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Mac Window Management Made Easier

3:50 PM, Apr. 28th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Manage windows with Hocus Focus, Optimal Layout, and Spectacle

Bob ?Dr. Mac" LeVitus feels like Mission Control was never meant for a two-display setup like mine -- it never seems to work the way he expects it to on a dual monitor system. So he's always augmented it with one or more third-party apps for managing windows. And since he believes he's more productive when his fingers are on the keyboard, all of the apps support a myriad of keyboard shortcuts...  

Apple Watch: Major Hit or Epic Failure?

1:44 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Apple Watch: Hit or epic failure?

The Apple Watch, being Apple's first actual "new" product since the iPad in 2010 (or the iPhone in 2007 if you consider the iPad a sub-species of the iPhone), has already generated more sales estimates and predictions of its success or failure than usual. Dr. Mac has a prediction of his own, but it's not what you think... 

Your OS X Menu Bar is Prime Real Estate

6:30 PM, Apr. 9th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Your OS X Menu Bar is Prime Real Estate

Dr. Mac says, "I'm not normal; I've currently got more than 25 menu bar apps in addition to the handful included with Yosemite. But I happen to like menu bar apps... a lot...  and I find all of the ones I have installed useful in some way."

Here are a few of my faves...

GoGroove SonaVERSE BX Portable Stereo Speaker System w/ Rechargeable Battery

4:05 PM, Apr. 1st, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Cool Stuff Found

My buddy Trevor over at Accessory Power alerted me to another outstanding deal - this time on a little non-Bluetooth rechargeable speaker called GOgroove SonaVERSE BX Portable Stereo Speaker System.  While I didn't actually test this one (I've got way too many portable speakers already), I expect it to sound pretty darn good for its size and price based on hundreds of positive reviews and its 4.1 star Amazon.com rating. The best part is: That price has never been lower—with an SRP of $64.99, you can have one of your very own for a mere $14.99, and shipping is free. Design features include 2 large, side-firing drivers that (allegedly) provide room-filling stereophonic sound; a rechargeable battery that provides 3-5 hours of continuous audio playback; and a 3 Year Manufacturer's Warranty.

The (New) Mouse of Dr. Mac’s Dreams

3:40 PM, Apr. 1st, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Logitech MX Master Mouse

This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #116, I tell you about my latest infaturation -- Logitech’s just-released MX Master mouse, which includes the best speed-adaptive scroll wheel I’ve ever used. That alone would be worth the price of admission to me, but the new MX Master mouse has much more to love. For example... 

iRig 2: New and Improved Mobile Guitar Interface from IK Multimedia

3:10 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Cool Stuff Found

I've used the original iRig to play my guitars through my iDevices with IK Multimedia's AmpliTube and Apple's GarageBand (free) apps for years. It was a workhorse and a bargain at $39.99, but my one complaint was that it lacked an input gain control, so I had to record some of my guitars at lower-than-I'd-have-liked recording levels. iRig 2,the successor to my venerable iRig shipped last week, fixing my only complaint and adding new features like a 1/4" amplifier output jack, FX/Thru switch, and Android compatibility  (not that I care)—all at the same low price ($39.99 - Amazon link). If you want to play your guitar through your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, I can't think of a better or more reasonably-priced way to connect it than iRig 2.