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Use Wallsaver to embed a screensaver on your Mac's desktop

There's something about the idea of multiple screens surrounding me with green Matrix glyphs running down them that really appeals to me. When I'm sitting at work, I've got three screens in front of me -- one for my Windows PC, and two for my Mac laptop that is my primary machine. When I'm not using them, I use Matrix screensavers to create the Matrix effect, but if you ask me, that's not really...

How to turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into an "iPad"

iPad fever seems to have gripped the iNation. If looking at your diminutive iPhone or iPod Touch is getting you down, and you wish you could be stroking a beautiful new iPad, maybe the mod described at Redmond Pie will tide you over. Modifying the iPhone operating system isn't possible unless you jailbreak your device, but once you do a huge number of possible modifications are available. For this...

GTDInbox Firefox add-on turns Gmail into a todo list

I think it's pretty safe to say that most people who are not using some kind of stand-alone todo list are using their email inboxes as their de facto todo list. While that clearly works for some people, it's not kosher in the Getting Things Done universe. If you're a Gmail user and you're finding yourself overwhelmed with trying to keep track of things in your inbox, but don't really want yet...

Create Windows 7 themes with Style 7

There has been plenty of talk about ways to modify and hack your copy of Windows 7, but what if you're looking for more ways to make it drool-worthy? Style7 is a little app that helps make it a little easier to make custom themes for Windows. The way it works is pretty simple (or is it?) and is done with a "simple" configuration file. When you create a theme, it starts off using the default...

BootXChanger lets you change your Mac's boot logo

As someone who has used Windows as my primary operating system for years, I got very comfortable with modding various parts of the user interface. One of the things that was most fun to change is the startup image - my favorite was a very official looking FBI splash screen that made it look like you were logging onto a government computer. Since switching to the Mac platform, I've been surprised...

Download OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard's desktop pictures now

If you're anxious for Snow Leopard to ship, you might be excited to know that you can grab copies of the built-in desktop images, thanks to the developer previews and a crafty blogger over at Uneasy Silence. While there are four images out of the set of 35 that feature leopards, the rest of the images run the gamut from beautiful landscape photography to classic pieces of art. The images are...

Alltock - Mac menu bar clock replacement for procrastinators

I'm a procrastinator. If something needs to be done by 2:00 PM, I'll often finish it at 1:59. My procrastinating tendencies sometimes make me late though. Like many people I've tried the old "set your clock ahead 15 minutes" trick, but it doesn't work -- I just find myself mentally calculating every time I look at one of my clocks. This week Component X released an interesting little Mac utility...

Fifty gorgeous icon sets for Macs

What can I say? I loves me some sweet-ass icons. If you like to mod your desktop with gorgeously rendered icons as much as I do, you're going to love this list of what App Storm calls 50 unusually awesome icon sets for Mac. The icons are definitely Mac-themed, but if you're looking to appropriate them for use on another operating system, check out Lifehacker for some ideas on what to use. If...

Crowd-source your blog editing with gooseGrade

Have you ever wished that you could have someone edit your blog posts for typos, spelling errors and grammatical mistakes? Most of us aren't lucky enough to have someone dedicated to catching and fixing our every mistake. Rather than asking one person to edit for you, why not effectively enlist the help of all of your blog's readers? That's what the folks at Brave New Code figured, anyway, when...

Fifty gorgeous and free icon sets

Icons are to me like clothes are to my wife - meant to be changed. I love sprucing up my desktop with customized icons and a funky background, only to change it all up a week later. If you're like me, then you're going to enjoy this list of 50 of the most beautiful icon sets created in 2008 at NOUPE. The icon sets listed are intended for everything from customizing your Mac or Windows desktop, to...

Fugly Friday - skins and themes can make anything ugly

We love customization around here. Computers would be a sad, sterile place without being able to alter, to any degree, your workspace. Applications often provide "skins" for various reasons (usually just for fun). But the skins that provide a cool theme can also turn a workspace ugly in a hurry. In this case beauty is often in the eye of the beholder. Just as with clothes, there are plenty of...

Add Leopard-style folder stacks to Windows

I'm not a Mac user, but OSX has a lot of nice features - several of which have been translated into Windows shell enhancements. I've been using the Stacks docklet in RocketDock for quite a while. It's a very handy way to navigate frequently accessed folders. If you're not a fan of dock applications, but you'd still like to add stacks to your taskbar, just download StandaloneStack. It's a small...

Custom Twitter backgrounds, only $100 unless you're popular

Is there anything more addictive than Twitter? If you're in full-blown Twitter addiction, you might be looking to spruce up your Twitter profile page. While you can change a few of the colors, the most effective way to differentiate your Twitter profile is to change the background image. If you want something professionally done that will really wow people, check out Twitter Image. They've done...

Get the Vista sidebar in XP

While Vista has now been available for almost two years now, there are a lot of people that are happily sticking with XP, myself included. And while there aren't enough flashy features to tempt me to switch to Vista, one that I do like the look of is the Vista sidebar. Happily, deviantart user joshoon has posted a package that allows you to install the real Vista sidebar on your Windows XP...

Cubicle Flood Screen Saver

Okay, I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for a fancy new screen saver. And if it's something that is totally unique, so much the better. Cubicle Flood certainly meets that criteria. In the Cubicle Flood screen saver, you get to see various views of what appears to be an empty office space through the office's security cameras. Over the course of eight or so hours the office starts to flood, until the...