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Push Me Pull You
"A videogame about friendship and wrestling.

Available now for PlayStation 4,
Windows, Mac and Linux.'

Developed by House House,
with original music by Dan Golding."



"Push Me Pull You is a sports game for 2–4 players.

Joined at the waist, you and your partner share a single worm-like body as you wrestle your opponent for control of the ball.

It’s a bit like a big hug, or playing soccer with your small intestines.

With every action affecting both you and your partner (and mandatory shouting) PMPY combines the best parts of co-op multiplayer with the worst parts of your last breakup."

[via: https://usesthis.com/interviews/nico.disseldorp/ ]
ps4  windows  mac  osx  lunix  game  gaming  videogames  srg  edg  househouse 
9 weeks ago by robertogreco
getting a new Mac up and running – Snakes and Ladders
"Things I do when I get a new Mac, more or less in order:

• install Homebrew [https://brew.sh/ ]
• use Homebrew to install pandoc [https://pandoc.org/ * ]
• install BBedit
• install MacTex
• type this into the terminal: defaults write com.barebones.bbedit FullScreenWindowsHogScreen -bool NO
• type this into the terminal: defaults write com.apple.dock single-app -bool true (followed by killall Dock)
enable Night Shift
• install TextExpander
• install Alfred
• install Hazeover
• install Hazel

Everything else can wait; once I have the above in place — plus of course syncing all my existing TextExpander snippets — I can do almost everything I really need to do on a computer, with maximum focus and speed."

[*"About pandoc

If you need to convert files from one markup format into another, pandoc is your swiss-army knife. Pandoc can convert documents in (several dialects of) Markdown, reStructuredText, textile, HTML, DocBook, LaTeX, MediaWiki markup, TWiki markup, TikiWiki markup, DokuWiki markup, Creole 1.0, Vimwiki markup, roff man, OPML, Emacs Org-Mode, Emacs Muse, txt2tags, Microsoft Word docx, LibreOffice ODT, EPUB, Jupyter notebooks ipynb, or Haddock markup to

HTML formats
XHTML, HTML5, and HTML slide shows using Slidy, reveal.js, Slideous, S5, or DZSlides

Word processor formats
Microsoft Word docx, OpenOffice/LibreOffice ODT, OpenDocument XML, Microsoft PowerPoint.

Ebooks
EPUB version 2 or 3, FictionBook2

Documentation formats
DocBook version 4 or 5, TEI Simple, GNU TexInfo, roff man, roff ms, Haddock markup

Archival formats
JATS

Page layout formats
InDesign ICML

Outline formats
OPML

TeX formats
LaTeX, ConTeXt, LaTeX Beamer slides

PDF
via pdflatex, xelatex, lualatex, pdfroff, wkhtml2pdf, prince, or weasyprint.

Lightweight markup formats
Markdown (including CommonMark and GitHub-flavored Markdown), reStructuredText, AsciiDoc, Emacs Org-Mode, Emacs Muse, Textile, txt2tags, MediaWiki markup, DokuWiki markup, TikiWiki markup, TWiki markup, Vimwiki markup, and ZimWiki markup.

Interactive notebook formats
Jupyter notebook (ipynb)

Custom formats
custom writers can be written in lua.

Pandoc understands a number of useful markdown syntax extensions, including document metadata (title, author, date); footnotes; tables; definition lists; superscript and subscript; strikeout; enhanced ordered lists (start number and numbering style are significant); running example lists; delimited code blocks with syntax highlighting; smart quotes, dashes, and ellipses; markdown inside HTML blocks; and inline LaTeX. If strict markdown compatibility is desired, all of these extensions can be turned off.

LaTeX math (and even macros) can be used in markdown documents. Several different methods of rendering math in HTML are provided, including MathJax and translation to MathML. LaTeX math is converted (as needed by the output format) to unicode, native Word equation objects, MathML, or roff eqn."
mac  alanjacobs  computers  osx  macos  via:lukeneff  homebrew  pandoc  files  filetype  conversion  text  plaintext  markup  html  epub  latex  setup 
11 weeks ago by robertogreco
Whale
"Never been seen before, ‘Omnitasking’

Whale Space allows you to browse two windows in the same tab
and have different search results at the same time.

Simple way to sync between a desktop and a mobile You can import bookmarks as well as the web pages you have visited by syncing between a desktop and a mobile. What you need to do is just log in to Whale."



"New world
In the era of big data.
Everyone's goal nowadays is to explore the vast universe of information in a safe and secure way, without barriers.

Whale spaceship
“The spaceship looked like a huge whale” is a line from a science fiction that inspired us to name our browser. Like its name, we hope that Whale will become your spaceship sailing through the universe of information in the era of big data.

The start of a journey
We've been working on lowering the barriers so that everyone can easily use technologies in their daily lives and participate in improving the Whale browser.
Come along with us and join this journey to the new world."

[via: "South Korea's Newest Browser Is Beautifully Designed, But Will Anyone Use It?"
https://www.forbes.com/sites/elaineramirez/2017/06/11/naver-whale-line-south-koreas-newest-browser-is-beautifully-designed-but-will-anyone-use-it/#557f54e73411

"Arguably the coolest feature on Whale is “omnitasking” -- a split-screen feature that lets you browse two sites in the same tab, with an adjustable divider.

Koreans love Naver more than hipsters love Apple, but Whale is the latecomer to an already uphill battle."]
browsers  internet  online  web  browser  korea  windows  software  android  linux  ios  mac  osx  macos 
february 2019 by robertogreco
Keynote Extractor
"A better HTML export option for Apple Keynote.

Extract your slides and notes to an easily modifiable HTML file, using this super easy drag 'n drop application for macOS."
tools  keynote  mac  osx  html  webdev 
december 2018 by robertogreco
OpenEmu - Multiple Video Game System
"OpenEmu is about to change the world of video game emulation. One console at a time...
For the first time, the 'It just works' philosophy now extends to open source video game emulation on the Mac. With OpenEmu, it is extremely easy to add, browse, organize and with a compatible gamepad, play those favorite games (ROMs) you already own."
emulators  games  gaming  videogames  mac  osx  srg  edg 
november 2018 by robertogreco
James Walker's Mac Stuff
"AutoPairs modifies the behavior of certain keystrokes, to help you keep paired characters such as parentheses properly matched. For instance, when you type a left parenthesis, AutoPairs will type the right parenthesis and a left arrow for you, so that you are ready to type what goes between the parentheses. This and other pair macros can be turned on and off individually, and configured differently for specific applications.

AutoPairs is a system preference pane, as well as a background application. It will not be visible in your Dock."
via:mattthomas  software  mac  osx 
october 2018 by robertogreco
Phocus
"Our powerful, free image processing software, which already delivers the best quality RAW file processing, has been updated and expanded with new features that work seamlessly with all Hasselblad cameras.

The graphical user interface offers a clean and uncluttered workflow, making it easier for users to find their way around more quickly and simpler than before. The flatter design helps you concentrate on the job at hand and makes for simpler navigation. We’ve also added some new tools to enable finer control of the editing process and ensure the very highest quality output from your files."



"AUTO MOIRÉ DETECTION
Phocus can now scan your images and automatically detect moiré interference patterns. You can choose to correct the interference globally or locally via the brush tool.

ADJUSTMENT LAYERS
The Local Adjustment Tools allow the user to apply exposure, white balance, colour and moiré corrections via either a radial or linear gradient, and for those finer corrections, a brush tool – which are all added via adjustment layers.

NATURAL COLOURS
Hasselblad’s Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) enables you to produce outstanding and reliable colours so that skin tones, specific product colours, and difficult gradations reproduce beautifully every time, straight out of the box.

KEYSTONE PERSPECTIVE CORRECTION
The Keystone Tool enables you to perform high quality perspective corrections directly in Phocus. This can be done both via a simple guideline interface or manual slider adjustments. Additionally, the dual-axis correction capability is extremely useful when copying flat artwork.

LOCAL ADJUSTMENT OF HIGHLIGHT RECOVERY
Highlight recovery is a part of the palette of local adjustment tools, allowing for quick and precise correction without the need for manual masking.

VIEWER BACKGROUND AND MARGIN OPTIONS
Margin and background color options can be configured for the viewer. This can be done separately for both the normal and a newly added proof mode.

DIGITAL LENS CORRECTION
Hasselblad’s modern lens design has been optimised for digital perfection, including full automatic correction of colour aberration, distortion and light fall off. Phocus makes use of its detailed knowledge of the lens design and calculates the optical corrections for every shot at the given distance and aperture setting, providing perfect images, and an ideal basis for optimal image rendering and further processing. Hasselblad digital lens correction technology works automatically with all Hasselblad H System lenses, even with tilt/shift movements and with all Carl Zeiss lenses from the classic V System, using manual settings."
photography  software  hasselblad  free  applications  mac  osx 
september 2018 by robertogreco
The Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine
"Ren'Py is a visual novel engine – used by thousands of creators from around the world – that helps you use words, images, and sounds to tell interactive stories that run on computers and mobile devices. These can be both visual novels and life simulation games. The easy to learn script language allows anyone to efficiently write large visual novels, while its Python scripting is enough for complex simulation games.

Ren'Py is open source and free for commercial use.

