Mike Harris
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Wcitymike commented on 21 Mar 2010
Thank you! Quite excited to see this freeware successor to a certain unnamed once-freeware application.
[Version 0.1.22]



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Wcitymike commented on 11 Mar 2010
The near-daily updates to this application really end up spamming the MacUpdate RSS feeds.
[Version 1.0.8.6]



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+1
Wcitymike tipped on 09 Mar 2010
In fact, install it, and you'll find a white star menu extra on your menu bar courtesy of PremierOpinion.

Kill the process, and you'll find launchd keeps relaunching it, because part of its install is to plop a LaunchDaemon into /Library/LaunchDaemons called "PremierOpinion.plist" whose job it is to keep /Applications/PremierOpinion/RunPremierOpinion.sh running.

Fortunately, PremierOpinionUninstall in that directory *appears* to have gotten rid of the whole mess. One would hope.

But, without argument, this has been the application with the poorest business practices I've seen.
[Version 1.1]



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Wcitymike tipped on 03 Dec 2009
Do not use in Snow Leopard.
[Version 1.3.1]



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Wcitymike commented on 28 Sep 2009
Quinn is an excellent freeware tetromino game that offers network tournaments, customizable pieces, etc., etc. I'm curious as to the profit model of this application: what makes this worth paying for, in light of the excellent free option already out there and well-established?
[Version 2.7.1]



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-4
WCityMike commented on 04 Sep 2009
I can't say I'm a fan of Lighthead Software. Caffeine's latest icon incarnation is horrible: you are supposed to look at the very small pixel area of a coffee cup and go, "Is that full, or empty?" Its prior incarnation -- a black Zzz that either had an X over it (i.e. no sleep) or did not -- was easily identifiable at a moment's glance, and also fit in with the diagrammatic and black feel of most other menu bar icons. So, I sent a handful of very obsequious support e-mails, spaced evenly quite a long time: might you be willing to send me a copy of the old application? Or, failing that, on a larger scale, might you be willing to offer the older icon to those of us who want it via a preferences choice? I never heard a response. Then, one day, I learned that some URL hacking revealed the earlier version of Caffeine I needed. To clarify: it was on their site all along. All they would have had to do to make my day is to just once respond to the e-mail by mailing me its URL; it wouldn't have required any particular effort to make new things available. They completely ignored a (potential) customer's requests, requests that I then learned would have taken them nearly zero effort to answer. The mark of a truly sucky company, in my opinion.

P.S. For those of you who want the older icon: download http://files.lightheadsw.com/releases/com.lightheadsw.Caffeine/Caffeine1.0.zip and extract active.png, hiliteactive.png, hilited.png and inactive.png from it.
[Version 1.1]


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+105
WCityMike replied on 04 Sep 2009
You say "and that's on a 30" monitor." By saying that, are you suggesting that 30" is somehow to be considered a small monitor?
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+5
WCityMike commented on 18 Aug 2009
Looks like it's not even a Bare Bones product anymore. I'll be keeping an eye on the product because of its former grandeur, but the product essentially outright died, due to it being pretty much abandoned by BBSW for years and years (without them even having the courtesy of telling their users it was a dead product, maintaining the pretense it was still alive and being worked upon) ... and in the interim, the entire world of e-mail has made huge, giant leaps forward. I'll be downloading it to see what the 2.2 iteration turned out to be like, but I don't expect much from this formerly notable client. The changes would have to be mindboggingly and unexpectedly revolutionary.
[Version 2.2]



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WCityMike commented on 30 Jul 2009
This application no longer functions. It causes the Leopard Finder to crash (EXC_BAD_ACCESS, KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE). The website shows no signs of having been touched in a very long time: the screenshots on that page look like they're from Cheetah, for Pete's sake.
[Version 1.6.1]



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WCityMike commented on 29 May 2009
Um, this is not a free product ...
[Version 5.0.3.4]



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WCityMike reviewed on 29 May 2009
Very unimpressive. Crashed each time I tried to move the time cursor to another time, and doesn't offer "float on top." Using Fluid on the Hulu website actually offers more features, aside from the Apple remote control -- so that's a fairly sad commentary on this offering.
[Version 0.9.0]



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+1
Wcitymike had trouble on 12 Mar 2010
DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THIS SCREEN SAVER. Upon installation, this screensaver installs a menu extra which phones home with marketing information about your system. If you try to quit this menu extra using tools such as Activity Monitor, the application will restart, because, on installation, this screen saver's installer also installs a LaunchDaemon whose job it is to make sure that their spyware can't be quit. While their uninstaller does work (if you take them at their word), it is also deceptively phrased, as (if my memory serves me correctly) the screensaver's uninstaller uninstalled *merely* the screensaver, leaving the spyware in place; you have to run the SPYWARE's uninstaller to properly remove yourself of the thing, or take it all out manually.

