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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.

 

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?

 

Jailbreak and unlock your iPhone 3GS with Blackra1n and Blacksn0w November 3, 2009

Filed under: Apps,free stuff,iPhone,Scary stuff,tools — Geeky Chick @ 22:24
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blacksn0wWell, I did it. I jailbroke my iPhone 3GS using blackra1n (RC3) and unlocked it with geohot’s blacksn0w.

Used the super clear and concise tutorial on www.iphoneincanada.ca.

Mostly seems to be working OK so far – especially Skype over 3G, using VoIPover3G, which is the main reason I took the plunge.

Plus the fact that I’ll be in the UK soon and can’t wait to see if the unlocking worked.

Only thing right now, is I don’t seem to be able to send text messages…come on, Rogers, give me a break, I’ve got unlimited texts/ MMS anyway. Jeez.

UPDATE: Text messages now working – took about 30 minutes for the Rogers network (Canada) to play nice. No more red exclamation points. Woo hoo.

Also, visual voicemail wasn’t working at first, but I called myself, left a voicemail and once it came through (about 10 minutes later) all my visual voicemail data was there.



 

DisplayFusion rocks your dual monitor set up November 2, 2009

Filed under: free stuff,software,tips and tricks,tools,Windows — Geeky Chick @ 16:56
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DisplayFusionIf you have dual monitors, there’s probably a couple of things you wish you could do. Like set one picture as your background to span both monitors. Or drag a window to the other screen without minimising it first.

DisplayFusion lets you do this and more. My favourite feature is that it lets you add a button to your taskbar to automatically maximise the current window and move it to the other monitor, with just one click. My productivity just shot up!

Maximize

There’s a free version that does all I need it to do, but for more functionality, like adding more buttons to the task bar, there’s also a pro version (currently CAD$ 25), which you can try for free for a month.

DisplayFusion

 

Know what the locals know: ResidentVisitor.com October 31, 2009

Filed under: free stuff,tools,website — Geeky Chick @ 12:37
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Resident visitorA free website, with a social focus, for planning your travels: residentvisitor.com

A place to share info about the places you love and find places that others recommend.

Check out Pemberton, BC, the homeland of the site’s creators…

 

iKeepass for the iPhone and iPod Touch October 28, 2009

Filed under: Apps,iPhone,tools — Geeky Chick @ 10:51
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iKeepassiKeepass, the iPhone/iPod Touch version of the free and fantastic Mac/PC personal password aggregator, was finally approved for the Apple app store last week. It’s taken me this long to mention it because it’s taken me this long to get it working.

Now it IS working so I thought I’d share a tip, offered by another user on the iKeepass blog, on how to make it work in conjunction with using your Mac.

According to the iKeePass blog, for iKeepass to function you need to:

  1. Enable the option “Web Sharing” in the Sharing Settings.
  2. Copy your KeePass database file into the directory “Sites” (it is in your user home directory).
  3. Set the server name in your iKeePass application to your ip adress, eg http://192.168.0.1

However, the IP address alone is not enough. Oh no. You need to add your username to the end of the IP address. This is not made clear in KeePass’s configuration guidance.

So, using the IP address example above, enter the following – including the tilde (the ~ character) – for the server address:

http://192.168.0.1/~yourusername

Now ‘add’ your database file and ‘open’ it. Once you’ve entered your password should be up and running.

As far as the app goes, it needs copy and paste and a search function, but I guess they’re coming in a later version? And not quite sure why the icon is yellow when it is usually blue…

Buy iKeepass ($0.99) from the app store.