Product Review – Texas Historical Marker Guide App

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(See my other 2019 Road Trip and iOS related posts) – On our recent road trip, my wife and I passed several Texas Historical Markers along the roadside. We were curious as to what they said but really didn’t want to take the time to stop and read them. That made me remember a book my father had “Why Stop?: A Guide to Texas Roadside Historical Markers“.

 

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This book was published in 2013 and contains the information of more than 2500 Texas roadside markers. They are still available on Amazon for $15.76 (paperback) and $9.59 (Kindle) at the time I write this.

Of course, the information in that guide is dated and I didn’t have a copy with me on our trip.

I checked to see if there was anything on-line about the markers. What I discovered is the “Texas Historical Marker Guide” App for the iPhone. Not only does this App have more than 16,000 Historical Markers included in its database, but it also has the ability for users to contribute updates.

The App can be purchased through the App Store for $2.99. Per the App website:

Texas is home to over 15,000 historical markers. And now there’s an app to help you find them!

Features:
-Onboard marker database means you can browse markers without an Internet connection.
-Browse markers by geographic locations including cities and counties.
-Browse markers by type, size, and subject.
-Browse attractions where markers can be found including cemeteries; state parks; historic districts; etc.
-Uses Location Services to find your current location and display markers in the current county. (Internet connection required)
-Check-in at markers to keep track of visits!
-Update marker coordinates! (Device with GPS radio required)
-Record marker conditions!

-Includes conditions of marker where reported.
-Includes text for many markers with more being added frequently.

-Take pictures with an in-app camera or import from camera roll! (Pictures are not included with app.)
-Share your favorite markers via FaceBook, Flickr, Mail, and iMessage!

Includes:
-Texas Centennial markers and monuments from 1936!
-Old San Antonio Road markers erected by DAR and the State of Texas in 1918!
-San Jacinto Battleground markers erected by DRT and the State of Texas in 1912!
-Complete Texas works of Pompeo Coppini!
-Selected Texas works of Waldine Tauch, Frank Teich, Elisabet Ney, and others!
-Blue Star Memorial markers (all the ones we know about.)
-New markers erected since 2012!

This is an App that we will use almost every time we are out on the roads (not the Interstates) of Texas.

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If you and your family drive Texas, this might be an inexpensive App to help pass the time on the road while learning more about our state.

In the 34 county Hill Country region of Texas, the App shows more than  2300 markers. More than 25 markers show up in the App within 5 miles of my home location.

I used the location of the CapMac (Capital Macintosh User Group) meetings (red arrow) I attend monthly in Austin and found all of the markers shown in the image to the left. You can literally find markers all over the state.

If you really like the App, follow them on Facebook.

 

Pros

  1. Inexpensive at $2.99
  2. Automatically tracks your location
  3. Nearby markers pop up on map
  4. User can easily drill down to details of marker

 

Cons

  1. Text is a little small and can be challenging to read in a moving vehicle
  2. More of a desire than a Con: it would be nice to be able to touch a button to have the details read to you
  3. More of a desire than a Con: it would be nice to have a setting that would automatically read you every marker within a set distance

 


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Book Review: “Terminal Pulse”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Terminal Pulse” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Brent Ladd (https://brentladdbooks.com). This was his first novel.

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 Situations. The main character is Collette “Codi” Sanders.

Sanders has recently come close but failed to qualify for elite military duty. Now she is out of the military and has taken a boring, paper-pushing job for the GSA (General Services Administration).

Suddenly her administrative job has thrust her into the middle of a critical and dangerous situation.

I found the 5.5 hours I spent reading this 274-page thriller interesting. The basic plot was not bad, but the depth of the writing and characters was lacking. The author will likely get better with future novels. I do not like the selected cover art. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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

USA, Arizona, Flagstaff – Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

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(see my other Location related posts) – While on our 2019 Road Trip my wife and I took the time to drive up to the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. This is not in Flagstaff, Arizona but is only about 15 miles or 30 minutes north of the city (take U.S. 89 north for 12 miles (19km), turn right on the Sunset Crater – Wupatki Loop road and continue 2 miles (3km) to the visitor center).

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Sunset Crater is about 900 years old, yet it is still the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. The cinder cone (shown above) of the crater now stands about 1000 feet above what was once just meadows and forest. As you can see in the photo above there is still a great deal of cinder from the volcano strewn about.

As you can see as well, there is still evidence of lava flow that resulted from the volcano.

