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paste icon “Paste” for the Mac– Like Copy & Paste on Steroids - 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 could only paste the very last thing you copied. That limitation remains to this day, and it’s a problem, because sometimes you copy something,… Continue Reading “Paste” for the Mac– Like Copy & Paste on Steroids
Transcend JetDrive Lite 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… Continue Reading How to Expand Storage on MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air
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,… Continue Reading The Clever Coffee Dripper
How to Get Rid of Ads in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox on the Mac - Here’s how you remove ads and adware from web pages with a simple plug-in. This speeds up your web browsing because you’re downloading less material. There are roughly a billion active websites, and whichever ones you go to, I am positive that you aren’t going there for the ads. You’d never do that. No one… Continue Reading How to Get Rid of Ads in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox on the Mac
Schedule Outgoing Emails on Your Mac with SendLater - Update: SendLater is now part of MailButler, a subscription service, currently 6.50 Euros per month when you pay for a year at a time. Another way to send an email at a scheduled time: Mail Act-On, which is a USD $30 one-time payment. Let’s say you send a lot of emails after business hours, because… Continue Reading Schedule Outgoing Emails on Your Mac with SendLater
Mac OS Yosemite: Should You Install It? - Readers of this blog are likely aware of Apple’s new Mac OS “Yosemite” (aka Mac OS 10.10). They’re also likely aware that it’s a free upgrade, and that all you have to do is click a button to start the installation. The question is, should you install Yosemite? Should you click that button? In my… Continue Reading Mac OS Yosemite: Should You Install It?
How to Make a Good Password - — How to Make a Good Password — UPDATE: even though your passwords aren’t stored as plain text at places like LinkedIn and Target it isn’t terribly hard to figure out what those passwords are should there be a data breach. This video shows you how password cracking gets done. You’ve no doubt been hearing… Continue Reading How to Make a Good Password
World Cup Brazil 2014 2014 World Cup Soccer Calendar for Mac, iPhone, and iPad - UPDATE: here’s a link to the 2018 knockout stage World Cup calendar, for your Mac, iPhone or iPad (in ics format). The World Cup is fast approaching. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the World Cup schedule on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad? Or maybe all three? Turns out it’s just a couple of clicks… Continue Reading 2014 World Cup Soccer Calendar for Mac, iPhone, and iPad
How to boost the maximum sound volume on a Mac - — How to boost the maximum sound volume on a Mac — Here’s how you boost the maximum sound volume beyond what your Mac thinks “full blast” is– because sometimes “full blast” isn’t loud enough. You don’t need an amplifier or external speakers to do it. All you need is a remarkable piece of software… Continue Reading How to boost the maximum sound volume on a Mac
Mountain Lion Hints and Tips - I’ve had Apple’s $19.99 Mountain Lion installed here on an iMac (2.7 GHz Intel Core i5) for about two weeks, enough time to find a few niceties and doodads that you might be interested in. Here goes. Address Book has been renamed “Contacts” (matching the iPhone and iPad apps) and it has some improvements. First,… Continue Reading Mountain Lion Hints and Tips
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Advice and Info - Apple released Mountain Lion today, also known as OS X 10.8. This comes less than a month after the MobileMe-to-iCloud transition deadline, which means less than a month after a whole lot of people converted to OS X 10.7 (Lion). My advice, based on over 21 years of full-time Mac consulting, is wait. Mountain Lion… Continue Reading OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Advice and Info
Office 2011: Don’t Bother - Executive Summary: we waited three years for THIS?! Don’t bother buying it, unless you absolutely have to. And, keep in mind that in some ways it’s not even as good as the previous version. Microsoft’s Office, like McDonald’s hamburger, is very popular without being very good. Thanks to clever bundling arrangements on the PC side,… Continue Reading Office 2011: Don’t Bother
Save Time and Trouble with Tripit.com - You know that feeling you get when you suddenly discover that there’s a much easier way to do things? That’s the feeling I got when I “discovered” Tripit.com, because Tripit makes one of my more tedious tasks go away. Which task is that? The one where I type flight information into my calendar so I… Continue Reading Save Time and Trouble with Tripit.com
Review: Apple’s magical Magic Mouse - There it is: Apple’s Magic Mouse (held by someone else’s nicely manicured hand). I have one (a Magic Mouse, not a nicely manicured hand) and so far, so good. I’ve used it for a week and I’m happy. It’s super-precise, it’s wireless (yay), and there aren’t any parts to get gummy and quit working. Plus… Continue Reading Review: Apple’s magical Magic Mouse
Snow Leopard: I say “Wait.” - Wish I could say “Go get it, install it, you’ll be very happy” but I can’t. I installed Snow Leopard on my MacBook yesterday, had a few problems, and went back to 10.5.8. My advice: wait until Apple has a 10.6.1 update before installing Snow Leopard. That’s what I’m going to do. There are plenty… Continue Reading Snow Leopard: I say “Wait.”
Safari 4– free, and great - Lost in Monday’s excitement about the new iPhone was the news that Safari has been upgraded to version 4. I think it’s terrific, and since it’s free you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. I say “go get it.” Click here to read all about it. In a nutshell, Safari 4 loads pages faster than anything… Continue Reading Safari 4– free, and great
iWork ’09 Missing Manual - After months of hard work the iWork ’09 Missing Manual is now available. Here’s a modified version of the cover: Frankly, I think it’s fantastic, and not just because I was involved in it. Josh Clark has written a superb book and you are going to want to read it cover to cover. Click here… Continue Reading iWork ’09 Missing Manual
OmniFocus: To-do list for Mac and iPhone - There are many to-do list programs for the Mac. And there are many to-do list programs for the iPhone. But there aren’t many to-do list programs for the Mac that synchronize with the iPhone, an essential feature if you ask me. Actually, there are two Mac to-do list programs that have synchronizing counterparts on the… Continue Reading OmniFocus: To-do list for Mac and iPhone
iWork 09 report - Apple put out a new version of iWork at Macworld Expo and it’s really terrific. I’ve been working with it fairly intensely as I’m the Technical Reviewer for the iWork ’09 “Missing Manual” book. iWork is a collection of three programs: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Pages is a much nicer word processor than Microsoft Word,… Continue Reading iWork 09 report
Make mine Mint (dot com) - Wow, what a cool website: www.mint.com. They call it “the best way to manage your money.” And it’s free. Anyone can sign up for a mint.com account. You then enter information about your financial accounts– savings, checking, investments, credit cards. Do that, and at a glance you can see ALL of your financial information in… Continue Reading Make mine Mint (dot com)
10.5.5 update - Hard to recommend the 10.5.5 update just yet. There seem to be some installation issues. Half of the machines at Boyceworld took the installation without incident and are working fine. The other half took forever to restart after the install, then went to a blue screen, then turned themselves off. After restarting a few times… Continue Reading 10.5.5 update
Stuff You Didn’t Know You Had - And now, something completely different! Apple loads new Macs with a lot of software that we all use (iPhoto, Safari, Mail, iTunes, etc.). They also load new Macs with a lot of software that almost no one uses. But if more of us knew about it, more of us would use it. I think. My… Continue Reading Stuff You Didn’t Know You Had
Stuff I Like - Here’s something that I really like: anti-glare film from Power Support. The film is exactly the right size for whatever it is you want to cover– in my case, my iPhone and my MacBook. The glare on my MacBook screen, especially, was a constant irritation– but not any more! Wow, does this stuff work. Took… Continue Reading Stuff I Like


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