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on 11 Sep 2012
I use Hotspot Shield for a couple of purposes that are not mentioned by the other commentators. The search engines, and some advertisers create a bubble especially for me. Every time I use HS Shield I pop up at a new ISP somewhere in the USA... so I seem to be able to have a generic browse (outside my bubble). It is useful to see how well my web sites are doing with the engines.
Since I live outside the USA, services like Pandora now (and for a long time now) refuse to stream music to my account with them. For years Pandora has promised to negotiate with the music companies here. With HS Shield I seem to them to be in the USA and Pandora works.
on 02 Apr 2012
on 10 Jun 2011
If you'd like to make an application that does this yourself, here is how. And it gives you a chance to discover how to use the Macintosh built-in programming language, AppleScript.
Here are the steps.
I promise, this is easy.
Yes, you can!
Open the AppleScript Editor
It is in the Utilities folder. You can find it two ways:
1. from the Finder, under the menubar selection GO, pull down to Utilities.
2. Open the Applications Folder. Utilities is a folder in the list.
In the Utilities folder, click on the AppleScript Editor to run it.
In the Editor, type the following two words:
(Be sure to use the American spelling for colour.)
In the Editor, choose Save As...
change the File Format from 'Script' to 'Application'
Give your program a name in the Save As: box (probably 'Color Picker')
and save it anywhere you like, but probably save it to your Applications folder.
Run the program and the Color Picker stand-alone application will pop up. It is a very tiny app, so it appears almost instantly.
This works because the Color Picker is part of your OS. Many programs use it, but there is no stand-alone application. Well, if you do this, you'll have your one stand-alone application. Free.
on 20 Feb 2011
Is this new? I cannot download and try this product? I cannot use the MacUpdate interface? Must I go to the app store? To this and other developers: while I love the Macintosh and have used Apple products since 1982, I find the App Store offensive and will not launch it. Frankly, it is one of the reasons that I use my aggregator and review the new stuff here, at MacUpdate, several times each week. I use many shareware products regularly. Any that are used are bought. Oh, about etuner. I am taking a singing course and thought that this might be useful (to someone like me who has a poor sense of pitch). I guess I will never know. But, I thought I should comment.
on 18 Dec 2010
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