Ren'Py has been used to create over 1,500 visual novels, games, and other works. You can find them at the official Ren'Py Games List, and the list of Games made with Ren'Py on itch.io."
games  gaming  gamedesign  design  ren'py  visualnovels  if  interactivefiction  lifesimulation  software  mac  osx  linux  chromeos  chrome  android  ios  applications  windows  gamemaking  classideas  writing  multiliteracies  opensource  onlinetoolkit  storytelling 
september 2018 by robertogreco
‎textboard2 on the App Store
"textboard2 provides the smartest way to clear your mind. Using tags, you can organize your thoughts, tasks, executions, data, and more.

[ Main Features ]
* the board.
​​The players are your thoughts turned into text. Whatever short or long, one line or multi-lines, you can add. They are all listed in one board. Check with just scrolling.

* tags.
Reminders, snippets, drafts, and more. Your text is neatly organized by adding 'tags' so that you can easily pick up and reuse by coping to pasteboard.

* themes.
​Initially 4 visual themes are available as a start. Easy to change them at any time, and have fun with your mood. More will be added by update soon.

* sync.
Just turn on iCloud and now you will be able to back up your text and use in other iDevices. Mac app is also coming soon.

Upgraded features from the previous version

*refined interface / logics
​From many use cases, more quicker access to the controls and are built and tested. Now much more addictive for daily use.

*upcoming features
- Integrating more input methods (mac, keyboard, etc.)
​- Supporting more viewer devices (watch, etc.)
- Shop - buyable utilities, themes"
applications  ios  yoshitohasaka  notes  notetaking  mac  osx 
august 2018 by robertogreco
EquatIO Math Writing Software. A Digital Math Tool For Teachers & Students Of All Abilities | Texthelp
"easily add equations, formulas, graphs and more to g suite for education apps and microsoft word"

"We’ve made math digital
Made to help mathematics and STEM teachers and students at all levels, EquatIO® lets everyone create mathematical equations, formulas, Desmos graphs, and more on their computer or Chromebook.

Input’s easy. Type, handwrite, or dictate any expression, with no tricky coding or math languages to master. There’s a huge library of ready-made expressions to save you time, from simple formulas to complex functions. And when you’re done, just add the math to your document with a click."
math  mathematics  applications  chromebooks  android  mac  windows  osx  webapps  chromeos 
june 2018 by robertogreco
Old memories, accidentally trapped in amber by our digital devices
"Part of what humans use technology for is to better remember the past. We scroll back through photos on our phones and on Instagram & Flickr — “that was Fourth of July 5 years ago, so fun!” — and apps like Swarm, Timehop, and Facebook surface old locations, photos, and tweets for us on the regular. But sometimes, we run into the good old days in unexpected places on our digital devices.

Designer and typographer Marcin Wichary started a thread on Twitter yesterday about “UIs that accidentally amass memories” with the initial example of the “Preferred Networks” listing of all the wifi networks his computer had ever joined, “unexpected reminders of business trips, vacations, accidental detours, once frequented and now closed cafés”.

[image: screeshot of macOS wi-fi panel]

Several other people chimed in with their own examples…the Bluetooth pairings list, the Reminders app, the list of alarms, saved places in mapping apps, AIM/iChat status message log, chat apps not used for years, the Gmail drafts folder, etc.

John Bull noted that his list of former addresses on Amazon is “a massive walk down memory line of my old jobs and places of residence”. I just looked at mine and I’ve got addresses in there from almost 20 years ago.

Steven Richie suggested the Weather app on iOS:
I usually like to add the city I will be travelling to ahead of time to get a sense of what it will be like when we get there.

I do this too but am pretty good about culling my cities list. Still, there are a couple places I keep around even though I haven’t been to them in awhile…a self-nudge for future travel desires perhaps.

Kotori switched back to an old OS via a years-old backup and found “a post-breakup message that came on the day i switched phones”:
thought i moved on but so many whatifs flashed in my head when i read it. what if i never got a new phone. what if they messaged me a few minutes earlier. what if we used a chat that did backups differently

Similarly, Richard fired up Google Maps on an old phone and was briefly transported through time and space:
On a similar note to both of these, a while ago I switched back to my old Nokia N95 after my iPhone died. Fired up Google Maps, and for a brief moment, it marked my location as at a remote crossroads in NZ where I’d last had it open, lost on a road trip at least a decade before.

Matt Sephton runs into old friends when he plays Nintendo:
Every time my friends and I play Nintendo WiiU/Wii/3DS games we see a lot of our old Mii avatars. Some are 10 years old and of a time. Amongst them is a friend who passed away a few years back. It’s always so good to see him. It’s as if he’s still playing the games with us.

For better or worse, machines never forget those who aren’t with us anymore. Dan Noyes’ Gmail holds a reminder of his late wife:
Whenever I open Gmail I see the last message that my late wife sent me via Google chat in 2014. It’s her standard “pssst” greeting for me: “aye aye”. I leave it unread lest it disappears.

It’s a wonderful thread…read the whole thing. [https://twitter.com/mwichary/status/996056615928266752 ]

I encounter these nostalgia bombs every once in awhile too. I closed dozens of tabs the other day on Chrome for iOS; I don’t use it very often, so some of them dated back to more than a year ago. I have bookmarks on browsers I no longer use on my iMac that are more than 10 years old. A MacOS folder I dump temporary images & files into has stuff going back years. Everyone I know stopped using apps like Path and Peach, so when I open them, I see messages from years ago right at the top like they were just posted, trapped in amber.

My personal go-to cache of unexpected memories is Messages on iOS. Scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the list, I can find messages from numbers I haven’t communicated with since a month or two after I got my first iPhone in 2007.

[image: screenshot of Messages in iOS]

There and elsewhere in the listing are friends I’m no longer in touch with, business lunches that went nowhere, old flames, messages from people I don’t even remember, arriving Lyfts in unknown cities, old landlords, completely contextless messages from old numbers (“I am so drunk!!!!” from a friend’s wife I didn’t know that well?!), old babysitters, a bunch of messages from friends texting to be let into our building for a holiday party, playdate arrangements w/ the parents of my kids’ long-forgotten friends (which Ella was that?!), and old group texts with current friends left to languish for years. From one of these group texts, I was just reminded that my 3-year-old daughter liked to make cocktails:

[screenshot]

Just like Sally Draper! Speaking of Mad Men, Don’s correct: nostalgia is a potent thing, so I’ve got to stop poking around my phone and get back to work.

Update: I had forgotten this great example about a ghost driver in an old Xbox racing game.
Well, when i was 4, my dad bought a trusty XBox. you know, the first, ruggedy, blocky one from 2001. we had tons and tons and tons of fun playing all kinds of games together — until he died, when i was just 6.

i couldnt touch that console for 10 years.

but once i did, i noticed something.

we used to play a racing game, Rally Sports Challenge. actually pretty awesome for the time it came.

and once i started meddling around… i found a GHOST.

See also this story about Animal Crossing. (via @ironicsans/status/996445080943808512)"
digital  memory  memories  2018  jasonkottke  kottke  traces  animalcrossing  videogames  games  gaming  flickr  wifi  marcinwichary  death  relationships  obsolescence  gmail  googlhangouts  googlechat  iphone  ios  nostalgia  xbox  nintendo  messages  communication  googlemaps  place  time  chrome  mac  osx 
may 2018 by robertogreco
Caves of Qud
"Caves of Qud is a science fantasy RPG & roguelike epic. It’s set in a far future that’s deeply simulated, richly cultured, and rife with sentient plants.

Now in Early Access.
Full release coming to PC, Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android in 2019.

Come inhabit an exotic world and chisel through a layer cake of thousand-year-old civilizations.

Play the role of a mutant from the salt-spangled jungles of Qud, or play as a true-kin descendant from one of the few remaining eco-domes: the toxic arboreta of Ekuemekiyye, the ice-sheathed arcology of Ibul, or the crustal mortars of Yawningmoon.

Do anything you can imagine.

• Dig a tunnel anywhere in the world.
• Purchase rare books from an albino ape mayor.
• Contract a fungal infection and grow glowing mushrooms on your hands.
• Charm a goat into joining you, then give him chain mail and a shotgun to equip.
• Clone yourself, mind-control the clone, hack off your own limbs, then eat them for sustenance."



"Caves of Qud weaves a handwritten narrative through rich physical, social, and historical simulations. The result is a hybrid handcrafted & procedurally-generated world where you can do just about anything.

• Assemble your character from over 70 mutations and defects, and 24 castes and kits — outfit yourself with wings, two heads, quills, four arms, flaming hands, or the power to clone yourself; it’s all the character diversity you could want.

• Explore procedurally-generated regions with some familiar locations — each world is nearly 1 million maps large.

• Dig through everything — don’t like the wall blocking your way? Dig through it with a pickaxe, or eat through it with your corrosive gas mutation, or melt it to lava. Yes, every wall has a melting point.

• Hack the limbs off monsters — every monster and NPC is as fully simulated as the player. That means they have levels, skills, equipment, faction allegiances, and body parts. So if you have a mutation that lets you, say, psionically dominate a spider, you can traipse through the world as a spider, laying webs and eating things.

• Pursue allegiances with over 60 factions — apes, crabs, robots, and highly entropic beings, just to name a few.