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While there has been some regrowth in the past 900 years, the soil itself resists in many places. The parking lot at the base of the crater offers a few hiking paths. Some paved, but others wander over the rough terrain offering a closer view of the crater and the existing flora.

The day we visited the crater access to the park was free (National Parks has a few free days per year). Normally there is a $25 per vehicle charge. This was not as impressive as the Meteor Crater, but still worth the time to visit.


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Book Review: “The Hidden Places of WWII”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “The Hidden Places of World War II: The Extraordinary Sites Where History Was Made During the War That Saved Civilization” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Jerome M. O’Connor (https://historyarticles.com).

I received an ARC of this non-fiction book through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘G’. The book looks at events of historical significance that are often overlooked. There are many relics still remaining of the War. This is not ‘a’ story but a collection of short articles.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 10 hours I spent reading this 360-page non-fiction book about WWII. I discovered several new bits of information reading this book. I like the selected cover art. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

USA, Nevada, Henderson – Hot n Juicy Crawfish

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(Read my other Food related posts) – We recently drove through Henderson, NV on our 2019 Road Trip. My wife and her brother love Hot n Juicy Crawfish. I have been there three times now and I enjoy their fried shrimp. My wife and her brother prefer ordering mildly cajun season boiled shrimp by the pound and digging in with both hands.

While they operate several different locations (13 at the time I write this post), I have only visited the Henderson, NV site at 9560 S. Eastern Ave. Henderson, NV 89123.

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As I mentioned before, I like their fried shrimp and their cajun fries.

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My wife and her brother also tried the regular Calamari and enjoyed that as an appetizer.

We have all enjoyed being a Hot n Juicy customer. If you like seafood, particularly spicy seafood, you will want to give Hot n Juicy a try.


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Music from WWII – Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major

(See my other Music and WWII related posts) – The song “Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major” became popular in 1939. The song is attributed to Art Noel and Don Pelosi. This recording was made by Arthur Askey. It was a song favored by British forces.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Missed in History Podcast: “The Night Witches”

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While traveling with my wife during the past few weeks we listened to several episodes of the Missed in History Class podcast. This particular show was on The Night Witches. Per the Missed in History website:

The Night Witches were an all-female bombing regiment in the Soviet Air Force. Flying biplanes meant for dusting crops and training new recruits, they dropped 23,000 tons of bombs on German forces in WWII.

If you are interested, you can listen to this 32-minute podcast at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-night-witches.htm. It gives a view of WWII from a perspective that many have missed.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Revised and Expanded FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software List for 08/2019

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I have been publishing a list of free software for iOS, tvOS and OS X each month for some time. Starting with the June 2019 list I have expanded the coverage to include many more titles for macOS. This month I have decided to change the format again.

Moving forward, I will continue to post free iOS software, but macOS software will be compiled in a large, cumulative table. Many titles were appearing every month and I think this will both take less time for me and provide users with a better way to lookup Mac software. The table with the first 22 entries can be found on the macOS Software page.

Please give me feedback if this expanded list is valuable to you.

You may find some of these programs of interest. I have also attempted to mark which Apple OS the title is targeted at (iOS, macOS, tvOS) as well as the category of the App.

This is NOT a curated list. All I know about these titles is what you see below. None have been tried or tested by me.

