For Mac Geeks

Bricksmith: Make virtual Lego models on your Mac

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Running out of parts for your Lego models? With Bricksmith you can create virtual LEGO creations and models on your Mac with a comprehensive part browser that provides access to thousands of virtual parts, which ensures you will never run out of parts - ever. Bricksmith also features a full Lego color palette, support for steps and submodels and multiple viewports. It's freely available from here.

Leopard on the prowl: Mac OS X 10.5 previewed

So, Apple finally previewed Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard at WWDC 2006, amidst all the excited Apple fanatics. Mac OS X 10.5 has been in development for quite some time and was even being talked about at the launch of Tiger Mac OS X 10.4. So with out much adieu we will let you on what to expect in Leopard. Warning: Don't read if you want to stick with Windows :) 

Leopard has a significant number of improvements and new features and we are sure we haven't seen all of it yet, but here's some of the cooler ones.

The first and the foremost feature is the full 64-bit application support, even for applications that use graphical interfaces like Cocoa. This makes it ideal for new Mac Pros and Xserves based on Intel Xeon processors.

The next feature is called the Time Machine, a system that automatically makes incremental backups of the entire file system or  any of the changed files. If it does work the way it's supposed to you can restore an entire machine, system and all. The Time machine also interfaces with most programs  iPhoto and Address Book directly to restore data instantly. > Read more

RF Front Row Remote for iMac/MacBook/Pro/Mac Mini

rf remote for apple front row software that can extend the range of operation to 60 feetThe RF remote is the power remote for "Front Row", the Mac entertainment center.  Unlike the regular infrared remote that ships with the Mac, this one doesn't require a line of sight and will even work through walls, furniture and from the  bathroom, as long as you are in the 60 feet range.

The remote control features a 9 buttons to control Front Row, adjust volume, eject DVD/CD and wake up or put the Mac to sleep. Oh, yes it also works with other apps if you a bit of tweaking. Available for US$ 30.99 from Amazon

iSpazz: MacBook Pro/PowerBook Keyboard Disco Light Plugin for iTunes

iSpazz is a iTunes plugin for OS X, which makes your MacBook Pro/PowerBook backlight keyboard into disco light array; flickering and blinking with the music.

Using it is simple, just download the plugin, uncompress and copy it into the iTunes Plug-ins folder. We aren't sure if using this software for prolonged periods can kill your backlight forever, so use at your own discretion and risk. But it could be good fun to show this off on your MacBook Pro/PowerBook once in a while. Grab it from here.

MacSaber: Turn your Mac into a Jedi Weapon

MacSaber is a totally hilarious and geeky software for your new acquired MacBook/Pro. Using the Mac's sudden motion sensor, this software turns the Mac into a Jedi weapon with authentic lightsaber sound effects.
Here's a video of two Jedi's fighting with their MacSaber's:

Highly recommended. Just be careful not to drop your MacBook and may the 'force be with you' :)

Download MacSaber v1.0

How To: Download Music from the iPod

Getting music off from an iPod is not a thing most of us worry about until the inevitable happens - a desktop PC crash. Imagine  over 25 GB of music stuck in your iPod and a empty playlist in the PC. If you haven't yet experienced it, you cannot Sync iTunes and get all music back; iTunes will not sync back the music from the iPod to a crashed PC. Thankfully, there is hope - in two versions; iLinkPod for the Mac and EphPod for Windows.

 From the iLinkPod site:

"iLinkPod is first of all a unique tool that creates a permanent and direct access from your Desktop  (and your iPod or wherever you want) to the hidden folders in which iPod stores your audio files.  All this in the safest way, without modifying any file/folder or configuration file of the iPod!  Direct access means that you'll access your previously hidden audio files directly fromthe Finder, while they remain hidden! (remember: iLinkPod will not modify any properties of files on your iPod!). So you don't need iLinkPod or any other utility to access your hidden audio files on the iPod, you'll have access to them through a common folder on your Desktop (and iPod too). You don't need do execute iLinkPod again if you add or delete/modify songs on your iPod, you'll have access to your iPod as it is in that moment!" > Read more

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