Robert Lewis
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I was a teacher of science for 23 years and a Macintosh lecturer for 20+ years on Entertainment, Utilities and How-To projects For the Houston area Apple User Group. I was also a Professional Writer for Print and internet magazines like IMG for 20+ years. My first Mac was a 128k Mac and has at this point progressed to a G5 2 dual gig with 3 gigs of RAM. Since I wrote this mini blog, I wrote a major blog on YearBook titled How the Mac Changed my Life. It will give you an idea of my abilities and some reprints of a few of my articles. Again I am Between jobs and if this incites you to want to see a copy of my resume please contact me at afcgbbob@aol.com Thank you

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Gbbob commented on 18 Aug 2010
Back in July, you said there would be a PPC version of VLC but that you hit a bug with it. How much longer due you expect to solve the bug issue and finally release the PPC version of VLC? I am really hoping that what ever features from 10.6 were able to be able to be worked into the PPC version. I realize that there are some that just will not work under 10.5.8 but I just hope you can include the ones that do. End of Line...

Robert Lewis
HS Science Teacher for 23 years
Professional Writer for the Mac 27 Years
Did seminars on Entertainment and Utilities for 23 years for User Group in Houston
Currently between jobs, can find resume on profile in YearBook.com
Please help network it to anyone you know.
The copy online the formating fell apart, please contact me at maclewconsultant@aol.com for proper copy. Please help and God Bless
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Gbbob replied on 19 Aug 2010
Then why in July you said there was going to be a PPC upgrade done. Are you going back on your word.
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Gbbob replied on 19 Aug 2010
Then why on July 31 was the following statement said:

"NEGRITUDE A debug build of VLC 1.1.2 for PPC Macs:

http://jones.videolan.org/~videolan/fpk/ppc-debug/vlc-1.1.2-git-powerpc.dmg

Note that, the reason there hasn't been an official public release of VLC 1.1.x for PPC is because of a nasty video corruption bug that only affects those machines. Be patient. They're working on it."

That is a direct Quote that was said on MacUpDate so I ask again was that statement truthful or total BS. You are the one who put your head on the chopping block by saying that. So you can make as many excuses as you want but you said there would be at least one more upgrade for PPC users so is the VideoLan Team a group of their word or all that was said was flushed down the toilet and just screwed the PPC users with a LIE. There is no way around it you said what you said very clearly and would be very difficult to come up with an excuse that would not make you look bad. The ball is in your court now. Everything is in your hands on how you deal with it and I would avoid lame excuses like the PPC user base. End of Line...

Robert Lewis
Was a HS Science Teacher for 23 years
Professional Writer for the Mac 27 Years
Did seminars on Entertainment and Utilities for 23 years for User Group in Houston
Currently between jobs, can find resume on profile in YearBook.com
Please help network it to anyone you know anyone or just think outside the box.
The copy online, the formating fell apart, please contact me at maclewconsultant@aol.com for proper copy.
Please help and God Bless
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Gbbob commented on 14 Aug 2010
Although this is a good program, it still just does not come up to the standards of VisualHub. I know it has been discontinued with no support. but it is dtill on the wen in version 4.0, 5.0 beta 2 and allegedly 5. The only problem is finding serial numbers for them but they can be found. I have put up to 18 hours of AVI video on a single sided disk in dolby 2.0 in DVD format that pay excellently on my DVD player in great quality. It is not perfect and does sometimes locks up when doing steps 2 or 3 which is the converting stage to a TS folder but those are rare. I have even taken PAL movies with extras and converted them to NTSC keeping the extras intact but that was a job in i self. It also does a great job with music as well. Version 5 even added iTunes to the list of converters. AddMovies is a great substitute for VB but to this date, nobody has been able to duplicate the abilities and ease of use that was found in VB even though the entire source is available to any programer. I have tried so many video compilers and converters since VB ended. and I still go back to it for my video processing and yes it still works under 10.5.8, I cannot speak for Snow Leopard since I am running a G5 dual 2 gig processor with an ATI X800XT card in it.