August 2019

  1. macOS/Browser – SRWare Iron, or simply Iron, is a free and open-source Web browser implementation of Chromium which primarily aims to eliminate usage tracking and other privacy compromising functionality that the Google Chrome browser includes. Free from the developer website
  2. macOS/Browser – Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. Free from the developer website
  3. macOS/Browser – Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content, speed-boosting Opera Turbo mode and more handy features, Opera has everything you need to do more on the web. Also, with 1700+ available extensions, you can mix and match additional features to customize the browser the way you want. Free from the developer website
  4. macOS/Browser – Chromium-based release of Microsoft Edge for macOS platform. This is a Microsoft’s take in Open-Source browser wars. It supports Chrome extensions and brings Microsoft’s special sauce in a form of Privacy Controls, IE Mode that uses rendering engine of Internet Explorer that will allow businesses to load old sites, Collections feature for collecting images, text, and general notes from the web, Reading view, Sync with mobile devices, built-in translator, Dark Mode and more. Free from the developer website
  5. macOS/Browser – OmniWeb is designed to provide you with the best user experience you’ll find in a Web browser. Free from the developer website
  6. macOS/Browser – Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike. Free from the developer website
  7. macOS/Photography – Mylio keeps all your photos organized and at your fingertips, bringing the million moments of your life back together again in a Life Calendar. Free from the developer website
  8. macOS/Games – SMasterMind is a game in which you have a certain number of guesses to figure out the color-pattern combination of four colored pins by the process of elimination. The game is in French and English. Free from the developer website
  9. macOS/Utility – iTerm is a fork of the older iTerm project. iTerm is a Terminal replacement and the successor of iTerm. It focuses on speed, internationalization, and building new features to improve your life. Free from the developer website
  10. macOS/Communications, Collaboration – Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager. Free from the developer website
  11. macOS/Communications – Signal is fast, simple, secure messaging for the desktop. It now runs independently of your browser, so, if you’re a Firefox or Safari user, you don’t need to install Chrome to send and receive Signal messages on your computer anymore; if you’re a Chrome user, having your browser open will no longer be synonymous with having Signal Desktop open. Free from the developer website
  12. macOS/Run Android Apps – BlueStacks App Player lets you run your Android apps fast and fullscreen on your Mac. Free from the developer website
  13. macOS/Music – Amazon Music is an app that allows users to shop, play, manage, and download music. The new app provides Mac users with a seamless way to manage their entire music library — whether saved on their computer or in the cloud — and shop from the Amazon MP3 Store with a catalog of more than 25 million songs. Free from the developer website 
  14. macOS/Web Server – This is a PHP module for the Apache Web server included in OS X. PHP is a server-side, cross-platform scripting language. PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML. Free from the developer website
  15. macOS/Graphics, Photography – SVG Converter – A simple tool designed to convert SVG files to PDF, PNG, JPEG or TIFF. Free from the developer website
  16. macOS/Web Server – Bitnami Phabricator creates a self-contained Phabricator installation that is fully configured, together with all the necessary dependencies (Apache, MySQL, PHP, and phpMyAdmin). Free from the developer website
  17. macOS/Graphics – Krita is a free, Open-Source painting tool designed for concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. Krita has been in development for over 10 years and has had an explosion in growth recently. It offers many common and innovative features to help the amateur and professional alike. Free from the developer website
  18. macOS/Utility – Scheduler is a utility that allows you to schedule reminders, application and AppleScript applet launches, and the automatic download of Web pages or files using your favorite Web browser. Free from the developer website
  19. macOS/Productivity – QOwnNotes is the open source (GPL) plain-text file markdown note taking application for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows by Patrizio Bekerle (pbek on GitHub and IRC), that (optionally) works together with the notes application of ownCloud or Nextcloud. Free from the developer website
  20. macOS/Productivity – Itsycal is a tiny calendar for your menu bar. If you want, it will display your appointments and serve as a companion to the Mac Calendar app. You can move Itsycal in the menu bar just like the built-in Apple menu extras by holding down the Command key and dragging. Free from the developer website
  21. macOS/Utility – FontForge allows you to create and edit fonts in many formats: OpenType, TrueType, AAT, PostScript, Multiple Master, CID-Keyed, SVG, and various bitmap formats. It isn’t a regular Mac application. It has been in development since 2001 as a UNIX application, so don’t expect it to look and behave like a normal Mac application. It runs on Macs thanks to a UNIX-compatibility layer called X11. Free from the developer website
  22. macOS/Productivity – Any.do lets you capture thoughts, break big projects to small tasks, and share lists with the people around you. From planning an awesome vacation, to organizing a big project at work, or sharing a shopping list with a loved one – Any.do makes it easy to keep your life organized in one place. It seamlessly syncs between your mobile, desktop, web, and tablet so you, and everyone around you, can access it from anywhere. Free from the developer website
  23. macOS/Miscellaneous – Dispatch is a powerful, feature-rich booking management tool for the chauffeur service, limousine hire, and private hire industry. Free on the Mac App Store
  24. macOS/Games – Warspear Online lets you create a hero and battle monsters in a classic 2D MMORPG that has gained popularity with millions of players worldwide! In Arinar, a fantasy world concealed with challenges, your Hero will fight to win skillfully crafted weapons, armor, magic artifacts, and vast fortunes of gold. Free from the developer website
