Inquisitor

One of the highlighting features of Mac OS X Tiger is Spotlight. Spotlight is an extremely fast searching system embedded into the entire OS. All you have to do is go to the top right corner of the screen and click the little magnifying glass to show a text menu. Spotlight automatically searches all of the meta data (text and info inside files) to find the file you are looking for.

So why am I telling you this? I’m telling you this because Inquisitor does the same thing except this time, it searches the web. That’s right! All you have to do is type in your search and Inquisitor goes out “while you are typing” and shows you your top results and suggestions in a fancy little drop-down menu. What’s even better is that it counts how many times you’ve been to that page so you don’t go in circles. By default Inquisitor searches Google. One of the nice features of Inquisitor is the ability to add multiple search engines.

This is a must have for Safari users. To get this amazing plugin, you have to pay the amazing amount of Free! Go ahead and download here.

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Spring Cleaning

It’s getting to be that time of year again! Because my desktop and documents folders were getting so crowded, I decided to clean up early. Now, my desktop is Extremely clear with only my Hard Drive, iDisk, and Developer folder showing. I’ve also organized my mail app so that I can have a clean inbox every morning. I think I’ve taken 5 gigabytes off in the two hours I’ve worked. Now I’m starting to get a system going for my blog entries and such. This new file system should help. Ah, just smell the fresh pixels.

Twitterbar

Twitterbar is a Firefox/Flock extension used to submit tweets straight from your browser. All you have to do, is type in your tweet into the address bar and press the big button to send it. Hovering over the button shows how many characters you have left.

This makes it easy to tweet exactly what site you’re on. If you use Firefox or Flock on a daily basis, this is the extension for you.

You can download Twitterbar here.

CosmoPod: One Click YouTube to iPod

A lot of people use YouTube and a Lot of people have a video iPod. What happens when you put them together? Well….YouTube videos on your iPod. But when you look at some of the apps out there such as tubesock etc, you’ll find that it requires multiple steps to achieve your goal. Cocoamug has come up with a really simple solution called CosmoPod. CosmoPod makes it very easy to take video on the web, convert it into an iPod playable format, and put it in iTunes ready for you to sync.

All it takes is one click while you are viewing a YouTube video and CosmoPod will download and convert it instantly. The video is put on your desktop in flash and MP4 format. A copy of that is added to the “Videos” section in your iTunes library. Just like that your video is ready to be synced and played.

Review: Disco

Introducing the greatest disk-burning application since Roxio Toast Titanium, Disco! Disco is completely user-friendly and has an amazingly beautiful interface. Disco has quite a number of features. “Spanning” which allows you to burn large files or folders over a number of disks. “Discography” which allows you to index all of the files and folders on each of your disks with easy searching. It even includes multisession support for burning more than once to a disk. Perhaps the greatest feature of Disco, however, is the smoke effect during burning sessions. Here is my full review of Disco. Continue reading

Picture of the Week

Yes, I’ve decided to partake in a great blogging tradition and that is to post a picture of mine every week. Here’s the first one! Yes it’s a picture of my cat but don’t worry, they’ll get better as my photography skills increase.

iWon!

I can’t believe I won! I entered a contest at the wphj blog and won a copy of iClip 4! Yay! =D I installed it quicker than you can see a jack rabbit on a log rolling down the hickory smokes of the Titanic. I’ve heard about it before. iClip is the best clip board manager…ever!

iClip is simple to use. You simply drag and drop things into the little “portal like” clips. Then you can drag or paste them out! The first clip is always your clip board and you can make as many clips as you’d like! You can even make new sets that are like different tabs of clips. I could get used to this. =P

I’ve placed it on the left of my screen for easy viewing but I haven’t gotten used to the keyboard short cuts…well duh considdering that I’ve only had it for less then an hour.

Well, here’s to many happy iClip 4 memories! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. Now all I have do is add it to my log in items. Well, See ya ’round

New Widget: Minutes

From the makers of Shiira comes a new widget; Minutes! Minutes is basically a timer. Drag the little slider around to choose how long Minutes will count down. When it goes off, you can tell it to open a file, play a playlist in iTunes, stop iTunes in its tracks, or put your computer to sleep. You can also repeat the timer as many times as you’d like. What makes Minutes very useful is the fact that you can have multiple timers open at once. First you can start a playlist in iTunes, have it play for a while, then fade it out while putting your computer to sleep. Minutes is the perfect sleep timer for your music library.

The design of Minutes is great. It definitely sparks up your dashboard. It’s wooden finish and aqua like knob make it a nice fit to anyone’s dashboard. Minutes is a great widget and does its job well. Here’s the link to their page: Minutes.

My Hunt Begins

Okay. I bought my iMac G5 with both a normal, wired, Apple mouse and a normal, wired, Apple keyboard. Later on I got very tired of the mouse getting caught on it’s wire so I bought Apple’s wireless mouse. I don’t know what I’d do without it! However, my keyboard is starting to get annoying with it’s cable. You’re probably wondering how. Well, because I use my desk for other things, I need to move it out of the way. It really can’t go anywhere but under the iMac making it almost imposable to type with it. Other times I’d like to sit farther away but the poor little cord can not reach that far. With that in mind, I think it’s time to get a new “wireless” keyboard.

I don’t want to spend too much money on one so my hunt begins to find a low cost, wireless keyboard. I may end up getting an Apple one to match.

What do you think? Do you have any recommendations?

The New Airport Extreme

If you’ve looked around the web recently you’ll notice there’s a lot of controversy over Apple’s new Airport Extreme wireless router. It’s basically about Apple using the new 802.11 n standard…well technically it’s not a standard yet. Did you know that all of the recen’t Intel Macs have been 802.11 n ready? Well one of the main points of the controversy is that you have to pay $2 (USD) to enable it. Please note that if you buy the new router, you’ll get the enabler for free.

What’s So Special?

Let’s put it simply. Think about the speed of Airport Extreme, but 5x faster and 2x the range! This is a huge speed boost. Another great feature is that it’s more compatible with PC users. This makes it easy to run your wireless network at a business that requires the use of multiple platforms.

Print sharing..file sharing…..Disk Sharing?

That’s right! Now you can share a hard drive over your wireless network. This makes it so much easier to save files from multiple Macs not to mention backing up.

New Admin Utility

This new admin utility is great. From what I’ve seen, it’s been dramatically improved by design and functionality. Simply click on your router in the left side of the screen, and change your settings. Very useful.

In the end

This is definitely a great upgrade. If you aren’t using it for the speed, use it for the extra features such as the Hard Disk sharing and extra PC support. This is said to be a great companion to the Up Coming Apple TV.