In short, there are plenty of other legitimate, non-spyware screen savers you can install should you so desire them. This company's practices are, in my own opinion, so deceptive as to make sure they never have a place on my computer; I suggest you make the same decision.
[Version 1.1]



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+5
Wcitymike had trouble on 12 Mar 2010
DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THIS SCREEN SAVER. Upon installation, this screensaver installs a menu extra which phones home with marketing information about your system. If you try to quit this menu extra using tools such as Activity Monitor, the application will restart, because, on installation, this screen saver's installer also installs a LaunchDaemon whose job it is to make sure that their spyware can't be quit. While their uninstaller does work (if you take them at their word), it is also deceptively phrased, as (if my memory serves me correctly) the screensaver's uninstaller uninstalled *merely* the screensaver, leaving the spyware in place; you have to run the SPYWARE's uninstaller to properly remove yourself of the thing, or take it all out manually.

In short, there are plenty of other legitimate, non-spyware screen savers you can install should you so desire them. This company's practices are, in my own opinion, so deceptive as to make sure they never have a place on my computer; I suggest you make the same decision.
[Version 1.1]



burypromote
+1
Wcitymike had trouble on 12 Mar 2010
DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THIS SCREEN SAVER. Upon installation, this screensaver installs a menu extra which phones home with marketing information about your system. If you try to quit this menu extra using tools such as Activity Monitor, the application will restart, because, on installation, this screen saver's installer also installs a LaunchDaemon whose job it is to make sure that their spyware can't be quit. While their uninstaller does work (if you take them at their word), it is also deceptively phrased, as (if my memory serves me correctly) the screensaver's uninstaller uninstalled *merely* the screensaver, leaving the spyware in place; you have to run the SPYWARE's uninstaller to properly remove yourself of the thing, or take it all out manually.

In short, there are plenty of other legitimate, non-spyware screen savers you can install should you so desire them. This company's practices are, in my own opinion, so deceptive as to make sure they never have a place on my computer; I suggest you make the same decision.
[Version 3.8]



burypromote
+2
Wcitymike had trouble on 12 Mar 2010
DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THIS SCREEN SAVER. Upon installation, this screensaver installs a menu extra which phones home with marketing information about your system. If you try to quit this menu extra using tools such as Activity Monitor, the application will restart, because, on installation, this screen saver's installer also installs a LaunchDaemon whose job it is to make sure that their spyware can't be quit. While their uninstaller does work (if you take them at their word), it is also deceptively phrased, as (if my memory serves me correctly) the screensaver's uninstaller uninstalled *merely* the screensaver, leaving the spyware in place; you have to run the SPYWARE's uninstaller to properly remove yourself of the thing, or take it all out manually.

In short, there are plenty of other legitimate, non-spyware screen savers you can install should you so desire them. This company's practices are, in my own opinion, so deceptive as to make sure they never have a place on my computer; I suggest you make the same decision.
[Version 3.8]



burypromote
+5
Wcitymike had trouble on 12 Mar 2010
DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THIS SCREEN SAVER. Upon installation, this screensaver installs a menu extra which phones home with marketing information about your system. If you try to quit this menu extra using tools such as Activity Monitor, the application will restart, because, on installation, this screen saver's installer also installs a LaunchDaemon whose job it is to make sure that their spyware can't be quit. While their uninstaller does work (if you take them at their word), it is also deceptively phrased, as (if my memory serves me correctly) the screensaver's uninstaller uninstalled *merely* the screensaver, leaving the spyware in place; you have to run the SPYWARE's uninstaller to properly remove yourself of the thing, or take it all out manually.

