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Sometimes I feel really behind the 8-ball. Last week I  discovered MacHeist, which apparently has been operating for awhile now. They offer a bundle of really nice Mac apps for a ridiculously low price. These are full editions, not demos or anything like that. And a quarter of the purchase price goes to charity (they list the organizations, and they are all bona fide charities).

To be fair, half are for games and things I really don't care about. But I was planning to get WireTap Studio anyway; I use a demo of it and I was just waiting for a time I felt I could afford the 69 dollar license. The bundle is only 39 dollars. For me that one app pays all.

But WARNING WILL ROBINSON! The site itself can be addictive. The "Heists" are puzzles.  (Odd thing -- you have to go to the bottom of the bage and click on the footnav link to get to the Main page to find them. I did while trying to see if the offer was for real. And by the way, I did this last week - not today, when the date would have made me very suspicious). OK the heists --

From the main page, you go to "Briefings". The current puzzle is "Mission 3".
Iif you want to go in totally cold, stop reading here. But I'm not giving real spoilers, and if you want to know why I'm so intrigued, read on....

Read more... )

TADA! You unlock the safe and get a couple of free apps. A game, an art program, and a stock tracking program that looks pretty good. You also get a $2 discount on the bundle of apps. A nice reward.

As you can see, this is not your average puzzle. Some of the previous missions had you bopping around to various sites, usually the developers of small apps like these. And of course, that's why the developers participate. I went to a number of sites and bookmarked them, saying "hmm that looks interesting, I'll have to come back here..."

Definitely check them out. Even if you don't want any of the programs, the puzzles are fun. And if you do want any of the programs, do me a favor and use the link I provided -- referrals get me more free programs. One gets me a game (eh, so-so) but two gets a useful-looking utility program. But don't feel compelled to buy anything - that's just a lagniappe. I recommend the site even to PC users who wouldn't be interested in the programs, just for the puzzles.

Enjoy the site. Just don't waste too much time.


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