Mac Places on the Web — There’s Tons of ’em
Favorites places I frequently visit.
Information and News
- Grand Central Station for Mac News — www.macsurfer.com
- Mac Central (Now includes MacWEEK )- www.maccentral.com/
- MacInTouch (News and Forums) – macintouch.com
- Macs Only – www.macsonly.com/
- Mac News –www.macnn.com/
- Tidbits – www.tidbits.com. You can also get it by email subscription.
- Alltop – They have Mac news covered
- A clearinghouse for problems. Free, but archive access is by paid subscription – macfixit.com/
- Accelerate your Mac for hardware issues — xlr8yourmac.com/
- A great repository of information on older Macs — lowendmac.com
- Apple manuals in PDF
- Apple manuals for older products in PDF
- Sign up for Apple’s email technical notes and support notices
- The Mac OS X download page
- Macintosh Products Guide, a catalog of over 23,000 products
- The Apple Discussion forums
- Mac and Printer repair in the south bay area
- How fast is your Internet connection? – Speed Test
- Find an Apple User Group
- Apple Seminars – many are free and in the LA area
- Torrance Adult School — Some Mac classes
- Software libraries and downloads
- Extensive software library with special sections on music, audio and MP3 software – www.pure-mac.com/
More download Sites:
Shopping Tips — where to get the best deals
- See our Shopping page
- dealmac.com – they track the best Mac deals
- MacReviewZone — weekly updated buyers guides (G4, eMacs, Powerbooks, iBooks, iMacs)
- Memory Prices
- DealRAM – www.dealram.com
- RAMseeker – www.macseek.com/sdramgraph.shtml
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Great Freeware and Shareware products
Native for both OS 9 and OS X.
- Tex-Edit — Gotta be the best general-purpose text editor out there ($15).Barebones Software has released TextWrangler, a free text editor program — powerful but technical. OS X only.
- GraphicConverter — Opens and edits almost any graphic file and has a great slideshow and image browser ($30)
- URL Manager Pro — A very handy program for managing your bookmarks. Lots of features. ($25). They also sell Web Confidental, a nifty program for storing all your passwords
- FinderPop — It’s the most incredible enhancement I’ve ever added to my Mac. Bazillions of features. (Pintware). There’s finally an OS X version (beta).
OS X Only
- Apple’s iLife is a collection of cool programs. It’s $80, although it comes free with new Macs. iTunes is still free.
- Safari, free from Apple, is my favorite browser. It’s fast. Also try
Camino and Firefox
- Pixture.com – a nice collection of free contextual menu items for managing images and media
- Some free, cool OS X utilities for techies at http://free.abracode.com
- SilverKeeper (free) is the backup and synchronization program I use.
- Carbon Copy Cloner is a donation-ware program to backup (clone) a bootable copy of Mac OS X. I clone a copy to an external Firewire drive in case my system goes south.
OS 8-9 only – they’re disappearing fast
- Coaster 1.1.3 This is an incredible, free audio recording program.
- Audio Recorder 1.2 is a free audio recorder for OS X. It’s limited, but it does support saving as MP3 files.
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