Category Computing

Soon: Mac Purity

That’s right. A bargain basement MacBook Pro (last years model) is coming to replace the Thinkpad whose trackpad is getting balky and its age is starting to show. Its future life is neither insured or assured; and high on the…

Toasters and Coasters

He really really thought–and hoped–that the problem was user ignorance and not his expensive tools. After all, he’d been bragging to his wife that, though he’d never used the MacPro to burn a CD, with Apple, it just works. Well,…

Geekly Weekly 6 Sept 08

In my never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American Way (well maybe not the recent AW) I’ve explored a few more tools since the last Geekly Weekly, and since not a one of you is begging me to share,…

Time Suck or Time Saver?

The links and alerts come in as I boot up (with the Mac, simply move the mouse to instantly wake up) the computer, stumble through the dark for coffee and come back to a page of rabbit trails. Most are…

MacNeedy: Help Wanted

  Help needed from those who know Macs and Apple Soft/Hardware better than I do… Suggestions–what software do I need: …to create a multimedia program from still images? I need powerpoint-like transitions, need to be able to set image timing…

Getting to Done: Mac-Style

Since most of what I do that matters to me these days is either composing with words or with light images, the computer is central to the way I organize, create and express myself. So the recent (end of January…

Mac, I Want My Mojo Back

I will have to confess, as I head toward the end of my 90 days of Apple free tech support, I still have problems. Unfortunately, they’re not the mechanical kind that Macintosh can help me with. It’s sort of like…

Technology to Tears: Tools That Help us Know

  Did you ever have a wonderful-terrible moment of catastrophic comprehension when your vision suddenly broke through the thin surface film we call waking consciousness to deeper, truer levels of REAL-ity than you saw just seconds before? I had such…

Get What you Pay For: the Audacity!

Got a call from a friend I’d helped last year set up some music clips on his blog. He needed another dose of the same but I realized I didn’t have the same software now that I’m on the Mac.…

Tendin-OHH!-sis

The hand specialist I saw last week was not surprised. “Massage therapists and PTs have a high occupational risk of the kind of joint damage you have” he told me “due to the frequent compressive loads on the thumbs from…

Two Thumbs Up

As a physical therapist I’ve often told patients that “if you spend all your workday sitting, then a chair isn’t a piece of furniture. It’s one your most important tools”. Emboldened, they might go back to their boss and demand…

Digital Nomad

Mind you, I’m very happy here on the other side of the Mac Divide and already spoiled to a new way of thinking about installing software, finding files and text and making applications do their tricks. But I am digitally…