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Monolingual and Download Squad

One of the new and interesting weblogs recently added to the Weblogs, Inc network is Download Squad which concentrates on software for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Today it mentioned Monolingual, an interesting looking open source utility for Mac OS X users. It allows you to remove language files for languages you don’t need, thus freeing up to a couple of hundred megabytes of disk space. Unless you’re Peter Ustinov, you probably don’t need to have such langauges as Amharic, Assamese and Aymara installed – and that’s just some of the language beginning with ‘a’. Might be something to bear in mind when I get my Mac, which should be any day now…
Update: Oook… Engadget suggests that the Mac Mini line may be updated very soon, like, in the next 2 weeks. Hmmm. Might have to wait a little longer…


  1. It would be nice if Download Squad had category specific RSS feeds, so if I wanted to keep up with, say, the most recent Linux software, I could, without having to deal with all of the Windows and Mac-related posts.

  2. What a good idea! Highly logical.
    I thought of getting a Mac Mini but decided against it due to the specs.

  3. Martey: they already do – see their Feeds page. You can either subscribe to a specific category or a specific platform, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Windows Mobile, Palm and Symbian. The links for the platform feeds are at the bottom of the page.
    Joe: I’d actually say the Mac Mini isn’t so badly specified. You have to remember that a 1.42Ghz PowerPC is not far off a 2Ghz Intel Pentium. Still not great but not bad, and if this update to their line is significant it could make things even better. You also get Apple OS X Tiger, iLife 05 and DVI output – something which most PCs in the same price range don’t have.

  4. I stand corrected.
    As for the Mac Mini, I am going to agree with computerjoe. While the Mini’s performance is not horrendous, it is still nothing to brag about. The only advantages I can see to buying it is its small size and the fact it is the cheaper computer you can buy that will run OS X (if you’re into that sort of thing).