Mac software, hardware and tips
Here’s a list of Mac software and hardware that I recommend and endorse.
Other people’s lists
- Secrets is a nice database of Mac tweaks and hacks.
- Gizmodo has two lists of tips for Snow Leopard here and here.
- Ten Great Mac Apps for College Students
- OpenSourceMac is a great list of free, open source software for the Mac.
- MacLife has a list of 40 Mac apps, arranged by the time of day when you might use each application.
- The Magical Macintosh Key Sequences page is so essential that Mac users should print a copy and keep it handy.
- tuaw.com has a great ongoing series of MacOS X terminal tips and tricks.
- IceClean is a free system optimization utility.
- GlimmerBlocker is a free preferences panel that helps block ads in web browsers.
- Chrome is Google’s free Web browser that supports extensions and other features.
- Firefox is a free open source Web browser that is highly customizable and extensible through third-party plugins and themes.
- Growl is a free open source notification program that works with many Mac applications.
- iFreeMem optimizes RAM and displays a pie chart of memory usage.
- Mailplane is a standalone Gmail browser that can handle multiple accounts.
- mira extends the Apple Remote on a variety of Apple and third-party applications.
- OnyX is a free utility that provides easy access to system maintenance tasks. Read the manual, because it’s powerful enough to help or harm your data and OS X install.
- Path Finder is a robust, powerful replacement for the Mac OS Finder that includes file viewing and power file-management features.
- TextExpander can convert short text abbreviations into long strings of text. The program will also insert images.
- WiFind works with the MacOS X Airport WiFi system, and displays the status and encryption levels of available WiFi hot spots.
- coconutWiFi has similar features to WiFind.
- Delivery Status is a Dashboard app that checks tracking numbers from most overnight shippers and some retailers.
Tom Bihn’s Vertical Brain Cell is a compact bag that provides excellent shock protection and two small pockets. One pocket is a perfect fit for the Apple Remote.
Sima’s USB Multi Cable with Firewire (SUO-200) combines a standard USB and Firewire jack with 4 different USB connectors and a mini Firewire jack. It does not connect Firewire to USB. It’s a great cable to keep in the desk or the bag.