There there blog, I know I’ve neglected you. I’ve been super busy and … yes, yes ok I know excuses won’t cut it here. You’re pissed. I’m sorry.
Here is a peace offering instead: My favorite (and default) video player for OS X, NicePlayer, has finally been updated in the form of a preview build. This preview includes the return of remote control support, something which has been broken since 10.5 originally came out. Yes, that is quite a long time now and yes, I did wonder up until the moment I found this preview build if the application was dead in the water.
Having tried a lot of the alternative video players available for OS X 10.5 right now, VLC has become my favorite choice.
This mostly has to due with flexibility and the fact that it supports the Apple remote. Up until now I defaulted to NicePlayer (which also supports the remote but only under 10.4).
The only problem with VLC is the application icon which is about as smooth as a car wreck in the dock. MacRabbit has a very nice replacement icon set which also supports file types.
The best bittorrent client I’ve found for OS X (and I tried all of them).
My favorite video watching app.
Advanced firewall I’ve read good things about. Current beta is free.
Missile Command Widget
Screen saver based on the liquidmac app.
Enabling HD Trailers in Front Row
(make sure Front Row has been opened at least once before running the command)
Lifehacker sent out a call for submissions for an OS X menu bar show-and-tell feature about a week ago. I snapped a quick screenshot and sent mine in. Today I was happy to see they picked it up and put it on their site:
Apple dropped a bomb today and not only released a public beta of Safari 3 but also released Safari for WINDOWS.
For anyone who doesn’t understand the big deal here I’ll just put it this way: Prior to today if me or any of my computer geek/coworker pals saw a Safari window open on a Windows desktop we’d probably shake our heads, think we started hallucinating, and then slowly back away.
… courtesy of Michael Bay’s blog and some GIMPshop work by yours truly.
All images are widescreen 1280×800 jpg format, character models only on black backgrounds. Unfortunately I just haven’t found a way to make Starscream, Megatron, and Bumblebee look any good in a wall paper ratio based on the original images.
If you don’t have a widescreen display most of these will work well enough if you set your wallpaper preferences to “center” the image, or you can check out GIMPshop at the link above and crop it to a different size.
Obviously all original images here are copyright Hasbro and Michael Bay, and if either of them have a problem with minimalist high rez huge robot wallpaper sweetness please leave a comment and I’ll be happy to send them to you to host on your own server, or delete, or whatever.
If anyone wants to link to these please link to this page and not the zip file directly. Bandwidth thieves suck.
While you’re at it, be sure to check out the HD-tastic trailers.
EDIT: We finally saw the movie last night, and it was incredible beyond words. Seth’s favorite bot was Frenzy, so I whipped up this wallpaper for him.
After a difficult search X-Chat Aqua has won the coveted (in my mind, anyway) default IRC client spot on my MacBook.
Irssi is still my tool of choice but sometimes a GUI-based IRC client is helpful.
In the end Growl support and a complete set of independent network connection preferences (yay SOCKS proxies!) won me over.
While Firefox 2.0 final might not be “officially” available until tomorrow you can download a piping hot copy from their servers today.
Inline spell checking…. awwwwww yeah.
Firefox 2.0 – Windows .exe
Firefox 2.0 – OS X .dmg
The fine folks over at Lifehacker have a soft spot for OS X it seems. In the year or so that the site has been running they’ve posted countless helpful OS X tips and software, and what better kind of software then the kind that’s free?
macZOT is offering iClip free of charge between today and July 2nd 2006. So if you’re an OS X user and you spend a lot of time copying and pasting be sure to pick this one up.