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Google Chrome for Mac available in beta TODAY [December 8th 2009] December 8, 2009

Filed under: free stuff,google,Mac,software — Geeky Chick @ 11:00
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Well, it’s finally here.

Google Chrome for Mac. In beta.

Give it a whirl here.

 

Canto Pod finds lyrics for your iTunes library December 6, 2009

Filed under: free stuff,Mac,software,tools,Windows — Geeky Chick @ 10:13
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Looking for lyrics for your iTunes library so you can sing along when they’re playing on your iPod/iPhone?

Tired of visiting lyric websites and copying and pasting lyrics for each individual track into the ‘Get info’ section in Tunes?

Canto Pod has a solution. It’s a free Mac Widget that automatically finds the lyrics to the song you’re currently listening to and copies it directly into iTunes with one click.

Don’t despair Windows users, there’s also a Windows app.

Download Canto Pod for free.

 

How healthy is your Mac’s battery? coconutBattery tells all. December 2, 2009

Filed under: free stuff,Mac,tools — Geeky Chick @ 18:11
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A health check for your Mac's battery

My MacBook’s battery took a turn for the worse last week. Luckily Apple has already sent me a new one (even though I only had 26 days left on my warranty – Apple customer service FTW).

While I waited for the new battery to arrive I played around with coconutBattery, a free download from coconut-flavour.com, which showed me the health of my battery (it weirdly fluctuated throughout the day from 96% to 54%), how much charge I had left and the number of full charge cycles it had been through.

Of course the latter two snippets of info can be found from the ‘About this Mac’ facility, but coconutBattery does more and all in one place. It tells you the original maximum capacity of your battery  on day one, lets you save information about the maximum capacity of the battery at any given time and even how long you’ve owned your beloved Mac.

It will also tell you if your battery is currently charging and apparently even warns you if you’ve plugged in the wrong charger. Although how that could happen is a little beyond me.

coconutBattery can be downloaded for free from http://www.coconut-flavour.com/coconutbattery.

 

Even more GoogleWave invites. Want one? December 1, 2009

Filed under: free stuff,google — Geeky Chick @ 14:09
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Wow. I must have done something good in a former life because I have just received another 30 Wave invites.

If you’d like to try the Wave just leave a message in the comments.

And if you’re still wondering what it’s all about or how to use it once you’ve got it, check out the Complete Guide to Google Wave.

Happy waving 😉

 

Nomad.NET: a tabbed file manager for Windows 7 November 26, 2009

Filed under: free stuff,windows 7 — Geeky Chick @ 18:32
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I am still mourning the loss of QTTabbar which no longer works since I made the switch to Windows 7.

Once you’ve become used to using tabs to browse your files and folders, there’s no turning back. Productivity dives.

So, I’ve found an alternative: Nomad.NET.

It’s not as pretty as QTTabbar and doesn’t do things quite as intuitively either, and there are certainly a couple of glitches when trying to open the downloads folders from Chrome. But it certainly beats using windows explorer.

If you’re a tab fan, give it a try. It’s free and can be downloaded from: http://www.nomad-net.info/downloads

 

How to stream media to your PlayStation 3 November 23, 2009

Filed under: free stuff,tips and tricks,tools — Geeky Chick @ 16:22
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I have been away for a couple of weeks, but couldn’t wait to get back to play on my shiny new PlayStation 3.

The main reason I bought it was not for the games but to stream movies from my MacBook and Windows 7 PC to the TV. I had been using an old laptop with its screen removed for this, but it looked pretty ugly and didn’t play nice with the wifi in the house.

So, if you’re looking for a way to do this on your Mac try PS3 Media Server, which is also available for Windows. However, for Windows I prefer TVersity which does so much more than simply stream your own media, it also gives you the ability, for example, to stream podcasts.

Both are free (there’s a pro version of TVersity for ‘premium internet content’).

What do you use for streaming your media?

 

Google Wave invite, anyone? November 4, 2009

Filed under: free stuff,google,website — Geeky Chick @ 10:42
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google waveI have Google Wave invites, people. Need one?

To get yours, leave your details in the comments and I’ll pull 5 names out of  a hat…

EDIT: Since only 5 people wanted an invite, you all got one! Thanks for playing and see you in a Wave maybe…