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Mame for iPad

mame

Grab it while you can, it allows arcade roms to be added without jailbreaking.

USB drive disconnect when the Mac goes to sleep

Jettison Mac

If you bought a nice USB hard drive for your Mac but it gets disconnected every time your Mac goes to sleep, and it won’t reconnect upon wake, there’s a simple solution for that. I had the same problem with my 2TB Samsung drive and found this neat little program on the App Store called Jettison, which for €1.79 will automatically dismount any drives (and network connection, mounted disks and what not if you so desire) AND remount them again when the computer wakes up. Originally intended for people with portable Macs who quickly need to pack up and go it also works perfectly for people with stubborn USB drives. The app itself is small and unobtrusive, it just adds a little icon to your menubar (and even that can be disabled) and does its work in the background.
Jettison is available through the App Store or directly from the developer’s site.

Hmm, and a little update the next day: while Jettison is perfectly capable of remounting the drive after the Mac’s gone to sleep for a bit, it seems incapable of waking the drive up after a longer nap of a few hours. :/

Use Android apps on your Mac

Android Quality

I have to admit, I fail to see a use for this other than satisfying a mild curiosity, but it’s now possible to run Android apps on your Mac through BlueStacks’ App Player (they also have a version for Windows). I just gave the beta a spin and eh, it works. Kinda. It’s slow, sluggish, the controls are iffy to the point of making games not playable and the graphics are glitchy, but other than that it works. Seeing as I’m not the biggest fan of Android to begin with and haven’t touched it in years I don’t know if it’s the app’s fault or just normal Android behavior…

It’s still a beta so I hope the graphic glitches and accuracy will improve over time, but for me to try it more it needs the controls fixed a.s.a.p. as single clicks are often registered as multiple clicks, making me lose in the 2 games I tried. I don’t like losing.

BlueStacks App Selection Android Drag Racing Android Bunny Shooter

Mac Desktop Customization

Mac Desktop Customization

GeekTool is THE coolest app to tweak and customize your Mac desktop. It’s sort of the Mac equivalent of Samurize for Windows.
And just like Samurize it can be a bit overwhelming at first. Here however is a nice roundup of so called Geeklets, which can be easily added to GeekTool to make it look great.

Make animated gifs loop on the Mac

gimp animated gif
If you want to make some animated gifs on the Mac and want to make them loop there are a few program you can come across while searching the web. However GIFfun and GIFsicle didn’t work for me and several other suggestions are outdated and no longer work under Mountain Lion.
Gimp for Mac did the trick for me, it lets you set the loop and compile your own animated gifs from individual frames if you so like.

Gimp for Mac

Easy Remote Desktop

Easy Remote DesktopI needed an easy way to control my Mini from my iMac, and Easy Remote Desktop is as easy as it gets.
– Buy Easy Remote Desktop for €0.89,
– on the computer you wish to control enable Remote Management in the Sharing pane of the System Preferences,
– launch Easy Remote Desktop,
– enter the ip or network name of the computer you want to control and away you go.
Unobtrusive, reliable, small footprint and cheap.

Small tip; if like me you go full screen and don’t know how to get out of it again; double click on the menu bar at the top of the computer you’re controlling.

Guardian Cross

Guardian Cross is a great new game for iPhone & iPad by Square Enix, well worth checking out for Final Fantasy and card game fans alike.
Quests, player vs player, monster hunting for rare cards, it’s got it all.
Hiroyuki Ito, the creator of the Final Fantasy ATB system, is the lead concept planner for Guardian Cross. Composer Naoshi Mizuta and character designer Akira Oguro round out the all-star development team.

For a limited time, players can receive rare limited edition cards including moogles, mandragoras, Ifrit and other classic monsters from Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV by inviting friends to play Guardian Cross.
If you do decide to check it out (it’s free so hell yeah) enter invitation ID SI57028 when you first start the game and we’ll both get a rare card!

WordPress app 3.0 for iPad

Every time they release a new version I take a look to see what’s improved.
And every time I take a look I wonder why I’d use it.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s free, reasonably quick and quite actively updated. I just don’t see the point of it when I can just use Safari for the familiar WordPress Dashboard where everything works exactly the way I’m used to. It’s also bloody fast on Safari.
Compare that to the screenshots of the app version and I just wonder about some UI choices that seem like a minimalistic text editor. Or why the stats are confined to a small bar on the side leaving most of the screen quite literally completely empty.
Oh well, I’ll look again when 4.0 is released.

iPad app:

Safari on the iPad:

Meet Evi

Finally, competition for Siri. Meet Evi, available for iPhone (not just the 4S) and Android.
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Work in progress... not home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.