Monday, March 31, 2008

Firmware Restoration CD 1.5

Apple - Support - Downloads - Firmware Restoration CD 1.5

Apple released an updated Firmware Restoration CD (version 1.5) for all Intel Mac models. The Firmware Restoration CD is used to restore the firmware on an Intel-based Macintosh in case of an emergency (such as an interrupted firmware install).

You can download the Firmware Restoration CD from the Apple Support downloads website for your specific Mac. These CDs are great to keep around in case of firmware install issues (especially if you only have one Mac).

Apple makes a note that you cannot use this CD to restore the firmware that has already been successfully applied to your system; this is used only for systems that did not successfully get a firmware update applied.

PC World - 101 Fantastic Freebies

PC World - 101 Fantastic Freebies

Adobe Photoshop Express - Made You Look.

Adobe Photoshop Express

This web-based Photoshop just entered public beta today. I'm sure there are some quirks but try it out anyway. It offers free 2gb storage that might be accessible to the public.

Top 10 April Fools' Day Joke Web Sites

PC World - Top 10 April Fools' Day Joke Web Sites

For your enjoyment!

Skitch - Snap, Draw, Share - Skitch - Snap, Draw, Share

Free screen capture for the Mac. I use Grabber which is a freebie that comes with your Mac and works great but this is another choice for you!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Clipart ETC Homepage

Clipart ETC Homepage: Free clipart for students & teachers from Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse. A good resource to check out!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

MacUpdate: Weekly Popular

MacUpdate: Weekly Popular

Pretty cool site. You can uncheck items such as commercial, shareware, etc. and filter for only the software you want. Sorry, Windows users...this site is for Mac only and has some great software! One you really should have is called AppDelete. Just drag the Application into the basket and it will package all files up neatly into a folder and put it into the Trash for you.

You don't need a PrintScreen-type application on the Mac since you already have one! Do a Spotlight Search for Grabber. It works really well for all different types of screenshots you might want to take of your desktop or programs.

Why Switch to a Mac

50 Reasons to Switch from Microsoft Windows to Apple’s Mac OS X

Chris Pirillo, a recent switcher to Mac OS X after having spent a decade using Windows, is now deliriously happy with the switch (aren't they all?). So happy, in fact, that he has penned fifty reasons explaining why Mac OS X is the greatest operating system on Earth and Windows is like the lame donkey in a horse race.

He's missed a lot of points (not the least of which is how you can use Spaces to organize your work among several desktops and then zip around like you're in Star Trek), included a few relatively minor ones (better compatibility with the iPhone - duh), and about half of the fifty points are dedicated to VMware Fusion. Yes, you can run Windows as an application on Mac OS X, Chris. Get over it.


Free Image Collections for Web Designers | Free Image Collections for Web Designers:

Sure looks like one to bookmark!

Should Mac Users Run Antivirus Software?

Should Mac Users Run Antivirus Software?

Watch What You Post and Where...

Young warned over social websites

Millions of young people could damage their future careers with the details about themselves they post on social networking websites, a watchdog warns. Always good advice!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Name Mangler- Mac only

If you need to rename several files at once every now and then, this is the application you have always been looking for. Name Mangler is a batch file renamer that supports all common renaming tasks: Find and Replace (including support for regular expressions); Number Sequentially; Change Case; Set Extension; Add Prefix/Suffix; Remove/Insert Characters. is an awesome utility that allows you to quickly and easily change batches of file names quickly. Thia is for OS 10.5. Anything earlier, look for File List on their site.

This is one I am going to get. When working on photo galleries for web sites, I wind up manually changing all the file names from DSC-9435 to 001.jog, 002.jpg, etc. This looks like it might be a real timesaver for me!

Lock Desktop For Mac

Lock Desktop - This application locks your desktop by running a simple script. This will keep all applications running, eliminating the hassles of logging out. Microsoft Windows has a feature to press WINDOWS+L. This application adds this "Lock Desktop" functionality to your mac. Want to leave your Mac Desktop but don't want someone accessing your computer when you're away.

