Archive for the ‘Programs’ Category

Virtuedesktop: we hardly knew you

Friday, March 16th, 2007

virtue.pngLong ago I outlined the coolness of a little utility called VirtueDesktops. This cool little app provided the benefits of the forthcoming os 10.5 ‘spaces’ feature.

VirtueDesktops’ author has recently decided not to complete the program. The program has been in development since last year and was closing in on a stable version. After attending last year’s WWDC (world wide developer conference), he has finally decided to give up.

This may have been motivated by the buz that indicates that Mac OS 10.5 will be shipping this June (knock on wood).

Here’s the link to the site to learn about VirtueDesktops so you can see it yourself.

cool Mac apps, while we wait

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

Picture 1.pngI’m sure most of you have been dying to get your mitts on the first official (paid) expansion of WOW, due out on the 15th.

I’ve been on WOW sabbatical while I attempt to work (to pay the bills) and help raise our first child (yes, I’m a breeder now).

During a few of my waking hours, I’ve been using cocoatech’s Path Finder with great satisfaction. Version 4.6.1 is much faster and has ‘folder sets’ – a feature that I’ve been dying to have. Path Finder is all about workflow and file management.

If you’re like me (which you probably are since you’re reading this), then you have tons of files in your download folder and your WOW add ons folder. Path Finder let’s you filter a directory by what ever you type in the filter box. It also has a number of search tools to compliment Spotlight (not everyone loves Spotlight.)

Apparently I’m late to the ‘love party’ because Merlin Man has shared the love like a blogging maniac. See this too.

The other software that I’ve been fooling with is called Quicksilver. At first, it seems like an idiot savant file launcher. After some experimentation, it also provided fast searches of files and website bookmarks. This is noteworthy since, all you do is hit a hot key combo and type what you want. I suspect that with practice, it could be very handy. I’d be curious to hear what you guys have to say.

Kurn

Do you play with people from other time zones? This will help

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Picture 1.jpgI found a very handy Dashboard Widget over at the apple site. It’s a very compact world clock that lists time for multiple time zones. This is a great tool if you plan to meet players from other time zones for a raid or battle ground.

What do you think?

OnyX – it’s not Dragon…

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

OnyX is a handy utility to clean up all the excess cache files and junk that accumulates on your hard drive. If your Mac has been running slow, this could be the cure. Best of all it’s free.

p.s it does other cool things too 😉

OnyX is a maintenance, optimization, and personalization utility for Mac OS X. It allows you to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure certain hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Safari, Dashboard, Exposé, Disk Utility… to delete cache, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, to see the detailed info of your configuration, to preview the different logs and CrashReporter reports, and more.

IMPORTANT NOTE: there are different versions of OnyX for 10.2, 10.3, & 10.4 – check the download page to get the right version.

Do you use Mac.com? You should use this…

Monday, October 16th, 2006

idisk utilityiDisk Utility is an application that adds several convenient features to your iDisk:

  • Password protect your Public folder
  • Allow others to put files in your Public folder
  • View the available storage space on your iDisk
  • Quickly open your iDisk or other .Mac members’ iDisks
  • Quickly open other .Mac members’ Public folders

Extra details…and the download link here

Do you fly? Maybe you should DING!

Monday, October 9th, 2006

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Yeah it’s hard to believe, but a major Airline (Soutwest) wants your business so bad, that they wrote an application that runs on a Mac (10.3.9 or better) that notifies you of sales on airlines.

I haven’t tried this yet, but I fly this airline all the time. This seems like it’s worth sharing.

I’m convinced there’s a use for this – for us Mac WOW folks

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

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Ever since I found this program, I’ve been wondering how we could use it for WOW. I know that there are web sites with maps of Azeroth, but do that compute travel times and show best routes? Probably.

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So the web site for this program is: http://meander.macpaq.com/

So if a guild can find a use for Second Life, why can’t we find a use for this? Common Mac gods. What have you got?

How’s your web browsing?

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

Firefox 2

Contrary to what you may think, I do look for opportunities to share something more with my fellow Mac enthusiasts. As evidence of this, I discovered that release 2 of FireFox 2 is out for Mac folks. It has two features you’ll like: 1. it’s very fast 2. it looks very stable.

Sure it sounds like crazy talk, but i’ve been playing with it, and it imported my latest batch of Safari bookmarks very gracefully and everything I’ve tried (next to nothing) has run smoothly. Just go get it and tell us what you think.

