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5 Free To-Do-Lists Apps for Mac

Geeks are said to be always productive because they are tend to use productivity apps and tools to stay organized but then also few of them mess up with work a lot because they don’t have habit to note down their to-do-lists.If you don’t like to use pen-papper to make your work list then do try out to-do-lists apps for Mac. These all are free and user-friendly apps, worth bookmarking:

Simple Task:

SimpleTask is one of my favorite may be because of its interface. I liked the colorful interface of SimpleTask. SimpleTask also keep on remembering your task by notification on your dock, it also helps you to filter your tasks that too with different colors.

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Backboard:

Backboard is not only a to-do list but it also helps you to remember your tasks. It’s even very easy to search and manage your tasks and reminders on Backboard. You can arrange your task according to priorities and by their types.

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TaskMate:

Taskmate is a simple tool which helps you to create your to-do-list. One feature which I liked about Taskmate is that it helps me to export my to-do list with simple click. It also provides you customization options like deleting all task together, arranging the task up or down.

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Anxiety:

Again a cool To-do-list which allows you to synchronize your tasks in iCal and Mac.It is an easy to customize and a light weight software.

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EtreTask:

EtreTask provides you basic features of to-do-list software but one thing which I found useful is that it allows you to add URL and files in your to-do-list. If you want a basic to-do-list manager then go for EtreTask.

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Do you prefer to use to-do-list softwares? If yes then do share your favorite one.

[Softwares] How to Boost Sound Quality in Windows and Mac?

We all love music and sounds. And we always try to get the best sound hardware while choosing a PC or laptop. The very basic method to boost audio quality in any computer is getting a good sound card and speakers. Further its possible to  adjust the bass, fidelity and other sound properties at the operating system level, by using Digital Sound Processing plugins. These plugins work behind the  media players and produce the best audio output for games, movies and music.

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How to Turn Off Startup Applications on Mac

There might be some programs you installed on your Mac which start up automatically every time you switch on your Mac. For example, Skype or Hotspot Shield. We don’t need each of those to start up by itself at login and here’s a simple way to disable them.

Ease of use is the best part about Mac’s operating System. Most operations are intuitive and a few clicks via simple interfaces are all that take to configure the Mac. That’s one of many reasons why we love the Mac computers. Continue reading How to Turn Off Startup Applications on Mac

How to Configure Synergy to Share your Keyboard and Mouse [Tutorial]

This is a guest post by Andrew who blogs at Amongtherealm. If you would like to write for Callingallgeeks, read: Guest posting guidelines.

Synergy is a nifty program that will allow you to share your keyboard and mouse with multiple computers across different operating systems. For example, a setup can be made between a Mac and a Windows 7 computer. Check the website often to stay updated with Synergy.

To setup Synergy follow these steps:

On a Mac:

1. Download Synergy and click OK when the box below pops up.

2. Click on the Synergy install icon to begin the process.

I would recommend installing Synergy for current user only to prevent any unwanted changes.

3. Open system preferences and click on the Synergy icon located in the other section.

4. Beneath the general tab, click on “share my keyboard and mouse.” It is important to set this setting on your main computer. Since I use my mac the most, I set it as the server.

5. Click the middle tab titled server configuration. At this point, add your computers so that Synergy will recognize them. You can move the monitors (pictured below) however you want them. This affects how the mouse tracks across both systems. In my setup I move my mouse to the right of the screen to access my PC and reverse to return to the Mac.

Click on the + box on the left hand side to add a computer. The name field is where you put the name of the computer. The name that is entered has to be the same as the computer name. If the names are different Synergy will not work.

To find the name of your Mac, go to system preferences, then sharing, and under computer name it will say “Computers on your local network can access your computer at: Andrew-Macbook.local.” What follows the colon is the name you want to use, without the .local on the end. For example, mine would be Andrew-Macbook).

To find the name of your computer on a Windows machine, right click on my computer and click on properties. In this box it will tell you the computer name.

6. Under the general tab click turn on Synergy. The status in the bottom left hand corner will change to waiting for connections.

On a PC:

1. Download Synergy and save the file when this box below pops up.

Click Next

Click I Agree

Click Next

Click Install

Click finish and Synergy will be installed.

