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Entries about mac

Aug 16, 2007

How to quickly rename a zillion files

Ever had to rename a bunch of files one by one? It’s tedious, time-draining, and soul-sucking. Next time, use Renamer4Mac. This powerful utility lets you rename any number of files or folders at once. Features include all sorts of naming voodoo: search & replace, insert & overwrite, enumeration, and capitalization. Advanced geeks can rejoice, because […]

Jul 11, 2007

Ask Chanpory: When should I buy an Apple product?

Sara, a LifeClever reader, recently emailed me asking for advice on the dreaded problem of buying an Apple product, only to see a new version come out soon after: I just saw something about Apple releasing new versions of the iPod this year… got any details on that? I’m still a little irritated that the […]

Jun 13, 2007

Get clearer audio chats on your laptop

Graeme Dollar, a Senior Product Manager for voice services at Yahoo!, has a fantastic trick for reducing annoying audio feedback during voice chats. His tip is specific to MacBook Pro users with Skype, but it can be easily adapted to just about any laptop and audio conferencing service. The trick is to simply change the […]

Jun 10, 2007

Watch free full-screen TV on your Mac

Most major TV networks such as ABC, NBC, and CBS post reruns of your favorite shows on their websites for free viewing. I’ve been happily enjoying these free shows for quite some time. Sadly, most of the sites don’t offer true full-screen viewing without the distraction of the website, browser windows, and other interface elements. […]

Apr 26, 2007

Keep your Mac updated with AppFresh

If you like to keep an arsenal of software on your Mac, you know how tedious it is to keep your apps up-to-date. AppFresh 0.4 promises to simplify this process: AppFresh is an utility that keeps all applications on your Mac up to date by checking the internet for new releases and makes downloading and […]

Apr 19, 2007

Quicksilver + YubNub: Rapid web searches and more

Quicksilver YubNub Mashup

What do you get when you marry Quicksilver’s powerful WebSearch plug-in with YubNub’s equally potent command-line web service?

A super duper web search tool that lets you:

  • Search 10,500+ sites and tools including Google, Wikipedia, IMDB, eBay, and Craigslist through one common interface

  • Instantly call up this interface from anywhere in the system with a single keyboard shortcut–without even being in a browser.

Here’s what it looks like in action:

Dec 11, 2006

Automagically organize your files with Hazel

If you can’t seem to keep your files organized and your desktop’s turned into a smelly junkyard, Hazel might help. An ingenius Mac app from Paul Kim, Hazel lets you create and attach rules and actions to any folder on your Mac—-even the desktop. Drag files into a folder or desktop, and Hazel processes and […]

Sep 28, 2006

Apple finally revamps .Mac webmail, but does anyone care?

Apple’s aging .Mac webmail client has been an embarassment for quite awhile now. So much so, that I’ve seriously considered dropping .Mac altogether. Now playing catchup to AJAX rich webmail clients like Gmail and Yahoo, Apple’s soon releasing a revamped webmail system. The new webmail system will sport the look of Mac OS X’s Mail.app, […]

Sep 7, 2006

How to dress like a Mac

I love Apple’s latest television ads in which Justin Long is the cool and casual personification of the Mac. His look can easily be summarized as: Smart, but approachable Informal and casual but not slovenly A simple color palette of cool blues and greys Minimal, with no visible logos or slogans If you want to […]

Aug 30, 2006

Midnight Inbox: An easy-to-understand GTD system for the Mac?

If you haven’t gotten around to implementing David Allen’s Getting Things Done, system, because of a lack of clear and easy-to-use programs, you may now be in luck. Midnight Beep has just released a public beta of Midnight Inbox, a new GTD application for the Mac. I have been using another system, Kinkless GTD, for […]