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CakeHole
version 1.0

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Provides an interface to Mac OS X's speech technology. CakeHole will speak the supplied text in the selected voice or write the output to an AIFF file.

Tested with Mac OS X 10.3.9

changes with version 1.0

  • First Public Release

Cheesy Little CPU Meter
version1.0

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It's a cpu meter!

It's little!

It's Cheesy!

This may grow into something or get rolled into something else. Who knows?

Tested with Mac OS X 10.3.9

changes with version 1.0

  • First Public Release

Fermata
version1.0

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This program will "pause" a running application so that it uses no processor time. "Paused" applications will appear to be frozen.

Tested with Mac OS X 10.3.9

changes with version 1.0

  • First Public Release

Finderfresh
version1.0

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Refreshes contents of Finder windows at a specified interval. Useful for watching transfers on remote volumes.

Tested with Mac OS X 10.4.4

changes with version 1.0

  • First Public Release

Idle Hand
version1.0

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This program will execute an Applescript or Shell Script when CPU usage reaches a user definable level.

Tested with Mac OS X 10.3.9

changes with version 1.0

  • First Public Release

iShred
version1.1

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iShred provides an interface to the "SRM" or secure delete function.

USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. FILES DELETED WITH THIS PROGRAM ARE NOT RECOVERABLE, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

Tested with Mac OS X 10.3.9

Changes with version 1.1:

  • added option to skip warning panel on launch
    added option to use the 35 pass Gutmann method
    remember previous settings
    now uses brushed metal texture (I think it looks cooler)

iShred Express
version1.0

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iShred Express provides a drag and drop interface to the "SRM" or secure delete function.

USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. FILES DELETED WITH THIS PROGRAM ARE NOT RECOVERABLE, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

Tested with Mac OS X 10.4.2

Changes with version 1.0:

  • First Public Release

Organicer
version1.0

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This applescript will organize a folder by date, alphabetically, or by file type. At this time, it does not process subfolders.

Tested with Mac OS X 10.4.2

changes with version 1.0

  • First Public Release

Speed Freak
version 2.8

Download Version 2.8
( Mac OS X 10.4)
Download Version 2.5 ( Mac OS X 10.3, no longer supported)

Reccomended in the upcoming book "Mac OS X Tiger Timesaving Techniques for Dummies"

User Ratings:
Macupdate.com: 5 out of 5!
Versiontracker.com: 4.1 out of 5!

Speed Freak, at a user-specified interval, reprioritizes applications so that the frontmost (or active) application gets more processor time than background applications. By default in Mac OS X, all processes have equal priority. By using Speed Freak, you override this default by increasing the priority of whatever application you are currently using, resulting in faster application performance. Speed Freak accomplishes this through the Unix "renice" command.

Speed Freak does not affect graphics card performance and will show little to no increase in 3D games. Although Speed Freak does not affect network performance, the increased CPU priority it offers should increase performance in internet applications. For example, web pages with complicated HTML should render faster but download speed will not change.

For more information, see the included "Read Me" document.

Tested with Mac OS X 10.4.10

changes with version 2.8

  • Recompiled Universal Binary.

changes with version 2.7.1

  • Fixed a problem with the Japanese environment.

changes with version 2.7.

  • Bug fixes for 10.4.3+ compatibility.
  • Added ability to run as another user. At this time, Speed Freak still requires an administrative environment. I'm currently working on this.

NOTICE: Speed Freak uses a Unix command which requires an account with administrative access.

KNOWN PROBLEMS :

  • Will not accelerate Virtual PC

Spine Calculator
version1.0

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Will calculate the spine of a book given the paper thickness and number of pages. Includes presets of several paper thicknesses.

Tested with Mac OS X 10.3.9

changes with version 1.0

  • First Public Release

SyncR
version1.0

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Provides a front end to the command line programs rsync and ditto.

I realize that this program does not provide all the options available via the command line. If you know enough to need all the options you should have no problems in the terminal and have no need for this.

Tested with Mac OS X 10.3.9

changes with version 1.0

  • First Public Release

Time Bomb
version1.2

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Will display an alert , execute a shell script or execute an applescript after a given amount of time has passed.

Tested with Mac OS X 10.4.4

changes with version 1.2:

  • Fixed an error with closing the window.
  • Added option to quit on "detonation"

Tweak Freak
version 2.1

Download Version 2.1 (OSX 10.4)

Download Version 1.0 (OSX 10.3)

Known Bugs:

  1. On some European systems the dialog sheet delay substitutes commas for zeros resulting in non-valid settings. I am still investigating this. If this occurs on your system, you can reset the default value by typing the following into the terminal: defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime .2. You will need to restart active applications for the change to take effect.
  2. Renicing applications can cause an error in an extremely rare case where more than one application's name contains an apostrophe and both applications names are the same after the apostrophe.

User Ratings:
Macupdate.com: 5 out of 5!
Versiontracker.com: 4.3 out of 5!

Tested with Mac OS X 10.4.4

Are you left unfulfilled by the meager set of preferences Apple has left you with? If so, you just might be a Tweak Freak.

Finder / Window Options...

  • Configure Scrollbar Arrows*
  • Add "Quit Finder" to Finder Menus
  • Enable / Disable the "Snap to Grid" animation
  • Enable / Disable window "Zooms"
  • Enable / Disable Launch Animations
  • Show hidden Files in the Finder
  • Change the Dialog Sheet Animation Delay
  • Backup / Restore Finder Preferences
  • Force Empty Trash
Dock Options...
  • Change Dashboard Mode between Active, Inactive or Developer.
  • Change the Minimize Effect*
  • Set placement of the Dock*
  • Set pinning of the Dock
  • Enable / Disable Translucent Icons for Hidden Applications
  • Enable / Disable the Launch Bounce
  • Enable / Disable the Dock Shadow
  • Enable / Disable the Exposé "Blob"
  • Backup / Restore Dock Preferences

Unix Tweaks...

  • Run Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Scripts
  • Update Prebinding
  • Repair Permissions
  • Empty caches from all major browsers
  • Empty the System's Font Cache
  • Optimize Network Buffers for Dialup or Broadband
  • Renice User Processes
 

Other stuff...

  • Change Screenshot Format
  • Get Uptime Report
  • Clean DS_Store files
  • Disable DS_Store File Creation on Network Volumes
  • Disable Spotlight Menu
  • Configure Safari*

* contains additional options not available in System Preferences

Changes with version 2.1:

  1. Fixed an incompatibility causing an -1762 error first encountered in Mac OS X 10.4.3.