I am a technologist and love gadgets that add value by simplifying my life or by increasing my productivity. On this blog, I share how I use technology to improve my life and keep my personal information and most valuable data protected.

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iOS 10 Mail threads

How iOS 10 organizes emails as threads

Last updated on May 2, 2017

The Mail app in iOS 10 organizes emails as threads to make them easier to read. But sometimes this particular way of organizing email conversations has the opposite effect, making them harder to read. In this article, I’ll shed some light on how threads work in Mail under iOS 10, and I’ll show…(Read More)

Portrait Mode makes the iPhone 7 Plus worth it

Is the iPhone 7 Plus worth it is a question I have been asked a lot. In my opinion, if the iPhone 7 Plus only had a new camera system and Portrait Mode but no other new features, it would be worth it. I upgraded from an iPhone 6s Plus and didn’t regret it…(Read More)

Workout and Activity App

With the release of the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple has reconfirmed its focus on Fitness. Not surprisingly, watchOS 3.0 and (to a lesser extent) iOS 10 feature improved Workout and Activity apps. But there is still a lot of room for improvement, and in this article, I present you my wish list for…(Read More)

Apple Watch Series 2

I love running and my Apple Watch, and in this post, I’ll review the Apple Watch Series 2 from a runners perspective. The Apple Watch Series 2 I ordered looks almost exactly like the previous generation (Amazon): Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sports Band. The differences between the old and the new Apple…(Read More)

macOS 10.12.1 Beta and LaCie Kernel Extension

After upgrading my iMac to the latest developer beta version of macOS 10.12.1 (16B2327e), I noticed that I lost write-access to my LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 Raid. Upgrade to macOS 10.12.1 Beta When Apple released the Golden Master (GM) build of macOS 10.12, I did a clean install, not…(Read More)

SuperDuper before macOS reinstall

When to reinstall macOS and how to do it

Last updated on Mar 5, 2017

macOS (previously known as OS X) is a very solid operating system that usually doesn’t require a lot of reboots and only rarely has to be reinstalled. But occasionally you run into an issue that warrants reinstalling the operating system (OS). That’s especially true if you installed beta versions of macOS. In this…(Read More)

Lightning strike - surge protector

Most electronic devices are very sensitive to electrical power surges and can get easily damaged if one occurs. So it’s a smart idea to invest in a good surge protector. But if you make the same mistake I made, you may still end up with damaged equipment. We have had a lot of thunderstorms…(Read More)

Quicken 2016

Quicken 2016 for Mac worth the Upgrade?

Last updated on Apr 27, 2017

In the past few years, Intuit has done an incredibly awful job positioning Quicken, its personal finance software, on the Mac. Despite my experience with Quicken Essentials and Quicken 2015, I decided to upgrade to Quicken 2016. In this post I’ll share my first impression of the latest version and tell you if the…(Read More)

How to encrypt a PDF and redact sensitive information automatically

I am a productivity and automation freak, and in this article, I will show you how to encrypt a PDF and redact sensitive information using a combination of Automator, AppleScript, and PDFpenPro. I will also show you how to apply Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and how to detect if a PDF already has an OCR…(Read More)

Review of the Yohann iPad stand

Review of the Yohann iPad stand

Last updated on May 2, 2017

In this article, I’ll review the Yohann iPad stand. Yohann is arguably the most innovative and gorgeous-looking iPad stand I have ever tried. I have had it for almost a year, and my opinion hasn’t changed. Most iPad stands I have tried have one major problem: They hold the iPad at a…(Read More)

How to create a Dropbox link for any file in Finder using Automator

Creating a Dropbox link for files and folders already stored in Dropbox is easy. But in this article, I’ll show you how to create a Dropbox link for any file in Finder, regardless of where the file is stored using Automator and the Dropbox API. Note: The technique I describe below does not rely…(Read More)

One of my longtime complaints with Apple has been the lack of feedback both developers and especially participants of the public beta program get on reported defects and feature requests. But every so often, Apple surprises me and responds to feedback I submitted. I file bug reports and enhancement requests through Apple’s Feedback Assistant…(Read More)

Review of TimePorter - Apple Watch travel case and charging stand

Traveling with an Apple Watch means carrying yet another charger plus accessories. That makes the goal of traveling “light” even more challenging. Twelve South has recognized that problem and created TimePorter, an innovative Apple Watch travel case that also doubles as an elegant charger. I used to carry all charging cables and plugs in Twelve…(Read More)

Since I transitioned from Aperture to Apple’s new Photos app, I have dealt with one major issue, related to importing videos into my Photos library. I finally figured out a solution to this pesky problem and I’d like to share it with you! Update: Since writing this article, I have found an even…(Read More)

Out of the box, you cannot easily track sleep with the Apple Watch. To enable sleep tracking, you need third-party apps or even another fitness band, such as the Jawbone UP. I have tested both Sleep++ and the Jawbone UP2 and would like to share my experience with you. Continue reading to find out…(Read More)