This is a collection of small apps and other vaguely interesting things that I’ve created that don’t really warrant a page of their own. All software here is licensed under the Zibity Software Licence, and everything else is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
All of the things on this page are available for you to use for free, however as there is a significant amount of time involved in the production and maintenance of these goodies, I would very much appreciate a donation if you find them things useful.
Alfred is a productivity application for Mac OS X, which aims to save you time in searching your local computer and the web. I have created a number of extensions that provide extended functionality to Alfred. To use these extensions you will need to be running at least version 0.9.9 of Alfred, and have paid for the powerpack. For almost all of these extensions, a Growl notification will show once the extension has run.
Caffeine Manager is a simple way to toggle Caffeine on and off. To use, type ‘caff’ to toggle Caffeine on forever, or ‘caff [number of minutes]’ toggle Caffeine for a certain length of time, for example ‘caff 30’. Download for Alfred v1 • Download for Alfred v2
Run Terminal Command lets your run any Terminal command without having to launch Terminal. If any output is produced, it is Growled. To use, type ‘run [command]’. Download for Alfred v1 • Download for Alfred v2
Let Me Google That For You is the simplest way to make a TinyURL for a Let Me Google That For You link, and have it copied to your clipboard. To use, type ‘LMGTFY [search term]’. Download for Alfred v1 • Download for Alfred v2
Empty Downloads Folder works just like the built in empty trash command, except it empties your downloads folder. To use, type ‘empty downloads’. Download for Alfred v1 • Download for Alfred v2 (in collaboration with Stewart Allen)
For my International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) Personal Project, I create a Mac app called Kruptos (which means hidden in ancient Greek) which uses the RSA cipher to encrypt and decrypt text strings using public/private key encryption.
Alternate Caffeine Menubar Icons
Shiboleet is a magical little app for Mac OS X that lets you easily run commands for the Terminal without going through the scary experience of the command line. Download it for free!
To use Shiboleet, just launch it. You will be prompted to enter a command. On pushing return, the command will run, and the result will be displayed in the alert window.
Using the ‘encode’ command, you can share commands using web-friendly links that automatically open in Shiboleet for other users. For example, the command ‘encode echo Hello, world!’ would generate tinyurl.com/6f9n36w, a command that can then be easily clicked on and run.
MacDropUpdate was an automatic Dropbox updater for Mac that automatically downloaded, installed and updateed the Dropbox application on your computer to the latest forum build of Dropbox.
Unfortunately, due to personal time constraints, Dropbox’s forums design changes, and my interests shifting to newer projects (such as Quicksand, I had to stop working on MacDropUpdate, and it fell into disrepair. I’ve now turned the project over to the Dropbox Forums community (see this post), so please look over there for the latest news.
MacDropUpdate was my first app which ever became popular, with around 500 users at the height of its success. It is thanks to the great reception MacDropUpdate received and the kind nature of its initial users that I continued to pursue programming, and I am very appreciative for this.