MP3 and Disk Space

So I am a lover of music. I have over 80GB on my laptop. Recently, it was running super slow because I only had 10GB free. Your computer works best whenever at least 20% of the hard drive is free.

I saw in my iTunes that I had some music files that were super large, with a bitrate of 320 or more. Unless you are a super fancy DJ, you don’t need files that big. I went on a mission and found all of the files (by sorting by bitrate in itunes) that were above 192. My DJ friend said that was an acceptable bitrate for normal use, parties, headphones etc.

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Awesome programs at a great discount.

Drive genius is an essential program for mac upkeep – defragging your hard drive. Boom is great too, and Typinator is AWESOME.

If you have the $$, this is a great deal!

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Screen shots of sites – no prob!

This program is great for taking full page screen shots of web sites.

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Mail: The red icon – who is it?
GrowlMail can help.

I found a great plugin for Mail OS X. During the day, I’m usually working in Photoshop or InDesign, and see the infamous red icon that show how many new messages I have. I often think – ok, who is it, is it important? Or is it just my daily coolhunting e-mail. Necessarily I’d like to finish what I’m doing before reading my e-mail, but being the fast responder that I like to be – I need to check.

This causes me to switch over to mail many times a day – I get a lot of e-mails!

The solution, GrowlMail. A free plugin that displays the sender, to which account the email was sent to, and a bit of the message. If you need to read the message, just click on the growl notification. If you don’t want, to read it, the notification will disappear in a couple seconds. (That setting can be changed in system preferneces > Growl > Displays > Duration Slide Bar. Screenshot)

Click here to download the plugin