Robert Lewis
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I have been a Mac sw reviewer for over 27 years. I do not in my later years I have been doing it on MUD. I try my best to give my honest opinion and the good and bad in any SW as fair as possible.

I also did 2 SIGs for the Houston Area Apple User Group (HAAUG). I did a Game and Utility SIG for 25 years. They were the 2 best SIGs for the group and actually caused an increase in membership. I was Contributing Editor for our Apple Barrel and for 25 years I never missed a month for it and other mags I wrote for.

When AOL had rooms, I was an Apple Forum Consultant for Mac Game Forums. I also wrote for Inside MacGames and eventually became Education and Contributing editor for it.

Though all the different things I did get to meet many people as my picture shows. I got to met the Woz at our 25th anniversary of HAAUG. When we took him to dinner I got to talk to him for 45 minutes since nobody there was engaging him. That I will never forget.

From 1984 to the present the Mac had a major change in my life and I try to keep it alive by writing comments and reviews on MUD. I just cannot grasp why there bottom feeders out there that do not respect me and no matter what I write always leave negative points on me for years. I promise I will never write anything untrue. If I find a danger in the SW I am going to tell you. So to the nay sayers all I will say is you can take your head and place it where the sun do not shine. End of Line...

PS: The end of line ending is my closure when I was writing for ezines and Mags.

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gameboyalpha reviewed on 23 Dec 2012
These people needs a pat on the back. They are one of the few people not to abandon the PPC users. The only thing that I wish they would do up top is indicate that the 10.5.8 version is for Intel Macs. When I did DL the PPC version, I saw that it was the same version as the Intel version.

That means they wrote one designed for Intel and one for PPC which is very rare. I remember how long VLC was in just the beta stage. That was a very long time and when it came out of the beta stage it was still free. These people are truly dedicated to the Mac User.

Since its' inception it showed that it would be the Swiss Army Knife of Video Players. I still like to use QuickTime and DVD Player as my initial players. However, if I have problems loading a video or TS_Folder I then use VLC to see if there is any damage.

When I do this VLC many a times will step in and do repair to the file and then 9 out of 10 times the video will play. My only question is since there is no Save or Save as is the repair virtual or a physical repair? Will the file run fine in QT or DVD Player after the fix? If not, it would be nice to be able to save the repair.

Except for this one flaw, VLC is an excellent player to use. The only format that I find that even it has trouble with are MKV files. I have used many video formats and MKV is the one that has more flaws in it than any other format.

I have several media players and when a MKV file is buggy nothing can even try to play it.

As far as the using of the usage of VLC, the learning is a little above average. If you are using it for the first time you might want scan over the manual to learn about its' abilities.

My favorite feature is that you can drop a folder of videos on it and it will play them all in order. Since there is no save there is not much you can do in editing unlike in QT or other video editors. It is just a player but, it is pretty much a Universal player.

I gave it 4.5 stars in overall rating because you do not know that when it does a fix you do not know if it is permanent or not and, that after so many years they have not incorporated any kind video correcting or editing.

It is already the King of players, so why not complete the circle with some basic editing and correcting tools. End of Line...
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gameboyalpha reviewed on 23 Dec 2012
I had 2 tabs open to write a review for and I wound up placing this in the wrong place under VLC. This is a full review since I have used, reviewed and demoed at my Utility SIG in Houston. I started when it was JCC and kept up with it over the years. So for those who dislike my lengthy reviews can read the other comments. Now the review:

I have looked at the SW recommended above and many of you are missing the point of the category MLCC belongs in.

The programs listed are tweekers or system enhancement programs more along the line of Secrets.

MLCC is in the category of fixing and maintaining your Mac and it does it very well for a shareware program. I was looking over my past reviews and found a review I did when it was JCC. It is curious that over the years it has not changed much in features but did improve in performance. Just look at the menus and then look at the other SW listed and you will see the drastic difference between it and those listed. If you are new to this type of program, take some time and read the manual. It will help stop you from making any errors while using it.

MLCC belongs in the fix-it category such as Disk Warrior, Drive Genius, Main Menu and DiskTools Pro. These are designed to FIX problems with you drive and not just turn on hidden options.

There has been many a time when my system was giving me serious trouble and I used LCC (or JCC, TCC, SNCC and so on) as my first line of defense because it does not require you to unmount the boot drive and it still works with leopard. Even though it hits major areas on your Mac the learning curve is fairly easy.

