In a world gone mad with noise, it’s nice to know there are ways Mac users can get all Cone of Silence on everyone within hearing distance by turning off the startup chime and add some power to the whole startup routine.
$6-million Cone Of Silence Man
Frankly, just between you and me, I don’t mind the Mac’s startup chime. It’s a familiar sound that warms my heart.
When my Mac starts up at 6:00 AM every day, I know that all is right with the world.
By the time I drag my weary, aging body away from the master bedroom, my Mac’s browser will be open, RSS feeds will be ready to read, Twitter will be full of tweets, and the Mail inbox stuffed.
On the other hand, my loving spouse doesn’t appreciate the Mac’s chime. Neither do the kids. Nor does anyone trying to sleep on a plane appreciate the chime when a Mac is booted up.
Oh, the humanity!
So, simply add StartNinja to your Mac, click the Off button and the startup chime won’t chime upon startup.
That’s it. Click the Off button and no more chime. When you’re ready to irritate those around you with your Mac presence, click the On button and your Mac’s familiar chime returns.
Not bad for free, no?
What About Super Powered Startups?
To chime or not to chime? is a question. Speaking of startup options, wouldn’t it be cool if you could train your Mac to handle all sorts of startup and login preferences?
Enter Startupizer, laughing.
As luck would have it (or, not so much luck as capitalism at work; you know, necessity is the mother of invention, and all that), there’s an inexpensive app that manages your Mac’s startup options.
Startupizer gives you conditional startup options which can speed up the startup process as well as open and run specific apps that you choose from a list.
What this means is that you have more ways to control what starts up on your Mac when you turn it on (even better than Login Items in Users in System Preferences).
Startup specific apps when the Mac starts up. Or, have it launch other apps when the Mac wakes from sleep.
There’s also a way to add conditions to the startup list. For example, some apps can start up only on certain days of the week (who needs email on Sunday morning?).
Use Startupizer to rig your MacBook so some apps start up when plugged into a power source, but other apps when on the road using battery power.
You can also set apps to delay their startup until after your Mac starts up and logs in to your user account.
Startupizer is elegant and useful but missing some really important features. I’d like it to have a shutdown and/or restart function (also based on time of day). And it needs some way to list all apps on a Mac rather than making me search for them.