Posts from the ‘best utilities’ Category

CrossLoop connection terminated error

Out of the blue, I started receiving an error while trying to CrossLoop remote control my mom’s mac:

connection terminated
authentication failed incorrect  password

It was strange, because it worked last week, haven’t changed any setting, router, etc. It was a tricky error message, since … it shows up on the screen for about a second … Couldn’t find any help on support forum for CrossLoop neither, so i decided to do the support 101 myself … updated both my macbook & my moms’ iMac to latest version 1.4 … and it worked!

best FREE iPhone apps

picture-51 i’ve used iPhone for over 6 months now & even though in the beginning you couldn’t really have a clear phone conversation, apple has stepped up & fixed all the problems and now …. yes, i’m a fan.

but, this post is about BEST FREE applications for iPhone, so here you go: [best of the best sir are in bold & italics]


  • google mobile app – not only has decent voice recognition, but you can easily find your contacts and local stuff (pizza, etc)
  • gmail, google calendar, tasks [web]- build in email client sucks, so if you want to be able to search your gmail, see conversations again, etc – it’s all possible via the web (i’m just not sure why google has removed calendar “quick add” from there ….)
    … but if you do use build-in mail app – firemail will let you type your email horizontally and then send them back to the regular mail app
  • facebook – if you’re an addict … you got to have this app
  • iTalk – record audio: voice memos, sounds, etc – then download to your computer
  • discover – yes, you can use your iPhone as a hard drive / over the wifi
  • WiFinder – find open WiFi spots around you
  • Easy Wi-Fi – if you use starbucks’ free wifi connection a lot, this is a life saver (no more waiting for txt, etc)


  • yelp – looking for a good restaurant whenever you are?
  • trapster – would you like to avoid a speeding ticket and know where are the speed traps or where’s the nearest traffic light camera? :)
  • pandora, and iHeartRadio – radio on iPhone is decent – iHeart let’s u listen to most of the local radio stations even if you’re elsewhere (hot 97, v103, etc)
  • shazam – “what’s the name of that song”? – this app will tell you, by simply putting the iPhone next to the speaker … amazing
  • fring – best IM client:Skype,  MSN, ICQ, Google Talk, etc – although i never succeeded in making a skype call … yes, over wifi
  • drinks free – tells you how to make most of the popular drinks out there


not “best”, but good enough to list:

  • accuWeather – better then build-in weather, especially the radar & real feel
  • twitter [web] – it’s free & it does the basics
  • nbc traffic camera – 1/2 of the cameras don’t work, but it’s only such app that’s available for free
  • remote – controls your iTunes, so you can be a better couch potato :)

run Windows on mac faster then Boot Camp

mac daddyvmWare & Parallels rely heavily on the hard drive to run Windows (XP or Vista) on your mac. So the only way to make it run faster is to put it on a very fast hard drive … well, here’s my brilliant idea – convert portion of your memory into a fastest hard drive on the planet! :). Here’s what, you’ll need:

- Ram Disk Utility Pro … old but forgotten concept of converting your spare memory into a super fast “hard drive”. ($14.99 is well worth of what you get)
– at least 2GB of memory on your apple (iMac, macbook, etc) is recommended
– a very small installation of Windows XP – with TinyXP (bittorrent link) that’s only 400gb! :) & vmWare /

How to: once you have Ram Disk installed, it will show up just as if it was a regular hard drive on your desktop. so all you’ll need to do – is to move the vmWare image of your Win XP to it & then re-setup new Virtual Machine (advanced options / “use the existing virtual disk”).

other suggested usage for ram hard drive:

- have 100mb + photo u want to manipulate in photoshop?
– u can even drop applications on it to speed them up (i found firefox to load images much faster … u figure out what kind of websites i was checking out ;)
– seriously great way to speed up anything on your mac that is hard drive recources hungry


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