macOS New App Release – Finer Focus

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Product Announcements Finer Focus, already the ultimate in Desktop Ambience, brings its ability to reduce – and even eliminate – all desktop visual distractions to macOS Mojave. And in doing so, Finer Focus takes Mojave’s Dark Mode to the next level by giving users even greater ability to fine-tune the ambiance of their Mac.

Users can further darken the entire desktop, fade out background windows, blur desktop icons, and more. They can even make everything on their desktop behind the front window disappear entirely, putting 100% focus on the front window. No other App gives users such control over the appearance of their Mac.

Furthermore, by reducing desktop visual distractions, Finer Focus makes it is easier to focus, easier to be creative, easier to get things done. Users can explore with the sixteen built-in Finer Focus themes. Each theme has its own characteristics, such as color and varying amounts of dimming, blurring, and fading.

For example:
The “Night Time” theme simply dims the everything around the frontmost window with a simple, transparent black. The “Ethereal” theme makes the Menu bar, Desktop icons and background windows transparent, creating a clear contrast that greatly highlights the front window. The “Pure Zen” theme completely fades away the user’s entire desktop – leaving *only* the frontmost window for the ultimate elimination of distraction. Each theme can also be fully customized by the user. Users can choose any color they wish. And they can independently specify how much to:

  • Dim the Desktop
  • Dim the Menu bar
  • Dim the Dock
  • Fade Desktop Icons
  • Fade the Menu bar
  • Blur the Desktop and its Icons
  • Blur the Menu bar
  • Blur the Dock

Users can also configure Finer Focus itself. They can control the speed at which Finer Focus reacts to their actions as well as choose from various ways to temporarily hide all Finer Focus effects should they wish to do so, giving them complete control over Finer Focus and their desktop environment. And all of Finer Focus is accessible at any time via its Menu bar icon.

System Requirements:

  • “Mojave” (10.14)
  • “High Sierra” (10.13)
  • “Sierra” (10.12)
  • “El Capitan” (10.11)

Pricing and Availability
Finer Focus is free to download and comes with a 15-day free trial. Users can purchase Finer Focus for $4.99 (USD) through the website.

Trailer for “Maniac”

Trailers – I watched the trailer for the new Netflix series “Maniac” this morning. The synopsis per IMDB:

Two strangers are drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.

After watching the trailer I think I will start watching the series on Netflix. It looks interesting. It has earned an 8.2/10 rating on IMDB.

macOS New App Release – Hazel 4.3

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Product Announcements Noodlesoft of New York, New York has released Hazel 4.3 for Mac OS X. Hazel 4.3 adds support for Mojave, Apple’s latest release of macOS, as well as other new features and fixes.

Hazel 4.3’s interface has been updated to fully support Mojave’s new Dark Mode, with new colors, icons, and other touches to make Hazel look right at home on Apple’s new OS. This version also includes various improvements, tweaks, and fixes to the interface for all versions of macOS, including the ability to take advantage of wider System Preferences window used in certain regions. Hazel is also ready for the new privacy protections added in Mojave.

Other new features include the ability to relocate folders, allowing for replacement of folders across all your rules, alleviating having to manually reset folders on all your rules. Hazel also includes numerous other fixes and enhancements.

Version 4.3 is a free update for registered 4.0 users. Users with licenses for version 3 or earlier can upgrade for $10 (USD). Hazel can be purchased through the website.

About Hazel:
Hazel is a housekeeper for your folders and files. Using Hazel’s powerful rule engine, you can easily create workflows that keep your files organized automatically. Hazel also features options for managing your Trash and includes an intuitive application uninstaller.

Singapore, Singapore – Trattoria Italian Kitchen

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Food – I had seen Trattoria Italian Kitchen several times when I passed through the @313 Somerset Mall. Officially it is located at 313 Orchard Road 313 @ Somerset | 313 Somerset, Singapore 238895. This restaurant is part of a chain across Asia. This restaurant has a wide menu of Italian food but seems to specialize in pizza with 15 different pies listed. 

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I like pizza so I chose the “Three Meat Pizza”. It came with tomato sauce, mozzarella, Italian pork sausage, ham, and salami. It was a little different but very good. It came on a very thin crust and, remarkably, I was able to eat the entire (14 inch?) pie.

This isn’t a fancy place, but I liked the pizza. I would certainly drop in again if I felt the need for Italian. It does have a 3.5 rating on TripAdvisor but only a 2.5 on Yelp.


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Star Wars Reads – October 2018

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Reading – I think that this is a great post for my third #Blogtober post. For the seventh year, Star Wars (and Disney) are celebrating Star Wars Reads all month long.

Activities are being held across the country at libraries and bookstores. There are also posters you can download and print on the website. You may also want to follow their Facebook page. That page lists a number of events that are scheduled for October.

This is a great way for young and old to get involved with reading through everyone’s favorite Universe.

Book Review: “The Stars Now Unclaimed​”

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Book Reviews – “The Stars Now Unclaimed” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Drew Williams (http://drewwilliamsirl.com). This is Mr. Williams first novel and the first of his “The Universe After” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the far future. the primary character is Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified who is sent out to find and recruit gifted children.

It had been about a hundred years since ‘The Pulse’ swept across the Universe. Some planets were barely affected. Others, most others were pushed back down the industrial timeline. Many planets were forced back to pre-combustion engine tech. Some planets even further back. How planets were affected seems totally random. Residual radiation from the pulse quickly destroys any new tech once it is put into use on those worlds. Gifted children began to appear just after the pulse.

There were still some with space travel tech. One of these groups is the Pax. Even before the pulse, the Pax was a Sect that was prone to violence. After the pulse, since they were unaffected, they see themselves as zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the Galaxy.