2. Configure Synergy to sync with your server.

Open Synergy and in the box where it says, “Other computer’s host name,” enter in the IP Address of the server (the server in my setup was the mac). Run a test to see if you have connection and once you do, click start and it will minimize and run in the background.

To find the IP Address on a Mac, go to system preferences and click network. Your IP will be listed here.

To find the IP Address on a PC, go to start, then run and type in cmd. Once the black box pops up type in ipconfig and your IP will be listed.

I recommend using static IP addresses on both the Mac and PC. If static IP’s are not used once they update, Synergy will not be able to connect the computers.

That’s it! Go give it a try and let me know how it went in the comments.

DVD Won’t Eject from Macbook ? 5 Ways to Remove Stuck DVD from SuperDrive

Many Mac help forums have this complaint from macbook users when their dvd won’t eject from the macbook disk drive. If you face this situation here are 5 ways to remove a stuck cd, dvd from macbook’s super drive.

Macbook Eject ButtonPress Hold Eject Button

This is the basic step to be done, when you can’t eject the dvd from the Disk Utility. The eject button is usually located at the top-right corner of your keyboard.Press and Hold the button till the cd, dvd ejects. If it doesn’t work read on…

Drag Send SuperDrive Disk Icon to Trash

If the keyboard eject button doesn’t work, this might. Simply Drag and Drop the the Disk Icon to the Trash Can within the dock and it will auto eject the disk inside it.

Ejecting Stuck CD DVD from Command Line

Launch the Terminal and type following command: drutil eject . This won’t fail. This works always.

Press Hold Mouse Button while Reboot

Restart your Macbook and hold down the mouse button (tap trackpad multiple times) as the system reboots. Hold it down until the system boots, again the stuck disk should come out.

Manual Process of Removing Stuck DVD

Step 1 : Take a piece of paper or thin card long enough to be inserted far inside the drive. The dvd cover page works well.

Step 2 : Insert the paper slowly into it and press eject multiple times till you feel a light pressure.

Step 3 : Gently, pull the paper and the disk will come out with it due to friction. You can also keep the Macbook at an angle to make the drive opening face down.

You can also take help from this video which will show you the exact manual procedure of removing a disk from the SuperDrive.

Read/Write NTFS Drives on Your Mac with Paragon Software

If you have an external drive in NTFS format or a BootCamp partition, you must have run into this inability to write to NTFS drives on Mac. While Snow Leopard allows you to read NTFS file systems you cannot create, delete or modify files or folders natively. Paragon’s NTFS for Mac OS X offers a solution.

Firstly, Why do we need NTFS write access?

FAT32 drives don’t let you transfer files larger than four gigabytes over USB so what if you have larger files to transfer or store this system fails. So, you could go for either HFS or NTFS. While NTFS atleast can be read on Macs HFS will not even be detected on your Windows PC. So, NTFS does seem like a better option here. All we need is write access.

In another scenario, if you have Windows installed in your Mac notebook or desktop you might at times want to write some files to the NTFS partition while you are running Snow Leopard.

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NTFS for Mac OS X 8.0 provides you full read/write access to NTFS with the same high speed as native HFS+ files. The built-in “HFS+ for Windows” (read-only version) completes an effective two-way communication channel between Mac® OS X and Windows. NTFS for Mac® OS X 8.0 is the first NTFS driver to support Snow Leopard in 32 and 64-bit mode!

Key features

  • Full read/write access to NTFS. Mac® OS X provides limited support of NTFS, the primary file system of any Windows PC. With Paragon’s NTFS for Mac OS X, you’ll get full read/write access to any version of NTFS under Mac OS X
  • Let Windows start up at the next launch. Choose your Windows volume in the Mac® System Preferences pane to start Windows at the next launch
  • Easy to install. The driver is easily installed through a user-friendly wizard, the same way it’s done under Mac® OS X
  • Easy to use. Mount any NTFS partition like a native one – no need to perform special commands to get access; just attach a disk or other media with NTFS partition and use it as you wish
  • Create and repair NTFS partitions under Mac® the same way you usually do with HFS/HFS+
  • Non-Roman characters and languages. File and folder names in national languages, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian
  • No limitation to maximum file/partition size (within Mac® OS X and NTFS specifications)

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How It Works

Easy to install:

The drivers are easily installed under both Mac® and Windows through user-friendly wizards, the way software is usually installed under each operating system. No additional configuration is required after installation. Just restart your computer and let it go to work for you!