  25. macOS/Communications, Collaboration – FreeChat for WhatsApp lets you access WhatsApp conveniently. You’ll never miss a message! Free from the Mac App Store
  26. macOS/Finance – Budget Planning is a smart budgeting instrument to control and save personal finances for better profit. 
  27. macOS/Communications – Babelnet is a secure messaging enterprise strength platform for end-to-end encrypted communication via instant data messaging. It lets you attach and send documents and files securely — and all cross-platform. Available in free personal Babelnet as well as paid enterprise Babelnet Pro versions, Babelnet is a must-have for anyone wanting peace of mind when it comes to the security of their communication, and who needs to keep their communication safe and “off the radar” from outside threats — from simple eavesdropping to industrial espionage. Free from the developer website
  28. macOS/Astronomy – SkyORB 3D is a 3D planetarium, including star-gazing and epheremis, based from V3X.net engine. It features a modern 3D interface, search engine, a large catalog of stars, planets, moons and updatable comets and asteroids database, and lets you choose see the actual sky from any point on Earth or from any planet from the solar system. Free on the Mac App Store
  29. macOS/Utility – With WinOnX 64 you can run your Windows applications on OS X without the need of buying a Windows license. Well, you even do not need to install Windows. Just download WinOnX and you are ready to go within 2 minutes. Free from the Mac App Store
  30. macOS/Utility, Photography – GeoTag is a free OS X application that allows you to update image metadata with geolocation tags by panning and zooming in a map window and then clicking on the location where a photo was taken. It is a good way to add location information to photos or fine tune existing location information. Free from the developer website
  31. macOS/Developer – Figma is an interface design tool with real-time collaboration. Free from the developer website
  32. macOS/Productivity – SUNRISE Contacts 2019 is an organising tool for all things related to contacts (e.g., names and addresses) and general information (URLs, video files, documents etc.). Do you also have a business to run? This tool will cater to business users with built-in invoice maker or send direct to PayPal and QuickBooks, as well as a free currency converter (relying on the data supplied by the European Central Bank). And if you send direct to QuickBooks, you have access to the full Chart of Accounts. Free from the developer website
  33. macOS/Web development – Drupal is one of the most versatile open source content management systems on the market. Over a thousand developers contributed to the code in the most recent version. Drupal is built for high performance and is scalable to many servers, has easy integration via REST, JSON, SOAP and other formats, and features a whopping 15,000 plugins to extend and customize the application for just about any type of website. You won’t feel alone if you use Drupal; the hundreds of thousands of Drupal users around the world have built a very robust community with local meetups and global user conferences. Free from the developer website
  34. macOS/Web development – Integrity checks the links and images on your site. Feed Integrity your homepage URL and it will follow internal links to find all of your pages, checking each link and reporting the server response code for each. Free from the developer website
  35. macOS/Software development – Visual Studio Code provides developers with a new choice of developer tool that combines the simplicity and streamlined experience of a code editor with the best of what developers need for their core code-edit-debug cycle. Visual Studio Code is the first code editor, and first cross-platform development tool – supporting OSX, Linux, and Windows – in the Visual Studio family. Free from the developer website
  36. macOS/Programming – Visual Studio is a new member of the Visual Studio family, enabling developers on macOS to build apps for mobile, Web, and cloud with Xamarin and .NET Core, as well as games with Unity. Use Visual Studio to develop apps for Android, macOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, Web, and cloud. Code fast, debug, and diagnose with ease, test often, and release with confidence. Use version control, be agile, and collaborate efficiently with this new release. Free from the developer website
  37. macOS/Software development – Racket is a popular variant of the Scheme programming language. Free from the developer website
  38. macOS/FTP client – FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.years] [I have used this App for several years] Free from the developer website
  39. macOS/Education – Jmol is a free, open source molecule viewer for students, educators, and researchers in chemistry and biochemistry. Free from the developer website
  40. macOS/Communication, Collaboration – Rocket.Chat is a Web chat server, developed in JavaScript, using the Meteor full-stack framework. It is a great solution for communities and companies wanting to privately host their own chat service or for developers looking forward to build and evolve their own chat platforms. With Rocket.Chat, you can send group message, send 1:1 message, share files, integrate with your favorite products, and more! Free from the developer website
  41. macOS/Utility – Dejal Systems, LLC today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Time Out 2.6, an important update to their popular break reminder app for macOS. This free app sits in the background tracking the last time the user took a break. At regular intervals, it reminds users to take a short respite from their current tasks. Users can take the time to stand, stretch, and move around a bit, in order to refresh themselves. They can also schedule both long and short breaks, offering flexibility for the user’s own personal preferences. Time Out 2.6 is free, and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Health and Fitness category, as well as the Dejal website. Advanced features are available via easy in-app donations.  Download from the Mac App Store
  42. macOS/Music – MidiPipe is freeware and comes with no warranties. MidiPipe can be useful in a music studio or live on stage to route, map, filter, convert, display, input and output MIDI messages in real-time. Free from the developer website
