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The Internet of Things is Really a Thing in Germany

3:10 PM, May. 4th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus at Hannover Messe 2016

In April, Dr. Mac spent nine days in Germany learning about Industry 4.0, the worldwide initiative (conceived in Germany) to develop standards and protocols to integrate the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems (CPS), and the Internet of Services (IoS), with large-scale data collection and analysis and machine learning. In other words, it's about smart, networked automation with smart, self-configuring components. He visited more than a dozen manufacturers, research institutes, universities, and startups across three German states and toured the fabled Hannover Fair with none other than President Obama and Chancellor Merkel. And you can read all about it right here!

Dr. Mac’s Introduction to Budget VR Googles

4:30 PM, Apr. 20th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Google Cardboard

Dr. Mac's been hearing that virtual reality (VR) is the next big thing since time immemorial, and has strapped more than one VR contraption to his face over the years in the name of research, and recalls that every single one of them made him nauseous and sweaty within minutes. This week he reports on his experience with the latest thing in budget-priced virtual reality goggles, Google Cardboard.  

A Dynamic Duo of Inexpensive Timesaving Mac Utilities

12:45 PM, Apr. 12th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

moom move and zoom windows from your keyboard

Dr. Mac has always been obsessed with finding the fastest, easiest, or most elegant way of doing things. So many of his favorite Mac (and iOS) apps are simple, inexpensive utilities that help him do one thing better, faster, or more elegantly. He recently added a dynamic duo of such utilities to his Mac productivity arsenal and says today he wouldn’t want to use his Mac without them.

Is Blue Light Really Bad for Sleep?

4:50 PM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

f.lux is like Night Shift for your Mac

Apple introduced iOS 9.3 with the new Night Shift feature a couple of weeks ago and Dr. Mac has been obsessed with finding evidence that blue light does or does not affect sleep patterns. SO read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #169 and discover the thrilling conclusion…  

Dr. Mac’s Working Smarter: Apps that Help You With the Pomodoro Technique

5:20 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Are you familiar with The Pomodoro Technique®? If you’re not, you really should check it out. Dr. Mac uses it every day to help him focus on a single task and remain focused for as long as necessary in 25 minute bursts. Because he's focused on a single task, he does better work and finishes it faster than if he's multitasking or trying to work between interruptions.