Open Source Spotlight: AppFresh

AppFreshThe TweakOSX team is a big fan of always having the latest versions of software installed on our machines. This ensures we are always running the code with the most recent bug fixes, giving us peace of mind as we go on with our daily lives. A relative newcomer to the Mac application scene, AppFresh helps make the process of keeping all of your applications up to date as painless and quick as possible.

The AppFresh website states:

AppFresh helps you to keep all applications (third-party and Apple), widgets, preference panes and application plugins on your Mac up to date, from one place. It works by checking the excellent for new versions and lets you download and install available updates easily.

So head on over to the AppFresh website, give it a look and try it out!


The New iMac

As soon as the announcement was made, and the Apple Store re-opened, we purchased one of the new iMacs released last Tuesday, August 7. We got the 24″ model with 2GB of RAM and a 2.4GHz dual core processor. It’s funny to see the same speed processors as what we were buying 5 years ago, even if the are dual core.

I am the editor that suggested that Apple would delay release of the new iMac until after Leopard was released. I also suggested that the brushed aluminum look was being phased out. It appears I was dead wrong on both counts.

The new iMac supports an upgraded intel chipset (Santa Rosa -based) as well as a higher maximum RAM capacity. The new machine boasts a quasi-retro brushed aluminum look with an exceptionally glossy display. There has been plenty of talk that the new display is too glossy, but we disagree: It is stunningly beautiful.

To get a better idea of what most folks would be buying, we decided to get a machine more closely aligned with most of our readers budgets. So, we set a price ceiling of $2,150 to purchase a new iMac, and test it. We opted for the 2.4 GHz machine with 2GB of 667MHz RAM. The smallest HD a consumer can buy these days is a whopping 320GB SATA HD! Needless to say, we didn’t feel like we were buying a budget machine, even though we purchased toward the lower end of he 24″ iMac spectrum.

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Open Source Spotlight: The Unarchiver

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unarchiver_icon.pngHaving consistently seen questions regarding alternatives to Stuffit in forums across the net, we decided to shine our spotlight on one of our favorite free utilities – The Unarchiver. This information is not ground breaking by any means, and can be found across Mac sites, but we want to provide a central place to obtain good information, and The Unarchiver certainly belongs here.

The compression tools which come with OSX can handle a wide array of situations but will on occasion leave you without the ability to open some more exotic archive files. Best of all, its free! The Unarchiver handles a very wide range of files which include Zip, Tar-Gzip, Tar-BZip2, Rar, 7-zip, LhA, Stuffit and many more.

Get The Unarchiver


TUAW: iStat menus v1.1 preview screenshot and details

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TUAW: iStat menus v1.1 preview screenshot and details:

Additional news to our recent post about our favorite apple system stats application, The Unofficial Apple Weblog writes today:

The iSlayer crew have released a preview screenshot on the company’s blog that highlights a few key features coming in v1.1 of iStat menus, their utility for keeping an eye on your Mac’s various statistics from the menubar. Specifically new in this upcoming version will be network graphing, monitoring of S.M.A.R.T. hard drive temperatures, a breakdown of every temp sensor on a CPU and what looks like a significantly redesigned calendar.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)


N.E.R.D.: How to turn Spotlight OFF (and ON Again)….

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N.E.R.D.: How to turn Spotlight OFF (and ON Again)….:
Tech Blog N.E.R.D details how to turn off(or on) Spotlight on your Mac. Doing this will require editing your /etc/hostconfig file using sudo.

Edit /etc/hostconfig and change the line that reads

Run the following two commands from the command line to get rid of existing index files
sudo mdutil -i off /
sudo mdutil -E /

The Blog also goes into further details about how to remove Spotlights index file and remove the icon from the Menubar.

(Via N.E.R.D.)