Speed Download 3 Review

Speed Download 3 is a download manager that not only manages the gigabytes of files you download, it also simplyfies the process of filing and finding them, and can act as an upload and file sharing platform too. My review, over at The Apple Blog, covers the specifics. Here’s an extract:

I’ve talked before about what I see as the strange approach made by the browser developers removing much of the useful functionality from the download manager. It still pains me to think that the best download manager built into any browser right now on the Mac platform is the one included with Internet Explorer.Since I’ve covered the basics of what a download manager can do in my review of Download Wizard I won’t repeat myself here. Speed Download 3 (SD3) offers the same basic functionality – you can queue items up and control the number of simultaneous downloads and pause and organize the order the files that are downloaded. Speed Download 3 Main WindowNone of this should be a surprise in a download manager. Where SD3 scores some additional points is in some of the extended functionality and features that make downloads easier and simpler, especially for large volume downloaders like me.

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Logitech Cordless Comfort Duo Review

I decided to review my latest hardware purchase and the most important part of my computing setup – the keyboard and mouse – in the form of the Logitech Cordless Comfort Duo. Here’s a quick sample:

My favourite keyboard of all time is the Apple Adjustable Keyboard (AAK). It was expensive here in the UK (about $350), but the most comfortable keyboard I have ever used. I had three of them (I obtained a few before the official supply dried up), but since they were ADB only I stopped using them once one or two of the keys stopped working and my machines had migrated to USB only.Since then, I’ve been using Microsoft keyboards, in their elite/professional revision with the split distance/angle and built in wrist rest, much like my favorite AAK but with the adjustability. These have been fine, they are comfortable to use and with the supplied Microsoft software still work well with the Apple platform.Right up until a few months ago I was using a Microsoft Wireless unit, but it had some really annoying issues. I use wireless not because I like to work miles from where I can plug, but just because it makes the desk look tidy and prevents the issues of dragging a cable across the desk that can be uncomfortable.

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Market Gap: VMware for OS X

I’ve got a new post over on The Apple Blog looking at the potential market gap of a VMware like application for OS X. Here’s an excerpt:

Throughout the course of my life I’ve had cause to have more than one machine available to me for my work. Not because I have more than one set of arms and eyes and amazing multi-tasking capabilities, but because vast quantities of my work generally involve setting up temporary environments, and even entire networks. I don’t want to set these up on the machines I use for everyday work. If I’m trying out a particularly nasty piece of beta software it could take me hours – even with regular backups – to get back online. Quite aside from the fact that sometimes I need my main machine available to write up and make notes on the temporary environment I’ve just created.All this has meant that I’ve had to have multiple machines available to enable me to do my work. My home network contains more computers and computing power than many of my clients have spread among 10-15 people, but there’s just me in this office. Aside from the management perspective of a 20 machine network, the electricity costs are astronomical compared to just running a few desktops.

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