My job is just too easy. I simply scour the internet all day long in search of great new Mac apps.
Alright, there’s all that time devoted to three children, a household, pets, a husband, a job, and nearby Walmart, Target, and Costco stores to deplenish (I made up that word). Still, I find time to pick out inexpensive one-trick pony apps that do something unique and do it with a low price tag.
Invention, Meet Your Mother
My childhood was a deprived childhood. We didn’t have a remote control for the television. We didn’t have a television in every room. Changing channels required moving the personal derrière faster than mom, dad, or sibling.
If necessity is the mother of invention, then someone sat around thinking, “You know, a wireless remote control device would make me a gazillion dollars.”
From that simple thought, the television remote control was born.
Oh, Nikola Tesla, what would you have invented if you only had a Mac? You could’ve worked for Apple. Instead, you died old, alone, and penniless all the while dreaming of an iPhone for the masses.
Necessity is the mother of Shuttie, an inexpensive one-trick pony of a Mac app that does that which someone is too lazy to do.
Shut down your Mac at the appointed time.
Shuttie does that. And not much else. Select Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, or Logout. Enter the Hour and/or Minute, then click Activate.
After that Shuttie just sits there waiting to accomplish the task you’ve assigned, like some kind of very expensive digital lapdog.
As the app developer says:
It’s pretty useful when your’re watching some movies from your bed, and don’t have the remote controller. You don’t have to stand up from the bed to shut it down, when the movie ends. Downloading some file? Want to go to sleep? Don’t want you Mac to be turned on all night long? No problem.
Of course, if you’re watching a Netflix movie on your Mac, or viewing something else with multiple sweaty bodies cavorting onscreen and you’re downloading files you acquired from BitTorrent, and you’re bored and ready to call it a night (or, just inspired and want to extend the night), Shuttie might come in handy.
Besides, is there a cooler looking shut down, restart, sleep, logout app to be had for less than a dollar (US)?
It does what it does. The idea for a remoteless remote shutdown inspired a creative Mac soul who slaved over a hot keyboard for weeks to develop a single-minded Mac app that saves you a few moments of fumbling around looking for the remote (“Honey, is that the Mac remote or are you just glad to see me?”) in the dark.
And You Save What?
Yes, you still have to hit the keyboard and trackpad (or, mouse, assuming you place your iMac at the foot of the bed like most of us) to fire up Shuttie so you can shut down or restart or sleep your according to your schedule.
Did I mention that Shuttie is only available from the Mac App Store and only costs pennies (not quite 100 of them)?