• Follow the plot to Barathrum the Old, a sentient cave bear who leads a sect of tinkers intent on restoring technological splendor to Qud.

• Learn the lore — there’s a story in every nook, from legendary items with fabled pasts to in-game history books written by plant historians. A novel’s worth of handwritten lore is knit into a procedurally-generated history that’s unique each game.

• Die — Caves of Qud is brutally difficult and deaths are permanent. Don’t worry, though — you can always roll a new character."
games  gaming  via:tealtan  videogames  roguelike  toplay  2019  android  ios  mac  osx  steam  windows  linux  edg 
may 2018 by robertogreco
The all-new Things. Your to-do list for Mac & iOS
[via: https://twitter.com/craigmod/status/969432428686143489

"More
It's almost worth buying one of the iOS editions just for research purposes, even if you don't need a task manager. Live with it for a few days, feel how considered it all is, how there are no real dead-ends, wasted movement.



Is it weird that I feel like Things is made in a way I'd expect a Japanese temple carpenter to make an app? Does that make any sense? It feels like an app made of hinoki, like it could have been plucked from a nook inside of Ise Shrine."]
applications  ios  mac  osx  productivity  todo 
march 2018 by robertogreco
Krita | Digital Painting. Creative Freedom.
"Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.
• concept art
• texture and matte painters
• illustrations and comics"
opensource  via:lukeneff  applications  windows  linux  mac  osx  illustration  painting  software 
february 2018 by robertogreco
What free software is so good you can't believe it's available for free? : AskReddit
"I compiled a list of all the software in this thread that got a 1000+ score (in order from top to bottom), along with a short description of each.

Over 1000 upvotes:

Google Maps: Navigation app - https://www.google.com/maps
Blender: 3D modeling software - https://www.blender.org/
VLC: Video player - https://www.videolan.org/index.html
The Windows Snipping Tool: Screen capture tool - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027213/windows-open-snipping-tool-and-take-a-screenshot
Space Engine: Space exploration simulator - http://spaceengine.org/
Wikipedia: Online encyclopedia - https://www.wikipedia.org/
MuseScore: Music notation software - https://musescore.org/en
Audacity: Audio editing software - https://www.audacityteam.org/
Handbrake: video converter - https://handbrake.fr/
Zotero: Reference manager - https://www.zotero.org/
Desmos.com: Online Calculator - https://www.desmos.com/
Calibre: ebook manager - https://calibre-ebook.com/download
Notepad++: Text Editor - https://notepad-plus-plus.org/
stud.io: Lego simulator - https://studio.bricklink.com/v2/build/studio.page
Search Everything: Instant file search software - https://www.voidtools.com/
LaTeX: Document software - https://www.latex-project.org/
http://archive.org/: Contains music, movies, books, software, games, and webpages - http://archive.org/
Linux/Apache/Postgres/Gcc: Various Linux based OS’s, webservers, compilers, etc. - https://www.linux.org/
Discord: Chat and Communication software - https://discordapp.com/
OBS Studio: Streaming and Recording software - https://obsproject.com/
Krita: Digital design - https://krita.org/en/
R: Statistics software - https://www.r-project.org/
pfSense: Firewall software - https://www.pfsense.org/
FreeNAS: File server software - http://www.freenas.org/
Gimp: Digital design - https://www.gimp.org/
OpenSCAD: 3D Model scripting software - http://www.openscad.org/
This list - https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/7x639l/what_free_software_is_so_good_you_cant_believe/
Malwarebytes: Malware protection - https://www.malwarebytes.com/
Unity: Game design software - https://unity3d.com/
https://www.draw.io/: Online diagram software - https://www.draw.io/
Paint.NET: Image design - https://www.getpaint.net/
Draftsight: Free CAD - https://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight-cad-software/free-download/
7Zip: File archiving - http://www.7-zip.org/
Plex: Media storage access - https://www.plex.tv/
Libre Office: Document editing suite - https://www.libreoffice.org/
KeePass: Password manager - https://keepass.info/
DaVinci Resolve: Video color correcting/editing - https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/
Inkscape: Vector art software - https://inkscape.org/en/
Google's Apps: Google’s document suite (Docs, Sheets, Gmail, etc) - https://www.google.com/
Duolingo: Language learning - https://www.duolingo.com/
Darktable: Photo workflow a la lightroom - https://www.musicpd.org/ and https://www.darktable.org/
MPD/Mopidy: F/OSS music player daemon - https://www.mopidy.com/
Doom shareware: A classic game - a 3.5' floppy disk


Over 150 upvotes:

fxSolver/Cymath/Mathway - Math/engineering/chemistry problem solving - https://www.fxsolver.com/ and https://www.cymath.com/ and https://www.mathway.com/Algebra
Recuva: Restores deleted files - https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva
Python: A programming language for quickly writing scripts - https://www.python.org/
foobar2000: Freeware audio player - https://www.foobar2000.org/
Robin Hood: Stock trading app - https://www.robinhood.com/
Flux: Day/Night cycle on monitor color/brightness - https://justgetflux.com/
Fusion 360: Free 3D CAD/CAM design software - https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/students-teachers-educators
Steam: Platform for game distribution - http://store.steampowered.com/
Shazam: App that tells you what song is playing - https://www.shazam.com/
Audio Router: Sound routing - https://github.com/audiorouterdev/audio-router
Arduino: Open-source electronics platform (software is free) - https://www.arduino.cc/
LMMS: Music studio - https://lmms.io/
Kodi: Entertainment center software - https://kodi.tv/
Git: Version control system - https://git-scm.com/
REAPER: Audio workstation - https://www.reaper.fm/
Greenshot: Print screen tool - http://getgreenshot.org/
Irfanview: Image viewer, editor, organiser and converter - http://www.irfanview.com/
TeamViewer: Remote desktop software - https://www.teamviewer.us/
Firefox: Web browser - https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
Alarm Clock on Cell Phones: Alarm clock on cell phones - On your cell phone
Wireshark: Open source packet analyze - https://www.wireshark.org/
Disk Fan: Visually see how much space is being used on a volume - http://www.diskspacefan.com/
Beyond Compare: Compare two files/directories: whole tree's and directories - https://www.scootersoftware.com/
VNCServer/Viewer: Remote desktop software - https://www.realvnc.com/en/connect/download/vnc/
Ubuntu: A Linux OS - https://www.ubuntu.com/
WinDirStat: Graphical disk usage analyzer - https://windirstat.net/
Oracle VirtualBox: Open-source hypervisor - https://www.virtualbox.org/
PuTTy: An all in one protocol terminal - https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html
Visual Studio Code: Code editor - https://code.visualstudio.com/
Reddit: This website - https://www.reddit.com/


EDIT: WOW! This is by far my largest post ever and my first gold; thank you!!!



EDIT 2: I just updated the list to include any that had over 150 upvotes (with the exception of Reddit at 145, but I thought it deserved an honorable mention!). Thanks again everyone for all the support :)"
software  free  lists  onlinetoolkit  computing  mac  osx  windows  linux  online  web  internet 
february 2018 by robertogreco
iMazing | iPhone, iPad & iPod Manager for Mac & PC
"Get a trusted software to transfer and save your music, messages, files and data. Safely back up any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Powerful and user-friendly, iMazing is simply the best iOS device manager for Mac and PC.

Go beyond iTunes. Get iMazing."

[via: "Why Apple Is Replacing the Battery on my iPhone SE"
https://www.kirkville.com/why-apple-is-replacing-the-battery-on-my-iphone-se/ ]
ios  iphone  ipod  mac  osx  software  applications  batteries  via:dirtystylus 
january 2018 by robertogreco
Ulysses
"The Ultimate Writing App for Mac, iPad and iPhone

A pleasant, focused writing experience combined with effective document management, fast syncing and flexible export make Ulysses the first choice for writers of all kinds.

Do you sometimes struggle with distractions?

Ulysses Helps You Focus on What You Want to Say
Many writers praise the way Ulysses encourages immersion with the text, and testify how using it has considerably increased their productivity. Albeit a fully-fledged writing tool, Ulysses manages to stay completely out of your way – and can therefore rival any distraction-free writing app.

Are you tired of dealing with files and folders?

Ulysses Organizes All Your Projects in One Place
Ulysses’ unified library holds everything you’ll ever write, and is equipped for managing writing projects of all sizes and ambitions. Be it love letters, simple notes, daily blog posts or a Great American Novel – with Ulysses, your writing is in the best of hands. And you can focus on getting the words down.

Do you get your best ideas while away from your desk?

Ulysses Lets You Work Anywhere, Anytime
On the sofa, at a coffee shop, or while waiting for the bus: Work wherever you are, and whenever inspiration hits. You can use Ulysses on all your Macs, iPads, and iPhones, relying on an identical feature set. With iCloud, your whole library syncs back and forth between all connected devices, and you can always continue where you left off.

Do you get your best ideas while away from your desk?

Ulysses Lets You Work Anywhere, Anytime
On the sofa, at a coffee shop, or while waiting for the bus: Work wherever you are, and whenever inspiration hits. You can use Ulysses on all your Macs, iPads, and iPhones, relying on an identical feature set. With iCloud, your whole library syncs back and forth between all connected devices, and you can always continue where you left off.

