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Mac OS X 10.4.7 Phones Home

Daniel Jalkut has discovered that the Mac OS X 10.4.7 update released last week is causing his computer to phone home to Apple. Every eight hours, a process called "dashboardadvisoryd" is contacting two different servers hosted by Apple, ostensibly to verify that the Dashboard plug-ins you have...

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Found Footage: Blowing up a PowerMac G4

Some guy asked for donations to buy a G5. As a reward to his donors, he said he would blow up his aging PowerMac G4. ...

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Worst Scratched iPod Contest

ColorEnvy.com is a company that provides scratch repair and custom paintjobs for your iPod(s), so it's only natural for them to have launched a contest to find the "worst scratched iPod." The winner of the contest will have their iPod's scratches fixed by ColorEnvy and painted the color of his/her...

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Inkscape - Open Source Vector Graphics Editor

Everyone knows about GIMP, the open source graphics editor that competes with Photoshop for editing bitmap images, or images with "pixels in a bitmap." But what if you need a free program that can work with vector-based images, such as those that Adobe Illustrator builds?  Inkscape is an open...

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Fireworks Screensaver for 4th of July

I've always liked screensavers. Flying toasters will always hold a special place in my heart, but I continue to be impressed by Skyrocket, a free screensaver that renders fireworks on your display. Perfect for your 4th of July party, not only is Skyrocket free, it's also a universal binary which...

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UB Replacements for Non-Intel Mac Apps

In this post about Roxio Toast, TUAW asked which applications you were still waiting for to be ported to universal binary. I thought I'd compile a list of universal binary applications that can fill the roles of those that people are still waiting for: For Screen Capture Display Eater is still a...

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iClip is Free Today

MacZot is offering Inventive's iClip as a free download today. It's version 3.7 and isn't a universal binary but version 4.0 is about to ship and the company has long offered free upgrades, so grab it now and watch for version 4.0 to ship. I'm not personally a user of multiple clipboards, but I...

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Toast Titanium 7.1

Roxio released an update to their flagship CD and DVD-burning software for Macintosh this morning. Version 7.1 is now a universal binary and provides fixes with issues related to Quicktime 7.1, AppleScript, the Toast Setup Assistant, and encoding Apple Lossless files. There aren't too many more...

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Adobe Releases Flash Player 9 beta for Intel Macs

When Adobe released only the PPC version of Flash Player 9 the other day, some people criticized Adobe for not simultaneously releasing an Intel-enabled version as well. Richard Brownell points us today to a post by Emmy Huang, the product manager for Adobe Flash Player telling us that the public...

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PopChar X 3.0

There are a few applications that increase my productivity to the point where, after awhile, I can't work without them. Quicksilver is one. Another is FinderPop. But when it comes to working on a desktop publishing project for days on end, nothing increases my productivity more than Ergonis' PopChar...

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