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And the fastest browser is…Starts with an S

And the fastest browser is…

7F7A7E84-3108-420F-9658-6264468A55FF.jpgWhich is the world’s fastest browser? According to Zimbra, Safari runs fastest, though it didn’t beat out Firefox by much. Both Safari and Firefox were roughly twice as fast as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7.

Of course, Zimbra was testing for how these browsers perform with the Zimbra Web application. Your mileage may vary with other applications. In fact, I’d love to see a wide range of tests for different sites and applications. Who’s next?

As an aside, I continue to be impressed at how Zimbra treats non-Microsoft platforms as first-class citizens (along with Microsoft). Firefox is the same way. Both allow you to run on the Mac, for example, without losing any functionality that you’d find in Windows/IE.

It’s called great code. Weak developers write code that limps on anything but Windows. Great developers write code that ports well to diverse platforms.

(Via CNET)

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Eject All Volumes 1.1

Eject All Volumes 1.1

About Eject All Volumes
Eject All Volumes is a Dashboard Widget that will unmount any volume that you are connected to. It will eject USB, Firewire, CD-ROM, DVD, and network mounted volumes. The script will exclude “Macintosh HD” from the unmount action. Volume names that contain spaces are supported (eg. “The Volume Name” or “SEAGATE 1”).

(Via Dashboard Widgets)

An introduction to Growl

Mac Basics: an introduction to Growl

A Cool little program and a great read!

Guest poster Dan Foy from Macsimum News gives us an overview of Growl. You can read his original post here on Macsiumum News!

an introduction to Growl

You’re working on a project at work, and you hear the “bing” of Mail, telling you there’s a new e-mail. You are confronted with the question, “Do I stop what I’m doing and see if the e-mail is important, or do I take a chance and keep working on my project?”

What if you didn’t have to? What if a little box popped up on the side of your screen with a summary of the e-mail, giving you a short-term look at the e-mail so you can decide if it’s important or not?
Believe it or not, the software that does that is already here. And it’s free (donations are accepted).
It’s called Growl. Growl is a notification system for Mac OS X: it allows applications that support Growl to send you notifications (took the description right off their web site because I couldn’t have said it better myself).

I had heard of Growl, but didn’t see much use for it until I accidentally installed it. Yes, I accidentally installed Growl. I don’t even know what program installed it for me (which I don’t like, but I seem to recall an installer asking me if I wanted to install Growl, so I must have said “yes.”)
Anyway, all of a sudden, I started seeing notifications when my RSS reader, the open-source Vienna, downloaded new articles. Thought that was pretty handy. I could tell when there were new articles without bumping down to the bottom of the screen and making the dock appear (Vienna has a number notifier in its dock icon and I keep my dock hidden). Saves time.
So I started investigating and found Growl in my System Preferences (in the Other category at the bottom). After some exploration, I found that there is a plugin for Apple’s Mail program that allows Growl to notify you of new e-mail.

And there are a whole bunch of other programs that are either written to work with Growl, and for some others there are plugins.

But the one that really helps me is the Mail plugin. My day job is at a newspaper. I do page design for my home paper and tech support for several other papers. As part of that, I get an enormous amount of e-mail from the Associated Press. Most of if deals with their web-based video network, and for some reason, they can’t just send me the important stuff, they send me an email every time they post a new video.

I have them whisked off to a folder in Mail, but it “bing”s every time one of those e-mails come in and I don’t always have time to see whether or not it’s important. But I want to know immediately if someone is having a problem related to their deadlines.
Growl shows me who the email is from and allows me to more-easily ignore the AP stuff.
And that’s just one example. I also use Semulov, which unmounts volumes. Now when a volume unmounts, I see it in a Growl notification.
I’m sure you can come up with many other uses, but I just wanted to introduce you to this cool little program.

(Via The iLife)

Easy iWeb Publisher – Upload iWeb To ANY Host

Easy iWeb Publisher – Upload Sites Created With iWeb To ANY Host
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Easy iWeb Publisher 3.0.1 is an excellent free application for OS X, that allows you to easily upload iWeb sites to the web host of your choice. It will quickly upload a file or the contents of a folder via FTP. Once configured, uploading a web site created in iWeb is as easy as dragging a folder on to the Easy iWeb Publisher icon in the dock.
Get it HERE!

(Via Cool OSX Apps)

Customize Your Folder Icons

Telling Folders – Customize Your Folder Icons

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Telling Folders 1.0 is a free application for Leopard that allows you to easily customize or change your folder icons. You can drag and drop any image on top of your current folder icon. QuickLook is supported, so you are not limited to just images. If you accidentally change a folder icon, full Undo support is included in the application.

Get it HERE!

(Via Cool OSX Apps)

Maintaining Battery Life

Maintaining Battery Life

If somehow you happen to hear someone said that it’s fine to connect your MacBook battery to power socket all the time, then it’s unlucky that you’ve got the wrong idea. Plugging your battery all the time will shorten your battery life.

Checking Battery Condition

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There is an application called Coconut Battery that can help you inspect your battery life.

How is your battery condition?

Fortunately, there is a quick tip that can help you maintain your battery life: by calibrating your battery every month or two.

Calibrating Battery

  1. Charge the battery until it’s fully charged
  2. Keep the fully charged state for two hours or more
  3. Disconnect power adapter
  4. Use your battery until it goes to sleep (empty state)
  5. Leave it for five hours or longer
  6. Connect the power adapter and charge the battery until it’s full

Source: Apple Support.

(Via USINGMAC)

iTunesMenu 0.1

iTunesMenu 0.1

About iTunesMenu

A menubar item for seeing what song is playing in iTunes.

iTunesMenu has options for controlling iTunes with hotkeys,

and showing Growl notifications when the song has changed.

(Via Downloads – Mac OS X – Just Added)

Five iWeb Themes for Small Businesses

iPresentee Releases Five iWeb Themes for Small Businesses
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iPresentee announced Friday five themes for Apple’s iWeb Web design software that are intended for small businesses. The company said that the themes are easy to customize for individual businesses.

Each of the themes has five different templates for different pages within the site: Home, About Us, Services, Support, Clients, Contact Us and Blank.

You can find more information on each of the themes at the iPresentee Web site. Each theme is priced at US$10, and all five can be purchased for $30. The themes require iWeb 2.0.

(Via macobserver.)

Airport Utility 5.3.2 – available now

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Cyberduck 3 – Lots of new goodies and still FREE!

EA556232-EF36-4468-9821-EC59D29FE24F.jpgCyberduck is a robust FTP/FTP-TLS/SFTP browser for the Mac whose lack of visual clutter and cleverly intuitive features make it easy to use. Support for external editors and system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, Keychain and AppleScript are built-in.
Cyberduck is a open source product licensed under the GPL and free to use. Donations are welcome to help advance development in the future. Thanks to contributors, Cyberduck is available in English, Japanese, German, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and Polish.

Get it HERE!