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Week of March 24th, 2019

Enhance your system

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Stayin' alive

Amphetamine

Although all the latest scientific evidence points to the importance of sleep, sometimes you just want to be sure you're awake and alert. This little application is free and will make sure your Mac isn't sleeping on the job when you need it. blank
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Keep in touch

BetterTouchTool

Customize your mouse, trackpad, touch bar and more. Turn your iPhone into a remote control for your Mac. You decide the action and trigger. blank

Week of March 10th, 2019

Me don't want cookie!
Tame the cookie monster.


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Why so hard?


Cookie

Whether for security or in pursuit of another buck, Apple never seems to make it easy for its developers.
So when a developer jumps through all the hoops and makes an effective and easy to use program it's well worth a reasonable price.
This one will mangage your cookies in Safari as easily as it does in Chrome and Firefox. blank
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Firefox at the forefront

Forget Me Not

From the beginning, the brilliance of Firefox has always been its extensions.
Firefox continues to inspire developers to provide incredible value while maintaining the old time value of sharing.
This one makes Firefox forget website data, except for the data you want to keep by adding domains to a whitelist, graylist, or redlist. blank

Week of March 3rd, 2019

File Transfer Protocal - First developed in 1971. Still one of the best ways to transfer files or update your web site.
The following all work well. It all depends on your own individual quirks. Try them all.


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32-bit

Fetch

As dependable as your favorite dog. Fetch or macOS 10.15? Hope I don't need to make the choice. blank
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Java

Cyberduck

Free as in beer and works well. Ducks are nice. 64-bit. Java contained within the application so you don't need to install it system wide. blank
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64-bit

Transmit

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Week of February 24th, 2019

So, if there's never a fork for uBlock Origin to the Mac App store and this is looking likely,
am I really going to need to switch to Firefox or Chrome as my main browser?

Just an aside, I'm failing to see the elegance of the Mac App Store necessitating multi megabyte apps that do the same thing as 200 KB extensions once did.


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Best blocker

uBlock Origin

Pros:
1. Still blocks all or most of the ads on websites, video ads and social networking sites (eg. Twitter).
2. Open source and doesn't seem to be trying to make a buck.
3. The extensions for Chrome and Firefox are regularly updated and work flawlessly.
4. Doesn't slow down browsing despite Safari's disingenuous warning

Cons:
1. Only available in the Extensions Gallery. Not in the Mac App store. Still works in Safari 12 but it's buggy. And it seems the only option for Safari 13 will be the Mac App store.
2. The formerly flawless whitelisting button in the Safari fork doesn't work accurately in the latest version of Safari. blank
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Ok Blocker

Adblock Plus

Pros:
1. Blocks all or most of the ads on websites and video ads.
2. "Acceptable Ads" now off by default when installed.
3. Has a Mac App store version
4. Whitelisting button works

Cons:
1. Doesn't block social networking sites well (eg. Twitter).
2. The whole "Acceptable Ads" thing. But you don't have to allow them. So, I'm thinking I don't really care.
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Blocks well

AdGuard

This refers to the free browser specific extensions. Not the paid computer wide behemoth that blocks ads on all apps on your device.

Pros:
1. Blocks all or most of the ads on websites, video ads and social networking sites (eg. Twitter). I.e. Pretty comparable to uBlock origin
2. Has a Mac App store version.

Cons:
1. Mac version blocks Twitter ads. iOS version does not.
2. Whitelisting button works but you have to run the program the first time.
3. Slow
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Week of February 17th, 2019

Apple makes the News app the unchangeable (and very limited) default app for RSS on iOS.
So simple and effective even Google couldn't make a cash cow out of it.
At least there are two great RSS readers you can use on your Mac!


