Lost In Mobile

Shaun McGill

07412 655899

Lost In Mobile is the continuation of PDA-247 which, under various names, provided news, reviews and commentary on the mobile world for 10 years.

I have been writing about the mobile industry, mobile products, apps and everything else in between and beyond for more than 10 years, and currently write freelance for Imagine Publishing and also undertake one-off projects upon request.

I welcome your comments and thoughts and if you want to get in touch, please do so via the email address or phone number above.

Thanks for stopping by.

Shaun McGill

Mac apps

Neil has put together a useful list of free Mac apps of which some may be useful to you.

Some of my favourite freeware / open source applications for Mac, most of which have a mobile use or slant:

HandBrake: one of the best DVD rippers and encoders around, in my opinion. I've used it to put copies of all my DVDs onto my network, for streaming to other devices. £0, from HandBrake

MetaZ: tag-writing software, for audiovisual files not purchased from a store which provides tagged files. I use it to add DVD cover art, actors, synopsis and the like, before importing content to iTunes. MetaX caused me a lot of problems given the file sizes in question, whilst MetaZ has been flawless so far, although it takes a few minutes to write each tag. Sources content from Amazon as well as (usually better) crowd-sourced databases. £0, from Griff

Caffeine: stops your Mac awake, overriding default power/sleep settings. Ideal for when giving presentations (particularly when running from battery), or whenever you want to keep the screen active. £0, via Mac App Store

GPGMail: OpenPGP implementation for Mac OSX - allows signing, encryption and decryption of email: £0, from Open PGP website

OneButton FTP: this is the only FTP client I've used on my Mac, but I know there are others (CyberDuck is often recommended) - OneButton FTP has worked fine for me, though! £0, from OneButton

get_iplayer: a great program for downloading content from the BBC for time/format-shifting purposes. (I run it under Linux, but it may work on the Mac; I've never had much luck with any iPlayer-esque application on the Mac, though.) £0, from Infradead