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12 days of holiday downloads, Day 12: Mac

For our 12th day of Mac downloads, I have a very merry Mac Christmas screensaver: Skyrocket Software's Frosted. Why is it so very merry Mac? Because it features a talking snowman and talking Santa that use the the Mac's built-in Text-to-Speech interface. And best of all for Mac geeks, they use two of the most traditional Mac voices: Bruce for the Snowman, Fred for Santa. Actually, the synthesized ...

12 Days of holiday downloads, Day 8: Mac

Today's holiday download is bocken, a widget from hockeywidgets that shows the live webcam feed from the Gävlebocken, a giant straw Christmas goat erected each year in the Swedish town of Gävle. As christmas traditions go, this one is so much cooler than a guy in a Santa suit sitting in a mall food court that I don't even have words for it. As cool as a live feed of a straw goat is on i...

12 Days of holiday downloads, Day 5: Windows

Today's Windows holiday download is Cool-Screensavers' Drunken Clock screensaver. That may not sound very Christmas-like, but the default skin features a winter scene with a wobbling clock made from icicles. The app lives up to its name, and staring at it for any lenghth of time will give you that feeling of having put too much rum in your eggnog. And really, isn't rum-laced eggnog what the holida...

12 Days of holiday downloads, Day 3: Windows

Today's featured Windows holiday download: Christmas Bound from Blueskied Software. In this game, you play a tennis ball (yeah, I know, but physics games are in, right?) sent out by Santa to recaputre toys that have been stolen by nasty bugs. You bounce your way through levels trying to recapture presents without touching deadly skulls in what can best be described as a cross between Super Mario B...

12 Days of holiday downloads, Day 3: Mac

Todays Mac holiday download is Festive Lights, a Dashboard widget from Interdimension Media. The widget does just about exactly what it's name implies: strings lights around your dashboard to brighten things up. The lights can be colored white, with a choice of blinking patterns. And yes, that's an X-MasTree in the background. Previous 12 Days of holidays downloads for OS X: Day 1, Day 2...

12 Days of holiday downloads, Day 2: Windows

Today, I present you with: the Crispy Christmas screensaver. I have no idea what's crispy about Christmas, but with a name like that, I just had to pass it along. Actually, there's a lot about this screensaver that I just don't get, like the kangaroos jumping out of the piper's horn and the thing that looks suspiciously like a d20 that flies around periodically. That's ok by me, though. It may be ...

12 Days of holiday downloads, Day 2: Mac

Today's Mac Christmas download is two-for-one. The first is John Schilling's wonderful X-MasTree, a Christmas tree that sits in floats on your desktop or sits in your dock. It can be several sizes and the lights, garland, star and even tree color have a number of options. And if that isn't enough, John has information up on how to add custom ornaments. The real draw here, though, is the lights, wh...

12 Days of holiday downloads, Day 1: Windows

Well, the Mac users got their first dose of Christmas today and we wouldn't want the rest of you to feel left out, so here it is: your first Windows screensaver of the season. 3Planesoft's Christmas saver features a 3D snowman getting ready for the big day, complete with tree-trimming, confetti crackers, and steel drum carols on the old phonograph. Free to try, $10.95 to own....

12 Days of holiday downloads, Day 1: Mac

Okay, so the 12 Days of Christmas don't technically start until after Chirstmas, but that wouldn't give you much time to enjoy your yearly dose of on-screen holiday cheer, now would it? So in order to get everyone in the spirit, we present a series of downloads that serve absolutely no purpose whatsoever, other than brightening up that dreary desktop. First up is one of my all-time favorites: Inf...