Showing posts from May, 2009

Steve's Essential Mac OS X Software List

Updated: Nov 2010 So I'm three months into (nearly) full-time Mac ownership. What applications have I found essential and worth downloading? For my own memory (should I ever need to re-grab everything after a re-install or on a new Mac, and to help others) here's a brief rundown: Nokia Multimedia Transfer - essential for integrating a Nokia smartphone into a Mac iSync for Nokia - lets your Nokia smartphone sync to Address Book and iCal Seashore - somewhat basic but useful image cropper/manipulator KompoZer - not supported anymore and 1% buggy, but a terrific visual HTML/WYSIWYG editor Cyberduck - the best FTP client for the Mac Copernicus - small screen video grabber, useful for odd extractions from web animations Audacity - the famous audio editor Open Office - the equally famous full Office suite Burn - additional disc burning functions beyond the built-in bits of Mac OS - still not sure if I need this, but it's got a great reputation JumpCut - multiple clipboar

Credit Crunch Ideas

A.k.a. Things for you and your family to do that don't cost a lot of money!  A new idea for a mini-site, over at my 3-Lib server. I was fed up with the way weekends and school holidays were just turning into huge money-drains - hence the suggestions. I estimate that it costs roughly £1000 to get one child through the summer holidays in the UK, living by the world's 'rules'. Add 50% for two kids, double that for 3 children. I aim to halve those numbers (at least). What do you think of the ideas and do you have any other suggestions?