Get Mac Apps with One Command

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Ever wonder if you could have a Ninite-like program that you can use for Macs? Get Mac Apps fills in that void of multiple apps installation for OS X.

getmacappsAll you have to do is visit the site, select the apps you want to install, copy the generated command, paste it in Terminal, and press Return to start the installation.

They’ve got the basic apps we usually install on new systems – Chrome, Firefox, VLC, Caffeine, Handbrake, Audacity. They also have Gimp, Libre Office, Text Wrangler, and Sublime Text 2 & 3.

I’m just not sure if running the same command would update the installed apps. If you’ve tested it already, you may share the result by commenting.

Upgrading to Windows 8.1 – The Results

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The Start button is back and you may now have your beloved desktop directly up after booting. Those were some of the things that you’ll get after upgrading to the free Windows 8.1. Here’s what I found out so far.

Windows 8.1 with Start button and SecureBoot problem.

Fig. 1 Windows 8.1 with Start button and SecureBoot problem.

Yup. The Start button is back but the Start Menu isn’t. Geez, Microsoft! I thought it was a package deal thing – Start button with a start menu. There were some who even pointed this one out when 8.1 Preview was released. But Microsoft is really stubborn. The new Start button just switches your desktop to the Start screen. Right-clicking it would bring out a power user menu. Win+X will also bring out this menu.

Power User Menu

Fig. 2 Power User Menu

I also had the SecureBoot problem (Fig. 1) as my SecureBoot isn’t enabled yet. Design-wise, it’s almost just the same. Moving some panels from one side to another. The search function (Win+Q) will now slide a search everything panel on the left on the screen. Win+Q opens an “Everything Search”, Win+W is for “Settings Search”, while a Win+F is for “File Search”. Bing is also integrated in the search if you opted to use it during the configuration phase of the installation.

Search

Fig. 3 Search

There are also added options for personalization for when the Start screen is up.

If you haven’t configured your Windows 8.1 to go directly to Desktop after booting, just right-click on an open space on the Taskbar and select Properties. Go to Navigation tab and check the first option in the Start screen area (When I sign in or close…).

If you want reviews for Windows 8.1, you may want to check out articles from ExtremeTech, The Verge, TechRadar, and PCWorld.

Google Drive: Google’s Version of Cloud Storage

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Google has now launched its own cloud storage service – Google Drive. It’s like DropBox, iCloud, and SkyDrive just made by Google. But if you’re going to look more closely, it’s also Google Docs reorganized that can accept or upload any file types (including EXEs or DMGs). And like other cloud storages, it also creates a folder in your system (once installed) where it syncs your files in the cloud making it available anywhere.

I’ve been using DropBox to host my files and images and they say that Google Drive will be a tough competitor against it. Google’s cloud storage initially offers 5GB of free space. I was able to have my Google Drive activated (on my Google Apps account) and here are some screenshots and things that I wanted to share.

As you can see, “Drive” replaced “Documents” on the Google Apps menu and clicking it will bring you to the somewhat updated Google Docs page. You can create your folders, upload files in them, and share them to other users. You’ll also see a download button to download and install Google Drive. This software will create a folder on your machine and files in that folder will be available on all devices (no iOS yet).

After installing, you’ll be asked to login using your Google account. A Google Drive folder is created in your account folder – “C:\Users\username\Google Drive\” for Windows  and “/Users/username/Google Drive/” on a Mac.

After logging in, you can start syncing your documents from the Web to your local Google Drive folder. You can also share those folders, via the web interface, the way you share your Google Docs.

It’s a good image host. All images used in this post, except the logo, is hosted in my Google Drive. I just wish there’s a “Copy Public link” option for files so I can just give out links for file downloads instead of sharing the whole folder.

Update:

I don’t think it’s a good idea to use Google Drive to host your images and other downloadable files. I got this Error 403 when clicking the images from this post and they were not displayed.

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