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Scrimpy the thriftmac worm
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Launch Yippy and get a nice big list of your most recently copied items, including images. Highlight the one you want, press return, and the item will paste into the location of your cursor. Position the window on any edge of your screen, in the centre — or go full screen.

Poolside FM

Listen to upbeat, uninterrupted music on five different channels: default, Indie Summer, Hangover Club, Tokyo Disco and Friday Nite Heat. Also available are the latest 20 tracks, and a spot for your favourites.

Balance Lock

It’s weird, but I’ve seen it happen — your Mac’s sound balance drifts from the centre. This app stops that from happening.


YouTube doesn’t give you a way to download videos, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it with a third-party app like this one.


Use this Mac utility belt to verify the structure of system files, run maintenance and cleaning tasks, configure parameters in the Finder, Dock, Safari, and some Apple applications, delete caches, remove problematic folders and files, and rebuild databases.


Privacy is top priority for this messaging app, which uses end-to-end encryption. “We can’t read your messages or listen to your calls, and no one else can either.”


A well-organized collection of snippets is incredibly handy for coders, and Lepton does this nicely. It’s basically a front end to whatever you have stored at github, so it’s synced wherever you go.


Many is the time I’ve tried to clean my keyboard, only to have multiple accidental key presses play havoc on the screen. This app does just one job — turn off your keyboard.


Check your Mac’s stats at a glance in the menu bar. Stats covers disk, network, CPU and RAM. You can also see what’s going on with GPU, sensors and fans.


One of the free apps I use the most. Super handy for transitory notes that I used to fill physical notebooks with.