Saying thank you

I’ve seen many internet “explosions” where large numbers of denizens have set about cutting down someone for a controversial action. In New Zealand we call this tall poppy syndrome. I’m certainly guilty of lashing out at times, too, when an action is particularly egregious in my eyes or affects me more directly, but as much as I can I seek to remain objective. In the last year or two, however, I’ve taken a slightly different approach.

You’ve got mail

You’ve got mail. I’ve got mail. We’ve all got mail. Specifically, email.

On previous incarnations of this blog I’ve written multiple times about my frustrations with modern email software and this is yet another occasion. I’ve had a startling change of heart in the last week and I thought it was time, once again, to air my grievances and this time explain why I’ve gone back into a fold I swore I’d leave behind forever.

Lightroom to Photos in one easy step

I was recently taking part in a discussion about the relative merits of different software packages in a photography forum when one of the other Mac users said he managed his images in Aperture (for now) and then manually moved selected photos to the new Photos app for sharing.

Given Aperture is on death row, I have long since moved to Lightroom and I wondered whether I could automate the moving of selected images from Lightroom to Photos. It only took me 10 minutes and one extra piece of software.

Apple vs FBI – The Siracusa Monologue

I was listening to Accidental Tech Podcast (ATP) episode 158 on my commute home and was not in the least surprised that the Apple vs FBI topic came up, nor by how the hosts covered it with their usual deep thinking.

But what did surprise me was a monologue by John Siracusa which, I think, really hit at the biggest, most important point of this debate. The point being that it isn’t just about this single debate, but something far, far bigger.

About fitness tracking on Apple Watch.

Today, I nailed it. Again.

My goals were 12 hours in which I stood up (for a minute or more), 30 minutes of vigorous exercise, and 600 active calories expended. My actual totals were 15 hours standing, 98 minutes of vigorous exercise and as at the time of writing, 868 active calories.

And it was easy!

Deciding on iMac Retina 5K

On January 13th, 2016, nine years to the day after my first iMac, I purchased a 27″ Retina 5K iMac with 3.3 GHz Core i5. I’d been eyeing up a 27″ iMac to replace the MacBook Pro for a while and when the Retina model first appeared, I moved from eyeing to lusting after. When the time finally came, it was merely a choice of the precise model.

The world of Apple

For a long time I have been frustrated at Apple tech reporting in its sometimes-US-centric view of the world of Apple. It’s not a universal problem and even where it does happen, it’s not all the time, but it does creep in often and when it does I can’t help but notice it.

Except on a few occasions I don’t feel like “telling anyone off” about it, but I do like to remind everyone that it’s a big old world out there and in the last day or so I’ve been collating some figures that can illustrate what I’m talking about.

The other side of the Mac App Store

I’ve recently heard a bit of commentary about the state of the Mac App Store, prompted in the most part by a high profile announcement of “yet another” high profile app that is departing the store. The commentary mostly revolves around how the Mac App Store is falling behind the iOS counterpart, how the restrictions imposed limit functionality and inevitably the lack of upgrade pricing. I’d like to offer another side to this doom and gloom.

In your face

A while ago I decided to buy into the OmniFocus task manager from the Omni Group. I even wrote and recorded a review for the NosillaCast shortly after I got started with it. I’m happy to say I’m still using it regularly, but until recently there was something missing. Capturing tasks was simple, but what about getting those things done?