Do you feel disturbed by countless menus?

Ulysses is a Clean and Intuitive Workspace
“Many options” can easily become too many options, and “complex” can get complicated. Ulysses confines to what is essential for writing, and keeps its advanced features out of the way until you actually need them. It’s a beautiful and focused experience, which turns work hours into fun time."

[via:
"What I do is I have a folder in Ulysses, which is a writing app I have on my iPhone (and I use for everything). The folder is called: What I Am Grateful For."
http://interconnected.org/home/2017/08/25/gratitude ]
writing  applications  software  ios  mac  osx  wordprocessing 
august 2017 by robertogreco
Tinderbox: The Tool For Notes
"A new era for Tinderbox: the tool for notes. Tinderbox 7 is faster, more expressive, and more helpful than ever – the invaluable tool for capturing and visualizing your ideas.

• Composites build big ideas from small notes
• Gorgeous new fonts make your work even more legible
• Quick links connect notes instantly
• Hundreds of improvements

Whether you’re plotting your next thriller or writing your dissertation, designing a course, managing a legal practice, coordinating a campaign or planning a season of orchestral concerts, Tinderbox 7 will be your personal information assistant."

[via this thread:

"Anyone use good software for organizing a huge writing project? I dabbled in Scrivener but always give up. Want more org than writing tool."
https://twitter.com/alexismadrigal/status/865271433450070016



"tinderbox is great for sprawling projects when the questions aren't yet known. Ask James Fallows about it"
https://twitter.com/natematias/status/865392204382052352



"Eastgate is amazingggggg <3"
https://twitter.com/CaseyG/status/865392710282231809



"Check history of Eastgate & hypertext — pioneering and sticking it out even to this day!!! http://www.eastgate.com/catalog/Funhouse.html "
https://twitter.com/CaseyG/status/865393630248226816



"(To be fair, tinderbox is kinda convoluted and I haven’t picked it up as part of regular work, but I’m a huge admirer…!)"
https://twitter.com/CaseyG/status/865394069182205952



"More from Fallows about Tinderbox: https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2015/03/tinderbox-update-plus-the-brain/462825/ "
https://twitter.com/tealtan/status/865415559445225474



"Tinderbox has a learning curve, but it was essential for me. @eastgate http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox/Projects/CaliforniaCrackup.html "
https://twitter.com/mugwump2/status/865275167940804612



"Check on Tinderbox and big writing projects with @JamesFallows"
https://twitter.com/eastgate/status/865276705119887360 ]
tinderbox  software  productivity  notetaking  writing  caseygollan  allentan  natematias  eastgate  jamesfallows  mac  osx  applications 
june 2017 by robertogreco
Type2Phone — Use your Mac as Keyboard for iPhone, iPad & Apple TV
"Type2Phone: Virtual Bluetooth Keyboard

Use your Mac to type on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.
Type2Phone emulates a Bluetooth keyboard and is just as easy to set up. No extra app is needed.

Why waste money and desk space on a second keyboard?
You already have a keyboard connected to or build into your Mac.

• Text faster by using your Mac's full-sized keyboard
• Paste passwords, addresses, etc. from your Mac to your mobile device
• Reply to emails on accounts configured only on your iPhone
• Control your Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)
• Use a single keyboard with all your devices"

[See also: https://itunes.apple.com/app/type2phone/id472717129 ]
via:fishpatrol  applications  ios  osx  bluetooth  appletv  keyboards  mac 
january 2017 by robertogreco
Beaker | An experimental P2P browser
"Beaker is a Peer-to-Peer Web Browser, made for users to run applications independently of hosts. Using P2P Hypermedia, Beaker separates frontend apps from backend services, so that users are completely in control of their software and data.

[video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bem9nRpyPEs ]

"Beaker is a Peer-to-Peer Web Browser which lets users build socially and publish independently. Using P2P web-hosting, Beaker separates the frontend app from backend servers, so that users are completely in control of their applications.

At a high level, Beaker introduces concepts from BitTorrent into the Web. Anybody can publish a site immediately, independently, and for free, using only their browser.

Sites can contain files, data, media, and fully-featured applications. Using them, users can publish content without ceding control of the content to either an app or service. There is no walled garden. The keys that control each site remain in the user’s browser.

Public Peer services provide optional cloud hosting, so users don’t have to keep their devices online to self-host. These services provide the uptime of a traditional host, but with no lockin; a user can migrate from one service to another without any disruption.

With forking, you can modify any site, and deploy it instantly. Users can rebuild applications to work exactly how they like. Our mission is to put the tools of creation back into the users’ hands. It will be weird, chaotic, and creative – just like the Web should be!

Beaker was forked from Chrome. It is free and open-source."

[Update: mentioned here https://www.are.na/blog/scene%20report/2018/08/13/decentralized-web-summit.html ]
browsers  peertopeer  p2p  software  mac  osx  applications  internet  web  online  chrome  opensource  webdev  webdesign  beaker  hashbase  dat  beakerbrowser  p2ppublishing  decentralizedweb  p2pweb  distributed 
january 2017 by robertogreco
The Sheep's Meow
"EXPOSURE is a game of remaining invisible to both yourself and to your predators. Get in a state of flow with an elegant camouflage mechanic, dynamic difficulty, branching levels, and generative soundscapes, with a different experience each time you play. The controls are simple: analog stick to move around, and press any button to switch between black and white. Camouflaging yourself in the environment is your only protection from the predators. Take a different path each time you play, with branching levels taking you across different environments based on how you play. Evolve each step of the way. What will ultimately become of you and your kind?

History

Inspired by studies of the peppered moth (Biston betularia) over the past 200 years.

Features

• Featuring an elegant camouflage mechanic that'll teach you to see without looking.
• A distinctive visual style that seamlessly mixes digital art and traditional media.
• Generate minimal music with soundscapes based on your gameplay.
• Get in a state of flow in levels that progress with dynamic difficulty adjustment."

[See also:
http://thesheepsmeow.com/
https://vimeo.com/116310560
https://vimeo.com/114841248 ]
games  videogames  gaming  via:tealtan  mac  linux  osx  wiiu  windows 
december 2016 by robertogreco
elementary blog — Switching from macOS: The Basics
"We’ve been getting a ton of traffic at elementary.io and hearing a lot of chatter from Apple users after the underwhelming MacBook Pro event last week—mainly that Apple has abandoned the “Pro” market for which so many of their products are named. With this week-ish-long series, I’d love to show you how elementary OS is great for both casual computer users and professional developers. Particularly those coming from or more familiar with macOS.
Today I’m kicking off with: The Basics."
mac  osx  linux  elementaryos  os 
november 2016 by robertogreco
Insular by Joshua Kingsbury
"Relax. Find nearly invisible flocks of boxes.
7 stages to reach paradise. Watch out.

Touch a color you shouldn't and the game will reset.

Press P or ESC to bring up the in-game menu. This will display your progress and available settings.

If you desire accompanying sound, I recommend playing some music that you find relaxing before you begin. The game gets a bit tense the farther you go. ;)

This was an exercise in silent game design.
Over a dozen color schemes to choose from!!
(Both for accessibility, and conversely, varied difficulty)"
silent  games  gaming  videogames  edg  srg  windows  mac  osx  linux  joshuakingsbury  free 
august 2016 by robertogreco
Fruits of a Feather by Samurai Punk
"Fly around an island collecting fruit in this relaxing, dream-like exploration game.

Played best with gamepad, but also supports keyboard controls."
low-polygon  low-polyart  low-polygonart  games  gaming  videogames  edg  srg  indie  samuraipunk  free  windows  mac  osx  linux 
august 2016 by robertogreco
Inside the Void by 3D Methods
"Alien structures have been sighted on a remote planet. Several spacecraft have been sent to investigate the structures, but all communication with the crew has been lost.

Your mission is to investigate the planet and search for the lost crew.

Inside the Void is a first-person exploration game in which you search an alien planet and its seven structures. Each structure is a gateway to a void. You will encounter log entries that offer a glimpse into the fate of the lost crew members.

Inside the Void is free, but any donations are greatly appreciated.

Controls: Mouse and WASD / E to interact / Shift to Sprint

Update 1.01 - Added option for invert vertical mouse. Added sprint.
Update 1.02 - Minor gameplay fixes

Developed by Jacob A. Medina
https://twitter.com/3dmethods "

[via: http://warpdoor.com/2016/07/30/u/ ]
games  gaming  videogames  indie  jacobmedina  2016  edg  srg  windows  mac  osx  linux  free 
august 2016 by robertogreco
Indigo Child by Metkis
"Play as the mystical Indigo Child and save some souls while wandering through the forest. The game is designed to work with both keyboard and 360 controller. It is a gamejam style experience. If you pay more than $2.99, you get access to the Unity3D source files.

Press mouse or "A" to call, hold to sing."

[via: http://warpdoor.com/2016/08/08/indigo-child-james-hostetler/ ]
games  gaming  videogames  edg  srg  jameshostetler  indie  2016  windows  mac  osx  free 
august 2016 by robertogreco
Frog Pets: FEMICOM Game Jam #3 Submission by alienmelon
"Keep your Frog Pets alive by managing their needs!

