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20 Mac Dashboard Widgets That Are Still Worth Installing in 2013

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20 Mac Dashboard Widgets That Are Still Worth Installing in 2013

When you think of the applications that you use on your Mac, your line of focus is directed at your Mac doc and the programs within your application folder. However, one aspect that you may have overlooked are the programs in Dashboard known as widgets. The key to a useful Mac Dashboard is ensuring that you download widgets you’ll make use of regularly without cluttering up the screen. Discovery is the biggest thing that impedes the use of Mac Dashboard widgets, so hopefully our list of the top 20 Mac Dashboard Widgets can help you out a bit.

Productivity

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    DashNote – Making use of Simplenote, DashNote allows you to access your Simplenote notes from your Mac Dashboard. If you are unfamiliar with Simplenote, the service allows you to make small notes, from grocery lists to packing lists, all made accessible over multiple platforms.

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      Dashkards – Keyboard shortcuts are a great way for you to navigate your Mac more efficiently. Without having to toy around with the menu bar at the top, shortcuts can get you to where you need to be in a snap.

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        Dropbox Droplet – Dropbox is an easy way to share files with others. The Dropbox Droplet allows you to share files in a snap: simply sign in once, then drag and drop the file you’d like to share.

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          Reminder – Sticky notes are considered one of the best productivity tools out there, but their downfall lies in the lack of adequate notification. Reminder is the widget that reminds you about the small things that are easy to forget about.

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            Milk the Cow – No, not the fun iOS game we know of. Milk the Cow is the Mac Dashboard implementation of Remember the Milk—the popular to-do list application. Add, edit, and complete Remember the Milk tasks with this helpful Mac widget.

            Desktop Monitoring

             

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              MightyMonitor – MightyMonitor is the main tracker of the aspects of Mac that we normally ignore—the wireless mice, keyboards, etc. This widget monitors their battery lives and allows you to know when one requires your attention.

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                Time Machine Buddy – When Time Machine is automated, it can be a bit of a mystery knowing what is going on during the backups. Time Machine Buddy demystifies Time Machine.

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                  Eject Volume – One day, you may have your movie in while your external hard drive is backing up and your jumpdrive is plugged in doing its thing. In other words, there are days when a lot of things are connected to our Mac. EjectVolume allows you to eject all of the connections with a click of a button.

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                    iStat Pro – A widget I make use of quite often is iStat Pro, which allows you to know everything about your Mac both inside and out. From your WIFI connection’s strength to the current temperature inside your Mac, iStat Pro keeps you informed.

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                      AnalyticsWidget – In short, this is the iStat Pro for Google Analytics. Stay informed about how your site is performing right from your Mac dashboard.

                      Social and Lifestyle

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                        Delivery Status – Expecting a package in the mail? Delivery Status allows you to track any package with a tracking number from the major postal carriers.

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                          Twidget – View your timeline and update your Twitter status with this useful Twitter widget for Mac Dashboard.

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                            Tumblr Widget – This newly updated Tumblr widget is barebones while still allowing you to do the basics of the site, including text and multimedia posts.

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                              GitHub Widget – The social network of developers, GitHub allows you to view the progress of your collaborative projects and read the latest from your feed in this simply-designed widget.

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                                Digg.com Widget – The design of the Digg.com widget is very similar to the desktop website, with the ability to check out the latest news in various categories—from technology and entertainment to business and sports.

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                                Calculators and Counters

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                                  Currency Converter – The traveler’s ultimate calculator. Need the most up-to-date exchange rate for a specific currency? This calculator is the one for you.

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                                    Color Converter – From HTML developers to individuals just trying to discover their favorite color’s code, Color Converter provides this as an easy-to-understand interface.

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                                      BMI Calculator – Still working on your New Year’s resolution to lose weight? The BMI calculator can help you notice your improvements and stay informed on whether or not you’re on track.

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                                        Word Counter – There are times when essays may call for a specific number of words. Word Counter helps you to stay within the rules.

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                                          Countdown X – This countdown widget has helped me to know about the anticipated aspects of my life from the end of my contract that allowed me to get my iPhone 5, to my upcoming trip to Costa Rica, Countdown X helped me countdown, build anticipation, and it can help you as well!

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                                          Last Updated on November 25, 2021

                                          How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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                                          How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                                          There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                                          Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                                            What Does Private Browsing Do?

                                            When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                                            For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                                            The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                                            The Terminal Archive

                                            While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                                            Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                                            dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                                            Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                                            Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                                            However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                                            Clearing Your Tracks

                                            Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                                            dscacheutil -flushcache

                                            As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                                            Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                                            Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                                            If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                                            As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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