Category: Macintosh

Sharing Photos in The Seattle Times

Do you find that you’re the “photo guy” or “photo gal” in many group situations because you happen to be the one taking the most pictures? (Spoiler: I do.) In my latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times, I go over the ways to share those photos with other people, from iCloud Shared Libraries ...

Tom Negrino, a Long Distance Friendship

Do you have any friends that live impossible distances away, that you interact with maybe a couple of times a year, and yet when you do get together it’s as if you’d seen them just the other day? I hope you do. My long-distance friend Tom Negrino is choosing to die this week after a ...

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How to Identify High-Performance GPU Apps on the MacBook Pro

Talking about the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar on the MacJury podcast last week brought up battery life and how initially the new machines suffered from a problem where the discrete graphics processor (GPU) was running when it shouldn’t. A system update fixed that problem, but sometimes an application might be forcing the GPU ...

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Talking MacBook Pro Touch Bar on the MacJury

I had great fun talking about the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar on Chuck Joiner’s MacJury podcast. Together with Jeff Gamet and Dr. Robert Carter, we discussed which aspects we liked about Apple’s latest laptop—more than I expected—and which things still warrant attention. One thing I learned was how great the Touch Bar can ...

10 Years of Lightroom

Ten years, man! Ten! Years! Thanks to Victoria “The Lightroom Queen” Brampton’s newsletter, I learned that my photo organizer and editor of choice turned 10 this weekend. Unlike Victoria, I joined the Lightroom party late after starting off with Aperture, but it’s been the heart of my photo library for probably eight of those ten ...

New MacBook Pro and Moving Apps into the Present

When I was working on ideas for my latest Practical Mac column for The Seattle Times, I wanted to talk about my new MacBook Pro, but felt as if I’d already beat the subject into the ground. Turns out I hadn’t actually written about it since I received mine. (Maybe the readers are tired of ...

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Project Phoenix: Kickstarting Twitterrific for macOS

Twitterrific was the first Mac client for Twitter, and I’ve used it since almost the beginning—10 years ago! When the app developers, The Iconfactory, expanded to iOS, Twitterrific kept up with Twitter’s features on iOS, but not on the Mac. (That’s due to programming resources, but also a lot of dickish moves by Twitter to ...

AirPods Review in The Seattle Times

When Apple announced AirPods, the wireless earbuds, I thought they looked cool, but they didn’t really catch my attention. I already owned a pair of Bluetooth headphones, and regular earbuds have generally worked just fine in my ears. And then people started to rave about them. As I mention in this week’s Practical Mac column ...

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Yearly WinterFest Sale on Take Control Books & Software

A quick note: The annual WinterFest sale is on, with discounts on lots of great software and Take Control books—including mine! Nisus Writer Pro, Scrivener, TextExpander, PDFpen… all 25% off (or better) for a short time. Go get them here: WinterFest 2016.

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Seattle Times Column: MacBook Pro, Calendar Spam, AirPort Flight

In my latest Practical Mac column in the Seattle Times, I outline (in a more concise version than what I posted previously) why the perceived MacBook Pro limitations—RAM, price, etc.—didn’t stop me from ordering one to replace my aging 2010 MacBook Pro. I also offer a solution for stopping iCloud calendar spam and note Apple’s ...