Sometimes banner ads are worth clicking

I don’t usually click banner ads, but I followed one a few minutes ago that seems like a killer deal to certain Mac users. It’s called MacHeist and is a bundle of eight, possibly ten, shareware applications. Since two of these appear on my list of recommended Mac OS X software seems to be worth a look. Part of the proceeds go to charity as well.

The final two applications only get unlocked if a certain amount is raised for charity. Since the deal ends on 16 Dec 2006, it looks like this might not happen, which is a pity considering that one of them, TextMate, is the best application of the lot.

Since I already own Delicious Library and TextMate, I’m not sure I’ll buy this bundle, but I’m tempted. Some of the other apps seem intriguing.

Update: Evidently, Daring Fireball thinks you should care less about what you are paying, and more about what the developers are getting. The lesson I take away from his analysis: developers charge too much.

!Mac

Almost a year ago, I suggested that anyone attempting to replace Apple’s overpriced .Mac system should call it !Mac. Since then, a number of concepts and hints on how to do this have been posted to the internet. The most thorough one that I’ve seen is Matt Simerson’s How I created my own .mac replacement. It is fairly involved and does a lot, but still doesn’t support the one feature I’d actually use: machine synchronization.

Now, however, someone named Kent has issued a bounty on an “easy install” version of such a system called, oddly enough, the notMac Challenge. He’s also matching contributions. This site was evidently just mentioned on MacWorld, so in the ten minutes I’ve been watching the site, the prize jumped from $879 to $2,874.

I still think !Mac is a better name, but it’s harder to Google.