Many people are familiar with computer case modifications
, thanks to the photogenic nature of mods
. On the software side, most operating systems feature some potential for customization, though this is often limited to tweaking the colors and sounds. For some, this isn't enough. Enter "skinning
," the casual term for interface customization. To a degree, the history of the media player Winamp
(YT, 7:03; transcript with pictures
) mirrors the history of skinning. From a version 0.2, a visually dull app in June 1997, to easy user customization in version 2 in September 1998, and the complexly customizable Winamp3 in August 2002. Wired captured something of the excitement at its peak
in an article from 2000, before computing began shifting to more closed devices. Now approaching a post-WIMP (windows, icons, menus and a pointer) era
, where skinning is done with alternative launchers
. But for those still using traditional computers of one sort or another, it's not too late to modify your interface. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 17, 2012 -
Although Apple's OS X
operating system is making inroads with power users, providing Apple style and usability over a FreeBSD-derived UNIX-certified architecture, many find the built-in terminal emulator sadly lacking both UNIX feel and Apple polish. Fortunately, MeFi's own jewzilla
has picked up the ball on the most popular third-party Terminal replacement, iTerm, and rolled out something altogether new and wonderful: iTerm2
. [via mefi projects
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism
on Jul 20, 2011 -
scours the net for platform independent apps that help sharing and engaging with information. They look at OSX, Windows, Linux, iPhone, Web Apps, Flash, Physical Interfaces, Max MSP development, Processing and others. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Oct 30, 2010 -
Plainview is a free full-screen web browser
for your mac.
Until now, you had two options for showing Internet work: capture it all to Quicktime and throw it into Powerpoint or Keynote (looks nice but no interactivity as everything has to be canned) or show it in your browser (interactive but with ugly chrome distracting people from your beautiful sites).
So here's a third option. Fire up your full-screen browser and let your audience focus on the work. [more inside]
posted by krautland
on Oct 27, 2008 -
OS X as music video.
(SLYT) Dennis Liu's interpretation of "Again and Again" by the Bird and the Bee, using a particular operating system as inspiration. It does feel kind of like an Apple ad, but it's quite creative.
posted by fungible
on May 13, 2008 -
The How-To Geek
provides hints and tips for a variety of operating systems and popular pieces of software. The how-tos cover a pleasing range of head-slapping I-should-have-known-thats to relatively advanced techniques. Follow the latest
page to read the site in blog form.
posted by nthdegx
on Jul 8, 2007 -
"provides a buddy-list for your iTunes - it helps you discover new artists based on what you're already listening to, and it helps you browse your friends' music libraries and share music suggestions with each other." Basically, there's an iTunes plugin (OSX only) that automatically sends your iTunes metadata to the iLike site to be shared with the community.
posted by Kwine
on Feb 21, 2007 -
Software Pop Idol
If you're a software developer, what happens when you run out of ideas? You ask the community of course! Then you sort, rate and have the ideas voted on. Make it a contest and give away prizes. And that's exactly what the Mac Programmers behind My Dream App
have done. Entries are due by Sept 1st. Rules
here. Idea Submission form
posted by filmgeek
on Aug 28, 2006 -
MacSaber! Turn Your Mac Into a Jedi Weapon.
I cannot explain how much fun I had slashing co-workers with a laptop today.
Be careful not too get too excited. You don't want to lose your grasp on the MacBook or shake so hard you damage the hard drive. Great to try once. Or in my case, 20 minutes straight.
posted by jragon
on May 20, 2006 -
Well, it's an old rumor, but many sources (including the NYT
, and many rumor sites) are reporting that Steve Jobs will be announcing a switch to Intel at the WWDC
tomorrow. The WSJ claims Apple will be switching to x86 processors, while others speculate Intel will simply be manufacturing PPC chips, or only processors for a tablet PC. If the rumors are true, and it seems like they are, what of the Intel DRM recently announced
? Are we destined to have DRM hardwired into our computers no matter where we turn?
Curiously, the major rumor site
has remained mum on the matter. Your best bet to follow the drama will probably be MacRumors
, who will be providing live updates from Steve-o's keynote tomorrow.
posted by keswick
on Jun 5, 2005 -
Plasq, a software collective
who have been responsible for a great number
of free and inexpensive audio tools for OSX (the musolomo
realtime software looper being very worthy of note) have created Comic Life
, a really
smooth application that allows anyone with a camera or some drawing skill to create very high quality comics (I am creating one featuring my kid right now.) This is one of those programs that has to be used to be believed. Humbly submitted as software and developers that are best of the web. (via macintouch.
posted by n9
on Apr 14, 2005 -
The clueless reviews the Mac Mini
His chief gripes are "The Mini boots up into a stripped-down operating system which Apple calls OS X, similar to the stripped-down WindowsCE OS found on many handhelds." and "No serial ports, no way to connect a printer, no PS/2 ports, no floppy drive, no 5.25" bays." Let the hate mail campaign begin!
posted by StormBear
on Feb 2, 2005 -
is a screensaver for Mac OS X that generates photo-realistic simulations of the view from a flying airplane window.
posted by Mwongozi
on Apr 25, 2004 -
For Mac users (OSX), desktop widgets of a cute and useful nature. Create your own if you're so inclined; they'll add it to the gallery
. Keep track of weather, the latest Homeland Security Department alert level, sports scores, your iTunes status--all in a tiny little application.
posted by padraigin
on Feb 20, 2003 -