“Paste” for the Mac– Like Copy & Paste on Steroids

— “Paste” for the Mac– Like Copy & Paste on Steroids — UPDATE: Paste is now 50% off. Get it while it’s on sale! You know how to copy and paste: first you copy, then you paste. The idea was revolutionary when Apple introduced it in 1984, but it had one big limitation: namely you can only paste the very last thing you copied. That limitation remains to this day, and it’s a problem, because sometimes you copy something, but get distracted before pasting, and then you copy something else, wiping the first thing off… Continue Reading “Paste” for the Mac– Like Copy & Paste on Steroids

Should I Upgrade my iPhone to iOS 10?

— Should I Upgrade my iPhone to iOS 10? — UPDATE: there are two really fun new features that you can only get with iOS 10. First, you can send balloons and fireworks etc. in a text message, like in the Apple commercial. Second, your iPhone (or iPad) will make these sensational mini-movies called “Memories” for you from your pictures and videos, and they’re really fun. Now that iOS 10 has had a few updates, and considering these two great features, I say please do upgrade to iOS 10. Executive Summary: I usually advise waiting… Continue Reading Should I Upgrade my iPhone to iOS 10?

How to Expand Storage on MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air

I hear variations of “How can I get more storage space on my MacBook Air?” and “I’m out of room on my MacBook Pro Retina” all the time. Until recently, all we could do was delete stuff from the SSD in order to free up space. Now, however, we can actually add storage space to our machines. There are two ways to do it. Option Number 1: Transcend JetDrive Lite* Many MacBook Airs and all MacBook Pro Retinas come with an SD or SDXC card slot on the side. Here’s what it looks like: The… Continue Reading How to Expand Storage on MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air

How to Improve the Sound of Music on your iPhone

— How to Improve the Sound of Music on your iPhone — No, not that Sound of Music. I mean the sound of songs that you buy from iTunes and play on your iPhone. UPDATE: Boom for iOS had an update 6-8-2016. Interface improvements, more options for shaping the sound, and a built-in Help page. It’s only 1.0.2, but there’s a lot of polish in it. You know about Boom 2, the best way to get more sound out of your Mac. Now there’s Boom for iOS. Intended for use with headphones– any headphones, including… Continue Reading How to Improve the Sound of Music on your iPhone

How to Track your Mileage Automatically, Using the MileIQ app on your iPhone

— How to Track your Mileage Automatically, Using the MileIQ app on your iPhone — UPDATE: MileIQ will give you $40, and give your friends 20% off an annual subscription, when you refer them using your special link. You could pay for your own account through referrals, assuming you have enough friends. MileIQ is an iPhone mileage tracker, and you need it if you have to keep track of your business-related mileage. Maybe you get reimbursed by your company, or maybe you need the miles for your taxes. I used to track my mileage in… Continue Reading How to Track your Mileage Automatically, Using the MileIQ app on your iPhone

How to Print Mailing Labels from an iPhone or iPad

This blog post is about printing labels from an iPhone or iPad using an app called myCardLists. I have another article about how to print just about anything from an iPhone or iPad. Take your pick! UPDATE: there’s a new label-making app that you ought to try. It’s called “Label Printer.” How’s THAT for being straight to the point? myCardLists is still great but having choices is great too. Click here to get Label Printer from the App Store. It’s time to mail your holiday cards. You may recall from previous posts (this one from… Continue Reading How to Print Mailing Labels from an iPhone or iPad

The Clever Coffee Dripper

I think of The Clever Coffee Dripper* as an essential Mac accessory because it makes the coffee that fuels this here website (and a lot of other stuff that keeps me up all night.) The beauty of The Clever Coffee Dripper is the water doesn’t just run though the cone and into your cup. Instead, it stays in the Dripper, steeping as it were, until you set it down on top of a cup, which activates a valve, releasing the brewed coffee. The longer it steeps, the stronger the coffee, and you will quickly figure… Continue Reading The Clever Coffee Dripper

Book Review: Becoming Steve Jobs

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader. By Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. In Becoming Steve Jobs,* tech journalists Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli document Steve Jobs’ growth and development as a person and consequently as a better leader of companies. It’s a far more humanizing book than Walter Isaacson’s flat portrayal of Jobs as half jerk, half genius in his 2011 authorized biography, Steve Jobs*, though Isaacson’s book covers more ground. I found Becoming Steve Jobs to be an interesting contrast to Isaacson’s book, and I recommend reading… Continue Reading Book Review: Becoming Steve Jobs

Watch Me Now: How I Came to Want an Apple Watch

When Apple introduced “Apple Watch” last September, I was more than a little skeptical. Here’s what I wrote back then: “I usually don’t generalize but there are two kinds of people: those who wear watches, and those who don’t. This is going to be interesting to watch (pun) because anyone who wants to wear a watch, and has the money to buy a $349 Apple Watch, probably already has a fancy watch on his wrist, and if there’s one thing I know about “Fancy Watch Guy” it’s that he likes the watch he has now.… Continue Reading Watch Me Now: How I Came to Want an Apple Watch

How To Track Your Steps for Free with Pedometer++

— How To Track Your Steps for Free with Pedometer++ — A lot of people wear sleek, high-tech bracelets on their wrists these days. (A smaller group of people wear less sleek, high-tech, non-removable bracelets on their ankles.) Either way, they’re tracking their steps. Here are some of the bracelets that you might see being worn today: Fitbit Fuelband Jawbone Ankle monitor (free, sort of) Turns out you don’t have to buy a bracelet (or have a judge award you one) to know how many steps you take in a day. All you need is… Continue Reading How To Track Your Steps for Free with Pedometer++