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How to Get Cheap Mac Software

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There’s a myth that there’s no software available for OS X. That is a lie! If you don’t believe me, then check out the MacHeist Bundle. It has a handful of Apps that would be worth around a thousand dollars – but it can be yours for $39!

This year’s bundle features a dozen popular apps, games and utilities that represent the best of the Mac development community. It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in cooking, playing games, or selling on eBay – the MacHeist Bundle has you covered.

MacHeist is again donating part of the proceeds to charity. 25% of each sale will go to a partnering charity of your choice. To date, MacHeist customers have raised over $700,000 for charities around the World. That amount is definitely nothing to sneeze at!

So what do you get in this year’s Bundle? I’m glad you asked! You’ll receive apps such as iSale, SousChef, World of Goo, Kinemac, WorldView and more! Kinemac alone would normally cost you about $300.00! You’re getting these titles and more for only $39.00. You just can’t beat that price.

There aren’t any equivalent bundle programs that you’ll find anywhere. I can’t wait to see what these guys are up to next. I’m looking forward to working with them more, and to helping all of you save money!

If you weren’t able to join us for the official MacHeist Bundle reveal show, you can still watch it on YouTube.

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Do You Like the New Facebook or the Old One?

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I have a Facebook account, and I log in every other day or so. I pretty much only log in to add friends, and ignore all App invitations people send me. Some people add only a small group of people they know, and others feel the need to add every person they can find. Apparently, Facebook has undergone a radical transformation, and there are a lot of grumblings as to whether people love or hate it. Andreas from Norway sent me the following email about this exact subject:

Last week, groups against the new Facebook design have been coming out of nowhere. I did a search for groups of people who love the new design, and I found only one group with 25 members. In comparison, there are nearly 700,000 members of anti-Facebook design groups! Do you think this is just hype? Do people hate change that much? Are they being lazy?

For me, I think the new design is anything but bad. It’s much cleaner, and more interactive. Two things I think are really big step ups in the design are:

  1. The chat, is really a step up for the Facebook site. Though people who is visiting Facebook, are probably connected to other chat clients at the same time.
  2. What I really hated with the “old” Facebook, was all the Apps people added to their sites. If you really want to have Apps showing what day of the week it is, or what car you like best, that’s fine. But please… put your Comment Wall at the top!! Thankfully, profile settings have been changed in the new version. The profile has all the latest activities in one line, and the Apps are hidden on a different page.

I have to agree wholeheartedly. I think the new design is fine, and good. Then again, I don’t get hung up on Web design so much that my whole life crumbles if it changes. I quit going to Facebook because of the amount of crap I saw on a constant basis. If I go to someone’s page, I want to see what people are up to, what events they may be going to, and what discussions they’re participating in. I hated seeing all those Apps sitting there, and seeing what Vampire bit who.

We launched two Facebook Apps for Geeks recently. GeeksStream will load all of the latest data right into your Facebook tab. That was created by Wesley. With this one, it will highlight the latest pictures, videos, Groups and even discussions.

The other Facebook App for Geeks is pretty much the same thing, just laid out in a completely different way. This has the 20 latest activities, the latest videos, and the latest forum threads and descriptions. This one is called simply Geeks.

You can add either or both of these Apps to your Facebook profile, in order to help spread the word, and to help keep you connected.


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What are the Best and Worst iPhone 3G Apps?

Tyler wrote in to tell me of the games and Apps that he wishes he hadn’t wasted his money on in the iPhone App Store. Here is his list:

  • IBeer or IMilk Really this is just terrible. I brought IBeer but not IMilk. Why would you make an application of this? It was cool to see before the App Store, but not now. Just a waste.
  • Vector Pong Remember that flash game 3D Pong? But it uses the Accelerometer, and is very hard to control. Don’t get this game!
  • 300 Bowling Wow… just… wow. Here I am, thinking this is a game I can play once in a while just to have fun. The GUI is terrible, and all you have to do is flick your finger. They even had the guts to include a settings menu. And it’s hard to work the buttons!
  • Level Everyone probably already knows that this is just plain stupid. Why would anyone pay money to use your iPhone as a level? GO OUT AND BUY AN ACTUAL LEVEL!
  • HangmanSim You are probably wondering how this is a bad game? The words are too hard! I played 4 games quickly: Apostle, Deify, Syllabus, and Prolix. WTF?! The first two are related to religion, and the last two… I don’t even know what they mean! This is not “Hangman”, it’s a language lesson!
  • Colour Tilt Why is this sort of popular? When you tilt your iPhone, the screen colour changes. Your can draw… but why?
  • iGotchi So you like to take care of pets? Well this is not the game for you or anyone!
  • SimStapler Yes, I know this one is free. Still, I’m sorry that I downloaded it. You would think a developer would make a game out of it. Maybe it could be about… STAPLING THINGS!
  • Myaccount To Go Its expensive, and doesn’t do a whole lot. Save your cash.
  • Apache Lander Everyone has said it’s bad so I should have taken their advice.
  • FrisbeeGolf Horrible graphics, and a horrible control scheme. It looks decent at first, but it is honestly the worst thing that I have ever seen. It is a waste.
  • AirHockey Completely unresponsive.

So now that we’ve seen Tyler’s list, what’s on yours? What are your favorite Apps you have bought and/or downloaded, and why? And… which ones have you gotten that you wish you hadn’t?

Top Ten Portable Applications

Hey Chris, I wanted to tell people in your videos and chat my favorite use of Portable Applications. I am now dual-booting Vista and XP, just for the programs that run on XP and barely work on Vista. Instead of installing the programs on both Vista and XP, I’m running the programs off of my 2 gigabyte Cruzer micro usb flash drive. I’ve found some awesome programs that I’ve run smoothly right off the drive. The increasing sizes of these drives makes them more convenient and easy to use. Here are my top 10 recommended portable app’s, in no particular order.

  • Firefox Easily the most powerful open source browser is also available in portable form. You can even save your bookmarks, addons, and history right to the usb.
  • NVU Portable Easy Html coding on the road with NVU. Whenever I need to code something in HTML (well hey its better than Frontpage) really quickly.
  • GIMP Portable Open Source Photoshop-like program. Portable edition helps so you don’t have to install all the stuff on your computer.
  • Filezilla My FTP client of choice. (And I know Chris recommends WinSCP, but I think they’re all the same.) Runs fast and allows you to upload on the fly.
  • VLC Great program for watching a lot of Video and Audio formats.
  • Open Office Similar to Microsoft Office, this document editor has much of the functionality of the expensive Microsoft Office.
  • 7-Zip Unzips many file formats, such as RAR and ZIP
  • Foxit Reader Instead of using Adobe’s slow and junky PDF reader, use this free (for basic features) one thats fast.
  • Miranda IM Instant Messaging Program that works with AIM, Jabber, ICQ, IRC, MSN, Yahoo, Gadu-Gadu (I have no idea ask someone else) and more.
  • Double Killer A simple program that scans your hard drive for duplicates. You can save so much disk space by clearing up those double MP3s.