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Killer Apps for Mac – Disk Inventory X

If you ever wonder what your hard drive looks like, this is your chance to find out. “Disk Inventory X”:http://www.derlien.com/ analyzes your hard drive and creates an interactive graphical representation of all the information stored on it. I’ve used this program for a long time to figure out how to create more space on my iBook’s 80 gb hard drive, pictured below. It’s fun to see how your computer works, and with the great price (free) there’s no excuse to not try it out.

http://windirstat.info/ and "Linux":http://kdirstat.sourceforge.net/.

Killer Apps for Mac – Adium

http://duenos.net/article/111/ and "SizzlingKeys":http://duenos.net/article/119/, a lot of people use Adium. This popular iChat replacement is fully customizable instant messaging program that supports AIM, Bonjour, MSN, G-Talk, etc... In fact, I have no idea what most of those icons actually represent, but you can be assured that Adium does. I've been using Adium for years and love the way that it is integrated into OS X with so many visual styles and features. The only thing missing is video support. To learn more about Adium, go their "website":http://www.adiumx.com or to their "extras site":http://www.adiumxtras.com/. Also see other Killer Apps for Mac entries on "Sidenote":http://duenos.net/article/111/ and "SizzlingKeys":http://duenos.net/article/119/.

Killer Apps for Mac – SizzlingKeys

Continuing in my series on applications that Mac OS X amazing, SizzlingKeys puts full iTunes controls at your fingertips regardless of what application you’re in. There are other programs that offer this ability, but I think SizzlingKeys is the best. With just a keystroke (that you can set yourself) you can pause, play, switch tracks, change the volume, mute, or even search your iTunes library. The best part of it all, like all of my “Killer Apps” choices, is that it’s free. Go to the “SizzlingKeys website”:http://www.yellowmug.com/sk4it/ to download your copy and try it out.

Here is a picture of the floating status window in action on my desktop.

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Killer Apps for Mac – Sidenote

I started using Sidenote almost a week ago and it’s already become an integral part of my OS X life. I use it to store absolutely all of my working notes from job hunting to ideas for blog articles. Anytime I want to use it I just press _Cmd-^-[_ (my choice) and it slides out, I make my notes, and with the same key stroke it dissapears, automatically saving what I wrote.

From the “Mac Downloads page:”:http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/productivity_tools/sidenote.html :

_”[Sidenote] Tries to catch the “Stickies” spirit but in the form of a multi-document drawer that will hide in the corner of your screen (left or right). You can use it to take all your daily notes, include images and easily modify text color and font.

Sidenote will automatically expand so that you will be able to drag into it any picture, text clipping or pdf file from the finder or your favorite application. With notes auto-saving, you’ll never have to save your notes. Sidenote will handle that for you. You can also print notes or export them to rtf.”_

Here’s a screenshot of Sidenote at work.

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