Frog Pets are the ideal virtual companion. They crave attention, unlike other virtual pet software. Frog Pets are superior in every way! (for the most part)

Frog Pets offers a total of three frogs. In the event that any one of them die, you can learn from your mistakes, and be a better friend to the ones left.

Frog Pets are small, lightweight, and can be kept running while you work or play video games. It is recommended to have them running while you engage in your daily tasks, as this is the purpose of a desktop pet.

Instructions:

The app is hidden in a folder. You will have to find Frog Pets before being able to run it. This is to offer them protection, and deter virtual predators aiming to prey off (eat) Frog Pets."

[See also: http://warpdoor.com/2016/08/03/frog-pets/ ]

[via: https://twitter.com/AMovingCastle/status/762126163586134016 ]
via:tealtan  games  gaming  videogames  edg  srg  frogs  animals  virtualpets  nathalielawhead  windows  mac  osx  free 
august 2016 by robertogreco
Bear - Notes for iPhone, iPad and Mac
"Write beautifully on iPhone, iPad, and Mac
Bear is a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes and prose.

Use it everywhere
Bear works on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, so you can write wherever inspiration strikes. Use todos to stay on task across every device.

Keep control
Link notes to each other to build a body of work. Use hashtags to organize for the way you think. All notes are stored in portable plain text.

Write your way
Bear is perfect for everything from quick notes to in-depth essays. A focus mode helps you concentrate, and advanced markup options are an online writer's best friend. Full in-line image support brings your writing to life.

A beautiful setting
Packed with beautiful themes and typography, and more options on the way, Bear makes your writing look great before and after publishing.

Editing tools and exports
Bear's simple tools take the effort out of writing, whether you need to hit specific word counts and reading times, or you need to convert your writing into PDF and Word docs. With Bear's custom markup shortcuts, you can add style and links with just a tap or keystroke.

Bear features at a glance

• Advanced Markup Editor that supports and highlights over 20 programming languages
• Rich previews while writing so you see prose, not code
• In-line support for images and photos
• Use Cross-Note Links to build a body of work, quickly reference other notes, and more
• Quickly add todos to individual notes to keep yourself on task
• Multiple themes, including dyslexic and color-blind options, to offer a style for everyone
• Multiple export options including HTML, PDF, DOCX, MD, JPG, and more
• Smart Data Recognition of elements like links, emails, addresses, colors, and more to come
• Hashtags to quickly find and organize notes however you like
• One-tap formatting on iPhone and iPad with a custom shortcut bar
• Focus Mode hides notes and other options when it matters
• All your notes are stored in plain text for the ultimate in portability
• Effortless, secure, and private multi-device sync via iCloud
Regular updates to keep you and your writing current

Pricing model

The core version of Bear for iOS and Mac will be free.

Bear Pro will offer advanced features, including themes and exporting, which can be unlocked via a single In-App Purchase that covers all your devices. Unlocking Bear Pro also provide one year of sync between your devices. When the year is over, you'll be able to renew sync for another year. The other unlocked features remain yours forever.

We’ll announce the pricing for Bear Pro at the end of the public beta."
via:lukeneff  applications  notes  notetaking  writing  wordprocessing  web  online  ios  mac  osx 
july 2016 by robertogreco
Numi ‒ Beautiful calculator app for Mac
"Numi supports many units, and allows to easily convert one into another like $20 in Euro or 20 cm in inches. When it's needed, Numi will convert units automatically, like in 20 CAD + 4 Euro + 5 GBP.

You can easily convert time between time zones and get current time in different locations like Seoul time or now in Germany.

Numi supports word operations, scales and different numeral systems. So you can calculate 3 times 4 or use $1k instead of $1000 and convert 240 to hex. App allows to set variables, like var = $20 - 5%. Numi also supports tokens for operations like sum for sum of all results above or prev for the result on the previous line.

Numi supports many mathematical functions, constants and friendly percentage functions like 20% of $10 or 5% of what is 6 cm. Numi allows you to format your calculations with labels, comments and headers. Use special shortcuts to improve your calculation typing, like ⇧⌘0 for surrounding with parentheses."

[via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcYAHix-riY ]
calculators  mac  osx  naturallanguage  softwre  applications 
july 2016 by robertogreco
Input: Fonts for Code — System Font Replacement
"This special Input Sans font package was originally designed to replace the Helvetica-based system font on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Like Input, it is available free of charge for private and unpublished use."
mac  fonts  osx  typography  yosemite  via:litherland 
july 2016 by robertogreco
BrowserFreedom - You don't have to choose a default browser
"BrowserFreedom sits in between your links and the web browsers installed on your Mac.

You can define rules to always open certain websites on a specific browser. Maybe you like to use Safari as your default browser but want YouTube to always open in Chrome. Or maybe you want to always open links clicked within an app on a specific browser, you can do that too.

With fast default browser switching, you can quickly switch your Mac’s default browser with a user-defined global shortcut. And if you see a link and want to choose the browser to open It, just option-click to pop up the browser selection menu."
browsers  mac  osx  browserfreedom  software  browser 
june 2016 by robertogreco
Brave Software | Building a Better Web
"We have a mission to save the web by increasing browsing speed and safety for users, while growing ad revenue share for content creators.

The web has become a different place. With the ad-tech ecosystem out of control, users have revolted and blocking ads has become the new weapon of choice. But this results in a race to the bottom where nobody wins. Without the ability for content creators to earn money for their efforts, they may need to shut down or find a new source of revenue. Users could be left with nowhere to browse, relegated to hand-picked content from controlled sources.

Brave is saving the web by building a new suite of cutting-edge web browsers that feature class leading speed, security and protection, plus a new ad revenue sharing solution to help keep publishers in business."
browsers  mac  osx  privacy  software  browser 
april 2016 by robertogreco
mortenjust/cleartext-mac: A text editor that only allows the top 1000 most common words in English
"A text editor that only allows the 1,000 most common words in English

I just got Randall Monroe's new book Thing Explainer. Only using the top 1,000 words makes the text really easy to read. I thought I would make it easy for people to write like this, so I made this application. It's cool to be clear."

[See also: http://splasho.com/upgoer5/
https://medium.com/@mortenjust/i-doomed-mankind-with-a-free-text-editor-ba6003319681#.q9hbz2vjd ]
english  language  simple  simpleenglish  copywriting  applications  mac  osx  texteditors  via:mattthomas  mortenjust 
march 2016 by robertogreco
TextMate — The Missing Editor for Mac OS X
"TextMate brings Apple's approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike.

Whether you are a programmer or a designer, the production of code and markup is hard work. Without an editor dedicated to the task, it is also often cumbersome, overwhelming, and repetitive. Especially when you are dealing with a lot of files at once — like most projects do. TextMate puts you back in control, reduces the mental overhead, and turns manual work into something the computer does.

Created by a closet UNIX geek who was lured to the Mac platform by its ease of use and elegance, TextMate has been referred to as the culmination of Emacs and OS X and has resulted in countless requests for both a Windows and Linux port, but TextMate remains exclusive for the Mac, and that is how we like it!

TextMate is not an IDE but by using its powerful snippets, macros, and unique scoping system, it can often provide features that even a language specific IDE lacks. It has enough project management features to keep most users happy, but is otherwise kept lightweight with a clean and minimalistic GUI.

A list of highlights follow, you can follow the links to learn more.

• Ability to Search and Replace in a Project
• Auto-Indent for Common Actions Like Pasting Text
• Auto-Pairing of Brackets and Other Characters
• Clipboard History
• Column Selections and Column Typing
• Completion of Words from Current Document
• CSS-like Selectors to Pinpoint the Scope of Actions and Settings
• Declarative Language Grammars for Graceful Mixing and Hacking
• Dynamic Outline for Working With Multiple Files
• Expand Trigger Words to Code Blocks With Tab-able Placeholders
• File Tabs when Working With Projects
• Foldable Code Blocks
• Function Pop-up for Quick Overview and Navigation
• Plug-able Through Your Favorite Scripting Language
• Recordable Macros With No Programming Required
• Regular Expression Search and Replace (grep)
• Run Shell Commands from Within a Document
• Support for Darcs, Perforce, SVK, and Subversion
• Support for More Than 50 Languages
• Switch Between Files in Projects With a Minimum of Key Strokes
• Themable Syntax Highlight Colors
• Visual Bookmarks to Jump Between Places in a File
• Works As External Editor for (s)ftp Programs
• Works Together With Xcode and Can Build Xcode Projects"

[via: http://interconnected.org/home/2015/12/22/ulysses ]
texteditors  mac  osx  applications  software  textmate  unix 
december 2015 by robertogreco
Disk Inventory X
"Disk Inventory X is a disk usage utility for Mac OS X 10.3 (and later). It shows the sizes of files and folders in a special graphical way called "treemaps".

If you've ever wondered where all your disk space has gone, Disk Inventory X will help you to answer this question."
mac  osx  software  tools  utilities 
november 2015 by robertogreco
Keynote Motion Graphic Experiment — Linda Dong
"[video: https://vimeo.com/129807396 ]

I was experimenting with Keynote's animation tools and decided for fun to make a short animated motion graphic to showcase what the app can do. It's pretty impressive how much Keynote can stand up to pro animation apps like After Effects and Motion and how fast it makes process. Honestly the most time consuming part of this was trying to get an adequate screen recording (video codecs blah).