On a side note about 2 wks ago I fell down a full flight of stares with my Mac in hand and after getting out of the Hospital I called about 10 Apple techs about the odds of plugging it back in while I was using my old Pismo and got a 40/60% in favor that it should work or at most blow the power supply. So I hit the reset switch on the motherboard, plugged and hit the power button with nothing attached. Again bare in mind this fell with me down a full second floor staircase with me due to my vertigo. As soon as I hit the button I heard the start-up chimes and listened to the HDs and I could tell it was booting by the sounds. At that point I painfully cleared the area where it when, plugged the monitor, keyboard and trackball in and before starting did a PRAM and Firmware reset and let the Mac boot. First the chimes, then the Apple and ticker came up, then it went blue and then the desktop came up almost as if nothing happened. The only thing out of whack was my dock but everything else that was set for start-up did. Now to you PC users out there, do you think your PC would have survived such an intense fall? The only 2 things I could not do was get the plastic plate to sit and I solved that by using some masking tape but the Metal Plate was not going back on because the cosmetic damage was on the right side like two face. Then I threw every diagnostic tool at it and I got a CLEAN bill of health. Since then except for a few bugs cropping up once once in a while I have had my Mac running as long as 48+ hours without a hiccup. Thank you Apple for making a machine that can take such a beating and could still survive. I have other stories of Macs durability, one involving Steve Jobs that I plan to post in my blogs on YearBook.com. I already have some up there under Robert Lewis if you wish to pursue them. End of Line...

Robert Lewis is a freelance write between jobs
Has 23+ years of being a Professional writer for the Macintosh
Was a Secondary Science Teacher for 23 years
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Gbbob replied on 14 Aug 2010
Please excuse the typos, my keyboard needs a good cleaning (as so my head) and some of the keys are not always responding as I type. The misspelling I take blame for, because I did not proof it as closely as I should have. My Doctor said it will take 3 to 4 weeks before my back heal and the fogginess in my head goes away.
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Gbbob commented on 05 Jul 2010
I have downloaded it 4 times deleted the last version quit mail and every time it crashes right as it begins to installs. What the hell is going on.

G5
Dual 2gig cpu
3 gigs of ram
ati x 8600 xp pro

I don't have an earlier version which is unusual for me since I keep a separate DL folder for everything I install. I even found the program that could convert any text into usable text and I believe other medial as well. It was called CanOpener for OS 9 and earlier. It was one of the highest rated programs then. If anyone has the ability to evolve it to OS X could make some money with me. Contact me if anyone is interested by my email address gameboybob@aol.com.
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Gbbob commented on 02 Jul 2010
With addition of monitoring cpu activity and sound activity which I wanted since the inception of PowerMate is there anyway to release one last update for ppc users to take advantage of these new features. I just wish you added it years ago. I reviewed this items when it first came out and knew it had great potential back then. Over the years it proved be to be correct with how it evolved. I would get on my knees if you would somehow make one last ppc update with some of the new features PLEASE!

Robert Lewis
Freelance Writer
Right now I am between jobs due to the recession. If anyone would like a resume please contact me at afcgbbob@aol.com Thank you
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Gbbob commented on 27 Jun 2010
Do you ever plan to update onyx for 10..5.8? I am very said that you stopped there.
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Gbbob commented on 16 Jun 2010
I must apologize some how my comment got posted twice. Really soory that was not meant to happen. Robert Lewis
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Gbbob commented on 16 Jun 2010
There are two apps that are available that are both free and only show on the desktop when in the finder. They are Moondock and EarthGlobe. I reviewed both years ago. Because they were written exactly to Apple specs they still run flawlessly today. I am running a G5 dual 2gig Mac and have used the two of then for almost 10 years. The moon goes through it's phases and the earth follow it's pace as it goes into day and night. You can set the earth by moving it by hand or entering the coordinate where you live. If you click on either one you get a small data page giving you all the info you need. You can also set the size of the two. In all the time I have used them they have never crashed. Both are stand alone apps. So you can decide if you want them as start up items or not and use very little memory or CPU. But, the best part is both are FREE. The author also made another program called Cosmos Saver thats you on a tour of the solar system using skins from the voyager probes. That does require a small fell but the graphics are fantastic. Look I am not trying to bash MoonMenu but when there is a better alternative I must state my mind. I checked and it is still available on MUD. Sorry MoonMenu but you were out done almost 10 years ago. I just wish the author of Cosmos Saver would update it with the latest skins we have now.

