Essential OS X Apps


Ever since I switched from Linux to OS X, (Windows 8, lol) there are a lot of apps I use and rely upon. Many I would consider essential for a power user. This is my list.

  • brew ; absolutely indispensable package manager. Pretty much the first thing I install on a new Mac.
  • reeder ; RSS reader. After Google Reader was executed I switched to feedly but it mostly sucks. I still sync with feedly but reeder is my client. It has a super killer feature called readability which will fetch the whole article for you
  • XLD ; I listen to high quality FLAC audio on nice headphones and nice speakers but Apple hates FLAC. So XLD converts to ALAC for me.
  • Transmission ; bittorrent client. For some reasons the Transmission devs hate RSS and you have to waste your time setting up a RSS plugin. Silly devs add RSS and you guys would be super popular. Lacks some features and not as good looking as utorrent but has no ads.
  • LimeChat ; The only decent IRC client for OS X.
  • Deliveries ; Super handy package shipment tracking and notification app
  • Screenflow ; Screen recording software I use mostly for recording game play. Not cheap at $99.
  • Tower ; Git client. Expensive.
  • Clean My Mac ; I’m lazy. Simplifies my life from boring OS tasks.
  • Little Snitch ; Firewall. The best one for Mac. I would avoid using profiles unless you want to be driven crazy.
  • iStat Menus ; Finder menu information. Because I really want to know the temperature of my PCIe Switch Diode (its the hottest thing in my Mac).

iTerm2 ; I know a lot of people really like this. I don’t use it as Terminal get the job done for me.


Arctic Ocean Trip Day Eighteen

Started the day in Kalispell, MT. We went to a nearby car wash; after a few flase starts from the Garmin GPS. It was an attempt to remove anything still remaining that might be clogging any air intakes.


We did a quick 120 mile stint from Kalispell to Missoula, MT, where we stopped and had lunch at The Montana Club. Pretty good food, more importantly it was a known quantity. Now that we were back in the US, Lea decided to participate in eating food, which was nice. Fueled up at the Costco and let the bike cool down.

Made it to Butte, MT for the evening. We tried to eat at a well rated restaurant but it was closed, so we decided to eat at the Metals restaurant. It is inside of a old bank built during the hey day of Butte.

It is a pretty cool location for a restaurant. The food was above average, the service was below average. We certainly could have dined at a much worse establishment so we were pleased with our choice for the evening.

Spent the night in the Motel 8 motel located next to the truck stop in Rocker.

Arctic Ocean Trip Day Seventeen

Started the day in Red Deer, AB. We went to Calgary for fuel. Bryan had his home blinders on and was brooding over us not going as fast a possible. So we split up. No big deal. An extra few hours ahead of us at home is not important to me.

Lea and I went south through Cardston, AB. My bike starting having oil temperature issues. The cooling fan was not kicking on. Clearly it succumbed to damage from the Dalton Highway.

I have not done laundry for a few days and I’m starting to smell pretty bad. Showering and fully washing myself doesn’t seem to ward off the evilness of my stink.

Lots of police in the Cardston area. We had a tribal indian police Yukon flash his lights at us but he never turned around. We passed him going at a not insignificant speed.

We crossed the border at the Carway border crossing. It was becoming quite hot.

Now inside Montana. we headed into Glacier National Park. The first ten miles had single lane pilot car controlled construction area. Driving behind these RVs and mini-vans on the dirt road is quite annoying. We pulled over to let my bike cool down again.

We cruised down the road a bit to Kalispell, MT. We ate dinner at the Montana Club. We wanted to try to get to Missoula to spend the night but were too tired to care any longer. After the all too frequent night-time-hotel-crazy-search we managed to find a room at the Outlaw Hotel. In a nutshell this place is a dump and should be avoided at all costs. The room rates during the summer travel months are ridiculously over-priced. The only nice point of the hotel was the toilet; a nice Kohler that reminded me of home a bit. There was barely any hot water, the beds were twenty years old. The sheets had been washed about 4,000 times in their lifetime and should have been retired quite some time ago. The window was broken and would not close. The list goes on and on.

Sleep, much needed.



The Lewis and Clark from Scheels. Did they copy Cabela’s or vice versa?

The Lewis and Clark from Scheels. Did they copy Cabela's or vice versa?

Seriously, they look like Clones. Scheels is less focused than Cabela’s. The Ferris Wheel inside seems odd. I’m not sure what it has to do with sporting goods. Then you also have to consider Bass Pro Shops, the other large outdoor gear outfitter; which seems to have its own aesthetic. The focus for them is clearly fishing, and their store design reflects that clearly. Cabela’s seem a little more chaotic in terms of design, but it has a much wider audience it is marketing to so that makes sense. The hunting, fishing, and camping marketing and design in Cabela’s does a good job and looks interesting.

Scheels is the oldest of the three chains, so perhaps  they have the oldest design and have gone the longest without a refresh. It seems a bit dated. The large plane display also seems out of place. The look for Scheels is just scattered and haphazard. One thing I did find interesting is that the Scheels is employee owned and therefore a privately held company.

Oh one more thing, the sandwich was tasty.