  43. macOS/Media – Luxriot EVO Thin Client is a free OS X application that allows you to access Luxriot EVO Servers’ live and recorded video streams. This easy to use application allows simultaneous multiple camera monitoring. You are always in control of the situation with Luxriot EVO Thin Client. Free from the developer website 
  44. macOS/Media Server – Plex Media Server seamlessly connects your Plex clients with all of your local and online media. The combination of centralized library management, streaming of online content, and powerful transcoding functionality provides an unrivaled level of flexibility and ease of use. Free from the developer website
  45. macOS/Games – Toribash is a turn-based fighting game. Create your own martial arts movies in single player sandbox mode, or join the competition in the multi player modes. Free from the developer website
  46. macOS/Music  Amazon Music is an app that allows users to shop, play, manage, and download music. The new app provides Mac users with a seamless way to manage their entire music library — whether saved on their computer or in the cloud — and shop from the Amazon MP3 Store with a catalog of more than 25 million songs. Free from the developer website
  47. macOS/Games – The Battle.net desktop app from Blizzard is your gateway to all things Blizzard. Free from the developer website
  48. macOS/Communications, Collaboration – KakaoTalk is an easy, no-cost messenger that transcends standard chat. Make chatting extra fun with an array of emoticons and sticker collections. Free from the developer website
  49. macOS/Utility – Apowersoft Mac Screenshot enables you to take screenshot of anything displayed on your screen in PNG, JPG, BMP, etc. You can use it to capture the full screen, menus, application windows, webpages, etc. Apart from taking screenshot, you can also annotate the screenshot with lines, texts, arrows to mark up some important parts or use the blur tool to cover private information on the screenshot. In addition, the function of making annotation while recording is also added to this program. With it, you can insert arrows, highlight, text, lines to the screencast to make your recording more vivid. Free from the developer website
  50. macOS/Maps – Router allows you to view .GPX, .TCX, .KML, and .FIT route files. Free from the developer website
  51. macOS/Games – Nestopia is a Nintendo NES emulator for Mac OS X. Nestopia is by far the most compatible of any NES emulator for Mac OS X. Using cycle-exact emulation, it is able to run titles that rely on precise timing, and which therefore break under other emulators. It supports five extra sound chips and an astonishing 143 mappers. This accurate emulation comes at a cost; Nestopia requires an 800MHz machine for full speed; but if you have one, this the best available NES emulation for Mac.  Nestopia was initially developed for Windows by Martin Freij. The original sources may be downloaded from the Nestopia home page. Free from the developer website
  52. macOS/Education – Eigenmath is a symbolic math program for people who need to compute with symbols as well as numbers. What you get is a toolbox of basic functions that can be put together to solve problems involving polynomials, calculus, and linear algebra. Eigenmath is easy to use. Everything is explained in ten help pages. If you are a student or someone who needs to solve math problems regularly, Eigenmath may turn out to be an app that you use every day. Free from the developer website
  53. macOS/Utility – Turn your monitor into a realistic space shuttle window! Our planet looks exactly as it’s seen by astronauts. You see the blackness of outer space with sparks of stars on it. You are flying around the Earth, a colorful ball with a veil of atmosphere. Free on the Mac App Store
  54. macOS/Network – WiFi Explorer Lite is a wireless network discovery tool that can help you identify channel conflicts and basic configuration problems that may be affecting the connectivity or performance of your home or office Wi-Fi network. Free from the developer website
  55. macOS/Productivity – MindNode is a powerful and intuitive mind mapping application. Its focus and flexibility make it the perfect tool for brainstorming and organizing your life – and iCloud sharing means you always have your mind maps with you. MindNode lets you lay out your notes and tasks visually so you can get a bird’s-eye view of your project. The clutter-free interface lets you concentrate on generating and connecting ideas, and an infinitely expanding canvas means that no matter how big or complicated your project gets, MindNode can keep up. Free on the Mac App Store
  56. macOS/Web Server – XAMPP for Mac OS X is the simplest, most practical and most complete webserver solution for Mac OS X. The distribution includes an Apache 2 Web server, integrated with the latest builds of MySQL, PHP (both 4 and 5) and Perl. It comes as a Mac OS X Installer package which contains all the necessary files and requires no dependencies. Free from the developer website
  57. macOS/Network – Angry IP Scanner is an open-source and cross-platform network scanner designed to be fast and simple to use. It scans IP addresses and ports as well as has many other features. It can scan IP addresses in any range as well as any their ports. It is cross-platform and lightweight. Not requiring any installations, it can be freely copied and used anywhere. Angry IP scanner simply pings each IP address to check if it’s alive, then optionally it is resolving its hostname, determines the MAC address, scans ports, etc. Free from the developer website
  58. macOS/Facebook – Caprine is an elegant, unofficial Facebook-Messenger app with many useful features. Free from the developer website
  59. macOS/FTP – FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. Free from the developer website
  60. macOS/Games – Dolphin is an emulator for two recent Nintendo video game consoles: the GameCube and the Wii. It allows PC gamers to enjoy games for these two consoles in full HD (1080p) with several enhancements: compatibility with all PC controllers, turbo speed, networked multiplayer, and even more! Free from the developer website
  61. macOS/Mail – Postman allows you to securely share, sync and collaborate on your APIs with Postman Cloud for teams. Free from the developer website
  62. macOS/Mail – Missive brings a sleek and more streamlined email collaboration process. With native notifications, unseen Dock badges, and a clean UI, you can now close that browser tab and ditch your old email app for good (psst, make sure to set Missive as your default email client in the settings). Free from the developer website
