45 Awesome Utilities for Tinkering With Your Mac

The “utility” software niche is one that is extremely active in the Mac application community. There is an abundance of fantastic utilities currently available, and that list is ever changing. We love this type of software at AppStorm, regularly reviewing different apps that let you tweak and tune your computer.

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An Inside View of the Tour de Kota

“I’ll have a brownie, a Coke, a piece of strawberry- rhubarb pie, and that bag of Chex Mix,” I said.

“Whipped cream?” she asked as she pointed to the pie.

“Absolutely,” was my obvious answer.

“So how far did you ride today?” asked the lady selling baked goods at the Lutheran church booth.

“About 80 miles, I think,” I answered as I finished off the brownie.

“So why are you guys doing this?” the lady who sold me my fourth piece of homemade pie in as many days asked.

“I don’t know…I guess it’s just fun,” I answered in between bites, trying to refuel after a five-hour bike ride straight into the wind.

“You guys are crazy. I can’t ride around the block without getting tired,” she responded.

This was a common exchange between the cyclists and host-town volunteers during the annual week-long bicycle ride across the state of South Dakota, the Tour de Kota.

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Where Finishing is Victory

A slim, yet athletic looking man sits on the opposite side of the couch from me. He speaks passionately about the journey he is about to undertake. His weathered exterior displays his obvious experience. He speaks with such enthusiasm, excitement and rationality – all necessary ingredients for what he is about to do.

Mike Dunlap, Sioux Falls, is a 53-year-old former marathoner and Sanford Health exercise physiologist. On June 9 he will participate in arguably the most difficult endurance bicycle race in the world. The Race Across America is a staggering 3000 miles and some beginning in California and ending in Maryland that must be completed in 12 days or less. Fewer than 200 people have finished the race in its 27 years of existence.

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Profile of a Luthiery

Josh Rieck recalls a conversation he had not long ago with a high school friend. That discussion of what each was doing in their lives that we have all had when visiting with an old friend. Josh told his friend that he had started a luthiery business and was making a living building and repairing instruments and playing music.

“Oh, that’s great,” said his friend. “Just like what you said you always wanted to do.”

After some time to digest the standard conversation he realized that yes, he was in fact living out his dream. He also recalled another, similar conversation he had with one of his college professors.

“Oh perfect, you got your dream,” said his professor.

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ToDo Dilema

I’ve been living a more freelance lifestyle the last few months and I’ve become increasingly reliant on a to-do type application to help keep me organized. I spent quite a lot of time searching and trying apps. There’s definitely no shortage in this area so there are a pile to choose from.

I settled on The Hit List and was really confident about that decision. I found it to be a nice fit for what I was looking for. Maybe somewhere in between Omnifocus and Wunderlist. I’m not going to push you to my choice or to another. This category of applications is pretty personal to a lot of people. We all have our own set of needs, likes and dislikes. That’s not the point of this article.

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Profile of a Coffee Shop

Article written for The Post SD about my favorite coffee shop. It is a really cool place and is owned by a couple of really cool people. It was originally posted in March 2010.

We’ll have to blame Dan and Kileen Cleberg for this interesting atmosphere. The brother/sister duo has been the sole owner of the Red Rooster since they opened the doors on Aug. 31, 1996. It is a complete reflection of their personalities, just as they intended. What started as a fun idea has become a staple in Downtown Aberdeen.

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25 Superb Sports Apps for the iPad

The Sports category is another full and continually growing one in the App Store these days. It can be tough wading through all the apps for the best ones, so I’ve attempted to pull out some of my favorites for you.

This category is fairly broad so I’ve included a mix of different types of sports applications and even threw in some games. I’m sure I’ve missed some great ones out there, but these are some that I’ve particularly enjoyed and found useful.

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Bandmates for the Weekend

Jeremy Burckhard, 23, Jack Kilstrom, 15, and Spencer Raap, 11, had never played together before last weekend.

But, for 48 hours, they formed Valömilsk.

And by the way, there were several stipulations for their performances which were also judged.

The bands had to “creatively” incorporate two words that they drew out of a hat into their performance. For example, if the word “hat” is drawn the band could include that word in a song lyric or the band could all wear hats.

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11 Apps to Turn Your iPad Into the Perfect Cooking Companion

The iPad has proved itself a very useful device in more situations that any of us thought possible. Developers have done some truly wonderful things in many different areas, from gaming, to music, and even cooking!

The iPad is definitely shaping up to be an incredible cooking companion. There is a plethora of cooking and food related applications now available and we’ll try to sift through the pile for some of the best and most interesting ones available right now.

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10 Impressive & Beautiful iTunes Visualizers

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably long forgotten about iTunes Visualizers. Right now you’re trying to remember what they are aren’t you? For whatever reason they were something that we thought were great at one point, but they have since lost their luster.

They aren’t directly useful but can be a great addition to a party, or just something cool to look at while listening to some tunes!

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