if your Mac is acting up and you need to do some troubleshooting, or are just curious, there are a few ways you can look behind the scenes and see what your Mac is doing. Sure, you can use some built-in tools, like "top" via the Terminal, or Activity Monitor, but their view of what is going on is somewhat boring. Enter Peek-a-Boo...
John F. Braun take a look at Temperature Monitor, a tool that can help you monitor the temperature of the wealth of temperature sensors that exist in your Mac. But it doesn't stop there, letting you view detailed information about your processor, memory and more...
John F. Braun checks out Vidalia and Tor, a system that can provide security and privacy for your Internet activities.
John F. Braun takes a look at AppFresh, a handy utility that integrates with the iusethis service to make sure that all of your applications, Apple and otherwise, are up-to-date.
John F. Braun takes a look at File Juicer, a utility that aims to squeeze the most from your files.
Computer connectivity has certainly come a long way since the first PowerBook. It's hard to believe that there was a time when all of your network and device connections had to be made using physical cables.
John F. Braun had recently been using a 1GB iPod Shuffle for a flash drive, but after putting it through the wash, decided it was time to get something new. Fortunately, said John, the state of the art has progressed nicely, with the JumpDrive Mercury offering some of the latest features.
The OS X Dock is a pretty handy way to organize your applications, but unfortunately, it can only handle a certain number of applications before the icons become too small to be useful. Wouldn't it be great if there was an application that was like the Dock, but allowed you to access all of your applications? Enter Todos...
One of more interesting features of the latest round of portable Macs is something called the SMS, or Sudden Motion Sensor. In addition to being able to detect acceleration, the SMS can also provide the Macs orientation in 3D space. If you were thinking that this ability would be a great way to detect if someone is messing with your Mac, then you'd be right.
Apple's iChat has come a long way since its introduction, but there are those who may want even more features, such as a tabbed interface to chat with multiple users. Chax offers this, and a whole lot more.