Best ad blocker for Safari on the Mac

Updated November 1st, 2022.

Most of the web is free to use, but advertising revenue makes it work. Even this very site relies on advertising. But… sometimes it’s a bit much, and it overwhelms the content. That’s when you need an ad blocker. The one you want for Safari on the Mac is Wipr. It’s the one I use, and yes I bought it with my own money.

Note: Wipr is Safari-only. It doesn’t work with Firefox, Chrome, or any other browser.

Note 2: Wipr is also available for the iPhone and iPad! I bought it, I use it, and it’s just as good there as it is on the Mac. In fact I think it’s even more useful as the iPhone’s small screen can easily be covered with an ad. So much nicer to have as much of the limited screen real estate available for the content you care about.

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Celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks on your iPhone and iPad

Updated November 1st, 2022.

It’s the 4th of July, and for Americans like me that means fireworkseven though COVID-19 has canceled almost every live fireworks show. 

Fortunately, you can put on your own pyrotechnics display using the Fireworks Arcade app for your iPhone or iPad. You can get it for free via this link.

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Fireworks Arcade for iPhone and iPad
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Fantastic special offer on fantastic creative software

Updated November 1st, 2022.

If you do any kind of creative computer work you should know about a company called Affinity. They’ve created three high-quality, powerful, and deep Mac apps: Affinity PublisherAffinity Photo, and Affinity Designer. (Those are Mac App Store links.)

These are fantastic apps and they’re strong competition to Adobe’s InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, respectively. You can go to the Mac App Store and download these apps for $49.99 each. Not per month, not per year–just $49.99, period. Make a one-time purchase and they’re yours forever. Compare that to Adobe’s $50/month for the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

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Top 10 things to do to maximize your Mac’s performance

Updated November 1st, 2022.

You can do great stuff with a Mac right out of the box. But if you want to do more stuff, and do it faster, more efficiently, and more easily, do these ten things. It takes just a few minutes and you’ll be paid back every day, many times over.

I set up a lot of Macs and when I do, I always run down this list. That’s with new Macs. But it’s never too late for you to do these things now!

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Mac Mastery Series: Save Time and Effort with Smart Folders

Updated November 1st, 2022.

Your Mac has zillions of files on it. And even if you save all of them to the Desktop (or, especially if you save all of them to the Desktop) it can still be hard to find the file you want. Fortunately, built into the Mac is something called “Smart Folders” and once you know how they work, they’ll save you gobs of time every day.

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Mac Mastery Series: Save Time and Make Things Easier by Customizing the Finder’s Toolbar

Updated November 1st, 2022.

Third in a series of Mac Mastery articles, demonstrating the best tips and handiest features of the Mac and its apps. Learn these features and everything goes better. Read them all!

BONUS: what you learn here will carry over to other apps too. You can customize the Toolbars in Mail, Safari, Numbers, Pages, and many more apps using the same techniques.

Every Mac user spends a lot of time working with files. It’s pretty basic, and not terribly difficult, but think about it: if you have to dig through a couple of folders to find the items you want, and if you have to move the mouse over to the Dock and take a moment looking for a particular app, some number of seconds are taken up, and those seconds add up. This article shows you how to save time and make working on a Mac easier by customizing the Finder’s Toolbar.

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Mac Mastery Series: Rename Multiple Items at Once

Updated November 1st, 2022.

Second in a series of Mac Mastery articles, demonstrating the best tips and handiest features of the Mac and its apps. Learn these features and everything goes better. Read them all!

Do you have a bunch of files with names like “IMG 245.JPG” or “Screen Shot 2020-02-29 at 9.30.13 AM”? Would you like to give those files better names, but there are too many of them to deal with? Here’s how you rename multiple files at once, quickly and easily, using a feature built into the Mac’s Finder.

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