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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

How to Print Mailing Labels from your iPhone or iPad (2014 Edition)

UPDATE: I've updated my how-to article on printing mailing labels from your iPhone or iPad. Please click here to see the 2015 version. Thank you. You can use your iPhone or iPad to print mailing labels for any or all of your iPhone/iPad's contacts. It's December already-- if you want to get those Christmas cards... Continue Reading →

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 likes... Continue Reading →

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 →

iOS 8.1.1 Update: Something to be thankful for

Thanksgiving is more than a week away, but Apple's given iPad 2 and iPhone 4s owners something to be thankful for today: a fresh new iOS update, with performance improvements galore. It's iOS 8.1.1, the best version yet, and if you're on 8.anything it behooves you to get the iOS 8.1.1 update now. iOS 8.1.1's... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Fearless Genius

Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985-2000, by Doug Menuez. This coffee-table book of photographs documents Silicon Valley's rise from the mid-1980s to 2000, in vivid, candid, unposed black and white. It features photos of many of the famous key players of the time, as well as photos of those whose contributions did... Continue Reading →

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 →

iOS 8.1 Update: Do It. Here’s How.

The iOS 8.1 update came out yesterday. I've installed it on my iPhone 5s and iPad 2 and it's solved some iOS 8 problems for me, including performance issues which were very evident on the iPad 2. If you've already installed 8.0, 8.0.1, or 8.0.2 on your iPhone or iPad (or iPod touch) the 8.1... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Apple’s iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch

The big day has come and gone, and the new iPhones and the Apple Watch are all anyone wants to talk about. I can't count how many people have written to ask me "So which one do I get?" and "What do you think about the watch?" so I am going to answer the questions... Continue Reading →

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