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Sleep tracking

In an earlier post I have written about working around the lack of sleep tracking capabilities of the Apple Watch. In this post I’ll show you how an app called Sleep++ turns your Apple Watch into a sleep tracker. I have used a Jawbone UP2 band for a couple of months to track my…(Read More)

As an Apple fan, the annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) is probably one of the most exiting technology events of the year. This year was no different and I’m super excited about the next versions of iOS, watchOS and macOS. Below are my first impressions of the new releases. Despite my excitement, I…(Read More)


I’m always working on improving my productivity, so I can get things done more quickly and efficiently. That pays off with frequently recurring tasks and technologies I use every day. In this post, I’ll share some newly acquired skills I learned from David Sparks (MacSparky), a business attorney and geek. Productivity and Getting…(Read More)

Since OS X 10.11 El Capitan was released to developers about a year ago, I have had intermittent problems when using my beloved Plantronics headset with FaceTime and other VoIP applications. In this post I’ll talk about a bug that makes FaceTime ignore a selected output device when using Wi-Fi calling. FaceTime…(Read More)

Automator Encrypt PDF

In this post I’ll show you how to encrypt PDF files using Automator in OS X. More importantly, I’ll show you how to overwrite the original (unencrypted) PDF with the encrypted file. Before I get into the “how to”, I’ll explain why I started thinking about encrypting PDF files and what technique…(Read More)

Open or Save Dialog

Much of what I do on my Mac is working with files. That includes finding, opening, saving and organizing them. If you don’t have a good workflow you can easily waste time on each of those tasks, thus reducing your productivity. In this post I’ll show you how to save time by quickly…(Read More)

Day One Sync

I recently ran into an issue with Day One Sync and it took me a while to resolve it. In this post I’ll show you what steps I took to troubleshoot and finally resolve the issue. Day One is an incredibly well-built journaling app that both my wife and I have used for…(Read More)

Help Menu

Have you ever used the Help menu in OS X? Until a few weeks ago, I did not, missing out on a powerful feature I didn’t even know existed. Pretty much every application in OS X has its dedicated help menu. It’s usually the last menu in the menu bar, on the upper…(Read More)

From a consumer perspective, Apple News is a platform that hasn’t completely convinced me yet. I still open the WSJ app more often than I do the Apple News app. But as a publisher, I was intrigued and decided to get my feet wet with Apple’s publishing platform. To sign up as a…(Read More)

Organize your Home screen

There is an infinite number of ways in iOS you can organize your Home screen and the apps on it. I have tried various options over the years but ultimately settled on a strategy that I would like to share with you. How to organize your Home screen is a personal preference. I don’t…(Read More)

3D Touch

With the iPhone 6S, Apple introduced a new way of interacting with your phone called 3D Touch. It’s based on pressure sensors built into the iPhone’s screen that enable a new dimension of gestures, such as Peek and Pop. 3D Touch was hyped by Apple as one of the key features of the…(Read More)

Streaming movies from iTunes to Apple TV should be a pleasant experience if you have a decent internet connection. When buffering and long load times get in the way, the experience becomes frustrating. Streaming issues can have various root causes. In this post, I’ll walk you through the most common streaming issues and explain…(Read More)


Spotlight is Apple’s answer to all your search needs in OS X. With the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has added additional capabilities to make Spotlight more powerful. In this post I’ll share some tricks that make Spotlight even better at finding exactly what you’re looking for. Spotlight…(Read More)

Handoff between AirPort Extreme Base Stations

In this post I’ll explain how handoff works in a network with multiple AirPort Extreme base stations. With the influx of connected devices in modern households, good internet connectivity has become increasingly important. Many devices are pretty useless when they are not connected to the outside world. When that happens, productivity suffers. Just think…(Read More)