  63. macOS/Mail – MailPluginFix will help you to fix any incompatible Mail.app plugin after an update of OS X. It patches all broken plugins with the current UIDs and also enables them again. Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development. Free from the developer website
  64. macOS/Video – MKVtoolnix is a set of tools to create, alter, and inspect Matroska files under OS X, Linux and other Unices, and Windows. They do for Matroska what the OGMtools do for the OGM format and then some. Free from the developer website
  65. macOS/Photography – Achroma SX helps professional and amateur photographers remove colors from their images using either a simplified preset color selection mode or an advanced mode that allows total control of the selected color ranges. The software features a simple user interface, gesture-based tray management, and options for sharing your output movie with other applications or various photo-centric internet services. Achroma. Free from the developer website
  66. macOS/Photography – Solarize SX lets users add the Sabattier Effect to an image without altering the original. Along with multiple solarization tone curves, the software provides functions for printing, exporting, and sharing output images with other applications or photo-centric internet services. Free from the developer website
  67. macOS/Video – Summarize SX creates a contact sheet that summarizes all or part of your movies. Users can interactively examine the contact sheet, display individual frames, create a slide show, print, images and share contact sheets with other applications and internet services. Free from the developer website
  68. macOS/Photography – One Color SX remaps the colors in your image so they all fall within the shades of a single color. The software also provides batch processing functions for printing, exporting, creating slide shows, and sharing output images with other applications and internet services. Free from the developer website
  69. macOS/Git – GitKraken is a cross-platform Git client with efficiency, elegance, and reliability at its core. It was made for devs, by devs. GitKraken makes Git commands and processes easy, fast, and intuitive. Enjoy a visually appealing experience that requires fewer interactions, allows for more fluid workflows, and provides total functionality. Free from the developer website
  70. macOS/Utility – ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and many other online video sites. It converts downloaded videos to MPEG4, MP3 or other formats in just one easy step. Free from the developer website
  71. macOS/PDF – Adobe Acrobat Reader allows users to view PDF documents. You may not know what a PDF file is, but you’ve probably come across one at some point. PDF files are used by companies and even the IRS to distribute documentation and other pieces of information about their products, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is the essential interpreter. Acrobat integrates directly with your Web browser, so if you come across a PDF document on the Web, you can view it directly from within your Netscape or Internet Explorer browser window.  Free from the developer website
  72. macOS/Business – Manager is accounting software for small business. Free from the developer website
  73. macOS/Backup – IDrive is a user-friendly, secure, and reliable application that performs automated online backup of your files and folders. Free from the developer website
  74. macOS/PDF – FoneDog PDF Compressor is a free tool to compress PDF to reduce your file size. It is easy to use. Drag and drop your file, wait a few seconds while it shrinks, and download it with a single click. The process is quick and secure. it is an offline desktop version so no one has access to your files and privacy is 100% guaranteed. Reduce your scanned PDF files to the best dpi which is perfect for uploading files to the web and through email. Use FoneDog PDF Compressor to Keep Perfect Quality, Less File Size for your PDF files. Free from the developer website
  75. macOS/Editor – Atom is a desktop text editor application based on web technologies. Like other desktop apps, it has its own icon in the dock, native menus and dialogs, and full access to the file system. Open the dev tools, however, and Atom’s web-based core shines through. Whether you’re tweaking the look of Atom’s interface with CSS or adding major features with HTML and JavaScript, it’s never been easier to take control of your editor. Free from the developer website
  76. macOS/Utility – Whether you’re remodeling, renovating, or designing your dream home, Planner 5D has you covered! Create detailed 2D & 3D floor plans, browse a 3000+ item catalog, and create photo-realistic images of your projects. Free from the Mac App Store
  77. macOS/Network, Communications – Keybase helps you perform cryptographically-secure operations with people you know on the Internet: chatting, file sharing, even publishing public documents. It’s all easier and safer with Keybase. Just download the app, create an account, and connect to one or more of your social identities. Free from the developer website
  78. macOS/Mail – Mailbutler is your personal assistant for efficient and productive work with Apple Mail. With its various functions, it simplifies, optimizes, and streamlines working with emails in your daily life. Use it for business or private purposes — Mailbutler will become an indispensable, reliable servant once you start using it. Free from the developer website
  79. macOS/Utility – Clock mini is an elegant clock utility in the dock. Free from the Mac App Store
  80. iOS/File Sharing – Econ Technologies today releases InterConneX 2.0, an update to its popular file storage, management, and sharing app for iPad and iPhone.. InterConneX 2.0 introduces direct cloud support for Backblaze B2, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud and SFTP Servers. The reinvented App offers an Adaptive Interface on iPad for full multi-tasking support to create a robust file management experience on iOS. Since InterConneX can share documents with your Apps, you can open Pages or Numbers Documents right on your ChronoAgent Mac, make changes and save them back. Then share them to your Backblaze B2 Bucket all linked via InterConneX. InterConneX is the file storage, file management, and file sharing app for the iPhone, iPad, and cloud. InterConneX is a free app for all your iOS devices. Download from the App Store
