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Mac Freeware — 09/26/2006

Mac Freeware

Some of my favorite mac freeware *

  • Adium – multi-protocol instant messaging client
  • Butler – application launcher with many other handy features
  • Camino – mac-like gecko browser. not as many features as firefox, but faster.
  • ClamAV – Antivirus program, because you just never know…
  • ColloquyGUI IRC client
  • ColorTagGen – Use the eyedropper to get fast hex color codes. This little app rocks!
  • Dashboard KickStart – brings up the dashboard for a second at startup so that you don’t have to wait for it to load the first time you use it.
  • Firefox – I heart Firefox
  • MAMP – Mac, Apache, MySQL, PHP server environment in an easy to install, easy to use package. Includes Apache v2.0.x, phpMyAdmin, MySQL v5.0.x, PHP v4.4.x and v5.1.x, and more.
  • NeoOffice – Mac version of OpenOffice (OO also works on a mac). No need for X11 with Neo. Prettier than OO.
  • Onyx – tweaking, maintenance, etc.
  • Quicksilver – similar to Butler, only geekier. I use it on my powerbook. I find Butler’s interface a little more intuitive.
  • Smell-O-Mints – Periodic table with some nice features
  • TextWrangler – I actually use BBedit, but TextWrangler is an excellent free text editor that does much of what BBedit does so I have to mention it here.
  • Transmission – BitTorrent Client

Widgets:

  • Image Shackle – fast easy way to resize images. Just drag the image to the widget, set a size, and click ‘shackle’ for a copy of your image at the specified size. I love this widget!
  • Panda Cam – live feed from the San Diego Zoo’s Panda Cam
  • PHP function reference (PHPfr) – comprehensive PHP reference
  • iStat Pro – system monitoring widget

There is a great list which includes many of the programs mentioned above (and many that aren’t) at xfreeware.com.

Anyone else have any favorite mac freeware? Please share…

*I am using the word freeware because payment is not required to use these apps with all features enabled and without a time limit. Many of the programmers accept donations to compensate them for their time and effort. If you can afford it and use the program regularly, please consider donating 🙂

Life — 09/22/2006

Life

Life is very busy. Good and bad. It has been hard to keep up with school assignments these past few weeks, but somehow I’ve gotten everything in on time. Sometimes it is easier to do things on the last day.

My last CSS test was really hard. It took me almost two days to finish it. I had no idea there could be so much math involved in CSS! I learned so many things while I was taking the test, but it hurt my brain pretty bad.
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Autistic Planet Site and Store — 09/02/2006

Autistic Planet Site and Store

I put up the Autistic Planet website, which is pretty bare bones at the moment. Eventually, I would like to add information about all of the sites, and possibly interviews with the people who run the sites that I don’t.

For now, it is serving its purpose of being a central location that links to all of the web sites, the t-shirt store, and the brand new CafePress shop! The CafePress shop offers some fun items including a mouse pad, a messenger bag, a teddy bear, a dog t-shirt, as well as a few other clothing items that are not available from GoodStorm, the place where the t-shirts are from. The GoodStorm t-shirts are now available in children’s sizes.

Maybe someday I will open an online store where I actually make some money. Then I wouldn’t have to fundraise at all!