There is one caveat in the program though. If you are using Leopard or higher do not select the the Update Prebinding under the Maintain menu. That is for OS 10.4 and below. Use the Rebuild the LS Database instead. If you are a first time user, take some time to read the manual. This is a powerful program and from the programs listed above, people really do not realize the true design of this program.

The interface is easy to use. One thing that tends to bother me is how long it takes to load the main window but, understand the window is not where the tools are. They are found in the menu.

Now I may be on a G5 but, it is a dual 2.7 liquid cooled with 3.5 gigs of RAM and an ATI X 800 XP Pro for graphics.

I also wish that you could select the drive you want to use it on instead of booting to that one.

As you use it, it will ask you to do a restart after finishing some operations. Up to this point I usually dismiss it and go on to finish what I need to do first. After I get all the operations done, I will then reboot.

Just bare one thing in mind, make sure you have saved all work in progress because it might do what is called a dirty reboot and you will lose any unsaved work. This can happen when you do a cleaning of the system cache and depth you choose.

MLCC is well over 10 years old and it is one program you can use with confidence with all the operations it does. In all the years I have used it it has never crashed on me. For the price, MLCC matches what it does for the money.

I know that like myself most Mac users like to learn by just jumping into the program and not reading the manual. That has been true since the 128 Mac. With all the deep operations it does it is better to read so you know what each function does. Seasoned Mac users probably have been using this for a long time and already know how to use it. But, to the newbies out there all I can say is read.

One of the most important feature any application could garnish would be how it stands up over the years. MLCC as I said goes back to JCC, and if you ask me it passes with honors and is why I keep it Under the Hood of my Mac. End of Line...
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gameboyalpha replied on 23 Dec 2012
Please forgive the second review. I did not know that MUD had moved it from VLC to where it belonged when I added this one. This one is a bit more polished and has a bit more info in it.
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gameboyalpha reviewed on 20 Dec 2012
I have looked at the SW recommended above and many of you are missing the point of the category MLCC belongs in.

The programs listed are tweekers or system enhancement programs more along the line of Secrets.

MLCC is in the category of fixing and maintaining your Mac and it does it very well for a shareware program. I was looking over my past reviews and found a review I did when it was JCC. It is curious that over the years it has not changed much. Just look at the menus and then look at the other SW listed and you will see the drastic difference between it and those listed.

MLCC belongs in the fix-it category such as Disk Warrior, Drive Genius, Main Menu and DiskTools Pro. These are designed to FIX problems with you drive and not just turn on hidden options.

There has been many a time when my system was giving me serious trouble and I used MLCC as my first line of defense because it does not require you to unmount the boot drive and it still works with leopard.

There is one caveat in the program though. If you are using Leopard or higher do not select the the Update Prebinding under the Maintain menu. That is for OS 10.4 and below. Use the Rebuild the LS Database instead. If you are a first time user, take some time to read the manual. This is a powerful program and from the programs listed above, people really do not realize the true design of this program.

The interface is easy to use. One thing that tends to bother me is how long it takes to load the main window but, understand the window is not where the tools are. They are found in the menu.

I also wish that you could select the drive you want to use it on instead of booting to that one.

As you use it, it will ask you to do a restart after finishing an operation. Up to this point I usually dismiss it and go on to finish what I need to do first. After I get all the operations done, I will then reboot.

Just bare one thing in mind, make sure you have saved all work in progress because it might do what is called a dirty reboot and you will lose any unsaved work.

MLCC is well over 10 years old and it is one program you can use with confidence with the all the operations it does. In all the years I have used it it has never crashed on me. For the price, MLCC matches what it does for the money.

I know that like myself most Mac users like to learn by just jumping into the program and not reading the manual. With all the deep operations it does it is better to read so you know what each function does. Seasoned Mac users probably have been using this for a long time and already know how to use it. But, to the newbies out there all I can say is read.

One of the most important feature any application could have would be the test of time. MLCC as I said goes back to JCC, and if you ask me it passes with honors.
[Version 7.0.5]



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gameboyalpha commented on 07 Dec 2012
Note: this is not a review or comment, this is a direct editorial of why they took a PPC program and made updates Intel only:


I am very disappointed with Apple with this upgrade. iWork 09 was a PPC and Intel release and now they are making it totally Intel only. Come on, everything since OS 10.5.8 and below were the border that the next version would be Intel and was the final PPC version. So I have to ask why? Why are you updating a program and leaving out the PPC users. Those of us that have G5 and below lose the updates for it. Why did you have to mess with a PPC compatible program when the later releases were Intel only. So for the last time, what developer had his head where the sun don't shine when he/she made decision to alter this last PPC program. End of Line...