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Keep it to yourself

Vienna

This one also syncs with most of the web based aggregators if you want that. But keeping all your news subscriptions to yourself is even better. Especially since Vienna does so very efficiently and effectively. Categorize your news and interests into hundreds of topics and let Vienna list all the articles important to you in a quick and easy list. blank
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So, I like my tinfoil hat

Reeder

No limits from big daddy Apple on the news sources you want to read. Keep up with all the most recent methods to make a tinfoil hat. Hint: Aluminum is so much more popular now.
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Week of February 10th, 2019

Lousy conversationalist?
Keep up with the only topic everyone cares about


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Menu Bar updates


Meteorologist

Free, open source, reasonably attractive. This application has been maintained for decades, sits in your Menu Bar and gives you the weather for the cities of your choice from a selection of sources. blank
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Monitor the weather on your roof

WeatherSnoop

Of course there's a lot to be said for just sticking your head out the front door, but an expensive weather station lets you essentially do the same thing. With this program hooked to your own weather station you can monitor, track and record the weather without even drawing the curtains. blank

Week of February 3rd, 2019

Bootcamp is not an acceptable option!

Apple, please support your Mac game developers.


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A great strategy game from the last decade

Medieval II: Total War

God bless Feral Interactive. Not only is this 2006 strategy game first coming out on the Mac in 2018, it's 64-bit and uses Apple's Metal API. Why is Feral virtually the only company willing and able to do this kind of thing? Why am I no longer going to be able to play Unreal Tournament 2004 in macOS 10.15? It came out in 64-bit but only 32-bit on the Mac. Why am I no longer going to be able to play Jedi Knight, Call of Duty 4? etc. etc. blank
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It can be done


Civilization VI

A major new game release put out on the Mac at the same time? This one thanks to Aspyr, the other Mac game developer that has made gaming on the Mac tolerable. This almost never happens, Fortnite is about the only other one that comes to mind in the recent past. Why can't I play Overwatch or Wolfenstein II? blank

Week of January 27th, 2019

Browser Wars

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MacElicious

Safari

Pros:
1. Looks and works fantastically like a Mac program should.
2. Battery life friendly.
3. A bit more trust in Apple's privacy model

Cons:
1. The Mac App Store is replacing the Safari Extensions Library. Security is nice, reduced functionality and overcontrol is not.
2. The uBlock Origin fork still works satisfactorily but it's buggy. No other really acceptable ad blockers. See number one.
3. I can't video chat with Grandma on Facebook
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Extensions

Firefox

Pros:
1. Extensions are still the best even with the new extensions format
2. uBlock Origin
    Video DownloadHelper
    Privacy Badger
    NoScript
    Forget Me Not
    Greasemonkey
3. Themes
4. I can video chat with Grandma on Facebook

Cons:
1. Ticking progress indicator in tabs makes me nervous
2. Not really a Mac interface. Whatever happened to Camino anyway? blank
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Works Well

Chrome

Pros:
1. Seems to be this decade's default for web developers.
2. Flash is sandboxed in so I can use it for the one or two sites I might want to and don't need to install Flash on my Mac
3. uBlock Origin
    Privacy Badger
4. I can video chat with Grandma on Facebook

Cons:
1. No dark mode yet
2. Not really a Mac interface
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Week of January 20th, 2019

I believe I can fly!

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WWII Combat Flight Sim


Warbirds

Learn to fly for free offline or online with a limited plane set or join the club and participate in history alone or along with your squadron. blank
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Fly what you want wherever you want

X-Plane

This flight sim gets more realistic every year. With a great default fleet ranging from a Beechcraft twin-engine to a Boeing 747 and a very active community making new planes and places to fly, you can fly wherever you want in the plane of your choice. blank

Week of January 13th, 2019

The iPad may make a great bookreader, but you need your Mac to make, edit and manage your library.

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Use it everywhere and with everything

Calibre

This really does do it all. Manage, read and edit your ebooks all in this one open source program. blank
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iBooks Author is not the only game in town

Jutoh

Create your own ebooks and publish them anywhere. Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, PDF printing services ... blank

Week of January 6th, 2019

What's potentially keeping you from moving to macOS 10.15?

Games, games, games!


