Path Finder

I was playing support for a coworker who got a shiny new MacBook Pro a couple days ago, and he highly recommended I download Path Finder as a replacement for the regular built-in Finder. 20 minutes later, I’m hooked.

If there was a standalone app that Apple should buy out and slap into the next release of OS X (R.I.P. CoverFlow, Dashboard, etc.), this is it.

Emergency Party Button

I require one of these. It’s a big red button that does exactly what you think it does. http://www.plasma2002.com/epb/

[via The UberReview]

AppleTV “Take 2” Software Update Released

AppleTVApple has at long last released Apple TV (Software Update 2.0|Take 2).

We’re picking it apart on the wiki and in the forums, and there’s already a preliminary safe update for it (which I haven’t had time to test, I’m brewing beer 🙂 )

Of interest, it doesn’t seem to shut down the USB port like in 1.x, you can stream iTunes from the computer to it, a-la Airport Express, and the 10.5.2 update I fought last night lets me choose mounted network volumes as Time Machine drives… HMM!
The new “startup movie” is pretty cool too, Leopard-ified.

God damn, four months without updating…  I should get back on this…

ATV 1.1 Safe Update

Finally after a few weeks of putting it off, I have safe-updated my AppleTV to 1.1. Instructions are here.

HandBrake 0.9.0 Released

HandBrake IconThe HandBrake crew has released version 0.9.0 of their excellent DVD ripping software. In this release are a new GUI, much faster encoding, way more advanced options, Matroska containers, a “send to MetaX” option, and a bunch of other updates. Hit the jump for the full changelog.

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More hacks

AppleTV
Looks like the guys over at AwkwardTV have been pretty busy. They’ve managed to Enable USB Storage, got Bluetooth working, and have gotten SMB shares to mount with Apple’s kexts. (No more sharity light!) Big thanks to Turbo at 0xfeedbeef for coming up with a kernel extension enabler which blows most of this stuff wide open.

I have yet to try any of these yet, but it seems like the YouTube patch needs to be removed. You can downgrade to 1.0 by rebooting by holding menu-minus and then choosing Factory Restore. From there, break out your Patchstick and go nuts.

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MetaX: An Even Better MP4 Metadata Editor for the Mac

I forget where I found it, but MetaX is an even better MP4 container metadata editor based on AtomicParsley. Dump some movies into it, and it’ll query Amazon for things and fill in even more than Lostify. Stuff it can grab:

  • Cover art
  • Actors
  • Directors/producers/screenwriters
  • Release date/rating
  • Batch processing

Best of all, it’s free and it moos at you upon completion.