Get geared up for this year’s Macworld

MacworldThe yearly Macworld Conference & Expo, which starts today and ends on the 18th is probably the most eagerly awaited event for Mac geeks around the world, and in no small part for Steve Jobs’ Keynote announcement. Last year was probably the most exciting of all, with the announcement of the iPhone, which had been secretly kept under wraps for several months. This year, expectations are still running high, but it probably won’t reach last year’s excitement. Main guesses are for the announcement of iTunes rentals and possibly an ultra thin Macbook. Wired also have a comprehensive list of what new software to expect, including the release of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac.

You might be one of the lucky people who has access to the Moscone Center in San Francisco where the event is taking place, or you might just be extremely curious at what’s going on. So what software do you need to have in your Mac to fully enjoy and follow Macworld?

Firs of all, getting to San Francisco. If you’re taking public transport, I’d advise having the BART widget to plan your trip into the bay and WeatherDock, so you aren’t surprised by the Frisco fog and occasional showers.

So you don’t miss any Mac related news in this exciting week, make sure you have the NetNewsWire desktop RSS reader to follow your favorite Mac feeds, like MacRumors. Even better, get a Twitter account and follow everyone who’s attending Macworld or has anything to do with Mac, so you can get breaking news from inside the event and discuss announcements with other Mac fans. You should install Twitterific on your Mac so you can follow all your twits from your desktop.

Are you lucky enough to take a few pictures of the event? Then I hope you have Flickr Uploadr, so you can share your pics of Steve Jobs and fresh Mac gear on Flickr. But what if you’re having trouble with your internet connection? Just set up AP Grapher, hop onto a public wireless connection and you’ll quickly be back on track.

I also suggest using the Flock social browser, so you can view all Macworld related photos in Flickr from the media bar at the top, follow Mac blogs and get the latest news from your Twitter and Facebook pals, all in the browser window.

After the event, your level of Mac addiction will surely have risen so have the Refurb Store widget on your Dashboard so you can catch all those special deals on cool Mac gear.

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