Archive for the ‘Mac’ Category

Dashboard: Count Down

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

picture-98.png3-2-1 is a countdown timer for Dashboard (OS X). It displays hours, minutes, and seconds, includes a lap function and is resizable. You can label each countdown (useful if you run more than one at a time), enter your own messages (to appear when a countdown has finished) and choose any sound to play.

To Do List

Monday, December 15th, 2008

picture-71.pngNice little Dashboard Widget, which communicates with the Email ToDo List.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

picture-2_terminal-tips_-enable-path-view-in-finder_cb12793.jpgWhen you open a Finder window and start browsing to a folder, do you lose track of the path to that folder? If you do, the Terminal command below will enable path view in the Finder — this means that you will see the directory path to the current folder you are browsing in the title bar, instead of only seeing the name of the current directory.

To make directory paths visible atop Finder windows, open (/Applications/Utilities/) and type the following command:

defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES


Widemail makes widescreen friendly

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

widemail-2008-12-07-at.pngConvert the horizontal views of your mails into vertical. Is nice, but in principal not too much useful if you stick with one of the major time management rules: Don’t have more than 20 mails in your incoming folder!

iMedia Browser

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

picture-5.pngDo you like the media browser that Apple includes in some of its applications, but wish you could use it from any application? Now you can.

Download the free Karelia iMedia Browser and use it whenever and wherever you need to access your library of photos, music, videos, and bookmarks. (Requires Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” or 10.5 “Leopard.”)

Clipping And Retrieval Made Easy

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

picture-335.pngThis is a really cool app. Store your clips and visualize it really nicely. And by App from where the Clip originates. Really nice. But not cheap.

CodeIgniter: PHP Programming Environment

Friday, September 26th, 2008

pastedgraphic.pngCodeIgniter is based on the Model-View-Controller development pattern. MVC is a software approach that separates application logic from presentation. In practice, it permits your web pages to contain minimal scripting since the presentation is separate from the PHP scripting.

The Model represents your data structures. Typically your model classes will contain functions that help you retrieve, insert, and update information in your your database.
The View is the information that is being presented to a user. A View will normally be a web page, but in CodeIgniter, a view can also be a page fragment like a header or footer. It can also be an RSS page, or any other type of “page”.
The Controller serves as an intermediary between the Model, the View, and any other resources needed to process the HTTP request and generate a web page.
CodeIgniter has a fairly loose approach to MVC since Models are not required. If you don’t need the added separation, or find that maintaining models requires more complexity than you want, you can ignore them and build your application minimally using Controllers and Views. CodeIgniter also enables you to incorporate your own existing scripts, or even develop core libraries for the system, enabling you to work in a way that makes the most sense to you.

Dock Stack for “Recent Applications”

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

This simple Terminal hack will create a custom Stack on the Dock that will show your recently opened applications. Just open (/Applications/Utilities/) and type in the following command:

defaults write persistent-others -array-add '{ "tile-data" = { "list-type" = 1; }; "tile-type" = "recents-tile"; }'

Once you type in the command, you will need to restart the Dock by typing “killall Dock” and pressing enter. If you decide you don’t want the newly created Stack, just drag it off the Dock like any other Stack.


Skitch – Screenshots and more

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

skitch.pngNice little app that enables not only taking screenshots, but, which really makes it interesting, permits to draw directly on the screenshots (notes, arrows etc.), to store it for further use and, really slick, can send it over to a website, from where you can use the URL to insert it into forum threads etc.


Monday, August 4th, 2008

picture-149.pngSmart Scroll offers smooth and easy iPhone-like scrolling:

  • Super Scroll makes your scroll wheel or trackpad smoother, faster and more comfortable. And it lets you reverse scrolling on the Mac to match your iPhone. Try it!
  • Grab Scroll gives you a tool to easily move (and “throw”!) any window’s contents.

Countdown Widget

Monday, July 28th, 2008

picture-137.pngNice widget for count down. Here.


Monday, July 7th, 2008

picture-103.pngGreat screencapture tool!

Quick Look and Spotlight plugins for GIS data

Friday, June 27th, 2008

picture-99.pngPretty cool thing: Use GISLook to browse and preview GIS data in Finder windows, including Cover Flow and Quick Look windows.

Dock Separators / Dividers

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

dockdividers.gifThere are different versions out there, but this one I really liked a lot.

Color Shades

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

shades.pngAnother great plugin for color management on the Mac (Command-Shift-C).

Painter Picker

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

painter_picker.pngNice plugin for the color tool on Mac OS X (Command-Shift-C).

Change Default Screenshot Location

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Open a Terminal window and type this:
defaults write location /Full/Path/To/Folder
Log out and log back in, and the change will have taken effect.

7zX – New Compression Tool

Monday, March 17th, 2008

picture-71.pngThis tool really compresses any stuff…. much more than the usual zip-tools will do….

Color Management: Kuler

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Color Management: KulerGreat site made by Adobe to choose appropriate colors for specific needs.

iFreeMem – Free your Memory

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

iFreeMem - Free your MemoryiFreeMem free’s memory from the in-memory cache that accumulates with every file or application read from hard-disk. The cache is good, but it can become cluttered with files you don’t even need cached anymore that take up precious RAM. Maximum free memory can sometimes be better than half your memory filled with old cached files.