Twistori Desktop is the most beautiful way to explore Twitter.
Ever since we launched our popular Twitter visualizer, Twistori.com, people have been asking us for a way to have their own Twistori with their own keywords.
You asked, we answered. Twistori Desktop is your own personal Twistori, for any and all keywords and keyword clusters you might want to search for.
What can you do with it?
You can create temporary or ongoing searches for keywords on twitter: things you like, your brand name, your project’s names, things your group is interested in.
You can combine those search words in playlists (we call them clusters) to group them together.
You can watch in full screen, or display on a large monitor or projector.
I don’t know how I got this thing, but it’s bad. I think it’s a variant of Vundo and something else, but it’s nasty and has made my computer near-unusable.
So who wants to help me out? Anyone in NYC consider themselves an expert on virus removal? If you can clear my computer of the nasties without needing to wipe the HDD and reinstall Windows (did I mention the DVD drive is fried?), you’ll become a minor internet celebrity when I do a post extolling my love of you right here on Giz. Anyone? Please? Email me.
Update: A lot of people have suggested MalwareBytes. I’ve tried to run it, but I think the virus is blocking it. Same with VundoFix and MultiFix.
Update 2: Making progress! Thanks to all the advice, everyone. I got ComboFix to run by renaming it, and after that I was able to get Malwarebytes to install. Now it’s scanning and I’ll throw some more scans at it from various suggested programs after that. I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel, knock on wood.
Update 3: Well, it seems pretty bad. I’ve resigned myself to a format/reinstall. Thanks for all your help, everyone! I’m still not switching to a Mac, despite this fucking horrible experience.
Sorry I couldn’t reply to all the emails, I got a shitload of them, but I seriously, seriously appreciate all the advice and help. Giz readers rule, for real.“
Using iFlicks you can easily import your Video Collection into iTunes. This gives you the ability to watch your Videos directly in iTunes or transfer them to your iPod or iPhone. On top of that iFlicks downloads Metadata for your Videos and lets you tweak the Metadata manually. Managing your Video Collection in iTunes has never been this easy.
Version 2.3 beta14:
Many of you have been waiting patiently for MarsEdit 2.3, featuring support for Tumblr. Today, I’m happy to release a public beta with these updates. Please feel free to download and give it a try! I would also value your feedback on what I’ve done so far.
Special note for current MarsEdit users: It’s a good idea to make a backup of your current MarsEdit Application Support folder. You’ll find it in your home directory at:
[Home] -> Library -> Application Support -> MarsEdit
For this initial Tumblr support, I have only endeavored to support the Text, Quote, Photo, Link, and Chat post types. Audio and video are on the list for a future enhancement.
While the emphasis of this release is on Tumblr, there are a few goodies that will benefit those of you who are using MarsEdit on other blog systems as well:
Opening the media manager is now much faster with lots of photos
Improved usability and design of the Technorati Tags editor
Improved weblog Favicon detection
Mac OS X 10.4 or later.“
A few weeks ago, Rob Griffiths took a Mac Gems look at Growl, the third-party notification system for Mac OS X. Working as a background process, Growl provides notification services to other programs, letting them alert you in more-effective ways than bouncing Dock icons. When using programs that provide Growl support—examples include Chax, Firefox, Mail, NetNewsWire, SuperDuper, and Transmit—you can choose which events result in notifications, as well as the style and formatting of each kind of notification. For example, if you use Chax, an iChat enhancer, you can configure Growl to display one type of notification for a buddy coming online and another type for new messages from buddies. Like Rob, I install Growl on all my Macs.“
But something Rob didn’t mentioned is that the download of Growl includes a number of “extras”—add-ons that provide Growl notifications to other programs as well as for certain system events. Many people overlook these extras, which aren’t installed by default; you have install each of them manually. But overlooking them would be unfortunate, as perhaps my favorite use of Growl is monitoring my Mac using the HardwareGrowler extra.
HardwareGrowler is a simple Growl-enhanced program that, when running—it’s most useful when added to your Login Items in System Preferences—watches your Mac’s FireWire, USB, Bluetooth, and network interfaces, as well as the file system, and notifies you whenever devices or volumes are connected or disconnected. It also monitors your network connections. HardwareGrowler is especially handy for tracking when a server connection is dropped, or for letting you know when it’s safe to actually disconnect a FireWire or USB drive (when you see the Growl notification that the drive has successfully unmounted).
But Hardware Growler also helps you watch out for trouble with your peripheral connections. For example, if you regularly see Growl notifications indicating that USB devices are disconnecting and then reconnecting, that’s a good clue that your USB hub, or one of your USB cables, is having troubles.
These features make HardwareGrowler similar to the discontinued Peripheral Vision, although Peripheral Vision had a number of additional useful features—HardwareGrowler’s only option is whether or not the program should, when it first launches, show alerts for every connected device and volume. In addition, while Peripheral Vision was, like Growl, a background process, HardwareGrowler is a standard program that appears in the Dock. If you don’t want it taking up precious Dock space, the Growl developers provide instructions for editing a file inside the program itself to prevent the program from appearing in the Dock.
Though simple, HardwareGrowler is immensely useful. Like Growl itself, HardwareGrowler is installed on all my Macs.