One of the side effects of reviewing many Mac apps through the course of the year is a jaded attitude; a skeptical view of what’s useful, and what’s not, and what’s valuable.
Today’s offering is two simple Mac utilities. One free, and one almost free, but with a surprising price tag.
First, the good news.
Sleep No More is free. This app resides in the Mac’s Menubar and will prevent your Mac from sleeping for a specified time period. That’s good because it can keep your Mac from falling asleep while you watch a movie online.
The claim to fame is the nostalgic rotary time setting dial.
Sleep No More can prevent the display from sleeping, or prevent the Mac from sleeping, or prevent both from sleeping. The only other option is to have it automatically launch at startup.
It doesn’t do much, but what it does is useful, and it’s priced right.
Not priced quite right is the Network LED application for $9.99. This app does something many Mac users want– a network activity display in the Menubar. If your Mac is connected to the internet, the LED is green. If the connection drops or isn’t available, the LED light is red.
Network LED comes with a few more features to justify the $9.99 price tag. Select from different color LEDs; variations of red, green, yellow, and gray.
That’s it. $9.99.
While the app works well, and it’s comforting to see a green light in the Menubar which indicates a good and steady internet connection, Network LED hasn’t proven to be as popular as some may expect, hence the recent price reduction from $9.99 to 99-cents. That seems about right.