Easy to use:

Under Mac® OS: After installation every Windows partition works like a native Mac® partition! Mount any NTFS partition like a native one – no need to perform special commands to get access – just attach a disk drive or removable media formated as an NTFS partition and use it as you wish.
Under Windows® : After you’ve installed the dirver, you get access to Mac-disks to browse contents, read and copy files and folders on HFS/HFS+ partitions under Windows.

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Verdict:

I’ve been using this software for more than a year now and it has never brought up an issue so far. Never failed a data transfer. So far I haven’t come across a cheaper alternative which does the job just as well. So I would recommend this to every Mac user who needs NTFS write operations. You can go for a free trial of the software and see what it is like for yourself here. The license costs $39. 95

5 Useful iTunes Tools for Mac

iTunes is one of the must have utility for Apple lovers but sometimes many of us get confused what tools to use when it comes to iTunes. There are lots of tools for iTunes which helps you to make your task easier and enjoy the iTunes features more. And if you are using these iTunes in Mac, you will surely love to play with them.

Here are 5 useful iTunes tools for Mac:

Aurora

Aurora is really interesting iTunes tool, it is an alarm clock which wakes you up with your favorite songs instead of those irritating alarm tunes. It also allows you to schedule playlists for different days and time so you will always wake up with songs of your mood.

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Gimmesometune

Gimmesometune helps you to download lyrics and album covers automatically. It also display songs playing in a floating window which can be hide, if you don’t like. Gimmesometune also have lots of hotkeys and minicontroler to control iTunes perfectly.

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Moody

If you prefer to listen to music according to your mood, then Moody is one tool which you must have. Moody helps you to play music according to your mood ad you can also search, download and tag songs according to your mood easily.

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MyTunes RSS

MyTunesRSS helps you to create RSS feeds, M3U and let you play MP3 music directly in browser with lots of different features. Apart from this it also create multiple user accounts, assign permissions upload new music.

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Tunes

A tune is useful tool which gives you complete control over iTunes. You can easily switch or browse to new songs without disturbing your current work. You can have your own custom menu to iTunes controls like next, previous, play, stop etc.

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Do let us know which one is your favorite iTunes tool for Mac to make iTunes more fun to use?

Mac HowTo: Remove All Dead Tracks from iTunes at once

We have all come across times when our iTunes library chooses to punish us with exclamation marks(!) all over the screen when we moved folders or deleted some tracks from the hard drive. If it’s a handful, one can manually delete the dead/missing tracks but otherwise it will take ages. Lucky for you, here’s a script which I have been using for over a year to keep my library free of dead tracks. Meet Super Remove Dead Tracks!

Note:
This script works only for iTunes on Macintosh Computers and has been tested to work with Snow Leopard and iTunes 9.2

Doug’s applescripts are very popular on the internet among Mac users. The script itself is very simple to use and understand. It will scan your full music library for dead/missing tracks and then delete them from the library. If a playlist remains with no existing song that will be deleted as well. Since, the process might take a few minutes and there is no progress slider an alert appears after every 500 tracks are scanned.

This script is very popular and when I last checked it had already been download almost 200K times.

How to Use:

  • Head over to this page and click on download.

  • Unzip the archive and load the DMG file.
  • Copy the script to “[username]/Library/iTunes” as specified
  • Restart or Launch iTunes
  • You should now see Super Remove Dead Tracks in the list of scripts. Click on the script and then click on Proceed and you’re done.

The script will also save a list of deleted tracks so you’re peace of mind is guaranteed. You do now know what tracks have been deleted. Check out the screenshots for more help. You should consider running this once you iTunes starts reporting missing tracks or you notice the exclamation mark making way into your music library.

So all you Mac users go get this script if you don’t have it already. You will have loads of time to leave us a note, once this script saves you a ton of time and effort. Enjoy!

When to buy an Apple Mac, iPod, Mac Mini or iPhone?

Customers often find themselves in a fix when they go out to buy any hardware. Whenever, we spend some money on a new gadget we try our best to future proof ourselves by making sure we are buying the latest and the best available piece of hardware out there. It would be very disappointing if an updated model was released just a week after. This guide will help you solve this problem for Apple products.
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