State of my mac address

Ive had my 27'' iMac for a few months now.  I've had plenty of time to poke and prod at it, enough that i finally broke the OS.  I'm actually pretty surprised it didnt happen sooner.  I have broken windows computers in less than a day, so a few months is pretty good.  Anyway I reloaded it as I mentioned in my last post and now I would like to give a quick (hopefully) overview of how my mac is looking these days.

Browser: I've decided to make an executive decision and stick with safari.  Ive messed with other browsers.. they all bother me in one way or another.. safari seems to be the best for me.  I use the following extensions - GleeBox [this gives you the ability to navigate any of the 3 major browsers all from the keyboard, it rules faces, also it can do a ton of cool stuff like post a shortened URL of what ever page you are on to twitter, awesome]
Google Reader Compact 2.0 [i use google reader a ton, this cleans it up a bit] Ultimate Status Bar 1.2 [cant live without this one, i like to know where links go when i hover over them. its got lots of built in stuff]
GMail Counter [more on this later] Readable Facebook [cleans up facebook a lot] ScribeFire [read my last blog] A cleaner youtube 1.4 [makes youtube look clean and snazzy]

Here is a look at my desktop.  Click to see actual size.  I added some notes in there.

Music: VLC is my champion here.  This pic shows how I do it.

  • SilverKeeper for data transfers
  • VirtualBox for VM's
  • Adium for chat
  • Dropbox for hosting and sharing
  • TinkerTool for hacks i cant live without
  • Ommwriter for when i need to write without distraction, its still awesome
  • Interfacelift.com for all my wallpaper needs
  • Perian/Quicktime for video
  • The Unarchiver runs all my zip/archive files, does everything
  • uTorrent for torrents
  • TrashMe is the ultimate app uninstaller, everyone should use this one
  • I installed handbreak again but ive still never once used it..  *shrug
  • Burn for burning ha!
  • I still occasionally use Skype
  • Skitch a completely lovely program.  Probably my favorite mac app.
Special love goes to BetterTouchTool it will ALWAYS be the very first thing I install on any mac computer.  Best app ever.  Ever.  Makes using magic mouse a pleasure instead of a technological torture, or any mouse (or trackpad) for that matter.

Here is a trick I came up with to keep my applications folder clean and easy to see and sort.  I created a new folder in there called "a unused" [the "a" is so it puts it at the beginning as its alphabetical] then i put everything i dont use regularly or dont want to see when i click on apps in that folder, magic.

up until this point every app and trick i use is completely free.  here are the ones that cost money if you buy them: 
  • Lightroom 3.2 - has become my favorite photo manipulation app, in conjuncture with ...
  • Photomatix Pro 4.0 - HDR 
  • MS office - hate it but sometimes you just gotta have it.
  • Roxio Toast - This is a pretty ultimate burn program for everything that "burn" cant do.
As you can see I run a pretty clean ship around here?  Questions?  Comments?  Let me know.

Now here are a few problems I am still trying to find solutions for: 
  • Backups - I still need a backup solution that doesn't make me crazy...
  • Rip DVD's - Occasionally I need to rip a DVD into a good usable format, I hate everything ive used so far. (update! handbreak might do the trick .mkv might satisfy me.  ill keep testing)
  • Gmail - I use gmail exclusively and I am not satisfied with anything I have found so far.  I would like a free app that works amazingly well with gmail.  I need control over what labels and inboxes sync/download locally and i need a sound notification instantly when a new mail arrives.  Any ideas?  For now I'm just using the gmail webpage in safari with the GMail Counter extension.  Not my favorite.
And as an added little treat I decided to have "Vicki" announce to me the hour.  So far I like it, makes me laugh every time.
Bonus Tip: Spotlight can be a powerful tool if you use it.  At any time hit command+spacebar then start typing the name of a program or document or song or pretty much anything, it will find it quickly and you just have to hit enter most of the time.  Bam instant awesome.  example: i wanted to run iPhoto without having to use the mouse to click around and find it.  command+spacebar, ip+enter = magic
this is very customizable too.  i use it a lot and highly recommend it.  love. 

there ya go.  the end.

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