This Is Totally Old School But Fun: Rip DVDs To Your Mac

Max DVDRipper Pro

Call me a bit self deprecating, but here’s how I figure it. If I can do it, you can do it, and that includes something exciting and quasi-legal– like ripping DVDs to your Mac. Why would anyone rip DVDs to their Mac? Legalities aside, getting a DVD movie copied to your Mac has plenty of … Continue Reading »

How To Put A Little Bit Of Windows Into A Mac


To be upfront and honest about it, there isn’t much that I like about Windows, other than the price tag on PC notebooks and desktops (compared to a Mac), and the task bar. Windows Start menu button is handy but misnamed (How do you quit Windows? Hit the Start button). But that little task bar … Continue Reading »

How To Lock And Unlock A Mac As You Come And Go


Now this is what I’m talking about. I call it ‘proximity smarts.’ Your iPhone or Mac can trigger specific functions depending on your location. In this particular case the app TokenLock locks or unlocks your Mac as you leave or come back to your Mac. Automatically. How cool is that? The way TokenLock works is … Continue Reading »

A Few Words About Quicken 2015

Quicken 2015

Remember when Intuit’s Quicke money management app for the Mac was useful and fun to use? The latest Mac version of Quicken still doesn’t match the Windows version but Intuit wants more money. What happened? The last decent version of Quicken for the Mac aired in 2007, then Intuit went dark and Mac users scrambled … Continue Reading »

12 Things To Love About This Intuitive Mac Outliner App


Alright, #12 is out of the bag already. Scribe is an intuitive Mac outliner app. That means if you know anything at all about outlines, you know how to use Scribe. That leaves plenty of other useful features, though, starting with keyboard shortcuts. If you’re not a Mac outliner power user, no worries. The menus … Continue Reading »

Guess What ‘Tidy Up’ Does On A Mac

Tidy Up

My Mac is probably not organized to the pristine level. My Documents folder is well organized, the result of many years of adding files, losing files, and learning to, well, organize better. The rest of my Mac’s files– Movies, Music, Pictures– I keep in their respective iLife apps, and there’s a bit of clutter here … Continue Reading »

The Problem With Renaming Files On A Mac

Better Finder Rename

Changing the name of a file on the Mac is easy, right? Select the file in the Finder, press Enter, type in the new name, done. What if you want to rename a doze files? Or, a hundred files. The simple Finder-based file rename process suddenly became a tedious chore. There’s got to be a … Continue Reading »

Got Photos? Make Frames, Not War


The walls of our home are filled with windows, bookshelves, framed posters (we can’t afford real paintings), and photos. We spent plenty of money on the frames for our photos but we’ve long since run out of wall space. Instead, we’ve created photo frames for our special photos and run them as screensavers, or a … Continue Reading »

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