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Cristmas Tree for Mac December 16, 2006

Posted by geekzendaddy in Christmas, Freeware, Fun, OS X, Tree.

I know it’s cutting it close, but I just realized that I have had a Christmas tree on my Mack for 15 something days and forgot to blog about it. It works great 🙂 I love my tree 🙂 It blinks and is movable and best of all it keeps reminding me how few days that I have left to buy stuff 😀



System Requirements:
Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

X-MasTree is 159% Freeware. X-MasTree may be freely distributed, as long as no fees are collected for it. You do not have to contact StimpSoft™ or the author for permission to distribute this application. Actually, I would prefer it if you just left me alone. Really.

Disclaimer: StimpSoft™ and its “employees” are NOT responsible for any damage, loss, tooth-decay, sexual dysfunction, warts, plague of locusts or cat infestation that may occur from using this application.

Download X-MasTree 1.4

Requires Mac OS X 10.4.x
Size: 836k


iPhoto2Gmail December 14, 2006

Posted by geekzendaddy in Gmail, iPhoto, Mac, OS X, Plugin, Software.
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I tried this plugin and it works great!  It really does make sending pictures easier.  Give it a try….


A little about the plugin:


iPhoto2Gmail is a project I worked on because I often found myself trying to walk family members through the process of exporting and resizing pics from their iPhoto library in order to gmail them to others.   I realized that the multi-step process was a little cumbersome compared to most tasks on a Mac. I used this as an excuse to get my feet wet with Cocoa and all the neat new Xcode features.   This is the result… so far


It is still a very early piece of software, probably has many bugs, and is rough around the edges. I hope to improve on it and that it will be useful to some folks. © 2006 Juan I. Leon


Full Screen in Quicktime December 7, 2006

Posted by geekzendaddy in Mac, OS X, Quicktime, Software, Utility, Video.

Full screen for free

Reader Rudy Grasso would like to get something for nothing and writes:

In one of your magazine issues you explained how to get Full Screen when viewing a movie in QuickTime. When I recently upgraded to QuickTime 7.01, full screen will not open anymore. Is there a way to have QuickTime 7 play in full screen without paying for the pro version?

Sure. Launch Script Editor and enter this:

Save the script as an application. Now open the movie you want to view in full screen in QuickTime Player. Double-click the AppleScript application you just created and your movie will play at full screen.

From MacWorld Magazine

AppZapper November 18, 2006

Posted by geekzendaddy in AppZapper, OS X, Software, Utility.
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I install a lot of stuff. I am always looking for better tools and toys to use. Since I come from the Windows world I am used to having an uninstall process for most everything. Now, while that process was often painful, it was there.

When I moved to the Mac world I made a bad assumption. Since installing on a Mac is usually drag and drop an icon, I assumed that uninstalling was the same way. As I discovered recently when you delete an app from your Applications folder lots of things are left behind. All this leftover stuff won’t necessarily have any affect on your system, but it does steal hard drive space away from you.

I tried a few uninstall solutions out there and basically they all worked, but I wasn’t sold on any until I found AppZapper. AppZapper is easy to use, just like installing, to uninstall anything you just drop it’s icon onto the AppZapper icon or window as shown below.
AppZapper opens up and tells you everything that is associated with the app, where it’s located and lets you deselect portions of the list.
So far I have not deselected any items when I have used the program, but I am sure it will happen eventually. After my 5 free zaps were up I was so pleased with the experience that I bought the app for $12.95. It’s a small price to pay for the ease of use and peace of mind that things are not gumming up my system.


Great intro to OS X video November 7, 2006

Posted by geekzendaddy in Mac, OS X, Training, Video.

Recently I came across a great video via http://www.digg.com. I can’t embed google video for some reason, so the link is below. Here is the description in the authors own words..

“This is a demonstration of what the Mac OS can do, particularly if you are a new user to the Mac or if you’ve never had one and are wondering what it can do for you or if it is something you would like to try.” – Seanadb – http://www.beggs.ca/


Quickies :-) October 29, 2006

Posted by geekzendaddy in Freeware, OS X, Software, Utility.
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No, not that kind, get your mind out of the gutter 🙂 I a few pieces of software that I have used recently and they all work really well. But as one trick ponies, I am going to put them in one post as I have not been able to post on a regular schedule lately and I don’t want to forget to tell you about them. So, with out further adieu …

Spirited Away : Since I am always juggling lots of programs at one time, I fill my launcher bar up fast. Well, Spirited Away helps this. The program checks my minimized programs for use and if I haven’t used them in a while it hides them making more room…. sweet 🙂

Menu Shade : Menu Shade is pretty cool to get a clean desktop. It takes the bar at the top of the Mac screen and changes the color and sets a transparency level as well. The bar becomes full visible when you hover the pointer over it. This is good for taking screen shots or just for admiring your wallpaper in a more pristine environment 🙂

Desktopple : Desktopple is a screenshoters best friend. This one trick pony hides everything on your desktop to take clean shots. This is great when you need takes shots for a work presentation but don’t want them to see your Star Wars icons or funky wallpaper. This program will also hide everything before you hook up to a projector and show your prospects too much 🙂

Dead.licious : If your like me you have a lot of bookmarks. In fact last time I checked I have over 1000 up at del.icio.us. Do I have the time to check them all for dead links? Heck no! Well, Dead.licious takes care of that for me now. Oh, and surprisingly on my last check, 1300 and all still good. Wow! lol

Amnesty Generator October 10, 2006

Posted by geekzendaddy in OS X, Software, Widgets.
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Since I was going into widget stuff last week I have decided to do one more…. the last for a while 😉 Soooo you can’t find a Dashboard widget that you like. It happens. you pop over to you Google personalised home page and see that cool too and say to yourself, “gee I wish I could always have this available without a browser.” Tadaaaa a problem that needs an answer. In walks Amnesty Generator and says, “heck I can do that.”, and it does.

Amnesty takes any Google widget and makes it a Dashboard widget very quickly. I made 5 widgets and put them on my dashboard in less than 5 min. Pretty cool.

Here is a screenshot of the creation screen that I used to make one of my new widgets.

This program is very easy to use and works very well. It comes highly recommended for when you want a little cross-platform widget action 🙂