In short, there are plenty of other legitimate, non-spyware screen savers you can install should you so desire them. This company's practices are, in my own opinion, so deceptive as to make sure they never have a place on my computer; I suggest you make the same decision.
[Version 3.8]



burypromote
+1
Wcitymike had trouble on 12 Mar 2010
DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THIS SCREEN SAVER. Upon installation, this screensaver installs a menu extra which phones home with marketing information about your system. If you try to quit this menu extra using tools such as Activity Monitor, the application will restart, because, on installation, this screen saver's installer also installs a LaunchDaemon whose job it is to make sure that their spyware can't be quit. While their uninstaller does work (if you take them at their word), it is also deceptively phrased, as (if my memory serves me correctly) the screensaver's uninstaller uninstalled *merely* the screensaver, leaving the spyware in place; you have to run the SPYWARE's uninstaller to properly remove yourself of the thing, or take it all out manually.

In short, there are plenty of other legitimate, non-spyware screen savers you can install should you so desire them. This company's practices are, in my own opinion, so deceptive as to make sure they never have a place on my computer; I suggest you make the same decision.
[Version 3.8]



burypromote
+1
Wcitymike had trouble on 12 Mar 2010
DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THIS SCREEN SAVER. Upon installation, this screensaver installs a menu extra which phones home with marketing information about your system. If you try to quit this menu extra using tools such as Activity Monitor, the application will restart, because, on installation, this screen saver's installer also installs a LaunchDaemon whose job it is to make sure that their spyware can't be quit. While their uninstaller does work (if you take them at their word), it is also deceptively phrased, as (if my memory serves me correctly) the screensaver's uninstaller uninstalled *merely* the screensaver, leaving the spyware in place; you have to run the SPYWARE's uninstaller to properly remove yourself of the thing, or take it all out manually.

In short, there are plenty of other legitimate, non-spyware screen savers you can install should you so desire them. This company's practices are, in my own opinion, so deceptive as to make sure they never have a place on my computer; I suggest you make the same decision.
[Version 3.8]



burypromote
+1
Wcitymike had trouble on 12 Mar 2010
DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THIS SCREEN SAVER. Upon installation, this screensaver installs a menu extra which phones home with marketing information about your system. If you try to quit this menu extra using tools such as Activity Monitor, the application will restart, because, on installation, this screen saver's installer also installs a LaunchDaemon whose job it is to make sure that their spyware can't be quit. While their uninstaller does work (if you take them at their word), it is also deceptively phrased, as (if my memory serves me correctly) the screensaver's uninstaller uninstalled *merely* the screensaver, leaving the spyware in place; you have to run the SPYWARE's uninstaller to properly remove yourself of the thing, or take it all out manually.

In short, there are plenty of other legitimate, non-spyware screen savers you can install should you so desire them. This company's practices are, in my own opinion, so deceptive as to make sure they never have a place on my computer; I suggest you make the same decision.
[Version 3.8]



burypromote
+2
Wcitymike had trouble on 12 Mar 2010
DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THIS SCREEN SAVER. Upon installation, this screensaver installs a menu extra which phones home with marketing information about your system. If you try to quit this menu extra using tools such as Activity Monitor, the application will restart, because, on installation, this screen saver's installer also installs a LaunchDaemon whose job it is to make sure that their spyware can't be quit. While their uninstaller does work (if you take them at their word), it is also deceptively phrased, as (if my memory serves me correctly) the screensaver's uninstaller uninstalled *merely* the screensaver, leaving the spyware in place; you have to run the SPYWARE's uninstaller to properly remove yourself of the thing, or take it all out manually.

In short, there are plenty of other legitimate, non-spyware screen savers you can install should you so desire them. This company's practices are, in my own opinion, so deceptive as to make sure they never have a place on my computer; I suggest you make the same decision.
[Version 3.8]



burypromote
+1
Wcitymike had trouble on 12 Mar 2010
DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THIS SCREEN SAVER. Upon installation, this screensaver installs a menu extra which phones home with marketing information about your system. If you try to quit this menu extra using tools such as Activity Monitor, the application will restart, because, on installation, this screen saver's installer also installs a LaunchDaemon whose job it is to make sure that their spyware can't be quit. While their uninstaller does work (if you take them at their word), it is also deceptively phrased, as (if my memory serves me correctly) the screensaver's uninstaller uninstalled *merely* the screensaver, leaving the spyware in place; you have to run the SPYWARE's uninstaller to properly remove yourself of the thing, or take it all out manually.

In short, there are plenty of other legitimate, non-spyware screen savers you can install should you so desire them. This company's practices are, in my own opinion, so deceptive as to make sure they never have a place on my computer; I suggest you make the same decision.
[Version 1.1]



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