The affected worlds can be visited if carefully done. Kamali arrives on a planet that has suffered heavily from the pulse. She finds the young girl she was sent to recruit, but the Pax choose that time to attack the planet. They are able to escape with the help of an android ‘priest’. They begin a journey back to the Justified, but they run into one problem after another, often from the Pax. The Pax is not just a minor threat. They are coming for the Justified. With the Pax, the outcome will be either the destruction of the Pax or the absorption or death of the Justified.

Not only must Kamali use her knowledge and fighting skills to survive and get back to the Justified. She must dodge questions about her past. She must avoid her link to the pulse itself.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 11+ hours I spent reading this 448-page science fiction tale. I liked the characters, particularly that of Kamali. The plot is unusual and offers plenty of opportunities for future books in the series. I am not a fan of the cover art. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

macOS New App Release – Pterm for Mac 9.1.0

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Product Announcements Wine Reviews of San Jose, California has released Pterm for Mac 9.1.0 for MacOS today. Pterm 9.1.0 is another major release. We have fixed a lot of minor bugs and updated Pterm to be 64bit macOS Mojave compatible. Please see the full change-log below for all the exciting changes in this release.

Putty is one of the Best Terminal Emulators available today. It Supports different types of Network Protocols such as SSH, FTP, SCP, Telnet etc. In Windows it is used as SSH Client to connect to Your Linux server or for some other purpose But what will you do if you are on Mac? You might be thinking, Is there any Software like Putty for Mac Available? The answer is Yes! With the help of some other Software’s we can Use putty on MacOS although Putty is used widely on Windows Platform. Official Versions of Putty are available on Unix like Platforms, and now it’s widely available for Mac systems running OSX 10.12.3 or higher.

SSH is available by default in Mac and Linux or Unix. Although you can use the terminal for SSH connections still there are some benefits in using Putty such as Other clients don’t keep connections alive whereas Putty does. Also, it is cool to use Putty as your SSH client if you are doing some VMware ESXi or CISCO Stuffs, transferring files, managing files on a server or whatever.

Supported Protocols:

  • Telnet
  • FTP
  • SSH
  • SCP

Version 9.1.0 New Features:

  • Now 64bit macOS Mojave compatible
  • A lot of minor bug fixes

Pricing and Availability:
The cost of Putty is only $15.00 at this time through the website, Pterm 64bit stand-alone cost $19.95 per license. Anyone who has purchased Pterm or Putty in the past three months is entitled to a free upgrade. Pterm and Putty comes with three months of upgrades and of course, a 14-day money back guarantee. We now use FastSpring as our preferred storefront, you can pay with Credit / Debit Cards, PayPal, Amazon payments, Wire Transfer etc. etc. This store is very secure, simple and fast.

Are You a Seasonal Reader?

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Reading – I saw another blogger post about ‘Seasonal Reading’ and thought that was a good brief topic. By Seasonal Reading I mean do you save or search for novels related to upcoming holidays. For instance, with Halloween coming up in a few weeks, are you looking to read scary a scary novel or one written around the Holiday?

I would guess the main holidays for your reading focus would be Halloween, Christmas and maybe Valentines Day. Others might include Thanksgiving, Memorial Day and Fourth of July.

Do you try to find books to read for specific holidays?

I have to say that I don’t. I have a queue of books to read (sadly up to 40 deep at the moment) and I just generally pull from the top of that list.


This is my official first post for #Blogtober. Blogtober is a challenge for bloggers to write a post every day of the month and use the #Blogtober hashtag with it. So I guess I only have 29 more to go (I posted yesterday, but without the hashtag).

macOS New App Release – IconFly 3.8

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Product Announcements Aperio Lux of Kiev, Ukraine has released IconFly 3.8, an update to their elegant, powerful and easy-to-use tool for creating icons, that allows users to create all necessary app icons for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch applications. Moreover, IconFly 3.8 allows users to create icons for Android applications as well as Web clip icons and favicon.

Key Features:

  • Supported image formats for icons creation: PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, ICNS, PSD, EPS, AI, PDF
  • Create appiconset and icons packages for your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch applications
  • Supports app icons for iOS 7 and later (including latest iOS 12)
  • Supports app icons for watchOS 1 – watchOS 5
  • Supports app icons for iPhone (including latest iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max)
  • Supports app icons for iPad (including latest iPad Pro)
  • Create full icons package for Android applications
  • Create favicon and Web Clip icons
  • Create Mac app icons in the additional formats: iconset, ICNS
  • Save icons as images in the following formats: PNG, JPEG, TIFF

IconFly is a great tool for creating different types of icons. IconFly can produce Standard (@1x), Retina (@2x) and Retina HD (@3x) icons.

First, Appiconset with all the correctly sized icons and properly formatted JSON file created by IconFly is fully compatible with Xcode 6.0 or later. Users can save it directly in Assets Catalog in their projects and use it right after that without any additional changes.

Second, QuickIcon allows users to create Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch applications icons in one go. It’s true also for Android app icons and Web icons.

Third, IconFly 3.8 supports the creation of app icons for both the new Apple Watch 40mm and Apple Watch 44mm as well as for both previously released Apple Watch 38mm and Apple Watch 42mm.

IconFly 3.8 exists in 4 editions: IconFly, IconFly Desktop, IconFly Mobile and IconFly Web.

System Requirements:

  • OS X Lion 10.10 or later
  • Intel 64-bit processor
  • 11.1 MB

Pricing/Availability:
IconFly 3.8 is only $6.99 (USD). IconFly Desktop 3.7 is only $3.99 (USD). IconFly Mobile 3.8 is only $3.99 (USD). IconFly Web 3.7 is only $2.99 (USD). All editions of IconFly available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category.