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Scrimpy the thriftmac worm
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Keep track of how long you’ve been actively using your computer with a time display in the menu bar. Optionally, you can set the app to give a break reminder.

DeskCover Pro

Dim your desktop or hide it completely so you can focus better on the front window where you’re working.

OBS Studio

Use it for video recording, mixing and live streaming. Unlimited numbers of scenes can be made up of screen captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams and more. Switch seamlessly with custom transitions.


It’s getting a little long in the tooth, but still works and does a whole lot of monitoring: CPU, GPU, memory, battery status, temperature, network and disk — plus current weather and stock market data.


Stats for CPU, memory, network, battery, Bluetooth, disk and GPU in a nice dark-mode compatible interface.


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.”