Photography and the Law

Photojojo » Photography and The Law: Know Your Rights:

"Be respectful and polite. Use good judgement and don’t escalate the situation."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Mac OS X: Speed up your Mac with software tuneups

Mac OS X: Speed up your Mac with software tuneups


Ning - Popular Networks: "Ning is the only online service where you can create, customize, and share your own Social Network for free in seconds."

This link will take you to the educational networks. There are some pretty interesting ones here!

They Criticized Vista

They Criticized Vista. And They Should Know. - New York Times

A lawsuit filed against Microsoft in March 2007 in United States District Court in Seattle has pried loose a packet of internal company documents.

Last month, Judge Marsha A. Pechman granted class-action status to the suit, which is scheduled to go to trial in October. (Microsoft last week appealed the certification decision.)

Anyone who bought a PC that Microsoft labeled “Windows Vista Capable” without also declaring “Premium Capable” is now a party in the suit.



SuperDocker is a free program designed for Mac OS X Leopard that gives you the ability to customize your Leopard dock and more, all in a very easy to use package.

It seems like everything you'd want to change about the dock can be done in SuperDocker: you can change the dock from 3-D to 2-D, add icon transparency, and add customized separators in the dock.

Also, when you edit the dock background, separator, and active application indicator (the blue glowing thing at the bottom of running applications), the SuperDocker interface gives you a real-time preview, so you can perfect the dock inside SuperDocker before you apply the changes to your system.

SuperDocker also has a few preferences for items outside of the dock. You can modify the menu bar, the default screen capture format, the boot screen, and more. And thankfully, all of these customizations can be undone with a single click.

If you try this one, let me know how it works out for you!

Belkin travel powerstrip

Belkin travel powerstrip combines surge protection, USB charging

Power three devices--plus two USB products--with this portable surge protector: all for under $25...Great travel product!

Time Machine Editor

TimeMachineEditor is a software for Leopard that lets you change the default one-hour backup interval of Time Machine. You can change the interval or decide to make a backup once a day, once a week or once a month.

Create Booklet PDF

Create Booklets in PDF

Create Booklet PDF Service adds an export command that converts documents into PDF format for printing as a booklet with staples down the middle. This means the pages have to be resorted before printing and two pages have to be shrunk onto one. Create Booklet does that for you and as it is a PDF Service you can do it directly from the print panel. Additionally you get the Automator Action that is used in that PDF Service.

For Mac only..Yes, another freebie...


app4mac -

app4mac should changes its name to free4mac. They have some great FREE software for your Mac!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Weekend Webware: The periodic table of the elements 2.0 | Webware : Cool Web apps for everyone

The periodic table of the elements 2.0

The chart, found at, is completely dynamic, letting you adjust nearly every aspect of the data to see what each element does at various temperatures, and even turn back the hands of time to see which parts of the chart were missing before being discovered by scientists.

Not So Distant Future

Not So Distant Future

Carolyn is a high school librarian in Austin Texas. She uses her blog to discuss web 2.0 tools, teaching strategies, and library research tools for educators.

On an e-journey with generation Y

On an e-journey with generation Y

Ann writes about her experiences integrating Web 2.0 technology into her classes. She is doing some incredible things.

Drape's Takes: why blog

Drape's Takes: why blog

Great postings from Darren Draper, Technology Specialist for Jordan School District in Utah.

He posts many reasons why teachers should blog!


Postcrossing - Postcards Traveling The World

Pretend you’re eight years old for a second. Now pretend you just got a photo in the mail from your new buddy in Finland.

Fantastic, right? Best mail ever!

Now here’s the secret: it’s still that much fun to get photos from around the world. And it’s super easy thanks to Postcrossing: send a postcard to somebody, and somebody sends you a postcard back. Collect photos from 175 countries without blowing all your airline miles! You can even request pictures of specific things.

Create Electronic Greeting Cards

"Create Electronic Greeting Cards from Flickr with Phreetings"