Favored Freeware: FreeSnap

FreeSnap is a powerful, easy to use and free screen capture utility. Needless to say, if Grab or Shift-Cmd-3 or 4 works fine for you, you don’t need FreeSnap. For those who do, FreeSnap features unique, advanced and powerful tools for taking screen captures–or automating them. Featuring AppleScriptability, scaling, 10 different formats, global key combos, a completely invisible version and more, FreeSnap is the most powerful free screen capture tool for Mac OS X today.

Pros: Simple GUI, several screen capture options, several file format options, timer feature, resource-friendly.

Cons: Development has fallen behind and shows no sign of continuation.

Favored Freeware Roundup

You may have noticed that my first Favored Freeware post, which features freeware from the alphabetically organized column on the right, started with FireFox. That’s because I had all ready begun this tradition on another blog. Now, I bring you those freeware spotlights you may have missed. Continue reading to learn about Adium X (multiple IM app), Audacity (powerful audio editor), BootCD (Mac OS X boot CD creator), Camino (cocoa browser with a gecko engine), Celestia (astounding space simulator), Conversation (powerful and simple IRC app), and SubEthaEdit (powerful and free text editor).

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Life After 18

Yes, there is life after 18! My good friend, Jon Gales, has been featured (subscription required) in this month’s Business 2.0 magazine! And yes, he’s only 19! Why was he featured? Because he pulls, on average, $55k/year for working three hours a day (roughly) on a niche website. Jon’s site, MobileTracker, makes him about $70/hour. It’s amazing what finding a niche will get you. I guess you don’t have to be of drinking age to be successful after all. If you don’t have a Business 2.0 subscription, you can view the article as a large (1.2MB) JPEG here.

Halo's Jaw-Dropping Physics

Halo, I’m sure you will all agree that it’s one heck of a game. However, even great games have their faults. And these faults can be highly entertaining. Don’t believe me? Michael Heilemann has found proof. Ok, so you could say that their space-age fuels really are that volatile, but it’s still funny.

Catch The Tiger By The Toe

Apple is now offering the Tiger Early Start Kit. That’s right, I’m talking to all you impatient developers and non-developers out there (but don’t expect a beginner-friendly package). The Kit comes with all the benefits of an ADC Select Membership (for one year), pre-release versions of OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and XCode 2.0, access to downloadable updates and documents, one-on-one Tiger support, and a free Tiger Training DVD while supplies last. The best part is, you get all of this for only $500. Sure, that sounds like a lot, but it’s the same price that you would pay if you bought the ADC Select Membership by itself!

Changing Star Wars

Are you wondering why there’s so much talk about changes to the Star Wars Trilogy DVD Set? Have you all ready watched the DVD set, but are worried that you’ve missed some the changes? Then wonder and worry no longer! DVDActive has a complete list of all the changes to both the Ep. IV and Ep. V discs. We’re still patiently awaiting the list for the Ep. VI disc, but I assure you that at least some of the changes were very noticeable.

Update: Changing Star Wars – Part 2 has been posted.

Favored Freeware: Firefox

Firefox has an intuitive interface and blocks viruses, spyware, and popup ads. It delivers Web pages faster than ever. And it’s easy to install and import your favorites. Packed with useful features like tabbed browsing, Live Bookmarks, and an integrated Search bar, Firefox will change the way you experience the Web, for the better.

Pros: Firefox is easily expandable and has a large and fast-growing user base (mostly IE refugees). Firefox is a cross-platform browser for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Cons: None significant.