My Geek Queen West

I rely on .sara for all the “this third party app is really freakin cool so go download it now, mr. athayde” moments in my life (note the lack of caps). Here’s some of the stuff she sent me recently that’s just “freakin cool”.

Taming the Dock
For those of you switching from windows, this might make it less painful to get used to the dock. It also obeys muscle memory rules better. Pretty sweet. I’m so in love with my current setup that I fear I might go mad.

Fruit Menu by Unsanity
This lets you tweak your menus, including the apple menu and your contextual menus (right click menus for you windows people). Sweet stuff. Talk about customization.

iChat Enahncer
Actually, I found this one myself, but she showed me Unsanity, so I guess it’s her fault. This lets you have more than one line of input space on iChat and send carraige returns in one message. So nice.

Well, there you have it. I need to get back to work. Got something you can’t live without in OS X? share with the class.

  1. nathan says:

    a. <a href="" rel="nofollow">launchbar</a>
    b. <a href="" rel="nofollow">omnioutliner</a>
    c. <a href="" rel="nofollow">this</a> theme (not my screenshot, though)
    d. <a href="" rel="nofollow">youpi key</a>, for mapping my most used apps (and itunes actions) to my ibook's f-keys and other key combos. clicking on the dock takes too much movement/time/effort
    e. <a href="" rel="nofollow">netnewswire</a>, which greatly enhances the speed of my news reading
    f. <a href="" rel="nofollow">black light</a> for inverting my ibook's display so that it doesn't bother people in a dark room. seems that the app is no longer, i can hook anyone up if needed.

    that's all i can think of at the moment.

  2. pope52 says:

    I second launchbar. Highly, highly recommend it.

    Also fun are meterologist (

    As well as show desktop (

  3. pope52 says:

    Hmm... the links made that look all weirdified. Something else for Nathan -- rather than using Black Light, why not just press "ctrl option cmd 8"

  4. nathan says:

    because ctrl-opt-cmd-8 turns everything into greys, and stuff gets washed out. black light'ing it makes text much more legible to me.

    and doing ctrl-opt-cmd requires me to move my left hand from the home keys, while cmd-space b l does not. :)

  5. .sara says:

    i tried launchbar and didn't take to it very well. perhaps i should try it again, mostly it just felt In The Way to me.

    <a href="" rel="nofollow">milk</a> theme + <a href="" rel="nofollow">unsanity's</a> metallifizer = YUM.

    pope: Show Desktop is just what i've been looking for. (:

  6. court says:

    though it endears me to you, the extent of your geekdom has never been more apparent...

  7. nathan says:

    i used milk for about 8 months straight, but just had to switch out of boredom. but yeah, milk is yum.

  8. nathan says:

    i used milk for about 8 months straight, but just had to switch out of boredom. but yeah, milk is yum.

  9. Andrew says:

    WeatherPop <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>

    NetNewsWire <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>

  10. pope52 says:

    .sara, there's a way to autohide the launchbar pane (, as well as having it not display in either the menu or dock. This allows it only to appear when you press "cmd space"

  11. kolonay says:

    i'm up for anyone reading this buying me a mac... Help to save me from my evil ways? I take paypal...

  12. Scottish says:

    PTHiTunesNotifier and PTHPasteboard from (wouldn't you know it) PTH Consulting. (

    Konfabulator! (

    Also check out WindowShade X from Unsanity.

  13. Johnny says:

    I'll second Konfabulator and PTHiTunesNotifier as "must-have" programs. its so cool being able to control iTunes from just 3 keys on my iBook no matter what app i'm using.

    and you can also add Synergy ( to the list. it adds three buttons to your toolbar a la iTunes to control your music. integrates very nicely, its not ugly and obvious.

    peace out!

  14. Johanne says:

    William Safire in his LEND ME YOUR EARS does not purport how to tell the niovce speaker how to step up to the podium and knock em dead with a fluid barrage of words. Instead, his goal is more modest, to figure out why some speeches have reverberated through the acoustic corridors of history while others have fizzled out with nary an echo to record their passing. Surprisingly enough, he acknowledges that a magnificent speaking voice can not turn verbal mush into thrilling oratory. No one knows what Abe Lincoln truly sounded like, but we honor his Gettysburg Address as a sublime example of stirring words. What Safire does is to give the reader a sort of ten commandents that the great speakers of the past must have followed. Ironically, this list is not something that one can examine, nor can compare to what the speaker brings to the podium to exclaim,'Ah ha, this is what I lack!' Among the magical list includes a variation on the old saw, Tell em what you're going to tell em; then tell em; then tell em what you told em.' Safire translates this as a smooth flow that invites a rhythm to the delivery. He adds that this smooth flow must not be the smoothness of uninterrupted rhythm; there ought to be a variation that allows the audience to catch a breath at just the right point. Other necessities include occasion (the speaker is at the right point at the right time); forum (the where' the speech is given); focus (what's the purpose or point); theme; word choice. What Safire does with this list is to quote generally agreed upon memorable speeches and list them by category, speeches of patriotism, revolution and war, tributes and elegies, debates, trials, gallows and farewell, sermons, inspirational, lectures, social responsibility, finally closing with speeches of media, politics, and commencement. Each category has some dozen examples, with a prefatory explanatory essay per. Some speeches have the added advantage of having been popularized in the media by recording or rehearsed performance. I can still hear Marlon Brando as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar' rousing the crowd to a killing frenzy: If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.' Shakespeare used every one of Safire's requirements. Getting Brando to say them was just a bonus. Who can forget Chief Joseph's closing words of the agony he felt over the destruction of his people by the white man: From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.' Then there is FDR's war declaration against Japan, replete with its sonorous cadences that begin with the critical phrase, day of infamy.' Great speeches are often not great until after the fact. Lincoln felt that his speech at Gettysburg was a failure since it met only polite applause. Others generate the unmistakable cachet of greatness right away. Reading LEND ME YOUR EARS will not make you a great speaker, but it can give clues as to how and why the power of the spoken word can shake societies to their core.

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