Nice App – Browseback

There applications you need. There are applications you love. There are applications that if you use it one time, you love it so much you need it! Browseback is one of the last ones.

People nowadays do not browse sites. They zap sites! And sometimes, six months after you visited that nice blog from an american girl who lives in Africa, you can’t remember it’s url address. Maybe you can’t even remember her name, but mostly you remember the page, you remember maybe the page’s colors or layout. The history listing of urls can’t help you at all. But Browseback can!

Browseback creates a database of your visited pages, and show you thumbnails of those pages. You just click on it you can browse it really fast! Just scroll, click and voilà! You can visit the page, make a pdf, send it by e-mail, print it or save it. Take a look at the screenshot from their site:

It can gather information from almost all main browsers in the market (Safari, Firefox, Camino, Opera, and others) and creates a single database! You can set the amount of space it will use in the hard drive, how many days back it should keep the database, search the pages in a spotlight like way…

And the best feature is that it starts getting information from your past visits, so if you install it today, it will build it’s database and you will have weeks before it was installed registered! Amazing!

It’s price is US $29.95. I think it’s a little salty, but it’s so much fun. If you get it a try you never live without it again!

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Published in: on 07/24/2007 at 5:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Can Windows read my Mac hard disk?

A few posts ago I decided to format a 120Gb IDE drive with HPFS+ and attach it to a USB enclosure so my Macmini could serve me better. A lot of docs, music and work files are now safely stored there.

I’m out of the linux world for the 2 last months. I deleted my linux partitions on my PC,  since I needed the space for some huge work files, and those have to be manipulated from windows programs.

I have a home network to share files between PC and Mac. It works like a charm, but sometimes it is not fast enough for my needs.  I needed to transfer 14 Gb of files from my Mac to my PC and over the network it was taking too much time. It would be so good if Windows could recognize my HPFS+ Partition and read and write it!

Good news is that there’s a nice set of windows program that does just that!  I can cite here Transmac, MacDisk and MacDrive.

MacDrive is my personal choice. It integrates gently with Windows and is smart enough to create a “real” mac hard drive on My Computer. You can forget that you are working with files that came from another OS, partition, etc… For the user it is like another PC hard disk, and it IS fast.

Give a look to all three, but I bet you will choose Macdrive if you need a “permanent” solution. And it is cheaper than the competitors!

Published in: on 11/02/2006 at 8:57 am  Comments (32)  

Moneydance

It’s great when you find software that suits your needs. On the past I’ve used Quicken Brazilian localized version that could talk with my bank trough a modem connection, but it was discontinued and got obsolete over the years. After I left it I tried Gnucash and Kmymoney2, on linux, but I never was satisfied. First of all it was a pain to get gnucash compiled when it was released. Kmymoney2 came later and was easier to install and manage but had a few bugs that annoyed me.

I gave up personal finance software and tracked records of my expenses on a good old spreadsheet. I never got it to work as I liked though.

One of the biggest issues I encountered while working with Gnucash and Kmymoney2 where related with importing the records I downloaded from the 2 banks I have accounts with. One gave me OFC, the other OFX. And none of the softwares could work with these out of the box.

When my Mac arrived it came with Quicken 2006 preinstalled. I searched a lot thru it trying to import my bank files and discovered it could not be done without third party software I needed to pay for. While googling for converters I found myself on the Moneydance website, and Quiken bundle finished on the trashcan.
They had a Mac OS X version and I downloaded it. It impressed me lot! It has a great Aqua look and fell, is runs fast enough for my needs and it imports my files on a glimpse. It is even localized to Portuguese!

It has less features than Quicken, that’s for sure, but I don’t need big accouting features. I just need to see how big is my deficit monthly! 🙂

It runs on Mac, Windows and Linux, and is not expensive at all. After trying it I payed for the software and I am very happy.

I love free software and I can tell that Gnucash (that can run on MacOS X with fink)  and Kmymoney2 are great apps, but they did not work for me.

Moneydance has few drawbacks:

The help docs in my language are not usefull at all, and to switch to the complete help, I`ve to restart it configured for english.

Their license restricts it’s use one 1 computer (and that’s ok) but also only to one person. When another user tries to start it on the same machine, even after registered, the registration is not recognized. That is I can use it and my wife can’t, witch seems to me to be an absurd. We will not divorce beacuse of that thanks God! 🙂

The exchange rate calculus depends on manual imput and that sucks!

Published in: on 09/14/2006 at 12:37 am  Comments (1)