[image]

I've always been a huge advocate of using Keynote for basic prototyping because there are a lot of great animation/drawing goodies hidden in this app and it's so easy to set a scene up. Same thing goes with motion graphics. Even if you're not planning on making your final animation in Keynote, it's an incredibly fast way to audition different effects and narratives.

The available animations may seem basic, but they can get you through most situations. I primarily used default Keynote transitions for this video and very rarely had to set up custom animation paths. Using the Magic Move feature and some clever masking can get you through most complex transitions. Here are some tips for making your own motion piece:

[images with captions]"
keynote  animation  howto  lindadong  2015  motiongraphics  classideas  mac  osx 
june 2015 by robertogreco
Kardashian Krypt - Chrome Web Store
"Covertly send messages to friends, family, paramours & more by hiding messages in pictures of Kim Kardashian!!!!!

Leverage Kim Kardashian's visual omnipresence thru KARDASHIAN KRYPT, a steganography Chrome extension that hides your messages in pictures of Kim Kardashian.

Easy to use, optional passwords for XTRA protection!!"

[See also:
http://fffff.at/kardashian-krypt/
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/finally-a-way-to-send-secret-messages-inside-pictures-of-kim-kardashian

and

http://fffff.at/kanyefy-your-dock/
http://www.avclub.com/article/heres-how-kanye-fy-your-apple-dock-206030 ]
maddyvarner  encryption  chrome  extensions  kimkardashian  kanyewest  computing  computers  data  imagery  mac  osx 
may 2015 by robertogreco
You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome | The Verge
"Google’s convergence of Chrome and Android is taking a big step forward this week. After launching a limited App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) back in September, Google is expanding its beta project to allow Android apps to run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s an early experiment designed primarily for developers, but anyone can now download an APK of an existing Android app and launch it on a Windows / Linux PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

You simply need to download the ARC Welder app and obtain APKs from Google’s Play Store. There are some limitations: only one app can be loaded at a time, and you have to select landscape or portrait layout and whether you want the app to run in phone- or tablet-style. However, you can load multiple apps by selecting the download ZIP option in Arc Welder and extracting it and then enabling extension developer mode to load the folder of the extracted APK. During my testing I’ve found that most apps run really well. There are some exceptions like Gmail and Chrome for Android that throw up Google Play Services errors, but that’s not because ARC doesn’t support them. Developers will need to optimize their apps for ARC, and some Google Play Services are also supported right now, making that process a lot easier.

ARC is based on Android 4.4, meaning a lot of standalone apps are immediately compatible. Twitter works well, and Facebook Messenger loads just fine but does continuously say it’s waiting for the network. I was impressed with Flipboard, and the ability to flick through using two finger gestures on a trackpad, and even Instagram works well for casual browsing. Of course, trying to use the camera in apps will immediate force the app to crash, and keyboard commands aren’t always recognized properly. The biggest issue is that most apps are simply designed for touch, or in the case of games to use a phone’s accelerometer.

I tried a variety of games, and while simple titles like Candy Crush Soda work very well, others refused to launch properly or couldn’t handle mouse input correctly. That’s not surprising for apps that aren’t even optimized, and it’s clear Google’s project has a bright future. While Microsoft is building out Windows 10 and the idea of universal apps across PCs, phones, tablets, and the Xbox One, Google is turning Android into its own universal app platform. Google already built a way to push Chrome OS straight into Windows 8, and this latest Android experiment brings Google even closer to a PC market dominated by Microsoft. Developers can now run their Android apps on phones, tablets, PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, and even Linux-powered devices, and that’s a big opportunity that will likely result in a lot of these apps arriving in the Chrome Web Store in the near future."
mac  osx  android  chrome  emulators  2015  google  googleplay  chromeos 
april 2015 by robertogreco
Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft — Backchannel — Medium
"I’d periodically played with Linux and other alternatives on my PC over the years, but always found the exercise tedious and, in the end, unworkable. But I never stopped paying attention to what brilliant people like Richard Stallman and Cory Doctorow and others were saying, namely that we were leading, and being led, down a dangerous path. In a conversation with Cory one day, I asked him about his use of Linux as his main PC operating system. He said it was important to do what he believed in—and, by the way, it worked fine.

Could I do less, especially given that I’d been public in my worries about the trends?

So about three years ago, I installed the Ubuntu variant — among the most popular and well-supported — on a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop, and began using it as my main system. For a month or so, I was at sea, making keystroke errors and missing a few Mac applications on which I’d come to rely. But I found Linux software that worked at least well enough, and sometimes better than its Mac and Windows counterparts.

And one day I realized that my fingers and brain had fully adjusted to the new system. Now, when I used a Mac, I was a bit confused."



"As mobile computing has become more dominant, I’ve had to rethink everything on that platform, too. I still consider the iPhone the best combination of software and hardware any company has offered, but Apple’s control-freakery made it a nonstarter. I settled on Android, which was much more open and readily modified.

But Google’s power and influence worry me, too, even though I still trust it more than many other tech companies. Google’s own Android is excellent, but the company has made surveillance utterly integral to the use of its software. And app developers take disgusting liberties, collecting data by the petabyte and doing god-knows-what with it. (Security experts I trust say the iPhone is more secure by design than most Android devices.) How could I walk my talk in the mobile age?"



"So I keep looking for ways to further reduce my dependence on the central powers. One of my devices, an older tablet running Cyanogenmod, is a test bed for an even more Google-free existence.

It’s good enough for use at home, and getting better as I find more free software — most of it via the “F-Droid” download library — that handles what I need. I’ve even installed a version of Ubuntu’s new tablet OS, but it’s not ready, as the cliche goes, for prime time. Maybe the Firefox OS will be a player.

But I’ve given up the idea that free software and open hardware will become the norm for consumers anytime soon, if ever—even though free and open-source software is at the heart of the Internet’s back end.

If too few people are willing to try, though, the default will win. And the defaults are Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Our economic system is adapting to community-based solutions, slowly but surely. But let’s face it: we collectively seem to prefer convenience to control, at least for the moment. I’m convinced more and more people are learning about the drawbacks of the bargain we’ve made, wittingly or not, and someday we may collectively call it Faustian.

I keep hoping more hardware vendors will see the benefit of helping their customers free themselves of proprietary control. This is why I was so glad to see Dell, a company once joined at the hip with Microsoft, offer a Linux laptop. If the smaller players in the industry don’t themselves enjoy being pawns of software companies and mobile carriers, they have options, too. They can help us make better choices.

Meanwhile, I’ll keep encouraging as many people as possible to find ways to take control for themselves. Liberty takes some work, but it’s worth the effort. I hope you’ll consider embarking on this journey with me."
apple  google  microsoft  dangilmour  linux  opensource  2015  community  hardware  dell  cyanogenmod  ios  android  windows  mac  osx  f-droid  ubuntu  firefoxos  firefox  os  mozilla  lenovo  richardstallman  corydoctorow  libreoffice 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Syncthing
"Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it's transmitted over the Internet."

[via: https://ind.ie/blog/focus/ ]
sync  syncing  syncthing  dropbox  data  cloud  tools  onlinetoolkit  mac  osx  windows  linux  open  opensource  android 
january 2015 by robertogreco
Wire
"It’s beautiful.
Visually rich, clean, and elegant, Wire delivers a communication experience like no other. Write, talk, share pictures, music and video with people on phones, tablets and desktops — Wire is thoughtfully designed. For your every thought.

It’s pure.
With Wire you can easily move from messages and pictures to HD voice. Wire’s pristine audio quality makes it feel as if the people you are speaking to are right there with you.

It’s happening.
Photos on Wire display beautifully inline, SoundCloud music and YouTube videos blend nicely with text and pictures. So you can share your nicest moments, in the moment.

It’s everywhere.
Phone, desktop or tablet — Wire goes where you go. Wire for browsers will be available soon.

It’s on.
Wire is perfect for staying connected with any group. Create a conversation, name it as you wish, and add people — your groups will be taking off whether they’re about work, family or fun. Oh, and Wire groups are full democracy."

[via: http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/02/skype-co-founder-backs-wire-a-new-communications-app-launching-today-on-ios-android-and-mac/ ]
communication  applications  android  iphone  ios  skype  qik  janusfriis  chat  texting  telephony  conversation  groupchat  2014  multimedia  voice  slack  email  ios8  osx  mac  messaging 
december 2014 by robertogreco
Katib for Mac
"Katib is a no-fuss, distraction-free text editor for languages that are written from right to left.
We understand that Arabic and closely related languages are treated as a second-class citizens in apps. We also understand that it takes a lot of fiddling with settings & typography to simply make them work and look half-decent.

Katib solves these annoying problems so that you can focus on typing and getting your thoughts on the screen."
applications  mac  osx  texteditors  katib  arabic  farsi  urdu  hebrew 
october 2014 by robertogreco
Hola - Free VPN - Secure Browsing - Unrestricted Access
"ACCESS ANY WEBSITE
Used by over 33 Million people around the world

Why use Hola?
Hola gives you the freedom to bypass internet censorship and restrictions, whilst keeping you safe and secure online. We protect your privacy by hiding your IP address, allowing you to remain anonymous from prying eyes.

