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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iPhone activation lock fix: Apple ID cannot be used to unlock this iPhone

Yesterday, while restoring an old iPhone 6s Plus, I realized that it was locked to someone else’s Apple ID via the iPhone Activation Lock. In this article, I will explain how to get past the “Apple ID cannot be used to unlock this iPhone” error message. iPhone Activation Lock The iPhone Activation Lock is…(Read More)

Jetpack's Photon bad for SEO

Is Jetpack’s Photon bad for SEO

Last updated on Aug 20, 2017

In this article, I’ll answer the question if Photon, the free image content delivery network (CDN) of the popular WordPress plugin Jetpack is bad for SEO. If you are reading this article, the chances are that you already know what Jetpack and Photon are. If so, you can skip the next two sections. What…(Read More)

How water-resistant is the iPhone 7?

Last updated on Mar 28, 2017

The iPhone 7 is Apple’s first water-resistant iPhone. But just how water-resistant is the iPhone 7? Apple rates the iPhone 7 as IP67, which means it can be submerged under water for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter. That does not make the iPhone 7 an underwater camera. I took…(Read More)

Print to PDF in iOS

As part of my paperless workflow, I save a lot of documents in PDF format. Some applications don’t support “save to PDF,” but fortunately, macOS has a “print to PDF” feature that works system-wide and in any application. In this article, I will show you how to print to PDF in iOS 9…(Read More)

Review: Wireless workout headphones for running and jogging

In this article, I’ll review my two favorite wireless workout headphones for running and jogging: the Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones and the Plantronics Backbeat Fit Wireless headphones. My workout routine consists of Crossfit-type exercises or of running with the kids or alone. When I run alone, I like to listen to music. Before…(Read More)

Apple Watch battery life

Apple is working on watchOS 3.1, which is still in beta. I don’t know what changes Apple made to the new version of watchOS, but the under-the-hood changes have led to a dramatic improvement in battery life for the Apple Watch. Battery life of the Apple Watch The battery in the…(Read More)

iOS 10 Mail threads

How iOS 10 organizes emails as threads

Last updated on Aug 27, 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 Aug 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)