Full Hard Drive – Top 4 Free Utilities to Help You Take Back Your Disk Space

We’ve all seen it, the dreaded “Your Startup Disk is Almost Full” Warning in OS X, which means you have a full hard drive. When that happens there is always the scrambling which we all do, to try and make some more space, or find out what files are our biggest Disk Space Hogs. This is not always an easy task, sometimes we may delete many user files only to find that it has made little difference on the full hard drive. This is usually because some application has been caching away files in a library and the average user has no idea where to go to find it. Today we are... Read More

Quicktime Video Codecs – Perian – Your Video Swiss Army Knife

There are a few utilities that I count as must haves on the mac. And Perian is one of them, whenever I start using a new mac it is one of the first utilities that I ensure is loaded so that all my Quicktime Video Codecs are available for use. So what is Perian, and why does it’s icon look similar to a swiss army knife? Well the short answer is that like a swiss army knife it is an indispensable tool. Perian allows you to easily enable many new Quicktime Video Codecs, many (if not most) of which are not natively supported on the mac. But this quicktime component ads some more... Read More

Paparazzi! – Website Screenshots that Rock!

Paparazzi! – What a name… hehe. When I first started playing with this app, I thought, what am I doing? Who needs another screenshot application? OS X allows you to take screenshots directly from a keystroke, and there are tons of other apps out there that at least claim to take different types of screenshots. But to say the least I was plesantly surprised with this sweet little freeware mac app. Unlike most of the other screenshot apps or widgets available out in the interwebs, Paparazzi! takes screenshots of websites. The cool thing is that it will take a single screenshot of... Read More

Deeper – Tweak Your Hidden UI Options

Deeper is a relative of Onyx, that we reviewed recently. It is a sweet little application that like it’s older brother Onyx, gives you control of many of the well known or lesser known features of the OS X Graphical User Interface. And like it’s senior sibling, Deeper places all of the options into one simple easy to use interface so that you don’t have to go hunting around your mac to change them all, you can just click the provided checkboxes and select fields to set the values you want to change. Deeper has been around since OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and has seen a new version... Read More

Onyx – Cleanup your Mac

Onyx? you ask. What is it and why should I get it? Well let me explain. Onyx is the Swiss Army Knife of Mac Maintenance Products. I know, I know you mac “Just Works” and rarely has problems, but when it does or as a preemptive measure it is nice to have a tool that will automatically take care of the regular menial tasks so that you can spend your time on real important stuff. And Onyx is just the app to take care of your schwack. Onyx has been around and free since way back in the good ole days of OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), and has released a new version of the software specifically... Read More

Think – Stay Focused on Your Work

I’m sure you’ve been there, working away on your next development project, pushing to meet a deadline for work, or writing that ever elusive thesis paper. And suddenly you notice that you have new emails, or that your friend has just tweeted some new nonsense, or that someone has just decided that they need to IM you about something, or… you get the picture. When you notice that distraction, it derails your train of thought while you direct your mental energies to reading/responding to the distraction. Then when you return to the business at hand you find that you take a... Read More

Spirited Away – Auto Hide Unused Applications

Spirited Away is a sweet little application that helps you manage distractions so that you can remain focused at all times. You’ve been there before, working hard on a project, opening lots of different windows for different applications, and pretty soon you cannot see what you are working on for all the other windows that are hanging around. With Spirited Away you can avoid getting distracted by focusing on the application that you are currently using, and it alone. How does this litte app get this amazing feat done you ask? Spirited Away pays attention to the apps that you are using,... Read More

Meteo: The Weather Man Without the Man

Let me take a moment to introduce you to a sweet new FREE app the I just recently found. Meteo (short for Meteorologist) came to my rescue after a bout with the memory hogging Dashboard Weather widgets. It just seemed like they would never give up, always seeking for a new way to take up my ram at all hazard. After complaining about how much memory Dashboard was using I found some references online to the weather widgets being the biggest culprits, so I set off on a mission to find a solution to my problem. Turns out my solution was Meteo. Not only does Meteo have some amazing features and... Read More