Anytime, any place...
Our VPN service works on all your devices, you can even use it on multiple devices at the same time.
Get great features like data compression, hiding your IP address and encrypting all of your traffic.

What are you waiting for?
Over 33 Million users are currently enjoying the freedom of Hola, with the peace of mind that they are fully protected, safe and secure. Our VPN service is completely free, and will always stay that way. So give us a try, and enjoy the content you love."
anonymous  browsers  extensions  proxy  proxies  vpn  chome  firefox  internetexplorer  android  ios  windows  mac  osx  hola  browser 
october 2014 by robertogreco
Get iPlayer Automator for Mac | MacUpdate
"The goal of Get iPlayer Automator is to allow iTunes and your Mac to become the hub for your British Television experience regardless of where in the world you are.

Currently, Get iPlayer Automator allows you to download and watch BBC & ITV shows on your Mac. Series-Link/PVR functionality ensures you will never miss your favourite shows. Programmes are fully tagged and added to iTunes automatically upon completion. It is simple and easy to use, and runs on any machine running Mac OS X 10.6 or later."
bbc  itv  television  tv  streaming  iplayer  mac  osx 
october 2014 by robertogreco
schreiberstein/lucidagrandeyosemite · GitHub
"An Automator/Apple-script to use 'Lucida Grande' as system font on OS X Yosemite. See http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1768362#22 for detail. Font patch created by vista980622, http://forums.macrumors.com/member.php?u=724241

Tested on OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 and its public update "Developer Preview 7 (14A361p)"
osx  yosemite  fonts  lucidagrande  mac  via:ayjay 
october 2014 by robertogreco
Sonic Pi
"Audible Computing.

A free sound synthesiser for live coding designed to support computing and music lessons within schools.

Use code to compose and perform in classical and contemporary styles ranging from Canons to Dubstep."
music  code  coding  sound  audio  raspberrypi  mac  osx  synthesizer  edg  classideas  learning  education  teaching  children  programming 
september 2014 by robertogreco
LINE : Free Calls & Messages
"Free Messaging Whenever, Wherever

Exchange free instant messages with friends whenever and wherever with one-on-one and group chats. LINE is available on all smartphone devices (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Nokia) and even on your PC.

Free Voice & Video Calls
Real-time voice and video calls with friends are free with LINE. Don't wait to hear your loved ones' voices or see their smiling faces. Call NOW! Currently available on iPhone, Android, WindowsPhone(Voice), BlackBerry(Voice) and PC(Windows/MacOS).

LINE Stickers
More fun and expressive chats with over 10,000 stickers and emoticons, you can express a wider range of emotions. Have more fun with LINE stickers. Visit the Sticker Shop to find original LINE and world-famous character stickers.

From photo & video sharing to voice messages
LINE lets you share photos, videos, voice messages, contacts and location information easily with your friends.

Get the latest news and special coupons for popular artists and brands.
Add Official Accounts of your favorite artists, celebrities, brands and TV shows as a friend to get exclusive news and coupons only available on LINE."
mobile  texting  messaging  line  applications  ios  iphone  android  windowsphone  blackberry  mac  osx  pc  japan  news 
september 2014 by robertogreco
Safecast OS X App Now Available | Safecast
"Mac OS X users are in for a treat with the release of our native desktop client. Available now in the app store. Hand built with with love by Safecaster Nick Dolezal, the official Safecast app brings our extensive dataset (over 21 million datapoints!) of radiation measurements to your Mac, and provides a powerful and fast way to visualize and update Safecast data.
In addition to the full Safecast dataset, you can browse data from a variety of sources including:

• The US Department of Energy / NNSA
• USGS and Canadian Geological Survey
• US EPA

This data includes extensive post-Fukushima surveys of Japan, aerial surveys of almost the entire North American continent and other global data. Specialized databases include distribution of Cesium isotopes in Japan, and naturally occurring uranium concentrations in the US.

Visualization tools allow you to change map backgrounds and coloring to enhance contrast between measurements allowing you to create customized views and see best how natural and man-made sources of radioactivity vary around you.

Other capabilities:

• Query Reticle Tool: Display the exact numeric value of measurements.
• Custom Layers: Mix and match individual layers to create custom comparisons.
• Realtime IDW Interpolation: Quickly visualize predicted values in areas that were not measured without spending hours (or days) running GIS interpolation scripts.
• High Performance: Super-fast SIMD vectorized multithreaded code renders data almost instantly.
• Offline Functionality: 100% of data available offline. (note: this does not extend to basemaps)
• On-Demand Updates: Download and update the Safecast dataset on-demand.
• PNG Tile Export: Export standard PNG tiles for a web map quickly and easily. In fact, the Safecast webmap is created and updated by this app, running as an automated job."

[iTunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/safecast/id913718714 ]
mac  osx  application  safecast  maps  mapping  fukushima  japan  radiation 
september 2014 by robertogreco
Customizing calibre — calibre User Manual
"calibre allows you to override the static resources, like icons, javascript and templates for the metadata jacket, catalogs, etc. with customized versions that you like. All static resources are stored in the resources sub-folder of the calibre install location. On Windows, this is usually C:/Program Files/Calibre2/resources. On OS X, /Applications/calibre.app/Contents/Resources/resources/. On linux, if you are using the binary installer from the calibre website it will be /opt/calibre/resources. These paths can change depending on where you choose to install calibre.

You should not change the files in this resources folder, as your changes will get overwritten the next time you update calibre. Instead, go to Preferences->Advanced->Miscellaneous and click Open calibre configuration directory. In this configuration directory, create a sub-folder called resources and place the files you want to override in it. Place the files in the appropriate sub folders, for example place images in resources/images, etc. calibre will automatically use your custom file in preference to the built-in one the next time it is started.

For example, if you wanted to change the icon for the Remove books action, you would first look in the built-in resources folder and see that the relevant file is resources/images/trash.png. Assuming you have an alternate icon in PNG format called mytrash.png you would save it in the configuration directory as resources/images/trash.png. All the icons used by the calibre user interface are in resources/images and its sub-folders."

[See also: https://bugs.launchpad.net/calibre/+bug/789812 ]
calibre  icons  osx  mac  applications  customization 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Disconnect | Online Privacy & Security
"Secure Wireless is a new, smarter VPN designed to stop wireless eavesdropping over Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G networks."
browsers  privacy  security  via:maxfenton  extenstions  mobile  applications  ios  android  mac  osx  windows  browser 
july 2014 by robertogreco
The creator of the video game in 'Her' makes a real game | The Verge
"The man behind the futuristic video game played in the science fiction movie Her is releasing a "relax 'em up" called Mountain. At the Horizon game conference yesterday, creator David OReilly explained that players are first prompted to draw pictures based on "very open-ended" questions. The results are then collated and used by the game's code to create a unique mountain. Data culled from the images also influences variables like the shape of the terrain, snowfall levels, and the type and quantity of vegetation that will appear.

The game will feature a day-night cycle, seasons, and a dynamic weather system that includes rain and fog. "All of this interacts with what grows and dies on the mountain, and it all interacts with itself, " said OReilly. He goes on to talk about the upcoming mountain simulator's camera controls and the ability to use music to accelerate time. While every playthrough is supposed to be different, OReilly noted that there will be about "50 hours of gameplay," and an actual ending. Mountain will cost roughly a dollar and is slated for release on June 21st for iOS, PC, and Mac."

[Link to the game webnite: http://mountain-game.com/ ]

"FEATURES
no controls
automatic save
audio on/off switch
time moves forward
things grow and things die
nature expresses itself
~ 50 hours of gameplay
once generated, you cannot be regenerated

GENRE
Mountain Simulator, Relax em' up, Art Horror etc"
her  videogames  games  gaming  davidoreilly  srg  edg  ios  iphone  application  mac  osx  windows 
june 2014 by robertogreco
Sente 6 for Mac: Academic Reference Manager
"Academic Reference Management for Mac and iPad. Free for small libraries. Essential for all libraries.

Sente 6 will change the way you think about academic reference management. It will change the way you collect your reference material, the way you organize your library, the way you read papers and take notes, and the way you write up your own research. If you do academic research, you need Sente 6.

It is easy to get started with Sente. Both the Mac and iPad apps are free and they provide you with a basic account on our servers. Upgrade to a premium account for unlimited libraries and more sync space.

Your Research Hub
Sente is the most powerful and flexible academic reference manager available. Sente makes it easier then ever to acquire, organize, read, annotate and cite academic research material. And Sente runs on all your Macs and iPads, with cloud-based sync, so your research library is always up-to-date on all your devices.

Sente's beautiful user interface makes it a pleasure to use. When you look at Sente, you see your research and your ideas, not our software. Single collection tabs let you focus on one group of references at a time, like all those references with the To Be Read status. Single reference tabs let you focus on the one reference you are currently reading. And full screen mode maximizes the use of every bit of your screen real estate while eliminating distractions.

Gather
Sente makes building your research library easier than ever. Targeted browsing lets you add references from many web sites such as EBSCOHost, JSTOR, and PubMed with just a click, without leaving Sente. Another click downloads the PDF and adds it to your library.

Bulk searches can automatically retrieve hundreds or thousands of references from many sources such as PubMed, Web of Knowledge, and hundreds of university and research libraries. Best of all, they remain active in the background, alerting you daily to new references in your fast-moving field.

