Note: All the apps below work with Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) except for Menubar Countdown which only works with Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard).
Caffeine is especially useful when you are watching long YouTube clips or movies on your computer. If you have enabled screen dim or screen saver, they will pop-up and annoy you during the middle of you videos and basically you have to either nudge the mouse or keyboard to resume. Here comes Caffeine! You can set the time duration (1 hour to indefinite) that you want your screen to remain active and keep the screen dimmer/saver settings out of sight. Furthermore, it is a freeware!
Quote from the website:
"Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Hold down the Command key while clicking to show the menu."
2) Menubar Countdown
Menubar Countdown is a useful tool if you need some sort of a countdown for your work. For example, you want to remind yourself to get the brewing coffee after 5 minutes. Instead of having to keep reminding yourself that the coffee is done in 5 minutes, you can go back to your work and use this application to pop-up when the time is up! And it is a freeware too!
Quote from the website
"Menubar Countdown is a simple countdown timer that displays itself on the right side of the Mac OS X menu bar.
To set the timer, click the display and select the Start... menu item. A dialog will appear that allows you to specify the countdown time in hours, minutes, and seconds. The dialog also allows you to specify which of the following forms of notification you want when the timer gets down to 00:00:00:
- Play the system alert sound
- Display an alert window
- Make a spoken announcement. You can specify the text to be spoken."
Download Menubar Countdown
Countdown serves the same function as Menubar Countdown. Both will appear on the menubar. Another mentioned feature of Countdown is the support for Growl notification. Growl is a notification system for Mac OS available for free. It will be covered in the next posting.
Quote from the website:
"Waiting, it's a fact of life. Whether you're cooking or waiting for a train, you don't want to miss your deadline. Countdown helps you keep track of these deadlines. All you do is enter how long you want to wait or enter the date that you're waiting for and Countdown will take care of the rest. Include a message and you won't wonder what you were waiting for. With Countdown, you won't miss a train or burn a cake again."
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