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Deathmatch

Quake III: Arena

While the popularity of Fortnite seems to have killed the development of Epic's Unreal Tournament, and Blizzard seems unable to figure out the intricacies of Metal, id's open sourcing of the Quake 3 engine may make this game playable on your Mac for many years to come thanks to ioQuake. blank
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Real-time tactics

Myth II: Soulblighter

Remember when Bunjie was a Mac gaming company first (e.g. Marathon)? Released in the last century, Soulblighter is still one of the best strategy games playable on your new Mac thanks to Project Magma's continuing updates. blank

Week of December 30th, 2018

Vive la France!

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Convert it

Handbrake

Convert virtually any video. blank
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Play it

VLC

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Week of December 23rd, 2018

Two reasons not to kill Dashboard

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Scientific calculations


Pcalc Widget

Gives you much more than merely the answer to the meaning of life. A very capable scientific calculator easily accessible from your desktop. blank
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Moon landing,
schmoon landing

APOD Viewer

This widget puts NASA's greatest achievement right on your desktop.
The Astronomy Picture of the Day
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Week of December 16th, 2018

Your life in pictures!

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Free and easy


Google Photos

1. Take your folder with 2000 plus photos of your wedding in it.
2. Drop it on Google Photos in your browser.
3. Label it.
4. Delete the fat ones.
5. Send a link to all your friends and family.

Viewing of the the entire album is fast on any device anywhere in the world. blank
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The original photo service

Flickr

So, I like history.

1. Flickr
2. Yahoo
3. Verizon
4. SmugMug

Free storage now limited to 1000 photos.
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Week of December 9th, 2018

Useless? Yes.
Fun. Absolutely!


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Flyover movies

Aerial

Aerial movies from Apple for the Apple TV. Now in a great new Screen Saver for macOS. blank
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'Tis the season

LotsaSnow

Because if you live in a northern clime, it might be snowing. blank

Week of December 2nd, 2018

Fifty years ago it was all ABC, CBS and NBC.
Now they not only have to compete with cable and Netflix but also,
Mariana, Herkimer, George, Martha, Charlie, Raoul, Sasha ....


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Broadcast yourself

Ecamm Live

Not getting enough attention at home? This makes it easy to broadcast yourself on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitch and Periscope. blank
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Make another cat cam

Reolink Client

While video surveillance gives me a bit of the willies, making a stupid cat cam or monitoring the weather in my back yard is something I can get excited about. blank

Week of November 25th, 2018

Just sayin'
The iPad can be frustrating if you actually want to do more than passively consume media
... in other ways, it can open up whole new worlds.


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Picture exchange


Grace

Get your point across. A picture says a thousand words. blank
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Augmentative Communication

LAMP Words For Life

From promoting language to a complete communication system, everyone's talking. blank

Week of November 18th, 2018

What's the best protocol for video and voice calls?
Not even a contest...
Whichever one your friends and family use. Period.


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Does it with everyone

Skype

Skype has a native program for Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android. It doesn't need to be linked to your phone.

It's been around forever and works pretty well even over low bandwidth - and works anywhere in the world that doesn't have oppressive government restrictions.

So what's the catch? Grandma can only click a button on Facebook in her Windows browser. blank
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Clear, easy, elegant

FaceTime

Facetime comes free on your Mac or iOS device (that's your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch).

It's pretty. It's easy. It doesn't even need to be linked to your phone. It has a nifty new group call feature.

So why doesn't everyone use it? Because most of the world can't afford to. blank

Week of November 11th, 2018

mp3 is far from dead

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Play all your mp3s in a beautiful layout

iTunes

I don't care what they say, still the best mp3 player ever. blank
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Convert them all to mp3

X Lossless Decoder

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Week of October 7th, 2018

Imagine all your photos organized and your web images efficient.

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Batch rename your photos

ExifRenamer

Make it easy to view your photos by the Exif data. You control how to organize the myriad photos on your Mac. blank
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Optimize them all with one drop

ImageOptim

Save bandwidth by making your web graphics as small as possible without totally ruining the way they look. blank

Week of August 12th, 2018

Sometimes you get what you pay for.
Other times the best things in life are free.


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Keep it clean!


