Category: Tech

  • MacJury: Ultimate Music Streaming

    I recently had the pleasure to talk with Chuck Joiner and John Voorhees for an episode of the popular MacJury podcast. We talked about the state of streaming music services, and what the future might hold, so please listen in. Or if you like the bald(ing) white guy look, you can watch the video (embedded […]

  • Night of the managing editors at Tech Night Owl

    My old friend Gene Steinberg and I talked about Apple’s iPhone SE, the Apple Car rumors and other stuff in my most recent podcast appearance on The Tech Night Owl. Gene also talked with TidBITS’ managing editor Josh Centers. Enjoy!

  • How to add Bluetooth to a car with a cassette player

    You don’t need to tear out the factory stereo of an older car to be able to play music wirelessly. Here’s how.

  • Background Mode with John Martellaro

    I recently had the great pleasure to talk with John Martellaro of The Mac Observer for a new episode of the Background Mode podcast. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s how TMO describes the show: “Join John Martellaro every week for fascinating interviews with tech industry pros and luminaries. It’s more than a show about what they […]

  • RIP Seymour Papert

    I’m in my mid-40s, so I’m lucky enough to be among the first generation of kids who grew up with computers in the home and at school. For many of us who came up during that time, Logo was an essential computing experience. I learned through friends on Twitter earlier today that one of Logo’s […]

  • Twenty years

    A lot of what I post here are how tos or tutorials, so I hope you’ll forgive me for a bit of self-indulgence. But an announcement posted on the web this week has me looking back at the last 20 years in the Apple ecosystem and on my own career.

  • Apple’s internal style guide makes the news and we’re dumber for it

    Apple VP Phil Schiller made tech blog headlines for a recent tongue in cheek discussion with journalists on Twitter about how to pluralize Apple product names. It’s no surprise that Apple has an internal style guide it uses to make sure that references to its own products are consistent; it’s also no surprise that in […]

  • 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 […]

  • How to get rid of QuickTime for Windows

    If you’re running QuickTime on Windows – software from Apple bundled with some of its installers – now is a good time to get rid of it. Turns out it’s a security risk to your PC, and Apple has no plans to patch it – it’s deprecated software, no longer actively supported. Here’s how to […]

  • Smile “adjusts” TextExpander plans

    Smile Software introduced a new version of its popular keyboard shortcut utility for Mac and iOS (and now for Windows), TextExpander. Sweeping changes to the way the app works and its payment model – switching from a perpetual license to a subscription program – caused significant user backlash. So Smile on Tuesday announced “adjustments” to TextExpander […]