Ben Rockwood definitely uses a "real UNIX workstation" for his daily work needs; however, he does love his MacBook Pro for a few reasons, one of which is that OS X has UNIX underneath. Believing that there are others who too love Mac OS X, Rockwood lists what he identifies as his "must have apps" for his beloved Mac laptop:
- iTerm: Although the default terminal application has improved significantly making iTerm unnecessary, Rockwood remains faithful.
- Adium: In Rockwood's opinion, Adium is the best multi-protocol IM client available for Mac. "I just can't stand having a real discussion in those iChat balloons," he writes.
- TrueCrypt: TrueCrypt makes it easy to create small encrypted drives on which to store sensitive data. Plus, the virtual drives it creates are cross-platform.
- Things: Light-weight and easy to use, Rockwood names it the best to-do application available.
- RealVNC: Maybe not as "sexy" as "Chicken of the VNC," but it works every time without a problem.
- Colloquy: If you are an Xchat user who is looking for a nicely integrated IRC client for OS X, Colloquy is the best.
- iShowU: Best screen recording app since it's easy to use, very flexible and lightweight. Rockwood recommends using the Quicktime Animation CODEC when creating screencasts.
- Cornerstone: If you do a lot of SVN work, Rockwood states you won't want to miss trying Cornerstone.
His honorable mention list includes:
- iWork '09
- iLife '09
- Navicat Lite
Rockwood also discusses hardware and shares two lesser known points about Leopard.
Must Have Apps for the Mac - Rockwood's blog entry
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