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.

Remote Desktop Connection

Update: The good folks over at Microsoft's mac mojo blog have just posted info that a beta version of RDC v.2 is available for download from MS's Mactopia site. New in this version is support for Microsoft's (!?) Remote Desktop Protocol v.6 (whatever that is), support for multiple simultaneous sessions (say hell-yeah!), Universal Binary, user interface tweaks, etc. I only had a brief moment in private with RDC v.2 and I'm very pleased to say that one of my last non-universal (as in PowerPC-only) applications is going away. One thing I don't like is I still don't have an easy way to chose a previously saved host (complete with address, username and password) upon application launch, and I need this app to connect to multiple hosts using different usernames and passwords. You have the option to save a host files in ~/Documents/RDC Connections, but double-clicking on one of those still doesn't log you into your server, you have to enter username and password manually. Well, maybe this is a security feature. Although there is this weird 'use' prefference in the UI...

Remote Desktop Connection ( - if I had to choose only one piece of software from Microsoft this would probably be it.(Frankly speaking, it is the only piece of software by Microsoft that I'm using) Remote Desktop Connection allows you to remotely control Windows-based computers from the safety of your MacOS X machine, which is nice. Advanced features such as remote resource sharing, drag-and-drop copying make it very useful when you have to support a windows server or two. Best of all it comes to you for free! My only gripe about it would be that it is still a PowerPC only application, but turns out both I and the Mac Development unit at Redmond can live with that.

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