Month: April 2016

  • Download Word Flow for the iPhone and type faster

    It’s a bit of a surprise to me, but one of the best third-party iOS keyboards I’ve come across is one that is made by Microsoft. Yeah, Microsoft!

  • Should I use an external drive for backup?

    With cloud services like Backblaze, iCloud Drive and Dropbox readily available, is it worth it to continue to use an external hard drive for backup? This is a question I tackle in a recent piece at Backblaze. Really, there’s no mystery here: A combination of onsite and offsite (cloud) backup provides you with the best […]

  • I need an Calendar app that nags me more effectively. Any ideas?

    I have a problem I’m hoping you might be able to help me with: I constantly overlook reminders that I’ve set on my devices. As a baratric patient, I have an entire calendar dedicated, for example, to keeping me on track with the medicine and dietary supplements I’m supposed to take in order to maintain […]

  • Happy 32nd birthday, Apple IIc

    For some of my teenaged peers, like my best friend, the Apple II and more specifically, the Apple IIe were the machines to get. The first Apple II I ever got my hands on recently celebrated its 32nd birthday last weekend. I’m talking about the Apple IIc. In the years before Macs and before the […]

  • Can I use an SSD with Time Machine?

    Bottom line: Yes, you can. Should you, is an entirely different question. I tackle this in a recent piece I posted over at Backblaze. Time Machine is Apple’s backup software built into OS X, and it makes for simplified backup, version control and file recovery. If you upgrade your Mac or if you have to […]

  • In praise of AppleCare

    Once again, I’m very grateful for having AppleCare, Apple’s extended warranty. Because for the second time in three years, Apple replaced the top case of my 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. What’s more, it was about a week past warranty when I alerted Apple to the problem, but they covered it anyway. About a month ago […]

  • My dream keyboard from Apple

    Orthogonal to the discussion about the MacBook and its single USB-C port last week, I got to thinking about the one Apple peripheral that I’d love to tweak. If I had my druthers, I’d love to produce a customized version of Apple’s new Magic Keyboard. The Magic Keyboard made its debut in 2015 with the […]

  • The MacBook doesn’t need more ports

    Apple’s refresh to the MacBook earlier this week has disappointed people who want Apple to add more ports to the device. It’s a criticism I don’t agree with, and here’s why. It’s Maslow’s Hammer. Yeah, that Maslow. The Hierarchy of Needs guy. Abraham Maslow once said, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool […]

  • Save money on a MacBook with this one weird trick!

    OK, I admit that the the title of this blog post is linkbait, but I’ll deliver: There’s a way to save money on the tiny MacBook, and the secret is right on Apple’s web site. I’m talking about the Refurbished section of Apple’s online store. Apple repackages and resells gear to the general public, offering […]

  • The MacBook Air is a better deal than ever

    Apple’s main fanfare on this Tuesday was the introduction of a refreshed MacBook, with a new Skylake processor inside, faster graphics, faster memory and faster storage capacity (and a pretty new Rose Gold finish, if that’s your thing). You can read my thoughts on it if you haven’t already. They snuck in a comment at […]