Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chasing Apple: A Few Words On Microsoft’s Comeback And Challenge

Microsoft

Way back when Microsoft ruled the technology world. Office was nearly as ubiquitous as Windows. Apple and the Mac? Footnotes. A funny thing happened on the way to the future. Apple ignored Microsoft and trudged along creating one disruptive product after another; Apple Store, iPod, iTunes Music Store, iPhone, iPad, App Stores, Watch. The Mac, … Continue Reading »

Monday, June 29, 2015

Had Enough TNEFs? You Need TNEFs Enough

TNEFs Enough

For Mac users whose friends, family, or co-workers use Microsoft Windows and Office, you know the familiar problem of TNEFs. TNEFs? Think winmail.dat or win.dat files. Yes, TNEFs are Microsoft’s annoying and proprietary email attachment format, a function designed to keep customers attached to Microsoft, but a standard pretty much devoid everywhere else in the … Continue Reading »

Friday, June 26, 2015

It Works. It’s Free. The Good And Bad Of A Mac ePub Reader

Kitabu for Mac

One of the benefits of being an Apple customer and owner of pretty much anything with a Retina display that was designed in Cupertino, CA, is being able to read eBooks in iBooks. One of the negatives is that iBooks doesn’t really sync PDFs, eBooks, and other items between devices, with the lone exception, of … Continue Reading »

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Free And Better Way To Use Apple’s Multi-Touch Devices

BetterTouchTool

Every human with a smartphone, tablet, or notebook knows how to use multi-touch, right? Perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but these days most of us know how to use the basics of a multi-touch device. Apple has multi-touch everywhere. Mac notebooks, Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse, iPhone and iPad, of course, and then there’s the new Force … Continue Reading »

Monday, June 22, 2015

This Is The Coolest Timer Ever For The Mac’s Dock (hint: it’s Nice)

Nice Timer

Many Mac apps have interesting or memorable names. I’m thinking Safari, Firefox, Chrome. Other apps have descriptive names. Think Photoshop, Photos, Calendar, or Mail. Still other descriptive apps for the Mac take a more playful but measured tone with the name, but one that is equally descriptive. Here’s one such app. It’s called Nice Timer. … Continue Reading »

Friday, June 19, 2015

Use This Mac App To Write The Next Great Novel

Storyist

My dad always told me to get the right tool for the job. He was a mechanic. I was interested in poetry, stories, and living happily ever after. I was not interested in being a mechanic. Amazingly, my life these days revolves around tools. Not wrenches or hammers or screwdrivers. Digital tools. If the Mac … Continue Reading »

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Free Way To Use Your Mac To Improve Health, Boost Productivity

Pommie

What’s the secret to losing weight? It’s not the diet so much as it is the discipline to stick with a diet, and combine it with proper exercise and rest. What’s the secret to boosting your productivity? A Mac, of course, but the right apps combined with a bit of discipline can really do a … Continue Reading »

Monday, June 15, 2015

How To Erase What You Don’t Want To See In A Photo

Super Eraser

A few years ago I saw a video of Adobe’s Photoshop which highlighted the app’s ability to erase, delete, or obscure unwanted background objects from photos, and fill in the area with surrounding elements. That was an impressive demonstration of a complicated process which Photoshop brought to a few of the masses– those who can … Continue Reading »

Friday, June 12, 2015

A Convenient Way To Get More Storage Space On Your Mac

Disk Xray

One of the benefits to being a certified Apple watcher is the opportunity to try out various Mac, iPhone, and iPad applications. That should explain why my Mac is so crowded with apps. I need to apply the ‘Six Month Rule‘ I use for clothing and shoes. ‘If I haven’t used it within six months, … Continue Reading »

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I Don’t Like Google, But I Like This Free Gmail App

Go for Gmail

When it comes to privacy, Google has been getting a bad rap the past year– deservedly so. Why? Google’s playful logo belies what the company does to make money. Sure, those free applications are nice, but Google needs to look playful and friendly up front because in the dark shadows the search engine giant is … Continue Reading »

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Problem With Internet And Radio

Radio

My highly unscientific survey of modern internet technology and good old fashioned radio tells me that the latter is more dependable than the former. Radio may survive, thanks to the internet, but listening to radio stations on the internet is problematic at best. Radio station streams come and go, stations come and go, and internet … Continue Reading »

Friday, June 5, 2015

How I Get Rid Of Spam On My Mac

SpamSieve

Me and Mail on my Mac have a complicated, love hate relationship. I love to hate email, specifically the variety known as spam, and I get more than my fair share. Mail on my Mac has about a dozen email accounts, some of which I’ve used for 15 years or more, so those addresses have … Continue Reading »

