USBCat
USBCat 3.0
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Your Mac meows when USB peripheral is connected/diconnected.   Free
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USBCat... Your Mac meows when a USB peripheral is connected/disconnected. It does nothing much really, but just enjoy!
What's New
Version 3.0:
  • In this version, your Mac also meows when a removal disk is mounted/unmounted.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Niewiesznic commented on 21 Jul 2010
Are You going to make 64 bit Snow Leopard version ???? (Please do)
[Version 3.0]


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+65
Nymphe commented on 17 Sep 2009
A 64bit snow leopard version would be nice...
[Version 3.0]


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Gary Angelone commented on 12 Dec 2008
KITTIES!!!
[Version 3.0]


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GospelTheGrey commented on 12 Dec 2008
Leopards and tigers should growl! Not, meow! :)
[Version 3.0]


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Springheelmac commented on 18 Aug 2008
Hahaha! Good one Peter! Oh, and USBCat is great if you love cats...
[Version 2.0.2]


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+50
Peter da Silva commented on 18 Aug 2008
Here's a better USB cat:

http://icanhascheezburger.com/2008/08/05/funny-pictures-now-remove-usb-cat-sfely/
[Version 2.0.2]


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ajung commented on 18 Aug 2008
3 MB of worthless ******
[Version 2.0.2]


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thecause commented on 27 Jul 2008
It would be even more useful if you could choose what songs you want to be played. Neat.
[Version 2.0]


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+218
JimW commented on 27 Jul 2008
This strikes me as a 'Bait & Switch' tool. To do anything really useful with it costs $10.

If I really need to do something like this, I might very likely be able to use Automator to do it and learn a lot in the process.

Thanks but no thanks. I got more important things to spend $10 on - like food and gas.
[Version 2.0]

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tim27 replied on 27 Jul 2008
what do you mean, "to do anything useful with it..."? all it does is meow.
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JimW replied on 27 Jul 2008
That is just the 'Demo' or standard version. which will allow you to change the sound and a few minor other things. However if you pay it can launch an app when you plug in a device, start backups and a whole lot more. I was thinking of having it launch my X-Plane startup Automator script when I plug in a Yoke. Sort of cute but not worth $10 to me so I don't have to click once on my Dock. I got better things to spend $10 on like PithHelmet which does something really useful by blocking popups, pop unders, flashing screens, and controls what cookies I save. Now that is worth $10. So is Finder Pop that gives me contextual menus to my favorite folders, info on files, and shows hidden files with a single click, eliminating repetitive clicking when locating or moving a file. But to just launch an app when I plug in a device? Forget it.

I referred to it as 'Bait & Switch since the developer neglects to mention the fact that the product is crippled till you pay for it, but lists it as 'free'. To refer unlocking it as the 'Pro' version is semantics. There is no Pro version only the standard 'Demo' that tries to entice you to pay $10 to achieve full functionality. Sorry to rant but deceptive or untruthful advertising or marketing is one of my 'Hot Buttons and this product reeks of it.

When it said 'free' my expectations were set that it was a fully functional product, only to find out when I wanted to do anything serious with it that the functions I wanted were disabled till I paid $10. To me that is deceptive.
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Oneriver Software And Patent Solutions (developer) replied on 28 Jul 2008
Hello, I am this software's developer.

I'm sorry if you felt you have been deceived.
I am not saying this software is an automatic backup software.

I made description that says this software makes your Mac meow. That may sound silly for you, but i found it is very enjoyable. (and for some cat lovers too.)

(In Japanese saying, a cat paw means useless because they won't help your job. But for me, it is cute and relaxing. IT IS useful. )

You can pay to make the software little more useful in practical, but it is not necessary to enjoy this software's first reason.

(If you don't need extra functions in 2.0, version 1.0 is still available.)

Just enjoy meowing!

Best Regards,
Masatoshi Nishikata
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JimW replied on 28 Jul 2008
Thank you for your candid and polite response to my message. My motivation of using such a tool is not for the sound but to either alert me of an issue, such as a device being recognized or for some action to be taken when a device is either plugged in or unplugged. Everyone places a value on everything they buy. From my perspective charging $10 for this simple utility is poor value considering the robust features of some other products that are either free or around the same price. On the other hand products like File Buddy, while costing $40 has saved me a fortune due to its robust buffet of features and the money I saved on other single focus programs that try and 'nickel and dime' their customer, misrepresent the products, or constantly charge for minor updates that are mostly bug fixes with a few little used or minor features to make it look like it has added value.

If I were you I might just give this away as donationware in order to establish my reputation and presence and continue work on an expanded version that might have some additional features, as testing input devices, setting output ranges of such devices and interfacing to entertainment software to implement control features that are currently only available to Windows uses of the hardware. such as force feedback, range and sensitivity settings, switch groups, hardware display screens, etc. Then I would have something that would attract a lot of interest, and be worth paying for - likely much more that $10. Mac users that have such devices are in desperate need for some kind of driver/controller that would provide similar functions that the vendors provide for Windows only. So far it is a gap that no one has filled. Personally if such a product existed, I would certainly be willing to pay $20, $30, or even $40, and possibly more in order to achieve full functionality of my input devices that I have probably invested close to $500 into. If you want people to pay for your product, provide them with something they want and will find really useful rather than something whose main feature is that it meows like a cat when a device is plugged in.
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tim27 replied on 28 Jul 2008
JimW, none of the features you mentioned here are advertised on the MacUpdate page, so I don't know how you can think you'd be getting them for free if you don't even know what they are. All it says is that it meows.
And I don't know why you'd pay $10 for PithHelmet either when Firefox has add-ons that do the same things for free.
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JimW replied on 28 Jul 2008
"...Safari." Because I just want a browser that just works, integrates with my Mac, has phone support, designed specifically for Mac's, updated along with the OS, and doesn't rely on 3rd parties whims, and tinkering to get desired features. Isn't that one of the reasons people buy Mac? I chose Mac to get things done without having to 'play around' with software to get it to work properly.

However, based on your comments, I must conclude that I have failed to properly convey my point in a paradigm you can appreciate. I apologize to you and all that are reading this for wasting your time and mine on my issues regarding this product.

While you may respond,this will be my final reply as I see no point in carrying on this discussion in this venue. Based on your pervious responses, it is likely to be fruitless venture, and would be a further waste of our time and effort.
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tim27 replied on 29 Jul 2008
This will be my final reply as well, but just had to say this based on your response...

"Because I just want a browser that just works, integrates with my Mac, has phone support, designed specifically for Mac's, updated along with the OS, and doesn't rely on 3rd parties whims, and tinkering to get desired features. Isn't that one of the reasons people buy Mac? I chose Mac to get things done without having to 'play around' with software to get it to work properly. "

You are saying this and then going off and buying PithHelmet, 3rd party software, and tinkering with it to get Safari to work the way you want it to work. You are contradicting yourself, but whatever.
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delight1 replied on 05 Aug 2008
JimW, sounds like you want http://www.azarhi.com/Projects/DSW/index.php
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+218
JimW replied on 05 Aug 2008
Thanks for the tip delight1. It looks like it will be helpful for automatically mounting a disk when running X-Plane or other programs that require a master disk or image for full functions.
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delight1 commented on 27 Jul 2008
personally, using growl for connection notifications is more my thing, but to each their own.
[Version 2.0]


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Downloads:8,392
Version Downloads:4,589
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:12 Dec 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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