  81. iOS/Games – Long View Labs Limited today is proud to announce the release of Proverbidioms 2.0.0 for IOS and Android. Proverbidioms is based on the famous ‘Proverbidioms’ series of paintings by American artist T. E. Breitenbach that illustrate hundreds of everyday English idioms painted literally such as “break the ice”, “ants in the pants” and “butterflies in the stomach.” The aim of the game is for players to find as many idioms as they can using a built-in guided list. Proverbidioms 2.0.0 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. The app contains in-app purchases to let players unlock more idioms and paintings. Download from the App Store
  82. iOS/Games – Abu Dhabi-based entrepreneur Huda Al Enezi is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of 20Levels – Match Puzzles & Win 1.0.10 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. The mobile game doesn’t just entertain but also enhances the player’s shopping experience. The game combines the famous color matching gaming model with exciting shopping opportunities that help the players save money big-time. 20Levels – Match Puzzles & Win 1.0.10 is free and is available world wide through the App Store.  Download from the App Store
  83. macOS/Programming – Logtalk is an Open-Source, object-oriented logic programming language that extends and leverages the Prolog language with a feature set suitable for programming in-the-large. Free from the developer website
  84. macOS/Programming – Thonny is a Python IDE meant for learning programming. Free from the developer website
  85. macOS/File Sharing – Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keeps them up-to-date between systems. Free from the developer website
  86. macOS/VPN – IPSecuritas is an IPSec client with graphical user interface that allows easy setup of secure VPN connections over the internet. IPSec is an official standard of the Internet Engineering Task Force and has been widely adopted by router and firewall manufacturers. Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development. Free from the developer website
  87. macOS/PDF – PDFLight – leveraging Dalim Software’s award-winning cross-media workflow, TWIST–brings intuitive, high-end PDF optimisation to every desktop! Whether it is a multi-page business report, sophisticated corporate presentation, or your resume, the size savings achieved through PDFLight and the ultra-fast, high-quality display of graphics and text–even on tablets and smart phones–are equally impressive. By reducing PDF file sizes to an absolute minimum while maintaining exceptional display performance, the very intuitive PDFLight is one of our many contributions to a greener future! Free from the developer website
  88. macOS/Passwords – Dashlane is an award-winning service that revolutionizes the online experience by replacing the drudgery of everyday transactional processes with convenient, automated simplicity – in other words, letting you get to the good stuff faster. Free from the developer website
  89. macOS/Passwords – RoboForm is a password manager that offers one-click login, mobile syncing, easy form filling, and reliable security. Free from the developer website
  90. macOS/Virtualization – WineBottler allows users to bottle Windows applications as Mac apps. Free from the developer website
  91. macOS/Games – Letterpress is a beautifully designed word game with crisp, intuitive play. Free on the Mac App Store
  92. macOS/Productivity – Meet Focus, the time manager that helps you beat procrastination and get your stuff done. It is an excellent tool for helping students, professionals, and creatives to be more productive while working on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and the Mac. The useful productivity timer will win you over with its comprehensive set of features, attractive design and ease of use. Free on the Mac App Store
  93. macOS/Git – GitHub Desktop allows developers to synchronize branches, clone repositories, and more. Pull requests, merge button, fork queue, issues, pages, wiki: all awesome features that make sharing easier. But those things are only great after you’ve pushed your code to GitHub. Free from the developer website
  94. macOS/Backup – FreeFileSync is a free backup app that helps you compare and synchronize files and folders on Windows, Linux, and OS X. It is designed to save time setting up and running backup jobs while having nice visual feedback along the way. Free from the developer website
  95. macOS/Flight – Safelog can be used by student and recreational pilots through senior airline captains and military pilots worldwide. Safelog is also institutionally in use at hundreds of flight schools, airlines, corporate and helicopter operators, and more. It’s an easy to use, feature-rich, powerful system. Stay current, organized, and legal! It’s a powerful, proven, integrated, and easy to use system in use by tens of thousands of pilots worldwide from Cessna 150s and Robinson R22s through Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s. Free from the developer website
  96. macOS/Maintenance – DisplayCAL is a graphical user interface developed by Florian Höch for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS, an open source color management system developed by Graeme Gill. Free from the developer website
  97. macOS/Mail – Shift eliminates all that switching between Gmail accounts. Shift into a higher gear with the email client that makes navigating between Mail, Calendar, and Drive accounts fast, easy, and beautiful. Free from the developer website
  98. macOS/Productivity – Notenik is a simple-but-powerful system for taking, collecting, and referencing notes. Each note is stored as a plain text file. Notes can contain multiple fields. A link field and tags are included by default. Free from the developer website
  99. macOS/System – iBoostUp is a system optimizer that monitors and corrects system performance problems. It tunes up and optimizes your Mac by purging unneeded files, fixing your hard disk, giving you performance recommendations, protecting your privacy by removing cookies, displaying system information and much more! Free from the developer website
  100. iOS/Music – [Indie developer, Tomoyoshi Natsui today is proud to announce the release of Everlisten, a music listening app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Are you making the best of your music files? Using Everlisten, you can listen to the main portion of a song track, one after another. Everlisten is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Download from App Store

