Category Archives: Mac
Frets on Fire
“Frets on Fire is a game of musical skill and fast fingers. The aim of the game is to play guitar with the keyboard as accurately as possible.” – Source
Frets on Fire is an amazing program that allows you to play a Guitar Hero like game on your computer without spending $80-100 on the guitar and game. This game is free and guess what! You can put ANY songs you want on it! I have found a good collection of songs you can download for it and the link is below. As for the game, a Free download can be found below as well.
Enjoy rocking out on your keyboard!
Are you sick of your Window’s desktop? Envy the coolness of Mac? How about transform your XP desktop (and everything about Windows) into MacOSX style? Forget Window blinds, and the pitiful Window skins. Look into going to FlyakiteOSX.com. They have this free program that will literally transform your OS into MacOSX style. Plus, there is a system restore made as part of the install, so if you get sick of it, you can always go back to Windows!
I found this hilarious video on YouTube where a guy compares Vista and OS X in a battle of ideas. Its a comic untruth, but it certainly has a good point.
With Leopard on the way in a few days, its many new shiny applications may have you dazzled. Rewind a bit back to the release of Tiger, and you may remember this little guy above. Some of you may have gathered his usefulness from the start, and if so, congratulations. If you were like me, however, you probably checked him out because the logo was cool, then got confused and perhaps scared by the application and quit it, never to use it again.
Well, if you’re still in that situation, let me fill you in on a few things.
Automator is simply an application builder. You won’t be able to build complicated things like Safari (as far as I know), but, for example, things such as ‘Jpegify’ (which I made in a few minutes), which turns any image file into a jpeg just through click and drag. It runs on a simple flow of commands, along the lines of ‘Get file’ -> ‘Change file to jpeg’ -> ‘Delete old file’. By dragging my large png file onto the program icon on my dock, it becomes a jpeg in a few seconds, saving me the trouble of opening Fireworks and manually saving it as a different file.
Anyway, I’ll go into that another time.
There are many things you can do with many programs, and once you get the hang of it you can make quite a few interesting things. It will rarely be something revolutionary, but it will definitely save time and effort. My mate made an application that ran Quicktime in full screen WITHOUT Quicktime Pro, which was nice. Here’s a very brief tutorial; I will expand on it later with pictures and whatnot in a later post about pictures.
1) Open Automator
2) Select the relevant application
3) Select the relevant command and drag it into the workflow
4) Adjust the command to your liking
5) Rinse and repeat
6) Save as either a workflow or an application. Perhaps give it a nice icon.
There are bound to be better tutorials out there, so google it. If you’ve ever found yourself repeating the same long-winded actions over and over again, you won’t regret automating it.
Alright, this is apparently the next new game from Ensemble Studios.
It looks amazing, let me tell you.
Here is a video:
Halo Wars is a real-time action strategy game for the Xbox 360 that allows the player to control large armies and to shrewdly direct them in realistic warfare. Set early in the iconic war between the Covenant and UNSC – made famous by the Halo FPS games – Halo Wars provides a new angle on the war while bringing new heroes to the battle.
The images below are renders of the units or buildings in-game. Mouse-over each image to see the original concept art. In the weeks and months ahead we will be updating the features page with more information and imagery.
(taken from halowars.com)
To learn more, watch videos, and more, go to http://www.halowars.com/
its pro 😛
Hey, people like the iPhone. Its pretty, neat, and pretty neat 😛
But there are lots of things about this Phone/Music player that are yet to be revealed. We will try to enlighten you with a series of iPhone mods and hacks that will make your iPhone the best there is.
When Apple changed their Firmware to 1.1.1 “there were a few new features that Apple didn’t mention…[I] have compiled a list the blogosphere of the hidden features courtesy which you might be curious to find out.”
This list includes:
New Video Playback options
Change voicemail password directly from the iPhone
Change sound for new text message
iPhone Safari’s “Debug console”
Use International characters in Mail or SMS
Play audio attachments in email messages
Stream all Audio to a Bluetooth headset
To find out more, go to the direct source, iPhone Hacks
What would the world be like without GameTap? Well, not too different, but of course, we wouldn’t notice a big difference if an atomic bomb pwned the land above our heads. That’s right, we are The Underground 😛
Do you have the urge to play games, free or not? Do you want a way to play games really cheaply, and let them take less space on your harddrive. Get Gametap!
GameTap allows you to play the latest games and older games all in their original format. They have GT TV as well, allowing you to watch TV on your pc. Gamers of all ages will be delighted with this program as it has 55 + free games and over 900 games that cost as little as 99 cents.
Fairly recently, EA have brought some of their bigger hits to the OS X operating system. A lot of these will need a very new computer to run them, but it’s nonetheless a breath of fresh air for us oft-marginalised Mac gamers.
The 6 games brought over are:
Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
Need for Speed Carbon
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08
A fairly decent selection, although they are apparently rather buggy and have very demanding specs. For more info check here.
I can’t believe I haven’t written about this already. Along with Quicksilver and Adium, this may be one of the more useful applications you will find for OS X. Personally, I don’t find it amazingly necessary, but others will argue otherwise.
This is essentially the notification program which should have been built in with OS X. It covers most programs, from Adium to Mail and Safari, and will notify you of a vast variety of different events occurring within each program. For example, if someone connects on Adium or if you get new Mail. Very nice indeed, and when combined with a variety of styles and plug-ins for greater compatibility, its definitely worth a download even if it’s not vital.