Little Snitch 3 Privacy Monitor and Controller

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Little Snitch 3 your network connection monitor

I have a couple of applications that I always install on a new Mac. It’s the first I do after the initial setup is completed. They are the essential software I need to have installed to be productive and secure. Little Snitch by Objective Development is one of them. I’ve been using it for more than ten years now, and I wouldn’t dream of running a Mac without it installed. What Little Snitch 3 essentially does is monitor all outgoing traffic from your open applications and processes and gives you the ability to allow or deny that traffic. This is a great way of seeing what kind of information is sent from applications without your knowledge or consent. And it’s a great way of stopping traffic that “Phones home” without your explicit permission. When an application tries to send out something over the network, it gets intercepted by Little Snitch and you can then allow or deny the connection, either temporary or permanently via the dialog box that appears. So Little Snitch is always there, protecting your privacy.

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A Quick Test of the Blogo 2 Blogging Application

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Update: After using Blogo 2 for a while I decided to use Marsedit 3 instead. It’s a much more mature product right now. 

I decided I wanted to try a new blogging application and stumbled onto Blogo 2. After installing it I had problems at first because I could only see the first 16 pages of content on my blog. But after contacting their support, they  found out the problem (a weird character in one of my posts) and even logged in and fixed it. So my initial impression of the support for the application is very good. I just wished that the application supported Markdown and have a way of synchronising to Dropbox so I can switch between my computer and my iPad. But for quick posts like this (and if everything works because I haven’t pressed the Publish button yet) this could be a useful application. And there is sync with Evernote so that might work in a pinch.

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JPEGMini an easy way to reduce size of large photos

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What if you could reduce the size of all the jpeg pictures on your hard disk? Having problems sending full resolution jpeg images via email because of size restraints? Is your iPhoto library to large? Let’s face it, images is one of the things that really sucks up space on your drives. This is extra annoying if you are using a newer Mac with a SSD disk where cost is premium. Upload speed when sending emails or uploading images to the web can be slow and annoying. An application called JPEGMini claims to help you with reducing your pictures with up to five times while retaining all the quality. I got a bit curious if the team at JPEGMini and their patented image compressor really could reduce large JPEG photos without losing quality. I’ve tried the application before when I wrote my article about comparing the best jpeg compressor applications for web use. But even though JPEGMini is geared more towards large megapixel pictures, not small images usually used on web pages, my test shows that it stacks up well against the competition even on smaller pictures. Many web pages now uses images optimised for high resolution images like for Retina display and high resolution mobile devices, so the use for an image compressor is getting even more useful for web use.

But how well does JPEGMini retain quality on megapixel images in JPEG format? How much do you lose in quality by using compressing?

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Corsair K70 Clicky PC Gaming Keyboard on a Mac

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Using a Clicky PC Keyboard from Corsair on a Mac

If you have followed this blog, you probably know that I love clicky keyboards. But getting a Buckling Spring or even a Cherry MX Blue keyboard that’s made for Macintosh isn’t easy, at least not here in Sweden. So the way to go for me was to get a PC gaming keyboard.

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Airmail for Mac a Great Replacement for Apple Mail

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Airmail, my new favourite mail client

Update: A new version 2 of Airmail has been released for Mac OS X Yosemite. Read more about the new functions here

After Mac OS X 10.8, Apple Mail has been going downhill by every update. It’s weird because the iOS Mail app is rock solid. I have my email domain on Google Apps and I know that Gmail doesn’t follow the IMAP standard, instead choosing to do it their own way. So they use tags instead of folders, etc. I guess some of the blame has to be put upon Google for not following standards, but being a large player, you can pretty much set your own roles. Anyway, Apple Mail has become a slow, unreliable application although they have fixed some of the more serious problems in the latest release. For the first time in many years, I was on the lookout for a new email client software.

Time to find a new Mail Client

I wanted to be able to have both of my private and work email accounts in the same program, but have them totally separate to make life easier, and after searching the net I found an application called Airmail. The feature list is comprehensive to the point of me not wanting to list all the features here, but follow the link to get a lowdown on all the things the application can do. I’ll just go through the things that persuaded me to switch.

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