40 Ways Your Mac Can Improve Your Life

40 Ways Your Mac Can Improve Your Life

 

12:00 p.m.: WHEN THE NOON WHISTLE BLOWS

Not only is it time to eat - it's time to take a break from work. Whether you're stuck at your desk or you have the freedom to head outside for a while, your Mac (or iPod) can help you make the most of your lunch hour.

 

16. Raise your heart rate.

If you're the type who likes to work out on your lunch hour, you can't find a better partner than PumpOne ($19 to $49 for various workouts). These unique workout apps let you load graphics onto your iPod that show you how to perform a variety of exercises, and how to turn them into a three-tiered fitness program. The visual approach works, especially since the photos show a trim body doing exactly what you need to do to get fit.

 

View PumpOne's visuals on your iPod while you listen to your own music.

 

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17. Train a virtual pet.

Sometimes it's nice to have a friend at work, even if he's imaginary. Flappie (free) is a virtual pet that responds to good weather conditions in your area (yes, really) and must be fed and patted occasionally. Here's a cool cheat: Enter a sunny California zip code even if you don't live there to help Flappie stay happier.

 

Reprimand Flappie and he acts hurt.

 

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18. Get your sudoku fix.

There are lots of useful widgets out there. Here's one that's purely for fun. Sudoku is a simple game where every row, column, and three-by-three box must contain the digits 1 through 9. The Sudoku Widget (free) helps you get your daily quotient of this addictive puzzle. A tip: Skip any puzzle that takes longer than 10 minutes. Who needs that kind of stress?

 

 

Exercise your mind while you feed your tummy.

 

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19. Swap files with another Mac user.

It's easy to share files with a Mac-using coworker without taxing the company server. Go to System Preferences, click Sharing, and enable the Personal File Sharing option. This allows other users to grab files you've saved in your Public folder (to find it, click the house icon with your username in the left pane of any Finder window). To do so, they just click the Network icon to locate your hard drive.

 

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20. Touch up your digital photos.

iPhoto is great for creating cool projects like virtual albums and slideshows. In comparison, optimizing photos seems like "work." Why not tackle the task on your lunch break? Apple's Aperture ($299, available as a free 30-day trial) does an amazing job of turning blah to beautiful. It's best to process photos in RAW format, which is likely an option for you if you own an SLR camera (check Apple's RAW Support Page to make sure Aperture supports yours). You can adjust the exposure, saturation, brightness, and contrast in the Adjustments window.

 

This wrinkly guy got a brightness and saturation boost.

 

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

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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!)

Best of all: it's free :D
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Recent studies show that coffee actually does have antioxidants, and more than blueberries....

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Kavan Wolfe

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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