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

mac essentials – best apps / hacks / utilities

so i finally jumped on the mac os wagon & got myslef macbook w/ leopard on it …. & yes, i love it!
here’s a list of hacks / best apps, utils i’ve discovered so far:

* best mac appscourtesy of matthias (thx!)
perian – play Divx, Xvid, AVI and other movies in quicktime (or via Front Row)
there’s always VLC – bets video player for mac & windows
sofacontrol Sofa Control Downloadcontrol most of ur mac apps via the remote! – chat – all IM mac clients in ONE
music rescue – ipod recovery
handbreak / mac the ripperdvd ripper for mac
download manager: igetter with flashgot in firefox – avail for windows too Xslimmer Logoslims down mac os
Quicksilver – i’m not quite sold on this one yet, but then again haven’t used it yet🙂
Cocktail cocktail/ CandyBar candybar– simple mac os tweaks / customize your icons
geniushelps you remember things
more links: 10mac apps, Top 100 Mac App, 35 Absolutely Essential Mac Apps, The Ultimate Mac Apps List

* hints / shortcuts
enable right click on the mac mouse! (works on track pad too!) – it _helps_ soooo much if you coming from the PC world
Cool things you can do on a Mac

* beginer’s video guides to mac:
leopard features videoan impressive newest mac os overview, especially the iChat stuff
An Orientation to Mac OS Xsurprisingly couldn’t’ find intro video tutorial to mac os on the apple website, so found this instead … it’s tiger, but still very informative for those who never used mac os before.

ps: one thing i can’t seem to figure out is how to maximize a window via keyboard shortcuts after you minimize it to the dock …. anyone?

best free mp3 editor

so you want to edit your music / song / mp3 … or need to know
how to create a FREE ring tone from your mp3 song🙂 ?

best free program / utility out there to edit mp3 out there is called:
audacitybut as w/ all free programs, you’ll need LAME mp3 encoder, so you can save the mp3 you just edited … in mp3 !

i also recommend downloading LADSPA plugins (over 90 cool mp3 editing plug-ins)

Audacity is extremely easy to use, but here are some tutorials for the mouse challenged.


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