40 Ways Your Mac Can Improve Your Life

40 Ways Your Mac Can Improve Your Life

 

11:00 p.m.: LIGHTS OUT - ALMOST

In the last 17 hours, you've accomplished quite a lot - and had fun doing it. That's thanks in no small part to your Mac and iPod, which can also set the stage for tomorrow and ease you into a restful night's sleep.

 

36. Wind down with your tunes.

If you have trouble sleeping or relaxing at night, try PowerController ($9.95), an app that will play music progressively softer and softer as you fall asleep. It shuts off your Mac if desired, and it can wake you up in the morning too.

 

Go to sleep with music that eventually fades to silence.

 

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37. Plan the next day's wardrobe.

Dress Assistant ($19.95) mixes and matches your clothes to come up with stylish - or at least color-coordinated - outfits. Here's how it works:

 

1. First take photos of your clothes, matching up the template in Dress Assistant for shirts, slacks, shoes, and so on. You can also use a webcam to take photos and import them in one step.

 

2. Replace the template drawing with a photo of each piece of clothing.

 

3. Now drag and drop photos into the main window to see how the clothes look together.

 

Drag your clothing photos over the sketches on the left to populate your wardrobe.

 

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38. Back up.

Sing it with us: The last chore for the day should be to perform a backup. Thankfully, iBackup (free) can do this routine maintenance for you. Try using your iPod as the backup disk.

 

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39. Listen to a best seller.

We're hopelessly addicted to Audible.com, which seems to have just about every best seller we'd ever want to, uh, hear. Running with Scissors is actually read by the author, which makes it that much more hysterical. We like loading audiobooks onto our MacBook Pro because there's enough harddrive space to archive them into infinity (almost). Audible files can play on your iPod, too, but you need not load them all at once. You can buy audiobooks a la carte (prices vary) or become a member ($14.95 per month and up) to receive "credits" (free audiobooks) and discounts.

 

Hear your favorite books read aloud, courtesy of Audible.com.

 

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40. Get ready for sleep with special tones.

Any software package that uses something called "neuro linguistic programming" seems like it's wortha shot - especially if you're a regular victim of insomnia. The Pzizz Sleep Module ($29.95) combines specially programmed words, music, sound effects, and "binaural beats" to induce a sleep-ready state. (In case you need pick-me-ups during the day, Pzizz also offers an Energizer Module for $29.95; both modules are available together for $49.95.)

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Does this alarm work while my MacBook Pro is in sleep mode? Nothing else seems to.

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Anonymous

Another great app is Dream Recorder 2 (www.dream-recorder.com)
It uses the iSight camera of your mac to detect your sleep state and awakes you in the right moment, so you don't feel tired in the mornings. It also records when you're speaking during your sleep and makes a movie of your sleep ;-)

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I'm surprised you didn't mention Aurora for waking up and going to sleep to your iTunes library (and when that's unavailable: Winchester chimes!)

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Recent studies show that coffee actually does have antioxidants, and more than blueberries....

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Nice collection of apps, but it sure sounds like you're in the software selling business. You could have had a lot more open source and freeware apps and a lot less expensive gadgetry. That Sony wireless TV is a prime example. You can get much cheaper alternatives.

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Anonymous

Just FYI, it's the Scion xB that includes the Ipod link, at least according to the Scion website. I didn't see it listed for the Scion xA, tC, or the new xD

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the xD has an iPod Dock

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If you really want to do karaoke, kJams is the best. My windows-using friends have not been able to find anything that comes close.

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