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It Ain’t Photoshop, Pretty, Or Even Cheap, But It Works

PhotoLine

You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, right? Everyone knows that. Look at the Volkswagen Beetle. My father worked in an ad agency in Chicago back in the day, and one of his prized possessions was a framed photo of a Volkswagen ad which featured the Lunar Lander. “It’s ugly, but it gets you … Continue Reading »

Monday, June 1, 2015

Use Your Mac’s Keyboard On iPhone, iPad, Even Apple TV

Typeeto

One of the major drawbacks to becoming more productive on an iPhone or iPad is the onscreen keyboard. Sorry, the average person just cannot type as fast on the screen’s keyboard as on a Mac keyboard. There are two ways to hook up a Mac’s wireless keyboard to iPhone or iPad. One is the straightforward … Continue Reading »

Friday, May 29, 2015

How To Customize The Look Of OS X Yosemite On Your Mac

Flavours

Apple’s almighty designers don’t think much of how users might customize their Macs. Sure, we can buy skins for MacBooks, Desktop wallpaper for all Macs, add screensaver, move the Dock around, add translucency here and there, but real customization is taboo, verboten, frowned upon by Apple’s elitist designer class (possibly even illegal; software licenses these … Continue Reading »

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How To Bring Key Presses And Mouse Clicks To Life On Your Mac

Visualize

What happens when you press a key on the Mac’s keyboard? What happens when you click the mouse or trackpad? Something happens, right? But you don’t see the actual click or key move on the screen. When you use the Mac for a presentation or video clip those keystrokes and mouse clicks are not visible. … Continue Reading »

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It’s Time For A New Browser. Why Not This One?

Vivaldi Browser

It’s an arguable point, but Google’s Chrome has been named the most used, therefore, most popular, web browser on planet earth. Roughly half of all browser usage is Chrome-based. After that, it’s a toss up between Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Apple’s Safari, and Mozilla’s Firefox. Other browser’s usage share remains in the low single digits. Why … Continue Reading »

Friday, May 22, 2015

Got A Touch Of Mac OCD? Massage It With This Clever Mac App

Folder Tidy

As much as it pains me to admit this, my desk at home resembles my Mac’s Desktop. If you can’t see the desk itself because of the clutter, then you can’t see the Desktop wallpaper because of the clutter on the Mac. My version of OCD seems to come in waves. Those items which should … Continue Reading »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How To View And Open iCloud Drive Files On iPhone And iPad

Cloud Opener

Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite iPhone and iPad file management apps. It’s called Cloud Opener and what it does is exactly what Apple does not provide for iCloud Drive. Cloud Opener opens up the files stored in your iCloud Drive account. Mac users have it easy. OS X puts iCloud … Continue Reading »

Monday, May 18, 2015

Learn A New Language, Improve Your Vocabulary With Wokabulary For Mac

Wokabulary

It’s true confession time. First, I read Reader’s Digest. The print version. Totally old school, I know, but an inexpensive way to wile away the time doing, uh, um, other things. And, it helps to improve my vocabulary. Second, I’m trying to learn a new language, which, oddly enough, also requires a vocabulary. In this … Continue Reading »

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Freebie: Scan For Mac Malware

KnockKnock

Mac users have it easy, right? Often we hear, “No viruses for Macs” and while that’s mostly true, a virus is only one component of the malware malady that affects all computer users. Apple does its part to prevent malware episodes from infecting OS X, but malware comes in many flavors, so a free utility … Continue Reading »

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How To Use Your Mac To See What’s Inside Your iPhone

PhoneView

There are times when curiosity gets the best of me. Just the other night my feline side asked me a couple of questions. Self, I said, “Is it possible to connect an iPhone to your Mac and browse around all those iPhone files, apps, songs, movies, and photos?” And, “Can the iPhone be used as … Continue Reading »

Monday, May 11, 2015

How To View Your Mac’s Calendar From Within Any App (for free)

Itsycal

Apple is famous for giving Mac, iPhone, and iPad customers a good user experience right out of the box, rather than dumping in hundreds of features that most people never use and letting them figure out things for themselves. That distinction is obvious, but there are times when Apple leaves useful functionality off the table. … Continue Reading »

Friday, May 8, 2015

Stick Pins In Your Mac To Manage All Your Website Bookmarks

Pins

Be honest. You’ve got bookmarks on your Mac, right? And you hate managing bookmarks, right? I thought so. Same here. Bookmarks in Safari or whatever browser you use the most are a necessary evil, a growing fungus of URLs that look great when you have a couple of dozen, but not so great when the … Continue Reading »