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Robert Ballantyne commented 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.
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Robert Ballantyne rated on 02 Apr 2012
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Robert Ballantyne commented 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:

choose color

(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.

That's it.

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.
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Robert Ballantyne commented 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.
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Robert Ballantyne rated on 18 Dec 2010
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