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Thoth reviewed on 09 Dec 2009
Simple, nice app for generating passwords. This app presents a good number of options to the user. Feature request: I would like to be able to require that English words (or parts of them) be used as the plain-character sequences. This will make passwords easier to remember. Since the passwords are easier to remember, they can be made longer, too, say 16 or 20 characters.
[Version 0.3]


thoth reviewed on 13 Feb 2009
This is quite a good program. It does what it says it does, namely track the foods and drinks you consume every day that have calories in them. In doing this, it sheds lights on what you are eating and in what ratios. It sheds light on the situation and that helps you manage your weight.

This program has an extensive and excellent database with most foods you'll run into listed in it. This includes frozen entrees from most major companies as well as some restaurant food. However, you can always add your own food products to its database and record your use of them.

The UI is not perfect although it is more than passable. For example, to delete an exercise line-item, you have to click the delete key, you can't just hit backspace as or delete as you would with most programs. You should be able to copy-and-paste items between days -- it's annoying that you can't, although the vendor would probably suggest using the "create group" feature. That's right, you can create a group of foods and name it something, like "chicken sandwich with cheese and wheat bread." Groups can't contain just one item, though, so I'd really still like to have copy-and-paste.

Speaking only for myself, I find this product is most useful if I have a computer in my kitchen that stays there all the time. (Or if not the kitchen, then wherever you do your eating.) That way I can enter the food as soon as I eat it, know exactly where I am for the day, and if I make a decision that costs me, I have to make that as a conscious choice right then and there rather than kind of blundering along not really knowing how much I've eaten. This ties the decision and the consequence closely together in time, which in my own case has been very helpful.

Again, I paid for this product, I think it's very much worth it, and I give it an A+.
[Version 2.4]


thoth reviewed on 13 Feb 2009
This product is quite excellent. I give it an A+. I use an obscene number of monitors and finding the cursor can be a pain. With the idleness feature, this is always easy. Here are two things I would change:

- Allow for longer times before automatic fade, say up to 30 seconds. 9 is not always quite long enough.
- Have a checkbox that says if you turn on mouse locator with the command-key combination, it will only fade out if you click something.

Other than these two minor feature requests, I love the product. And it's free! I would have paid a couple bucks for this.
[Version 1.1]


thoth reviewed on 12 Feb 2009
I was really tempted to buy this program. I bought ArtRage instead, for the following reasons.

1. Most important to me, Sketchbook Pro uses a network-based phone home system to register software keys. That means you need Autodesk's permission to install the software; your computer contacts their servers over the network and ties the key to your specific computer so you can't install it anywhere else. If you change computers a lot as I do, that simply won't work. Not only that, it invades my privacy and it's just rude to treat paying customers like thieves.

Let's not forget that pirates will not have to worry about this copy-protection. They have cracked it. It overwhelmingly penalizes and alienates paying, good customers, with no valuable return to Autodesk.

2. I didn't see a way to draw simple shapes like a square or an oval. What's up with that? I would expect a sketch program to support basic shapes and stencils. ArtRage does. (Feel free to correct me if I am wrong on this point, I didn't do an exhaustive survey, but with some effort, I couldn't find simple shapes.) Also, where is the text tool? I'm sure there must be one somewhere and I'm just missing it, but obviously my efforts could not reveal that feature either.

3. The program costs four times more than ArtRage.

Having said all that, the program per se is not bad. It's got a good selection of brushes and drawing tools. I'd have to say as a program per se it is flawed, but quite good nevertheless. But given its offensive copy protection, its lack of some basic features, and its much higher cost compared to the competition, I simply cannot recommend it.

By the way, if your needs are very simple, you might try Scribble. If you need real power, that app is not for you, but if you just want to do some simple drawings, it might be great.
[Version 3.1]

thoth commented on 11 Nov 2008
I want to be able to encrypt my entire Library folder as it contains many pieces of information I'd like to be secret. Does Espionage handle this well?
[Version 1.1.2]

thoth commented on 22 Mar 2008
It's not clear what the benefit of this product is over systems like PHP or Ruby on Rails. The documentation seems rather sparse, you have to pay for an enterprise deployment (unlike the free PHP or RoR). As for language maturity, Ruby at least is a very mature, very sophisticated language. Yuma looks like a species of Visual Basic. I'm not sure why I'd want to use, much less buy, this product.
[Version 1.0b2]


thoth reviewed on 21 Apr 2007
Still a fun game, even in 2007. If you're a fan of Pac-Mac, Donkey Kong, Lode Runner, or similar puzzle-arcade games, you'll like this one. The simple animations are just fine -- Halo is fine for Halo but it would be overkill here. Truthfully, fun, puzzles, and gameplay are what it's all about here, and I'd trade that for flashiness or "zazz" any day.

And hey, it's free. Try it out.
[Version 1.4]


thoth reviewed on 21 Nov 2006
This product is a huge waste of money if you want to copy CSS-protected DVDs to your iPod or other portable devices. Many Hollywood movies and DVD sets of TV series have CSS encoding and are totally useless with Popcorn. Skip this program and get the FREE, functional, and easy-to-use DVD2Pod, or use Handbrake.

Although Popcorn is easy-to-use in itself and has a polished interface, the ease of use and stability of the program have zero value if the basic function of the software -- copying DVDs to my iPod -- does not work. That's why I give this program one star in those areas. If Roxio enables the major function of this software, I will revise my rating.
[Version 2.0.1]


thoth reviewed on 26 Jun 2006
Great product. The best browser on OS X...._except_ for Firefox's extensions!

Now I'm sure that it's extremely difficult to support Firefox extensions in Camino's Cocoa interface. Perhaps some kind of adapter layer would do it. But bottom line, those things are really great, and frankly, while I like Camitools as much as the next guy, even the most motivated developer can't keep up with an ecosystem like Firefox's extension authors.

Perhaps a plug-in layer for Camino itself, modelled closely on Firefox's, would be a good start. That way, others can adapt the good extensions to Camino themselves.

Camino is still my first choice. But if it had Firefox's extensions, it would go from being arguably the best to being the indisputable champion of browsers.
[Version 1.0.2]


thoth reviewed on 25 Jun 2006
Quicksilver is really an amazing application and is almost there in terms of implementation. But it has two flaws that are real deal-breakers. One, it's too crashy. Two, and more importantly, it's too slow. The slowness can sometimes be phenomenal, on a quad-core 2.5 GHz PPC with 8GB RAM. I don't care to find out what it'd be like on a slower machine.

Quicksilver has an open plug-in architecture, which is a great idea. But the documentation for these plug-ins is hard to find; I have never found it. Do I blame Quicksilver for the failures of the plug-ins? Well, partly, yes. An end-user perceives it all as one system, and it can be hard to figure out. The real way to figure out these issues is to visit the forums.

I like QS a lot, I think it has a great deal of potential, and one day I might switch back, for now I am using Butler. I find that app to be quite fast and efficient. It's only taking up 126 MB of RAM on my machine, whereas on my laptop, QS is using 262 -- and I expect that to go up over time.

Verdict: QS is a great program but it needs TLC with a view to fixing crashiness, speeding up the app greatly, and using system resources more gently, before it will be the top choice.
[Version 1.0b48]

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