Book Review: “Endgames”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Endgames” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (https://www.lemodesittjr.com). Mr. Modesitt has published more than 70 novels. This is the 12th novel in his “The Imager Portfolio” 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. The story is set in another world. The primary character is Charyn. I like the chosen cover art. He is the young ruler of the kingdom of Solidar.

Charyn is trying to save the kingdom from returning to rule by the High Holders which will leave the common folk with nothing.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 18 hours I spent reading this 566-page fantasy. I have read other Modesitt novels and I have enjoyed them all. Modesitt is certainly an author I would recommend for any interested in fantasy. I wish I had read the prior 11 novels in this series, but this one reads pretty well on its own. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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

How Donald Duck & Dumbo Helped to Win the War

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(See my other WWII   related posts) – I enjoyed this article on Disney in WWII and wanted to share it through a reblog.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.


 

Pacific Paratrooper

Just one day after Pearl Harbor, Walt Disney received his first military contract and began creating promotional reels, war bond advertisements, short training and instructional films, and other WWII materials.  Also at this time, he received requests from military units all over the world requesting Disney-designed insignia’s and mascots.

David Lesjak, a former employee and Disney historian says, “Insignia helped build morale.  Having a cartoon character you grew up with on your plane or shoulder patch helped remind you of home.  In my mind it was a happy diversion from the horrors of war.”

Hank Porter @ Disney

One of the purest expressions of Walt Disney’s genuine patriotism during the war years was his decision to establish a unit devoted to producing customized military unit insignia free of charge for U.S. armed forces and their allies.  Headed by the talented draftsman, Hank Porter, whom Walt referred to as a…

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