Get started by importing libraries directly from EndNote, Bookends, Papers, Mendeley, Zotero, and Reference Manager.

Organize
Sente has the tools you need to stay organized, even as your library grows to thousands of references or more. Hierarchical QuickTags give you unprecedented power for cataloging your references.

Built-in smart collections give you quick access to your library. Custom smart collections let you create just the subsets you need. Custom statuses make it easy to make Sente fit your personal research workflow.

Batch editing makes it easy to edit any combination of fields in dozens or hundreds of references at once.

Customize
Sente lets you customize your library to meet your specific needs. Custom statuses help you keep track of your references through each step of your research workflow. Custom reference types let you handle whatever kind of references you might need. Custom attributes let you add any special fields you might need to any reference type. And you can configure the reference editor to present your data just the way you want to see it.

Cloud Sync
Sente lets you create synchronized copies of your libraries and place them on any number of Macs and iPads, anywhere in the world, and all copies will stay in sync automatically.

Once you turn it on, it just works—continuously and behind the scenes—and everything syncs: references, PDFs (including highlighting), notes, even customizations.

Create full-access copies for your own computers and restricted copies for sharing with students or colleagues. Even if you don't need to sync multiple devices, it's a great backup strategy too.

Read, Annotate, Take Notes
Highlight passages in your PDFs and capture quotations and your own thoughts in notes, using Sente's powerful annotation tools. Create any number of notes for each reference and easily jump from any note back to its linked place in the text. Best of all, your notes and highlighting are immediately synced through the cloud across all copies of your library.

Bibliographies
Of course, in the end, you need to write up your own work. Sente supports all the popular Mac word processors, including Pages, Word, Mellel, Scrivener, Nisus Writer, Open Office, and other applications that support Rich Text Format. More than 100 bibliography formats are included and you can create your own or tweak existing formats to meet your needs. Citations can even appear in footnotes, if your style requires that.

If you collaborate with people who write with Microsoft Word and EndNote, on a Mac or Windows, you will be able to exchange drafts with them seamlessly because Sente reads and writes docx files that are compatible with EndNote.

Free Sente Account
You can download and use both the Mac and the iPad versions of Sente for free. This will give you a free Sente account that can be used to create any number of reference libraries, each with up to 100 references. And you can sync up to 250MB of attachments with a free account. For many users, the free account is all they will ever need.

Unlimited Libraries, Unlimited Sync*
People who need to create larger libraries can upgrade to a premium Sente account for just $59.99 if you are a student, faculty or staff at an accredited academic institution (or just $79.99 without an academic affiliation). With a premium account, you can use both the Mac and the iPad apps to create libraries of any size. And a premium account provides you with unlimited sync space."
via:timmaly  pdf  software  mac  osx  ios 
may 2014 by robertogreco
MapTiler - Map Tile Cutter. Overlay Generator for Google Maps, Google Earth (KML SuperOverlay).
"MapTiler is graphical application for online map publishing. Your map can create overlay of standard maps like Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, Microsoft VirtualEarth or OpenStreetMap and can be also visualized in 3D form by Google Earth. Only thing you have to do for publishing the map is to upload the automatically generated directory with tiles into your webserver.

Supported files for conversion: TIFF/GeoTIFF, MrSID, ECW, JPEG2000, Erdas HFA, NOAA BSB, JPEG and more...

MapTiler is graphical interface for GDAL2Tiles utility, which is part of GDAL."
maps  mapping  tiles  generator  gis  googlemaps  edg  software  applications  mac  osx 
may 2014 by robertogreco
SiteSucker for OS X
"SiteSucker is a Macintosh application that automatically downloads Web sites from the Internet. It does this by asynchronously copying the site's Web pages, images, backgrounds, movies, and other files to your local hard drive, duplicating the site's directory structure. Just enter a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), press return, and SiteSucker can download an entire Web site.

SiteSucker can be used to make local copies of Web sites. By default, SiteSucker "localizes" the files it downloads, allowing you to browse a site offline, but it can also download sites without modification.

You can save all the information about a download in a document. This allows you to create a document that you can use to perform the same download whenever you want. If SiteSucker is in the middle of a download when you choose the Save command, SiteSucker will pause the download and save its status with the document. When you open the document later, you can restart the download from where it left off by pressing the Resume button."

[via: http://ayjay.tumblr.com/post/80353173034/streamlining ]
backup  tumblr  via:ayjay  software  tools  onlinetoolkit  sitesucker  mac  osx  applications 
march 2014 by robertogreco
Writefull | A new way of writing with confidence
"Writefull is a light-weight app that uses data from Google Books (5+ million books) and the Web to give you language support. All you need to do is select a chunk from your text, activate the Writefull popover, and choose one of its options:

Check the number of results
Not sure if what you’ve written is correct? Writefull tells you how often your selected text is found in the database. If the number is low, this means it has not been used by many writers before you, and you might want to change it into something else. If the number is high, your selected text is good as it is!

Compare the number of results
Sometimes you’re doubting between two or more ways of writing something. Writefull allows you to enter two chunks and directly compare their number of results. This shows you which one is better for you to use.

See examples in context
Even if you know your text is correct, you may want to see how it is used in context. Writefull shows examples of your selected text in the Wikipedia database.

Find words in context
Writefull also shows you which words are used most often in a context you have selected. This function is useful when you are not sure how to fill a gap – for example, which preposition to use, or which adjectives to use before a certain noun.

Find synonyms in context
What if you want to say something using different words? Writefull gives you a list of the most frequently used synonyms in the text you have selected. This comes in handy when you want to know if there is a more appropriate word for you to use in to your particular context."
writing  applications  context  search  via:lukeneff  windows  mac  osx  googlebooks  google  writefull  tools  software  utilities 
march 2014 by robertogreco
PopClip for Mac
"PopClip appears when you select text with your mouse on your Mac. Instantly copy & paste, and access actions like search, spelling, dictionary and over 100 more."

[Extensions: https://pilotmoon.com/popclip/extensions/ ]
[More: http://brettterpstra.com/projects/bretts-popclip-extensions/ ]
mac  osx  via:sebastienmarion  tools  copypaste  popclip  extensions  software  utilities 
march 2014 by robertogreco
Cockos Incorporated | LICEcap
"LICEcap can capture an area of your desktop and save it directly to .GIF (for viewing in web browsers, etc) or .LCF (see below).

LICEcap is an intuitive but flexible application (for Windows and now OSX), that is designed to be lightweight and function with high performance."
applications  free  mac  osx  windows  gif  software  animatedgif 
february 2014 by robertogreco
Rogue Amoeba | Piezo: Charmingly Simple Recording From Applications and Audio Devices
"Piezo makes it a snap to record audio on your Mac. In seconds, you'll be recording audio from any application or from audio inputs like microphones.

Piezo requires almost no configuration, and it's a blast to use. Simple and inexpensive - that's a winning combination."
via:nicolefenton  applications  mac  osx  audio  recording  piezo  skype  microphones 
january 2014 by robertogreco
Pandoc - About pandoc
"If you need to convert files from one markup format into another, pandoc is your swiss-army knife. Pandoc can convert documents in markdown, reStructuredText, textile, HTML, DocBook, LaTeX, MediaWiki markup, OPML, or Haddock markup to

• HTML formats: XHTML, HTML5, and HTML slide shows using Slidy, reveal.js, Slideous, S5, or DZSlides.
• Word processor formats: Microsoft Word docx, OpenOffice/LibreOffice ODT, OpenDocument XML
• Ebooks: EPUB version 2 or 3, FictionBook2
• Documentation formats: DocBook, GNU TexInfo, Groff man pages, Haddock markup
• Outline formats: OPML
• TeX formats: LaTeX, ConTeXt, LaTeX Beamer slides
• PDF via LaTeX
• Lightweight markup formats: Markdown, reStructuredText, AsciiDoc, MediaWiki markup, Emacs Org-Mode, Textile
• Custom formats: custom writers can be written in lua.

Pandoc understands a number of useful markdown syntax extensions, including document metadata (title, author, date); footnotes; tables; definition lists; superscript and subscript; strikeout; enhanced ordered lists (start number and numbering style are significant); running example lists; delimited code blocks with syntax highlighting; smart quotes, dashes, and ellipses; markdown inside HTML blocks; and inline LaTeX. If strict markdown compatibility is desired, all of these extensions can be turned off."

[via: http://text-patterns.thenewatlantis.com/2013/10/writing-big.html ]
conversion  markdown  markup  pdf  latex  html  xhtml  software  mac  osx  windows  linux 
october 2013 by robertogreco
Textual: IRC for Mac OS X
"Textual is a lightweight IRC client created specifically for Mac OS X. It was designed with simplicity in mind. Textual has taken the best of IRC and built it into a single client. Its easy-to-use functionality combined with scripting support makes it an ideal IRC client for novice to advanced users."
irc  mac  osx  software 
october 2013 by robertogreco
Shiori - Pinboard and Delicious OS X client
"Shiori is a Pinboard and Delicious OS X client that allows you to find and add bookmarks."
shiori  pinboard  del.icio.us  boomarking  socialbookmarking  applications  mac  osx  via:tealtan 
august 2013 by robertogreco
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