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escaperaise reviewed on 19 Aug 2009
I have used Sierra Wireless Watcher with two different Sprint EVDO cards and several MacBook Pros including the Unibody, over the past three years.

Today running fully updated 10.5.8 with Sierrra Wireless Watcher 1.1.4, and SWW crashes as often as every ten seconds, often every 5 minutes, taking the connection with it. Seldom stays online for more than an hour.

There cannot possibly be anything good to say about the software engineers at Sierra Wireless. This is a longstanding and widespread problem and they have no interest in fixing it.

The upside? When the connection is active it's fast enough for everything I do. I travel a lot so I live with the situation and hope someday Sprint will ditch SWW and hire a software company that has a Clue.
[Version 1.1.1]

escaperaise commented on 22 Apr 2009
GlimmerBlocker had very little effect on the number of ads displayed, and in particular did not block animated flash advertisements which was the whole point. I trashed the control panel and now cannot get online using WiFi. EVDO still works. Suggestions welcome :-)

Unibody MBP running 10.5.6. Tx.
[Version 1.3.3]

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escaperaise commented on 23 Apr 2009
Had a wonderfully fast response from the developer. Summary:

The instructions are here: http://glimmerblocker.org/wiki/Uninstall

• open the "Network" preferences panel and disable the "http proxy" setting for all the network connections: Click the 'advanced' button for each of them, then select the 'proxy' tab.
• if this file exists, delete it:
• restart your mac (so the proxy is stopped, and the system notices the above file is removed)

With support like this I plan to keep Glimmerblocker and learn to configure it better.

escaperaise had trouble on 03 Sep 2009
Just a heads up.

Sierrra Wireless Watcher 1.1.4 breaks under Snow Leopard 10.6. Yes, I've installed Rosetta.
[Version 1.1.1]

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