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In this post I’ll show you how to redact and encrypt PDF documents using an Automator workflow, Apple Script and PDFpenPro. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about using Automator to batch-encrypt PDF files. I did some more research and came up with an even better way to protect sensitive information, including…(Read More)

Yohann iPad Stand

In this post I’ll review Yohann, an innovative and absolutely gorgeous-looking iPad stand that was originally funded on Kickstarter. It’s my favorite iPad stand yet! Most iPad stands I tried in the past had one problem in common: They held the iPad in a fixed angle. Most stands are designed to present…(Read More)

In this post I’ll show you how to create an Automator service that uploads a selected file to Dropbox, generates a public Dropbox link and copies it to the clipboard. I’ll also show you how I automated this process for screen shots using Hazel. Note: The technique I describe below does not rely…(Read More)

Olympics Rio 2016

I’m an athletics fan and wanted to watch the 100m/200m sprints in Rio. But we don’t have cable, so NBC’s live stream didn’t work for us. In this post I’ll show you an easy way to watch or live stream the Olympics in Rio without a cable provider. We…(Read More)

One of my longtime complaints with Apple has been the lack of feedback both developers, and especially public beta testers 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 for macOS and…(Read More)

Travel Case for Apple Watch

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

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)


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)

Noontec ZORO II Wireless Headphones

In this post I’ll review a pair of ZORO II wireless fashion headphones that Noontec kindly provided to me. I have to admit, that I wasn’t familiar with the Noontec brand until Mike from Noontec’s marketing department reached out to me on Facebook. Convinced that I’d like what they had to…(Read More)

Bose QuietComfort 35

Bose recently launched the new QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise-cancelling headphones and on a recent flight from Atlanta to Seattle, I put them through the paces. I got hooked on Bose headphones when I bought my first pair of Bose QuietComfort 15. A couple of months ago, I decided to switch to wireless headphones and…(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)