- clamxav. even with the recent hacker 'attacks' on os x, the platform remains relatively virus free, but clamxav keeps you ready just in case.
- itunes-lame. itunes is awesome, but the mp3 encoder that apple included with it is not (perhaps on purpose, as they'd like you to use the default [but less common] aac format). itunes-lame is a script which allows you to use the well-regarded lame encoder to add mp3s to your itunes library.
- magic number machine. can someone explain to me why a $1000 computer comes with a default calculator that is basically worthless? i know it's an apple tradition, but still… thankfully, this freebie calculator does most everything you'd need, and the interface is clean and simple. it's earned a place on my dock.
- onyx. one of the nice features of os x is that maintenance scripts run automatically. unfortunately, they tend to run in the middle of the night, and if your computer is shut off, it won't happen. onyx allows you to run the scripts, and if you're so inclined, to customize aspects of the os and some applications.
- coverflow. this one's just for fun, but very cool — it's like flipping through your old vinyl lps.
still no games, even in my second five free apps. so if you've got a recommendation, please let me know.
there you have it. as you can see, auditioning freeware could be a full-time occupation! if you don't believe me, check out freemacware.com's list of recommendations here.