Archive for July, 2006

Transfer Music From iPod to Mac

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006


So you've got your iPod and you've had lots of fun loading it up with all the music you want. Usually, music only goes on way: into the iPod — you can't get the tunes out again. There are times when you might want to transfer music from the iPod to a Mac: If, for instance, you want to copy your music collection from your iPod to the office Mac, or (heaven forbid) your home Mac crashes and takes your entire music collection with it.

With Senuti, you can retrieve all the music on your iPod and save it and sort it any old way you like. If you're preferring to be selective but don't remember the title, you can play the likely candidates (on your Mac, that is) and pick the right one. Your playlists are equally retrievable and modifiable. Finally, there's an option to selectively load songs that you file on your computer to the iPod.

Senuti only works on a Mac (MacOS X version 10.3 or better). Support is via blog, and there's downloadable source code. The site claims that this is the ONLY such utility: that may or not be true but it's definitely worth looking at.

("Senuti" is not a Japanese word. Spell it backwards and see what you get!)

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MSN Messenger beware – aMSN is here!

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006


Microsoft Messenger is a well-known and popular instant messaging program. It is supported and works well nearly all of the time. So why a clone? Well, presumably there are those who want more than Microsoft is willing to put into its product or or who are less willing to pay Microsoft's price (both in money and control). Thus there is "Alvaro's Messenger clone – aMSN".

The product presently is up to snuff on Windows and MacOS systems, and Linux versions are very much in the works. As well as the laundry list of built-in features, plugins of all sorts can be applied to change the behaviour of various functions or add tnew ones, and the program's appearance can be redone with the various "skins" offered. The system is free, but solicits donations. There are at least two forums — one each for Windows & MacOS users — and adventurous folk are invited to download the latest, most "bleeding edge" prerelease versions to have a go themselves.

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Free Software Bundle

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Google Pack

Finding and installing the best free software can be a time-consuming task. That's why I adore Google Pack, a ready-to-use bundle of essential software. One download will load your Windows XP computer with a bevy of truly useful applications. (It's a great place to start when you're setting up a fresh Windows installation.)

Google Pack installs your choice of 13 applications (it doesn't weigh down your system with applications that you don't want.) I won't list them all here — follow the link to the Google Pack site for the complete list. The most important ones are Ad-Aware SE Personal, a six-month free subscription to Norton Antivirus, and Mozilla Firefox. The incredibly cool Google Earth 3-D Earth browser and Picasa photo organizer are also included. Yes, these are available separately: Google Pack's advantage is that is saves you lots and lots of time.

With one installation, Google Pack propels any Windows PC from square one to a secure and useful machine.

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