Chris K
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signalprocessor reviewed on 07 Jan 2014
After Time Machine's been acting up since 10.9, I thought it would be a good idea to check out Retrospect again. Retrospect used to be a trusted, well-rounded backup solution for power users. It has a lot of great features Time Machine lacks, including advertised support for de-duplication, support for Linux and Windows clients, data verification, and powerful scheduling features.

After four days with it, here's what I can say about it:

- Holy hell

- The client's "instant scan" feature takes 50% CPU, constantly, for four days continuously, and had to be disabled via the command line

- The client chewed up almost 1GB of memory

- Clients that weren't added to a backup set reported they were backed up successfully even if they never were- not even a byte

- De-duplication doesn't work at all. I had two clients with 200GB of the same iPhoto folder. Both clients using the same Media Set, the images were copied twice. (Actually, the resulting backup was about 1.5x the size of both clients)

- Even though many clients were on the same network segment, Retrospect could only locate some of them. The rest had to be added manually

- Just the scan before a backup starts took over 2 hours per client- this is before any data is even copied!

- It's expensive. Good software is worth the money- especially for something critical like backup. Unfortunately, it's not remotely worth it.

I hate leaving negative reviews, but Retrospect stinks of abandon-ware, likely on life support until it can be sold to yet another company or put to bed for good.

signalprocessor rated on 01 May 2013
[Version 1.0]


signalprocessor reviewed on 18 Mar 2013
Thanks for providing such a great tool for developers, I use this tool daily. If you're ever considering an update- a PAID update- it would be useful to be able to see which network interface certain records are being published to, and some of the other mDNS flags available such as local-only, unicast, p2p, and AWDS, etc.
[Version 1.5.6]


signalprocessor reviewed on 18 Mar 2013
Tower is my favorite git client for the Mac, aside from the command line. It's still not perfect, but has replaced the need for GitHub for my development team- everything we need is supplied by Tower, replacing some of the nice features GitHub offered. (Tower is by no means a replacement for GitHub, it just happened to cover our needs.)
[Version 1.4.18]


signalprocessor reviewed on 19 Jul 2011
I've been using Printopia for a few months now. I have an old Brother laser printer, a Canon Inkjet, and a new Canon MF4350D. I tried both of the other apps but found neither allowed me to use the duplex feature on either printer. With the MF4350, the other two apps only printed the first page and then stopped working! At work, some of our printers have passwords, and again only Printopia allowed me to print to those. It seems Printopia is a complete implementation of the AirPrint protocol, as all of the features work properly, while the other apps just seem to trick the iPhone into thinking it's talking to an AirPrint device when it's not- which explains the problems and the prominent disclaimers on the other apps websites. Printopia is well done, you can tell they've put a lot of work into this.
[Version 2.1]


signalprocessor reviewed on 18 Jul 2011
Many thanks to this developer for putting the time and effort into this. Much better than the built-in documentation browser in XCode 4, which has become all but unusable.
[Version 1.1b1]


signalprocessor reviewed on 18 Jul 2011
Incredibly well done app. I've been wanting to write my own to-do list application for a long time, and now I don't have to. I just switched from OmniFocus, which was decent, but hasn't changed much in a few years and didn't handle synchronization well at all. As a developer, I appreciate the considerable recurring costs of maintaining servers, and the need to charge for sync. You only pay for the app once- but you could use the sync service for years. Developers get billed monthly for servers, bandwidth usage, and also have to pay people to maintain, backup, and manage the servers- so you continue to have a seamless sync experience. At $20/year for sync, this is a steal!
[Version 1.0.4]


signalprocessor reviewed on 18 Jul 2011
Peace of mind, the most affordable way possible. I wanted to make sure all of our family photos and other irreplaceable files were backed up off-site, and Arq is the perfect solution. Since it's based on Amazon's S3 service, you pay for only the storage you need. Much better than paying a flat rate to some backup company, and either overpaying for what you use or underpaying- and wondering how long they'll be around. Arq is designed for the Mac, so it runs quickly and efficiently, preserving absolutely everything some cross-platform applications miss. Well done.
[Version 1.7.7]

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