CoconutBattery has the Skinny on Your Battery

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 09:31
Category: Software

Coconut BatteryEver wonder why your PowerBook’s battery life seems to suck? If your battery life isn’t exact what is used to be, or you’re just curious about how much capacity is left in the darned thing, check out coconutBattery 1.1. This little universal binary application that gives you live feedback about the cells in your PowerBook or iBook, including:
– Current battery charge
– Maximum battery charge
– Current battery capacity
– Original battery capacity
– Battery load cycles
– Age of your Mac
– Charger connected
– Battery is charging
More battery goodness:

If coconutBattery detects that you have connected the wrong charger (i.e. an ibook-charger plugged in a powerbook) it will warn you! That’s a cool feature!
Of course you are able to save the current maximum capacity of your battery – with just one click! coconutBattery uses Apple’s new and really powerful technology names “CoreData” to realize that.

(Thanks TUAW)


Is Spotlight Killing Your PowerBook's Battery Life?

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 03:12
Category: Software

SpotlightAn article on Slashdot discusses the impact of spotlight has on a PowerBook’s battery life:

Viltvodlian Deoderan asks: “So, Spotlight for Mac OS X Tiger is very cool. I can now let my innate ability to disorganize things shine through. However, when using my PowerBook unplugged, it seems that my battery lasts a noticeably less time. A close reading of Ars Technica’s description of how spotlight works suggests that this is due to keeping the index file up-to-date on disk. Has anyone else noticed the same thing? Does someone have a better explanation for why my battery seems to drain out, prematurely? Is there some way real-time indexing can be turned off to conserve power?”

Click through for the Ars Technica link and to read the comments, they’re priceless (as always).


Plentycom Systems' SteerMouse 2.0 is a Better MouseTrap

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2005, 18:19
Category: Software

Steer MousePlentycom Systems’ SteerMouse 2.0 is an alternate mouse driver for the Apple Mighty Mouse that allows you to customize buttons, wheels and cursor speed. SteerMouse has convenient and unique functions that Apple’s driver doesn’t:
– You can assign various functions, such as a shortcut key input, a cursor movement for the default button, etc…
– You can customize the scroll ball.
– You can adjust the cursor speed and the cursor acceleration. (Apple’s driver allows you to adjust only the cursor acceleration)
– You can customize the Mighty Mouse in each application.


Review: Salling Clicker Makes a Great Home Theatre Remote

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2005, 15:28
Category: Software

Salling ClickerI have a Mac mini set up as a small media center connected to a plasma screen and also serving iTunes out to two areas of the house via a M-Audio Sonica Theater USB sound out device (also used for Dolby 5.1 for DVD playback) and via Airtunes/Airport Express (trivia: you can watch DVD’s in one room, and listen to iTunes in another off the same computer). I also have a PowerBook I use on the road – sometimes connected to a projector for either presentations or DVDs. What was lacking in both cases was a good remote control that I could use close to, as well as away from, the computers to control different aspects of what I was doing. I had long been interested in Salling Clicker – a US$20 application that can turn a mobile phone into a remote control, but didn’t have a suitable phone model to use. I recently upgraded to a Nokia 6680 3G phone and one of the first things I did was to download this application and start to play around with it.
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Going to Paris for Apple Expo 2005? Check out MapMemo

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2005, 22:23
Category: Software

MapMemo Maps Files to LocationsMapMemo is a software application we originally covered in October 2004 that allows you to load a map file and plot various points on it. The fun part is that you can drag files from the OS X finder to spots on the map and they become linked. It’s great for mapping customers, prospects or even your favorite destinations when traveling. More customer use cases are posted on the MapMemo Web site.
MapMemo if offering a free download just in time for Apple Expo Paris next month. The Paris MapMemo archive is a high-resolution city map (2.9MB) that displays all the Apple-related locations in Paris. It’s especially useful if you’re traveling to Paris to see the Apple Expo in a few weeks.
If you don’t know where to go for a drink, a chat or a french dinner MapMemo is for you.

Two weeks ago MapMemo has started collecting places and info concerning Paris from Apple users around the world. The first collection of tips is now available as free archive in the download section at the MapMemo website.
The places are all linked and marked on a very detailed map of Paris, which – thanks to the generous licensing by Kunth publishers – can be used and redistributed with new material by anyone as long as it is bound in a MapMemo file and as long as it is free of charge.
“We have been geo-tagging lots of web links, photos from Flickr, and text-Memos”, says Alexander Stengel the founder and head of MapMemo. “That was work, but not a problem. But it took us months and it needed a lot of luck to get a detailed map that anybody – and only this makes sense for a MapMemo file – can redistribute with its very own places and info. None of the major map providers could manage this kind of use, they simply had no acceptable licensing model for it. Maps are the number one problem if you deal with digital geo-solutions.”

MapMemo can be used as a free reader with no limits. Users can also alter files – like the MapMemo Paris archive – save, archive and send it out without ever paying a license fee. If you want to save a specific map file more than five times you’ll have to pay a license fee of 18?/US$18.


More OS X on Intel Videos

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Date: Friday, August 12th, 2005, 15:59
Category: Software

OS Running on IntelIn case you haven’t seen enough OS X-on-Intel hacks… this guy‘s got video of OS X running on his Sony Vaio laptop.


New SETI@home Client and Data Format

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Date: Tuesday, August 9th, 2005, 12:05
Category: Software

SETI@homeSETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data. SETI recently updated their client software (BOINC) and data format, so you may want to login and update your software.
Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is a software platform for distributed computing using volunteered computer resources. If you own a Windows, Mac, Linux or Unix computer you can participate in scientific research in many areas:
* study climate change
* Einstein@home: search for gravitational signals coming from pulsars
* LHC@home: improve the design of the CERN LHC particle accelerator
* Predictor@home: investigate protein-related diseases
* SETI@home: Look for radio evidence of extraterrestrial life
* Cell Computing biomedical research
To participate in a project visit the BOINC Web site and create an account, then download and run the BOINC client software.
If you’re a member of SETI@home please consider joining the PowerPage SETI@homeboys team.
Recent Stats:

Team name: PowerPage SETI@homeboys
Team website:
Team DB ID: 30252
Created on: SETI@Home Classic team
Total credit: 230,258.00
Recent Average Credit: 760.52
Last Result Returned on August 8th, 2005
Number of Registered Users: 1,109
Number of Active Users (credit>0) 14
Team Position (by total credit) 832


Podcast Tuner

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Date: Monday, August 1st, 2005, 08:03
Category: Software

Pariahware, Inc’s Podcast Tuner provides a different approach to listening to podcasts. Instead of making the user look for the content, Podcast Tuner brings the content to the user.


One Finger Snap Makes Trackpads Tolerable

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Date: Saturday, July 30th, 2005, 02:26
Category: Software

Old Jewel Software has released One Finger Snap, a utility for Mac OS X that lets you bring up the contextual menu by simply clicking and holding the mouse button down…


Panic Unison Usenet Client (Updated)

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Date: Friday, July 29th, 2005, 11:46
Category: Software

Panic Unison Usenet ClientRemember the early days of Usenet? Using your ISP’s awful news server and crawling through mountains of alt.whatever? What a pain. Usenet has taken a new direction these days and most ISPs only offer a fraction of the newsgroups that are available and they store very little, making archives weak. Don’t even get me started on the censored newsgroups.
Anyway, if you want to return to the glory days of 1981 (!) you’ll need a decent Usenet client…