I’m a journalist. (Kind of.) I have to record calls a lot, to supplement my notes. When I make a call over Skype, I use Ecamm Call Recorder, a simple but full-featured Mac-only Skype extension.
“What are some cool websites where you can download free stuff?” asked redditor howtoadvanced. He got over 5,000 answers. We’ve gone through and categorized the best ones, identifying each resource. You could spend the rest of your life just entertaining and educating yourself with the free books, music, games, apps,…
No virtual whiteboard is perfect for everyone—and every virtual whiteboard service seems to shut down after a few years. While we’ve recommended several over the years, the only one still around is Twiddla, which is so feature-rich that it might feel too complicated (and ugly) for some projects. If so, try the simpler…
There are plenty of existing soundboard apps (and sites), but the new app Farrago may be the best. Like most apps from Rogue Amoeba, it’s a fairly powerful tool with a smart and friendly interface, and you can try it out free before you shell out $49 for a license (currently on sale for $39).
MacOS: Some people keep their computer desktop neat. Some people are happy to keep their desktop messy. For those who want a clean desktop but have trouble maintaining it, there’s Declutter.
iTunes is bloated. If you just want to play some mp3s like you did in the old days, try Tiny Player for Mac.
There are a few programs everyone knows to add to a new computer: Chrome, Spotify, Dropbox, some work apps like Excel or Photoshop. But many of us also have our favorite helper apps and utilities to customize our workflow.
Inspired by games from the 2016 Self-Care Jam (which Kotaku mined for favorites), MetaFilter users recently named their favorite calming video games. Some will be familiar, but others are deep cuts by independent developers. Most aren’t for winning or losing, just exploring, interacting, and existing. None of them…
Microsoft’s experimental projects division has released a toolbar utility for Mac-based Office 365 users that lets you access your OneDrive files, make video calls, and see your next appointments.
iTunes users all know the aggravating feeling every time you plug your phone into your car, or idly hit play: The first song in your library comes on, feeling less like music and more like an alarm clock, and you rush to turn it back off. And then you never again want to play Adele or Abbey Road or “Ain’t No…
When you’re sharing your screen for a business or school presentation, you don’t want any notifications popping up, like a sext, a calendar notification for your therapist appointment, or a Slack DM about the problem client you’re currently presenting to. You could hit “Do Not Disturb,” but what if you forget? While…
If you’ve ever needed to upload an image or two, or deal with a scanned document, you know about all the headaches that come with conversion, and how finicky sites get with different file types.
It seems like a lot of web pages are disappearing from the internet these days. If you feel like taking on archiving duties for yourself, there are a variety of tools for doing so.
Mac: Your Mac has a world clock built into it, but it’s relegated to the Notification Center and stuck in analog for some reason. Clocker lets you jam that world clock into the menu bar, where’s it’s easily accessible.
If you use the terminal a lot to code, then you know it’s easy to get lost deep inside those blinking commands. Tiny-Care-Terminal is a small little dashboard that reminds you to stop and take care of yourself every once in a while.
Windows/Mac/Linux: When it comes to notes apps, you have a seemingly endless trail of options, but it’s rare to find one that’s cross-platform, supports the Evernote-style of rich notes, and works without needing an account somewhere. Collate is just that.
Using a password manager is basically internet security 101 these days, but that doesn’t make them any less intimidating. If you’ve never used a password manager, they’re annoying, cumbersome to use, and baffling at a glance. 1Password is one of the easiest to use options around, but that doesn’t mean you don’t some…
Mac: We’ve seen plenty of Pomodoro timers over the years, but Tomates might be the most full featured option around.
Congress decided that your ISP should be allowed to sell off your private browsing data, but the solutions to get around this are a bit complicated, costly, or just a pain. What’s a lazy-internet person to do? Use Opera.
Mac: If you need to dump an address into your contacts app, it’s usually a comically cumbersome process of bouncing between data fields. Interact Scratchpad is a simple little app that does all that for you.