Robert Lewis
Freelance Writer
PS: If anyone is looking for a Mac writer please feel free to contact me.
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Gbbob commented on 16 Jun 2010
There are two apps that are available that are both free and only show on the desktop when in the finder. They are Moondock and EarthGlobe. I reviewed both years ago. Because they were written exactly to Apple specs they still run flawlessly today. I am running a G5 dual 2gig Mac and have used the two of then for almost 10 years. The moon goes through it's phases and the earth follow it's pace as it goes into day and night. You can set the earth by moving it by hand or entering the coordinate where you live. If you click on either one you get a small data page giving you all the info you need. You can also set the size of the two. In all the time I have used them they have never crashed. Both are stand alone apps. So you can decide if you want them as start up items or not and use very little memory or CPU. But, the best part is both are FREE. The author also made another program called Cosmos Saver thats you on a tour of the solar system using skins from the voyager probes. That does require a small fell but the graphics are fantastic. Look I am not trying to bash MoonMenu but when there is a better alternative I must state my mind. I checked and it is still available on MUD. Sorry MoonMenu but you were out done almost 10 years ago. I just wish the author of Cosmos Saver would update it with the latest skins we have now.
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Gbbob reviewed on 07 Jun 2010
I have used Monolingual for almost since the inception of OS X. It is one of the most reliable pieces of sw out there. Yes other programers has included the features into their programs but that is just more of a tribute to the original. I have even tried older versions of it and they still run because he stuck to the Apple guidelines. But one word of warning, do not strip the languages from Office 2008. If you do, you will not be able to update it anymore. Why, ask MS those schmuck do things I will never know why. Also be carful when you try to slim down your apps by removing the fat binaries. Some of them WILL not work after you do it & will no longer boot. I had to reload many apps after trying this feature so user beware. I reviewed Monolingual back in 2003 or so and gave it an outstanding review. Over the years it has evolved very nicely and I hope it stays functional for PPC users as well as Intel users. What seems like a minor utility can save gigs just in languages alone if you never ran such a program. I took office 2008 out of my app folder so it would not touch it. One addition would be nice to add in the pref. An exclusion tab where you can tell it what not to touch as it works. To me that is the only thing missing and with the problem of reducing fat binaries well that is the problem with the sw and really not Mono. That is just how the software is designed. If does not see the full pkg it will not load which is a pity and waist of space. One last thing, stability, in all my years of using it it has never crashed in the middle of an operation. It is free so how can you go wrong. End of Line... Note: Robert Lewis is a Freelance writer looking for work.
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Gbbob commented on 10 May 2010
I am not one to pop anyone's bubble but, CopyPaste X has to be the best muticlipboard utility around. It has been around since at least OS 9 and has only improved over the years. They added Bean to it a fully loaded Word Processor that ties into CopyPaste. You can use Bean to design things that you type over and over again and then transfer it to CopyPaste. If you double click on an item on the clipboard because it needs modification, that will launch Bean and bring up what you double clicked on for modification. It also has a history clipboard that keeps track of anything you copy if while you are working you can go back to it and paste it in again. CopyPaste X was the original and nothing has ever kept up with it since it had a 12 year start on everything else. End of Line...
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