ET OSX is a list of useful tools for the MacOS X, most of which live in the Applications folder on my startup drive. It started as a 'what's on my Mac' page on my personal site but quickly evolved into a blog of its own. I'm trying to focus most on of the tiny but useful utilities that sometimes save you lots of trouble and effort, and to omit for the most part the list of big guns, that one normally uses on a daily basis. The list serves two purposes, lets me easily answer 'how do I do this on the Mac' questions asked by other users, and helps me remember answers to the same questions myself.


iAlertU ( - this is one-of-a-kind alarm system for the MacBook. It lets you lock your MacBook via the infrared Apple Remote that came in the laptop box. When locked (or armed) iAlertU will detect movement of the MacBook by using the built-in motion sensor, the device that is supposed to prevent hard disk data loss. Upon movement detection iAlertU can produce an audio and visual alarm (very much like your car alarm system), and if this sounds like innocent fun for you, it can take a picture of whatever is in front of the laptop (via your built-in iSight camera) and then send an email with that picture included to a pre-specified email address. MacBook thieves, beware!

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