Today I had a really slow day. Just playing with my new Macbook Air 2011 and coming up with some things I needed, and something you maybe need to make easier use of your mac.
1. Rip DVDs with RipIT
I had the need to get rid of some CD/DVDs, so I though I would just put them on the harddrive. I was looking for an easy to use ripping software, what I found is RipIt, which is a software from a little company that sells it for about $20. Its really easy to use, and makes a copy of the entire DVD not any loss in quality to the movie. After you install it, a little window shows up, put in your DVD and click on rip it! Thats it! Cant be easier than this.
(Illustration of RipIt before you put in a CD/DVD)
2. Putty for Mac OS? Does it exist?
I needed to get into a server with SSH. I first thought about Putty that I use in windows to accomplish tasks through SSH. Then I found out that the Terminal in Mac OS can be used for this task. Just type in “Terminal” in Spotlight, click on it when it shows up, and write the following to connect to the server with SSH: ssh -X username@address. Then you put in your password and is ready to do what you want.
3. Mind mapping
I use MindMeister on my iPad but wanted to test some new mind mapping software to use on my Mac. I found this site: http://mac.appstorm.net/roundups/graphics-roundups/9-mind-mapping-tools-for-mac/ I explains a little about some different types and I tested the free one called FreeMind and MindNode2, of those to I got stuck using MindNode2 as it is easier to a Mac user than the other one, it blends more in and gives a cleaner look, FreeMind has some limitations that makes it unusable to me. Test the ones out at the page above to find your favorite.
I hope you enjoy my findings this sunday evening. If you got some great tips yourself on how to easy your life on the Mac, share it below in the comments and take care!