much like any new software there is a bit of a learning curve but the ability to verify costs and check for errors before going live makes it all pretty foolproof and it definitely enables you to produce a far better looking auction.

If you plan to sell several items, GarageSale makes everything much faster and you can use their hosting for images, which will also save money. In truth I would have been fine with the basic version but for a few extra dollars I have something with more advanced options if I choose to get more involved with eBay.

One small observation is that I bought my copy from the Apple App Store but if I was doing this again I'd buy direct from the developers because you get faster access to updates and the template store if needed.

So far I have sold three items and all of them have gone for more money than I was expecting, so it seems likely GarageSale has already paid for itself.
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Sgt_Bilko replied on 23 May 2013
Just as a quick update I contacted the developers who told me that the license from the App Store will still be recognised if you choose to download direct from their website and I was able to install the latest beta including all the features with no problems, so I'm happy with that.
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Sgt_Bilko commented on 22 Nov 2012
A few years ago I found Safari very crash prone then under Lion it became very good. That has continued right up until 6.0.2 when it suddenly started crashing again several times a day. I'm on 10.8.2 with a Mac Pro.
[Version 6.0.2]


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Sgt_Bilko replied on 02 Dec 2012
Yesterday I reinstalled OS X, which took me back to Safari 6.0.1 and the crashing has stopped. It feels faster as well.
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Sgt_Bilko commented on 31 Oct 2012
You'd think that by version 22 they'd have sorted out the floating plugin icons such as 1Password or Ghostery that move left or right so easily whenever you click on them. This is just not an issue in other browsers like Safari or FireFox where plugin icons stay nicely fixed in position.
[Version 22.0.1229.94]



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