For those who will post negative points on me for kicks as I said before they are cowards and bottom feeders
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gameboyalpha commented on 07 Dec 2012
Note: this is not a review or comment, this is a direct editorial of why they took a PPC program and made updates Intel only:


I am very disappointed with Apple with this upgrade. iWork 09 was a PPC and Intel release and now they are making it totally Intel only. Come on, everything since OS 10.5.8 and below were the border that the next version would be Intel and was the final PPC version. So I have to ask why? Why are you updating a program and leaving out the PPC users. Those of us that have G5 and below lose the updates for it. Why did you have to mess with a PPC compatible program when the later releases were Intel only. So for the last time, what developer had his head where the sun don't shine when he/she made decision to alter this last PPC program. End of Line...

For those who will post negative points on me for kicks as I said before they are cowards and bottom feeders
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gameboyalpha commented on 07 Dec 2012
Note: this is not a review or comment, this is a direct editorial of why they took a PPC program and made updates Intel only:


I am very disappointed with Apple with this upgrade. iWork 09 was a PPC and Intel release and now they are making it totally Intel only. Come on, everything since OS 10.5.8 and below were the border that the next version would be Intel and was the final PPC version. So I have to ask why? Why are you updating a program and leaving out the PPC users. Those of us that have G5 and below lose the updates for it. Why did you have to mess with a PPC compatible program when the later releases were Intel only. So for the last time, what developer had his head where the sun don't shine when he/she made decision to alter this last PPC program. End of Line...

For those who will post negative points on me for kicks as I said before they are cowards and bottom feeders
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gameboyalpha commented on 01 Dec 2012
I am sorry to see Bean be discontinued since it has been a major word processor almost since the beginning of OSX 10.2 if I am right. What started as a very basic WP matured over the years and eventually became a full featured WP. However, most people always forget one extra feature it had. It has a symbolic connection to CopyPaste. Bean was your editor to the clips you would save in CopyPaste. All you had to do was double click on a clip and it would launch Bean for you to edit. You could also design special headers and then copy directly to CopyPaste. So the loss of Bean is much more than just the loss of an excellent WP. So before it becomes difficult to get I recommend Intel and PPC users download the last version for the Mac you are running. End of Line...

BTW: I just updated my Profile and filled in some blanks on my Mac history.
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gameboyalpha commented on 31 Jul 2012
Why pay for a app when you can find identical SW for free. I myself use iFreemem and it does a great job at clearing up unused RAM and I have the free version, This version works on 10.4.1.1 and up to SL. So I can use it on my Pismo with Tiger. From what I can see there many other programs out there that other people like.I just cannot see paying for a very basis program. End of line...

PS: This not a review, I am just posting my opinion on these type of programs. This not a review a review of IFM, it is just one comparison for my example of what I was stating above.
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gameboyalpha commented on 20 Jul 2012
Although through my rants about a year ago, I have got to write a Eulogy for what was a great ezine. Michael and I did finally exchange email when the May issue came to be the last issue and yes I did shed a tear for ATPM. I even offered some help to bring it back by going on hiatus and rebuild from the ground up. I still have good connection and for me it would not take much to find more writers to bring ATPM back. But, I guess Michael was too burned out and had to watch the mag die. ATPM was one of the best Mac ezines out there. I felt so strong about the mag that I went to the people of MUD and got them to add them to their list. I was very proud to work and write for ATPM. When I wrote the 3 part article called Got Vinyl I got letters from all over the globe. In all the years of writing that wound up to be my finest article I ever wrote and Michael even with his anal ways helped me refine the article. That was because I was in uncharted land. I was learning as I wrote and even some of the other contributors helped out when I needed something explained to me. When I was there we were more of a family who worked together to give Mac readers what they needed. Although I was there about a year due to medical problems, that was some of the best memories I have from that time. I will miss ATPM very much and if someday Michael wants to resurrect ATPM, I would love to help. I am also happy that one of my close friends had a few articles published there. So next you are among friends, raise your glass and say a toast to ATPM. End of Line...
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gameboyalpha commented on 20 Jul 2012
As I noted earlier about just clicking on the top Icon will play the start-up-sound, if you hold down the option key down you will hear the Death Chimes for the earlier Macs. Ironically whenever I did hear the DC It usually was a SW problem that Diskwarrior could normally fix or even Drive Genius as well. But if you only had 1 boot drive, you would have to boot with the master disk. End of Line...
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