Maintenance

Clear your caches, run periodic scripts, rebuild databases. blank
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What's using up all my disk space?

GrandPerspective

Get a clear view of all your folders and files. blank

Week of August 5th, 2018

Internet Relay Chat

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Chat with people all over the world.

LimeChat

Still one of the best places to meet and chat with people with far-flung interests. blank
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Real geeks use the command line.

irssi

IRC is rarely in the headlines anymore but it's still the meeting place for many of the budding coders developing the next big thing. blank

Week of July 22nd, 2018

The power of Unix

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Database server


MariaDB

Dedicated to open source and capable of running any organization no matter how large. blank
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Relational database system

PostgreSQL

From individuals to large businesses, another open source project that is running the world. blank

Week of July 15th, 2018

Worth the price and they're yours forever!

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Well crafted software

Acorn

This image editor works well, looks pretty and I'm pretty sure is crafted by sprites that do nothing but practice their craft. blank
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An old standby

GraphicConverter

Everything you need to get your images ready for the web. blank

Week of July 1st, 2018

Who cares if the Mac gets all the latest games?

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Kids of the 70's, 80's and 90's

OpenEmu

This one plays them all: Atari; Nintendo; Genesis; MAME etc. blank
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Point and click


ScummVM

Join the parade with Putt Putt or go to Monkey Island. blank

Week of June 10th, 2018

64-bit arcade games

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Tron

GLtron

How long can you keep your lightcycle going? blank
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Asteroids

Maelstrom

Still the best implementation on any platform. blank

Week of June 3rd, 2018

Where am I?

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See the world

Google Earth

Still amazing. Our planet. blank
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See the universe

Stellarium

Learn the constellations and see how your ancestors figured out where they were going. blank

Week of May 27th, 2018

Word!

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Fast and addictive

Ruzzle

Who'd have thought a touchscreen could turn Boggle into a twitch game? blank
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More Boggle type play

Letterpress

Same grid, a bit more thought and strategy. Great game play for Mac and iPhone. blank

Week of May 20th, 2018

Math takes thought, words take genius

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Organize your thinking

Scrivener

Keep all your thoughts, research and notes organized for those complex novels or research papers. blank
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Store and organize all those notes

DEVONthink

Store and organize it all: notes; email; pdfs; images, spreadsheets etc. blank

Week of May 13th, 2018

What you say?

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Cheap learning!

Duolingo

In your browser or on your iPhone, Duolingo makes it fun to learn a new way of speaking. blank
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Even more languages!

Pimsleur

Download lessons straight to your iPhone and learn on the road, or do it on your Mac at home. Pimsleur has an extensive list of languages to choose from. blank

Week of May 6th, 2018

Make surfing the web enjoyable!

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Manage the malarkey, banish the balderdash

uBlock Origin

This content blocker blocks everything by default. It has an easy one click button to turn off blocking on the sites you want and it's easy on resources. Works with Safari, Firefox and Chrome. blank
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Site-specific browsing that works

Epichrome

This script makes site-specific browsers out of Chrome for any site you want. Use Chrome's internal Flash for the one or two sites you still need it. Isolate your social networking sites. Make your own app for Netflix, HBO, Google Docs ... blank

Week of April 22nd, 2018

Just because you're paranoid...

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Secure password storage

KeePassXC

Don't trust the cloud? Don't want to share? All the KeePass clones are open source, secure and have interoperability with virtually any platform. blank
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Sign and verify your documents

GPG Suite

Still want to share, but not with everyone? The GPG suite has all the tools you need to securely share documents with your friends. blank

Week of April 15th, 2018

Timeless applications, now 64-bit!

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Task bugger

Pester

Don't forget to pick up your kid from soccer practice. blank
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Tea timer

Cuppa

Don't oversteep your tea. blank

Week of April 8th, 2018

Supporting the Mac from the get go!

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Dawn of the Ancients

DOTA 2

Who'd have thought a mod from Blizzard's Warcraft III would become the next great gaming genre. blank
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Battle Royale

Fortnite

Movies can inspire the next great gaming genre too. blank



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