Krun

I can’t catch a break…

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

This is sort of an apology. See I usually post 3 or 4 moderately useful bits of info for the hand full of you folks that read this stuff. I must confess that I’ve been spoiled with my super intuitive Mac and I have just discovered a whole new world of goodies to explore. Simply put, I just bought a Pearly goodness

Blackberry Pearl (very sexy & sooooo small) but it’s not quite as Mac friendly as I would like (i.e. pocketMac doesn’t work with it yet. So no syncing. sigh.)

iClip

On a more positive note, Macworld is now giving away free copies of iClip. (Which I liked so much, I paid for it…sigh.) Don’t be me, get yours free.

As a special treat for Macworld readers, we’re giving you a free copy of the award-winning multiple clipboard & scrapbook application, iClip. Click here to download it.

Metroblogging Azeroth: Do you Vent?

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

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Great Discussion of Ventrilo for new Mac users. Read on…

Metroblogging Azeroth: Do you Vent?: “Do you Vent?
posted by Bendyr at 6:09 PM on September 05, 2006

I have to admit that I have always been a little bit hesitant about using external clients like Ventrilo or Teemspeex while WoWing. For those of you unaware, Ventrilo and Teemspeex are two popular Voice over IP clients that allow a group of players to communicate via voice chat using a third party program running in the background. While my initial protests involved technical aspects like possibly impacting my already crappy framerate and latency given my horrible hardware, I have to admit that I was probably a little more hesitant about saying something stupid that couldn’t be deleted (or even worse, could be recorded and become a minor internet phenomenon). Though my main is part of a fairly casual guild that has not yet found the need for massive coordination, I have started a ‘twink’ character in the 29 battlgrounds who has joined a specifically twink-oriented guild on my server in order to make premade raids. After a month or two of playing in silence, they strongly suggested I set up Ventrilo so as to better contribute to and streamline the team’s battleground performance. I took the plunge and downloaded the latest Ventrilo client for Mac, and decided to finally see what all the fuss was about.

Though it took some fiddling to get my Vent setup correct, I finally got it working with my mic, and found a key binding I liked for Push-To-Talk functions (the unused ‘option’ key on Apple Keyboards). I had to change some other things, like running with the Warcraft sound off (of course), and not running the game in fullscreen mode so I could still see my Vent window so I’d know who was talking (at least until I got used to matching voices with toons).

From the first Arathi Basin run I did with Vent running, I was pretty much blown away. I had been completely oblivious to the primary channel of my guild’s communication for so long, I was suddenly aware of how coordinated we could be with the voice channel. Though I was pretty hesitant to speak at first (for the aforementioned fear of notoriety), I could immediately take advantage of the instructions and alerts people were barking out in short, efficient messages. As I got more used to voicing my opinions and alerts on Vent, I became a much better node defender. Obviously when you get ambushed, it’s not very efficient to have to suddenly hit ‘/’, ‘g’, ‘z’, ‘o’, ‘m’, ‘g’, ‘ ‘, ‘r’, ‘o’, ‘g’,’u’, ‘e’, ‘ ‘, ‘i’, ‘n’,’c’, ‘ ‘, ‘b’, ‘s’; while it’s very easy to turn around and bash the rogue while swearing information over ventrilo. I had no noticeable increase in latency or decrease in fps performance, even on my POS hardware.

The other, unexpected but not unwelcome aspect of Ventrilo was the new dimension it added to the social aspect of WoW. While I had always enjoyed the levity and clever comments people toss into guild chat, the banter and camraderie was multiplied by hearing other people assent or immediately react to what you’re saying and doing. In-between BGs, our vent room is full of musings about a variety of topics in-game and out; and it’s not nearly as sophomoric as I had feared (although still just-sophomoric enough to be funny). After hearing a guildie’s Ozzy twang, I found out he was from Brisbane. Hearing another guildie yawn during what was an afternoon game for me eventually revealed that he was an American expat in Hong Kong.

My experience with Vent has been extremely favorable, and it has made my BG experience more enjoyable and personal. I don’t know that I’d recommend it for everyone; I have female friends that are extremely coy about revealing their gender in-game for fear of being treated different or even harassed. The quick reactions people have over vent probably leads to more profanity than normal typed guild chat, so I wouldn’t recommend it for younger players, either. Furthermore, if you’re like me and rely on the WoW sound effects sometimes to augment your playstyle, you’ll need to either get used to playing with WoW muted or invest in a headset. Still, if you’ve ever been apprehensive or curious about what it’s like on the vocal side, I have been there, and it is good.”