Oct 01

sierra

Just a heads up that Mac OS Sierra might be the  buggiest version of Mac OS X yet.  Normally I encourage people to upgrade as soon as the new Mac OS comes out but with Sierra I would be holding off for a little while.  For starters,  I had a lot of problems with windows redrawing slowly and funny glitches on my screen,  it took me back to the 80s.  More problematic though is that my time machine backup is now broken.  I looked on the Apple support forums and Apple have some suggestions to fix the problem which involve resetting the PRAM,  but that didn’t seem to change anything.

So if you are thinking of upgrading to Mac OS Sierra, I would be holding off until at least the first software update.

 

Sep 28

Nuance just released an update to Dragon for Mac yesterday. What’s more, I received a personal phone call from Jeff Lieman,  the manager of Engineering at Nuance,  encouraging me to try out and review the new version.  He was very generous with his time and chatted with me about some of the new features of Dragon 6 and how Dragon are working with various companies to bring even better integration to Dragon. He was very concerned about the bugs that are in Dragon 6 and pretty keen to get them sorted ASAP.  It sounds like the number of problems in the latest release caught them by surprise. He sounded concerned. But the proof will be in how well Nuance can get the bugs fixed and give us a stable working version.

I’ve installed 6.01.  It’s crashed twice which is disappointing but better than it was last week.  I’ll be giving it a good test drive over the next week  – stay tuned for an update.

Sep 15

We’ve just hit 10,000,000 page views.

 

Thanks to all my readers out there!

Here’s the oldest still surviving post that I could find, from January 2006…

How to fix an iPod.

macintoshhowto started in 2005 but I can’t find any posts from back then.

And here are some of the most popular topics over the years.

Sep 10

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Sep 10

Adding a folder to the toolbar

This is the top of a Finder window.  Those icons along the top are called the toolbar.  I find it really handy to put items that you use a lot into this toolbar so that they are available from every Finder window.

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Sep 08

mogul

I know this is not strictly a Macintosh thing, but I’m sharing it with the world! My pizza just got featured on the Australian Domino’s Pizza site!  You can see it on the main dominos site http://dominos.com.au and select ‘our menu’ then scroll down to ‘Mogul’s’ and mine is called #ALLNATURAL.

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Sep 08

spin

If you have been unfortunate enough to upgrade to the latest version of Dragon for Mac 6, here are some tips on how to get it working with the least amount of spinning beachballs.

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Sep 03

Dragon has crashed again.

UPDATE 28/9/2016: Dragon 6.01 released.

I’m so disappointed with the latest version of Dragon for Mac 6 released yesterday that I’m not even going to write a review. I will make some comments though for those who might be thinking of upgrading.

Dragon for Mac 6 (renamed Dragon Professional Individual for Mac, v6) crashes every few minutes. It does crazy mistakes like “againn”, “consistsnt” and “won’tt”.  There have been a couple of times it has taken complete control of my computer and spat out endless garbage like ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ

I cannot even force quit it because it is an invisible application.  I cannot go into activity monitor to quit because I have lost control of my keyboard. I’ve installed it on my Macbook Air but it’s too unstable to put on my main Mac.

Here are some comments from actual users:

“profound disappointment.” Kevin

“this version of Dragon is so much garbage that I thought I might be able to warn others” Zach

“Upgrading to dragon 6 is the worse decision I have made in a long time.” Max

“shouldn’t Nuance be beta-testing new releases with users so these bugs get squashed before a general release?” Jon

“I find it surprising that this version has been released when it clearly contains so many errors.” Peter

“I am also frustrated with version 6, and like Zach, I’ve been a user since the MacSpeech iListen days.” Stephen

“Now instead of just  messing up and quitting, the 6.0 version just stops working and gives you a spinning beach ball.”  Mary

“getting a little tiresome” adsub

“very disappointed that Nuance would put out such an unstable version.” Mark

“it is not a positive experience.” David

“Getting Dragon version 6 for the Macintosh to work for me was a huge pain.” Fletch

“What good is improved UI when the guts don’t work.” Andrew

“Big promises for Dragon 6, but a complete failure on delivery. Don’t buy it!”  Tersh

“It has crashed more than 10 times in 6 days in the course of doing very ordinary dictation tasks.” Steve

“by far the worst release I’ve seen as far as bugs and erratic behavior in a program version that’s virtually useless” Mark

“I feel like Charlie Brown, each time they come out with a new version I think that it will be different but then they pull the football away.”

And my favourite:

“The only “Deep Learning” taking place here is that I must not allow myself to be ripped off yet again!” Arnold

We know we are desperate if people are suggesting solutions like this:

“why don’t you try Dragon for Windows (using a Windows bootcamp partition or a virtual machine)?” Marius

 

I am very disappointed because previously this was one of my favourite pieces of software.

You can read more on the Nuance customer forums here.

 

 

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